SSC CGL 2022 – Exam Pattern and Syllabus

ssc cgl 2022

SSC CGL 2022: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the notification for Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) 2022. SSC conducts CGLE every year for graduate candidates. The qualified candidates get jobs in different ministries in accordance with their rank and choice in Grade B and C posts. This year, SSC has notified more than 20000 vacancies, much higher than recent years’ vacancy trend. This is the Golden Chance for the aspirants to crack CGLE this year and Get their dream Jobs.

Various Details about SSC CGL 2022 as given below:

SSC CGL 2022: Important Dates

Dates for submission of online applications17-09-2022 to 08-10-2022
Last date and time for receipt of online applications08-10-2022 (23:00)
Last date and time for generation of offline Challan08-10-2022 (23:00)
Last date and time for making online fee payment09-10-2022 (23:00)
Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of Bank)10-10-2022
Dates of ‘Window for Application Form Correction’ including online payment.12-10-2022 to 13-10-2022 (23:00)
Tentative Schedule of Tier-I (Computer Based Examination)Dec, 2022
Tentative Schedule of Tier-II (Computer Based Examination)To be notified later
Download Official NotificationClick Here

SSC CGL 2022: Exam Pattern

  • The Computer Based Examination will be conducted in two tiers as indicated below:
    • Tier-I
    • Tier-II

Marks scored by candidates in Computer Based Examinations, if conducted in multiple shifts, will be normalized by using the formula published by the Commission vide Notice No: 1-1/2018-P&P-I dated 07-02-2019 and such normalized scores will be used to determine final merit and cut-off marks.

Scheme of Tier-I Examination:

TierSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allowed
IA. General     Intelligence                 and Reasoning2550 
   1 hour
B. General Awareness2550
    (1 hour and 20 minutes
    for the candidates eligible for scribe as per
C. Quantitative Aptitude2550
    Para-7.1 and 7.2)
D. English Comprehension2550
  • Tier-I will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Comprehension.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.

Scheme of Tier-II Examination:

TierPaperSessionSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allowed
                                    II                            Paper-I:                  Session-I (2 hours and 15 minutes)  Section-I:   Module-I: Mathematical Abilities Module-II: Reasoning and General Intelligence.      30     30   Total = 60      60*3   = 180            1 hour (for each section)   (1 hours and 20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)
  Section-II:   Module-I: English Language and Comprehension Module-II: General Awareness      45     25   Total = 70        70*3   = 210
Section-III:   Module-I: Computer Knowledge Module  20  20*3   = 60  15 Minutes (for each module)   (20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)
Session-II   (15 minutes)Section-III:   Module-II: Data Entry Speed Test Module  One Data Entry Task 
  Paper-II  Statistics    100  100*2   = 2002 hours (for each Paper)   (2 hours and 40 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)
  Paper-III  General Studies (Finance and Economics)    100  100*2   = 200
  • Tier-II will include conducting of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III in separate shift(s)/ day(s).
  • Paper-I is compulsory for all the posts.
  • Paper-II will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for these Posts.
  • Paper-III will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-III i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • Paper-I will include following three sections having two modules each:

Section-I :

  • Module-I:Mathematical Abilities
  • Module-II: Reasoning and General Intelligence.

Section-II :

  • Module-I: English Language and Comprehension
  • Module-II: General Awareness

Section-III :

  • Module-I: Computer Knowledge Test
  • Module-II: Data Entry Speed Test
  • Paper-I will be conducted in two sessions – Session –I & Session-II, on same day. Session-I will include conducting of Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III. Session-II will include conducting of Module-II of Section-III. Therefore, duration of Session-I will be 2 hours and 15 minutes and duration of Session-II will be 15 minutes only.

It will be mandatory for the candidates to qualify all the sections of Paper-I.

  • Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II & Paper-III) will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Language And Comprehension module in Section-II of Paper-I.
  • There will be negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II and Paper-III.
  • Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I i.e. Computer Knowledge Test is mandatory but qualifying in nature. However, while shortlisting the candidates for the posts where Computer Proficiency is prescribed i.e. Assistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA & AFHQ, Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines, Assistant in Indian Meteorological Department (Ministry of Earth Sciences), Inspector (CGST &Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer) & Inspector (Examiner) in CBIC and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant in Department of Post, higher qualifying standardswill be set in comparison to other posts.

Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I i.e.Data Entry Speed Test (DEST):

  • Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I will include conducting of a Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) for a duration of 15 minutes in Session-II on the same day.
  • The “Data Entry Speed Test” (DEST) Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes. Detailed instructions regarding Skill Test will be provided by the Regional Offices of the Commission. Information about evaluation of Typing Test/ DEST are available on the Commission’s website https://ssc.nic.in (Candidate’s Corner).
  • DEST will be mandatory for all the posts; however it will be qualifying in nature.

SSC CGL 2022: Exam Syllabus

Tier-I Syllabus:

General Intelligence & Reasoning:

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern- folding& un-folding, Figural Pattern-folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence.

General Awareness:

Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.   Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

Quantitative Aptitude:

The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

English Comprehension:

Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

The questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of a level commensurate with the essential qualification viz. Graduation and questions in Part-C will be of 10th standard level.

Tier-II Syllabus:

Module-I of Session-I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities):

Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work.Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2𝜃 + cos2𝜃=1 etc.Statistics and probability: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart; Measures of central tendency: mean, median, mode, standard deviation; calculation of simple probabilities.

Module-II of Section-I of Paper-I (Reasoning and General Intelligence):

Questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. These will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Numerical operations, Other sub-topics, if any.

Module-I of Section-II of Paper-I (English Language And Comprehension):

Vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and their correct usage; Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One word substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage. To test comprehension, three or more paragraphs will be given and questions based on those will be asked. At least one paragraph should be a simple one based on a book or a story and the other two paragraphs should be on current affairs, based on a report or an editorial.

Module-II of Section-II of Paper-I (General Awareness):

Questions are designed to test the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around them and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I (Computer Proficiency):

  • Computer Basics: Organization of a computer, Central Processing Unit (CPU), input/ output devices, computer memory, memory organization, back- up devices, PORTs, Windows Explorer. Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Software: Windows Operating system including basics of Microsoft Office like MS word, MS Excel and Power Point etc..
  • Working with Internet and e-mails: Web Browsing & Searching, Downloading & Uploading, Managing an E-mail Account, e-Banking.
  • Basics of networking and cyber security: Networking devices and protocols, Network and information security threats (like hacking, virus, worms, Trojan etc.) and preventive measures.

Paper-II (Statistics):

  • Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.
  • Measures of Central Tendency– Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
  • Measures of Dispersion– Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
  • Correlation and Regression – Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient; simple regression lines; Spearman’s rank correlation; Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression; Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only).
  • Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).
  • Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non- probability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution(statement only); Sample size decisions.
  • Statistical Inference – Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method), Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
  • Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two- way classified data.
  • Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
  • Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper-III (General Studies-Finance and Economics):

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks):

Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks):

Comptroller & Auditor General of India –Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility.

Finance Commission-Role and functions.

Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics: Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve.

Theory of Demand and Supply: Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity; Theory of consumer’s behaviour- Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.

Theory of Production and cost: Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.

Forms of Market and price determination in different markets: Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly and Price determination in these markets.

Indian Economy:

Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors- Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth;

National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income.

Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth.

Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment.

Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.

Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.

Money and Banking:

Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.

Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments. 13.10.7.2.9.3 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.

Role of Information Technology in Governance.

Questions in Module-I of Section- I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities) will be of Matriculation Level, in Module-I of Section- II of Paper-I (English Language and Comprehension) of 10+2 Level and in Paper-II and Paper-III of Graduation Level.

