How to Prepare English for SSC CGL 2018-2019 Tier 1 and Tier 2?

SSC CGL ENGLISH PREPARATION

Before dwelling into the preparation strategy of SSC CGL English Preparation, a little insight into the context of English for SSC CGL preparation is given which doesn’t seem to but is equally important as the preparation itself.

  • Firstly, candidates should keep a major check on their Grammar Preparation. As without Grammar fluency, there would be a lack of clarity in the understanding of concepts
  • Secondly, learning 3 new vocabulary words every day can help candidates to improve their quality of English Language
  • Moreover, do not forget to form sentences using the recently learned vocabulary words
  • Also, take more and more SSC CGL Quizzes and Mock Tests sessions
  • Furthermore, focus on Synonyms and Antonyms because they will be a huge help in the area of vocabulary as well

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SSC CGL English Syllabus Tier 1 and Tier 2

SSC CGL Syllabus consists of Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams are based on online mode involving different subjects. Following are the tables highlighting the SSC CGL English Syllabus as well as SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam(Objective) Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes (Total)
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language and Comprehension 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

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SSC CGL Tier-II Exam (Objective) No of Questions Max Marks Entire Tier 2 Exam Duration
Paper – II: English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours

SSC CGL English Preparation

SSC CGL English Preparation is not that difficult as students perceive it to be. Therefore, just with some tips and tricks that we have brought for the candidates, it will be really simple for SSC CGL English Preparation.

  • English is a subject that can prove to be a game changer in most competitive exams especially SSC CGL where there is a separate paper of 200 marks in Tier 2 apart from the 50 marks allotted in tier 1.
  • Moreover, it can balance the overall score of a candidate and can make up for a relatively poor performance in other subjects.
  • Also, a majority of us students tend to give lesser importance to English assuming that we are competent enough and can easily ace it with minimum preparation
  • Furthermore, such a move can turn out to be disastrous. Although this may be true for a handful of students. But the bigger picture is grim

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Topic wise tips – SSC CGL English Preparation

Spotting Error

The following table clarifies the number of questions and total marks:

No. of Questions             

3

Total Marks

6

SSC CGL English Preparation: Tips & Tricks

  • In order to solve questions on spotting errors, the first step a candidate should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most of the cases, it is easy to detect the error in the first go itself
  • While reading the entire sentence, one must carefully check the subject-verb agreement
  • If it is still not detectable or in case one is unsure of the correct answer, then the candidate must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error

Fill in the blanks for SSC CGL English Preparation

The table below clears how many questions are there and marking scheme:

No. of Questions             

3

Total Marks

6

Tips & Tricks for SSC CGL English Preparation

  • Firstly, read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer
  • Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries
  • Also, you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables to read the sentence smoothly and correctly

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Synonyms

The following table clarifies the exam pattern for Synonyms in SSC CGL English:

No. of Questions             

1

Total Marks

2

Antonyms 

The table below clarifies the exam pattern for Antonyms:

No. of Questions             

1

Total Marks

2

Tips & Tricks

  • Learn at least 20 new English words daily. Note down the Meaning an example of each word you find unfamiliar or difficult to remember. This is the best way to cover Synonyms and Antonyms.
  • Make shortcuts, tricks to make the learning of words easy, and try to use them in your daily life
  • Must study all the Synonyms and Antonyms from previous paper as you know that SSC usually repeats a lot of questions.

Idioms/Phrases

The following table is for exam pattern for Idioms/Phrases:

No. of Questions             

3

Total Marks

6

One Word Substitution (OWS)

The number of questions and total marks for OWS is given below:

No. of Questions             

3

Total Marks

6

Tips & Tricks

  • Sum up all the one-word substitutions and Idioms and phrases from the previous-year books and question papers. Learn them to score well in the English section in the upcoming SSC CGL Exam. Moreover, revise them every day
  • Try to make sentences out of the idioms/phrases. This trick will help remember what was learned
  • OWS is fun to learn. Try to put more interest in it and then revise. Also, try to use them in your daily life

Spelling Mistakes

The following table tells the number of questions and total marks of the section Spelling Mistakes:

No. of Questions

1

Total Marks

2

Tips & Tricks

  • From this topic, a candidate can easily get all the marks in his/her pockets
  • One only has to just learn some rules for spelling errors which is very important to have an understanding of the usage of spellings in English Grammar
  • Practice spelling errors by telling anyone to dictate new words. Write them while they dictate it to you
  • The more one practices reading the more new words come in contact. And then the need is to revise those new words and their meaning and spelling

Sentence Correction

Given below is the number of questions and marks for Sentence Correction:

No. of Questions             

5

Total Marks

10

Tips & Tricks

  • Firstly, read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something seems wrong
  • One must always look at every choice
  • Even when the original sentence looks accurate, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any option provides a better alternative
  • As one locates all the errors, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error
  • Moreover, do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy
  • Also, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives

Reading Comprehension

The following table tells the exam pattern of Reading Comprehension:

No. of Questions             

5

Total Marks

10

Tips & Trick

  • Identify the tone of the paragraph, it helps in answering questions very quickly
  • Read questions first so that you know what you are looking for
  • Read first and the last paragraph twice and thoroughly

SSC CGL English Preparation Strategy 

  • Note down the syllabus topic wise in a notebook or a piece of paper and leave enough space beside each topic name. Classify each topic as weak, medium or strong based on your strengths and weaknesses
  • Start with your weaknesses first. Go through your resources and gain additional clarity by browsing the internet. Improve your hold on each topic in a similar fashion
  • After you are done with step 2 appear for mocks to further work on your weaknesses until and unless they become your strengths
  • Make a separate notebook for vocabulary revision and start noting around 20 new words per day along with the meaning of the word and a sentence which clearly depicts the meaning of the word
  • Make a separate notebook for grammar and note down important rules. Each rule must be accompanied by a relevant example because rote learning of rules will not help. It is only through examples that rules can be remembered. This notebook will be a compilation that will immensely help in last minute revision
  • Solving previous year papers is a must to gain an insight into the type of questions asked in SSC CGL
  • Revise notes at least once or twice a week
  • Practice topics like error correction, Para jumbles, sentence improvement, voice and narration on a regular basis

 Best Books for SSC CGL English Preparation

  1. S.p. Bakshi ( Arihant publication )

It is a treasure trove and one of the mandatory books for preparation. It gives a comprehensive understanding of all topics in the syllabus.

ssc cgl english preparation

  1. Grammar by Wren and Martin

We strongly recommend this book for building a strong base in grammar. So, do not forget to practice especially from this book

ssc cgl english preparation

  1. Kiran’s previous year solved papers

Candidates must solve the previous year question papers thoroughly in order to have a fair idea on what and how to prepare. Also, how to manage the practice time

ssc cgl english preparation

  1. A mirror of common errors – Ashok Kumar Singh
  • This book must be solved only after a basic idea of grammar rules is obtained from relevant sources
  • The exercise questions will serve as a practice ground for the application of all the grammar rules learned until then
  • Additional rules encountered must be noted down in the grammar notebook

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