SSC CGL Tier II 2021 Study Plan | Important Topics & Tips

The (Staff Selection Commission) SSC CGL Tier 2 exam is going to be held on 28th and 29th January 2022. For those candidates who are already preparing for SSC CGL Tier 2, this article will be of great assistance as we are bringing to you a comprehensive SSC CGL 2021 Tier 2 Study Plan, important topics to focus and a few expert tips that will help you prepare better for the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam.

SSC CGL 2021 Tier 2 Study Plan

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We are providing a study plan for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam. You can customize this plan as per your strength and weakness and command over subjects. The only thing that you should consider is having a topic test after each topic to understand it clearly. Also, include as many full-length mock tests as you can towards the end of the preparation to improve your performance.

Day 1

Number System Concept

Number System Practice

Day 2


Simplification Concept

Simplification Practice

Day 3


Divisibility, HCF & LCM Concept

Divisibility, HCF & LCM Practice

Analytical Reasoning Concept

Day 4


Analytical Reasoning Practice

Averages & Allegations Concept

Day 5


Averages & Allegations Practice

Ratio & Proportion Concept

Day 6


Ratio & Proportion Practice

Syllogism Concept

Syllogism Practice

Day 7


Reading Comprehension Concept

Reading Comprehension Practice

Day 8


Cloze Test Concept

Cloze Test Practice

Vocabulary Concept

Day 9


Vocabulary Practice

Percentage, Profit & Loss Concept

Day 10


Percentage, Profit & Loss Practice

Simple & Compound Interest Concept

Day 11


Simple & Compound Interest Practice

Coding-Decoding Concept

Coding-Decoding Practice

Day 12


Blood Relation Concept

Blood Relation Practice

Day 13


Correct usage practice

Speed, Distance & Time Concept

Speed, Distance & Time Practice

Day 14


Work, Pipes & Cisterns Concept

Work, Pipes & Cisterns Practice

Day 15


Number & Letter Series Concept

Number & Letter Series Practice

Day 16


Critical Reasoning Concept

Critical Reasoning Practice

Para jumbles Concept

Day 17


Para jumbles Practice

Direction Sense Concept

Day 18


Direction Sense Practice

Mensuration Concept

Quadratic Equations Concept

Day 19


Mensuration Practice

Permutation & Combinations Concept

Day 20


Permutation & Combinations Practice

Probability Concept

Day 21


Probability Practice

Logical Inequalities Concept

Sentence Completion Concept

Day 22


Sentence Completion Practice

Tables Concept

Day 23


Tables Practice

Bar Graphs Concept

Bar Graphs Practice

Day 24


Line Graphs Concept

Line Graphs Practice

Day 25


Pie Charts Concept

Pie Charts Practice

Day 26


Data Sufficiency Concept

Data Sufficiency Practice

Input-Output Concept

Day 27


Input-Output Practice

Logical Venn Diagrams Practice

Day 28


Mock Test 1

Mock Test 2

Mock Test 3

Day 29


Mock Test 4

Mock Test 5

Day 30


Mock Test 6

Mock Test 7

Day 31


Mock Test 8

Mock Test 9

Mock Test 10

Day 32


Mock Test 11

Mock Test 12

Day 33


Mock Test 13

Mock Test 14

Mock Test 15

Day 34


Mock Test 16

Mock Test 17

Day 35

Mock Test 18

Mock Test 19

Mock Test 20


SSC CGL 2021 Tier 2 – Study Plan

Most Important Topics to Concentrate

Quantitative Aptitude

Focus more on:

  • Algebra
  • Geometry & Mensuration
  • Trigonometry

Based on the past few years’ papers (last 3 years at least), it would be safe to say that the above topics cover almost 50% of this section.

Tips for Quant

  • Learn tables to improve your calculation speed
  • Practice multiple level of tests and analyse your performance
  • Practice mental math and try building your own tricks

Recommended Books

  • NCERT Books (7th to 10th Standard)

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English Language

Focus more on:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Text
  • One Word Substitution
  • Sentence Correction
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Idioms & Phrases

Tips for English Language

  • Get clear understanding of all grammar rules
  • Read English newspaper and magazines for about 2-3 hours daily
  • Solve as many mocks as you can

Recommended Books

  • High School Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis

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This section is only for those who have applied for the position of Statistical Investigator.

Focus more on:

  • Probability theory
  • Variance analysis
  • Measure of central tendency
  • Sampling theory

Tips for Statistics

  • Revise all concepts from 10th, 11th and 12th standard books
  • Maintain notes of important formulas and revise often
  • Practice previous years’ papers and mock tests

Recommended Books:

  • NCERT Books (10th, 11th & 12th)

General Studies

Focus more on:

  • Finance and accounts
  • Economics and governance

Tips for General Studies

  • Read newspapers everyday related to economics and business’ recommended ones are The Economist, The Economic Times, Business Standard.
  • Read facts from the government gazettes on economics
  • Refer to Financial Magazines

 Recommended Books:

  • Manorama Year Book
  • Lucents General Knowledge

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Exam Tips from the Toppers

1. “To start with, I cleared the basic concepts (not the shortcuts or tricks) of each topic and then learned the tricks to solve maximum questions in 2 hours. I solved the Maths textbook of Kiran Publications chapter-wise and afterwards started attempting mock tests.” – Kapil Mittal (Cleared SSC CGL 2015)

2. “Continue your preparations with a positive mindset and have faith on your hard work. Always Study in a screen free zone (Use of Mobile, television etc should be restricted). Never forget to make daily, weekly and monthly plan to reach your success without any delay or hassles. Do not delay in collecting necessary books, contents and resources. Have your materials ready well in advance. Do not think much about cut off and any change in the scheme of examinations. If you are a deserving candidate you are bound to succeed. Take as many mock tests as possible and analyse them with due diligence to identify how many questions are you not being able to attempt and why, what are the chapters/topics that are bothering you, are you solving the questions in the shortest method possible and so on.”Soumyarshi Das (Cleared SSC CGL 2016)

3. “Brace yourself by clearing your basics of English and maths. For maths start solving each question of Kiran, chapter wise mathematics. For English, SP Bakshi is a good book for clearing concepts. For GK, Lucent is a good book for improving your score. In addition to this, at least 5 mock tests are necessary per week to improve speed.”Abhijeet Singh (Cleared SSC CGL 2016)

4. “I studied in a private school, so speaking and writing English wasn’t a problem, but finding errors and problem-solving technique was required in it. For passage and vocabulary, you must study newspaper daily which will make you habitual of reading long passages. Also, you can prefer a good book like Verbal Ability and RC by Meenakshi Upadhyay. In this book you will get exposure to various kind of questions like para jumbles, RC, missing sentences in paragraph etc. Keep attempting mock tests.” – Sumit Sharma (Cleared IBPS PO, NIACL AO 2016)

5. “Reasoning is the most scoring and most dynamic section. I used to attempt it second last. To clear my basics, I used BSC publication’s analytical reasoning, BSC’s a magical book on puzzles (it’s not relevant in today’s exams as the level of puzzles is not up to the mark). Apart from that I used to attempt mock tests a lot for reasoning part and analysed the unattended questions then attempted them again and again until they got solved.”Ankit Malik (Cleared RBI Assistant, NIACL AO, IBPS PO 2016)

Hope this helps. If you have any further questions related to SSC CGL Tier II 2017 exam, feel free to mention it in the comment section below.


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