SSC CGL Exam- How To Prepare in 3 Months

 “You can Crack any Exam without Coaching-Nothing is impossible”. For this you must be determined towards your goal and put your best efforts. Keep in mind result is not in your hand. Give your best try.

About SSC CGL Exam:- Staff Selection Commission every year organize SSC Combined Graduate Level exam for Various Posts. Candidates who have passed their graduation & who are appearing in final year are eligible to take part in this exam. But Interview component has been dispensed with. There will, therefore, be NO INTERVIEW. New Post of Assistant Audit Officer (Gazetted) has been introduced in CGL 2016.In today’s world competition gets tougher & tougher. It is not an one day affair to prepare for SSC CGL exam, one have to do regular study & smart study.

Exam Process:- The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below :

  • Tier -I — Written Examination (Computer Based)
  • Tier -II — Written Examination (Computer Based)
  • Tier -III — Descriptive Test (Pen and Paper Mode)
  • Tier -IV — Data Entry Skill Test(DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test(CPT) (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

If you have any of these below queries:

  • How can I get cutoff cleared in SSC- CGL Tier 1, within 1,2 or 3 months?
  • What is syllabus of SSC CGL 2016 Tier ?
  • How can I prepare for CGL in just two months?
  • Is there any sectional cutoff for either Tier 1 or Tier 2 in SSC CGL?
  • I cleared SSC CGL Tier 1 exam. How to crack Tier 2?

If you want to crack SSC in 2 months, you would have to really work hard and do a lot of practice of previous years question paper.

You can find previous year question paper here:

First of all, you have to make a Complete analysis of yourself , that is very necessary. If you are weak in any subject like English or Maths, give it more time and if you are good at it, don’t neglect it altogether but keep revising that subject because that will help you to get good score and it will also keep motivating you towards your Preparation.

Some important points about the new pattern-

  1. The number of questions have been halved ( earlier 200 question used to came but now only 100 questions)
  2. Also the time has been reduced by only 37.5% (previously it was 120 minutes and now 75 minutes).
  3. Exam will be Online mode and it will save at least 15 minutes that you used to fill OMR sheet.
  4. A wrong answer will leave you 2.5 marks behind and 2.5 marks are very much . So don't try to make any guess. Only attempt those question in which you are very sure..

This means that you  you won’t face any shortage  of time in Tier-1, which you used to face earlier as you have to attempt 200 questions in 120 minutes.. So ,most of the people would be able to finish their paper on time and accuracy will be more important than the total attempts (as mentioned in point 4)

How to Prepare or what should be your preparation strategy?

We will take preparation strategy for each subject one by one and the subjects are Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning and General Knowledge.

  1. Quantitative Aptitude -

    This section is very important because if you will not practice then you cannot attempt question with accuracy in any competitive exams, so you have to  careful while attempting this section.. It has the potential of making a topper out of you or throw you out of the list. If you are devoting 10 hours daily for CGL, then 4 hours should be earmarked for Quants. Solving questions is important but you have to solve them quickly and with accuracy, that really matters. Learn shortcuts, remember formulas, tricks and practice them.That will put you ahead of your competitors.  We would like to suggest you the SSC  Book-SSC Book -easy way to crack CGL!This book covers some really useful quant tricks that will cut short the time you take to solve each question. It is a must buy for all!

    Topics to focus :- Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss,Time and distance, Time and work, Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.,Trigonometry and Geometry.

  2. English

    - This section requires lot of efforts, if you are not good in English. Many students always say that we are not able to crack this exam due to English Section. We would recommend that you must strictly follow SSC English level syllabus. You don't have to focus more on grammar but you should practice on finding error in sentences . You should Practice more and more questions. Also make a habit to learn 10 new and popular words on daily basis with antonyms along with synonyms. This will help you to score good marks in English. Be regular with this section. Keep learn new words daily, revise them frequently. There are various English Dictionary apps or website you can refer to improve English like Merriam Webster or download  any useful app so that you can learn words on the go!

    Topics to focus :- Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings/ Detecting, Mis-spelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One word substitution, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage, Active Passive Voice.
    The best book that you can follow- S. Chand Publication Wren & Martin
    Buy SSC English Revised & Updated (Previous Papers)1997-2013 Book Online at Low Prices in India. You can also practice question papers that we are providing.

  3. Reasoning

    - The best way to practise reasoning is solving past year question papers. No book covers reasoning holistically. This section is most scoring and easiest section of all other section.  But to get confident in this section, solve all the 50 questions from the previous years in 25 minutes.

    Topics to focus :- Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Semantic Classification,Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/Number Classification, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Mirror Image, Water Images, Number Series, Coding and de-coding, Problem Solving.

    The best book for past year paper is Kiran’s
    Buy Kiran's SSC CGl Tier - I & Tier - II Exam 2010-2015 Solved Papers Book Online at Low Prices in India

  4. General Knowledge -

    The syllabus of GK is vast and you can never be sure of your preparation. .Give atleast 2 hours of daily preparation on this subject.Don't devote much time here. It will entice you, beg for your attention, but don’t give up! Lucent is all you should read-
    Lucent: Buy General Knowledge Book Online at Low Prices in India

In short: 3 months are enough if you focus in right direction and do work hard really. Don’t waste time on social networking sites or we advice you to keep away from these things for these couple of months and you would be fine. Moreover, since this is a competition, you should be equally good in all the sections. Don’t allow any section to become burden on your Preparation. Don't ignore your strong subjects. Keep practicing it regularly. Finally, Practice Quant, read English, attempt Reasoning and mug GK.


- Candidates who qualify in the Tier-II exam, which will consist of 400 marks. Marks of Tier-II exam are taken in Final Merit List. Tier 2 will play a Vital Role in Final Selection. Candidates need to Score well in Tier 1 & Tier 2 for Final Selection.

Syllabus for CGL Exam

Wish you best of luck for your Preparation.