SSC CGL Preparation Tips 2018 – How to Crack SSC CGL 2018 Tier- I & Tier -II Exams

SSC CGL Preparation 2018: A Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL) is going to be conducted by Staff Selection Commission on August 2018. Till mid of June 2018, interested candidates had submitted their applications to participate in this recruitment based competitive exam. Aspirants who had submitted applications for SSC CGL 2018 might have now started their preparations by collecting the study materials, exam pattern and syllabus. But without proper guidance one cannot crack in this CGL exam. Because competition will be very high. For helping those contestants, here in this article we have given the easiest preparation tips to crack in SSC CGL Exam 2018. Interested aspirants can refer and study.

SSC CGL Preparation 2018 – Highlights
Exam Name SSC CGL Exam 2018 Exam Mode Online
Information Exam Preparation Tips Exam Dates Aug – Jan 2108
Status Available Website

SSC CGL Preparation 2018

CGL exam is being conducted by SSC to fill the Assistant, Sub Inspector, Junior Statistical Officer, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Assistant Section Officer, Assistant Audit Officer, Divisional Accountant, etc. category Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ vacant posts in various ministries/ departments/ offices/ cadres of Indian Government.

The CGL exam is of four tiers. First two tiers are the Computer based examination, third one is the descriptive paper and fourth one is the Data Entry/ Computer proficiency tests. Candidates qualifying in each tier exam with good cut-off marks shall only be allowed to attend further selection rounds or appointment. The dates on which these exams will be conducted are tabulated down.

CGL Exam Dates
Tier-I Examination 5th to 24th August 2018
Tier-II Examination 10th and 11th November 2018
Tier-III Examination (descriptive) 21st January 2018
Tier-IV Examination (Skill Test) February 2018.

In between each tier exam, there are approximately one or two months gap. These are the times which candidates have to utilize fully to crack in CGL exam.

How to Crack in SSC CGL 2018?

Some of the tips that candidates should keep in mind to crack in SSC CGL exam are listed below. Follow it and start your preparation atleast from now itself.

  • Find the SSC CGL Exam Pattern.
  • Collect SSC CGL Study Materials like Syllabus, Previous Question Papers, books, etc.
  • Separate the exam topics which you know and don’t know.
  • Prepare a study chart by allotting time for each exam topic.
  • While studying note down the important hints
  • The number of questions will be more than exam duration. So practice with Mock test and Model Question Papers to manage time, speed and accuracy in exam.
  • Study shortcuts to solve each question. For that, go to Coaching Institutes or get advises from experts.
  • Fix a goal for yourself to take marks above 90%. Don’t focus on previous year SSC CGL Cut-offs.
  • Sleep on correct time and keep your mind tension free.
  • Don’t eat junk food and to be active drink more water.
  • Atleast before one day of exam, revise the important hints and topics that you have studied.
  • Penalties are applicable for marking of wrong answer in exam (0.25/ 0.50 per question). So try to attend only well known questions.
  • No sectional cut-offs or sectional timelimits will be fixed for SSC CGL exam. So try to attend the easier mark scoring questions first.

How much to Prepare for SSC CGL 2018?

First Tier-I CGL examination will be conducted. Candidates have to answer for 100 questions in 60 minutes. Qualifying candidates in Tier-I CGL exam will be next issued with admit cards to participate in Tier-II CGL examination for 400/ 600 marks. The number of questions that will be asked will vary based on position, but the maximum duration is 120 minutes. Only objective type questions shall be asked for both the exams.

SSC CGL Tier-1 & Tier-2 Exam Pattern 2018
Tier-I CGL Exam (200 marks) Tier-II CGL Exam
Assistant Audit Officer (each paper for 200 marks) Junior Statistical Officer (each paper for 200 marks) Others (each paper for 200 marks)
  • General Intelligence & Reasoning (25 questions)
  • General Awareness (25 questions)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (25 questions
  • English Comprehension (25 questions)
  • Quantitative aptitude (100 questions)
  • English Language (200 questions)
  • General Studies (100 questions)
  • Quantitative aptitude (100 questions)
  • English Language (200 questions)
  • Statistics (100 questions)
  • Quantitative aptitude (100 questions)
  • English Language (200 questions)

Quantitative Aptitude: Questions in this section will be somewhat complex. So, most of the candidates will spend lot of time in this section. To avoid this, aspirants should go prepared well on concepts, formulas, properties, shortcut tricks, etc. Some of the important topics from which more often questions will be asked are,

Topics Questions
Arithmetic 3 to 5 questions
Algebra 1 to 2 questions
Geometry 2 to 3 questions
Mensuration 3 to 4 questions
Trignometry 2 to 3 questions
Statistics 2 to 3 questions
Other Important topics
Mixture & Allegation
Ratio & Proportion
Profit, Loss and Discount
Number System
Sequence & Series
Square roots
Decimals & Fractions
Use of tables and graphs

General Intelligence & Reasoning: Comparing Quantitative Aptitude, this section is somewhat easy. Read the questions repeatedly to get clear idea about question. One should have concentration and critical thinking skills to find answers for the questions in this section.

