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April 27, 2019 • 11:43 am

How to prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 in 30 days - Prep Strategy & Tips!




As you all know SSC CGL Exam is approaching very soon. At this time, when you are only 30 days away from the exam and you have completed almost everything from your preferred study material and books.


But still you are worried about your performance!


It’s okay! Just think about your aim of cracking the CGL Exam and getting recruited in one of the most prestigious government jobs offered by SSC.




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Almost 8 lakh students are going to appear in the exam for roughly around 8000 vacancies. In such critical situation when competition is really very high, the aspirants develop an aura of anxiety, confusion, and stress.


To remove the candidates’ anxiety of performing well in the exam, we have prepared a 30 days plan for all the SSC CGL Tier-1 aspirants. Please have a look!



What are the best ways to prepare for SSC CGL Tier-1 in last 30 days?


As you all know, the SSC CGL Exam Tier-1 is the very first stage to move towards your dream job and this is also a gateway to your next competitive phase i.e. SSC CGL Tier-2.


The candidates will be placed on these posts only after qualifying SSC CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 followed by the Interview process.


‘Conquering the SSC CGL Exam Tier-1 is more than just about conquering Math, General Knowledge and English. If you want to score higher, you will need to generate a strong approach towards each section of the exam.



Recall the SSC CGL Exam Pattern every time you take a new topic to prepare


The first step in preparing yourself for SSC CGL Tier-1, is to have a complete idea about exam's format and structure.


Take a thorough and detailed look at the Revised Scheme of Examination for CGLE-2017.


Exam Pattern Highlights


The SSC CGL Tier-1 is broken down into four sections - General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.
2. Each section consists of 25 questions. (Total – 100 questions)
3. Nature of the questions asked is objective type with multiple choices.
4. For each correct answer, you win 2 marks and for each wrong answer, you lose 0.50 marks.

The test takers have to solve the complete paper (100 questions) in 60 minutes only.


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Always keep the above pattern in mind, so that you have a clear picture about what to attempt at first and what to at last.


As per the above pattern, the candidates have to attempt total 100 questions in 60 minutes only. And amongst all the sections, Quantitative and Reasoning part takes more time, so the candidates are advised to attempt the question paper wisely.



Below we have mentioned the time details for each section to ease out your worries during the exam. Please check below –


Time Management for SSC CGL Tier-1


You can save less time for English & GK as QA Section consumes more time to solve the numeric type questions.


Follow the time schedule and attempt each section smartly.


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Prioritize Important Topics and take them first while preparing


Here I would like to tell you about the important topics, you should give more emphasis on.


As per the advice or suggestions or recommendations from Eduncle’s SSC CGL experts, we have listed the important topics that every aspirant must cover while preparing for the tier-1 exam.



For General Intelligence and Reasoning Section

The questions asked from this section are usually easy but ‘Finding the missing number questions’ are little difficult to solve.

More Important Topics

Semantic Analogy, Series and Semantic Classification

Symbolic/Number Analogy

Venn Diagrams


Symbolic/Number Classification

Figural Pattern – folding and completion

Mirror Image


Water Images

Number Series

Coding and de-coding

Problem Solving

Data sufficiency

Statement and Conclusions


You can also go through the previous year’s question papers analysis for Reasoning in SSC CGL Exams. We have provided the data below-



Reasoning Important Topics

Years wise occurrence of questions

Expected Number of Questions in 2019
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Analogy 08 09 09 08 04 02 04 2-3
Blood Relations 01 02 00 01 00 01 01 0-1
Symbols & notations 03 01 02 00 02 00 00 0-1
Direction & distance 02 04 02 04 02 01 01 0-1
Day, date & time 01 01 01 00 00 00 00 0-1
Coding-decoding 02 02 04 03 03 02 03 1-2
Syllogism 02 01 02 02 05 00 01 0-1
Sitting arrangements 02 02 02 01 00 02 00 0-1
Cubes &dices 01 00 00 02 00 01 00 0-1
Venn diagram 02 01 01 02 03 01 01 0-1
Miscellaneous 02 02 02 02 03 00 03 0-1
Alphabetical arrangements 02 02 01 01 03 03 02 1-2
Mirror image 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 0-1
Paper cutting and folding 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 0-1
Figure problems (deviation, embedded, completion) 01 02 02 03 07 04 02 1-2
Classification 06 06 07 06 06 03 02 1-2
Series 08 05 05 05 04 03 03 2-3


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For Quantitative Aptitude Section


Focus on Advanced Mathematics like – Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Percentage/ Profit, Data Interpretation, Loss & Discount and Mensuration.


More Important Topics

Decimal and Fractions

Relationship between numbers

Ratio and Proportion

Square roots


Number System

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Time and distance, Time and work

Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.


Also check out the previous year’s question papers analysis for SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Section. We have provided the data below-


Quantitative Important Topics

Years wise occurrence of questions

Expected Number of Questions in 2019
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algebra 06 00 05 05 05 06 03  2-3
Average 03 03 02 02 02 01 01  0-1
Percentage, Profit & Loss 06 14 05 06 07 02 04  1-2
Trigonometry 00 00 09 08 07 03 03  2-3
Geometry/ Mensuration 03 05 12 09 14 04 03 2-3
Basic Maths 11 11 05 01 03 02 02  2-3
Ratio & Proportion 03 03 01 03 01 01 03 0-1
Number System 06 05 02 02 03 01 00  1-2
Data Interpretation 03 04 05 07 05 04 05  3-4
Time & Distance 06 05 02 05 03 01 01  1-2
Miscellaneous 03 00 02 02 00 00 00  0-1


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For English Section


The important topics from this section are: synonyms & antonyms, one-word substitution and spotting errors.