SSC CGL 2022: Details of Posts and Age Criteria

  • Details of the Posts: Followings are the likely posts that will be filled up through this Examination:
2.1 Pay Level-8 (₹ 47600 to 151100):
S NoName of PostMinistry/         Department/ Office/ CadreClassification of PostsAge Limit
1Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGGroup                “B” Gazetted        (Non Ministerial)Not exceeding 30 years.
2Assistant Accounts OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGGroup                “B” Gazetted        (Non Ministerial)Not exceeding 30 years.
2.2 Pay Level-7 (₹ 44900 to 142400):
3Assistant Section OfficerCentral Secretariat ServiceGroup “B”20-30 years
4Assistant Section OfficerIntelligence BureauGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years.
5Assistant Section OfficerMinistry of RailwayGroup “B”20-30 years
6Assistant Section OfficerMinistry of External AffairsGroup “B”20-30 years
7Assistant Section OfficerAFHQGroup “B”20-30 years
8Assistant Section OfficerMinistry of Electronics and Information TechnologyGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years.
9Assistant       /       Assistant Section OfficerOther Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years.
10Inspector of Income TaxCBDTGroup “C”Not exceeding 30 years
11Inspector, (Central Excise)CBICGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
12Inspector (Preventive Officer)
13Inspector (Examiner)
14Assistant                          Enforcement OfficerDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of RevenueGroup “B”Up to 30 years
15Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of InvestigationGroup “B”20-30 years
16Inspector PostsDepartment of Post, Ministry of CommunicationGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
17InspectorCentral Bureau of Narcotics, Ministry of FinanceGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
2.3 Pay Level-6 (₹ 35400 to 112400):
18AssistantOther Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
19Divisional AccountantOffices under C&AGGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
20Sub InspectorNational Investigation Agency (NIA)Group “B”Up to 30 years
21Sub-Inspector/           Junior Intelligence OfficerNarcotics Control Bureau (MHA)Group “B”Not exceeding 30 years
22Junior Statistical OfficerMinistry of Statistics &Programme Implementation.Group “B”Up to 32 years
2.4 Pay Level-5 (₹ 29200 to 92300):
23AuditorOffices under C&AGGroup “C”18-27 years
24AuditorOffices under CGDAGroup “C”18-27 years
25AuditorOther Ministry/ DepartmentsGroup “C”18-27 years
26AccountantOffices under C&AGGroup “C”18-27 years
27AccountantController General of AccountsGroup “C”18-27 years
28Accountant/               Junior AccountantOther Ministry/ DepartmentsGroup “C”18-27 years
2.5 Pay Level-4 (₹ 25500 to 81100):
29Postal Assistant/ Sorting AssistantDepartment of Post, Ministry of CommunicationGroup “C”18-27 years
30Senior                             Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division ClerksCentral Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres.Group “C”18-27 years
31Senior           Administrative AssistantMilitary Engineering Services, Ministry of DefenceGroup “C”18-27 years
32Tax AssistantCBDTGroup “C”18-27 years
33Tax AssistantCBICGroup “C”18-27 years
34Sub-InspectorCentral Bureau of Narcotics, Ministry of FinanceGroup “C”18-27 years
35Upper Division ClerksDte. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD)   (Post is only for male Candidates with higher physical and medical standards given at Annexure-XVIII)Group “C”18-27 years

SSC CGL 2022: Age Limit and Age Relaxations

Age limit (As on 01-01-2022):

The requirement of age for various posts is as follows:

S NoAge LimitRemarks
(i)For the posts for which age limit is 18-27 yearsCandidate must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1995 and not later than 01-01-2004.
(ii)For the posts for which age limit is 20-30 yearsCandidate must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1992 and not later than 01-01-2002.
(iii)For the posts for which age limit is 18-30 yearsCandidate must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1992 and not later than 01-01-2004.
(iv)For the post for which age limit is 18-32 yearsCandidate must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1990 and not later than 01-01-2004.
  • Permissible relaxation in upper age limit and category-codes for claiming age relaxation are as follows:
Code NoCategoryAge-relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit
01SC/ST5 years
02OBC3 years
03PwBD (Unreserved)10 years
04PwBD (OBC)13 years
05PwBD (SC/ST)15 years
06Ex-Servicemen (ESM)3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
08Defence   Personnel    disabled   in    operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in    a    disturbed   area    and   released    as    a3 years
 consequence thereof 
09Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof  (SC/ST)8 years
Additional permissible relaxation in upper age limit for Group ‘C’ posts
10Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application.Upto 40 years of age
11Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application.Upto 45 years of age
12Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried.Up to 35 years of age
13Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ST).Up to 40 years of age

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