Preparation strategy, books and pro tips to ace your exam
English is an important part of the CHSL exam at each and every Tier of the Exam, especially Tier I and Tier II.
English occupies 1/4th of the Tier I exam score. Also, being a language based paper. It does not require memorizing facts like the General Awareness section or putting much effort in solving a question as in the Quant Section. Hence, it is a high scoring section for candidates who have studied it till 10+2 level.
Tier I includes broadly 3 types of questions:
Vocabulary based questions
Vocabulary based questions include the following:
- One Word Substitution
- Idioms & Phrases
- Spelling Test
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis. The book fulfils the vocabulary needs of the aspirants. The vocabulary skills, their pronunciations, meanings and their uses in sentences are clearly explained in the book.
- Prepare a list of commonly used words in day to day language and try to gauge words that are similar in meaning to them.
- Consult a dictionary or any other online sources if you need to.
- Idioms need to be memorized and their use in the sentences needs to be learned.
Grammar-based questions include the following:
- Sentence Completion
- Spotting Errors
- Sentence Improvement
- Conversion into Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
- Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
- Shuffling of Sentence parts
- Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
Plinth to paramount and Wren & Martin
Wren & Martin has always been the top choice of candidates preparing for any type of exam. Go through it thoroughly and you shall see your grammar improving drastically.
Plinth to Paramount has been specially made for the purpose of SSC exams of all types. Solving the exercises will give you an idea of how questions will be asked.
Go through sentence structures, changes in the Active/Passive voice of sentence, Subject-verb agreement, use of articles (a, an, the) in the sentences.
Solve at one previous year or model test paper every single day to improve your accuracy and understanding of sentence formation.
Other types of questions
These include the following:
- Reading comprehension
- Cloze Passage
Note: There are no books specifically for the purpose of passage related questions. However, you can practice using Plinth to Paramount which includes such type of questions.
Read newspapers, magazines, articles, stories, in digital or paper format to improve your grasping capability of the passage.
English is very important for cracking Tier II of the exam. Being a descriptive paper, basic understanding of the language, grammatical usage, correct spellings all are important for writing effectively and scoring high in the exam. It includes
· One Essay that is written in 200 – 250 words
· One Letter/Application that is written in 150 – 200 words
Important Topics worth mentioning for the essay:
Olympic Games, Triple Talaq bill, Article 370 & 35A, Encephalitis breakout in Bihar, Satellite launch by ISRO, SpaceX, Hybrid and Battery operated Eco cars and other common days to day topics in the news.
Important Topics worth mentioning for Application writing:
Formal letter for leave of absence to an authority requesting action against someone or for some cause transfer of duty or recommendations etc.
Informal letters are written for contacting a relative, informing someone of a close relative’s death or mourning ceremony or a prosperous occasion, etc.
Tips to keep in mind while writing:
Know the Format of writing: Essays and letters do not mean scribbling down whatever comes in your mind. They are structured with introduction at the beginning, a middle part, and a proper ending.
Write only what is relevant: It is not necessary to include each and every fact even if you know them.
Never go off topic: Remember you risk losing the interest of the examiner who is reading.
Abusive language, irrational words, and flowery language affect the meaning of the sentences. These should be avoided at all costs.
SSC CHSL & MTS Tier-II Descriptive Exam Essay & Letter Writing Paper Work Book link to the book at Amazon.
This book has been prepared by Kiran’s Publication, one of the leading names in the industry for SSC CGL and CHSL preparation. Go through examples first and try to understand the format. Then practice on your own based on the given exercises.
Hope our article helps you with your preparation. Best of luck for your CHSL Exam!!!
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