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CGL TIER-II STRATEGY

CGL TIER-II STRATEGY

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION
The CGLE is conducted in 4 Tiers

1. Tier-I 200 marks for all posts —- online mode

2. Tier-II 400 marks & additional 200 marks for the posts of Jr Statistical Officer, Compiler; and Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer (AAO) — online mode

3. Tier-III 100 marks (descriptive paper)

4. Tier-IV Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) is to be passed for the following posts

a) Assistants Section Officer (CSS)
b) Assistant Section Officer (MEA)
c) Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs
d) Assistant (GSI) in M/o Mines
e) Excise Inspector
f) Preventive Officer
g) Examiner

For the post of TA both in CBDT & CBEC there is Data Entry Skill Test (DEST). Both CPT and DEST are qualifying in nature.

Tier-II (400 Marks) —- 2 papers on Maths and English

1. Maths 100 questions 2 hours
2. English 200 questions 2 hours

NOTE: Also there is an additional paper of 200 marks for the posts of ‘Jr Statistical Officer’, ‘Compiler’ and ‘Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer (AAO) in the following manner:

1. Statistics 100 questions 2 hours
2. Finance & Economics 100 questions 2 hours

SSC CGL TIER-II HOW TO START

1. First 1, 2, 3 Days Time After Tier-I

Better take leave for 1, 2 or even 3 days from hard study after the tier-I exam. Mind too needs rest; if it’s fresh and relaxed it does better. Too much stress on mind could be fatal really. Do gossiping, be with friends, watch movies and estimate your marks etc. But you can plan tier-II during this period, e.g. making of time table, formation of strategies, etc.

Always remember QUALITY PAYS QUANTITY DOES NOT.

2. HOW TO START TIER-II

The biggest question is how to START preparation for a CGL TIER-II. I say just one thing—-do both the papers of tier-II of any of the previous year’s exam (not any model paper as exam paper is always a standard) at home in exam conditions. The reason is simple—-the best thing for an aspirant is to know his actual status of understanding of the various topics of each subject. By doing so he can easily find his weak areas; and thus will have better chances to frame the best strategy to overcome them. In addition; giving quality to the practice of doing questions will also help in managing the time available for the paper in optimum best way.

Candidates are here to remember that they don’t have to give even a minute time extra for solving the paper/s.

It’s strongly advised that this practice of doing papers is adopted for every week in the future too. It’s also advised if enough practice of papers is done in online mode as well as the exam now is computer based.

3. Role of Newspaper/Magazine

Now the question—should newspaper & magazine be read as GK is not a part of tier-II? I’d say yes. Newspaper gives us awareness bout what is happening around us; which is very important for one’s personality development etc. This also helps in the interview and in making one’s vocabulary part stronger by a great deal. The vocabulary part of the question paper i.e. SYNONYMS/ANTONYMS/SPELLINGS/IDIOMS & PHRASES/ONE WORD SUBSTITUTION etc is best done when one reads a sort of text like magazine, newspaper, novel, not the cramming or simply reading them from a practice book.

Yeah we can exclude it from our time table package; 40-45 minutes for daily will do. But the magazine for one full hour with proper seriousness is a must. As one of the tier-II papers is English; read newspaper and magazine both in English language. Hindi medium candidates note it. You’ll certainly see how the magazine if read with seriousness helps your English paper; mainly word power, idioms/phrases, phrasal verbs & comprehension etc

4. TIMETABLE for Tier-II

Well, after it has been decided what things are to be read one should make one’s timetable. Fix hours of study and make timetable at your ease. But once the timetable is made stick to it, though a little flexibility can’t be denied. The number of hours of study should remain the same for each day. I’ll suggest almost 8 hours a day for extensive study should be there. Here is a suggestive timetable:

  • 9.30 to 11.30 Maths
  • 1.30 to 3.30 English
  • 5.30 to 7.30 Maths
  • 9.30 to 10.30 English
  • 10.30 to 11.30 Magazine

This timetable is purely suggestive; you can change it according to your suitability. But at least 8 hours a day time should be there for studies.

