SSC CGL 2016 Syllabus PDF for Tier-1 and Tier-2

By | July 26, 2015

Update: CGL 2016 Goes online, Big changes announced in the SSC CGL Syllabus and Exam Pattern

If you have applied for SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2016, then this post in worth reading, as in this post, we will share with you the Detailed Syllabus for SSC CGL 2016.However, if you haven’t yet applied for CGL 2016 Exam, then you must first Read the Detailed SSC CGL 2016 Notification


As, all of you know, that CGL is one of the highly competitive exams in India, next only to IBPS and SBI Exams. The reason for CGL to be highly competitive is that every year, 2 lakh more students are appearing for this exam. You must read our previous post, in which we have discussed the Cut off for SSC CGL 2016 Exam and you will find how the increasing no. of candidates is making an impact on the Cut off.

Another reason for high Competition, is that this Exam can help you is getting Central Govt Jobs that Offers High Perks and Salaries

Ever Since the SSC had released the Notification for CGL-2016 exam, aspirants have started to look out for SSC CGL 2016 Syllabus. It is worth mentioning here that SSC CGL goes online and now, you have to appear for the Exam at an online examination center.

In this Post, we will discuss not only the Syllabus, but will also share the Detailed section wise syllabus and No. of Questions, asked from each section., there by giving you the closer idea on the Preparation plan for SSC CGL 2016 Exam.

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SSC CGL Syllabus 2016

If you are preparing for SSC CGL 2016 Exam, the you must know the Syllabus for both the Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exams.

On 2nd July, 2016, SSC had announced a Notification, making some Big changes in the CGL 2016 Exam Pattern. Don’t worry the Syllabus remains the same, only changes are in the Pattern, Weightage and Duration of Exam. However, CGL Tier-2 remains the same.

Tier-1 Syllabus: In the CGL Tier-1, there will be 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) to be asked from 4 Sections viz. English , Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. 

Each section has 25 Questions and Each Question carry 2 marks.

The Total Duration of Tier-1 Exam is 75 minutes.

Moreover the Exam will be computer based (Online Exam)

Here is the Revised and New Exam Pattern for SSC CGL 2016 Exam

Penalty: There will be deduction of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.

Detailed Section wise Syllabus for English Section (Tier-1)

Recently, SSC had replied to an RTI Application, regarding the English syllabus for Tier-1 Examination. The best part in that reply is that, SSC had even given the Topic wise distribution of marks for English syllabus.

During the Recent SSC CGL Pattern change, the English section is reduced to 25 Marks only. 

Here is the Reply of the RTI, as given below. 

Tier-2 Syllabus: Those who Pass the Tier-1 exam, can appear for Tier-2 Exam. The Tier-2 Exam will have Sections viz English and Quantitative Aptitude.

1) Quantitative Aptitude: In the Tier-2 Exam, there will be 100 Questions from the Quant section and each Question carry 2 marks. The Duration of this exam will be 2 hours.

2) English: This section is tier-2 Exam, will have 200 Questions , with each Question carrying 1 Mark. The Duration of this Exam is 2 Hours

Note: In tier-2 Exam, there will penalty of 0.50 marks for Quantitative Aptitude Sections, while there will be penalty for 0.25 marks for English Language and Comprehension.

Descriptive Paper : SSC had introduced a descriptive paper in the CGL 2016 Examination. This paper is only for those, who Qualify the SSC Tier-2 Exam

The Duration of this Paper is 1 hour only and Questions in this paper will be asked from the following sections:

1) Essay Writing
2) Letter Writing
3) Precis Writing etc

Applicants have choice to appear for Tier-1 Exam is Hindi Or English Language. 

Tier-3 stage carries a weighatge of 100 marks.

Section-wise Analysis for CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exams.

As of now, we have discussed the Syllabus for Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam. Now, in this section, lets discuss about the weighatge given to each of the sections in both the exams.

Here is the Detailed Section wise analysis 

What, we can form the above figure, is that Quant and English section carries the equal and maximum weightage. and Reasoning along with GA carries the minimum weightage

But remember, one thing that All the four Sections are Equally Important and carry similar wightage for Tier-1 Exam.

So Due Preparation should be given to all sections, but more focus should be on English and Quant Section from the Tier-2 Perspective.

SSC CGLTier-1 General Awareness Syllabus 

This is high scoring and Time Saving section in the CGL Tier-1 Exam.

