SSC CGL Preparation 2022: Tips, Strategy & Guide

Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Exam 2022 ( SSC CGL )

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Updated on Apr 12, 2022 17:23 IST

SSC CGL preparation requires a focused effort of around one year to prepare all the topics in their entirety. The most important section which can make or break the dream of selection in the SSC CGL exam is the General Awareness section. It comprises General Knowledge and Current Affairs. The candidates need to prepare the General Knowledge topics in their entirety and along with it the Current Affairs of last one year. in the recent paper, the current affairs of the previous year were asked in the Tier-I exam. Maths, Reasoning and English are the other sections of SSC CGL Tier-I exam. SSC CGL Tier-I exam was started on April 11 and it will end on April 21.

Candidates need to read, learn and practice at the same time to prepare for all the above-said topics. For this, there should be a concrete plan for simultaneously preparing all the topics. Before diving into the preparation part let us briefly see the syllabus and exam pattern of the SSC CGL exam

SSC CGL Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Knowing SSC CGL syllabus and exam pattern well is the first step toward effective exam preparation. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam in four stages (commonly known as tiers):

SSC CGL Subjects/Papers

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

SSC CGL Tier-I (Duration: 60 Minutes)

General Intelligence Reasoning



General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension



SSC CGL Tier-II (Duration: 120 Minutes)

Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities



Paper-II: English Language & Comprehension



Paper-III: Statistics



Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)



SSC CGL Tier-III (Duration: 60 Minutes)

Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi

(Writing of essay/precis/letter/application, etc.)



SSC CGL Tier-IV exam is a computer proficiency test/skill test (wherever applicable) or document verification round.

Check the complete SSC CGL exam pattern and SSC CGL syllabus.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier-I?

SSC CGL Tier-I is the first stage and the filtering stage of the exam. Most of the candidates are filtered out at this stage. The candidates scoring even one mark less than the cutoff mark are not selected for the next tier of the exam. This is the most important stage of the SSC CGL exam and hence the candidates should give maximum time for its preparation. Moreover, the preparation done for this tier will also help in  Tier-II and III. Read below the section-wise preparation strategy for the exam. The candidates can see here the last month's preparation strategy for SSC CGL Tier-I exam.

SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation

General Awareness as the name suggests tests the awareness of the candidates about the happening around in the country, and society. The best source to prepare the General Awareness questions is the newspaper. General Knowledge and Current Affairs are the two sections of General Awareness. General Knowledge is a vast section and it comprises the topics from History, Geography, Economy, Indian Polity, General Science, Environment and Miscellaneous. Miscellaneous topics mean Awards, Person/Place in News, Summit/Conference, Sports News and the like. It has the overlapping with the Current Affairs topics. 

The candidates should prepare the notes from the GK books and newspapers to prepare the GA as a whole. They should also read the Current Affairs yearly books to gather more information about the topics. They can follow the Current Affairs Topics given at

SSC CGL General Intelligence & Reasoning Preparation

This section includes questions on both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The verbal reasoning section covers more questions compared to the non-verbal reasoning section. Some of the important SSC CGL topics that candidates can prepare for this section include Similarities and Differences, Number Series, Spatial Orientation, Analogies, Arithmetic Non-Verbal Series, Space Visualisation, Decision-Making, Syllogistic Reasoning, Problem-Solving, Judgment, Visual Memory, Coding and Decoding, Statement Conclusion, etc.

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SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Preparation

Questions asked in the Quantitative Aptitude section test candidates’ ability to use numbers and calculations appropriately. The important SSC CGL topics in this section are Whole Numbers, Ratio & Proportion, Discount, Decimals & Fractions, Averages, Percentage, Square Roots, Interest, Profit and Loss, Time & Distance, Time & Work, geometrical problems, etc. Some of the important tips for preparation of this section include working on the basics, learning short-cut methods for increasing calculation speed and managing time properly. 

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SSC CGL English Preparation

This section aims to test the basic English comprehension and writing skills of candidates. For the preparation for this section, candidates are advised to gain good control over English grammar rules and vocabulary. Candidates are also advised to improve their comprehension skills by reading feature stories and opinion pieces in magazines, editorials, etc.

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How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier-II?

