Scheme of Tier-I Examination:
No. of Question
A. General Intelligence and Reasoning
B. General Awareness
C. Quantitative Aptitude
Time Allotted for Tier-I Examination is 60 Minutes. (For PWD candidates 1 hour and 20 minutes allotted)
Tier-I will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English and Hindi Except for English Comprehension.
There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.
Scheme of Tier-II Examination:
(2 hours 15 minutes)
Module-I : Mathematical Abilities (30 Questions)
Module-II : Reasoning and General Intelligence. (30 Questions)
Module-I : English Language and Comprehension (45 Questions)
Module-II : General Awareness (25 Questions)
Module-I : Computer Knowledge Module (20 Questions)
Session-II (15 minutes)
Section-III Module-II : Data Entry Speed Test Module
One Data Entry Task (Qualifying Nature)
No. of Questions
Statistics (2 hours)
No. of Questions
General Studies (Finance and Economics) (2 hours)
Tier-II will be include conducting of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III in separate shift/days
Paper-I is compulsory for all the posts.
Paper-II will b e for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for these posts.
Paper-III will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for paper-II i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer / Assistant Account Officer.
Paper-I will include following three sections having two modules each.
Module-I : Mathematical Abilities
Module-II : Reasoning and General Intelligence.
Module-I : English Language and Comprehension
Module-II : General Awareness
Module-I : Computer Knowledge Test
Module-II : Data Entry Speed Test
Paper-I will be conducted in two sessions (Session I and II) of same day. Session-I will include conducting of Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III. Session-II will include conducting of Module-II of Section-III. Therefore, duration of Session-I will be 2 hours and 15 minutes and duration of Session-II will be 15 minutes only.
It will be mandatory for the candidates to qualify all the section of Paper-I.
Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II & Paper-II) will consist of Objective Type Multiple choice questions, except for module-II of Section-III of Paper-I. The Questions will be set both in English and Hindi except for English Language and Comprehension module in Section-II of Paper-I.
There will be negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II and Paper-III.
Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I i.e. Computer Knowledge Test is mandatory but qualifying in nature. However, while shortlisting the candidates for the posts where Computer Proficiency is prescribed i.e. Assistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA & AFHQ, Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines, Assistant in Indian Meteorological Department (Ministry of Earth Science), Inspector (CGST & Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer) & Inspector (Examiner) In CBIC and Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant in Department of Post, higher qualifying standards will be set in comparison to other posts.
Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I i.e.Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)
Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I will include conducting of a Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) for a duration of 15 minutes in Session-II on the same day.
The “Data Entry Speed Test” (DEST) Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes. Detailed instructions regarding Skill Test will be provided by the Regional Offices of the Commission. Information about evaluation of Typing Test/ DEST are available on the Commission’s website https://ssc.nic.in (Candidate’s Corner).
DEST will be mandatory for all the posts; however it will be qualifying in nature
Indicative Syllabus (Tier-I):
Tier-I: 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& 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.
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.
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.
English Comprehension: Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.