NOTE: A person already in job too should try to spare more and more time for the preparation; I think almost 4 hours a day in addition to the full day timetable for the days of holidays.

5. JUT JAAO!

Believe it or not tier-II is the easiest among all three stages of the CGLE. In tier-I one has to study 4 subjects including GK which has no depth and is boring for almost all. We are now left with English and Maths only. Though Maths is a little tough in tier-II as compared to it’s in tier-I but English is a little easier. As it’s only now a two subjects affair in tier-II, it’s BALLE BALLE time. Also you have read both these subjects while preparing for tier-I. Therefore it should not be a big problem this time.

But time left for for tier-II exam after tier-I is generally two months or so; so it becomes important not to take it that easy. Still you will need to work hard with total dedication. TO JUT JAAO FRIENDS!

6. USE OF FB

And do not use FB much. FB can’t ever be a good source of doing studies. These groups, in my view, are only to ask a query, not seeing others’ queries. Hundreds/thousands of questions are there, one can’t do all of them, also there is no need to do that. Use only books/study material that will give you sufficient number of practice questions. But one is always tempted to see queries in groups, in my view very bad habit it is.

7. ON ANTONYMS/SYNONYMS

I’d advise you should not spend much time on antonyms and synonyms. The reason behind this is simple. They are endless in number and therefore you can’t learn them much. Any word could be there in the question paper. So better if you utilize that precious time in making your other areas stronger.

Dear friends, word power cant be made strong just by cramming words for a few months; rather it’s a long term process that starts from one’s school days in reality. Words pe wahi log jyaada dhyaan dete hain jinke other areas strong hote hain. I only mean to say if you are behind words more than actual requirement, output wont be that much.

8. SSC CGL: Books Vs INTERNET

Sorry all I cant agree with you for not to purchase books. The net cant ever compete with a real book. Several reasons are there! A book is always very convenient in use as compared to the net. You can take a book anywhere in the house or to any other location also whereas it’s not applicable on a computer. A laptop even cant help all the time.

Sometimes one has to go to a certain page for referring to any other topic which cant be so comfortable while using that book on the computer. Also books (specially those for SSC exams) not so expensive that a person cant afford. Sitting on computer screen for long also a great cause of one’s tiredness.; the eyes especially. Many more reasons in addition.

Yeah the net is important but mainly when a book is not easily available or when one wants to see some particular topic/s as to purchase so many books of a kind is certainly not advisable.

9. SSC CGL: Importance of Coaching Centers

If you are able to grab the things of your own nothing better than this in my opinion. I don’t think visiting a coaching center is necessary at all. There are many factors on the basis of which I’m saying that one needs to avoid going to a coaching center. A few of them are here.:

  1. Loss of time as the time spent going to and fro could be utilized in self study or what.
  2. Physical tiredness
  3. Monetary loss
  4. Difficulty in finding good coaching institute.

In my opinion there is no such good centre for an SSC exam in Delhi or outside. They all are like SHOPS only. There are instances we need to know the basics of some things; but no coaching centre is concerned about that, because they have their own limitations too I just mean to say jahan tak possible ho self study karo ya phir kisi achchhe friend ya relative ki help lo. But again it’s not necessary that everyone is able to find such help; in such a circumstance going to a coaching center perhaps becomes necessary

10. SSC CGL BOOKS/STUDY MATERIAL FOR TIER-II 

ENGLISH

1. Objective English of R S Aggarwaal (Best for CGL in my view)

2. High School English Grammar of Wren & Martin (along with its key book)

3. A Practical English Grammar of A.J.Thomson & A.V. Martinet (along with both the exercises books which are available with their keys)

