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SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation Strategy

SSC CGL Preparation Tips for Tier II Exam

how to prepare for SSC CGL tier 2 exam

In the previous post we have discussed in detail about the SSC CGL tier 1 preparation tips and strategy, now let us discuss about CGL tier 2 preparation tips. In case of SSC CGL Tier 2, speed is the most important factor that plays a important role, in Tier 2 the number of questions are more as well as the difficulty level is high, these have to solved in lesser time. Along with speed, candidates have to focus on accuracy also.  Now let us understand the paper pattern of the SSC CGL Tier 2.

SSC CGL Tier 2 paper pattern

Note:

  • Paper 1 & 2 exam are compulsory for all the aspirants.
  • Paper 3 exam is only for all those aspirants who have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator.
  • Paper 4 exam is conducted only for those candidates who are interested in the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO).
  • SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam is conducted online.
  • Negative Marking: The negative marking for the Paper 1, 3 & 4 is 0.50 marks and for Paper 2, it is 0.25 marks.
  • Aspirants have to have a clear idea about the syllabus of Tier 2 before starting their preparation. For detailed syllabus of Tier 2 Exam click here.

Also read CGL Tier 1 Preparation Strategy 

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 2

To score high and attain qualifying marks in the exam, candidates have to prepare a strategy, whether you have prepared for SSC CGL Tier 1 or Tier 2 in class or online courses or on your own, preparing a strategy is quite important to attain success. Here are some of the guidelines to help you prepare at the best.

Syllabus and Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 2 syllabus and exam pattern

Firstly, it is important to know what is the syllabus of Tier 2 exam and paper pattern. This is the most important thing that you need to keep in mind before starting SSC CGL Tier 2 preparation. Without knowing the syllabus and exam pattern you will not get an insight about the exam and help you in making the preparation strategy. Aspirants have to know the important topics and focus on preparation accordingly. Know about the detailed exam pattern here.

Study Plan

After knowing the syllabus, second most important thing is to analyze your weak and strong areas topic wise and make a SSC CGL Tier 2 study plan accordingly. Allot more time to the weak topics. Prepare your timetable accordingly and ensure that you are not neglecting the other areas that you are confident.

Regularly Attempt Mock Exams

Attempt Mock Exams / Test Series

Success in exams depends on both mastering the concepts and simultaneously practicing mock exams. So first thing is to attempt as many mock tests as possible of different difficulty levels and keep practicing them until you get confident and get good score. Practicing regular mocks also gives you a feedback of your SSC CGL Tier 2 preparation strategy and you can check & boost your speed by minimizing the time used to solve the questions. In this way you can achieve command over your weak areas.

Practice Previous Papers

SSC CGL Previous years question papers

Secondly, practice SSC CGL Previous Year Question Papers, which will help you get the actual feel of the exam. This will also help you in understanding the changing trends to exam over the years. There are handfuls of resources today to get free content of previous years papers, try solving them as many as possible. 

Prepare Handbook or Notes

SSC CGL tier 2 Hand books and notes

Thirdly, you must prepare a handbook or notes on your own for last minute revision. This handbook should contain all the important formulas, tricks and vocabulary words, which will help you at the time of the revision. Do not write any unnecessary stuff; write only the important things in this book

After knowing the basic strategy for CGL tier 2 preparation, let us now know the section wise preparation tips

Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Strategy SSC CGL Tier 2

ssc cgl tier 2 maths topic wise weightage

Quantitative Section seems to be difficult for many candidates. As per the SSC CGL previous year’s trends also it is seen that the Quant section gave a tough call to the aspirants. The only way to overcome the fear about this section is only by having a good understanding of concepts and thereafter applying these concepts to the question asked, all this can only happen if you revise the topics and apply the tricks while practicing the questions. Let us check ssc cgl tier 2 maths topic wise weightage asked in previous years, this will help you immensely in chalking out preparation strategy for CGL Tier 2. 

SSC
CGL Tier 2: Topic Wise Distribution Of Questions in Quantitative Aptitude

S.
No

Topic

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1

Number System /             HCF & LCM

7

8

7

7

10

7

8

7

2

Percentage, Average

10

8

10

9

10

7

6

8

3

Time & Work,                   Pipe & Cistern

6

6

6

5

6

5

4

5

4

Profit & Loss, Discount

10

11

11

10

10

9

9

10

5

Ratio, Mixture & Allegation

6

6

4

4

7

8

6

6

6

Time Speed Distance,     Boat
& Stream Trains

4

5

6

8

4

3

4

5

7

Interest (CI & SI)

4

4

5

4

3

4

4

4

8

Geometry

18

14

15

13

15

12

13

12

9

Mensuration

11

15

11

13

10

13

13

11

10

Trigonometry,                   Height & Distance

9

7

10

9

10

9

11

10

11

DI

5

4

5

5

5

5

7

8

12

Algebra

7

8

10

11

10

10

5

8

13

Surds & Indices,              Simplification

2

4

0

2

0

3

3

4

14

Partnership

2

2

2

15

Coordinate Geometry

2

0

 

Total

100 Questions

By analyzing the above data we can find that certain areas are having high weight age over the other and need attention by student. Therefore, while preparing for SSC CGL tier 2, topics like Geometry, trigonometry, Algebra and Mensuration from Pure maths area cannot be neglected at any cost. At the same time topics such as Simplification, number system, HCF & LCM, Ratios, Percentage & Profit loss and Allegations plays a vital role in clearing the section.

