About SSC CGL
SSC CGL is held for recruitment to government jobs in India. Get details on the syllabus, form, online application process, result and more.
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination for recruitment to Group B and Group C posts in various ministries, government departments and offices across the country.
• For the post of Compiler: Bachelor's degree from any recognized university with Economics/Statistics/Mathematics as compulsory or elective subject.
• For the post of Statistical Investigator Grade - II: Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized University with:
Atleast 60% in Mathematics at 12th Standard level OR Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.
• For all other posts: Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any other equivalent qualification.
Test Duration and Pattern (SSC CGL 2017)
|*Only for candidates who apply for the posts of Statistical Investigator Grade- II or Compiler.|
|For the post of Assistant in CSS: Computer Proficiency Test with Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides modules.|
|The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of overall performance in Tier I, II and III. There will be no Sectional cut off.|
|Document verification will also be conducted as per provision of the notice of exam.|
SSC CGL is a paper based test and consists of four successive stages:-
• Tier I - Objective type test
• Tier II - Objective type test
• Tier III - skill test/ interview depending on the post.
• Tier IV - Computer proficiency test depending on the post.
|Various posts that one can apply for through SSC CGL are classified into Group B & Group C. The details are as follows:|
How to Apply
|Candidates can submit the application in online format only:|
|For online registration go to http://ssconline2.gov.in/ OR http://sscregistration.nic.in.
(Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website)
|The application charge for male candidates is Rs. 100/- only. There is no application charge for female and SC / ST / Physically Handicapped candidates as well as Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation.|
Computer Awareness (CA)
1) Basics of Computer Hardware
2) Software & Desktop Applications and Windows
3) Microsoft Office Applications
4) Keyboard Shortcuts
5) Internet and Networking
6) Terminology and Latest News
General Knowledge and Current Affairs (GK)
1) Banking Products and Terminology
|-||Definition Based – Here, the term is given and you need to mark the right definition from the options.|
|-||Application Based – The use or benefit or application of the relevant banking product is given and you need to identify the appropriate product from the options.|
2) Economic and Corporate Updates
|-||Reserve Bank of India – economic policy announcements, their impact on ratios like repo rate, CRR, SLR, liquidity (along with definitions of these terms)|
|-||Financial Performances – financial performance of major corporates, especially public banks|
|-||Mergers & Acquisitions, Takeovers, Buyouts, Joint Ventures|
|-||Government Policy Announcements|
3) Government Schemes and Constitutional Bodies
4) Marketing Terms
5) Current Affairs
|-||Sports – Records, Winners, Venues, Upcoming Championships, etc.|
|-||Awards – Sports, Literature, Social Work, Nobel Prize winners, Indian awards, etc.|
|-||Entertainment – Major films, plays, documentaries, etc.|
|-||Corporate – New products, tag lines, brand ambassadors, mergers & acquisitions, etc.|
|-||Politics – Government announcements, Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors, Heads of Constitutional bodies, etc.|
- Geography – countries, capitals, cities, rivers, mountain ranges, etc.
- History – important dates, personalities, etc.
- Science – basic definitions in science, climate change, environment, etc.
- Hobbies and Professions
- Acronyms and Abbreviations
- Important Personalities
- Literature and Entertainment
English Language (VA)
The section (also known as Verbal Ability) tests your English language skills but is not just a test of vocabulary or English grammar. It is more a test of language comprehension and your ability to interpret information given in English. So, while you need to have good grammar and vocabulary basics, it is vital that you have a good reading habit. Read from as many diverse sources as possible and understand what you read. This is more useful than trying to mug up random words and their meanings.
