How To Crack SSC CGL Exam? Preparation Tips, Reference Books for Tier 1, 2 Exams

How To Crack SSC CGL Exam?

Preparing for SSC CGL Exam? You might have question How to Crack SSC CGL Exam? The Staff Selection Commission will shortly conduct the SSC Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Examination for the various open vacancies that it currently has in its participating departments and entities. If you are planning to crack the SSC CGL examination, then you must understand that preparation is must since it is not an easy examination. We have brought the given notice that furnishes information on examination pattern, syllabus, and tips on how to prepare and crack the examination that will be flagged off shortly.

How To Crack SSC CGL Exam

SSC CGL Examination Pattern:

The following is the pattern for TIER 1 Examination:

Subject Max Marks Number of Questions
English 50 Marks 25 Qs
Quantitative Aptitude 50  Marks 25 Qs
General Knowledge and Awareness 50 Marks 25 Qs
General Reasoning and Intelligence 50 Marks 25 Qs

The following is the pattern for TIER 2 Examination:

Subject Max Marks Number of Questions
English Language and Comprehension 200 Marks 200 Qs
General Studies 200 Marks 60 Qs (Economics and Governance)

40 Qs (Finance and Accounts)

Quantitative Ability 200 Marks 100 Qs
Statistics 200 Marks 100 Qs

Both the examination will be based on Online Mode. The aspirants will have 120 minutes and 75 minutes in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Examination respectively and there will negative marking of 0.50 marks in Tier 1 only.

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How to crack General Awareness?

If you are reading newspapers to understand and memories your english, then you can gain more benefit by going through news on current affairs. The questions here are generally regarding general knowledge, trivia, top ten, best of, etc.


  • Important Days
  • Basic General Knowledge
  • Games and Cups
  • Books and Authors
  • Abbreviation
  • Important Persons
  • National, Local, International Current Affairs, etc.

How to crack Quantitative Aptitude?

Quantitative Aptitude section is based on your arithmetical skills. The section mainly has few easy questions based on the prescribed topics, however, there are many other questions which works on simple arithmetic formulas. That is why, it is required to go through reference books to gain more information and knowledge in this section.

Syllabus for QA is as followed

  • Profit and Loss
  • Fractions, Proportion and Ratio
  • Number Systems
  • Probability
  • Bar graph and pie charts
  • Average
  • Compound Interest
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Partnership
  • Time and Work
  • Percentage, etc.

How to crack for Reasoning Section?

This is one of the important section as here, one has to think and contemplate and find the answer based on their brain. They must use mathematical skill along with their analytical skills to figure out the correct answers.

The following are few topics under Reasoning section to start with

  • Series Problems
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Assumptions and Directions
  • Directions
  • Statement and Conclusions
  • Ranking
  • Analogy
  • Verbal and Nonverbal
  • Classification, etc.

How to crack General English section?

Well, it’s not quite hard. Simply make an habit to read newspapers everyday. Try and remember new words and understand its meaning. Give english language quizzes online to evaluate your speaking skills. Take some reference books for Grammar and work on your grammatical skills.

Following are few topics to start:

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Error Correction
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms, etc.

First of all, start your preparation earlier that is at least 3 or 5 months priorly. Buy new or second hand reference books and also, refer the online content and create a study schedule to start your preparation. Concentrate on weak sections first and then move towards easier sections.

Reference Books for SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 Examination:

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination by R.S. Aggarwal.
  • SSC All Graduate LEvel Exams Solved Papers by Kiran Prakashan.
  • Objective General English 2012 Edition by SP Bakshi.
  • SSC English Language by Kiran Prakashan.
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Mains Exam by Arihant
  • Common Errors in English by Kiran Prakashan.
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam: Quantitative Abilities Arithmetical Ability including Previous Years’ Solved Papers and Model Practice by Kiran Prakashan.
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