SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation Strategy: 90-Days Study Plan

By PARUL RISHI|Updated : July 22nd, 2022

SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation Strategy: The Staff Selection Commission is conducting the SSC CGL Exam to recruit candidates at various group B and C positions in various Government departments and ministries. SSC has already conducted SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam from 11-21 April 2022 and will soon conduct the Tier 2 exam after the declaration of the Tier 1 result. Therefore, candidates should buckle up for their SSC CGL Tier-2 preparation.

If you are perplexed about further preparation, no te preocupes, amigos (Don't worry, friends)! We got you! Here, we have suggested the best ways to wheel your effort in the right direction with an effective SSC CGL Tier 2 preparation strategy as we promised to stand by your side through it all!

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam: 90-Day Preparation Strategy

SSC CGL Tier-II basically tests only 2 subjects i.e. English Language and Quantitative Aptitude whereas the former consists of 200 questions with 1 mark each and the latter consist of 100 questions with 2 marks each. The below-mentioned table enlists the SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier 2 exam.



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

(in hours)






2 hours






2 hours


SSC CGL Tier 2 Maths Syllabus

The SSC CGL Tier -II Syllabus for Maths is as follows:  

Maths Syllabus for SSC CGL Tier 2
Triangle and its various kinds of centresCongruence and similarity of trianglesCircle and its chordsTangents
Angles subtended by chords of a circleCommon tangents to two or more circlesTriangleQuadrilaterals
Regular PolygonsCircleRight PrismRight Circular Cone
Right Circular CylinderSphereHemispheresRectangular Parallelepiped
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square baseTrigonometric ratioDegree and Radian MeasuresStandard Identities
Complementary anglesHeights and DistancesHistogramFrequency Polygon
Computation of whole numbersDecimalsFractions and Relationships Between NumbersPercentage
Ratio & ProportionSquare rootsAveragesInterest
 Mixture and Alligation Partnership Business Basic Algebraic Identities of School Algebra & Elementary Surds Graphs of Linear Equations
 Time & WorkTime and Distance Discount Time & Work

English Syllabus for upcoming SSC CGL Tier 2

The syllabus for English in the upcoming SSC CGL Tier 2 is as follows:

  • Spot the error
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spelling/ Detecting Misspelled Word
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • One Word Substitution
  • Improvement of Sentences
  • Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
  • Conversion into Direct/indirect narration
  • Shuffling of sentence parts
  • Shuffling of sentences in a passage
  • Cloze passage & comprehension passages

Before jumping straight to the strategy part first let's figure out general tips that will be useful in your upcoming exam:

  • Acquire complete knowledge of the syllabus and the exam pattern.
  • Analyse yourself and make a study plan according to your preferences.
  • Learn how to manage your time during the exam.
  • Prepare handbooks/notes for last-minute revision.
  • Solve easy questions first 
  • Give regular mock tests and practice previous years' papers.

Now you all know, that we have 90 days in hand. Let’s divide it into 60+30 for your good; 60 days for preparation and 30 days for revision.  

Firstly, to make the 60 days most effective, make your goals in a daily, weekly & monthly pattern. Bigger goals may exhaust you. 

  • Study: Don’t leave anything behind. Study both the subjects simultaneously. Start with the topics you are most convenient with. It will boost your confidence and energy. Steadily move forward with the harder topics. Make a proper and strict schedule. Read a newspaper daily and thoroughly to help your language and comprehension development. Besides reading newspapers daily helps you get accustomed to current affairs and keeps you updated.
  • Practice: Only studying won’t get you through. Practice makes a man perfect! Hence solve at least 2 mock tests each from both the subjects every week and cross-check them to know the sections you are lacking perfection. At this point in time, it is very important to estimate yourself properly. Know your weakness and work on them. You can solve the mocks in two ways. Firstly, according to the topics and secondly, according to the syllabus i.e. the full-length mocks. It will also increase your speed and accuracy.
  • Mindset: The existence of only two subjects in an exam routine makes it easy and hard at the same time. You don’t need to use every cell of your brain on different subjects and different topics but you must stay focused and disciplined to master the language and quants equally. Don’t let any negative thoughts or people ruin your nimble mind’s motivation. Stay positive, stay enthusiastic. Always remember qualifying for Tier II is tough but not impossible.
  • Relaxation: Try to spend some “me-time”. You must spare a little time to think about what you are studying. It clears the mind and things go in your head more easily. Keep giving yourself small breaks and spend some time with your family and friends. Just don’t be too harsh on yourself.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation Strategy English

  • For English Language & Comprehension, questions are asked in 3 sections i.e. Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension.

  • For the grammar section, you must go through the rules of using tenses, articles, nouns, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, conjunctions and prepositions.

  • Make habit of reading the English Newspaper and Magazines daily and even listening to English news will help more than a lot. 

  • It also helps in developing the quick-reading quality in you. Make your own mock passages from the newspaper articles and solve them for yourself. Analyze, understand and improve your performance with each passing day until the final day of the exam. 

  • Improving your reading abilities improves your score as 40-50 marks in the English section depends upon on reading ability of candidates. 

Some key topics to focus on:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Cloze Test
  3. One Word Substitution
  4. Sentence Correction
  5. Synonyms/Antonyms
  6. Idioms and Phrases

 Topic-wise Number of Questions Asked in SSC CGL Tier-II | English Section

Reading Comprehension25-30
Para jumbles21-23
Direct/ Indirect Speech23-25
Synonyms/ Antonyms7-8
Idiom & Phrases4-5
Sentence Improvement20-22
Active Passive20-22
Cloze Test20-25
One Word Substitution8-10
Error Spotting20
Correct Spelling3-4
Fill in the Blanks5-6

SSC CGL Tier 2 Maths Preparation Strategy

  • As for the Quantitative Aptitude, if you practise it with heart and soul, it is bound to come to you naturally. But, indeed, there are some tips to follow:

  • All you need to rule this section is a good and thorough understanding of concepts and the ability to apply them instantly to the question asked. As long as you can apply the formulas and tricks at the right time, in the right way, you are safe and sound. Hence, it is important to go through the basic concepts and tricks in the very first place.