Key to success in this section lies in practicing as many mock tests as possible and while practicing, use short tricks to solve the questions.

How to Prepare English Language and Comprehension Paper for SSC CGL Tier 2

How to Prepare English Language and Comprehension Paper for SSC CGL Tier 2

SSC CGL Tier II English Language Paper has 200 questions carrying 1 mark each. The duration of this paper is 2 hours. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. So if you are not confident about a particular question, it is preferable not to attempt it.

In English, there are three types of questions: Vocabulary questions, Grammar questions and Reading Comprehension.

  • To get in-depth grip on grammar-related questions, you should revise all the rules regarding, uses of tenses, articles, nouns, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, usage of conjunctions and prepositional phrases.
  • For CGL tier 2 candidates have to Practice at least 5 passages daily, read the questions first then read the passage. 
  • Read newspapers with attention to detail, it will not only enhance your general knowledge and vocabulary but will also help in your preparation for reading comprehension.

The pattern of this section is very similar to that of tier I but the level of difficulty is much higher. Nearly 40- 50% of the questions are based on grammar. Therefore, if you are adept in the language you will not face difficulty in attempting this paper.

Practice the questions given in the books on grammar and previous year’s question papers. SSC always repeats the questions in all sections including the English section of SSC CGL Tier-2. Let us check ssc cgl tier 2 English topic wise weightage as asked per previous years trends:

SSC CGL Tier 2: Topic Wise
Distribution Of Questions and marks weightage in the English Language

S. No

Topic

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1

Spot the error

20

20

20

20

20

20

2

Fill In The Blanks

5

5

5

5

11

8

3

Synonyms

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

Antonyms

3

3

3

3

3

4

5

Spelling /detecting misspelt
words

3

3

3

3

4

4

6

Idioms & Phrases

10

10

10

10

10

10

7

One word substitution

12

12

14

12

12

10

8

Improvement of sentences

22

22

22

22

22

20

9

Active/Passive voice of verbs

20

20

20

20

20

25

10

Conversion into Direct /         Indirect narration

27

27

26

27

25

25

11

Jumbled Paragraph /            Sentence
Rearrangement

20

20

20

20

20

20

12

Cloze passage

25

25

24

25

25

25

13

Comprehension Passage

30

30

30

30

25

25

 

Total

200 Questions

SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 3 Statistics Paper Preparation tips and tricks

ssc cgl tier 2 statistics syllabus

SSC CGL Tier II Statistics Paper has 100 questions carrying one mark each. The duration of this paper is 2 hours. Each correct answer will fetches 02 marks while 0.5 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Focus on important topics like Measures of Central tendency and dispersion, skewness and kurtosis, correlation and regression, probability theory, time series analysis, sampling theory, statistical inference, etc. let us check the weight age of questions as per previous years paper

Topic

Weightage

Measures of
Central tendency and dispersion

21

Moments,
Skewness and Kurtosis

10

Correlation
and Regression

6

Probability
Theory

6

Random
Variable

9

Sampling
Theory

7

Statistical
Inference

15

Analysis
of Variance

6

Time Series
Analysis

5

Index
Numbers

7

Theory of
Attributes

8

From the above data we can see that three topics have high weightage, if we master these areas then almost half the battle is won.  The three topics are Measures of Central tendency and dispersion; Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis  & Statistical Inference, these topics are on the easier side and can be easily covered.

SSC CGL Tier 2 paper 4 General Studies Finance and Economics: Preparation tips

Paper 4 has been added to CGL Tier II has been introduced for the new post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) and Assistant Accounts Officer. The duration of this paper is 120 minutes. It will consist of 100 questions of 2 marks each. 0.5 mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

Subject

Number of questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Finance

40

80

120 minutes

Economics

60

120

Total

100

200

120 minutes

So we can see that, 40% of the paper will be from Finance Subject and 60% will be from economics. The exam has a huge syllabus but questions are generally of moderate to tough level. Although the syllabus is of graduation level, the questions are based on elementary applications and not on advanced ones.

On the other hand, this paper does not involve the application of formulae and tricks which takes a lot of time. It is easy to learn and score in Economics and Finance with accuracy.

Candidates should have the knowledge of basic topics of class XI and XII like national income and aggregates, foreign exchange demand, supply, economic development, the balance of payment, and national and international financial institutions.

Based on the previous year’s SSC exam pattern it is observed that 7 to 10 questions are asked from the topics mentioned below:

  • Five Year Plans
  • Indian Tax Structure
  • Money and Banking
  • Economic Terms
  • Economic Reforms in India

Hope you got an insight of how to prepare for SSC CGL tier 2 exam.

All the best

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