SSC Syllabus 2017

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Priority Set Nature of Questions Topic Weightage (# of Questions) Approach

1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. High Accuracy Possible

4. Time Consuming

Reading Comprehension 5 (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 Blanks 0-5 A 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


0-2 Easy 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 Substitution 3-5 Substitute 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 Correction 5 A 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 Spotting 3-5 Grammar 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

Chapter Topic Weightage (# Question) Total Weightage of Chapter
Static Culture 1-2 14
Indian History 2-3
Geography (Indian + World) 2-3
Environment 1-2
Economy 2-3
Polity 2-3
Science Biology 1-2 9
Chemistry 1-2
Physics + Space Science 1-2
Computer and Mobile Technology 1-2
Diseases, pollution 1-2
Nutrition 1-2
Others Current Affairs 0-1 2
Misc. GK- Sports, People In News, Books 0-1
Dates, Portfolios, Schemes 0-1


Quantitative Aptitude

Priority Order Nature of questions Topic Weightage (# Question) Approach
I. 1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. Less time consuming

4. More accuracy

Simplification 1-2 Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
Interest 1-2 Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
Percentage 0-1 Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems
Ratio and Proportion 1-2 Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios and Direct/Indirect Proportions
Average 0-1 Problems on Average Weight/Height/Marks etc.
Problems on Ages 0-1 Basic Problems on Ages
II. 1. Scoring

2. Easy if proper steps are followed carefully

3. More time consuming

Speed Time And Distance 1-2 Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
Profit and Loss 1-2 Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
Number Series 0-1 Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
Number System 1-2 Moderate problems on LCM and HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
Mensuration 2-3 Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
Data Interpretation 0-3 Problems 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 Work 1-2 Problems on Work efficiency, Wages and Pipes etc.
Mixture problems 0-1 To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
Algebra 2-3 Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic and Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
Geometry 3-4 Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords and tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc.

Remember all the theorems.

Trigonometry 2-3 Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc…

Remember all the Trigonometric Identities.


General Intelligence & Reasoning

Nature of Questions Chapters Weightage (# of Questions) Approach
1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. Less Time Consuming

4. Sometimes a bit Difficult

Classification 2-3 Number, Letter, General Knowledge and Meaningful Words based questions.
Analogy 2-3 Letter, Number, General Knowledge and Meaning based questions.
Coding Decoding 2-3 Questions 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.

Puzzle 2-3 Number 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

Matrix 0-1 1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
Word formation 1-2 From the given word find whether the given option words can be formed or not.
Arranging words in Meaningful order or Dictionary order 1-2 It 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 diagram 0-2 Problems based on Venn Diagram
Directions & Distances 0-1 Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all information on paper.
1. May be Time Consuming

2. May be tricky

Blood Relations 0-1 Family Tree problems or General Blood Relation Problems.

May be asked.

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

2. Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Visual imagination is required

Non Verbal Reasoning 3-4 Questions 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 Reasoning 0-2 Questions 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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