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How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1

Last Updated - June 07, 2017

SSC has already released the official SSC CGL notification 2017. It’s time for you to plan exactly how to prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam. This article will help you in making a complete plan for the SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Exam along with few goodies like important topics, preparation tips and recommended books with links to sample papers for each of the subject involved in the Tier I exam of CGLE.

Make sure you are aware of the latest pattern followed by SSC for the CGL exam 2017 for Tier I.

SubjectQuestionsMarks
General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Language2550
Total100200

The total time permitted to solve the examination is 60 minutes. Remember, there is no sectional time limit, thus, you have the liberty to attempt the different sections in any order you want. Now let’s walk through each section individually and make a plan that can give you the impetus you require to lead this exam.

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How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative aptitude is considered to be the most difficult and time-consuming part of the exam. There is enough time to prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam, thus, utilize this time efficiently and make yourself expertise in at least some of the areas of quant section. For this you can start with the topics such as percentage, profit & loss, ratio & proportion, speed distance & time, boat & stream, data interpretation and then carry forward towards some complex part of quant.

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Important Topics

Following topics are considered important from the exam point of view in the Quantitative Section of the Tier I examination of SSC CGLE. The topics are segregated in level of difficulty in order to make you have the right mind set to prepare for the examination.

LevelTopicsQuestions Distribution
EasySimplification1-2
Interest1-2
Percentage1
Average1
Ratio and Proportion1-2
Problems on Ages1
ModerateSpeed,Time and Distance1-2
Profit and Loss2
Number Series1
Number System1
Mensuration2-3
Data Interpretation2-4
DifficultTime and Work1-2
Mixture problems0-1
Algebra2-3
Geometry3-4
Trigonometry2-3

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude

Following handful tips can prove to be very helpful to a CGLE aspirant:

  • While the topics being asked are up till the 10th grade, the level of complexity doesn’t always remain so. Getting overconfident is one of the most terrible mistakes a candidate can do.
  • The topics must be revised with a focus on the basics and then move towards the short tricks to save up that precious time.
  • Repetition and regular practice is something which can hone up your skills in this section.
  • Being accurate and quick remains the call for this time.
  • Immense investment is need to be put in practice with first the basics and then shifting towards the tricks that would help you in fortifying your skills also to save up the precious time during examination.
  • Algebra, arithmetic, geometry along with mensuration remain the important topics for this section. Candidates need to be well informed about the different type of questions from these topics.

One must keep practicing through the previous year papers to keep the exam mode on.

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Important Books

Following books are important for the preparation of Quantitative Aptitude Subject of the CGL examination.

  1. Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  2. Fast Track – RajeshVerma
  3. Quicker Maths - M Tyra
  4. Chapter-wise Solved Papers - Kiran Prakashan
  5. Quantitative Aptitude Quantum - Savesh K Verm

Advanced Mathematics for SSC CGL

In CGL, a large portion is cover from advanced math so it’s important to prepare for this separately. If you really want to score well in this section you have cover 9th and 10th NCRET books as well as Advance Math by Paramount also help you.

  1. Advanced maths for SSC – Paramount
  2. Elementary & Advance Mathematics – Kiran
  3. SSC Advanced Maths - K Kundan

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How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 Logical Reasoning

Solving General Intelligence (GI) questions can be very tricky unless you have sufficient practice. In addition to practice papers, one must try to solve at least 50 GI and reasoning questions on every day basic.

SSC CGL Logical Reasoning Important Topics

Following topics are considered important from the exam point of view in the Logical Reasoning of the Tier I examination of SSC CGLE:

TopicsSSC CGL Tier 1 2015SSC CGL Tier 1 2014SSC CGL Tier 1 2013
Analogy548
Blood Relations201
Symbols and Notations320
Direction and Distance424
Clock and Calendar200
Coding- Decoding333
Syllogism352
Sitting Arrangements201
Cubes and Dices202
Venn Diagram222
Miscellaneous232
Alphabetical Arrangements331
Mirror and Water Image111
Paper Cutting and Folding111
Figure Problems (Completion, Embedded, Deviation)563
Classification366
Series/Missing Number245
Arithmetic Operations256
Word Formation222

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Logical Reasoning

Following handful tips can prove to be very helpful to a CGLE aspirant:

  • It would include questions of non-verbal type. The test will include questions on similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation, and other analytical functions.
  • Covering the general problem solving skills, one should focus on the topics in logical deductions and general logic application.
  • While this topic is simple, one must read questions properly, in order to avoid those silly mistakes.
  • In case, a problem ends up taking too much of your precious examination time, its better if you would switch to the next question and then come back to the problem if time permits.

One must keep practicing through the previous year papers to keep the exam mode on.

Important Books for SSC CGL Logical Reasoning

Following books are important for the preparation of Logical Reasoning Subject of the CGL examination.

  1. Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  2. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  3. New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non Verbal and Analytical by B S Sijwali and InduSijwali.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 English Comprehension

In TIER-1 of CGL exam, the English part of the paper contains 25 questions of 50marks. Please note that the questions are of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)type. Those who are able to qualify in the Tier-I, have to appear for Tier-II exam. One must follow the important topics that are listed in this article to have a clear strategy to clear the examination.

