SSC CGL: Everything you Need to Know to Crack it

Oct 28, 2020 9:49 AM ET

Oct 28, 2020 5:49 AM ET
iCrowd Newswire – Oct 28, 2020

As youngsters start pursuing their final year of graduation, the choice of career that lies ahead is a question that starts wandering inside their mind. To clear the dilemma, one of the best options to go for is SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level) exam, for a secured future and respected position in various ministries of the Government of India.

SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level) is conducted to select graduates for Group-B and Group-C from different education backgrounds to fill a plethora of vacancies in the Government sector. Every year after the release of notification, thousands of graduates end up filling the SSC CGL form. To be in the race and to increase the chances of winning the vacancy, aspirants should be aware about every aspect of the exam such as the SSC CGL admit card release, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus and so on.

The Exam Structure: Let’s start from the grassroot level and look at one of the more important aspect of the exam journey, which is the exam pattern. It is very necessary to understand the exam pattern properly so that aspirants can prepare appropriately. The pattern of SSC CGL is diversified mainly in four sections which are described below:

  • Tier-I: It is an objective type (multiple choice question) computer-based exam conducted for 60 minutes. The tier-I exam consists of four sections which include 100 MCQ’s (Multiple Choice Questions) of General English, English Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude with 2 marks for each question. In association with that, a negative marking of 0.50 marks is applicable for each wrong answer.
  • Tier-II:  SSC CGL tier-II is also a multiple-choice question based online exam. It incorporates four sections with 500 questions and 120 minutes are allotted to attempt all questions. Tier-II is organized in bilingual format and imposes a penalty of 0.25 for each wrong answer. In this tier, paper-I & II is compulsory for all the aspirants and Paper-III is compulsory for JSO (Junior Statistical Officer)  aspirants and Paper-IV is compulsory for AAO (Assistant Account Officer) aspirants.
  • Tier-III: This descriptive part of the exam is conducted to check the aspirant’s command over writing, grammar and vocabulary. Descriptive paper is conducted in both English and Hindi language and 60 minutes are given to complete a test of 100 marks which includes Writing of letter/essay/application and/or precis writing.
  • Tier-IV: Final part of the SSC CGL selection procedure is a skill test named as “Computer Proficiency Test or Skill Test” which comprises DEST (Data Entry Speed Test) and CPT (Computer Proficiency Test). In DEST, aspirants must have a speed of 8000 Key Depression per hour on the computer. For the 2000 key depressions test, one document is given to complete within 15 minutes. CPT is made up of three modules which are slides generation, word processing and spreadsheet.

Curriculum: Moving on to another part of the examination which plays a crucial role in this pathway. Pretenders need to study the syllabus thoroughly so that they can prepare according to their strengths and weaknesses.

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning:Reasoning test is introduced in the exam to test mental ability in generating creative ideas and solving problems. Its syllabus integrates Semantic Series,  Analogies, Problem-solving & Analysis, Similarities and Differences, Mirror image, Discrimination & observation, Judgment & Decision making, Paper cutting & folding, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Cube & Dice, Non-verbal series, Critical thinking etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: To test the mathematical calculations and numerical solving skills, Quantitative aptitude is introduced. It covers topics like average, algebra, Mixture and Alligation, Boat & Stream, LCM & HCF, Percentages, Height & Distance, Partnership, Speed, Degree and Radian Measures, Time & Work, Profit & Loss, Discount, Height & Distance, CI & SI, Trigonometry, Standard Identities etc.
  • General Knowledge: General awareness plays an important role in our professional as well as in personal life. General Awareness unifies topics such as current affairs, geography, History, Science & Technology, Statik GK, Economy & Finance, Biology, Chemistry, Physics etc.
  • General English:English is considered as one of the important topics in Exam. It incorporates sentence correction, error spotting, active-passive, antonym, idioms & phrases, passage, one-word substitution etc.
  • Statistics: This subject is included for candidates who applied for Junior Statistical Officer. Statistics consists of topics such as Collection and Representation of Data, Measure of Central Tendency, Measure of Dispersion, Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis, Correlation and Regression, Sampling Theory, Random Variables, Analysis and Variance, Index Number etc.
  • General Studies -Finance and Economics:This section of the exam is incorporated for the applicants of Assistant Account Officer and it includes Finance and Accounting, Basic Concepts of Accounting, Self-Balancing Ledger, Theory of Production and cost, Finance Commission, Economics and Governance etc.