Exam Syllabus: SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination, Tier - 1

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Staff Selection Commission: Combined Graduate Level Examination, Tier - 1


Accordingly, the revised scheme of examination is detailed below

Tier Mode of examination Scheme of Examination Marks Time
I Computer based A. General Intelligence & Reasoning
25 Questions

B. General Awareness
25 Questions

C. Quantitative Aptitude
25 Questions

D. English Comprehension
25 Questions

  • 50 Marks
  • 50 Marks
  • 50 Marks
  • 50 Marks
  • Total -200 Marks *
75 Minutes (Total)

For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes

II Computer based
  1. Quantitative Abilities (Paper 1)
  2. English Language & Comprehension (Paper 2)
  • Statistics (Paper 3)
  • General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Paper 4)
  1. 200
  2. 200
  • 200
  • 200
  1. 2 Hours 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
  2. 2 Hours 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM
  • 2 Hours 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
  • 2 Hours 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

In addition to above, the Commission has also decided to introduce a Descriptive Paper of English/Hindi as Tier-III. The Question Paper will be bilingual. The candidates will have the option to choose any one medium. The details may be read as under:-

Tier Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Marks Time
III Pen and Paper mode Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter/Application Writing etc Total marks 100 60 minutes

For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes

IV Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) / Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (wherever applicable) Same as published in the Notice of Examination Qualifying Same as published in the Notice of Examination
  • The final merit will be prepared on overall performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III. However, the candidate will need to qualify all the tiers i.e. Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III separately. There will be no sectional cut-off.
  • Document Verification will also be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination

Tier - 1 Exam Syllabus


A. 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, judgement, 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, Other sub-topics, if any.

B. 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.

C. 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.

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

The questions in Posts A,B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10+2 level.

Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) / Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (wherever applicable)

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)


CPT Exam consists of 3 Sections:

1. Word Processing - Candidates are given a printed english passage that has to be typed in the computer. It is not exactly Microsoft Word but their own software. No formatting (bold, italics etc) is needed. Only typing has to be done. One has to type 2000 characters (depressions) in 15minutes. This will not be a big deal if you practice on your computer. Microsoft Word can count characters as well, so you can create your test by typing in a newspaper article of approximately 2000 characters in 15minutes. This is checked against how many mistakes you make in typing. Only a certain percent of mistakes are allowed. See cut-offs here.

2. Spreadsheets - Candidates are required to work on Microsoft Excel software and create a spreadsheet as they provide in a printed sheet. Some things will have to be calculated using formulas of MS Excel like profits, percentages etc.. Only simple formulas are needed but one must have a basic understanding of MS Excel here. Time of 15minutes will be given. Version 2007 was used in my CPT attended in Delhi (in 2013).

3. Generation of slides - A printed sheet showing a print-out of a single slide will be given. Candidates will have to create a slide similar to the one given in Microsoft Powerpoint. Knowledge of header, footer, inserting date/time and file address will be required. Time of 15minutes will be given. Version 2007 was used in my CPT attended in Delhi (in 2013).

  • Computer will be provided by SSC Exam Invigilator/Staff. You are not allowed to bring your own Computer keyboard.
  • There is no exemption of CPT for any category of PH candidates.
  • CPT is of qualifying nature. Marks obtained here will not be counted in merit but if you do not pass you will not get CSS post.

Skill Test in Data Entry (DEST)


SSC DEST Exam is for those canidates who are selected after SSC CGL Tier-2 for the post of Tax Assistant (TA).

This is exactly similar to Module 1 of Computer Proficiency Test(CPT) . The only exception is that SSC has clearly written that 2,000 depressions have to be made in 15minutes - this should be your minimum speed. Candidates are given a printed english passage that has to be typed in the computer. It is not exactly Microsoft Word but their own software. No formatting (bold, italics etc) is needed. Only typing has to be done.

This will not be a big deal if you practice on your computer. Microsoft Word can count characters as well, so you can create your test by typing in a newspaper article of approximately 2,000 characters in 15 minutes. This is checked against how many mistakes you make in typing. Only a certain percent of mistakes are allowed.

  • The test is qualifying in nature. If you don't qualify, you will not be considered for the job.
  • Exemption for PH candidates as per the Notifcaion Rules of the exam.

Courtesy: Staff Selection Commission