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About Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Exam (SSC CGLE) :

Staff Selection Commission conducts Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC – CGL) for recruitment to different Central Civil posts – Assistant / Inspector /SI / Divisional Accountant /Statistical Officer/ Auditor/Accountant/Junior Accountant /UDC / Tax Assistant / Compiler, for which Graduation from a recognized University is the minimum Educational Qualification required.
The recruitment for these posts is done in departments of Central Secretariat Service / Central Vigilance Commission / Intelligence Bureau / Ministry of Railways / Ministry of External Affairs / Ministry of Defence / CBI and a few other Ministries / Departments / Organisations of the Central Govt.

Eligibilty for Combined Graduate Level Exam (SSC CGLE) :

(i) Age:

  1. Statistical Investigator Gr II : Max 32 years
  2. Assistant Section Officer/SI in CBI : 20 – 30 years
  3. Assistant in IB: 21 – 27 years
  4. Assistant Enforcement Officer/SI in NIA/Asst Audit Officer : Max : 30 years
  5. SI in Central Bureau of Narcotics: 18 – 25 years
  6. Tax Assistant CBEC : 20 – 27 Years
  7. All Other posts : 18 – 27 years

(ii) Educational Qualification:

  1. For post of Compiler : Degree from any recognized University with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective subject.
  2. For post of Statistical Investigator Grade – II : Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized university or institute with at least 60% in Mathematics at 12th standard level OR Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level
  3. All other Posts: Degree from a recognized University or equivalent

Exam Pattern

The Examination comprises of four stages as explained below.

Tier – I Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) (Computer Based)
Tier -II Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) (Computer Based)
Tier -III Descriptive Paper in English / Hindi ( Pen and paper mode)
Tier -IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (Wherever Applicable )

Pattern of Tier -I Examination (Computer Based):

Part Subject No of Qs Marks Duration
A General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50
B General Awareness 25 50
C Quantitative Aptitude 25 50 60 Minutes
D English Language 25 50
Total 100 200
Tier –I of the CGLE will be common for all categories of posts

There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in Tier-I.
Questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice, set both in Hindi and English in respect of Parts A, B and C.
The questions in Reasoning, GA and English will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification viz graduation and questions in Quantitative Aptitude will be of 10th standard level.

Pattern of Tier -II Examination (Computer Based):

This is the second stage of the exam and only those candidates who qualify the first stage (Tier -I), will be allowed to sit in this exam. It is also a objective type test and Paper I and Paper II are compulsory for all the posts.

Paper No. Subject/paper Max . Marks No. of questions Duration
I Quantitative Ability 200 100 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
II English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
III Statistics 200 100 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
IV General Studies ( Finance & Economics) 200 100 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
Note : Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts .
Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.
Paper-IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I and Paper-III for each wrong answer
Questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice, set both in Hindi and English in respect of Paper I and III.
Questions in Paper-I will be of 10th standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III of graduation level.

Pattern of Tier – III Examination:

The Commission has also decided to introduce a Descriptive Paper (writing of Essay/Letter /Application Writing etc) of English/Hindi as Tier-III. The Question Paper will be bilingual. The candidates will have the option to choose any one medium. This will be in Pen & paper Mode.

The maximum marks for this section (Tier III) are 100 and the duration is 60 minutes.

Pattern of Tier -IV Examination:

  1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test):

    FOR THE POST OF TAX ASSISTANTS (Central Excise & Income Tax): The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature

  2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):

    The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules – Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistants of CSS. CPT will be of a qualifying nature.

SSC CGL Cutoff

2014 2013 2012 2011
SC 77 77 64 63.5
ST 69.5 69 62 63.25
OBC 82 85 70 70.25
Ex.S 62 25 29 60
OH 68.75 67 60 50
HH 25 25 25 50
VH 40 61 25 50
UR 96.5 102 82 86.75

Cut off marks for Tier I – List II (Additional candidates qualified for the post of tax Assistant at a lower cut off than common cut off as in List I above)

2014 2013 2012
SC 77 72 62.5
ST 69.5 64 60.5
OBC 82 81 68.5
Ex.S 62 20 23.5
OH 68.75 62 58.5
HH 25 20 23.5
VH 40 55 23.5
UR 96.5 98 80.25

Candidates qualified in Tier I – List I for all posts

2014 2013 2012 2011
SC 24910 19570 18960 12726
ST 11109 8973 8816 6323
OBC 59581 47432 43257 30101
Ex.S 4466 3906 7934 2564
OH 2310 2135 1944 2286
HH 1328 575 682 169
VH 1390 470 861 30840
UR 37548 31860 30148 17083
Total 142642 114921 112602 71560

Cutoff marks(TierI + TierII)

Cutoff marks (Tier I + Tier II) for interview posts (Other than Statistical Investigator / Compiler and all non interview posts)
2014 2013 2012 2011
SC 365.5 359.25 284 281.25
ST 349.75 345.75 282 295.75
OBC 398.75 395.75 319 323.75
Ex.S 361 345 308 293
OH 340 345 274 246
HH 231 228 191 200
VH 359 315.25 261 246
UR 426 424.5 349 354.75

Cut Off marks (Tier I + Tier II for all non interview posts only)

2014 2013 2012 2011
SC 331.5 334 251 247.25
ST 308.5 314 242 251.75
OBC 365 368.5 281.5 283.75
Ex.S 288 226 211 180
OH 307 305.75 227 208
HH 182 201.5 123 150
VH 307 300.25 225 150
UR 397.25 401 313 315.25

SSC CGL 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, 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 & unfolding, 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.

Indicative Syllabus of Tier-II of the Examination:

 

Paper-I : Quantitative Ability :

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 the 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 Allegation, 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

Paper-II :

English Language & Comprehension: Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/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.

Paper-III: Statistics for Investigator Grade-II :

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 IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer:

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)

1. 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)

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

3. Finance Commission-Role and functions

4. 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

5. 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.

6. Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions 22 and Laws of returns to scale.

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

8. 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

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

10. 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 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003

11. Role of Information Technology in Governance

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