How to Prepare for SSC CGL Exam, Check tips and techniques here

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Table of Contents

  1. Best Books For SSC CGL
  2. Set Your Goals
  3. Read the newspaper daily and practice vocabulary and comprehension
  4. Make notes, Avoid rote learning
  5. Be confident in yourself.

Go Through Previous Year Papers

 The important step is to go through the previous year's questions.  The previous questions by SSC are essential as it helps to:
  1. Understand the pattern of examination.
  2. Know the standard of examination.
  3. Know  SSC's method of framing questions.
  4. Understand the important and recurring themes and questions.
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Discipline and Practice

Practice relevant topics as much as you can. You need to allocate maximum time to the areas in which you're weak and minimal time to the strong ones. Proper Practice will reduce your possibility of committing any errors and will increase your speed in solving the questions asked.

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Best Books For SSC CGL 

Best Books For SSC CGL - Quantitative Aptitude

There are a number of books for Quant sections. All the candidates have their preferred books and preferred teacher for this section. Yet there are a few best books for the SSC CGL maths section that have been recommended by all.  Candidates preparing for the tier 1 exam can check SSC CGL books for tier 1 from the table given below.
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal  Basic and Standard book for all the competitive exams.
SSC Mathematics by Rakesh Yadav This is a very useful book that the candidates can refer to, however this book should be used after you are clear with your basics of the subject.
Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma This book should be used to clearly understand the fundamentals of the subject and practice a lot of high level questions.

Best Books For SSC CGL-  English Language

The English section is generally the most scoring section in SSC CGL Examination. But the candidates who have no prior experience with the language might be at a loss if they do not prepare properly. The best strategy for the English section of the SSC CGL examination is to rely on the Best books like Wren Martin and others. 
Objective General English SP Bakshi (Arihant)
Competitive General English Kiran Prakashan
Perfect Competitive English V.K. Sinha
Quick Learning Objective General English RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
From Plinth to Paramount Neetu Singh

Best Books For SSC CGL-  Reasoning

This section is more application-based, but the concepts that play an important role must be learned. This section too has a weightage of 25% but the questions asked are easy to moderate level. Candidates can easily score very good marks in this section. There are few well-known reasoning books for various sections. 
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal The questions in this book are very useful. They are framed keeping the competitive exams in mind. This is one of the most referred books for SSC CGL.
Perfect Verbal Reasoning by Ajay Chauhan This book contains a lot of questions along with explanations for the same. Candidates can also refer to this book for preparing for this section.
Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey This is also a very good book to prepare for reasoning. It contains a lot of questions and candidates can practice those from here.

Best Books For SSC CGL- General Awareness

This section has questions from Static GK and current affairs. If the candidates prepare this section well they can get a good rank in the examination. There are a few best books for the SSC CGL general awareness that candidates must follow. While current affairs is a dynamic section, you must keep yourself updated with the latest events and news in order to do well in this section. Here are few best books:
Lucent General Knowledge- This book is a must for candidates preparing for any competitive exams. Candidates should read this book and keep revising it.
NCERTs After going through the past year's papers, candidates should refer to the NCERTs for learning the basics.
Newspaper Candidates should read the newspaper on a daily basis to remain abreast with current affairs. 
History  Modern History by Spectrum Publication
Polity  Laxmikant 

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Set Your Goals

You need to set your goals for each day of your preparation time . It'll help you keep yourself on track . Make sure that sufficient time is devoted towards preparation of each section . If you make a timetable and set goals for each day it'll help you keep a check on yourself so that you don't miss out of anything .


Read the newspaper daily and practice vocabulary and comprehension

Develop a habit of reading the newspaper daily. It'll help you to get a hold on current affairs. Awareness plays a key role if you want to ace the General Awareness Section . Reading is key as it'll also help you solve the General English Section with ease . Read as many comprehensive passages and relevant pieces of literature that you can to improve your English and Vocabulary and develop a faster reading habit .

Make notes, Avoid rote learning

Instead of rote learning, aspirant should keep notes and prepare mind maps to remember facts and topic and to simultaneously revise them. Keep a notebook along while you're reading the newspaper or studying so as to jot down important points for all the four sections.Mugging up things may confuse you and at times create blunders plus it's not an effective strategy to pick on if you're someone who want to hit it big . A smarter approach is what you require .

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Be confident in yourself.

Apart from all of these strategies, the most important tip is to not panic and be confident in yourself and the hard work that you’ve done . Remember one thing clearly “ There’s no shortcut to success except Hard work “ . Timely management of all these practices will definitely help you in cracking SSC CGL exam .

All the Best !!


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What is SSC CGL Exam?

SSC CGL is Combined Graduate Level Examination held to recruit candidates to Group B and Group C posts.

How is SSC CGL Exam conducted?

SSC CGL exam is held in online mode. 

How many stages are there in SSC CGL Exam?

There are four stages in SSC CGL Exam- Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Skill Test if applicable.

What is the pattern of SSC CGL Tier I Exam?

The exam pattern for Tier I is as follows:
  • Each question carries 2 marks.
  • There is negative marking and 0.5 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Question paper is set both in Hindi and English.


Number of


Time allowed

A. General Intelligence and



1 hour


B. General Awareness



C. Quantitative Aptitude



D. English Comprehension



What are the skill tests in Tier IV of the exam?

In the Tier-IV, Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) will be conducted. This is not applicable to all the posts.

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