SSC CGL Tier 2 English Preparation Tips & Strategy 2022

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : August 2nd, 2022

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam 2022 is just around the corner and maximum number of questions will be asked from the English section. Therefore, candidates are on the lookout for the best preparation tips for SSC CGL Tier 2 English section. If you are one of them, you've landed on the right page as here we will be discussing SSC CGL Tier 2 English topic-wise weightage and English preparation tips for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam along with its syllabus and study notes.  

SSC CGL Tier 2 English Strategy

There is a so-called phobia of English in many students which makes them think that English is not their cup of tea. But the fact is that it is the most scored subject in SSC CGL as it covers 200 marks in SSC CGL Tier 2. If you follow the right SSC CGL Tier 2 English Strategy and have a proper approach to your goals then no one can stop you from scoring good marks in English. Also, you must know SSC CGL Tier 2 English topic wise weightage to get a basic idea of which topics you should more focus on.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Topic wise Weightage

The topic-wise distribution of the SSC CGL Tier-2 examination for various years is provided in the table below for the years 2019 to 2015. The table gives a clear idea about the weightage of each topic asked in different years of the Vocabulary, Grammar & Reading Comprehension section.

Topics

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

Vocabulary

Antonyms

03

03

03

03

03

Synonyms

03

03

03

03

03

Idioms & Phrases

08

10

10

10

10

One Word Substitution

12

12

12

12

12

Spelling Errors

03

03

03

03

03

Sub-total

31

31

31

31

31

Grammar

Spotting Error

20

20

20

20

20

Sentence Improvement

22

22

22

22

22

Sentence Arrangement

20

20

20

20

20

Fill in the Blanks

06

05

05

05

05

Direct/Indirect

26

27

27

27

27

Active/Passive

22

20

20

20

20

Sub-total

118

114

114

114

114

Reading Comprehension

Cloze Test

25

25

25

25

25

Passage

30

30

30

30

30

Sub-total

55

55

55

55

55

We have divided the syllabus of English into three parts.

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading Ability

We will now to discuss all the parts in detail and will learn “how can we master these without any hurdle”. First, you have to keep in mind that 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 Quantitative Aptitude subject.

SSC CGL Tier 2 English Notes

SSC CGL Tier 2 English section comprises 200 marks out of 400 marks in SSC CGL Tier 2 examination along with the Quant section. The syllabus for the English section is very vast and comprises the parts that are given below. So, below we are going to provide you with tips by which you can easily solve the SSC CGL Tier 2 English in the upcoming examination. For detailed study notes. Candidates can also refer to BYJU'S Exam Prep Website /App for more updates.

Part 1: Vocabulary

This part plays a vital role in SSC CGL Tier 2 English (Paper 2). But it is not an easy task to get decent marks in this part. We believe you must have attempted quizzes which we are providing you on a daily basis.

Problem Faced by Candidates:

Problem 1: One of the biggest problems with vocabulary learning is that what’s ‘learned’ today is often forgotten tomorrow. Retaining the learned words becomes a major issue with the candidates.

Problem 2: Learning vocabulary takes time and it can be a mistake to force the process. If you try to learn too many words too quickly, you can end up confusing yourself.

Problem 3: Another problem faced by candidates is deciding which words are worth learning.

Idioms and Phrases

An idiom is a phrase or fixed expression that sometimes has meanings. A figurative meaning can be different from logical meaning.

  • If you see idioms in context, try to understand the context as it all depends on vocabulary
  • Try to remember idioms through images, this will help you remember them by seeing the pictures in your mind

One Word Substitution

(i) Sum up all the one-word substitutions from the previous yearbooks and learn them to score well in the English section.

(ii) We have already provided you with many quizzes on this topic.

Spelling Mistakes

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

Part 2: Grammar

Direct-Indirect & Active Passive

Aspirants find this topic in the SSC CGL Tier 2 English a bit confusing. This is an important topic from the exam point of view and can fetch you good score if practised well.

Sentence Correction

In this topic, you have to find the correct alternatives which may improve the sentence. Sometimes, there is no correction required & in that case, your answer will be no improvement.

Tips to solve Sentence Correction in Exam

  • Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.
  • Look at every choice.
  • Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar and look through the choices systematically to see if any option provides a better alternative.
  • As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error
  • Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy. Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.

