How to approach SSC CGL Tier II English Paper 2017 (GRADE UP)

How to approach SSC CGL Tier II English Paper 2017 (GRADE UP)

The result for the Tier 1 SSC CGL Examination 2017 is out, so are the marks. With around 6 weeks left for the Tier 2 to begin, many of the SSC CGL candidates who have qualified are very anxious about the strategy to see the exam through with flying colours. Moreover, the recent trend of ever outreaching cut-off marks has prompted the aspirants to look for better approaches to score well. So, let us try to carefully unwind a generic strategy to approach the English paper in Tier 2. The aspirants can practice it in the mocks and hopefully use the experience gained to score well.

Topic-Wise Questions Asked in SSC CGL Tier II English Paper

How to approach SSC CGL Tier II English Paper 2017

Idioms & Phrases10101010
One Word Substitution12121212
Spelling Errors03030303
Spotting Error20202020
Sentence Improvement22222222
Sentence Arrangement20202020
Fill in the Blanks05050505
Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test25252525
 As one can easily understand from the table, the number of questions from respective topics is more or less uniform. While it can’t be guaranteed that this trend will continue as it is, but one thing is certain that the topics will remain same and also the number of questions will not vary drastically. So, understanding this table can give some insight into the effective approach to handle the paper.
Insight about Tier 2 paper:
  • There are 200 questions and 120 minutes in the composite to solve these.
  • The best course of action here is to try and attain around 160-170 correct questions in the paper to maximise the chances of selection.
  • The paper generally has around 120-140 questions that are easily solvable, while the rest are of medium and tough difficulty category.
  • The first course of action should be to solve the easy questions with almost cent percent accuracy. This will form the basis of the score in the paper.
  • After the base is created, one needs to go for the medium and tough category questions to complement the score.
Paper approach methodology:
  • If stuck in any question, give it a second read, if still unsure, mark it and move forward. It is very often seen that the same question when visited again seems solvable. The strategy that suggested to attempt one type question first and the other later has become obsolete in the online paper mode as one can’t see all the questions at once. One needs to use the marking tool well for this.
  • The Reading comprehension part is undoubtedly the most scoring part as the questions in this category as asked by SSC are very solvable, if one has some clarity about the reading comprehension. One should try to solve this part quickly and accurately.
  • Direct-Indirect and Active-Passive are two topics that mark up for nearly a quarter of the paper and thus need to be solved with a stable mind and by giving ample time. Any hurry through these two topics will lead to making small mistakes which will account for crucial marks. So, stick to the basics while solving these questions and there is not much to worry about.
  • The other grammar topics like sentence improvement and fillers are generally based on a handful of topics, namely tenses, prepositions, modals, conjunctions and subject-verb agreement. One shall keep an eye on these topics while solving the grammar questions. There is not much left for the exam maker to twist in the paper if the above topics are given proper vigil.
  • Error spotting and fill in the blanks in the paper are generally based on tenses, helping verbs and modals. These topics are easy to handle if one keeps a lookout for the errors corresponding to these in the paper. The major problem while solving these questions in the paper is that one doesn’t know what to look out for, therefore keeping these topics in mind can work wonders.  
  • The trickiest part of the paper is that of vocabulary for most of the aspirants. For those aspirants who didn’t have English as the basic language during schooling, this part is very difficult as learning grammar is a bit easier than learning vocabulary because of the sheer expanse of the questions that might be asked.
  • While solving the vocabulary part, make sure to never take wild guesses. This is basically the bottom line for scoring in this section. Try to eliminate the wrong choices and if you might be lucky then it is very likely that you get the right answer without even knowing the exact answer.
  • Idioms and phrases are one topic that SSC generally keeps on rotating within various examinations. The aspirant who has prepared well generally won’t have any problem as they must have seen the previous year questions of various examinations conducted by SSC; this greatly sorts out this section.
  • There is ample of time in this paper. Do not rush through the paper. Give every question the amount of time it requires. Inappropriately rushing through the paper would yield no results and will only end up clubbing up negative markings.
  • The marked feature will be more helpful for you if you make sure to have some buffer time after finishing the paper. This allows you to give the paper a revision and take a look at the marked questions.
The most important thing during the paper is to remain calm and believe in your preparation. A sceptical approach will yield very uncertain results and has the ability to harm your score more than giving it an incremental boost. It is more than enough time for the aspirants to get used to this pattern by practising mocks. Practice as many mocks as possible; it seems like an obsolete advice, but it has been and will remain golden if one ensures to follow it religiously.

All the Best for Exams,