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How to prepare English for SSC CGL Tier I 2018 Tips

How to prepare English for SSC CGL Tier I 2018 Tips:

Being one of the biggest and the toughest competitive exam, multitude of students from all across the nation flock to study and appear for SCC CGL examination. Staff Selection Commission or SSC has been renowned for conducting government examinations and is one of the most sought-after organizations for recruitment in government posts.

SSC CGL Tier I 2018 English Preparation Tips

How to prepare English for SSC CGL Tier I 2018The organization annually conducts SSC CGL exam for recruitment of non-technical Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ non-gazette posts in various Organizations/Departments/Ministries of the Government of India. Every year SSC provides employment to lakhs of students and recruits for various posts including Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs, Inspectors of Income Tax, Preventive Officers in Customs, Examiner in Customs, Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC and many similar reputed government positions.

The number of vacancies that are filled every year has fluctuated over the years. In 2015 the Central Government announced that they would hire 2.2 lakh people while that number dropped to 70, 000 vacancies. In 2016 the vacancies were estimated to be around 9,000 while in 2017 vacancies as declared by Staff Commission of India was merely 8,089.

Staff Selection Commission of India has officially announced the dates for SCC CGL examination 2018. The online application for the examination is announced to be starting from 21st April to 25th May 2018.

SCC CGL Tier 1 exam for the year 2018 is scheduled to be held from 25th July to 20th Aug 2018.

SCC CGL Tier 1 exam is a single objective paper with 100 questions divided into four sections: Quantitative aptitude, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General awareness, and English & Comprehension. The split of the number of questions is even across the exam paper with 25 questions for each section. Each section is evenly marked with 50 marks for each section making the exam of 200 marks. Another important point to take a note of is that there is negative marking in SSC CGL 2018 Tier 1 Examination. On every wrong answer, the student would be marked with a penalty of 0.5 marks irrespective of the section. Also, the exam duration for handicapped candidates is 80 minutes.

The exam will be held in an online mode with Objective Multiple Choice Questions. For 2018 the time limitation of the exam was reduced from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.

Though a lot of students appear for the examination only a few are able to crack the examination to move on to next tiers. The study for the examination no doubt requires planned study and sufficient practice. But a targeted approach to each section of the examination can make studying less burdensome. One of the key section to prepare for is the English Language section of SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination. To ace, the English section of the examination one needs to know the detailed breakdown of the section and how to master each component of the section.

What is the Syllabus for English SSC CGL Tire 1?

There are three important aspects of the English syllabus of the SSC CGL exam: vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. Getting well versed in vocabulary and Grammar will only win one half the battle as strong comprehension skills are also essential to nail the section. A good news though is that pattern and questions in this section of the examination have had the tendency to repeat in the past years, making it a bit predictable and thus comparatively easy to tackle.

Tips to Crack the English Section of SSC CGL Tier First


This is half the battle in the examination. Here are some of the best ways to prepare and deal with reading comprehension questions:

  • Focus on practicing 5-10 reading comprehension passages daily to improve your reading speed and accompanying analysis.
  • ‎One of the easiest tricks in the book is to read or glimpse through the questions before you set out to read the passage. This regular practice will speed up the process of finding the answer.
  • ‎Reading Comprehension passages are usually small and for most of them, one can easily find the answer in the passage. However, the options provided might be similar which might require one to be alert enough to pick on slight nuances.


One of the key parts of the English section of the examination is Vocabulary as a large chunk of questions are surrounded by vocabulary. There are various tips and tricks students can employ to ace this crucial part of the examination. Here are a few of them:

  • If you are not preparing for the examination under a time crush then you might want to start reading and learn the new words you encounter as you go along.
  • ‎Read the previous year papers or model question paper and repeat the same exercise of finding new words and learning them. This would also provide one a fair idea of the level of vocabulary the examination requires, for one to prepare accordingly.
  • ‎Some of the common types of questions testing vocabulary are:

Synonyms and Antonyms Phrase or Idiom Meaning One Word Substitution Spellings and Fill in the Blanks Phrase Replacement.

  • Use different techniques to learn new vocabulary such as using flashcards and learning them through bundles (synonyms, antonyms, similar funding words)


Like reading comprehension and vocabulary, Grammar also comes with practice. Here is how you can prepare yourself for Grammar section of the examination:

  • Common Grammar questions types to appear are: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement and Fill in the Blanks.
  • Since a lot of topics covered are elementary all one needs is a thorough revision of important Grammar topics.
  • ‎Practicing model papers and previous year question papers are also a good way to go about to know the level/topics which frequent the examination.
  • ‎On a daily basis, one should practice 20-30 Grammar questions, along with reading newspapers and books which would further enhance one’s Grammar skills.
  • ‎Some other aids for Grammar: Grammarly, Elementary Grammar books or Grammar mobile phone applications.

The key to success just like in any examination is practice, practice, and practice. Other than the advice above, one should also take one mock test a day, practice pacing, focus on your strength to save time during the exam for more challenging aspects and find your optimizing strategy (which section is most beneficial to attempt first). Download Gradeup app to practice SSC CGL previous year question papers.

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