How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2017 – Detailed Approach

As per latest SSC notification, SSC CGL 2017 exam is scheduled from 1st Aug to 20th Aug 2017. SSC will conduct both Tier I and Tier II exams in online mode, it has also reduced the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.

When you start thinking about preparing for SSC CGL (2017), the question that arises in your mind is “How to approach SSC CGL Tier – I Exam 2017” or “How to study for “SSC CGL exam 2017“. SSC CGL is one of the most popular exams among graduates in India. A large number of aspirants appear for the exam to get their dream job.

The test is held for various posts under SSC CGL Exam for the Grade B and Grade C posts such as that of officers, along with inspectors, auditors, examiners and assistants among many others.

SubjectQuestionsMarksExam DurationExam Duration (Visual Handicap)
General Intelligence & Reasoning255075 Minutes100 Minutes
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Comprehension2550

The 4 fundamental topics of SSC CGL are

  1. General English
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Reasoning

Points to be kept in mind:

  • Now SSC will conduct both Tier -I and Tier II exam in online mode.
  • Reduce the time limit for examination of Tier-I from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer attempted by you.
  • Each part is of equal importance so candidates have to focus on each & every part of this exam.
  • The cutoff for the exam is overall, not section wise.

How to approach SSC CGL Tier – I Exam 2017

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We are sure you would be looking for useful advice for your SSC CGL Tier – I Exam 2017. We are providing some important tips, which will help you prepare better for the SSC CGL Tier – I Exam 2017.

Understand Exam and syllabus:

This is the very important before you start the preparation of any exam. It gives you a basic idea about the exam. Before you start making strategy for the any exam, it is a must that you are well aware about syllabus and exam pattern of SSC CGL. It will give you a right perception of the paper that you are appearing for and and puts you on the right track for your preparation.

Prepare proper study plan:

Make study plan after getting all the details pattern of the exam and syllabus, you should analyze the topics in which you are strong or weak. The topics in which you are weak, needs more attention and time for preparation.

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Check your current preparation level:

Once you make the proper study plan, check honest analysis of yourself. What are your strengths? Where are you good at? What are your areas of improvement? Where do you need more time to practice? Appear for 1-2 mock tests for the exams.

Time Management:

Time management is another essential aspect over which you should need to gain mastery. During the every exam preparation and also during the exam Time management is the key to get success. Make a timetable of how much time you should give to each section. For example:

  • 10 minutes for general knowledge.
  • 15 minutes for English.
  • 25 minutes for reasoning.
  • Set time before you start solving any paper. Analyze what time you have consumed for solving it. Make sure you solve it by keeping in mind the concept of negative marking.

Subject wise Smart CGL Preparation Strategy

1. General Intelligence/ Reasoning

The General Intelligence is a test to observe your mental and problem-solving ability. The General Intelligence is not like numerical skill where you learn some formula and solve the questions by applying that formula. No exact formulas are there to solve the General Intelligence questions; all you need to do is, solve them with patience with logical thinking.

Important Tips:

Try to look for easy pickings first. While giving Online/ offline Mock test itself, you should decide the topics in which you find yourself comfortable and should attempt them first in the actual exam.

2. General English

As for this section, just read a book in your spare time. It may be any novel that you like; the key idea here is to improve you reading speed. This will help you in reading comprehension.

Important Tips:

You should work on improving your Grammar Part, as the paper is all based on English Grammar. You should practice reading a lot and read newspapers, magazines, good articles on daily basis.

3. Quantitative Aptitude

Before you start preparing for this section (Quantitative Aptitude), just keep in mind that quant is not only important for Tier I, but also for Tier II. First go through all the basics and be clear in every concept. Try to learn faster methods for calculation. You need to practice all the varieties of questions always brush up the formulas.

Important Tips:

  • You should practice all variety of questions.
  • Learn more tables. It helps you calculating faster in Exam.
  • While preparing, use short tricks to solve the questions.

4. General Awareness

General studies are the important subject of the exam because you can score more marks in less amount of time. But always remember that General Awareness section is very vast and you might get fed up in trying to cover the all syllabus.

Important Tips:

  • Make it a habit to know what is happening in the world around you.
  • Solve previous year papers.
  • Only if you are totally clueless about a question, you should leave it. Otherwise attempt the questions by eliminating other options or by guessing (only if you have some logic idea about that option).

SSC Quizzes from Previous Year CGL Papers


Practice from previous year’s papers:

Keep in mind that SSC repeat most of the questions from previous year’s papers. Practice as much you can do, as SSC repeats the question then there is chance that you will get the question which you have practice and as you all know now SSC conduct online mode so you also take Online Practice Tests will also help you increase your speed, along with smooth and easy movement across sections and also attempt the quizzes on a regular basis.

Revise what you have studied:

Many students don’t find much time to read or revise the topics they have completed for each subject. This is where they make a mistake. Revision is the only tool if you have any difficulty in a particular subject topic. So remember following tips:

  • Write down the important things that you need to revise, once you are done.
  • Write important short tricks and formulas.
  • Write the important events you should remember.


It is the essential tool for clearing any exam. Always try to attempt those questions in which you are sure of your answers. Prevent any negative marking.

Take Advice from Expert:

Aspirants if you feel confused in any topic then you should take an advice to our expert.

Believe in Yourself:

Always believe in yourself and think about your aim. Try to don’t lose the self confidence and make positive thinking about the result.

Official Cutoff for SSC CGL prelims 2016

Cut Off Marks137.00125.50114.00103.0097.0068.0020.0092.00

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