SSC CGL 2021 Tier 2 Preparation – Syllabus, Imp. Topics & Tips

The Tier 1 of SSC CGL 2021 Exam was conducted recently by the Staff Selection Commission. And as per the recent notice on the SSC website, SSC CGL (Tier-II) 2021 would be conducted as per the schedule given in the Calendar of Examinations which is to be released yetTo help you prepare better for the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam, we have come up with blog on SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation that will help you acquaint with the Tier 2 Exam Pattern, Syllabus for each section of the Exam, Preparation Strategy & Tips etc. 


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SSC CGL 2021 Tier 2 Exam Pattern – Computer Based Examination

PaperSectionQuestionsMarksTime Allotted
IQuantitative Ability1002002 Hours
IIEnglish Language Comprehension1002002 Hours
IIIStatistics 1002002 Hours
IVGeneral Studies (Finance & Economics)1002002 Hours
Total 400800 

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Note-II: In Tier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

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Some Important Points to be kept in mind.

  1. Paper I & II are compulsory for all the aspirants.
  2. Paper III is only for all those aspirants who have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator.
  3. Paper IV is conducted only for those candidates who are interested in the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO).
  4. Negative Marking: The negative marking for the Paper 1, 3 & 4 is 0.50 marks and for Paper 2, it is 0.25 marks.

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation – Syllabus & Important Topics

Paper I & II

Quantitative Ability
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English Language Comprehension
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Computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers,Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds,Spotting the error,
Percentage,Graphs of Linear Equations,Fill in the blanks,
Ratio & Proportion,Triangle and its various kinds of centres,Synonyms & Antonyms,
Square roots,Congruence and similarity of triangles,Spelling/ Detecting misspelled words,
Averages,Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles,Idioms & Phrases,
Simple Interest & Compound Interest,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,One-word Substitution,
Profit and Loss,Trigonometric ratio,Improvement of sentences,
Discount,Degree and Radian Measures,Active & Passive Voice of verbs,
Partnership Business,Standard Identities,Conversion into Direct & Indirect Narration,
Mixture and Alligation,Complementary angles,Shuffling of Sentence parts,
Time and Distance,Heights and Distances,Shuffling of sentences in a passage,
Time & Work,Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chartCloze Passage & Comprehension passage.

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Paper-III (Statistics)

  1. 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.
  2. Measures of Central Tendency – Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
  3. Measures of Dispersion – Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
  4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
  5. 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).
  6. Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.
  11. Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
  12. 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.

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

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

Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting

Financial Accounting:

  1. Nature and scope,
  2. Limitations of Financial Accounting,
  3. Basic concepts and Conventions,
  4. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Basic concepts of accounting:

  1. Single and double entry,
  2. Books of original Entry,
  3. Bank Reconciliation,
  4. Journal, ledgers,
  5. Trial Balance,
  6. Rectification of Errors,
  7. Manufacturing, Trading,
  8. Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts,
  9. Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure,
  10. Depreciation Accounting,
  11. Valuation of Inventories,
  12. Non-profit organisations Accounts,
  13. Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts,
  14. Bills of Exchange, Self-Balancing Ledgers.

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Part B: Economics and Governance – (120 marks)

  1. Comptroller & Auditor General of India– Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
  2. Finance Commission – Role and functions
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Theory of Production and cost – Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Economic Reforms in India – Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment
  9. 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
  10. Role of Information Technology in Governance

Comptroller and Auditor General of India – SSC Economics Notes

SSC Notes Economics – Theory of Demand and Supply

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation – Quantitative Ability (Paper I)

  1. First of all, go through the syllabus and important topics for this section.
  2. Always remember practice is the key to score great marks in this section. Some aspirants will find this section easy while for others it might not be easy to score well in this section.
  3. Even those who score well and are at peace with this section have their Basics crystal clear. If your basics are on point, there can be no hurdles ahead. Go on to understand each and every topic given in the syllabus and try to learn the basic formulae and tricks to solve questions on that particular topic.
  4. As per the previous years Tier 2 paper analysis, there were questions on Simplification, Number System, LCM/HCF, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Data Interpretation, Algebra, Surds & Indices and Miscellaneous questions (Percentages, Average, Mixtures & Alligations, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Boats & Streams, Profit, Loss & Discount etc).
  5. For all the above given topics, there is a need for thorough practice on each topic. Use Sectional & Topic Tests for these topics and go through the solutions part of the Mock Tests. This would help you know the procedure as to how to go about solving a particular type of question.
  6. These tests would also help you practice a wide variety of questions.
  7. Geometry, Mensuration & Trigonometry – There are quite a lot of questions from these topics in the Tier 2 of the SSC CGL exam. Therefore, it becomes vital to learn & revise all the formulae and also practice a wide variety of questions on these given topics.
  8. Data Interpretation – There is mostly a set of 5 questions asked on DI. Practice a set of DI daily so that you are in a habit of comprehending the types of asked and as well solve them in minimum time.
  9. Number System – Go through the rules given in the chapter thoroughly and then practice the questions.
  10. Miscellaneous Questions – There are word problems on topics of Percentages, Average, Mixtures & Alligations, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Boats & Streams, Profit, Loss & Discount etc.

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation – English Language Comprehension (Paper II)

  1. This section can be scoring one if you prepare for it judiciously.
  2. Read Regularly – The best way to enhance your knowledge and expertise in this section is regular reading. Regular reading exposes you to an array of different articles and news. It increases your reading as well comprehending skills. Not only does it increase your general awareness but also helps you in enhancing your vocabulary. Vocabulary questions (Synonyms & Antonyms) are directly asked in the SSC paper.
  3. Use Sectional Tests & Topic Tests – Practice questions of varying difficulty levels using sectional as well as topic tests. These would help you develop expertise in different topics of English Language such as Error Spotting, Cloze Tests, Reading Comprehension, Idioms & Phrases, Sentence Improvement, Active & Passive Voice, Direct & Indirect Speech etc.

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This was all from us in this blog of SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation Tips. We hope that it proves beneficial to you in your preparation. Stay tuned to Oliveboard for more such articles on SSC CGL.

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