  • Simplification/ Number System/HCF & LCM can be considered as one of the foundations of quants. Don’t take this too lightly as the simplest can prove to be trickiest at times. Also, it is also very effective to practise the “Time & Work” chapter by using the LCM method.

  • Prepare the Algebra portion very well because it is the portion that is going to get you a good bunch of marks in less time.

  • Practise Profit-Loss and Discount chapter along with their base chapter i.e. Percentage and Ratio.

  • Learn tables up to 25 for better calculation.
  • Last but not the least, do put the best of your efforts into the chapters of Geometry and Mensuration as most of the questions come from here only. But do not get worried about the heavy weightage of the portion. As you analyze the previous years' question papers you can clearly notice that the difficulty level varies from easy to moderate.

Some key topics to focus on:

  1. Algebra
  2. Geometry
  3. Mensuration
  4. Trigonometry

 Topic-wise Number of Questions Asked in SSC CGL Tier-II | Maths Section

Ration Proportion 2
Boat & Stream1
Speed, time, and distance6-7
CI & SI4-5
Pipes & Cistern2
Problem on Ages2
Time & Work5-6
Mixture & Allegation4-5
Profit loss & Discount7-8
Miscellaneous 2
SSC CGL Maths Topic-wise Weightage 
Advance MathsWeightage
Geometry (Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral etc.)7-8
Mensuration (Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Pyramid etc.)7-8
Data Interpretation8-10
Height & Distance1-2
Coordinate Geometry2
Miscellaneous 3-4

So, this was all you need to know to buckle up for the 60 days. 

For the days left, i.e. a whole month or 30 days, you need to focus on your revision in detail.

  • Never forget that even if history forgets to repeat itself, SSC always repeats questions. Hence, solving the previous year’s question papers is believed to be a solemn ritual to perform before facing the exam! Same rule to follow for Tier II.

  • During the revision days, you must focus on solving the mock tests vigorously as the ‘studying and learning’ part must be over by then. Also, analyzing your test is equally important as taking it.

  • Properly divide your time between the subjects and topics and try to solve as many full-length mocks as possible rather than topic-wise mocks. 

  • Time management is something that is to be taken care of from the very 1st day of your preparation but it should be at its peak when you are revising. Give yourself a tighter schedule, and work on the time very cautiously.

  • Stay focused, take your self-analysis seriously and leave behind those “Zindagi Migzara” kind of attitude because this is the high time and you can do it.

For the post of Statistical Officer (SO) and Assistant Audit Officer (AAO), there are two other subjects asked in the Tier-II Examination i.e.,

  • Statistics for SO
  • Finance for AAO

Important topics to prepare for Statistics:

  • Probability Theory
  • Variance Analysis
  • Measures of Central Tendency

Important topics to prepare for Finance:

  • Finance and Accounts 
  • Economics and Governance 

General Outline of a three months study plan (English & Maths) that can be followed:

First  Month Study Plan

Second Month Study Plan

Third Month Study Plan

Time and Work

Simple and Compound Interest
Pipes and Cistern

Algebra Part 1
Algebra Part 2

Profit, Loss and Discount

Revise all the topics & Attempt Full Mock Test

Speed, Time and Distance



Mixture and Alligation
Algebra Part 3

Boat and Stream

Ratio and Proportion

Revise all the topics & Attempt Full Mock Test


Sequence and Series

Number System

Data interpretation Trigonometry


Revise all the topics & Attempt Full Mock Test

First  Month Study Plan

Second Month Study Plan

Third month Study Plan

Basic Grammar: Verbs, Noun






Revise all the topics & Attempt Full Mock Test

Synonyms & Antonyms

Use of Verb with Prepositions


Completing Phrase & Idioms

Practice Error Spotting

One word Substitution.

Revise all the grammar Rules & Practice Questions on each topic

Revise all the topics & Attempt Full Mock Test


Practice Reading Comprehension

Practice Cloze Test


Practice Synonyms & Antonyms

Practice One-word Substitution.

Revise all the topics & Attempt Full Mock Test

Best Books for SSC CGL Tier-2

Some important SSC CGL Books for Tier 2 exams are tabulated below:

SSC CGL English BooksAuthor
Objective General EnglishS.P.Bakshi
A Plinth to ParamountNeetu Singh
A mirror of Common ErrorsA.K Singh
Corrective EnglishA.K Singh
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
Idiom & PhrasesEnglish-Vinglish BYJU'S Exam Prep Series
Previous Year PapersMB Publication


SSC CGL Maths BooksAuthor
Magical Books On Quicker MathsM-Tyra (BSC publication)
SSC Mathematics 5800+Kiran Publication
Online Quiz (thousands of questions to practice are available)BYJU'S Exam Prep

So, buckle up and push the hardest you can. Just a little more sensibility and smartness in study-management can serve the purpose very easily.



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  • Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 for English and 0.5 marks for Maths in the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam.

  • Other than Maths and English there are two other subjects that are asked in the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam i.e., Statistics for Statistical Officer posts and Finance for assistant Audit Officer posts.

  • The important topics of Maths for the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam are:

    1. Algebra
    2. Geometry
    3. Mensuration
    4. Trigonometry

  • The important topics of English for the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam are:

    1. Reading Comprehension
    2. Cloze Test
    3. One Word Substitution
    4. Sentence Correction
    5. Synonyms/Antonyms
    6. Idioms and Phrases

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