Scheme of Examination:
There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-I. In respect of Tier-II, the negative marking system of 0.25 for each wrong answer in paper II (English Language &Comprehension) of Tier-II and 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper III & Paper IV of Tier II.
In addition to above, the Commission has also decided to induct a Descriptive Paper
of English/Hindi as Tier-III. The details may be read as under:-
The merit will be prepared on overall performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III.
However, the candidate will need to qualify all the tiers i.e Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III
separately. There will be no sectional cut-off.
Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document
Verification will also be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination
Tier-I of the Examination :
(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,
judgement, 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, 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.
The questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of a level commensurate with the essential
qualification viz. Graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10th standard level.
Indicative Syllabus for 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 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 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.
Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Ministry of Statistics &
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
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
Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability;
Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’
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
Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend
component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different
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.
General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit
Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under
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
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
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 sice 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and
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
NOTE-I : Questions in Paper-I will be of 10th standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and
Paper-III of graduation level.
NOTE- II: The Commission will have full discretion to fix separate minimum qualifying marks in each of the papers in Tier II and in the aggregate of all the papers separately for each category of candidates (viz. SC/ST/OBC /PH/Ex-S/General (UR) Only those candidates who qualify in all the papers as well as in the aggregate would be eligible to be considered for being called for Tier-III (Descriptive Examination), Data Entry Skill Test/Computer
Proficiency Test/Document Verification.
NOTE-III: Any representation to answer key of the examination will be scrutinized with the help of experts, wherever necessary, and evaluation in that case will be done with modified answer key. The decision of the Commission in this regard will be final and no further representation will be entertained.
For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax):
Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on
The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature. Computer will be provided by the
Commission at the Centre/venue notified for the purpose. Candidates shall not be allowed to bring their own Key-board.
The Skill test will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose.
Only those candidates who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the written
examination as may be fixed by the Commission at its discretion, will be eligible to appear in the SKILL TEST. The SKILL TEST will be held at the Commission’s Regional/Sub Regional Offices or at other Centers as may be decided by the Commission.OH candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistant in CBDT are exempted for appearing in skill test. OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBEC are not exempted from skill test. HH and VH candidates are not eligible for exemption from the skill test.
Detailed instructions regarding Skill Test will be sent by the Regional /Sub Regional
Offices of the Commission to eligible candidates declared qualified for appearing in Skill Test.
VH candidates may be allowed appropriate compensatory time in DEST at par with
typing test. Only those VH candidates who opt for scribes in the written examination will be provided passage reader at the time of skill test.
The Skill Test will be of qualifying nature.
The Commission will hold Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), comprising of three
modules- Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the
post of Assistant Section Officer of CSS Assistant Section Officer (MEA) and Assistant in
Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs, Assistant (GSI) in
M/O Mines. The CPT will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the
CPT will be of qualifying nature.
Scheme of DOPT for the post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS, Assistant Section Officer
(MEA) and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate
affairs, Assistant (GSI) in M/O Mines does not envisage exemption from CPT for any
category of PH candidates.
Detailed instructions regarding CPT will be sent by the Regional/Sub Regional Offices of the Commission to eligible candidates declared qualified for appearing in the CPT.
Detailed instructions on DEST( Data Entry Skill Test) and CPT (Computer Proficiency Test)
are/will be available on the Commission’s website www.ssc.nic.in.