Learn how to prepare for SSC CGL 2021. Check the best preparation strategies, tips, books and time table for subjects like English, General Awareness, Maths and more.
SSC CGL is a competitive recruitment examination that is held once every year for various government posts. Candidates from all across the country apply for the this examination but very few manage to get a good score and get recruited. This article will give you insights on how to prepare for the examination, create a study schedule and a brief insight into the syllabus for the SSC CGL 2021 examination.
The full form of the SSC CGL is the Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination. SSC conducts the SSC CGL examination for the recruitment of the staffs for various posts of Group B & Group C in ministries and organizations of Indian Government. To apply for the SSC-CGL, the candidates must have completed the bachelor’s degree from a recognized Institute/College/University. The age of the candidates must be between 20 to 30 years. The candidates who are exempted from paying the application fees include Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Physically Handicapped, Ex-Servicemen and all the women candidates. Apart from all these categories, rest have to pay an application fee of INR 100.
SSC-CGL 2021 Exam Pattern
SSC organizes the SSC-CGL examination in four phases- Tier I, Tier-II, Tier-III, and Tier IV. The Mode of conduct of these exams are:
- Tier I & Tier-II- Online exam
- Tier III- Pen & Paper-based exam
- Tier IV- Computer Skill Test
SSC-CGL 2021 Tier I Exam Pattern
The question paper comprises of four sections of a total of 100 questions, and total marks are 200. Candidates must complete the exam within 60 minutes. There will be 25 questions from each part, and each section will comprise of a total 50 marks. In case the candidate does not attempt the question or leave it blanks, no marks will be deducted, and there will be negative marking of 0.50 for each incorrect answer. The sections include:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- English Comprehension
- General Intelligence & Reasoning
- General Awareness
SSC-CGL 2021 Tier II Exam Pattern
The question paper comprises of four sections of a total of 100 questions from three-section of 200 marks which holds the Quantitative Ability, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance & Economics) and 200 questions from the last section which includes- English Language & Comprehension. Candidates must complete the exam within 2 hours. In case the candidate does not attempt the question or leave it blanks, no marks will be deducted, and there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each incorrect answer. The sections include:
- General Studies (Finance & Economics)
- English Language & Comprehension
- Quantitative Ability
SSC-CGL 2021 Tier III Exam Pattern
The paper pattern will be descriptive comprises writing of an essay, letter, and application, and the paper is available in two languages- English/Hindi containing total marks of 100. Candidates must complete the exam within 60 minutes.
SSC-CGL 2021 Tier IV Exam Pattern
There will be a Computer Based-Test, and is conducted in two steps:
DEST Test & CPT Test.
DEST: Candidates have to type 2000 words in English within a time duration of 15 minutes.
CPT: To examine the candidate’s ability in Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Generation of Slides, they advise the candidates to take this test.
SSC-CGL 2021 Syllabus
The syllabus for all the sections in the respective tiers are as follows:
SSC-CGL 2021 Tier I Syllabus
The Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus includes:
- Averages, Interest, Discount
- Mixture & Allegation
- Time & distance
- Computation of whole numbers
- Decimals & fractions
- Profit and Loss
- Percentage. Square roots
- Partnership Ratio & ProportionTime and Work
The English Comprehension Syllabus includes:
- Writing Ability
The General Intelligence & Reasoning Syllabus includes:
It contains questions from verbal & non-verbal types.
- Similarities & differences
- Relationship concepts
- Visual memory
- Arithmetic number series
- Questions on analogies
- Space visualization
- Spatial orientation
- Decision making
- Arithmetical reasoning & figural classification
The General Awareness Syllabus includes:
- India & neighbouring Countries especially about History
- Scientific Research & General Policy
- Economic Scene
SSC CGL Exam Tier and Mode of Exam:
The SSC has placed four phases for the SSC CGL 2021 examination and candidates will have to answer the exam based on the specified mode of exam. Check the table below for more details.
|Tier||Type of Exam||Mode of Exam|
|Tier 1||Objective Multiple Choice||Computer Based (Online)|
|Tier 2||Objective Multiple Choice||Computer Based (Online)|
|Tier 3||Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi||Pen and Paper mode (Offline)|
|Tier 4||Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)/Skill Test: Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)||Wherever Applicable|
|Document Verification||Applicable for all|
SSC-CGL 2021 Tier II Syllabus
The Quantitative Ability Syllabus includes:
- Computation of Whole Numbers
- Fractions, decimals & its relationships between numbers
The English Language & Comprehension syllabus includes:
- Spot error
- Fill in blanks
- Detecting the miss-spelt words
Preparing for an exam is not an easy task. Candidates must remember that they should plan accordingly to get good marks to clear the examination. They should go with a regular plan for their preparation.
Know the Syllabus
Candidates must go through the SSC-CGL syllabus of all the exams. Going through the summary, they will know how to prepare by taking references with the best books. Books plan a significant role in the preparation of any exams. They can refer the books of known publishers such as Arihant Publishers, R S Agarwal, Kiran Publication, R D Sharma.
Plan a Schedule
Knowing the syllabus does not solve everything. For the best preparation, candidates must plan their schedule. They must organize their study timing. Take a short break and again get back to study. They should assign particular time and day for each of the topics/subjects like for quantitative ability they should at least give 1-2 hours per day. In this way, they can know on which topic they should focus more.
Practice Sample Question Papers
There is various sample paper available online. Candidate can download it and practice them. Practising with the sample papers can help them to understand the types of questions asked, the pattern of question paper, and the marking scheme as well. Apart from all these they can decide on which topic they should spend more time, and on which they should focus more.
Attempt Mock Tests
By attempting mock tests, they can check about their progress in which field they are strong, and in which topic they should practice more. It will also help in their time management so that they can complete the entire exam within time.
Although these all are the necessary points that the candidates must follow. Apart from all these, self-confidence and proper guidance are the primary things that result in scoring good marks and enhances the candidates to crack the exam.