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SSC CGL 2022 notification was released on 17th September 2022 for over 20000 vacancies. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone aiming for a government job. Being a beginner, you might have doubts if you can study for SSC CGL 2022 from scratch. Since the competition will be high, it is advised, you start preparing immediately, if not already started. We will go through important tips for SSC CGL Preparation for beginners in this blog.


SSC CGL preparation for beginners

You have decided to appear for SSC CGL 2022 as a beginner. You have less than 2 months to prepare for the exam.

Before you begin your preparation you must know where you stand. Know what is your preparation level. To determine that take 2-3 mock tests. Since English, Reasoning, and General awareness are of graduation level and quantitative aptitude of class 10 level, you will be able to attempt a few of the questions. After 2 – 3 mocks you will be able to analyze which topics are difficult for you and which are easy. You can streamline your preparation to focus more on difficult topics.

Before you start preparing, create a feasible and practical STUDY PLAN depending on your schedule and how many hours you are able to dedicate to your studies. Also, go through PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTIONS to know the difficulty level and the type of questions asked. Check the TOPIC-WISE WEIGHTAGE of topics for SSC CGL so you can focus more on topics that carry more marks.

Let’s look at how you can tackle each section separately.

Quantitative Aptitude

Due to the scarcity of time, concentrate more on topics that carry more marks. The Syllabus and Weightage in Quantitative Aptitude of SSC CGL Tier-1 is as follows :

TopicsNo. of Questions
Data Interpretation5
Time & Work1 – 2
Time, Speed & Distance1 – 2
Pipe & Cistern1 – 2
Geometry1 – 2
Mensuration2 – 3
Trigonometry2 – 3
Profit & Loss1 – 2
Successive Discount1
Simplification1 – 2
Ratio1 – 2
Number System2 – 3
Average1 – 2
Total Questions25

Based on this analysis, focus more on DI, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Number System and then move on to the other topics.

To begin your preparation, start with practicing PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTIONS to get an idea of the difficulty level of questions.

Check how to prepare for SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude here


Start your preparation by practicing PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTIONS. Due to less time, focus more on important topics like Number series and Missing numbers, Coding, and Decoding. The Syllabus and Weightage in General Reasoning of SSC CGL Tier-1 are as follows :

TopicsNo. of Questions
Analogy2 – 3
Odd One Out1 – 2
Number Series2 – 3
Statement & Conclusions1
Direction0 – 1
Sequence (According to Dictionary)1 – 2
Water Image1
Coding-Decoding3 – 4
Mathematical Operations2 – 3
Seating Arrangement2 – 3
Blood Relation1 – 2
Mirror Image1 – 2
Venn Diagram1 – 2
Paper Folding Image1 – 2
Missing Term1 – 2
Hidden Figure1 – 2
Cube1 – 2
Counting Figure [Rectangle]1 – 2
Complete Figure1 – 2
Total Questions25

Check how to prepare for SSC CGL Reasoning here


In English, focus more on Vocabulary, One-word Substitution, Synonyms and Antonyms, Idioms, Sentence rearrangement, and the Cloze test. Since it takes a lot of time to build vocabulary and cannot be studied overnight, ensuring you know the grammar rules well will help you solve questions even if you are unsure of the meaning of the words.

General Knowledge

General Knowledge will help you a lot in scoring marks at the last minute. Choose a good monthly pdf and go through at least 12 months of Current Affairs.

You can focus on the following topics in each subject first to ensure you score more :

HistoryModern History
PolityArticles, Schedules, and Parts
GeographyPhysical geography
EconomyYou can afford to skip Economy as the number of questions is very less. You can focus on other topics that carry more marks
BiologyMaximum questions in Science are asked from Biology. Start Biology by focusing on Diseases and Pathogens, Vitamins and deficiency, Plant morphology, and Endocrine systems
PhysicsOptics, Units of Measurement, Electricity, Laws of Motion
Chemistry Acid and Base, Metals and Non-metals, Atomic Structure, Hydrocarbons

Mock tests

One sure-shot way of scoring well in SSC CGL is by attempting as many SSC CGL Mock Tests as possible. Analyse your tests and see where you lack. Ensure your score keeps increasing as you give more and more mock tests.

SSC CGL 2022 – 23 Practice Batch – Bilingual

Course Highlights

Number of Live Classes220+ Classes (Live classes & Video sessions) for Complete Comprehensive Learning & Concept Building
Question Covered21,500+ practice questions with solutions and proper explanations in the form of Topic tests, Sectional Tests, GK Tests, and Mock Tests
Number of Full-Length Mock Tests40 Tier–1 Tests
Number of Full-Length Mock Tests50 Tier-2 Tests
GK Tests120 Tests
Sectional Tests60 Tests
Topic wise Tests53 Tests
Medium of InstructionBilingual
Validity1 Year
PDF NotesYes, will be provided after Class
Other Highlights– Practice Questions of all topics are provided to increase the speed and accuracy
– Special Score Booster tricks for the Prelims Exam
– Complete Coverage of History, Polity, Geography, Static, Economics, Science, In-depth coverage of CA
– Class notes in PDF format for easy learning and quick revision

SSC CGL 2022 – 23 Mock Test Series 

Oliveboard, the Online Learning Portal, provides SSC CGL Mock Test Series to help the candidates clear the exam in one go.  SSC CGL Online Mock Tests will help you prepare for the actual exam because the interface and time limit is similar to the actual exam. These Mock tests will also give you an idea of which areas you are lacking and which topics you are good at.

You can Register to Oliveboard to attempt the First Free Mock Test and check the level of your exam preparation and your National Standing. Analyse your Performance with Oliveboard’s Analytics feature and get to know your Weak Areas. Get Oliveboard’s Expert Guidance to improve your score in subsequent Tests. Oliveboard’s SSC CGL Mock Test series contains :

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How to start SSC CGL preparation for beginners?

Attempt Mock tests and focus more on topics that carry more weightage. Check the important topics in the blog.

What is the best SSC CGL preparation strategy for beginners?

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Which topics carry more marks in SSC CGL?

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