How Should I Prepare For The English Section In SSC CGL 2018

With the release of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) notification, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has opened the doors for a massive recruitment in the various ministries and departments of the government of India. The commission will recruit candidates based on the four-tier selection process and accept online applications until June 4, 2018.


The selection process of the SSC CGL will kick-start with the tier-I round (computer-based examination), which will take place during the end of July. Candidates should have drafted an action plan to prepare for SSC CGL 2018 with the help of our exclusive article. The preparation for CGL should be meticulous because over 15 lakh candidates compete for the exam.

Prepare For The English Section SSC CGL

Be it the tier-I or tier-II round, the English language is the most important subject and is a scoring one as well. Many SSC CGL aspirants even believe that the English section will be a game changer while being shortlisted for further rounds. With only two months left for the SSC CGL tier-I preparation, here are the tips that will help nourish your English language.

Also Read: 10 Common Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For SSC CGL 2018

Difference Between Tier-I And Tier-II In SSC CGL English

In the tier-I round, the candidates are tested on their understanding of the English language through the comprehension and writing ability topics. While coming to the tier-II round, one should work more on their grammar and vocabulary. A total of 200 questions will be asked in the tier-II round, one mark each.

Questions In SSC CGL English

Every aspirants knows that without grammar and vocabulary, no one can score well in the English paper. In the tier-I round, the candidates' writing ability and comprehension skills are tested.

While coming to the tier-II round, the questions will be based on spotting errors, filling the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, misspelled words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, direct/indirect narration, cloze passage and comprehension passage. We suggest aspirants prepare for the tier-II round while preparing for the tier-I round. This will help you increase your command on the language.

Also Read: How To Kick-start SSC Combined Graduate Level 2018 Preparation

Tips For Comprehension In SSC CGL English

The comprehension section will be the deciding factor in both the tier-I and tier-II rounds. The comprehension questions can be answered easily because of the given information. However, there will be some tricky questions as well.

The comprehension passages should be read in a couple of minutes. For this, aspirants should hone their reading skills. Scanning the passage before reading it is a good idea. One should practise in such a way that the hidden answers should be noticed while scanning the passage.

Try to read the editorials of the newspaper everyday, which will not only increases your command on the language but also helps you with the current affairs questions. Solve at least two sets of comprehension passages everyday.

Tips For SSC CGL English

  • Spotting errors will test the candidate's grammar. Never look for logic and strictly crack the questions based on grammar.
  • In the fill in the blanks section, we suggest you follow the elimination process that will help you find the suitable word.
  • Try to memorise all the typical words of synonyms and antonyms.
  • Solving the previous years' question papers will help you with the one word substitution section.
  • The cloze test is a trap. Never fill the blanks individually. Try to read the whole passage before you start answering. This will give you the most appropriate answers.
  • Practise alone will not bring success in the English subject. One should also allocate time to review their answers and mistakes.
  • Restricting yourself to the time you'll be allotted during the exam while practising. This will help you during the exam.

Important Books For SSC CGL English

  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin
  • SSC English Language Solved Papers by Kiran

Also Read: How Do I Prepare For SSC CGL At Home Without Coaching?

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