4. Following study material written by MAHA GUPTA

ENGLISH GRAMMAR RULES

  1. SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  2. ARTICLES: A/AN and THE
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  3. RELATIVE PRONOUNS (WHO, WHICH, WHOM, THAT, AS, WHAT)
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  4. CONDITIONAL SENTENCES
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  5. ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE 
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  6. DIRECT & INDIRECT SPEECH
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  7. MISCELLANEOUS GRAMMAR RULES (INFINITIVE/GERUND/PARTICIPLE, RULES OF QUESTION TAGS, REFLEXIVE & EMPHASIZING PRONOUNS, etc.)
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  8. USAGE OF SPECIAL WORDS (BESIDE/BESIDES, AFTER/BEFORE, MARRY TO/MARRY WITH, etc.)
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TOPIC-WISE ENGLISH GRAMMAR

  1. ERROR FINDING
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  2. FILL IN THE BLANKS
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  3. SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  4. ACTIVE & PASSIVE VOICE
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  5. DIRECT & INDIRECT SPEECH
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  6. QUESTION TAGS
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PRACTICE SETS
CLICK HERE TO SEE

NOTE: Book-2 and book-3 are only reference books, and not for intensive study. Means only to clear a doubt or two.

MATHS

1. Quick Arithmetic of Aashish Aggarwaal (Geometry & Trigonometry both included now)—For average aspirants in Maths and quick techniques.

2. Quantitative Aptitude of R S Aggarwal—-Very good book for CGL if done with dedication

3. Elementary & Advanced Mathematics of Kiran Prakashan (Very good book for GEO and TRIGO indeed)

4. Quantum CAT of Sarvesh K Verma (You’ll need to be a little selective while doing this book. Do only EXAMPLES & EXERCISES LEVEL-I only; and in those only that is in CGL course.)

5. NCERT & R D Sharma (IX & X standard–Editions of 2004 or before) for Geometry, Trigonometry & Graphs of linear equations. As they are only descriptive in nature you must practise objective questions on these topics from Ashish Aggarwal or/and any other good books available in the market. But remember you can’t be a master in ‘Maths Objective’ unless you are good in descriptive.

6. Descriptive Arithmetic of K Kundan is the best (If you are in need of any conceptual clarity).

Also read this
SSC Maths
ARITHMETIC

  1. NUMBERS, HCF/LCM, FINDING OF UNIT DIGIT, SUM OF SERIES, etc
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  2. REMAINDERS & DIVISIBILITY
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  3. SIMPLIFICATION
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  4. ALLEGATION OR MIXTURE
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  5. AVERAGE/RATIO & PROPORTION
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  6. PARTNERSHIP
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  7. PERCENTAGE/PROFIT & LOSS
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  8. INTEREST & INSTALLMENTS
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  9. TIME AND WORK
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  10. TIME, DISTANCE & SPEED
    CLICK HERE TO SEE

ALGEBRA

AREA AND VOLUME (MENSURATION)

  1. FRUSTUM
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  2. PYRAMID AND PRISM
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  3. AREA & VOLUME (OTHER)
    CLICK HERE TO SEE

GEOMETRY

  1. GEOMETRY (EXCEPT CIRCLE)
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  2. CIRCLE
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TRIGONOMETRY

  1. TRIGONOMETRIC RATIOS & IDENTITIES
    CLICK HERE TO SEE
  2. HEIGHTS & DISTANCES
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  3. MINIMUM & MAXIMUM VALUES OF TRIGONOMETRIC EXPRESSIONS
    CLICK HERE TO SEE

CALENDAR

PRACTICE SETS
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But never forget to practise previous papers & model papers to master it all. Papers of Kiran Prakashan are better than others in my opinion.

11. DICTIONARY & VOCABULARY

In addition you must be with a nice dictionary. I think OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER’S DICTIONARY OF CURRENT ENGLISH is the best. It has in it every word well explained in easily understandable English and with simple and easy illustrations/examples. And of course almost every phrasal verb & idiom associated with that word also. No doubt it’s very much helpful in making one’s vocabulary part stronger.

