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How to Crack SSC CGL Exam 2018?

Tips to Crack SSC CGL 2018


SSC CGL Tier I of the exam, which will be conducted in an online mode, is scheduled to take place in July 2018. SSC CGL Exam Pattern was changed last year (2016) i.e. there has been a shift in the mode of exam and number of questions asked in the exam has also changed.


With an observable decrease in the level of the difficulty of the questions being asked in tier one, the cut off for the 2017-2018 session soared up to 126.5 for the unreserved, this is nothing short of a testament to the level of competition that has been ever on the rise.



SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018


The four fundamental topics of SSC CGL are-

  • General English
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Intelligence & Reasoning





General Intelligence
& Reasoning



General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Language







SSC CGL paper has 100 questions with 200 marks. Candidates have to solve the paper in 75 minutes. This gives you 0.75 minutes per question i.e. 45 seconds. If you take away 10 of those 75 minutes in switching between questions, and another 15 minutes in reading questions, you are left with 50 minutes to handle 100 questions. This means you are effectively left with 0.5 minutes per question or 30 seconds to understand and solve the questions.

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The good part is that there are no sectional time limits. This lets you allocate your time the way you may see fit. Trying out different time management strategies will help you figure out the best way for you to solve the paper. If you find out how to manage your time well, half the work is already done. Also, remember that wrong answers carry a penalty of 0.5 marks.

Check Here SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL 2018 Preparation – General Intelligence & Reasoning


General Intelligence & Reasoning part is key factor in deciding Marks of candidates in the exam.

  • This section is very scoring so candidates need to focus more on this part.
  • Reasoning questions are less time taking than Aptitude questions in SSC exams.
  • This section needs concentration. With proper guidance & ample practicing candidates can get full marks.
  • This part plays a crucial role in deciding merit of candidates. Marks of candidates also depend on this section. So SSC Aspirants! Make General Intelligence & Reasoning your main weapon in the exam for crack SSC exam & Score more marks.


Topics to focus more:- Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/Number Classification, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Mirror Image, Water Images, Number Series, Coding and de-coding, Problem Solving.

SSC CGL 2018 Preparation – General English


  • This section and the quant section remain present for the tier two paper as well.
  • A total of 25 questions in the SSC CGL Tier I are asked, with each being marked for +2 and -0.5. In SSC CGL Tier 2, this changes to a total of 200 questions, with each being marked under the scheme of +1 and -0.25.
  • English chills many candidates to their bones. Dispel this unwarranted belief and rather focus on the things you can improve upon.
  • Candidates need to focus on the vocabulary subsection for this topic to gain the upper hand.
  • The topic of error detection i.e Spotting Error requires a strong hold on the basics of grammar. Sentence improvement would also become so much easier once the rules of tenses and phrases is cleared up, alongside grammar.
  • Narration and voice remain on the easier side of the difficulty scale and hence is a topic in which candidates can score well, after realizing those few basic rules.
  • It must be remembered by a candidate that rote learning of grammar rules can only take you so far. Apply those rules of grammars to your English speech. This will help you not only in better remembering the rules, but also in formulating clear and grammatically sound sentences in English.
  • Flourish your English language with an interest in the subtopic of word usage. This will include your preparation for the topics of idioms and phrases, one word substitution along with synonyms and antonyms.
  • Reading comprehension remains the favourite of many, as this requires only a sound mind while perusing through the paragraph.
  • The combined efforts in vocabulary and grammar will help you tackle this section successfully.

SSC CGL 2018 Preparation – Quantitative Aptitude


Topics to focus more:- Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Time and distance, Time and work, Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart. Candidates also need to focus of Trigonometry, Geometry.

  • Aptitude is the section which play final role in the marks & MeritList of candidates. Candidates who scores in this section have fare chances to score beyond 130 marks out of 200. Candidates need to save time in the written exam for solve this section. Candidates are advised to save time from Reasoning, English & General Awareness as this part takes more time to solve the problems.
  • To answer this part candidate needs to practice more on selected topics.
  • Candidates set your target to No. of questions to be solve with giving proper attention to all other sections because it is not practically possible to solve all Questions in the 2 hours time. Topic oriented scheme is useful for problem solving.
  • Candidates are advised to not solve time taking questions. The habit of recognize nature of question by mere seeing it can come only after practicing more & more Questions.

SSC CGL 2018 Preparation – General Awareness


This is the most scoring section of the SSC CGL Tier I paper. If you are well prepared in this section, it would take you no more than 10-15 minutes in attempting the entire section. The time saved in this section can be utilized in attempting the more difficult and lengthy Quantitative Aptitude and General Reasoning Section. But unless you are a genius, please don’t attempt all the questions.

Only attempt those questions which you are sure about. You may also attempt those questions whose answers you can be reasonably certain of after eliminating one or two options. Don’t attempt questions based on complete guess work. This can bring down your overall performance as there is negative marking. Do not spend over half a minute on a single General Awareness question as these will be trivia based.




After you complete syllabus, give Mock Tests with Honesty & time duration of 75 Minutes. It helps you to guide towards your weak points. In last five days focus on your weak points. Candidates! Stay focused on your ultimate goal. You are born to win. No exam is tough until you decided to crack this full dedication & Hard Work. Stay focus on your study plan. Give your 100% in the exam. Hopefully, after reading this post you will know exactly how to prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam.

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