How to Score 40+ marks in English Section of SSC CGL Tier-1 2019

Dear Students,
SSC CGL Tier I 2019 is scheduled to be held from 2nd-11th March 2020. The Tier I consists of 4 sections for a total of 100 questions for 200 marks. English section in SSC CGL Tier I consists of 25 questions of 50 marks. English Section is considered to be an important subject as it also contributes to the tier 2 of SSC CGL. As approx 4 months are left for the exam, candidates need to strategize their preparations. If you utilize these remaining months in an excellently planned way, you can achieve the somewhat impossible task of scoring good in this particular section. How to score 40+ marks in the SSC CGL Tier I English Section? First, you need to understand the structure, types and number of questions asked in previous years. Then, you need to plan and work accordingly for the same.

First of all, let us take a look at the topics and questions asked from English Section in the previous years:

Go through the below table accurately summing up the number of questions from the central topics in previous year SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam. It is easy to observe that number of questions from particular sections like Fill In The Blanks, Sentence Improvement, Idioms and Phrases, Error Detection etc is almost the same as of the previous year. This analysis makes this contemplation stronger that same distribution of questions from respective sections is also expected in SSC CGL Tier 1 2019 Exam.

S.No. Topics No. Of Questions asked in
SSC CGL 2016
No. Of Questions asked in
SSC CGL 2017
No. Of Questions asked in
SSC CGL 2018-19
1 Fill in the Blanks 3 2 2
2 Sentence Improvement 5 2 2
3 Error Detection 3 2 2
4 Sentence Rearrangement 2 2
5 Idioms and Phrases 6 2 2
6 Synonyms 1 2 2
7 Antonyms 1 2 2
8 Active Passive 1 2
9 Direct Indirect 1
10 Phrase Substitution 2 2
11 Spelling Correction 1 2 2
12 Passage Reading Comprehension (5) Cloze Test (5) Cloze Test (5)
Total Questions 25 25 25

Exam Strategy For SSC CGL Tier 1 English Section

The main topics for SSC CGL Tier 1 include: Error detection, fill in the blanks, Antonyms/ Synonyms/ Spellings, idioms and phrases, one-word substitutions and Reading comprehensions. You should work on your weak areas and study accordingly. 

We divide the English Section of SSC CGL Tier-I mainly into 3 parts:

  • Section-1: Vocabulary Section
  • Section-2: Grammatical Section
  • Section-3: Comprehensive Section

Section-1: Vocabulary Section

This section is very interesting because you can easily score maximum marks in the Vocab section. All you need to do is just READ as much as you can. Be it from English Newspapers, magazines, articles written in standard English or from fiction books. Once you understand the literal and figurative meaning of the English words, it would be easier to answer correctly all the questions based on Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word substitutions, and idioms/phrases. The only trick is to revise it daily without fail. The revision should be very intense and exhaustive. Adda247 also provides daily vocabulary notes & daily quizzes where you get to learn new words with their synonyms and antonyms.

Section-2: Grammatical Section

Grammatical part solely depends on rules. Once you remember and understand all the important rules, this part can we cracked very easily. Again, revision is the key here also. Most of the grammatical part is made of Parts of speech. You need to once go through all the parts of speech. This grammatical part plays an indispensable role in every type of questions in the English section. Learn all the tenses and its usage. In every exam, questions are asked from conditional sentences in the form of fillers, error detection or sentence improvements. We have also provided study notes on all grammatical parts and tenses, study these notes and attempt all the error detection and fill in the blanks questions correctly.

Section-3: Comprehensive Section 

An important trick is to read the questions first so that you can understand the context of the paragraph beforehand. When you read the passage for the very first time, you will find the answer to all the questions which you have already read. In this way, you can save your precious time by not reading the passage all over again for each question.

Also, Practice is the key ultimately to ace the exam. Give as many mock tests as you can and analyse your performance. Revise thoroughly and make sure to work on the topics that are getting wrong in the mock tests. Just remember, revision and practice with the previous learning will help you succeed in your goal.