SSC Syllabus 2017

SSC Syllabus 2017


Priority SetNature of QuestionsTopicWeightage (# of Questions)Approach

1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. High Accuracy Possible

4. Time Consuming

Reading Comprehension5 (1 passage)The passage could be on any topic.

Questions are mostly fact based and can be directly picked out of the passage. Sometimes vocabulary questions are asked on commonly used words.

II.1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. High Accuracy Possible

4. Quick Solve

Fill in the Blanks0-5A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions.

Important topics:

Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in context, confusable words





Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelt word from different words.

The same word can be spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling.

III.1. Moderate to High Score Possible

2. Moderately Time Consuming

3. Moderate to High Accuracy Possible

Phrase or Idiom Meaning


0-2Easy to moderate difficulty level

The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence.

The meaning can also be asked directly.


Synonyms and Antonyms




One word given with four options to choose from, (either synonyms or antonyms).

Rarely the words can be given in sentences.

Prepare a list of commonly asked words to answer this part and score full marks.


One Word Substitution3-5Substitute one word for the phrase given.

Go through a list of the one word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one word substitution.

IV.1. Moderately Scoring

2. Time Consuming

3. Moderate Accuracy Possible

Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction5A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions.

Important Topics:
Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech, Easily confusable words, Usage in Context,Avoid guessing too much in these questions. Be aware of no improvement questions

Error Spotting3-5Grammar based

Important Topics:
Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.

Avoid guessing too much in these questions as some questions are tricky.


General Awareness

ChapterTopicWeightage (# Question)Total Weightage of Chapter
Indian History2-3
Geography (Indian + World)2-3
Physics + Space Science1-2
Computer and Mobile Technology1-2
Diseases, pollution1-2
OthersCurrent Affairs0-12
Misc. GK- Sports, People In News, Books0-1
Dates, Portfolios, Schemes0-1


Quantitative Aptitude

Priority OrderNature of questionsTopicWeightage (# Question)Approach
I.1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. Less time consuming

4. More accuracy

Simplification1-2Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
Interest1-2Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
Percentage0-1Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems
Ratio and Proportion1-2Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios and Direct/Indirect Proportions
Average0-1Problems on Average Weight/Height/Marks etc.
Problems on Ages0-1Basic Problems on Ages
II.1. Scoring

2. Easy if proper steps are followed carefully

3. More time consuming

Speed Time And Distance1-2Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
Profit and Loss1-2Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
Number Series0-1Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
Number System1-2Moderate problems on LCM and HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
Mensuration2-3Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
Data Interpretation0-3Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.
III.1. Tricky

2. Might take more time than usual

3. Lesser chances of solving correctly

Time and Work1-2Problems on Work efficiency, Wages and Pipes etc.
Mixture problems0-1To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
Algebra2-3Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic and Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
Geometry3-4Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords and tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc.

Remember all the theorems.

Trigonometry2-3Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc…

Remember all the Trigonometric Identities.


General Intelligence & Reasoning

Nature of QuestionsChaptersWeightage (# of Questions)Approach
1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. Less Time Consuming

4. Sometimes a bit Difficult

Classification2-3Number, Letter, General Knowledge and Meaningful Words based questions.
Analogy2-3Letter, Number, General Knowledge and Meaning based questions.
Coding Decoding2-3Questions on Coding by Analogy, Coding and decoding by letter shifting, and Coding Letters of a Word.

Could also include, Coding and decoding in fictitious language.

Puzzle2-3Number based puzzles like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575, then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?


Find the correct equation type questions.


Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance.


Seating arrangement questions.

1. Easy to Solve

2. High Accuracy possible

3. May be time consuming

Matrix0-11 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
Word formation1-2From the given word find whether the given option words can be formed or not.
Arranging words in Meaningful order or Dictionary order1-2It can be meaningful order of doing a certain task, or following a certain rule.

In dictionary order words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending or descending order.

1. Easy to Solve

2. High Accuracy possible

3. Less Time Consuming

Venn diagram0-2Problems based on Venn Diagram
Directions & Distances0-1Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all information on paper.
1. May be Time Consuming

2. May be tricky

Blood Relations0-1Family Tree problems or General Blood Relation Problems.

May be asked.

Missing Number1-2Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.
Series2-3Mainly questions on Number & Alphabet series.
1. Scoring

2. Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Visual imagination is required

Non Verbal Reasoning3-4Questions like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image, Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures.

Figure based Analogy/Classification/Series or cube based questions may be asked.

1. May be tricky

2. Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Time Consuming

Verbal Reasoning0-2Questions on Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions, Assertion and Reason.

Questions on Course of Action & Statements and Arguments can also be asked.


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