How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier II in 30 days?

The Staff Selection Commission holds CGL examination to recruit candidates under Group B and Group C non-gazetted posts offered by GOI. Tier I results are out and more than 1.5 lakh candidates have qualified for SSC CGL Tier II. **Check SSC CGL Vacancies**

**Listed below are facts about SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern:**

- The questions are objective in nature in Tier II.
**Check**__Detailed SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern__ - There are four papers in the exam namely Paper 1 (Quantitative Ability), Paper 2 (English Language), Paper 3 (Statistics) and Paper 4 (General Studies)
- Paper 3 is conducted exclusively for
**Jr. Statistical Officer (JSO) and Compiler**post**.** - Paper 4 is for
**Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)**post.

Tier II is scheduled from February 18 to February 22, 2018. As only a few days are left, it is important to have proper plan and strategy to prepare for the __ recruitment exam__. Since every single day is of utmost importance, candidates cannot afford to waste any time now. To make preparation easier, we have created a 30-day plan for cracking SSC CGL Tier 2. This timetable, if adopted properly, can surely help you crack this exam.

Mathematics is a daunting section of SSC CGL Tier II. It has a huge syllabus and also the level of questions is not easy. Therefore, prioritize the topics according to their importance. Since the cutoff is high, you can not choose to ignore any topic. **Check** __How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?__

Let us take a look at how Quantitative Aptitude paper has been structured in past years. This will help us derive an idea of what can be expected in this paper for this year -

Topic | November 30, 2016 | December 1, 2016 | December 2015 |
---|---|---|---|

Simplification | 2 | 2 | - |

Number System | 10 | 8 | 10 |

Percentage | 4 | 4 | 3 |

Profit and Loss | 8 | 4 | 8 |

Interest | 3 | 5 | 4 |

Ratios, Mixture and Alligation | 6 | 5 | 7 |

Time, Speed and Distance | 5 | 4 | 5 |

Time and Work | 6 | 6 | 7 |

Average | 5 | 5 | 5 |

Algebra | 10 | 16 | 11 |

Geometry | 13 | 13 | 12 |

Mensuration | 12 | 11 | 13 |

Trigonometry | 11 | 12 | 10 |

Data Interpretation | 5 | 5 | 5 |

Overall, the papers of SSC CGL Tier 2 have been of easy-moderate level. Generally, there are two or three topics on which the questions asked to become a little too tough to solve. Mostly, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration questions tend to go on the tougher side (not all of them). **Check Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude for SSC CGL**

On the other hand, topics like DI, Percentage, Percentages, Averages offer many low hanging fruits which should not miss. Since the level of competition is very high, one should ideally attempt more than 65-70 questions in the exam.

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**Based on the above analysis, the expected number of questions in SSC CGL 2017 Tier II are as follows -**

- Geometry: 12-18 questions
- Mensuration: 10-13 questions
- Profit and Loss: 6-9 questions
- Trigonometry: 8-10 questions
- Algebra: 9-11 questions
- Number System: 8-10 questions
- Simplification: 3-6 questions
- Averages: 5-6 questions
- Ratio & Proportion: 1-6 questions
- Interest: 4-5 questions
- Time and Work: 5-6 questions
- Time Speed and Distance: 4-6 questions
- Mixture and Allegations: 1-4 questions
- Data Interpretation: 5-8 questions

English is such a section that needs deeper understanding. Proficiency in this section is developed over a longer duration, rather than a short period. However, in these 30 days, you can refine your English skills and work on your test-taking strategy. Also, you can learn many new words during these 30 days. **Check How to Prepare English & Comprehension for SSC CGL**

Topic | November 30, 2016 | December 1, 2016 | December 2015 |
---|---|---|---|

Error Spotting | 20 | 20 | 20 |

Sentence Correct | 20 | 20 | 15 |

Antonym Synonym | 6 | 6 | 6 |

Mis-spelt words | 3 | 4 | 3 |

Idioms and Phrases | 12 | 10 | 10 |

Para Jumbles | 20 | 20 | 15 |

One word substitution | 10 | 10 | 12 |

Active and Passive Voice | 20 | 20 | 20 |

Sentence improvement | 22 | 20 | 22 |

Direct Indirect Speech | 22 | 25 | 27 |

Cloze test | 20 | 20 | 25 |

Reading Comprehension | 25 | 25 | 30 |

English language paper of SSC CGL Tier II is more about managing time. Some questions like Reading Comprehension and Error Spotting can eat up a lot of time, therefore, candidates must take care of the time spent on them. **Check** __Best Books to Prepare for English Section__

Overall, the difficulty level of the paper is easy-moderate (more on easier side). Candidates must attempt at least 135-140 questions.

