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How to Improve English for SSC CGL

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SSC CGL 2018 Tier I is expected to take place soon, which means you have ample time for your Exam Preparation. English and Quant are 2 most Important Sections of the CGL Exam since they are asked in Tier I as well as Tier II. It takes the deep knowledge of English Grammar Rules and a good hold on Vocabulary to score brilliantly in SSC CGL English. So, prepare accordingly and follow the tips and tricks provided in this article, to score high in English Section easily.

How to Prepare English for SSC CGL 2018

The English section for the SSC CGL exam can be broadly divided into 4 parts:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Verbal Ability

Here is a brief outline of the paper pattern for English.


This section is very important in SSC CGL Tier I Exam. The maximum number of questions are asked from this section. Thus, your preparation must focus on strengthening your Vocabulary Skills.

Direct questions will be asked on the following topics in the exam.

  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Phrase or Idiom Meaning
  • One Word Substitution
  • Spellings
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Phrase Replacement 

The interesting thing about building a Vocabulary is that it doesn’t require extraordinary efforts. You can build it by reading a newspaper or a book. Whenever you come across a new word, note down its Meaning, Synonyms & Antonyms and its Usage.


There are questions on the following topics:

  • Error Spotting
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Fill in the Blanks


It is the easiest, most scoring section of English. The questions will be directly based on the content of the passage. But you must be alert while choosing the correct option as the options sometimes are very similar.

  • Phrase Replacement
  • Fill in the Blanks

Though the passages are short, the habit of reading fast and understanding the intent of the passage needs to be developed to minimize the time and maximize the output. Also, questions will mostly test you on basic Grammar rules, so these need to be revised every day.

You can use the below-mentioned books to prepare for SSC CGL English –

  • Corrective English – AK Singh
  • Objective General English – SP Bhakshi
  • Word Power Made Easy – Norman Lewis

Moreover, read the below overall preparation tips for fine-tuning your preparations –

General Tips for SSC CGL English Preparation:

  • Solve the previous year’s question papers. This will help you understand and analyze the types of questions asked.
  • Figure out your weak or challenging areas and give more time while practicing those topics.
  • Before solving the previous year question paper, first understand and get thorough with the basic concepts and then proceed with the questions.
  • Try to give as many mock test as possible. This will make you familiar with all types of questions, and also help in self-analysis. However, the key is never to get demotivated with the low marks in the mock test. Practice more, this will help you in making your English section thorough.
  • Moreover, effective time management will help you in allocating time for preparations and dividing your time for each subtopic.
  • Time management is crucial while preparing and solving the question papers. You can attempt all questions with proper time management.
  • Apart from these, you need to read newspapers to learn new words. Whenever you come across any new word, record it and learn its meaning and usage.
  • Practice is a must, therefore, practice more and prep yourself for examination.

Hope these tips and strategies will make your preparations strong and get through the exam. Begin now and secure a seat at SSC CGL.

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