R S AGGARWAL too a nice book to prepare vocabulary section. I’d suggest you should leave first 15 chapters over synonyms in that book and start from the 16th one as the word from here are made understood giving illustrations/example sentences. The same strategy should be followed throughout as things are better understood when they are given with examples, illustrations etc.

12. CHAPTERS OF R S AGGARWAL RELEVANT FOR SSC CGL

OBJECTIVE GENERAL ENGLISH of R S AGGARWAL is really a nice nice book from the prospective of CGLE barring certain topics like VOICE, NARRATION & ARTICLES etc. The following is suggested:

1. Synonyms (from practice set-16 as they have been explained giving example sentences beginning this practice set)

2. Antonyms (from practice set-11 as they have been explained giving example sentences beginning this practice set )

6. One Word Substitution

8. Comprehension-II (Leave the chapter-7 on comprehension as it has long passages; in CGLE they are short ones rather)

11. Sentence Completion

12. Passage Completion (Cloze Test)

14. Common Errors

15. Spotting Errors

16. Sentence Improvement

20. Rearrangement of Sentences in a Paragraph

24. Idioms & Phrases

25. Active & Passive Voice (In addition one must not forget to practice it from material written by MAHA GUPTA as you won’t need to read anything else on this topic for sure.)

26.Direct and Indirect Speech ( In addition one must not forget to practice it from material written by MAHA GUPTA as you won’t need to read anything else on this topic for sure.)

28. Spelling Test

13. SSC CGL/CHSL: IMPORTANT PROPERTIES/CONCEPTS OF GEOMETRY

  • Geometry is extremely important in SSC or other exams today. I have seen people good in Maths as a whole but not so good in Geometry. Hence I have compiled some important properties/concepts which are integral part of Geometry. If one understands and memorizes them well, I’m sure he will definitely do very good in it. Highly advisable it is that friends take the print-out of the matter and keep it along while practising questions on Geometry.

SEE IT

ENGLISH VERSION
CLICK HERE TO SEE

HINDI VERSION OF ABOVE
CLICK HERE TO SEE

14. How to do sentence arrangement in less time?

There are four jumbled sentences in each question; try to link any two of them properly. Then see that order (PQ, PS,RP, or any that you found right) in the answer options. If such pairs are more than one in the options, see all others if their order is sensible.

15. How to do for Comprehension Passage & Cloze Test

For both comprehension and cloze test your basic understanding of English language should be right. Without this things are really difficult. For comprehension you should have sharp and quick mind. If you want your comprehension improved you should read the passage very carefully once only or at the most twice and keep in mind the content of the passage so that while answering you do not need to go back to it time and again.

It’s an objective exam and hence the speed is very important. In my view book of R S Aggarawal and previously asked questions of SSC are more than sufficient on both.

16. SOME QUERIES ON PROPER STRATEGY FOR SSC EXAMS

1. QUERY: Ronnie how can we be fast in calculation?

Ronnie Bansal

  • Heena one has to learn quick maths for increasing the speed. But every technique of doing questions fast is not given in a book; we too have to devise our own formulas of solving a question with speed. Learning tables of multiplication, squares, cubes help a lot. While solving a question one must keep his eyes on the answer options as sometimes this help in solving a question with speed (sometimes in seconds). There is actually many a thing which helps.

MAHA GUPTA

1. Minimize the use of pen and paper while doing a sum

2. Devise your own techniques as every quick trick isn’t there in a book.

3. Understand a question by its basics/concept-wise. If the concept is clear you can really do the sum in possible quickest time.

4. Some questions can be solved with answer options given in no time; so always try to do this while practising , and always keep your eyes on them.

5. More and more sincere/dedicated practice from a good book/study material.

2. QUERY: What is the best way to succeed in CGL?

Ronnie Bansal 
Well, the simple formula to succeed is learning the things from their roots/basics. Unless you do this you cant gain much. The second most important thing is doing the past/practice papers once a week (not more). This way you can find your weaker areas with quite ease. Spend the remaining six days to remove those weak areas that you found.