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**Take a look at the topic wise importance of English section of SSC CGL ****Tier**** II, based on above analysis –**

- Reading Comprehension: 25-30 questions
- Direct Indirect Speech: 20-25 questions
- Active Passive Voice: 20-25 questions
- Error Spotting: 15-20 question
- Sentence correction: 15-20 questions
- Antonym Synonym/Mis-spelt words: 10-12 questions
- Idioms and phrases: 10-12 questions
- Para Jumbles: 15-20 questions
- One word substitution: 10-12 questions
- Cloze test: 20-25 questions
- Sentence Improvement: 20-22 questions

Candidates looking for a job as a Statistical Investigator have to appear for Paper 3. Most of the concepts that arrive in this paper are upto 12^{th} class level syllabus. Let us take a look at the structure of last year’s paper of statistics –

Topic | Number of questions in last year’s paper |
---|---|

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 |

The good thing is that the two topics with high weightage, (Measures of Central tendency and dispersion; Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis) had questions on the easier side. On the other hand, statistical inference, probability theory and random variables had questions that were on a bit tougher side (not all of them). **Read More How to Prepare Statistics for SSC CGL Tier 2?**

Overall, the paper was moderate and an attempt of 65+ questions is necessary. The weightage of topics in 2017 is also expected to remain the same.

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Economics and Finance paper is a new addition to __ SSC CGL__. This exam is conducted for the post of Assistant Accounts Officer and Assistance Audit Officer. These are A grade jobs and thus are the most elite jobs under the recruitment exam.

This paper will also have 100 questions, to be answered within 2 hours. 40% of the paper will be from Finance Subject and 60% will be from economics. Take a look at the examination pattern of this paper below –

Subject | Number of questions | Maximum Marks | Duration |
---|---|---|---|

Finance | 40 | 80 | 120 minutes |

Economics | 60 | 120 | |

Total |
100 |
200 |
120 minutes |

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. **Check SSC CGL Syllabus**

With just few weeks remaining for the exam, it is important to have a defined strategy. We have created a weekly strategy that will explain in brief that what should be ideal way to prepare for the exam.

**This strategy is divided into 3 Phases, and is as follows –**

**Phase 1 (Week 1 & 2)**:- This phase of preparation is basically focused on syllabus completion. Although you must have completed the syllabus for Tier I exam, it is suggested to go through the syllabus again. Don’t forget to practice the concepts after studying, as practice is what matters most in this exam.

Since the syllabus of Finance and Economics is huge and demands deeper understanding, it is recommended that we go slowly with it. Every day, if you are devoting 120 minutes to Finance of Economics, 80 minutes will be devoted to learning the concept and 40 will be devoted to learning its applications.

Day | Quantitative Aptitude | English Language | Statistics | Economics and Finance |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | Simplification (Concepts + Practice) | Reading Comprehension (Concepts + 5-10 RCs practice) | Measures of Central Tendency | CAG – Provisions, rules and responsibilities |

2 | Geometry (Concepts) | Go through all important idioms and phrases, one-word substitutions | Measures of Dispersion | Finance Commission – Role and Functions |

3 | Geometry (Concepts + Practice) | Practice idioms and phrases, one-word substitution, antonym-synonyms | Statistical Inference | Fundamental Principles and Basic Concepts of Accounting + Introduction to Financial Accounting |

4 | Mensuration (Concepts) | Direct Indirect Speech (Concept + Practice) | Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis | Nature, Scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting + GAAPs |

5 | Mensuration (Practice) | Active Passive Voice (Concept + Practice) | Index Numbers | Basic Concepts of Economics + Introduction to Macro Economics |

6 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Correlation and Regression | Law of Demand, Law of Supply, Elasticity of these |

7 | Algebra (Concepts) | Error Spotting (Concept + Practice) | Probability Theory | Single & Double Entry, Books of Original Entry, Journal |

8 | Algebra (Concepts + Practice) | Sentence Correction (Concept + Practice) | Mock Test + Analysis | Ledger and Trial Balance |

