Study Plan: How to Crack SSC CGL Tier I Exam in 30 Days

How to Crack SSC CGL Tier I Exam in 30 Days

How to Crack SSC CGL Tier I Exam in 30 Days: One month from now, the Staff Selection Commission will conduct SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam (Tier I) for the Recruitment Session 2016-17. Hence, proceeding further with a 30 Day SSC CGL Study Plan is necessary. For Tier 1 Examination, the syllabus can be broadly classified into four topics: Reasoning, English, Quantitative aptitude and General Awareness. Wondering how you can ace SSC CGL Tier 1? Here is your 30 day smart plan of action for SSC CGL Tier 1. If you want to crack SSC CGL, we suggest you follow this plan with complete dedication.


30 Day Study Plan for SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination 

In a shocking turn of events, the exam date for SSC CGL Tier 1 was moved from the month of May to August 2016. Hence, the exam preparation window has increased significantly. Yet, it will be a smart move to prepare for CGL Prelims with ample time for revision rather than rushing through topics in the end. After 30 days, you may start creating base for exam preparation of SSC CGL Tier II.

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.

This will basically be a preliminary analysis of your aptitude and language skills. Firstly, here are some good resources that will help you prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 in the best way possible.

Going through these is essential as you’ll get all the SSC CGL Tier 1 content under one roof and you don’t have to waste your time in searching books. Apart from this, some of the Recommended E-books are as follows:

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. Try to complete all the tasks assigned each week to s


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. 


Crack SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam – Few Important Points

We hope this study plan proves beneficial for you. You can also follow these pointers to crack SSC CGL in Tier 1 Examination.

  1. You just have to give as many mock test as you can on daily basis.
  2. Analyze every mock test you appear for and see the improvements in terms of Time as well as accuracy. This will help you getting a fair number of attempts that you can make in the real examination.
  3. Strategize your time as per the sections as SSC CGL Tier I score has been the key factor in the final selection. Don’t focus on just clearing the cutoff, aim for higher.  

Now you are ready with all the essentials to be in the SSC CGL Tier 1 Merit List i.e. Time management, Section-Wise Topic Preparation and which section is your strength. We wish you all the best for the upcoming SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier 1). 

You can put in your doubts or queries in the comment section below.

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  1. u guys first finalise in your detailed article about the date of examination sometimes it states the date change , now u mention above its on may 8 & 22.. which one want to trust????

    • The dates has been changed. Don’t get confused just focus on preparation, tentative dates for SSC CGL is Aug 2016. All the Best

    • Hi Naseem,

      Time dedicated to studies depends on aspirants as you are doing it for your future. Prepare well and keep Learning with OnlineTyari.

    • Hi Naseem,

      Time dedicated to studies depends on aspirants as you are doing it for your future. Prepare well and keep Learning with OnlineTyari.

  2. May i please know as to which all topics one should focus on in the quant section so as to get a manageable score?

  3. and also please let me know about the sectioal cut off. is there any? how much should one score so as to clear the exam?

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