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How to Prepare English for SSC CGL 2018?

English section is one of the important sections in SSC CGL. This section comprises vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. Grammar is the core of every language. As an English learner, we should only take interest in the grammatical structure of the language as a means of getting things done. A grammar puts together the pattern of the language. To acquire a simple, direct and forceful knowledge in writing and reading calls for constant practice. Candidates have to score better in English section to qualify for SSC CGL 2018.

Exam Pattern for SSC CGL English Section

  • Total Questions asked: 25
  • Total Marks: 50
  • Marking Scheme: +2/-0.50
  • Time to be invested: 10 to 15 minutes advisable
  • Healthy Attempts: 23-25 questions advisable

Important Topics in SSC CGL English section

The three main areas of study for SSC CGL English Comprehension section are:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension

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Out of this, vocabulary is the most important, followed by grammar and then by comprehension. The table below provides a breakdown of the important chapters/ topics to study from each, along with, the vastness of the syllabus, expected time per question, and importance out of 100.

Area of Study

Vastness of Syllabus

Importance (out of 100)

Expected time per question

Important study areas




15 sec

Meanings of Nouns, Idioms, Adjectives and Verbs.




30 sec

Rules related to use of Verbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Nouns and Tenses.




60 sec

Important type of passages include those based on fables, self-management and industry and economics. Antonyms, synonyms, and other inferences is also important. “Statement and elaboration”, “Cause and Effect”, etc.

Important Types of Questions in SSC CGL English Section

Understanding the structure of SSC CGL exam pattern will help in strategizing one’s preparation.

  • These have been categorized by units that allow similar kind of questions to be clubbed together.
  • This helps to know the weight of the paper on the basis of different skills and knowledge.
  • Further, number of questions is stated against each question type.

The table below provides a list of types of questions that have appeared in the English section of SSC CGL Tier 1 exam 2016.

Unit/ category

Type of Question

No. of Questions



Word Based Questions(9 questions / 25)

Give correct meaning of idiom


Given meaning, find the correct word


Find correct spelling


Antonyms / opposite meaning word


Synonyms/ same meaning word



Grammar(8 questions / 25)

Replace the Un-grammatical part of the sentence


Find error in the sentence



Passage & Comprehension(5 questions / 25)


Questions based on inference


Quest. based on information in passage


Complete the sentence(3 questions / 25)

Fill in the blank


SSC CGL English Study Plan

A study plan should move from things that we can learn quickly and get confidence to attain a 100% accuracy in, and then move to others. Let us look at a plan which will not harm but provide a direction to the preparation.

  • Read Leading Newspapers, Magazines to widen your level of Vocab.
  • Make shortcuts, tricks to make the learning of words easy, and try to use them in your daily life.
  • 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.
  • Flourish your English language with an interest in the subtopic of word usage.
  • Prepare 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.

Suggested Books for SSC CGL English Section

One should not follow any random book from the market. Some of the good books for getting mastery of English are:-

  • Quick learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal &Vikas Aggarwal
  • Perfect Competitive English by V. K. Sinha
  • Competitive General English by Kiran Prakshan
  • Objective General English by S P Bakshi
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

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The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it. All the best for your examinations.

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