SSC CGL is a Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level examination, taken for the selection of staff to appoint them at different posts in department and organisations of the Government of India. It is lucrative for the candidates who want to see themselves at a higher position in the future.


This examination consists of four different levels. Tier-I is the first step on the way to achieve your dreams, among these four tests. The Tier-I exam is going to be conducted from 2nd March to 11th March 2020. SSC CGL is a very good platform to start your career, which makes it competitive and tough to crack in one go. But if you’ll follow some tips you can surely see yourself on the right path.

Before jumping into the tips, first, we need to know everything regarding the examination. After having each and every information related to the examination, it’ll be easy for you to understand the examination related plan, that how you need to study and in which parts you need to work more. So let’s start with the examination date first:

SSC CGL Important Events Dates: Exam Dates  

Events Dates
SSC CGL Tier-I Examination 2nd March to 11th March 2020
SSC CGL Tier-I Result Out In April 2020
SSC CGL Tier-II examination 22nd June to 25th June 2020
SSC CGL Tier-II Result Out Soon be Updated

After knowing the exam dates now you know how much time you have left for your preparation. As per that you need to brace up yourself and start your preparation from today onwards if you haven’t started yet.

SSC CGL Selection Procedure

SSC CGL takes four exams which are known as a tier. You need to crack all these four exams to get selected.

  • Tier-I: Online exam in MCQ type questions
  • Tier-II: Online exam in MCQ type questions
  • Tier-III: It’s a written exam (Essay writing/ Descriptive type)
  • Tier-IV: Data Entry Test/ Computer Proficiency Test(CPT). Candidates would be finally selected on the basis of their performance in all these three Tiers, Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III. The Tier-IV can easily be accomplished.

SSC CGL Subjects And Their Weightage

To crack the Tier-I exam first, you need to know the subjects and their weightage that how much marks do they carry, and what is the allotted time. The total marks Tier-I exam carry is 200 marks for 100 questions which means two marks for each question. For each wrong answer, 0.5 marks would be deducted.  

Subjects/ Topics Number of questions Marks in each section Duration
English Language 25 50 Total time of 60 Minutes is provided (students suffering from physical disabilities like eyesight issue etc 80 minutes are allotted for them )
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
Total 100 200

SSC CGL Preparation Tips  

Now we have every information related to this exam so let’s talk about the subject wise preparation:

  • English language

Among all these four papers, English can be the easiest one if you have good command in grammar. Because of SSC CGL English section consists of vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. This section is tough for them who don’t have good command in English as this is the subject which cannot be prepared within some days. 

So you need to start preparing for it from today onwards as this language skill develops gradually. So you need to start reading newspapers, articles by doing this you will enhance your reading skills, you will learn more new words, which will help you to crack vocab section. To avoid grammatical mistakes, you need to polish your grammar basics, especially subject-verb agreement, prepositions, tense, voice etc. start giving mock tests, and focus on the parts where you made mistakes. 

Following these steps will help you to clear your English section cut off, but your target should be scoring more to clear the overall paper cut off.

  • Reasoning 

The Reasoning is the dicey part of this whole paper as here the examiner has to serve you many time-wasting questions to trick you. It’s a paper where the examiner tries to set as many traps as he could, but don’t fall into this trap. You have to select your questions very smartly over here because one bad selection can cost you wasted of time which we can’t afford here. 

So try to select easy questions, which you know how to solve, practice daily Coding-Decoding, Odd Man Out, Analogy, Alphanumeric Series, Venn Diagram, Word Arrangement type questions. To score more in this section, you need to solve the daily mock test.

  • Quantitative Aptitude

Among all these subjects, Quantitative Aptitude is the toughest one; you need to work hard in this section. As this paper is lengthy and you have to calculate so much without the help of any calculating device you need to be habituated with the mental maths by learning fast maths tricks, and you need to learn short methods, which will save your time in the exam. 

Attempt number series in the last minute as it kills time. Some chapters could be scoring for you as because of their weightage, so start preparing for these chapters, like Profit and Loss, Geometry, Mensuration, CI & SI, Algebra, etc.

  • General Awareness

This section can be scoring for you and time saving also. You need to stick to the topics which are important for the exam. 

Otherwise, it’s a vast syllabus you need to work on it smartly. For this section, start reading newspapers and work on your Static GK, which consists of history, geography, polity etc. as this section consists of Static GK and Science. Refer to NCERT books.

Start preparing from today as you don’t have enough time to kill. Hope for the best results by following these above steps.