How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2020 - Applicants who want to qualify each stage of CGL recruitment process with good marks should know how to prepare for SSC CGL 2020. By knowing SSC CGL 2020 preparation tips in detail aspirants can qualify the exam without coaching. SSC CGL preparation strategy comprises the knowledge of exam pattern & syllabus, best books, preparing short notes, attempting mock tests, topic wise study and revision. Along with knowing CGL preparation tips, it is important that applicants should follow these tips religiously to secure a good job as per SSC CGL recruitment process. SSC CGL exam will be held in March 2021 in online mode. SSC CGL 2020 Exam dates will be released shortly. For more tips and tricks on how to prepare for SSC CGL, aspirants can check the article given below.

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How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2020

How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2020?

Applicants must make a specific SSC CGL 2020 study plan in order to prepare for the exams in the best possible way. Go through these effective SSC CGL study tips and how to score high in the exam.

SSC CGL Preparation Tips 1 - Know SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020.

It’s important that applicants know the exam pattern of CGL 2020 in detail. The SSC CGL 2020 exam pattern comprises various components like topics asked in the exam, marking scheme and number of questions etc. Identifying strong and weak areas also plays a vital role in attempting questions. SSC Combined Graduate Level exam takes place in three tiers followed by documentation verification.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 - Tier 1


Total questions

Total marks

Duration of exam

60 minutes

English Language



Quantitative Aptitude



General Intelligence and Reasoning



General Awareness






SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2020



Total questions

Total marks


Paper 1

Quantitative Aptitude



2 hours

Paper 2

English language



2 hours

Paper 3




2 hours

Paper 4

General Studies (Finance & Economics)



2 hours




8 hours

  • Candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer will have to appear for CGL Paper 3 and 4.

SSC CGL Preparation Tips 2- Know Complete SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus- Quantitative Aptitude (QA) questions will be designed to test the ability numerical aptitude sense of the candidate. Topics include whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work,Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles.

SSC CGL General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus- Applicants should note that General Intelligence and Reasoning topics include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern- folding & unfolding, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other subtopics, if any.

SSC CGL English Syllabus- This questions from this section include on Phrases and Idioms, One word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings Correction, Reading Comprehension, Synonyms-Antonyms, Active Passive, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, Cloze test etc.

General Awareness Syllabus- Questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research. The questions will also be asked from Science, Current Affairs, Books and Authors, Sports, Important Schemes, Important Days, Portfolios,People in News etc.

SSC CGL Preparation Tips 3- Choose important Books Wisely

Books play a vital role in selection and rejection in any exam hence applicants should be choosy while selecting books. Hence candidates who want to know how to prepare for SSC CGL should mostly follow the standard books.

Best Books to Crack SSC CGL 2020

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Advance maths for General Competitions: Rakesh Yadav/KD Publications

  • Elementary & Advanced Mathematics: Kiran Prakashan

General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Analytical Reasoning: M. K. Pandey

  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: R. S. Aggarwal

General Awareness

  • General Knowledge: Dr. Binary Karn /Lucent

  • Regularly read newspaper

  • General Knowledge: Arihant Publications

How to prepare General Knowledge section of SSC CGL

  • Regularly newspaper as it helps to keep you up to date with current affairs.

  • Make short notes for revision purposes, it saves time at the last moment.

  • Preparing topic wise helps applicants to clear the concepts more easily

English Comprehension

  • English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1):Neetu Singh /KD Publications

  • A mirror of Common Errors: Dr. Ashok Kumar /Academic and test publication

  • Competitive General English: Kiran Prakashan

  • Objective General English: S. P. Bakshi

SSC CGL preparation Tips 4- Prepare short notes

For the last moment preparation it's important to prepare the subject wise short notes. It helps candidates to revise effectively especially for the general knowledge and mathematics & reasoning section. Candidates can include the important concepts & points in short notes which are commonly asked in the exam.

