How to prepare for Staff Selection Commission Exam (SSC) ?

If getting a Government Job is your ultimate dream, then SSC CGL should be your first goal! Surely, this exam would be giving you a wide range of opportunities in the Government Sector. But How? What is the pattern of this exam? Who all are eligible? What is this exam all about?

Well… Our editorial team has got all the answers to all your questions! Let us clear these doubts, starting from knowing ‘about’ the exam. 


Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level Exam as a stairway for the Group B and Group C posts in various Departments and Ministries of the Government. The SSC CGL Exam is divided into three sections:

  • Part 1 is Quantitative Ability
  • Part 2 is English Comprehension
  • Part 3 is Statistics


It is very important to note the SSC CGL Exam 2016-2017 syllabus, before beginning your preparation. Please note down the Detailed syllabus for SSC CGL Exam 2016-2017 that includes the following Topics:

  1. General Intelligence and Reasoning
  2. General Knowledge and Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. English

How to prepare?

Now let us get into the real question of how to prepare for SSC-CGL so that you clear it with maximum marks.

The best way to prepare for the exam is to identify the individual sections, then break a chapter/topic into smaller units, rather than following a very generic approach to study a bunch at once. Research shows that splitting up of a large topic into smaller sections and studying these smaller units has more effect than studying a large topic at once!

The very first way is to understand what type of questions are asked, the level of questions, whether are they easy, average or tough. With these aspects in mind, you can then find the right way to approach your preparation strategy.

As mentioned above, we first need to know the detailed syllabus before starting preparation. This will make you familiar with all the topics and help you decide where to start from. It also gives you the sense of strong and weak areas in order to invest your time efficiently for certain topics. Many students fall into the pit of directly starting from the first Unit, without actually knowing the complete syllabus and its marking scheme.

Detailed Syllabus

1)  General Intelligence and Reasoning: 

The section is based on questions which test the Basic Intelligence and Reasoning Abilities of the candidate. These involve questions based on:

  • Decision Making
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Numeric Operations
  • Space Orientation.

These questions need Regular Practice and henceforth it is very important to do them on a daily basis. We recommend you to download Mobile applications related to the above-mentioned topics. This will let you practice these such question even in your leisure time! These are many such apps available in Google PlayStore and IOS Store.

Moreover, there are many books available in the market to tackle these problems. But one thing which is important in this section is to draw analogy amongst similar questions and understand the pattern over which the questions are based and the approach to solving them. 

2) General Knowledge and Awareness: 

General Awareness involves questions on the Current Affairs of India and the Neighbouring Countries. It also deals with questions of

  • History, Geography and General Policies
  • Scientific Research in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The best way to prepare for this section is to read Any National Newspaper daily and stay updated every day of what’s going on around the world. Do follow a current affair magazine religiously. Also, the current affairs of past 6 months are usually asked so you can pick up the monthly current affair magazine of last 6 months to prepare for the same.

Again, we recommend you to Download a good News App from the PlayStore or IOS store. This will help you to stay updated with notifications instantly and you don’t need to additionally invest time for being updated! Be it in a bus to your office or a Train to your town, or at the chai-wala, you will never lose any news with these apps on your smartphone! 

3) Quantitative Ability: 

The first thing you notice when you take up any sample paper is that the exam tests your calculation using Capability, Accuracy and the Number sense. This cannot be achieved or developed unless you really get a hang of all the concepts, for which you need to Practice a lot. This exam section is designed to check all of this and the syllabus includes chapters like

  • Number System -Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions
  • Percentages, Ratio and Proportion and Profit and Loss
  • Time, Distance & Work
  • Triangles, Circle, Sphere, Polygons
  • Problems related to Height, Distance, Pie Chart, Bar Graph etc.

All these chapters are the ones that you would have surely studied in your High School. The best way to start for this section is to brush up the basics because that’s what is most important, be it in terms of formulas or conceptually. So, starting from the school textbooks would be the best start.

Once you are done with them, you can refer to other books available in the market for Quantitative Skills. The last thing would be Practice, Practice and more Practice! 

4) English Language and Comprehension: 

This section tests the student’s understanding of the subject and his knowledge. Most of the questions will be designed in a way to check the basic understanding – identify the errors, detecting the miss spelt words, synonyms, antonyms, active/passive.

All these areas can be easily tackled by following a staple English book available and practising, which is the best way to learn and master a language. Also, have a look at the previous year question papers and practice the questions. 

5) Statistics 

Statistics is also an Extension of Maths. The preparation of Quantitative section will help you in this section as well. Handling the Primary and Secondary data, Methods of Data Collection, Sorting the Data, Tabulation of data, Graphs, Charts, Mean, Median, Mode, Common measures of Dispersion etc. This section can also be started by taking up the school level maths book and solving the statistics section of Class 10, 11 and 12th. Statistics involves a lot of tabulation of data, accuracy and formulas. So besides practice, you need to put efforts in memorising the formulas as well.

This section can also be started by taking up the school level Maths book and solving the statistics section of Class 10, 11 and 12th. Statistics involves a lot of tabulation of data, accuracy and formulas. So besides practice, you need to put efforts in memorising the formulas as well.

So here comes the final conclusion that do practice a lot, download useful apps, buy good reference material or join a coaching institute that will let you completely utilize your time for SSC-CGL. By joining an SSC-CGL training Institute, you can clear your concepts, take regular tests and enhance your curvature of preparation.

Here we provide a list of Institutes that offer the best study material, excellent environment of study and experienced faculty!

Do remember these General Tips –

General Tips: 

  • Solving the previous year test papers is the best way of preparing and understanding what the exam expects from the candidate.
  • Moreover also eating healthy, taking proper sleep, making notes so that you can easily revise and jotting down the important points is valuable too.
  •  So, start preparing and think positive! You can do it!

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