Important tips on preparations for SSC-CGL 2017
General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section is categorized into two parts viz. verbal and nonverbal. Work out on your logical thinking ability in order to get good marks in this section, do a regular practice and have determination. Focus more on fundamental Reasoning Concepts, Directions, Analogies, Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Venn-Diagrams. The difficulty level will be medium with no twisted questions. There is no Reasoning for Tier II Exam.
Reference Books: Examrace SSC CGL Series, R. S. Aggrawal, Reasoning book by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwal, Kiran Prakashan.
English: This is one of the most scoring section for SSC-CGL for both the Tier I and Tier II SSC Exams with high weightage (50 marks in Tier I + 200 marks in Tier II). You must score atleast 160 to 225 marks in this section and prepare accordingly. Questions will be based on Passages, Common Errors, Cloze test, Antonyms and Synonyms. Have good command on the vocabulary part and learn 10 new English words every day. Get any basic English grammar book and practice it. Emphasis on Speed Reading Techniques and read English newspapers daily like Times of India, The Hindu (it will not only help you in attaining proficiency in your English, but it will also help in enhancing your General Awareness).
Reference Books: Examrace SSC CGL Series, English grammar book (for basics), Word Power Made Easy, S. Chand Publications books.
General Awareness: In this section your knowledge on National, International affairs will be tested mainly teh last one year. Questions are also asked from standard GK section. So you have to prepare the fundamental topics of history, general science, economy, geography, polity, science & technology. 15 marks in this section is a kind of easy score. So you should focus to get 25 to 30 marks in this section.
Reference Books: No book is completely perfect and useful for current affairs. You must prepare your own notes by reading these news papers daily (like The Hindu). If you want books for GK, you can buy NCERT books, Monorama Year book, Pratiyogita Darpan.
Question Bank: A must have resource is the NCERT based fully-solved GS question bank
Quantitative Aptitude: This section is there in both Tier I and II Papers and have good command on all the fundamental concepts of maths to achieve good marks annd workout on your calculation speed. Practice more, it will help you get more accuracy and speed. Be attentive towards Numerical Ability, Probability, Profit-Loss, Interest, Partnerships, Averages, Time and Distances, Speed and Distances, Algebra and Trigonometry cocnepts. The aggregate weightage of this section is 250 marks (50 marks in Tier I and 200 marks in Tier II) and a score of 170 marks in this section or 150 marks for non-maths students is advisable.
Reference Books: Examrace SSC CGL Series, Quicker Maths by M. Tyra, R. S. Agrawal.
Important note: As metioned before hand, Quantitative Aptitude and English sections are there in both Tier I and Tier II papers. So you have to pay more attention and spend more time for preparing these sections as compared to the other two.