1) Reading Comprehension
|-||Factual – The answer to the question is explicitly given in the passage, either in a single sentence or in different parts of the passage. You just need to read the passage thoroughly and find the relevant sentence(s) to answer the question. In a 10 question passage, 5-6 questions are of this type. The number increases proportionately in a 15 question passage.|
|-||Vocabulary Based – Certain words in the passage are highlighted and their synonym/antonym is to be found. This synonym/antonym has to be with reference to the usage of that word in the passage. So, you need to read the relevant part of the passage and identify the synonym/antonym in the context of the passage.A 10 question passage generally has 4 such questions (split equally between synonyms and antonyms). Again, this number increases proportionately in a 15 question passage.|
|-||Inferential - These require you to read and understand the passage, and draw inferences based on what the passage wants to say. These are more difficult and error-prone compared to the earlier types. Consequently, they are rarely asked in bank tests. You may have at the most one question of this type in a passage of 10 questions.|
|-||Read the passage thoroughly first and then attempt the questions – Improves understanding of the questions but significantly increases time as you may need to re-read the parts relevant to each question.|
|-||Read the questions first and then re-read the passage – This saves time as you focus only on data relevant to each question. However, it is time-consuming for long passages and error-prone for inferential questions or for questions where the answer is present in different sentences.|
|-||Skim through the passage, read the questions and then read the relevant parts thoroughly –This technique attempts to combine the advantages of both the earlier techniques. However, it can be the most time-consuming of the three till you master it.|
2) Jumbled Sentences
|-||Identify the first and/or last sentence. The first sentence generally introduces the topic while the last sentence provides some kind of conclusion or decision. If you are able to identify either one or both of these, arranging the remaining sentences becomes easier.|
|-||Try to identify two connected statements. These connections can be based on comparison of two different opinions/theories/points of view or the introduction of a generalized topic followed by its explanation and further followed by an example. In case of confusion, write the order on paper and then read the sentences in that order mentally. The logical flow (or lack of it) often becomes obvious by doing so.|
3) Fill in the Blanks
|-||Single blank questions – Only one word or phrase is to be filled in the sentence or passage.|
|-||Double/multiple blank questions – Two or more blanks are to be filled. These are easier to answer in some ways as you can eliminate some answer options as soon as you fill up even one blank.|
|-||Multiple words for one blank – You may be given a sentence with a single blank. However, the difference vis-à-vis single blank questions is that more than one of the answer options fills the given blank. You may need to find one or more or all the options that correctly fill the given blank. Though elimination is useful here as well, you may need to check each option for suitability.|
- Preposition based – correct use of at/in/on etc
- Article based – correct use of a/an/the
- Meaning based – appropriate word that fits into the given sentence based on meaning and usage
- Phrase/Idiom based – appropriate use of phrase/idiom based on meaning of the sentence
|-||Identify whether the sentence is positive or negative in nature and how the blank affects this positive/negative nature. Based on this, you can rule out some options.|
|-||Look for options that do not fit in from the point of view of tenses/gender/usage/parts of speech etc.|
|-||Look for options where the words look the same. One or more options may have incorrect spellings.|
|-||Consider the degree of “emotion” in the sentence e.g. if the sentence talks about extreme hatred, then among “dislike” and “enmity”, the latter becomes more appropriate.|
4) Close Passages
5) Errors in Usage
|-||A sentence is divided into four underlined parts and the incorrect part is to be identified. If there is no error in the sentence, you need to select the underlined part called “No Error”. This is the most common type asked in bank exams. A feature of these questions is that the entire underlined part of the sentence may not be incorrect. There may be a single incorrect word in the entire underlined part. Also, while a part of the sentence may seem correct in isolation, it may be incorrect when seen in context of the entire sentence.|
|-||The sentence has four to five underlined parts but it is not divided like earlier. You simple need to identify the underlined part that is incorrect. The difference with the earlier question type is that here the entire underlined part is incorrect unlike the earlier case. So, you need to focus only on the specific underlined word/phrase.|
|-||Four or five sentences may be given. You may either need to identify the incorrect sentences or the correct ones. Also, the number of correct or incorrect sentences may exceed one. In that case, you can save time by eliminating answer options.|
6) Sentence Correction
|-||A given sentence has a highlighted word or phrase that is incorrect due to one or more reasons. You need to replace it with the correct word or phrase from the options. This is the most common type of sentence correction questions asked in bank exams. The tips seen in fill in the blanks and error-based questions are useful here.|
|-||A sentence is given and all the answer options have the same sentence written in different ways. You need to select the sentence that captures the meaning of the given sentence while being grammatically correct and concise. If two sentences are grammatically correct, the more concise of the two has to be marked as the answer option.|
|-||Some part of a sentence is given and it needs to be completed using one of the parts given in the options. These questions are not asked very frequently.|
|-||Synonyms – You need to find the meaning of a word, phrase, idiom or foreign expression. While one or more options may be valid in terms of meaning, you need to choose the option that is closest to the given word.|
|-||Antonyms – You need to find the word that is the exact opposite in terms of meaning to the given word or phrase. Again, you may have multiple words that are antonyms of the given word; you need to find the word that is exactly opposite.|
|-||Analogies – You are given a pair of words that have a specific relationship between them (synonym, antonym, gender, collective noun, occupation, etc). A third word/phrase is given and you need to identify the option that shows the same relationship with the third word.|
|-||Odd Man Out – Four or five words may be given. All, except one, show the same property. You need to identify the word that does not show the same property as the others.|
|-||Idioms and Phrases – Any of the question types mentioned above may be applied to common idioms and phrases as well.|
8) Paragraph Completion
Logical Reasoning (LR)
The reasoning section tests your analytical and logical reasoning skills i.e. your ability to interpret data and information given in the form of puzzles, brain teasers or clues and sort it to arrive at a meaningful outcome. It does not generally test conceptual or theoretical knowledge (apart from one or two areas) but requires a lot of practice of different question types.