SSC CGL Preparation Tips 5- Newspaper Reading

News reading is a key factor that develops the reading skills of applicants. It also helps you to update with all current affairs along with national and international relations. Along with this newspapers also help to improve reading comprehension skills and your vocabulary. Some useful English newspapers that can help on how to prepare for SSC CGL 2020 are given below.

  • The Hindu

  • The Indian Express

  • The telegraph

  • The Hindustan Times

SSC CGL Preparation Tips 6 - Practice mock tests.

Since the CGL exam is conducted in online mode hence it's very important to practice mock tests online. There are numerous online platforms which offer online SSC CGL question papers along with the solutions and detailed analysis of the candidate. Analyzing weak and strong areas play a crucial role in the preparation of SSC CGL exam. So applicants should spend more time on your weak areas.

SSC CGL Preparation Tips - Revision is a must

Candidates should make note that revision is a must to qualify any competitive exams. Since we do read a lot of stuff regularly hence if we don’t do revision on a regular basis then it becomes difficult to recall in exams. Hence applicants should study 6 days and revise on 7th day every week. This is a key to success in CGL exams.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Without Coaching

SSC CGL is one of the most common competition examinations among the candidates. Now let’s discuss the strategy on how to prepare for SSC CGL without coaching. If any candidate is clear with exam pattern, knows the syllabus thoroughly then it is quite easy to qualify the CGL exam without coaching. There are a variety of good books available in the market for the preparation. It’s important to choose the best available book and read it in detail. Nowadays even there are many youtube channels which provide free online coaching. Candidates can also use these channels for their preparation. These collective resources provide various tips and tricks to qualify SSC CGL with study material.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2020

Question: When should I start SSC CGL preparation?


Applicants must start their CGL exam preparation during the final year of graduation.

Question: Can I qualify SSC CGL without coaching?


Yes, anyone can qualify the CGL exam without coaching if prepared in a strategic manner.

Question: Which are the best books to prepare for the CGL exam?


The best books to qualify for CGL is R S Agarwal, Plinth to paramount and newspaper.

Question: In how much time can I qualify the SSC CGL exam?


Applicants can qualify CGL exam in a year if they know tips and tricks to qualify CGL in details

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i m non medical student and i hav main interest in chemistry... but i also want to do ssc cgl preparation so i m thinking of doing graduation in an easy subject and side by side coaching of ssc cgl....i m too confused in making my mind decide between two options...and also subjects in ba eng?

Sumit Gaur Student Expert 19th Mar, 2020

Dear Aspirant

Since you have interest in chemisty thus you can do Bsc in Chemistry and side by side coaching of SSC CGL exam, I would recommend you go give SSL CHSL and other exams with your graduation so taht you would have an idae of type of questions answered. After your graduation you can give CGL exam.

Hope it helps.


please answer me is du sol b.a honours degree is valid for ssc cgl

Yastika Kumar 11th Mar, 2020

Hi there,

As per the SSC CGL eligibility criteria the open learning course or correspondence should be done from college or university affliated to UGC. Since Delhi University's School of open learning is affiliated to it so you are eligible for ssc cgl.


Im in final year. My age is 19. Can I apply for ssc cgl exam

sheba chani 11th Mar, 2020


Yes, you can apply for SSC CGL exam. The eligible age group for the exam is 18 years to 32 years.

Academic Qualifications are Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

hope this helps!


I attempted 48 questions in exam? I belongs to SC Caste. is there any chance to qualify for tier2?

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 11th Mar, 2020
Your marks cannot be predicted on the basis of the number of questions to attempt, firstly I will suggest you to wait for the release of official answer key  then you can probably crosscheck the number of correct  answers and can predict your expected score then you can compare it with the past year analysis of cut off which may give you hope for chances.
Best of luck.

how many candidate apply for aao post in ssc cgl

Shubham Dhane 5th Mar, 2020


There is not any individual statistics available for SSC CGL 2020 for AAO post.But there are 6000 vacancies approximately this year and in 2018 a total of 4,24,665 candidates applied for SSC CGL out of which 1,40,386 appeared in the exam on 04/06/2018.And on 06/06/2018 out of 4,00,828 candidates 1,33,796 candidates appeared in the exam.

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