Complete Student Guide For SSC CGL Exam Preparation


SSC CGL Exam Preparation

The Staff Selection Committee is going to conduct the Combined Graduate Level exam between 29th May-7th June 2021. The exam is conducted in four stages. Each successive stage is more difficult than the previous one. The tier-I exam is round the corner, and this Is the time when you should revise everything and get ready for the exam.

Even if you have not started full-fledged preparation yet, you can do so now. This article contains a complete guide for SSC CGL exam preparation.


SSC CGL Exam Pattern

You must prepare a study plan to cover your entire syllabus. But you should be aware of the exam pattern and your syllabus in order to do so.

SubjectQuestionsMaximum Marks
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Language and Comprehension2550
General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550

The exam time is 60 minutes, i.e., you need to solve 100 objective type multiple-choice questions in 60 minutes. You are awarded two marks for every correct answer and lose 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.


SSC CGL Exam Syllabus

It is imperative to know your syllabus in and out so that you can make a study plan and a preparation strategy covering entire topics. This is a detailed syllabus for the SSC CGL Exam 2021.

General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Language and Comprehension
ClassificationStatic General KnowledgeSimplificationReading Comprehension
AnalogyScienceInterestCloze Test
Coding-DecodingCurrent AffairsAveragesSpellings
Word FormationImportant SchemesProblem on AgesSentence Correction
Paper Folding MethodSportsPercentagePhrases and Idioms
Venn DiagramPortfoliosSpeed, Distance, and TimeError Spotting
MatrixBooks and AuthorsRatio and ProportionOne word Substitution
Blood RelationsHistoryMensurationActive/Passive
Verbal reasoningEconomicTime and WorkFill in the Blanks
Direction and DistancePeople in the NewsNumber SystemNarrations
SeriesGeographyData Interpretation 
Non-Verbal ReasoningAwards and HonorsAlgebra 

Section-Wise Exam Preparation Tips

Every section is different, and you need a different approach and strategy for its preparation. Here are some important guidelines to help you prepare for every subject in the best manner.


General Intelligence And Reasoning

This section assesses your problem-solving skills and whether you can think. The questions asked are tricky and take up quite some time to answer even though you don’t need to perform any calculations. More than 60% of questions are asked from verbal reasoning, and the rest are from the non-verbal reasoning section.


Tips to Master General Intelligence and Reasoning Section

Focus on your basics 

The questions in this section require some basic understanding, such as the sense of directions, series, square roots, even and odd numbers, prime numbers, etc. It contains questions from the series, which is really tricky to solve.


Improve Yourself

This section judges your logical and analytical skills, which you must focus on improving.


Don’t Assume Anything 

You are given some data in the question. Do not assume anything apart from it.


Ace the Alphabets

Seems like a child’s play? It is not. You must learn each alphabet’s numerical position and their sequencing to save time while solving the questions.


Practice a Lot

The more your practice, the better you get with each question solved. So, practice as much as you can.


General Awareness

As its name suggests, this section comprises questions from General Science, Static GK, current affairs, and other sections. It judges your awareness of your country and the world.


Tips to Master General Awareness


Read a Lot

Read magazines, journals, periodicals, newspapers, etc., to acquaint yourself with the latest developments in the world.


Revise Regularly

Don’t learn the facts but revise them so that they are imbibed in your memory.


Divide The Syllabus

Divide your entire syllabus into sections. There are certain topics like General Science and Static GK which have more weightage than others. Focus on these first.


Make Notes

The syllabus of General Awareness is vast. You must make proper summary notes to revise them quickly the day before the exam.


Refer NCERT Books

For General Science, referring to NCERT 10th and 12th books will be very helpful.


English Language and Comprehension


The knowledge of the English Language is a must in every field. This section judges your ability to understand the language. The questions are asked about Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension.


Tips to Master English Language and Comprehension


Improve Your Grammar

It is impossible to score marks in English if your grammar is not good. Improve it. Work on the basics first.


Use Technology

There are several apps available online which will help you remember words as well as their antonyms and Synonyms. You can also keep a pocket dictionary with you.


Read Newspapers

Reading English Newspapers can help a lot. Their language is refined, and you can learn several new words daily.


Make A Word List

As you read and get stuck on a word, search it in your dictionary, note it down in your pocket notebook and also write its antonyms and synonyms.



For Reading Comprehension, you need to practice a lot. Practice one or two paragraphs daily.


Quantitative Aptitude

This section is the most important one, and you cannot score well without mastering Quantitative Aptitude. It contains arithmetic, Data interpretation, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra, etc. Most of the questions are asked from the Arithmetic section, which is based on your 10th level maths.


Tips to Master Quantitative Aptitude


Understand the Concepts

This is a section that requires tricks to solve questions quickly. But you will be able to apply tricks only when you understand the concept first. Gain an in-depth understanding of the topics, and then use shortcuts and tricks.


No Guesswork

Never answer any question based on your guesswork. As you solve certain questions, you can often guess an answer, and it may be correct, but it doesn’t work in this way. Solve a question and then only mark it correct.


Do Not Use Risky Shortcuts

Shortcuts are required in Quantitative Aptitude, no doubt, but if you did not practice them enough, they could backfire if you don’t understand the question correctly and apply a wrong trick in a question.


Manage Your Paper

This section requires solving and calculation and thus takes up most of the time. Plan your paper and allocate time. Do not spend the entire time solving the Quantitative Aptitude section. It is advised to solve it at last.


Final Words

For every subject, you need to solve mock test papers and previous year’s question papers to assess yourself and your preparation. Practice should take up most of the time of your study plan. It is the key to crack the SSC CGL exam in one go.

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