9 | Ratios, Averages, Percentages, Mixtures (Concepts) | Sentence Improvement (Concept + Practice) | Time Series Analysis | Theories of Consumer Behavior + Meaning and Factors of production |

10 | Ratios, Averages, Percentages, Mixtures (Practice) | Para Jumbles (Concept + Practice) | Theory of Attributes | Law of Variable Proportion and Law of Returns to Scale |

11 | Trigonometry (Concepts + Practice) | Cloze Test (Concept + Practice) | Sampling Theory | Mock Test + Analysis |

12 | Mock Test + Analysis | Revise thoroughly | Analysis of Variance | Manufacturing Account and Trading Account |

13 | Number System (Concepts) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Theory of Attributes | Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Appropriation Account |

14 | Number System (Practice) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Complete Revision | Various forms of market + Price determination in these markets |

**Phase 2 (Week 3)**:- 2^{nd} phase (or the 3^{rd} week) of preparation must be dedicated to practice. Practice as much as you can. Solve as many questions as possible.

For Finance and Economics, the focus will still be on a good mixture of learning plus simultaneous application.

Day | Quantitative Aptitude | English Language | Statistics | Economics and Finance |
---|---|---|---|---|

15 | Interest, Time Speed and Distance, Time and Work (Concepts) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Mock Test + Analysis | Economic Reforms in India Since 1991 + Disinvestment |

16 | Interest, Time Speed and Distance, Time and Work (Practice) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Practice (100+ questions) | Monetary and Fiscal Policy + Role and Functions of RBI/RRBs/Banks |

17 | Revision of Whole Syllabus | Revision of Whole Syllabus | Practice (100+ questions) | Depreciation Accounting + Inventory Valuation |

18 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Practice (100+ questions) | Income and Expenditure Account + Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations |

19 | Practice (5 topics, at least 20 questions each) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Mock Test + Analysis | Indian Economy (Go through stats) + Leftover topics |

20 | Practice (5 topics, at least 20 questions each) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Practice (with more emphasis on low scoring areas) | Leftover topics of Accounting (Rectification of Errors, Self Balancing Ledgers etc) |

21 | Practice (5 topics, at least 20 questions each) | Practice (200 questions, averagely 20 from each topic) | Practice (balanced) | Revision of Whole Syllabus |

**Phase 3 (4 ^{th} week)**: - Last week is all about mocks. Mocks help you gain expertise over exam-like conditions and are the best way practice. Take a mock, analyze it and work on weak areas, this is the daily schedule. Remember that this is the last phase, so be ready to devote your 100% to this exam.

Day | Quantitative Aptitude | English Language | Statistics | Economics and Finance |
---|---|---|---|---|

22 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Practice (Numerical + Theoretical) |

23 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Practice (more emphasis on low scoring areas) | Mock Test + Analysis |

24 | Brush up weak areas | Brush up weak areas | Mock Test + Analysis | Practice (more emphasis on low scoring areas) |

25 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Practice (more emphasis on low scoring areas) | Mock Test + Analysis |

26 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis |

27 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis |

28 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis |

29 | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis | Mock Test + Analysis |

30 | Revise everything, practice a little bit, keep yourself calm and motivated |

- This plan follows a strategy of doing most important topics first, you can change the order of topics but do keep in mind that which topics will be most beneficial, if given preference over other.
- Leaning a ‘concept’ does not mean doing only theory here. As you go through any topic, do 10-20 basic questions of it on the same day.
- It is very important that you do 2 RCs everyday (along with the topics mentioned for any day).
- Just like the RCs, you must do 1 set of data interpretation everyday. Since there are not much concepts involved in DI, we haven’t mentioned it in the study plan.
- To perform better in English, read for at least 30 minutes everyday. Notice new words and grammatical pattern while reading.
- Do not skip mocks. It is very important to know that where you stand with your preparation, at any given point of time.
- For Accountancy, as soon you learn any practical concept, make sure that you fine tune with some practice everyday. From Day 7 (when we start learning practical concepts) till the last day, make sure that you are doing 10-15 practical questions of accountancy everyday.
- Try to learn 5-10 new words everyday. Since vocabulary has no limits, try to make it as vast as possible.

*As an SSC aspirant, you have already devoted enough time and effort in clearing the tier-1 exam. Since you have done so much hard work, you must not let go this opportunity from your hand. It’s acceptable that exam is not easy, but it’s not impossible too. Devote your everything to it and it will bring you a great career. Good Luck!*

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.