This section has 50 Questions and maximum time limit for this section is 20 mins

This Sections has Questions mainly from the Static GK, Sciences and Crap.

1) Static GK Comprises of Questions from Polity, Indian History& Culture, Geography and Economy.

2) In Science Section, the Questions are asked from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Section.

3) The Crap Questions, comprises of Questions from Current Affairs, Current GK, Books and Authors, Persons and Place in News, Abbreviations etc.

Here is the topic wise and year wise break up of Questions from the General Awareness Question

2010: SSC CGL GA Questions 

Here is the Break-up of Questions from different Topics

  1. Static GK: 29 Questions
  2. Science: 18 Questions
  3. Crap: 3 Questions

2011: SSC CGL GA Questions 

In 2011, here is the topic wise break up of Questions
  1. Static GK: 29 Questions
  2. Science: 16 Questions
  3. Crap: 5 Questions

2012: SSC CGL GA Questions

Here is the Break up of Questions from various sections
  1. Static GK: 23 Questions
  2. Science: 17 Questions
  3. Crap: 10 Questions

SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus

This Section has 50 Questions in the Tier-1 Exam. The Questions in this sections are asked from the Topics given below
Syllogism, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Directions, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Statement and Assumptions, Analogy, Ranking, Series Problems and Non-Verbal Reasoning etc.

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

This is section with most weightage. In this section, 50 Questions will be asked in Tier-1 Exam and 100 Questions from Tier-2 Exam. This Section carries 250 Marks.
Here is the Topic-wise Syllabus for this Section:
Questions in section are asked from 
1) Number Theory (LCM, HCF, Prime No.s etc)
2) Basic Maths
3) Algebra and Geometry
4) Speed, Distance and Time
5) Ratio & Proportion
6) Percentages
7) Probability
Note: Maximum Questions are asked from these section, however, you have to prepare for all the topics.

SSC CGL English Syllabus

We can say that this is easiest among all the sections and carries the weighathe of 250 Marks ( 50 Marks in Tier-1 and 200 marks in Tier-II Exam.) 
In this sections, questions are asked on these topics
1) Passage
2) Improving Sentences
3) Spotting Errors
4) Synonyms and Antonyms
5) Cloze test
This is the General Syllabus for SSC CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam. However if in 2016 SSC make any changes in the Exam Pattern or Syllabus, we wil update the same on this page.

Any Queries ?

If you have any Queries, regarding the Syllabus for SSC CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam, Don’t feel shy to ask us any thing and post your comments in the comment section below. 
We will take no time in solving your Queries.

54 thoughts on “SSC CGL 2016 Syllabus PDF for Tier-1 and Tier-2

  1. mani gaud


  2. Chand

    From this year onwards since there are no interview rounds ,marks of tier1 &2 will be taken jointly for the final result.

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  5. Unknown

    i am studing bcom second how many tiers will be and what is pass percentage amd where books will be avaible

  6. kumar raja

    ssc is giving lot of imp to only arithmetics in tier 2 ..that's not good at all for science students… they are knowingly doing this to suppress..

  7. Unknown

    ssc is giving lot of imp to only arithmetics in tier 2 ..that's not good at all for science students… they are knowingly doing this to suppress..

  8. Mohd Zishan

    Reviewing this page, I observed the list of Tire-1 examination in which need some correction in scheme of examination and mark are not matching to each other considering as per above stated. As it is mentioned that each sections have 25 questions carrying 1 mark each, but it is wrongly calculated 50 marks.
    With the reference of above, it is needed to update this pages with the modified version.

  9. Anonymous

    You just have to score more than the overall cutoff (out of 200 marks) which will be declared by SSC for passing tier 1. There is no section wise cutoff.

  10. Anonymous

    In tier I dear 1 Question carrying 02 marks , therefore it will be in total 50 Marks

  11. amit mishra

    what is last cutt off for ex-servicemen . how seat are reserved for ex-servicemen

  12. Ajay kumbhkar

    This is good page 4 knowledge updating comments and to know about the newer study guidance in that page

  13. sushmita ghate

    The marks given in notification are actually the no. of questions.
    U must understand this,every que. has 2 marks so how is the 3marks que. possible.

  14. Amardeep Singh

    is the mathematics syllabus which includes topics like algebra , compelex no, matrices, differential equations still in tier II of cgl 2016

  15. RASHMI


  16. Anonymous

    what is the cut off forn CGLE Tier 1 for general candidate? and also want to know the tier 2 syllabus..please reply


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