SSC CGL: Preparation Tips and Strategies

Important Tips and Tricks to crack SSC CGL Exam

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination every year for various posts in Central Government offices and departments. Lakhs of aspirants apply every year for this examination which makes the competition tough.

To start with the preparation, one needs to understand the syllabus and pattern of exam. In this article, we have provided the same along with important tips and strategies for all stages of SSC CGL exam.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL examination is conducted in four tiers:

Tier I: General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English comprehension

Tier II: Quantitative Ability, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics General Studies (Finance & Economics)

Tier III: Descriptive paper either in Hindi or English

Tier IV: Computer proficiency test/skill test

Strategy and Tips to crack SSC CGL Exam

SSC CGL Tier I Exam PreparationTips

This will be 200 marks computer-based exam with 4 sections and time duration of 60 minutes.

Strategy for General Intelligence & Reasoning Section
  1. A lot of practice and time management to attempt all 25 questions.
  2. Focus more on certain marks fetching topics such as Venn diagram, the odd man out, syllogism and non-verbal reasoning.
  3. Practice a lot of mock tests in the exam environment. The pattern of many questions is fixed, thus sufficient practice would save important time which the candidate spends on thinking the approach to solve the question.
Strategy for General Awareness Section
  1. This section needs general awareness, which can be developed by reading the newspaper daily like The Hindu or Indian Express.
  2. Static part can be covered from NCERT books.
  3. Focus on mock questions.
Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude Section
  1. Go through previous year papers for trend analysis.
  2. Mark down all chapters which are your weak points and try to solve more and more questions from those chapters.
  3. Learn multiplication tables, squares and cubes till 20 to solve questions quickly.
  4. Some of the most important chapters are Algebra (Percentages and Ratio), Geometry, Mensuration and Trigonometry.
  5. Again timed mock tests are very crucial. Given sufficient time, anyone can solve the questions. But, the key point is to solve the questions in the minimum possible time.
  6. Develop your own shortcut approaches to a certain type of questions.
Strategy for English Comprehension
  1. Develop your grammar by following certain grammar books like Wren & Martin.
  2. Improve your vocabulary by reading editorial sections of newspapers, quality books and novels.
  3. Solve previous year papers to get an idea of the type of questions asked in exam and focus more on your weak points.
SSC CGL Tier II Exam PreparationTips
Strategy Paper I: Quantitative Ability
  1. The preparation for this paper will be covered along with the section (C) of tier I. So the strategy will be same.
  2. Try to solve questions quickly so that you can attempt maximum questions out of 100.
  3. This is a very scoring paper, so it demands lots of practice.
Strategy for Paper II: English Language and Comprehension

It can be covered simultaneously with Tier I English. This paper will be of 200 questions and can be attempted comfortably in the given time with regular practice.

Strategy for Paper III: Statistics
  1. It is only for those who had applied for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO).
  2. You can start preparing for this paper by solving statistics questions from NCERT books (Class 10th, 11th and 12th).
  3. Make a list of all important formulas used in statistics.
  4. You can get an idea of questions asked by solving previous year papers.
  5. Try to develop your own shortcuts in the preparation process.
Strategy for Paper IV: General Studies (Finance & Economics)
  1. For aspirants who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.
  2. The syllabus can be covered by going through and maintaining notes from newspapers like The Economic Express and Economy section of The Hindu.
  3. Read NCERTs of 10th, 11th and 12th class as well. Solve previous year papers to get an idea of important topics to focus on.
  4. Go through the functioning of CAG in detail and the recent happenings of CAG.
SSC CGL Tier III Exam PreparationTips
  1. This will be a descriptive type paper which can be written in Hindi or English.
  2. You need to have a general understanding of Essay writing, Letter & Application writing, Precis writing.
  3. Practice all of these regularly and try to develop a neat handwriting.
  4. Keep in touch with the current national and international affairs.
SSC CGL Tier IV Info

This will be a computer proficiency test/skill test (wherever applicable)/document verification will be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination. There will be no interview. SSC has abolished the interview from 2017 onwards.

While we have tried to cover all the important strategies but in words of the great saint, Kabir Das knowledge unless used is useless. In the same way, unless you execute these strategies, they are useless. Try to execute them, at least 90% of them. It would be difficult but it would have been easy everyone would have cracked SSC CGL. So, dare to take the tough path and all doors of success will open for you.

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