How to prepare for English Section in SSC CGL 2020?

Preparation Technique for English Section in SSC CGL

English Section can be one of the easiest and or the most difficult part for you.  Fate depends on the knowledge and command on English and how much you practised for the exam. If you have good command on the language, this section is meant for you. In the previous articles, we had discussed in detail, what is the exam pattern of the SSC CGL 2019. English awareness is obviously important in the first two tiers since you will have questions of Basic English and Grammar in tier 1 and an entire paper on English Language and Comprehension in tier 2. Also, in tier three i.e. a written, descriptive paper, if you choose to write in English, then you definitely need to have a command on the language.

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prepare for English Section in SSC CGL 2020

So, to help you out with the technicalities of the language for this exam, we have prepared a flow chart cum strategy for you. This will help you in understand what you should prepare for English Section for SSC CGL 2019.

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Tips to prepare for SSC CGL 2019:

1. Understand the Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Before starting with any preparation, we always suggest to first see the exam pattern in detail. This will help you in two things-

a.  In understanding the kind of questions that are likely to appear in your exam

b. You will be aware of what to study and what not to study. Remember, at this point, when you are preparing for the exam, you don’t have to study English, you have to prepare English and grammar from the exam point of you. Hence,  sticking to the syllabus will make sure that you don’t end up preparing anything that was not required.

Exam Pattern considering the English and grammar section

Tier 1: English and Grammar Section accounts for 25 questions of two marks each. Hence, minimum marks that English section covers are 50.


  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • One Word Substitution
  • Sentence Completion
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence improvement
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Spelling Test
  • Reading comprehension

Tier 2, paper II: this paper is on English Language and Comprehension with a total of 200 questions of 1 marks each. Total time for this paper available in 2 hours.


·         Reading Comprehension

·         Spelling

·         Fill in the Blanks

·         Phrases and Idioms

·         One Word Substitution

·         Sentence Correction

·         Error Spotting

·         Cloze Test

·         Para Jumbles

·         Synonyms-Antonyms

·         Active-Passive Voice

·         Direct-Indirect Speech

Tier 3: Tier three is about your writing skills. If you want to attempt the tier three exams in English, then you will have to work on your written English. You also need to learn the format of letter writing, story writing, diary entry etc.

 Drive an Action Plan

Now that you know what is the exam pattern and what are you actually need to study, you have a drive out an action plan. So, here is what you need to do –

a.  Start working on Grammar –For the language and comprehension section, you need to start off with the basic grammar. This will help you in doing questions like spotting the error, editing and omission etc.

b.   Improve reading and Comprehension Skills – The SSC CGL exam has a good chunk dedicated to comprehension based questions. So, to attempt them all, you should be in a habit of reading fast and interpreting things differently.   

c.  Try to solve the previous year papers – We always suggest you go through the previous year question papers in order to figure out what will come. There are to benefits of solving previous year papers, firstly, you will get to know what kind of questions will be there and how much time, are you taking to solve them. Secondly, this will also help you in reality check for yourself.

d. Make a schedule – Consistent learning is the key for English. To prepare for this section, it is very important to plan out a schedule. You should try to stick to the schedule generously. This will bring out the best results of your preparation.


So, these are the basic things you should do while in order to prepare for English Section in your SSC CGL Exam. We hope that you will work hard and smart for the English preparations.

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