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

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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. Check SSC CGL Preparation Tips


SSC CGL Tier II - Important Topics in Mathematics

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

SSC CGL Tier II - Important Topics in English

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

SSC CGL Tier II - Important Topics in Statistics

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 12th 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.

Check Best Books for SSC CGL Statistics Paper


SSC CGL Tier II - Important Topics in General Studies

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


SSC CGL Tier 2 Weekly Strategy

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):- 2nd phase (or the 3rd 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 (4th 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

Things to remember while using the 30 days Plan

  • 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.

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