Preparation Tips

When you know what your exam consists of you can fight well, so now we will focus on each section one by one. As every person has his/her own caliber, strengths and weaknesses, he/she may be good in one section and might be lagging in other one. Thus, we’ll give you a brief suggestion on how to prepare different sections to score more.

Reasoning/General Intelligence:

First we talk about Reasoning Section, this consists of 50 Marks. Just focus on points mentioned below:

  1. This Section is usually very easy but you shouldn’t underestimate this and must prepare to attempt about 45 questions at least and it’s not as tough as it sounds.
  2. Questions consist of:
  3. Almost 5 Questions from Coding/Decoding
  • 2 to 3 from Analogy
  • 2 from Blood Relations
  • 1 to 2 from Calendar
  • 1 or 2 from Sitting Arrangement
  • 1 from Distance and Directions
  • 5 Questions from Syllogisms
  • In last of this Section 5 to 10 questions are from Non-verbal Reasoning, most easy part of this section is generally put in the last 10 questions, so if you find Start is tough you must start from Last of this section, this will really help you.
  1. Getting 40 marks is as easier in this Section as to attempt a 10th Level NDA Exam.
  2. Remember, this section easy, but it is a part of your exam so, here race is about time, and if you waste more than 40 minutes in this section you are trapped, so Make a habit to solve 50 questions of Previous Paper in just 35 to 40 minutes also time to darken circles in Answer sheet is included in 40 minutes.

Maths/Quantitative Aptitude:

It is very important to plan how to attempt this section, as only this section can define your fate, so be attentive while attempting this section. As a personal suggestion, you should attempt this section at last, and don’t indulge in depth or don’t try to mess with any question in this section, just ignore the ones which are strange for you and in a quick reading find all those which are most familiar with you to be attempted.
Don’t be afraid of this section as many candidates have a horrible experience to face this section, you need not worry, let us explain why?

  1. First thing you are not supposed to solve all these tough problems, just choose around 20 to 25 questions those are much easier than others.
  2. Attempt them all 25 question correctly as only this section is the one in which either you get the correct answer otherwise you will not get any answer.
  3. Focus on Trigonometry, Algebra section as these two topics are most easy part of this section and consists of 10 to 15 questions.
  4. Then attempt Percentage as it saves time to solve these questions, every year there are 2 or 3 questions on Percentage have been observed and they are based on just successive discounts.
  5. 1 to 2 easy questions on geometry are assured.
  6. Then Focus on Mensuration as this section will also help you in Tier II.
  7. Around 5 Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) are always fixed at last. Choose them to score more in much lesser time.


Never focus on Conversational English (means Spoken or Behavioral) as it is not related to Competitive English, here you are supposed to have typical knowledge of Grammar, you must be able to identify Grammatical Errors in sentences. Just follow these simple tips to attempt this section:

  1. Read Newspaper on daily basis: don’t be afraid guys, you just need to read First Page and National Page, and if you find anything interesting in any news, just read that in depth.
  2. Reading Newspaper will help you a lot in Preparing for SSC Tier I and Tier II, as many ERROR detection questions are generally made on the basis of Grammar that is used in Newspaper.
  3. While Attempting English Section, Maintain your speed, don’t get slow as normally it takes just 25 minutes to attempt all 50 questions of English Section in Tier I.
  4. You can Follow Lucent Objective English for a Sure Shot Success and this book will bless you a great sense of detecting error in your first reading.
  5. Read more and More Passages, this will improve your speed in reading and understanding English and will speed you up to get at least 35 to 38 marks in English section in TIER I.

General Awareness:

First of all remember that you can’t score very much in GK because it is a subject which is so vast to cover and it is divided in many topics like history, geography, economics, political science, culture of INDIA, etc. and we know it is hard to prepare all these simultaneously, so guys don’t focus so seriously on general awareness. Here are few tips to improve general awareness:

  1. When you are attempting GK Section in SSC CGL Exam never spend too much time for a single question. Read it in a fluent manner and think for just 5 seconds and if you find the question strange for you just leave it right away.
  2. You have 50 questions to read and you must not spare more than 15 – 20 minutes for them.
  3. Answer only when you are at least 90% sure that you know the answer, don’t just try to dark circle with half knowledge, this could decide your fate.
  4. Never think of this section as an opportunity to attempt all, as generally we think that we know the answer for every question but we are not 100% sure, please put your answer very carefully.
  5. Try to improve your general knowledge by reading newspaper daily, and discuss a new topic every day with your friends to boost up your knowledge.
  6. Read Monthly Magazine of the previous month from the Examination, like if you are going to attempt exam in April, read out a resourceful magazine for the Month of March.
  7. Focus on main Topics of this Section: The most important one is Indian Polity, then Five year Plans, Economy, Budget of the same year, after that a good knowledge of all other topics like: Geography, History and Biology are of Equal importance.
  8. Attempting above 20 is a good score in General Awareness.

Useful Books for SSC Exam

9789383379972_1Ultimate Guide to SSC Combined Graduate Level - CGL (Tier I & Tier II) Exam 3rd EditionUltimate Guide to SSC Combined Graduate Level - CGL (Tier I & Tier II) Exam 2nd Edition