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SSC CGL Exam Preparation Strategy by Toppers - SSC CGL Tier 2 Study Plan

For those of you who don’t have a last-minute study plan for the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam, here are some important tips and tricks.

  • Paper 1 & 2 are compulsory for all the aspirants.
  • Paper 3 is only for all those aspirants who have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator.
  • Paper 4 is conducted only for those candidates who are interested in the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO).
  • The SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam will be conducted online.
  • Negative Marking: The negative marking for the Paper 1, 3 & 4 is 0.50 marks and for Paper 2, it is 0.25 marks.


SSC CGL Tier 2 exam has been rescheduled and will be held on January 18- 20, 2018. For those of you who don’t have a last-minute study plan, here are some important tips and tricks.

You can customize this plan as per your strengths and weaknesses and command over subjects. The only thing that you should consider is having a topic test after finishing one to understand it clearly. Also, include as many full-length mock tests you can towards the end of the revision to improve your performance.


Quantitative Aptitude

Important Topics

Preparation Tips

Recommended Books


Learn tables to improve your calculation speed

NCERT Books (from classes 7 to 10)

Geometry & Mensuration

Practice multiple levels of tests and analyze your performance


Practice Mental Math

 English Language

Important Topics

Preparation Tips

Recommended Books

Reading comprehension

Get a clear understanding of all grammar rules

High School Grammar by Wren & Martin

Cloze test

Take about two to three hours daily to go through English newspapers and magazines

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis


One-word substitution

Solve as many mocks as you can

Sentence correction


Idioms and phrases


Important Topics

Preparation Tips

Recommended Books

Probability theory

Revise all concepts from textbooks for classes 10, 11 and 12

NCERT Books (for classes 10, 11 and 12)

Variance analysis

Maintain notes of important formulas and revise often


Measure of central tendency

Practice previous years’ papers and mock tests


Sampling theory



 General Studies

Important Topics

Preparation Tips

Recommended Books

Finance and accounts

Read newspapers every day related to economics and business, such as The Economist, The Economic Times, Business Standard.

Manorama Year Book


Economics and governance

Get information on the economy from government gazettes

Lucent’s General Knowledge


Go through business related magazines


Exam Tips from Toppers

Kapil who cleared SSC CGL, 2015, says, he cleared the basic concepts (not the short cuts or tricks) of each topic and then learned the tricks to solve the maximum questions in two hours. “I solved the math’s textbook of Kiran Publications chapter-wise and afterwards started attempting mock tests,” he adds.


Akhil, who cleared SSC CGL, 2016, recommends that candidates study in a screen free zone (use of mobile, television etc. should be restricted). “Continue your preparations with a positive mindset and have faith on your hard work. Never forget to make daily, weekly and monthly plans for success without any delay or hassles.Have your materials ready well in advance. If you are a deserving candidate you are bound to succeed. Take as many mock tests as possible and analyze them with due diligence to identify how many questions you are not able to attempt and why what chapters/topics are bothering you and short cuts to solving questions.


Abhishek, who has also cleared SSC CGL 2016, says candidates should first gear up for the exams by clearing all basics in English and math. “For math’s start solving each question of Kiran, chapter wise mathematics. For English, SP Bakshi is a good book for clearing concepts. For GK, Lucent is a good book for improving your score. In addition to this, at least five mock tests are necessary per week to improve speed.”


“I studied in a private school, so speaking and writing English wasn’t a problem, but finding errors and problem-solving technique was required in it. For passage and vocabulary, you must read newspapers daily which will get you into the habit of reading long passages.Keep attempting mock tests,” says Anant Sharma. He cleared IBPS PO, NIACL AO in 2016.


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