Prepare for SSC CGL at home/without coaching: Know how

With a proper study plan, renowned book references and determination, one can be sure enough to crack the SSC CGL by self study at home. First and foremost thing that aspirants have to do while starting preparation for SSC CGL is to go thoroughly through the examination syllabus and exam pattern. It will give you a clear idea of the paper and the topics to be asked in the examination and decide the study plan accordingly for the exam. In this article, you will get to know how you can prepare for SSC CGL 2021 exam.

SSC CGL syllabus fundamentally comprises of 4 subjects

  1. General English
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Reasoning.

Analyze and make a study plan after getting all the details about the Exam. Focus on the important and difficult topics first since it takes time. Also, cover the topics in which you are weak. Such domains need more attention and time for preparation.

Here are some of the preparation strategy you can follow for individual subjects for SSC CGL:

General English:

The English section is the most scoring section. This section is very important but also quite difficult at the same time. Candidates need to develop consistent reading habits and practice the grammar portion regularly. From the exam point of view, with consistent preparation for English, candidates can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to other sections.

  1. 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.This also helps you understand the sentence structure better thus making it easy to solve the comprehension based questions in English SSC CGL.
  2. 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..

Book References:

  • Objective General English by S P Bakshi
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Quick learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Competitive General English by Kiran Prakshan

Get list of best books for SSC CGL preparation for 2021 exam here!

General Awareness:

The SSC CGL General Knowledge syllabus is quite huge, which if prepared well, will result in a good score consuming lesser time.

1. Stay updated with the daily news events and current affairs.

2. Complete the syllabus entirely of Indian History, Geography, Polity, Economics and General Science.

3.Make short notes and revise them at a glance everyday.

Book References:

  • Lucent’s general knowledge
  • General Knowledge by Arihant Publications

This section if prepared well can be attempted very quickly and decent marks can be scored as well.

Quantitative Ability:

The scope of quantitative ability is clearly defined and is limited to class 10th level mathematics. All you need to do for this section is clear the basic concepts and practice them vigorously to attempt the questions with good accuracy. Practice all types of questions that you find for this section. Learn short cut methods and tricks to solve quantitative problems as it helps in time management during the examination.

The section consists of questions from topics like profit and loss, ratio and proportion, time, distance and work, average, alligation, elementary mensuration, algebra, trigonometry, geometry etc.

Books References:

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Agarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
  • Quicker Mathematics by M. Tyra
  • Chapter-wise Quantitative Aptitude by Kiran Publications

Reasoning Ability:

This section tests the reasoning ability, judgment and other skills related to presence of mind and analytical ability of a candidate.Since there are no exact formulas to solve the questions of this section, rigorous practice is the key. As much as you practice, you get an idea of how to solve them and what and how the assumptions are to be made.Donot over assume and go through the questions very well. Make your own formulas to solve questions.

The most important topics of this section are: Analogy, Classification, Series problems, Ranking, Sitting Arrangements, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Data sufficiency, Assumptions and Direction Sense Test.

Book References:

  • Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning (M K Pandey)
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Hindi (Kiran Publication)
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning – English (A K Gupta)

Learn how to prepare English for SSC CGL 2021 here!

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Without Coaching:

  • Make a Study plan that will finish your syllabus. Schedule a time of minimum 6 hours for serious preparation everyday.Figure out your weak and strong sections or topics and work on that.
  • Make short notes on important short tricks, formulas and important dates and events to revise them everyday at least once.
  • Refer to the limited number of good books that are clear and precise to clear the concepts.
  • Once done with the syllabus, start practicing full length mock tests that help you analyze your performance and also maintains a balance between speed and accuracy.
  • Solve previous year’s SSC CGL question paper and model test papers to get an idea of the question patterns and type of questions to be asked from each section.

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