Books and Syllabus:SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) is the most prestigious among all recruitment exams that Staff Selection Commission conducts every year. In 2015, about 17,86,047 candidates appeared in this exam. As the number of candidates is almost certain to increase, competition will most likely toughen this year.
Quantitative Aptitude (Maths):
- The Maths section consists of four major areas: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.
- Geometry is the most important among all the areas. You must give it special emphasis.
- Trigonometry must not be avoided at any cost. Focus on height and distance as well as trigonometric identities.
- Data interpretation and analysis will become much easier if you have a good understanding of percentages and ratio and proportion.
- Algebra, including simplification, is generally considered a tough nut to crack. It deserves more practice as compared to other areas.
- Within arithmetic, profit and loss, simple interest and compound interest, time and distance and time and work happen to be the key topics.
Reasoning (general intelligence):
- For almost all candidates, reasoning is the most scoring section of the exam.
- Out here, you must focus on key areas such as: Analogy and classification, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test and series.
- Within non-verbal reasoning, the major types of questions asked in the exam are: (a) mirror image and water image (b) paper cutting, punching and folding (c) figural series completion (d) embedded figures. Make sure you cover all of them.
- When it comes to series and finding the missing number questions, you can expect both number series and semantic series to be there in the exam.
- Don’t neglect statement-conclusion & statement-assumption questions from inferential reasoning. Even with limited practice, you can score 2 to 3 marks as these questions are fairly simple.
- Preparation for this section would include focusing on the following topics: one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks (sentence completion), sentence errors, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences.
- Narration and active voice / passive voice may or may not be there in tier-I exam. You may overlook them if there is a scarcity of time. However, make sure you cover them for the tier-II exam.
- Quite often vocabulary-based questions (one-word substitution, synonyms and antonyms) as well as idioms and phrases from past SSC papers get repeated. So, it makes a lot of sense to go through previous year exam papers and focus specifically on these questions.
- The difficulty level of reading comprehension passages is not high. However, some practice is needed to locate the answers to comprehension questions asked from these passages.
- For cracking sentence error spotting questions, knowledge of grammatical rules is essential. If you find yourself lacking in grammar, you should focus on practicing English usage questions such as fill in the blanks, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences.
General Knowledge (GK):
- Among all sections, GK has the most comprehensive syllabus and requires a lot of time for preparation. So, it is a must to understand the pattern of questions.
- While going through past year SSC questions papers, pay attention to the frequently asked questions from science, politics, history and geography. It is quite common for these questions to get repeated in the exam.
- Within GK, current affairs do not carry that much weightage. So, if you are not in a position to brush up current affairs, you need not worry too much.
- You must surely focus on questions based on (a) the firsts in India (b) common chemical compounds (c) folk dances of India & traditional festivals (d) Indian constitution (e) socio-religious movements of pre-independent India (f) national income & market structure (g) important scientific phenomena (h) medieval & modern Indian history.
Books for English Section ( 50 Questions)
The English section is the most scoring section from the perspective of both Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exams.
In Tier-1 Exam, there will be 50 Questions, while in Tier-2 Exam there are 200 Questions. and for both the Exam, you need to Buy Below mentioned books
In the English section, Questions are asked on Vocabulary, Grammer and Sentence Completion/ arrangement.
1) For Vocabulary : Read Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
2) For Grammar : Buy Objective General English By Arihant
Objective General English 2nd Edtion.
Books for General Awareness Section.
General Awareness Section is all about Cramming. The more you cram, the more are your scoring chances in this section. But First, you must know, what to Cram OR What type of Questions are asked in the General Awareness Section
Questions in this section include : Static GK, Current Affairs and Science
- 1) For static GK and science : 1) and
- 2) Manorama Year Book
2) For Current affairs: You can read Pratiyogita Darpan Online Or you can Download the Previous Issued of Pratiyogita darpan
- For Reasoning and General Intelligence Section
This Section is scoring as well as Time Consuming, as you need to answer 50 Questions in this section.
- The Most popular Book and high Selling book on Resoning is RS Aggarwal, but from the trends we see in the Last 3-4 years exams, another Book.Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey is getting popular as Questions were asked from this book.
Analytical Reasoning (English) 3rd Edition:
Books for Quantitative Aptitude Section
- This is the Most Important section for CGL Exam, as this section will have 50 Questions from Tier-1 and 200 Questions from Tier-2.
- Only two books are there for Quantitative Aptitude Section . One Book is RS Aggarwal and Other is Quicker Maths by M Tyraa.