SSC CHSL, CGL, MTS Syllabus & Exam Pattern

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The SSC sets the examination pattern and syllabus for its different service recruitment drives. The objective behind setting the examination pattern and providing the syllabus is to give candidates a clear idea of the profile or job they are applying for. We know that the SSC conducts exams every year for different Grades and Posts under various ministries, departments and organisations. The syllabus and examination pattern of SSC Exams change after a few years. So, aspiring candidates should be updated on their syllabus before applying for that particular exam or post.

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This article from Vikramas Edutech helps candidates understand the syllabus and examination pattern of their desired recruitment service or post. Candidates can download the latest SSC syllabus in PDF format from the link provided in the article.

SSC CGL Syllabus:

Candidates should understand the examination pattern of the SSC CGL before searching for the syllabus. The SSC CGL Exam is conducted in four tiers. These are as follows:

  • Tier-I: Computer Based Examination
  • Tier-II: Computer based examination
  • Tier-III: Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive Paper)
  • Tier-IV: Computer Proficiency Test/Skill Test

The table below gives an idea of the SSC CGL exam pattern:

TierSubjectNumber Of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Tier-IGeneral Intelligence and Reasoning255060 minutes and 80 minutes for VH/OH
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Comprehension2550
TierSubjectNumber Of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Tier-IIPaper-I Quantitative abilities100200120 minutes and 160 minutes for VH/OH.
Paper-2 English Language and comprehension200200
Paper-3 Statistics100200
Paper-4 General Studies100200
(Finance and Economics)
TierMode of ExaminationScheme of ExamMaximum MarksTime Duration
Tier-IIIPen and Paper modeDescriptive Paper in Hindi or English (Writing of Essays, Precis, Applications,etc.)10060 minutes

Syllabus for SSC CGL Tier 1

English Comprehension SkillsGeneral Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative Aptitude
-synonyms and -antonyms -one word substitution -vocab and grammar skills -spotting errors -reading comprehension, sentence, rearrangement -para jumbles-symbolic/number analogy semantic classification -symbolic number classification -space visualisation -venn diagrams -drawing inferencesHistory, Harappa civilization, Vedic culture, Medieval India and their important systems, India’s freedom movement and their leaders -geography about nations and their details, famous seaports and airports -general knowledge -current affairs-Number system problems -percentage -Ratio & proportion -square roots -averages, -interests -complementary angles -heights and distances -histogram -data analysis

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-II

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish Language and ComprehensionStatisticsGeneral Studies, Finance & Economics
-number system problem -percentage -time and distance -time and work -Basic algebraic identities of school algebra-active and passive voice -direct and indirect speech -conversion and narration -shuffling of sentence parts in passage -comprehension passageData distribution, calculation, – A diagrammatic representation of data, – Moments and relationships-skewness, kurtosis-micro & macro economics, -growth and development -market analysis, production demand, and supply -Indian economy -economic reforms Money and banking -Role of technology in reforming the economic domain

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-III:

The main objective of this exam is to evaluate the candidate’s language proficiency in terms of grammar knowledge, vocabulary usage, and writing skills in both Hindi and English. Subjects and topics relate to current affairs and sensitive matters like Demonetization, women’s empowerment, terrorism, the right to equality, and the freedom of women in our country. A candidate needs to write a precis, an application, letters, essays, and passages to qualify for this exam.

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-IV

SSC CGL TestDescriptionPost
Data Entry Speed Test8000 keystrokes per hour on the computer A passage of about 2000 key depressions for a duration of 15 minutes.Tax Assistants (Central & Excise)
Computer Proficiency TestWord Processing Spreadsheet Generation of slidesAssistant Section Officer of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) Assistant Serious Fraud Investigation Officer (SFIO) Assistant officer (GSI).

Important Pointers for the SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

  • The SS Commission has the right to make required changes in the examination pattern and syllabus.
  • For SSC CGL Exam, there is a negative marking in Tier-1 stage. Each wrong answer will deduct 0.50 from the overall score.
  • While in Tier-2 stage, there is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer for English language and comprehension and 0.50 marks deduction in paper-1, paper-3 and paper-4. 
  • In stage two/ Tier-2, paper-1 and paper-2 are compulsory for all the posts.
  • The SSC CGL Exam also has computer proficiency test/ skill test wherever applicable. 
  • Aspirants get a free SSC CGL mock test from the provided link in this article. It is prepared by experienced staff based on the latest examination pattern.

SSC CPO Syllabus:

The SSC Central Police Organization (CPO)exam follows the below given pattern.

  • 1. Paper-1
  • 2. Physical Standard Test (PST)/Physical Endurance Test (PET)
  • 3. Paper-2
  • 4. Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

Above given stages are mandatory for qualifying as SSC CPO services.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

PaperSubjectNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Paper-1General Intelligence and Reasoning50502 hours
General knowledge and General Awareness5050
Quantitative Aptitude5050
English Comprehension5050
Paper-2English language and Comprehension2002002 hours
SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper 1
The SSC CPO syllabus for Paper 1 has the same subjects and topics as the SSC CGL Syllabus.

SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper-II

English Language and ComprehensionError recognition, filling the blanks Vocabulary, spellings, grammar, sentence structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, and sentence completion phrases Idiomatic use of words, comprehension

Aspirants can check important idioms and phrases from the link provided in the article.

Noticeable Points for the SSC CPO Exam Pattern:

  • As per the SSC CPO pattern, both the question papers have objective-type and multiple-choice questions.
  • Questions will be set in both the languages Hindi & English in part-1, 2 and 3 of paper-I.
  • There is a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in papers 1 and 2.
  • The commission can set the minimum qualifying marks for any paper or part of a paper.

SSC CHSL Syllabus:

The SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam pattern and syllabus are shown below.

  • 1. Tier-1 : Computer-based Examination 
  • 2. Tier-2 : Descriptive Paper
  • 3. Tier-3 : Skill Test/Typing Test

SSC CHSL Pattern for Tier-1 ( Paper)

PartSubjectNumber Of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Part-1English Language (Basic Knowledge)505060 minutes and 80 minutes for VH/OH (PwD) candidates
Part-2General Intelligence5050
Part-3Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill): SSC maths syllabus5050
Part-4General Awareness5050

SSC CHSL Pattern for Tier-II

TierMode of ExaminationScheme of ExamMaximum MarksTime/ Duration
Tier-IIPen & Paper ModeA descriptive paper in Hindi or English (writing of Essays, Precis, and applications)10060 minutes and 80 minutes for reserved candidates

SSC CHSL Pattern for Tier-III

CategoryPostExam DescriptionDuration
Data Entry Skill TestSkill Test for Data Entry OperatorData entry speed of 8000 key depressions on computer60 minutes and 80 minutes for reserved candidates
Data entry operator in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)Speed of 15000 key depressions on computer
Typing TestLDC/JSA and Postal Assistant/Sorting AssistantEnglish typing speed is 35 words per minute Hindi typing speed is 30 words per minute60 minutes and 80 minutes for reserved candidates

The syllabus for the SSC CHSL examination is quite similar to that for the SSC CGL and SSC CPO in Tier 1. The following is brief information about the syllabus:

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier-1

General Intelligence/ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
Logical ReasoningComputation of Whole numbers, decimals, and Fractions, Relationship between numbersReading comprehensionHistory
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit and LossCloze TestCulture
Ranking, Direction, or Alphabet TestSimple Interest and Compound Interest, Surd and IndicesPara JumblesGeography
Coding/DecodingPermutation, Combination and Probability

Aspirants can check or download important Alpha-numeric question series from the provided link in the article.

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier-II

Essay WritingLetter writing
ApplicationComprehension

Aspiring students go through the Vikramas Edutech practice paper or formats for different modules.

  • Letter writing format
  • Essay writing 
  • Precise writing 
  • Difference between precis and summary writing.

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier-III

Skill TestSpeedTime
Data entry operatorData entry speed of 8000 keystrokes per hour on the computer. Candidates speed will be judged on the basis of correct word entry or key depression as per the given passage.Data entry speed of 8000 keystrokes per hour on the computer. Candidates speed will be judged on the basis of correct word entry or key depression as per the given passage. A candidate will get 15 minutes and a printed matter in English containing around 2000 key depressions in a prescribed format to enter the same in the test computer.
Data entry operator in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)The speed of 15000 key depressions per hour. Speed will be adjudged with the correct word entry or key depression as per the given passage.A candidate will have 15 minutes with printed material in English containing around 4000 keystrokes to enter that in the provided format on the test computer
Lower Division clerk/ Junior secretariat Assistant (LDS/JSA) Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants (PA/SA)The speed of 10500 keystrokes per hour. Speed will be adjudged with the correct word entry or key depression as per the given passage.The duration of the test will be 15 minutes. A printed matter in English containing around 9000 keystrokes. The candidate should enter the data in the provided format on the test computer.

Noticeable Points for the SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

  • Tier 1 exams will have objective type and multiple-choice questions. These questions will be available in English and Hindi for parts 2, 3, and 4.
  • There is a negative mark of 0.50 for each wrong answer in the SSC CHSL Examination.
  •  A minimum qualifying mark in Tier-2 would be 33%.
  • The writing medium for paper is either English or Hindi. If any candidate writes in combined languages, he or she receives zero marks.

Important links for SSC aspirants:

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SSC Syllabus for the JE Examination:

The syllabus and exam pattern for Junior engineers (JE) are as follows: The pattern consists of two papers.