|-||Linear – elements in a single row/column|
|-||Linear – elements in multiple rows/columns|
|-||Linear – scheduling of events/activities|
|-||Complex – multiple parameters|
2) Sequential Output Tracing
|-||Each question of the set has a separate input and the question has to solved accordingly – These tend to become more time consuming since this is as good as solving five-six different sets.|
|-||One input is given and all the questions of the set are based on it – This is less time consuming but can be error-prone if you make any mistake in applying the steps to the input.|
|-||Rearrangements – The given words may be shifted left or right in alphabetical order or depending on the number of letters in each word. Similarly, the given numbers may be shifted in ascending/ descending order or based on some property of the number (odd/even, prime/composite, etc.)|
|-||Replacements – This generally applies to numbers in the input. In each step, the given numbers may be replaced by some other numbers based on some mathematical operation (multiplication, division, square, etc). These are slightly difficult to identify.|
4) Data Sufficiency
- 2 statement DS questions (typical of the QA section)
- 3 statement DS questions (also asked in the QA section)
- Data redundancy questions – where the statement that is not required for the question to be solved has to be identified.
5) Critical Reasoning
- Implicit assumptions
- Cause and Effect
- Course of Action
- Strengthening and Weakening of Arguments
- Probably/Definitely True or False
6) Miscellaneous Puzzles
- Direction based questions
- Relationships – family tree, coded relationships, relationship puzzles
- Series and Analogies – number and letter series as well as analogies, alphanumeric series, odd man out questions
- Codes – letter & number codes, mixed codes, sentence coding, substitution, etc.
- Logic Puzzles – comparisons and ranks, word based puzzles, etc.
- Numerical Logic – gambling games, odd weights, cubes, etc.
- Selection Criteria
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QADI)
This section in bank exams tests your calculation skills and knowledge of school level mathematics. The challenge is that while aspirants have learnt the concepts, they have forgotten the associated formulae, concepts, properties, etc. and not had exposure to such questions since many years.
1) BODMAS, Calculations and Approximations
|-||Squares, cubes, square roots and cube roots|
|-||Rules of Surds and Indices|
|-||Multiplication and division of large numbers|
|-||Addition and subtraction of fractions|
|-||Multiplication tables up to 30 or 35|
|-||Squares up to 30|
|-||Cubes up to 15|
|-||Reciprocals up to 12|
|-||Factorials up to 10|
|-||Conversion from fractions to percentages and vice versa|
|-||Direct multiplication of two-digit numbers with larger numbers (easier to do once you know the multiplication tables)|
2) Data Interpretation
- Tables – Single or multiple
- Pie Charts – Based on actual values, percentages or degrees
- Line Graphs – Standard or cumulative
- Bar Graphs – Standard or cumulative
- Combinations of the data sets given above
- Conversion between percentages and fractions, and vice versa
- Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Mixtures and Alligation
- Percentages, Profit and Loss (with discounts)
- Simple and Compound Interest, Growth Rates
- Variation, Time and Work (includes pipes and cisterns)
- Time and Distance (includes trains, boats, races, etc.)
- Number Theory (includes HCF, LCM, divisibility, etc.)
- Linear and Quadratic Equations
- Sequences, Progressions and Series (includes Arithmetic Progression., Geometric Progression, etc.)
- Permutations & Combinations, Probability
4) Data Sufficiency/Quantitative Comparison
5) Odd Man Out/Complete the Series
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