Important Topics Questions
Analogy 4 questions
Classification 4 questions
Number/ Alphanumeric Series 3 questions
Missing number 1 question
Coding & Decoding 1 question
Word Formation 1 question
Direction Sense 1 question
Ranking & Arrangements 1 question
Arrangement of words 2 questions
Fictitious Symbol 1 question
Alphabet Sequence 1 question
Mirror & Water Image 1 question
Paper cutting and Folding 1 question
Cubes & Dices 1 question
Embedded Figures 1 question
Matrix based questions 1 question
Syllogism 2 to 3 questions

General Awareness: Read daily newspapers, magazines, online sites, etc. to attend questions of this section. Also, aspirants should have proper knowledge about the history and geography of India.

Topics Questions
Awards & Honours 3 to 4 questions
New events/ Sports
Important activities held in politics
Latest news of Economics & Banking
Other Important Topics
National Income & Market structure
Important Scientific phenomena
Medieval & Modern History
Common Chemical Compounds
Indian Constitution

English Language, Statistics & General Studies:  Be aware of statistical theories, financial and economic news etc. to answer for the questions in Statistics and General Studies section.

To answer for the questions in English section, improve your vocabulary, read daily newspapers, novels, study meanings & opposites and practice more verbal ability based questions.

Aspirants can expect equal number of questions for SSC CGL examination from the topics tabulated below, for English, Statistics and General Studies.

English Language Statistics General Studies
  • Noun &  Pronoun
  • Adjective
  • Tense
  • Verb & Adverb
  • Conjunction
  • Interjection
  • Preposition
  • Gerund
  • Infinitives
  • Subject Verb Agreement Vocabulary
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • One word substitution
  • Cloze test
  • Comprehension
  • Spotting errors
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Measures of Dispersion
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability Theory
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions
  • Sampling Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Finance Commission roles and functions
  • Concept of Economics and Micro Economics
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
  • Theory of Production and cost
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Money and Banking
  • Role of IT in Governance

Tips to crack in Tier-III Descriptive paper of SSC CGL 2018

Candidates who are qualifying in Tier-II examination with good cut-off marks would be invited for the Tier-III CGL examination. In this exam, descriptive questions like essay, letter writing, etc. will be asked. Some of the hints to prepare for SSC CGL Tier-III examination are given below.

Essay Letter Writing
  • Corruption
  • Cellular Phones a boon or a bane
  • Internet Use and abuse
  • Letter to Editor for frequent power cuts
  • Letter to Commissioner to attract his attention towards increasing crimes in your locality
  • Letter to Principal regarding water logging problem in school.
  • Letter to Municipality to draw the attention of authorities towards menace of stray cattle problem.


  • Complaint letters
  • Letter containing general information
  • Reply letters

SSC CGL Preparation 2018 Tips for Tier-IV

The tier-IV CGL examination is the Data Entry and Computer Proficiency test that will be conducted for candidates who had applied for Assistant (SFIO & GSI), Tax Assistant and Assistant Section Officer (CSS & MEA) posts.

  • Data Entry Test – Practice speed test of 8000 key depression per hour (i.e. 2000 key depression for 15 minutes) before exam.
  • Computer Test – should have knowledge in Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Slide generation.

SSC CGL Preparation 2018 Books for Exam Preparation

The important books that will help contestants to score good marks in SSC CGL examination are tabulated below. Buy and study using these books to crack in exam.

SSC CGL Exam – Books/ Authors/ Publications
General Intelligence & Reasoning:

  • Verbal & Non-verbal reasoning – R.S. Aggarwal
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning – A. K. Gupta
  • Analytical Reasoning – M.K. Pandey
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-verbal & Analytical – B.S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwal

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams – R.S. Aggarwal
  • NCERT Books
  • Quicker mathematics – M.Tyra


  • Objective General English – S.P. Bakshi (Arihant’s publications)
  • Quick Learning Objective General English – R.S. Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Objective English for Competitive Exams – H.M. Prasad
  • English for General competition from plinth to paramount – Neetu Singh (KD Publications)

General Awareness:

  • Manorama Yearbook 2018
  • SSC General Awareness chapterwise solved papers 1997 – Kiran Prakashan
  • General Knowledge book of Lucent

General Studies:

  • SSC CGL AAO Book of Arun Arora


  • SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Paper-III Statistics Practice sets – Vidya Editorial Board
  • SSC CGL Statistics Practice Work Book – Kiran Publications
  • SSC CGL Tier-2 Statistics paper – R. Gupta

Tier-III Books:

  • Arihant Publication books of letter writing, precise writing and essay
  • Contemporary Essay – Tata Mc Grow Hills Publications


  • Kiran’s SSC CGL Solved Papers (1999 to 2016)
  • SSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined Tier-II Exam Practice Work Book Including solved papers – Kiran publication
  • Solved Papers SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Pre Examination Tier-I – Arihant
  • Magical Book for Quicker Maths
Reference Links
Official Site

From above section, readers might have got enough information regarding SSC CGL Preparation 2018 Tips for the exam scheduled on 2018. To know more, keep in touch with our website.

Updated: 2018-06-04 — 9:51 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Home | About Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Site Map | FaceBook | Google+ | Twitter | Subscribe | Contact Us
All rights reserved © 2018