Prepare a time table for 7-8 hours a day and try to stick to it. For practice papers the books of KIRAN PRAKASHAN are better than the others in my opinion. Yeah Wren & Martin and Thompson & Martinet are a must to complement R S Aggarawal.

BUT DON’T DO MORE THAN ONE PRACTICE PAPER A WEEK. Good luck!

3. QUERY: Say something about note-making for the CGL.

Ronnie Bansal 
I disagree with you in one thing. Note making is so time consuming; it can work if it’s a descriptive paper; that too other than Maths. In Maths we should prepare notes only of limited things like multiplication tables (Upto 25 is more than sufficient), square tables (upto 25 again), cube tables (upto 10 or so), some useful identities, theorems and sub-theorems, important formulas etc. Otherwise I think it’s total time waste. Better if you spend that time in learning the things. After a time everything will be on your tips I’m of the opinion.

4. QUERY: About time management and Geometry for the CGL.

Ronnie Bansal 
Remember one thing EXCESS OF EVERYTHING IS BAD. To much of studying too may backfire. 10 hours a day is perhaps too much. I’ll suggest you should bring it to 8 hours or so. I’m not saying you must not read for 10 hours a day; I just to mean if you think you are not feeling fresh at anytime you could be at a loss. THINK OVER IT.

But I’ll must say you should prepare the time table and do according to it. As you are finding troubles in Maths you can do it 3 hours a day. 2 hours for what you doing at the moment and 1 hour for Geometry.

Doing geometry from the start is very important. This is not the topic that you can start from any chapter. Geometry is well understood if it’s practised from the first chapter itself—The POINT. Stop worrying bout the things that might happen after your joining; just enjoy your learning. If you do like this you’ll succeed surely you’ll see.

5. Query of Yamini on Reading Strategy

Ronnie Bansal 
I’ll say take all the subjects together rather than one by one. And dont exceed your study time much as it’s really really tiring. To do things with fresh mind and body is the MOST important things. If you do like that everything will be finished in time and very beautifully you’ll see.

Also do one practice set a week irrespective of the amount of subject content finished. Take everything as it’s a fun. Now you can take the book of Ashish Agrawaal (not M Tyra) side by side and consult it when it’s needed. But take everything in light mood.

6. Please Suggest me about management of time for Tier-2, i can read 5 Hrs. daily Besides 2-2.30 Hrs. reading Newspaper (The Hindu) and Frontline Magazine in office time.

Ronnie Bansal
Too much hectic your schedule! You must remember study is best done when both body and mind are fresh each time you do. Quality pays quantity does not. I’d advise you should cut-down your study time in the evening by good 1 and a half hour. Better it will be if you finish it by 11.30 or so. 4 hours of preparation is sufficient for a person in job. If you do it for more you’ll be harming yourself really.

It’s good to hear that you are at ease in the office to spare time for reading newspaper and the magazine. Surely it will better you in strengthening your vocabulary i.e. antonyms, synonyms, idioms, phrases, phrasal verbs etc. In office too you should keep with yourself a good dictionary to refer in need. OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER’S DICTIONARY will be best.

It’s highly advisable if you do one set of practice papers of Maths and English each in exam conditions on every Sunday. THIS IS A MUST I’d say.

Have you ever thought over why you tend to loose your confidence after 4-5 wrong attempts continuously or why you feel that time is running out after this. This is because of loosing patience, this is because of you are always doing things in an unwanted hurry. Believe once you start feeling fresh, the things wont be that wrong. It’s always better to do syllabus partly with efficiency rather than doing the whole with no confidence.

