[SSC CGL Mains] How to Prepare for SSC CGL Mains Exam

Tier II exam is also an objective type exam. It comprises of 2 papers:

  • 1 paper of Quantitative Aptitude for 200 marks
  • 1 paper of English Comprehension for 200 marks
  • Total 400 marks. 

A 3rd paper of statistics is also conducted on the next day, if you choose for statistical investigator or compiler jobs.

Each paper will be of 2 hours with a 2 hours gap - prepare yourself to beat the heat in this time. You must not get exhausted.

Tier 2 level will need even higher level of speed in maths than you showed in tier-I.

You MUST be able to identify the questions that you should not touch at all, since you take longer time for those. Pick those first in which you hold the command.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number of questions - 100
  • Time allotted - 120 minutes
  • Total marks – 200

English Language and Comprehension

  • Number of questions - 200
  • Time allotted - 120 minutes
  • Total marks - 200

How to Prepare Math for SSC CGL Tier 2:

These 4 topics cover more than 50% of the questions. 

  • Trigonometry 
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration

This analysis is based on past 3 years' papers.

Here we are posting the topic wise break up for Quantitative Aptitude Section for SSC CGL according to the last year papers. Since SSC CGL 2014 Tier II is round the corner, the below given post will be very useful for all the candidates.

S. No.
TOPIC
SSC Tier 2  Exam
29.09.2013
SSC Tier 2 Exam
16.09.2012
SSC Tier 2 Exam
04.09.2011
SSC Tier 2 Exam
01.08.2010
1.
Number System
04
03
04
03
2.
Simplification
01
____
06
04
3.
Squares, Square Roots, Cube, Cube Roots, Power, Indices, Surds
04
01
07
10

4.
Divisibility
01
01
02
03
5.
LCM and HCF
02
01
02
01
6.
Percentage
05
05
06
05
7.
Average
04
04
02
02
8.
Ratio and Proportion
03
04
04
02
9.
Allegation or Mixture
01
01
____
____
10.
Partnership
02
02
____
02
11.
Profit and Loss
06
06
08
16
12.
Simple Interest
02
02
02
01
13.
Compound Interest
02
03
02
05
14.
Time and Work
04
03
02
03
15.
Pipes and Cistern
02
02
01
01
16.
Work and Wages
02
01
02
____
17.
Time and Distance
03
03
02
03
18
Trains
01
01
02
01
19.
Boats and Stream
____
01
______
______
20.
Races and Games
____
____
______
______
21.
Problem Based on Ages
____
01
______
01
22.
Clock
01
01
_____
______
23.
Calendar
___
___
______
______
24.
Mensuration
12
15
08
15
25.
Sequence and Series
2
02
______
03
26.
Permutation and Combination
_____
____
______
____
27.
Probability
____
01
03
___
28.
Data Interpretation
05
05
20
10
29.
Algebra
08
09
04
09
30.
Logarithms
___
___
____
______
31
Geometry
09
05
02
______
32.
Triangle
03
04
02
____
33.
Circle
03
03
02
____
34.
Trigonometry
08
10
05
____
Total Number of Questions
100
100
100
100


















































































In Tier 2 these four chapters contribute more than  50%. So nobody can take risk to take these chapters lightly.

Note 1: Every body can solve all the questions but everybody cannot learn so cannot solve in stipulated time period. That will make the difference. Here learning is the key which ultimately means on your finger tips.

Note 2: SSC will ask only from these 50-60 type which you are expert in if you learn them.

Note 3: The most important thing in your preparation is practice! Strengthen your strong areas as much as you can. Expand your areas so much that you are comfortably able to attempt at least 75% of questions. Then increase your speed so that you can easily do upto 50-60% of questions with good enough accuracy. Try to not do just one kind of questions in the entire day.



English Language and Comprehension : 

Questions' Pattern - The breakup of questions is like this:
  • Vocabulary based - 20%
  • Grammer based - 45%
  • Comprehension and sentences arrangement - 35%

Scoring in the English paper is easier as compared to the maths paper as it is less time consuming. But to develop a good grasp over English one needs time and patience.
Many candidates feel that a good vocabulary is needed to clear the exam and cram a lot of words which they see in newspapers. They do not learn the right usage of the word.This is not the right approach.

SSC does not ask for very high flowing words but you must be sure of the usage of the word and how it is used in sentences.
For example the word "tantrum". Students just cram the meaning of the word which is a display of bad temper. But they also need to know two more things. Firstly it is generally used with reference to ‘children’ and secondly the verb that is used with it is ‘throw'.

SSC Exam questions are like:

Q. Did the child ——– from the chair ?
a) fell                                              
b)  fallen
c) falling                                        
d) fall

What to do to develop vocabulary?
  • If a student is a bit more aware about the usage of the word in sentences along with its meaning it is helpful.
  • For beginners one must try to learn a few new  words everyday along with their usage.
  • Read a few sentences from the dictionary or online to understand the usage of the word.The more variety you read the better it is.
  • One must begin with at least 10 new words per day in the beginning which can be gradually increased depending on availability of time and grasping power.


Next most important section is comprehension passages and there are 30 to 40 questions from comprehension  passages. This section is simple and direct questions are asked from the passages. Sometimes it becomes time consuming when the sentences in the passage are too long or one sentence has too much information stuffed into it.

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