SSC JE Exam Pattern

PaperExam ModeSubjectNo. Of QuestionsMarksDuration
Paper-1 Objective TypeComputer-based testGeneral Intelligence and Reasoning50502 hours
General Awareness5050
Part-A General Engineering (civil and structural) or Part-B General Engineering (Electrical) Or Part-C General Engineering (Mechanical)100100
Paper-2 Descriptive TypeWritten TestPart-A General Engineering (civil and structural) Or Part-B General Engineering (Electrical ) Or Part-C General Engineering (Mechanical)3002 hours

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SSC JE Syllabus for Paper-1

General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessGeneral Engineering
-Relationship Concepts -Arithmetical Reasoning -Problem Solving -Space Visualisation -Visual Memory -Analysis And Judgment -Analogies-Geography -Culture -History -Economic Scene -Scientific Research -General PolityPart-A (Civil and structural Engineering ) -Building Materials -Surveying -Estimating -Soil Mechanics -Costing And Valuation -Concrete Technology -Irrigation Engineering
Part-B (Electrical Engineering) -Basic Concepts -Circuit Law -Ac Fundamentals -Magnetic Circuit -Electrical Machines -Measurement And Measuring Instruments -Synchronous Machines
Part-C (Mechanical Engineering) -Theory Of Machines and Machine Design -1st Law Of Thermodynamics -2nd Law Of Thermodynamics -IC Engine Performance -Air Standard Cycles For IC Engines -IC Engines and Combustion Boilers -IC Engine Cooling and Lubrication Classification -Rankine Cycle Of Systems

SSC JE Syllabus for Paper 2

Paper 2 is a written exam with 300 marks and a duration of 2 hours. Candidates have to pick either part or subject from the following list:

  1. Part-A Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering
  2. Part-B Electrical Engineering
  3. Part-C Mechanical Engineering

Noticeable Pointers for the SSC JE Exam Pattern:

  • Candidates have to attempt the selected part, which is filed in the application form, during the test in papers 1 and 2 for general engineering.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 points for each wrong answer in Paper 1.

SSC GD Syllabus:

This section of the SSC provides a detailed syllabus and exam pattern for the constable in General Duty (GD). This exam is conducted through a computer-based module. The paper has one objective type, containing 100 questions and 100 marks.

SSC GD Exam Pattern

SubjectNumber Of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Part-A: General Intelligence and Reasoning252590 minutes
Part-B General Knowledge and Awareness2525
Part-C Elementary Mathematics2525
Part-D English/Hindi2525

SSC GD aspirants should also read the syllabuses of SSC CGL, CPO, and CHSL, because their syllabuses quite closely match. This strategy helps aspirants have an advantage over others in the selection process.

SSC MTS Examination Pattern and Syllabus:

The SSC MTS exam has two papers.

Paper 1: It is an objective-type online examination test that consists of 100 questions. This paper has four sections. These are General Awareness, General Reasoning and Intelligence, English, and Numerical Aptitude. Each section has 25 questions and 25 marks. There is a negative marking of 0.25 points for each wrong answer. Candidates require minimum qualifying marks to be called for the next round.

Paper 2: It is a descriptive-type offline examination test. This paper has 50 marks. In this paper, candidates have to write a short essay or letter to pass the elementary language exam.

SSC Stenographer Syllabus and Examination Pattern:

The SSC Stenographer exam pattern has two stages.

  1. Computer Based Test
  2. Skill Test

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern CBT

Stenographers CBT SectionsNumber Of QuestionsMarks
General Awareness5050
General Intelligence and Reasoning5050
English Language and Comprehension100100
Total200200
  • The computer-based test is online and objective. Candidates have 2 hours for the test, and each question has one mark. There is a penalty of 0.25 points for each wrong answer.
  • This exam is divided into three sections. These are General Awareness, English Language, and General Intelligence and Reasoning

Frequently Asked Questions about SSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Q1. What are the subjects covered in the SSC Exams for various SSC services?
Answer: There are many common subjects that are covered in almost all SSC Exams. These are English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence and Reasoning, and General Awareness. There are some exams that require specific knowledge about a particular subject for qualification. Candidates should check the relevant link provided in the article for related SSC Exams.<

Q2. Is there negative marking in the SSC Exam?
Answer: Yes, some SSC Exams have a negative marking pattern. However, these papers have different negative marking ratios, like SSC, CGL, CHSL, CPO, and JE. The SSC GD examination pattern has no negative marking.

Q3. What is the minimum educational qualification for all SSC Exams?
Answer: Almost all SSC Exams demand different qualifications. Candidates should know the qualification standard for the post they are applying for.

  • The SSC CGL Exam requires a graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum mark of 50%.
  • The SSC JE exam requires a degree or diploma in a relevant Engineering field without minimum marks.
  • The SSC CHSL Exams need a 12th class pass out candidate.
  • The SSC GD Exam requires a 10th standard pass out candidate without minimum marks.
  • The SSC CPO Exam requires a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university without minimum marks.

SSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus-DOWNLOAD PDF The SSC sets the examination pattern and syllabus for its different service recruitment drives. The objective behind setting the examination pattern and providing the syllabus is to give candidates a clear idea of the profile or job they are applying for. We know that the SSC conducts exams every…

SSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus-DOWNLOAD PDF The SSC sets the examination pattern and syllabus for its different service recruitment drives. The objective behind setting the examination pattern and providing the syllabus is to give candidates a clear idea of the profile or job they are applying for. We know that the SSC conducts exams every…

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