7. QUERY OF DEEPAK on ENGLISH
bhai mein english mein aajkal grammer hi kar raha hun i mean (Noun pronounn i mean basic grammer …thoda time lag raha hai but i m gaining confidence in followimg topics like blanks and sentence completion and error also ….per mujhe aisa lagta hai ki comprehension or cloze test questions week ho rahe hai …….. aap thoda time de sake to mujhe ye bata do ki mein daily kya kya karu taki uski report bhi mein aapko dun daily like home work .

Ronnie Bansal 
Deepak bhaai COMPREHENSION means understanding of the matter with understanding. If you are good in grammar your comprehension will improve of its own I’m sure. For making your comprehension skills good you can do a passage on comprehension on daily basis. The passages for it should not be unnecessarily long as in a CGLE they are nicely balanced size-wise.

The same thing applies on a cloze question. BETTER YOU ARE IN GRAMMAR BETTER YOU ARE IN OTHER AREAS. But I don’t think you need to read chapters on noun/pronoun that minutely. Just have an idea of them and keep focus mainly on the type of questions asked in the exam.

8. Query of Sakib Khan on Planning of Studies
Presently i m revising math and it will be completed by 14 august (The exam is on 3rd Sept). After this i start practice set (KIRAN PRAKASHAN) . I will solve one practice set per day. So by 31 august i will have competed 16 practice sets. So suggest me is this planing good or not.

Ronnie Bansal
I’m in favour of doing practice papers from the beginning itself irrespective of how much content one knows. Doing practice papers from the start not only help in judgement of our weaker areas but also teaches us how to manage time in a better way. Now you are at a stage of doing one paper daily. I dont think this a good idea to do practice papers on daily basis.

How efficiently one completes his syllabus he cant be a master of the things this way. I wonder how you’ll find time now to remove your weak areas found during attempting one paper daily 14th August onwards. Secondly it could prove to be a negative thing as to do a paper on daily basis is so much tiring and boring. Anyway; my suggestion now is you should not do more than 2 papers of each subject a week.

9. Query of ‘jeevan ………jaan’ on Proper Stratigy of Preparation

Hi Ronnie sir! I am presently working as clerk in department of post and preparing for CGL 2013. First of all i wanna thank you as your suggestions regarding CGL prepartion helped me a lot as i had very much confusion in what to study and how to carry on. Now I completed doing quantative aptitude by rs agarwal and practising aptitude from objective arithmetic rs agarwal.

I think I am poor at English and General knowledge and slow at doing maths too. Can you help me how to prepare for English and General knowledge in Tier 1. I am going through Wren and Martin , Thomson and Martinet but will they help in tier 1 english preparation and also doing objective english by rsagarwal. 

Ronnie Bansal 
Well, you say you are slow in Maths………..I think you should concentrate on how to solve a question from the objective pattern of view. For this one should give time on devising of quick methods of solution. Though there are books on quick Maths in the market, but they are never sufficient; we need to find our own ways/methods/formulas. Sometimes answer options are enough to solve a question in quickest of time. So make your mind logical.

You are poor in English cause your basics of English are weak. Make your reading habits fine. Give time on understanding a text well; for this your tenses, voice etc should be good. Once you are nice enough in these areas you’ll find yourself very comfortable in doing English in a better way.

17. FOR ASPIRING CSS or TA

As you know TYPING is a must for both CSS and TA. In addition, there is also EXCEL and POWER POINT for CSS. 10-15 days are well sufficient to learn both EXCEL and POWER POINT. But for TYPING one requires time. As the speed of typing in both is just 28 wpm it’s not a big business, but for this around atleast 4 months are needed.

I must say here that if one does not know the TYPING or is very much like a learner here, the right time has arrived. If you delays it further I’m afraid to say that you are out of race for CSS and TA. I have seen guys taking interest after the tier-II, sorry friends you are out then, CLEAN BOWLED.

Start giving around an hour for this immediately, half an hour in the morning and another half hour in the evening preferably, if you are a fresher, otherwise the results will certainly be very disastrous. Good luck!

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