Although this year’s SSC CGL Tier-I exam has been postponed, candidates should invest their time to prepare for the SSC CGL Tier-II simultaneously along with their Tier 1 preparation. We have received multiple queries from our readers regarding SSC CGL Tier-II preparation. In this post, we would be addressing these queries by giving preparation tips for each section of the Tier-II examination. The SSC CGL Tier-II exam demands a lot of hard-work and diligent preparation. So even though the exam is scheduled in the month of November, one MUST start their preparation NOW! Before we proceed, let’s take a look at the SSC CGL Tier-II exam pattern.
SSC CGL Tier-II : Exam Pattern 2021
|Serial No.||Papers||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Time Allotted|
|1||Paper-I: Quantitative Ability||100||200||2 hours|
|2||Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension||200||200||2 hours|
|3||Paper-III: Statistics||100||200||2 hours|
|4||Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)||100||200||2 hours|
Note that :
- In Tier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in paper II (English Language & Comprehension) of Tier-II and 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper III and Paper IV of Tier II.
- Also, this will be treated as a qualifying paper only.
Let us now look at the syllabus and preparation tips for each of the above mentioned sections.
SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2021 : Quantitative Ability
Based on the past few years’ papers (last 3 years at least), it would be safe to say that the following topics cover almost 50% of this section:
These topics fall under the advanced math category and require conceptual clarity and regular practice. Hence, make sure you thoroughly clear the basics for these topics. After a thorough analysis of Previous years SSC CGL question papers, we discovered that questions from topics under Advanced Mathematics are repeated year after year. So, it’s a good idea to refer to Previous Year SSC CGL Question Papers and solve all the Quant questions.
Strengthen your strong and mediocre areas so much so that you can attempt at least 75% of questions. Then start working on building speed and accuracy. Also, diversify the questions you solve in a day. This will keep you mind engaged and will ensure better learning.
Some preparation resources for you:
- Practice Sets
- Previous Year SSC CGL Question Papers (organized chapter-wise)
Notes on ebooks:
It has been noticed time and again, that a lot of books containing SSC CGL practice sets and previous year question papers have a lot of errors. Therefore, one needs to be extremely careful when it comes to choosing books for exam preparation. Make sure you pick the best and the most recommended preparation material with least errors.
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SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2021 : English Language Comprehension
The main topics to covered under the English Language Comprehension section of SSC CGL Tier-II exam are as follows:
- Direct Indirect Speech
- Cloze Test
- Active Passive Voice
- One-word Substitution
- Idioms and Phrases
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Jumbles
- Synonyms and Antonyms
- Sentence Completion
- Wrongly Spelt Words
One must realise that scoring in the English section is always easier as it is less time consuming. However, there is a caveat : one MUST establish a stronghold over basics such as grammar and vocabulary. In the following section, we share some tips for the RC section. Many people face problems here, so read the following tips to ace your RCs for SSC CGL Tier-II exam.
Use the following tips as a guide to prepare for or to attempt RC questions:-
A good reading speed gives you an edge to score well in the exam, so make sure while preparing for RC you also work on your reading speed.
- Strictly stick to what is given in the passage and assume NOTHING else; even if it is true in day today situations. Do NOT make any assumptions whatsoever.
- It is essential to balance speed and accuracy to score well in any competitive exam. The best way in which you can gauge this is via practicing multiple mock tests. Mock tests not only condition you for the real time exam but also help you analyze your areas of strength and weaknesses.
- RC passages can range from a variety of topics such as: Philosophy, Psychology, Economics, Politics or even Science. We never know what might come our way. Hence, it is important that we establish a level of comfort with all such genres by reading from multiple sources. Newspapers, especially the editorials and the weekend specials are a good place to start.
- A major problem that all candidates face while solving RC questions is that they get confused between 2 options. This happens because we read to understand only what the statements say; whereas the RC questions demands our understanding of the writer’s/author’s perspective as well (this is known as reading between the lines).
- We suggest the following preparation strategy for your SSC CGL Tier-II Exam 2021:
Brush up concepts -> Practice Questions -> Solve Previous year question papers -> Revise -> Take Full Mock Tests
2. After learning each topic, take a sectional test for that topic to measure your progress. Continue learning and practicing till you’re thorough in that concept and then move on to the next one.
3. Chances of questions similar to ones that appeared in 2019 paper appearing in the 2021 exam are high. Solving previous year reasoning question paper will familiarize you with the question patterns and difficulty levels.
4. Revision is important to retain the concepts learnt. Revise each concept 2-3 times before the exam. It’s also important that you practice sectional tests after revising each topic to master it.
5. Take full-length mock tests after your preparation to measure your progress. Mock tests provide you instant feedback in the form of analytics, which will help you determine your speed & accuracy in solving questions and identify your strong and weak areas. You can also use your performance analysis to fine-tune your preparation by practicing more questions from topics you’re weak or slow at.
Hope this helps.
All the Best!
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