Preparation Guide for Banking Aspirants for SSC CGL Tier 1

Preparation Guide for Banking Aspirants for SSC CGL Tier 1

SSC CGL Preparation Guide for Banking Aspirants: IBPS PO Results were declared just a few days ago. The Recruitment Process is now complete and there is no Probationary Level Examination currently open for Banking Aspirants. We, at OnlineTyari believe in continuous progression. If you didn’t receive a confirmation call this year from IBPS, why wait for the whole year when you can appear for other related exams?

We strongly believe that every Banking Aspirant can prepare for SSC CGL in a few weeks, provided he/ she has a good plan of action and execution. There are number of reasons why a career after SSC CGL Recruitment might be a better choice over IBPS PO

  1. Central Government Job (Perks and Allowances)
  2. Job Security
  3. Position benefits

But, the main purpose of writing this article is basically motivating a banking aspirant that he/ she can secure a meritorious position in SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination by following an Optimal Preparation Guide for Tier 1 Examination.  


SSC CGL: Preparation Guide for Banking Aspirants

A lot of topics asked in IBPS PO and other Bank PO Exams have a similar pattern with SSC CGL Tier 1 questions. Let us see which type of topics are asked in each of the recruitment exams and which ones are common to both.

Name of the Section Bank/ IBPS PO Topics Common Topics Exclusive SSC CGL Topics

Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability

Equations (Linear/ Quadratic) Number Series Surds
Data Sufficiency Data Interpretation Algebra
  Simplification Geometry
(High level)
  Percentages, Profit/ Loss, Partnership Trigonometry
  Simple & Compound Interest  
  Ratio, Averages & Alligations  
  Time & Work, Pipes & Cisterns  
  Speed, Distance and Time  

Reasoning/ General Intelligence

High Level Reasoning Coding Decoding Mathematical Operations
Syllogisms Critical Reasoning Analogy
Blood Relations Direction Sense Word/Figure Matrix
Input Output   Odd One Out/ Classification
Inequalities   Logical Venn Diagrams
Data Sufficiency   Visual Reasoning

English Language

Parajumbles Reading Comprehension Synonym/Antonym
Cloze Test Correct Usage Idiom/ Phrase
  Fill in the blanks One Word Substitution

General Awareness

Banking Awareness Current Affairs History
  Economic Terms and Theory, Polity Geography
  Static Affairs General Science

If you are able to understand this question table, you can clearly identify which topics have already been covered by you and which ones need your attention. So, from what we can say about SSC CGL Preparation for Banking Aspirants.

  • 60% of all the essential (major) topics fall under the common table. 
  • In Quantitative Aptitude Section, the only major difference is Geometry and Trigonometry.
  • In Reasoning Section, only a handful of Visual Reasoning Topics are there in SSC CGL which you need to cover.
  • In English Section, there are topics that can be mugged up like One Word Substitution, Idiom and Phrases, Synonym and Antonym etc.
  • In General Awareness Section, History, Geography and General Science create the difference. Make sure you dedicate time on that. 

We hope you are able to understand the opportunity here. Proceed further and know about SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern. As all SSC CGL candidates must be familiar with, Tier 1 Exam has 4 sections.

 Name of the Section  Questions  Marks
 Reasoning and General Intelligence  50  50
 General Awareness  50  50
 Numerical Aptitude  50  50
 English Comprehension  50  50
 Total 200  200

Tier 1 Examination will be attempted by candidates of each and every post. A few important points regarding SSC CGL Tier I Exam are as follows.

  • The Exam will be bilingual in English and Hindi, except for English Comprehension.
  • Total Time Allotted is 2 Hours (120 Minutes).
  • The Time Duration for the Visually Impaired candidates is 160 minutes.
  • The total number of questions and marks will be same, i.e. 200.
  • Marking Scheme: Each Question carry 1 mark. 0.25 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

If there are any doubts regarding the exam syllabus, please read our detailed article on that from the link below.


Read: SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Syllabus

Once you are familiar with SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 syllabus and pattern, proceed to our week by week smart plan of action or study plan for SSC CGL Tier 1 Recruitment Exam 2016.


Week 1: SSC CGL Tier 1 Study Plan & Exam Strategy


You can start with First Section for Week 1 with General Awareness Preparation. Some Key points for preparing for General Awareness Section are as follows.

  • Focus more on static Portion.
  • Read Current Affairs from last 1 month only.
  • Try to cover the jest of Indian History (Medieval and Modern), Indian Geography (Physical), Terms and Theories of Economy, Polity and Basics of Constitution.

The other part of SSC CGL Tier 1 First Week Study Plan is

  1. Begin by analyzing Previous Year papers and try to find a pattern/ trend for Questions section-wise that have appeared over the years in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination. This will give you an idea of which topic to focus and which important topic you’ve left untouched.
  2. Create a list of topics that are prepared from your side for Tier 1 Paper and compare them with the ones that are important and still untouched.
  3. Attempt a Mock Test and analyze topics you lack in or they need more time from your end for improving accuracy or approach.


Week 2: SSC CGL Tier 1 Study Plan & Exam Strategy

How to Prepare for Reasoning Ability for SSC CGL 2016 (1)

For this week, Dedicate 3-4 days towards Reasoning Ability PreparationKey points here would be Focus on Visual Reasoning more, Syllogism and don’t focus much on usual reasoning topics that has a decreasing trend in numbers since SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2014 and 2015.

  1. Try to practice Caselets or sets i.e number of Questions that are based on a common theory like Sitting Arrangement, puzzle, vein diagram.
  2. Practice those reasoning and general intelligence topics which consume more time as reasoning can be mastered with practice only.
  3. Attempt Questions topic wise. You need to understand the type of questions each topic has.
  4. Now try a model test paper and see how much you have improved section wise in Reasoning as per time schedule and what is the % improvement in complete test.


Week 3: SSC CGL Tier 1 Study Plan & Exam Strategy

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude in SSC CGL 2016

Since you are well into half of the month of April by now, it is time to turn towards Quantitative Aptitude Preparation. Begin by focusing on uncommon topics like probability, trigonometry and DI.

  1. Practice Quant Questions topic wise as much as possible.
  2. Don’t start topics that are untouched and doesn’t appear too frequently in SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination.
  3. Practice and master Questions that appear in sets and Caselets like DI Questions.
  4. Focus on learning shortcuts to solve like learn squares and cubes of numbers upto 15, vedic tricks to solve Simple maths. These tricks will help you manage time.


Week 4: SSC CGL Tier 1 Study Plan & Exam Strategy

How to Prepare for English Language in SSC CGL 2016

For the final week SSC CGL Tier 1 Study Plan, you can prepare for English Section. Focus on Reading Comprehension, Sentence Improvement. These are the Questions are the ones which cover major portion.

  1. Candidates should concentrate on topics like One Word Substitution, Analogy, Antonym and Synonym as they will be highly prevalent throughout English Section.
  2. Maintain a separate notebook for all the important words, phrases etc. you collect while preparing for Tier 1 Examination.

You also need to schedule a revision session in this week as it is the most essential part of the entire SSC CGL Study Plan. Hence, it is extremely important that you keep up the good faith and work towards preparing for SSC CGL Examination. 

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