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How To Prepare For SSC Exam At Home

By Aishwarya    March 12th, 2018         

Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Exam is conducted every year for the recruitment to fill up the vacant seats under different departments. The lure of a government job, the stability of a good pay lifelong and the challenging work environment makes the SSC as the favourite of the youth. They want to crack it at all costs so as to ensure that their future is completely set with a rock-solid government job. Knowing the importance of the SSC exams and its widespread popularity, the aspirants prepare for it in the most thorough manner as the competition is at an all-time high for a few seats. Some aspirants prefer to join a coaching institute whereas, on the other hand some prefer to take the whole preparation journey on their own terms and prepare for the most important exam at home. They know how to prepare for SSC Exam at home and devote at least 3 months for it.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam is divided into 4 sections- General English, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness.  

Every question carries 2 marks and there is a negative marking of 1/4 th i.e. 0.5 marks for every wrong answer. 

Preparation strategy for How To Prepare For SSC Exam At Home needs to be absolutely point-on to score good. It should be formulated in earnestness for the exam because it is necessary and the strategy for attempting questions in the exam is equally important. 

  • Maths & English are asked in both Tier 1 and Tier 2, hence are the most important sections. 
  • General Awareness and Reasoning are asked only in Tier 1. Tier 2 has two compulsory papers and two optional papers. 
  • Optional papers are Statistics and General Studies (Economics and Finance).
  • Tier 3 consists of letter writing and essay writing.
  • Tier 4 is just CPT (Computer Proficiency Test) and DEST (Data Entry Skill  Test) 


Reasoning section tests your mental ability and critical thinking capacity. There are no equations to be solved here so you must be less reckless and just use your brain. This section consumes the major time during the exam as there are no set formulae to solve the questions. The only way to excel is to practice more and more and find out your own way of solving a particular kind of question.

Major topics covered are:

  1. Seating Arrangements
  2. Syllogism
  3. Analogy
  4. Number series
  5. Proclamation and Conclusions
  6. Headings
  7. Venn-diagrams
  8. Puzzles
  9. Coding-Decoding
  10. Blood Relations
  11. Figure based questions
  12. Relationships

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude tests your mathematical ability. This section is also time-consuming and depends upon your speed and accuracy. There are short tricks to the questions that you get to know when you practice. This section is scoring too so some topics that are easy should be focused upon more. Learning tables will help you solve this section fast. Try to solve as many questions as you can to have an edge over particular topics that are easy and you are comfortable with. Practice mock tests and try to solve the problems and if incorrect learn the trick for solving that kind of questions. Read solutions and just don’t leave it by merely reading but practice it too and try to understand the concept.

Major topics covered are:

  1. Trigonometry
  2. Percentages
  3. Ratio & Proportion
  4. Number System
  5. Bar-graph & Pie chart
  6. Geometry
  7. Coordinate Geometry
  8. Mensuration
  9. Speed, Distance and Time
  10. Data Interpretation


English can be scoring if can quickly finish off during the exam. Preparing for English is not that difficult as it is purely an English Grammar paper which can be improved by daily reading. To prepare yourself, read the newspaper daily along with good magazines, blogs, articles, etc. Focus on improving your vocabulary. Learn new words daily and their meaning.

Major topics covered are:

  1. Sentence Correction
  2. Subject-Verb Agreement
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Mistake Correction
  5. Synonyms
  6. Antonyms
  7. Comprehension

General Awareness

General Awareness cannot be prepared in a day or two. It requires daily reading of GK books and sites. This section has to be prepared thoroughly and revision is the only way of remembering. Make easy tricks to remember the facts and figures. This section does not require much time so the time can be utilized in attempting other sections. Be in touch with the current affairs. While attempting this section, attempt those questions with which you are 100% sure as the options can be very confusing.  

Major topics covered are:

  1. Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
  2. Polity
  3. Modern History
  4. Ancient history
  5. Current Affairs (Indian, Sports, Awards)
  6. Economy
  7. Geography

Preparation Strategy:

  • Time management by making a proper schedule.
  • Give 1.5 months to Maths & English. 
  • Reasoning can be completed in 30 days.
  • Strategy for Maths- 

1 day- Basics

1 week- Geometry

1 day- Lines and Angles

1 day- Circle

1 day- Triangle 

1 day- Quadrilaterals and Polygons 

3 days- Basic Algebra

5 days- Trigonometry 

3 days- Percentage and Profit Loss go hand in hand

1 day- Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Learn and practice few short tricks for Quants questions and clear your concepts.
  • Take at least 1 Mock test daily and practice previous years papers of SSC as any questions are usually repeated from previous years.
  • You need to focus more on the sections or topics you are strong and confident about and are well prepared as your aim is to score high by however means. 
  • There is no particular way of attempting a section so make sure while taking mock tests that what is best for you.
  • Give some last days before exams to revise what you have studied as it is a common mistake that people don’t revise what they had studied.

Mistakes to be avoided while preparing:

  • No time management: You need to solve 100 questions in 60 minutes. 
  • Getting trapped in solving difficult section first.
  • Not familiarizing yourself with the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Not practising mock tests on online mode.
  • Referring too many online sources, study material and books.
  • Unplanned study schedule and strategy.
  • Preparing only of the sub-sections of topics you are strong in.
  • Usage of short tricks instead of knowing the whole concept.
  • Lack of notes.

You can also go for online tests and download various apps to practice. You are all set to crack the exam once you are prepared well. 

The preparation strategy for How To Prepare For SSC Exam At Home needs to be formulated in the most comprehensive manner after noting down all your weaknesses and strengths so that you can ace the SSC Exam with flying colours!