How to Prepare English for SSC CGL 2022 Exam (Topic-wise)?

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : January 4th, 2022

SSC CGL English Preparation 2022: SSC is going to release the SSC CGL 2022 notification on 10th Sept 2022. Candidates who are preparing for the upcoming SSC exams should check out this article to prepare for English. 

Coming to the core, the weightage of English subjects (including both Tier 1 and Tier 2) is 250 marks out of the total 600. It has around 40% share of the total SSC CGL Marks so don't take this section lightly as it will decide your selection in SSC CGL Exam 2022. Candidates who are going to appear for the exam would be looking for some useful advice and tips to score well in the English section. Let's check the complete picture-

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1 Exam pattern is as follows-


No. of Questions

Maximum marks




General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension



SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

The below-mentioned table enlists the exam pattern for Tier 2:



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

(in hours)


Quantitative Aptitude



2 hours


English Comprehension



2 hours





2 hours


General Studies (Economic & Finance)



2 hours

How to Prepare & Score Maximum Marks in SSC CGL English

Many of you are comfortable with the Reasoning and Quant section but always face difficulty in attempting the English section, as it is the most avoided and least prepared section. English Section is one that gets mixed responses from candidates depending on their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes a nightmare and the biggest hurdle in getting a good score in the exam. English is not something you can expect to master in a day. But from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to the Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections. Let us now go through the description of the number of questions based on the previous years' papers.

Topic-wise Weightage in SSC CGL Tier 1

  1. Spotting Error – 2-3 questions (4-6 Marks)
  2. Reading Comprehension/ Cloze Test – 5 questions (10 marks) 
  3. Synonyms/ Antonyms – 4 questions (8 Marks)
  4. Idioms/Phrases – 2 questions (4 Marks)
  5. One Word Substitution – 2 questions (4 Marks)
  6. Spelling Mistakes – 2 questions (4 Marks)
  7. Sentence Correction – 2 questions (4 Marks)
  8. Active Passive/ Direct Indirect - 2 Questions (4 Marks)
  9. Para Jumbles - 2 questions (4 Marks)
  10. Fill in the Banks - 2 questions (4 Marks)

Topic-wise Weightage in SSC CGL Tier 2

  1. Reading Comprehension: 25-30 Questions
  2. Para jumbles: 21-23 Questions
  3. Direct/ Indirect Speech: 23-25 Questions
  4. Synonyms/ Antonyms: 7-8 Questions
  5. Idiom & Phrases: 4-5 Questions
  6. Sentence Improvement: 20-22 Questions
  7. Active Passive: 20-22 Questions
  8. Cloze Test: 20-25 Questions
  9. One Word Substitution: 8-10 Questions
  10. Error Spotting: 20 Questions
  11. Correct Spelling: 3-4 Questions
  12. Fill in the Blanks: 5-6 Questions
  13. Miscellaneous: 9-10 Questions

SSC CGL English Topic Wise Tips 

SSC CGL English Section: Tips to solve Spotting Error

You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. Two to Three questions are expected to come in the Exam. This type of questions requires good grammatical sense.

Tips to solve Spotting Error in the exam 

(i) In order to solve questions on spotting errors, the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most of the cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.

(ii) While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.

(iii) If you still cannot detect the error or you are unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting links to some important "Golden rules on Spotting Errors."

SSC CGL English Section: Tips for Synonyms and Antonyms

(i) Learn at least 30 new English words daily. Note down their Meaning & example of each word you find unfamiliar or difficult to remember. This is the best way to cover Synonyms and Antonyms.

(iii) Make shortcuts, tricks to make the learning of words easy, and try to use them in your daily life

 (iii) Must study all the Synonyms and Antonyms from previous years' papers as there is a possibility that SSC will repeat vocab questions.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting links to Question Quizzes.List of Synonyms/Antonyms Quizzes: Attempt Now

Also, click here to download SSC CGL previous year question papers PDF.

SSC CGL English Section: Tips for Idioms/Phrases & One Word Substitution

(i) Sum up all the one-word substitutions and Idioms and phrases and learn them to score well in the English section in the SSC CGL 2022 Exam .

(ii) We have already uploaded Most Repeated & Expected Idiom & Phrases List. Study the same from the link given below:

Full List of Idiom & Phrases Quiz: Attempt Now

SSC CGL English Section: Tips for Spelling Mistakes

From this topic, you can easily get all the marks in your pockets. You just learn some rules for spelling errors which is very important to have an understanding of the usage of spellings in English Grammar.

Note: In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting the links below of some important Spelling correction Rules in English Grammar.

Spelling Correction Rules

SSC CGL English Section: Tips for Sentence Correction Tips

In this topic, you have to find the correct alternatives which may improve the sentence. Sometimes there is no correction required then your answer will be No Improvement/ None of These.

Tips to solve Sentence Correction in Exam 

(i) Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.

(ii) Always look at all the given choices.

(iii) Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any option provides a better alternative.

(iv) Use Option Elimination Method

(v) Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.

(vi) Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.

SSC CGL English Section: Tips to Solve Fill in the blanks

(i) Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.

(ii) Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both entries.

(iii) Also, you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables you to read the sentence smoothly and correctly.

SSC CGL English Section: Tips to solve Cloze Test

In this test, you are provided with a passage with a few blanks and you need to fill those blanks from the given options.

Tips to solve Cloze Test in the exam 

(i) In a passage, all the sentences are logically related to each other. This logic will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.

(ii) Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.

(iii) Find a logical relation between all the provided options. 

How to Improve Reading Comprehension Skills?

Step I: Identify the tone of the paragraph, it helps in answering questions very quickly

Step II: Read questions first so that you know what you are looking for

Step III: Read the first and last para twice

Important: Read more and More Passages, this will improve your speed in reading and understanding English

Note: Don’t skip the comprehension part, the passages asked in the exam are easy and can be scored off quickly.

Best Books for SSC CGL 2022 English Section


Books Name




Objective General English


Choose any one and go through it once. You need not to buy all these books. Improve your basics and then solve the practice test of the same topic.


From Plinth to Paramount

Neetu Singh

A mirror of Common Errors

A. K. Singh

Corrective English

A.K Singh

A detailed study of English and will improve your Score

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Both are necessary to boost up your Vocabulary. Study daily

Idiom & Phrases

English-Vinglish BYJU'S Exam Prep Series


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