SSC CGL Tier II: Tips & Strategy of English Section

SSC CGL Tier II: Tips & Strategy of English Section

SSC CGL TIER -II Exam 2017 is going to be conducted in the last of November and the candidates who are going to appear for the exam would be looking for some useful advice and tips to score well in order to succeed. So Today we will discuss the strategy that we should follow for the English section for SSC CGL TIER -II. In this article, we have discussed Syllabus, Topic wise distribution of topics, Tips & Strategy of English Section.

There is a phobia of English in many students, they think that it is the toughest subject and cannot be prepared easily. But the fact is that it is the most scoring subject in SSC CGL as it stands for 200 marks in SSC CGL Tier – II. If you follow the right strategy and have a proper approach towards your goals than no one can stop you from scoring good marks in English.

First, We have shared with you the topic wise analysis of questions of English Section below.

But their difficulty levels should be determined by you only depending on your expertise

Topic wise distribution of SSC CGL Tier 2 English Section
Topics 2016 2015 2014 2013
Antonyms 03 03 03 03
Synonyms 03 03 03 03
Idioms & Phrases 10 10 10 10
One Word Substitution 12 12 12 12
Spelling Errors 03 03 03 03
Sub-total 31 31 31 31
Spotting Error 20 20 20 20
Sentence Improvement 22 22 22 22
Sentence Arrangement 20 20 20 20
Fill in the Blanks 05 05 05 05
Direct/Indirect 27 27 27 27
Active/Passive 20 20 20 20
Sub-total 114 114 114 114
Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test 25 25 25 25
Passage 30 30 30 30
Sub-total 55 55 55 55

In above Table, we have divided the syllabus of English into three parts.

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading Ability

Now, we will try to discuss all the parts in details and will learn “how can we study these without any hurdle”. First You have to keep in mind English is not something you can expect to master in a day. But from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude.

Part –I: Vocabulary

This part contains very important part in SSC CGL Tier –II Exam. But it is not an easy task to get decent marks in this part. For this part, You have to learn daily practice from quizzes we have already provide for SSC Exams.

Problem Faced by Candidates:

Problem 1: One of the biggest problems with vocabulary learning is that what’s ‘learned’ today is often forgotten tomorrow. Retaining the learned words becomes a major issue with the candidates.

Problem 2: Learning vocabulary takes time and it can be a mistake to force the process. If you try to learn too many words too quickly, you can end up only confusing yourself.

Problem 3: Another problem faced by candidates is to decide which words are worth learning.

To overcome this problem of finding new words daily which are important for the upcoming competitive exams, you can follow the Word-list provided by us on Daily Basis. Follow the Daily Word list.

Idioms and Phrases

An idiom is a phrase or fixed expression that sometimes has meanings. A figurative meaning can be different from logical meaning.

  • If you see idioms in context, try to understand the context as it all depends on vocabulary
  • Try to remember idioms through images; this will help you remember them by seeing the pictures in your mind.

One Word Substitution

(i) Sum up all the one-word substitutions from the previous yearbooks and learn them to score well in English section.

(ii) We have already given many quizzes on these topics which are from previous year papers. So you can attempt this from here.

Spelling Mistakes

From this topic, you can easily get all the marks in your pockets. You just learn some rules for spelling errors which is very important to have an understanding of the usage of spellings in English Grammar.

Part-II: Grammar

Direct-Indirect & Active Passive

Aspirants find this topic in the English Language to be very confusing and mostly leave the topic while preparing untouched. This is an important topic from the exam point of view and can fetch you good score if practised well.

Sentence Correction

In this topic, you have to find the correct alternatives which may improve the sentence. Sometimes there is no correction required then your answer will be no improvement.

Tips to solve Sentence Correction in Exam

(i) Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.

(ii) Always look at every choice.

(iii) Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any option provides a better alternative.

(iv) As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error

(v) Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.

(vi) Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.

Spotting Error

You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. This type of questions requires good grammatical sense.

Tips to solve Spotting Error in exam

(i) In order to solve questions on spotting errors the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most of the cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.

(ii) While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.

(iii) If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.

Cloze Test

As you all know that Cloze Test is the most important part of the SSC Exams. It is an exercise where the candidates are provided with a passage which has certain words missing from it. It is very important for the candidates to understand the flow and context of the passage.

How to Crack the Nut?

  1. First of all, go through the complete passage and get a rough idea about the content and the message it conveys. Also, note down the unknown words.
  2. In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. This logic’s will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.
  3. Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
  4. Find a logical relation between all the provided options.
  5. Practice at least 4-5 Cloze tests to check your performance.

Fill in the blanks

In this Exam, it is expected that there will be questions with only single fill in the blank.

Tips to solve this type of Question in the exam.

(i) Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.

(ii) Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.

(iii) Also, you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables to read the sentence smoothly and correctly.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension is the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning. In addition, RCs are aimed at testing a candidates Knowledge of two elements i.e. Vocabulary and Text Comprehension.

How one should attempt RC questions in the Exam. Generally, there are 2 ways in which a Reading Comprehension can be attempted which are given below:

PQ Approach (passage first, then the questions)

  • Read the entire passage thoroughly first and then read the questions
  • Skim & Scan through the passage and keep going back and forth with questions and passage
  • Read the first 2 paragraphs, scan all the questions and see what you can answer, then read Para 3 & 4, scan the questions and see what you can answer, then read Para 5& 6!!

QP approach (questions first, then the passage)

  • Read all the questions with their answer options first and then the passage
  • Read question 1 with all the options, then go through the entire passage to answer it. Then read question 2, go through the entire passage. Then question 3!
  • Just read all the question stems, without reading the answer options. Then read the passage and try answering the questions by reading them with the options.

After practising all above strategy and approach, here is a list of tips you must follow while doing an RC.

  • Eliminate and not select: In most cases, elimination of choices work better than the selection of choices. Here is an approach to eliminate which is ‘BANE’. Eliminate choices that are too broad, too narrow, that are alien (Strange) and too extreme.
  • Never apply your own knowledge to the given passage. Confine your understanding to the given passage only.

Time Management Tips While Studying

Practice with Stopwatch on your side: For any aspiring SSC candidate, it is a must to keep a stopwatch by their side while preparing. Apart from the tenacity of the questions, what matters is the time allotted for solving those questions. One needs to practice well enough so that in the paper, he/she can answer most number of questions while keeping the accuracy factor in mind. This also helps you improve your time and boosts your confidence just before the examination.

Go through Practice Sets and Mock Question Papers: Mock question papers and practice sets can help the candidates to prepare for the examination effectively. By solving these sets you can get an idea about how many questions you are solving in the given time and try to improve that by applying and innovating newer techniques through constant practice.

We hope we have provided you all with enough points to get through this tough task in a smooth manner.


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