The first and foremost step of preparing for any competitive exam is being well aware of the syllabus. Tier I of SSC CGL includes 25 questions of 50 marks on English. Tier II English paper comprises 200 questions of 200 marks. The syllabus for English for both the tiers is almost the same. The syllabus for SSC CGL English includes:
- Reading Comprehension
- Fill in the Blanks
- Phrases and Idioms
- Sentence Correction
- One word Substitution
- Error Spotting
- Active Passive
- Sentence Rearrangement
- Sentence Improvement
After going through the syllabus, start preparing from renowned good books available for SSC CGL. Here are some of the ways you can refer to while preparing for SSC CGL.
- Make it a habit of reading English newspapers, magazines,etc everyday which will inadvertently help you to achieve your ends. Also pen down any new word you come across and find their synonyms and antonyms.
- Read as many comprehensions as possible from different sources. This helps you understand the sentence structure better thus making it easy to solve the comprehension based questions in English SSC CGL.
- Language and Grammar holds the major portion of the SSC CGL English Paper. This portion can be mastered by memorizing some standard rules and practicing their applications in different sentences. Refer to books like Objective English by SP Bakshi, Plinth to Paramount, etc and practice thoroughly.
- After completing all the above aspects, one should focus on revision, practice and mock test papers. Solving full length mock tests helps to manage time and thus provide a balance between speed and accuracy.
- Solve Model test papers and Previous year’s English papers of SSC CGL to get an idea of the question pattern and weightage of each topic. Refer to MB Publications books containing previous year sets.
Also learn how to prepare for SSC CGL at home/without coaching.
Books to refer for SSC CGL English:
- Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
- Objective General English by S.P. Bashi
- From Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh
- M.B. Publication Previous year Question set
- Kiran’s SSC CGL Tier – II English Language & Comprehension
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