[Studyplan] SSC-CGL English Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension: preparation strategy, tips, booklist, analysis

SSC CGL English Analysis

[Studyplan] SSC-CGL English Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension: preparation strategy, tips, booklist, analysis

  1. Introduction
  2. Topic-wise breakup for SSC-English (tier I and II)
  3. Overall: SSC-English  (Tier 1 And 2)
  4. Vocabulary?
    • How to improve vocabulary?
    • Vocab: Basics
    • How-to approach Norman Lewis?
    • Vocabulary: Advanced
  5. English Grammar: Approach
    1. Task #1: Active Passive (voice) and Direct-Indirect (speech)
    2. Task #2: Sentence Correction+Improvement
  6. Comprehension + Sentence Arrangement
  7. Recommended Book for English Grammar

Introduction

In the previous articles we saw how to approach

General Awareness for Tier I Click me
Maths / Quantitative Aptitude for Tier I and II Click me
Reasoning/ General Intelligence for Tier I Click me

In this article, we’ll see how to approach English for SSC-CGL exam.

In the SSC exam, you have to face English at two stages

Tier I (prelims) 50 questions
(other 150 question will come from GK, Maths and Reasoning)
2 hours
Tier II (mains)
Paper II
200 questions 2 hours
  • Negative marking: Yes

Topic-wise breakup for SSC-English (tier I and II)

Vocabulary

Tier I Tier II
2010 2011 2010 2011 2010 2011
Antonym 5 5 5 5 5 3
Synonym/Substitution 10 5 10 10 10 15
Idioms 0 5 5 5 5 10
Spelling 5 5 5 5 5 3
Fill In Blanks 0 15 5 30 20 10
Vocab Subtotal 20 35 30 55 45 41

Grammar

Tier I Tier II
2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Sentence Correction 5 5 5 20 20 20
Sentence Improvement 5 5 5 20 20 22
Direct-Indirect 5 5 0 25 25 27
Active-Passive 5 0 0 20 20 20
Grammar Subtotal 20 15 10 85 85 89

Sentence Arrangement + Comprehension

Tier I Tier II
2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Sentence Arrangement 5 0 0 10 20 20
Comprehension 5 0 10 50 50 50
Subtotal 10 0 10 60 70 70

SSC CGL English Analysis

Overall: SSC-English  (Tier 1 And 2)

Tier I Tier II
2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012

Vocabulary

  1. Synonyms
  2. Antonyms
  3. Fill in the blanks (single statement)
  4. Fill in the blank (huge paragraph)
  5. Spelling mistake
  6. Idioms and phrases
  7. One word substitution (similar to synonyms)
20 35 30 55 45 41

Grammar

  1. Sentence improvement
  2. sentence correction
  3. Active passive
  4. Direct-indirect
20 15 10 85 85 89

Comprehension

  1. Comprehension
  2. Sentence Arrangement
10 0 10 60 70 70
Total Grand Total 50 50 50 200 200 200
  • The SSC exams, the English questions usually come in the multiple of “fives” e.g. 5 question on synonyms,  then 5 on antonyms and so on. (tier 1)
  • Similarly in tier-ii, 10 questions on fill in the blanks, 20 questions on active passive and so on.
  • Please do not live in overconfidence that “SSC is a “pappu” exam and I’m a master of English. so I don’t need to prepare anything for vocabulary or grammar.“
  • If you observe the previous SSC papers particularly the tier-II papers of English, the vocabulary portion is not “pappu” at times, they ask  meaning of words that are not used in the day to day English.
  • Similarly, a lot of things that we say and write in English in our day-to-day life, are not grammatically correct. So you may not be able to tick the right choice in sentence correct/ improvement question.

First of all, get a fullscape notebook / diary. Divide it into two parts

  1. Grammar
  2. Vocabulary. (last 50 pages)

Vocabulary?

Vocabulary is of critical importance in SSC exam because of following reasons

  1. There are direct questions on synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases.
  2. You can read the passage faster, if your vocabulary is good, else you’ll have to pause and think.
  3. In comprehension passages, some questions are in the format of “what is the meaning of XYZ word in the sentence”

Apart from SSC, if you’re planning to appear for CAPF , LIC or PSU exams – they usually have a descriptive paper (précis, letter writing, essay etc.)

  • If you’re planning for UPSC, or State PSC, both have compulsory English paper during Mains. Again (précis, letter writing, essay etc.)
  • So, you’ll have to write English essay someday and without good vocabulary you can’t write a decent essay.

How to improve vocabulary?

  • There is no dearth of ready-made books in the market for “vocabulary”.
  • Any Tom Dick or Harry can download a list of synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases from Google search and publish a book.
  • But such books are useless because unfamiliar words don’t stay long-term memory.

Vocab: Basics

 

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