Check out the paper-wise SSC CGL preparation tips for tier-II below:

  • For the preparation of Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities) and paper II (English Language and Comprehension) of the SSC CGL Tier-II Exam, candidates can follow the same tips mentioned for the Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension sections of tier-I. However, candidates must note that although the topics for tier-I (Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension sections) and tier-II (paper-I and -II) are similar, the difficulty level of the questions asked in the tier-II exam increases.
  • Paper-III (Statistics): The Statistics paper of SSC CGL Tier-II exam includes questions on topics such as Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data; Measures of Central Tendency; Measures of Dispersion Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis; Correlation and Regression; Probability Theory; Random Variable and Probability Distributions; Sampling Theory; Statistical Inference; Analysis of Variance; Time Series Analysis and Index Numbers.
  • Paper-IV (General Studies – Finance & Accounts and Economics & Governance):
  • Part-A (General Studies – Finance & Accounts): This paper is usually of 80 marks and includes questions on fundamental principles and concepts of accounting. Some of the important topics which candidates can prepare for this section include Rectification of Errors, Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts, Non-profit Organisations Accounts, Valuation of Inventories, Income & Expenditure Accounts, Trading, Depreciation Accounting, Receipts and Payments and Bills of Exchange, Self-Balancing Ledgers, etc.
  • Part-B (General Studies – Economics & Governance): This paper is usually of 120 marks and includes questions on topics such as Constitutional Provisions of Comptroller & Auditor General of India; Role and Functions of Finance Commission; Introduction to Micro Economics; Theory of Demand and Supply; Theory of Production and Cost; Forms of Market and Price Determination; Indian Economy; Economic Reforms in India; Money and Banking; Role of Information Technology in Governance; etc.

Also Read: SSC CGL Tier-I Exam: Check Important Documents to Carry & Exam Day Instructions

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier-III?

SSC CGL Tier-III is a subjective paper that can be attempted in Hindi or English language. This paper is designed to test candidates’ ability to manage official communication. Here, candidates are given a topic to write an essay, precis, letter or application.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier-IV?

SSC CGL Tier-IV exam is conducted to test candidates’ typing or basic computer skills. Here, candidates are either given a Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) or a Computer Proficiency Test (CPT).

DEST is basically a typing test in which candidates have to type 8,000 key depressions per hour on a computer. In CPT, candidates are judged on three modules – Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Generation of Slides.  

SSC CGL Preparation Books

For SSC CGL preparation, it is important for candidates to pick the right books for study. Given below are some of the important subject-wise SSC CGL books that candidates refer to for study:

General Intelligence & Reasoning

Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

General Awareness

Manorama Yearbook and News Paper

General Knowledge by Lucent Publication

Quantitative Aptitude

Elementary & Advanced Mathematics by Kiran Prakashan

Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav

English Comprehension

English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1) by Neetu Singh/KD Publications

Objective General English by SP Bakshi/Arihant


SSC CGL Exam Analysis

It is important to take help from the candidates already appeared in the SSC CGL exams. The candidates can see below the student reaction taken by Shiksha just after the SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier-I exam on April 11, 2022.

Every year, after the exam is over Shiksha reaches out to students to know their reactions to the exam and analyse the paper properly. A majority of the students that Shiksha spoke with after the SSC CGL tier-I 2019-20 was over shared that the paper was of easy to moderate difficulty level. Check the complete SSC CGL exam analysis 2020 here:

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Other Tips for SSC CGL Preparation

Some of the other essential SSC CGL preparation tips that candidates should keep in mind include:

  • Have a well-planned study routine
  • Be consistent with your studies
  • Have the right collection of SSC CGL books and study material
  • Attempt as many SSC CGL mock tests and sample papers as possible to manage accuracy and speed well during the exam
  • Thorough revision of what you study is one of the key steps for effective SSC CGL preparation

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SSC CGL 2022 Preparation FAQs

Q: Which are the important books for the preparation of the Quantitative Aptitude section of SSC CGL?

A: You can study books such as Elementary & Advanced Mathematics by Kiran Prakashan and Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav for preparation of the Quantitative Aptitude section of the SSC CGL exam.

Q: In how many months will I be able to prepare for SSC CGL exam?

A: Six months is usually a good time to prepare for the SSC CGL exam. However, it depends on how many hours a day candidate is spending on the exam preparation.

Q: Is it possible to crack SSC CGL without coaching?

A: Yes, it is completely possible to crack the SSC CGL exam without coaching. You just need to keep your focus right, have a well-thought-out study plan and have the right set of books and study material.

Q: Does SSC CGL have negative marking?

A: Yes, the SSC CGL exam has negative markings in both paper-I and -II. Candidates should be careful in attempting the question of which they are unsure.

Q: How can I keep myself updated on current affairs?

A: To keep yourself updated on current affairs you must study newspapers every day. You can also subscribe to any monthly GK magazine.

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