SSC CGL English Comprehension Important Topics

Following topics are considered important from the exam point of view in the English Comprehension of the Tier I examination of SSC CGLE:

TopicSubtopicTier I
VocabularySynonyms and Antonyms2-3
Fill in the blanks1-2
Cloze test0
Spellings1-2
Idioms and Phrases1-2
One word substitution4-5
Phrase Replacement1-2
GrammarPhrase Replacement2-3
Sentence correction/ Error Spotting2-3
Active & Passive Voice0
Direct-indirect0
Fill in the blanks2-3
Reading Comprehension -5
Verbal AbilitySentence Jumbles0
Para Jumbles0
TOTAL -25

SSC CGL English Comprehension Preparation Tips

Following handful tips can prove to be very helpful to a CGLE aspirant:

  • English, chills many candidates to their bones. Dispel this unwarranted belief and rather focus on the things you can improve upon.
  • The topic of error detection i.e Spotting Error requires a strong hold on the basics of grammar. Sentence improvement would also become so much easier once the rules of tenses and phrases is cleared up, alongside grammar.
  • Narration and voice remain on the easier side of the difficulty scale and hence is a topic in which candidates can score well, after realizing those few basic rules.
  • It must be remembered by a candidate that rote learning of grammar rules can only take you so far. Apply those rules of grammars to your English speech. This will help you not only in better remembering the rules, but also in formulating clear and grammatically sound sentences in English.
  • Flourish your English language with an interest in the subtopic of word usage. Preparation for the topics of idioms and phrases is included in this, with one word substitution along with synonyms and antonyms.
  • Reading comprehension remains the favourite of many, as this requires only a sound mind while perusing through the paragraph.
  • The combined efforts in vocabulary and grammar will help you tackle this section successfully.

One must keep practicing through the previous year papers to keep the exam mode on.

Important Books for SSC CGL English Comprehension

In the English section, Questions are asked on Vocabulary, Grammar and Sentence Completion/ arrangement.

Name of book with their Publisher are given below:

  1. Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
  2. English for General Competitions - KD Campus
  3. English Volume-2 For General Competitions KD Campus
  4. Objective General English by S P Bakshi – ArihAnt
  5. Common Errors in English - Kiran Prakashan
  6. SSC CGL EnglishLanguage & Comprehension Tier-II - Kiran Prakashan

Vocabulary Books for SSC

  1. Word Power Made easy by Norman Lewis by Normen Lewis
  2. 30 Days to More Powerful Vocabulary Book by Normen Lewis
  3. Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL - Arihant

Common Error Books

  1. A Mirror Of Common Errors
  2. Common Errors in English- Kiran Prakashan
  3. A Bible of Common Errors- Ajay K Singh

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 General Awareness

While preparing for General Awareness, students must focus on the current affairs as this is the main necessity from the examination point of view.

So you need to go about preparing for this section smartly.

SSC CGL General Awareness Important Topics

Following topics are considered important from the exam point of view in the General Awareness of the Tier I examination of SSC CGLE:

Subjects in GKTopicsNumber of Questions
StaticCulture1-2
Indian History2-3
Geography2-3
Environment2-3
Economy1-2
Polity2-3
ScienceBiology1-2
Chemistry1-2
Physics + Space science2-3
Computer and Mobile Technology0-1
Diseases and Pollution0-1
Nutrition2-3
OthersCurrent Affairs1-2
Important Dates, Portfolios and Schemes1-2
Miscellaneous(Sports, People in news, books and authors, etc.)1-2

How to prepare for SSC CGL General Awareness

Following handful tips can prove to be very helpful to a CGLE aspirant:

  • The topic of general awareness has garnered much appreciation in 2016 year's examination session.
  • With the ever rising competition in the government exams, the section of GA seems like a boon for those who are well prepared and a bane for the ill prepared students. So, we can say who are well prepared this subject have better chances to crack SSC CGL Exams.
  • You all are advised to positively start brushing up the skills and get to know about the facts regarding various sub topics.
  • Although it might seem vast at first glance, you can still tackle the sub sections with regular and timely efforts. The science and social sciences portion is something that generally always remain in this section. Candidates must also keep themselves aware of all the recent happenings in their surroundings to have strong cut in the current affairs part of GA.
  • Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. Questions are based on India, neighboring countries, Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research are very important from the examination point of view.
  • Start with the topics you are most comfortable with. Practice regularly to remember the even most obscure of the facts and then move to those fewer difficult subtopics.

One must keep practicing through the previous year papers to keep the exam mode on.

SSC CGL General Awareness Important Books

Among the options available here, nothing comes close to Manorama Yearbook, experts term it as one of the best book to prepare for GK section in competitive exams. Following books are important for the preparation of Logical Reasoning Subject of the CGL examination.

  1. Manorama Yearbook 2017 (English)
  2. Manorama Yearbook 2017 (Hindi)
  3. Lucent`s General Knowledge (English)
  4. Lucent`s General Knowledge (Hindi)

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