Spotting Error

You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence. This type of question requires good grammatical sense.

Tips to solve Spotting Error in exam

  • In order to solve questions on spotting errors the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.
  • While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.
  • If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.

Part 3: Reading Ability

Cloze Test

Cloze Test is one of the most important topics of the SSC Exams. It is an exercise where the candidates are provided with a passage which has certain words missing from it. It is very important for the candidates to understand the flow and context of the passage.

How to Crack the Nut?

  1. First of all, go through the complete passage and get a rough idea of the content and the message it conveys. Also, note down the unknown words.
  2. In a passage, all the sentences are logically related to each other. Identify the logic to get an idea of the appropriate word for the blank space.
  3. You can also eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
  4. Find a logical relation between all the provided options.
  5. Practice at least 4-5 Cloze tests to check your performance.

Fill in the blanks

Tips:

  • Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.
  • Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.
  • Also, you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables to read the sentence smoothly and correctly.

Fill in the blanks Quiz - Practice Here

Reading Comprehension

RCs are aimed at testing a candidate's Knowledge of two elements i.e. Vocabulary and Text Comprehension. Generally, there are 2 ways in which a Reading Comprehension can be attempted which are given below:

PQ Approach (passage first, then the questions)

  • Read the entire passage thoroughly first and then read the questions
  • Skim & Scan the passage and keep going back and forth with questions and passage
  • Read the first 2 paragraphs, scan all the questions and see what you can answer, then read Para 3 & 4, scan the questions and see what you can answer, then read Para 5& 6!!

QP approach (questions first, then the passage)

  • Read all the questions with their answer options first and then the passage
  • Read question 1 with all the options, then go through the entire passage to answer it. Then read question 2, go through the entire passage. Then question 3!
  • Just read all the question stems, without reading the answer options. Then, read the passage and try answering the questions by reading them with the options.

After practising all above strategy and approach, here is a list of tips you must follow while doing an RC.

  • Elimination: In most cases, the elimination of choices work better than the selection of choices. Use ‘BANE’ approach to eliminate. Eliminate choices that are too broad, that are alien (Strange), too narrow, and too extreme.
  • Never apply your own knowledge to the given passage. Confine your understanding to the given passage only. 

Time Management Tips While Studying

Practice with a Stopwatch on your side: It is a must to keep a stopwatch by your side while preparing for SSC CGL tier 2 English. Apart from the tenacity of the questions, what matters is the time allotted for solving SSC CGL Tier 2 English questions. One needs to revise well enough so that in the paper, he/she can answer the most number of questions while keeping the accuracy factor in mind. This also helps you improve your time and boosts your confidence just before the examination.

Go through SSC CGL Tier 2 Mock Test: Solving mock tests and practice sets can help the candidates to prepare for the examination effectively. By attempting SSC CGL Tier 2 Mock tests you can get an idea of how many questions you are solving in the given time and try to improve that by applying and innovating newer techniques through constant practice.

We hope we have provided you all with enough points to get through SSC CGL Tier 2 English section in a smooth manner.

 

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FAQs

  • A total of 200 questions are asked in SSC CGL Tier 2 English paper of 1 mark each in which the negative marking is 0.25 marks. The duration of the examination will be 2 hours as per the schedule released by SSC.

  • SSC CGL 2022 Tier 2 Exam is scheduled to be conducted on the 8th & 10th of August as per the official notification and Admit card for the SSC CGL 2022 Tier 2 Examination will be released a few days prior to the examination.

  • SSC CGL 2022 Tier 2 Exam English books are Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi, From Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh etc. Candidates can also refer to BYJU'S Exam Prep for more details regarding that.

  • The negative marking for SSC CGL Tier 2 examination is 0.25 marks for the English Section and 0.5 marks for Quant Section, where there are 200 questions asked in the English section & 100 questions asked in the maths section.

  • You can find the tips to solve the English section in the article above where for English Notes for SSC CGL Tier 2 you can refer to the BYJU'S Exam Prep for detailed notes and other study material.

  • The latest exam pattern of the SSC CGL Tier 2 examination is as follows:

    • English Section - 200 ques (1 mark each )
    • Quantitative Aptitude Section - 100 ques (2 marks each)

    Where the time allotted is 2 hours for each paper.

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