More Important Topics

Fill in the Blanks

Spellings/ Detecting Errors

Idioms & Phrases

Cloze Passage

Comprehension Passage

One-word substitution.


English Important Topics

Years wise occurrence of questions

Expected Number of Questions in 2019
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Common Errors 05 05 05 05 05 03 04 3-4
Synonyms/ Antonyms 10 10 10 06 06 04 03 2-3
Fill in the blanks 05 05 05 05 05 03 03 2-3
One-word substitution 05 05 05 07 07 03 02 2-3
Idioms & phrases 00 05 05 05 05 03 03 2-3
Spellings 10 00 05 00 00 01 02 1-2
Sentence Improvement 05 05 05 10 10 03 03 1-2
Reading Comprehension 05 10 05 10 10 05 05 4-5


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For General Awareness Section


The candidates can learn more about General Science, Constitution, History and Indian Geography.


GK Important Topics

Years wise occurrence of questions

Expected Number of Questions in 2019
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 17 14 15 17 15 07 07 4-5
Computer 01 02 02 02 02 01 01 1-2
Economy 11 07 04 06 05 04 02 3-4
Geography 06 11 06 06 07 02 02 2-3
Indian History and Culture 05 06 05 06 05 03 06 3-4
Miscellaneous GK (Includes sports, honours, awards, current affairs, important dates) 03 05 10 08 10 06 04 4-5
Polity 07 05 08 04 06 02 03 1-2


SSC CGL Tier-1 Day Wise Study Plan - Check here!


If you have the knowledge, however, of everything that is related to your test and if you know exactly what to do when and how to do it, then there won’t be any hassle on the test day.




Check Out the 30 Days Preparation Plan and Schedule your Study Activities Accordingly!


Now, you don’t need to be worried about your preparation time schedule for last 1 month. Below in this blog, we have provided the day and topic wise study schedule to ease out your worries of completing your exam preparation on time.


Follow the plan and fulfill your dreams.



Daily Section wise Time Management Plan


Section Time Duration (In this duration, solve/learn all the questions by following the proper methods and formulas) Time for Revision (In this duration, only revise the short tricks or formulas for concerned topics)
Reasoning 2.5 hours (1 or 1 and half Topics) Revise all the learned formulas or questions for 15 minutes
General Knowledge 1.5 Hours (Best Study in Morning Hours) 15 Minutes Revision
Quantitative Aptitude 4 Hours (Cover 1 Topic) 30 minutes for Revision
English 1 Hour (You can study whenever you want to relax your mind) 15 minutes of Revision



Note: You can take breaks in between your time schedule and also divide the study hours in different time slots.


But it’s beneficial to spend these hours on your study tasks in a day.


Important Points:

The last one month should only be dedicated to the revision but you can utilize these days and revise all the syllabus widely.

And in the last week of exam preparation, only focus on the quick revision techniques.

For quick revision, you can prepare some short notes or cheat sheets containing short tricks and formulas.


As per the SSC CGL Tier-1 Syllabus, there are total 25 topics in Reasoning Section, 26 topics in Quantitative Aptitude, 22 Topics in General Awareness and 10 topics in English.


So you will have to do wise revision for these topics in 20 days only and in remaining last 10 days, dedicate your all the time for quick revision.


Check out the Study plans given below.



Topic wise Study Plan from Day 30 to Day 21


No. of Days General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English
Day 30 Analogy or Similarity Indian History + Daily Current Affairs Number System + H.C.F & L.C.M Reading Comprehension
Day 29 Blood Relationship Indian History + Daily Current Affairs Simplification Vocabulary
Day 28 Symbols & Notations Indian History + Daily Current Affairs Square roots & Cube Roots Common Errors
Day 27 Classification World History + Daily Current Affairs Problem on Ages Fill in the blanks
Day 26 Direction & Distance Test World History + Daily Current Affairs Average Grammar
Day 25 Scheduled Day / Date / Time Indian Art & Culture + Daily Current Affairs Percentage Spellings
Day 24 Series Indian Polity & Constitutions + Daily Current Affairs Profit & Loss Synonyms
Day 23 Mirror Image and water image Indian Polity & Constitutions + Daily Current Affairs Ratio & Proportion Antonyms
Day 22 Paper Cutting, Folding & Punching Indian Economy + Daily Current Affairs Chain Rules Idioms
Day 21 Coding - Decoding Indian Economy + Economics + Daily Current Affairs Time & Work Phrases



Topic wise Study Plan from Day 20 to Day 11


No. of Days General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English
Day 20 Completion of Figural Pattern Economics + Daily Current Affairs Pipe & Cisterns -
Day 19 Syllogism Physical Geography + Daily Current Affairs Time & Distance -
Day 18 Ranking Arrangement Geography of India + Daily Current Affairs Problem on Train -
Day 17 Embedded Figural Geography of India + World Geography + Daily Current Affairs Boats & Stream -
Day 16 Deviation of Figure Physics + Chemistry + Daily Current Affairs Allegation & Mixture -
Day 15 Word Formation Physics + Chemistry + Biology + Daily Current Affairs Simple Interest Learn Remaining Topics
Day 14 Trends and Operations Biology + Daily Current Affairs Compound Interest Learn Remaining Topics
Day 13 Arithmetical Problems Computer & IT + Discoveries & Inventions + Daily Current Affairs Stack and Shares Learn Remaining Topics
Day 12 Arrangement of words in logical order Science & Technology + Daily Current Affairs Permutation & Combination -
Day 11 Cubes and Dices Honor & Awards + Books & Authors + Daily Current Affairs Probability -



Topic wise Study Plan from Day 10 to Exam Day


No. of Days General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English
Day 10 Logical Venn-Diagram Important Dates (National Events and International Events) + Daily Current Affairs Discount -
Day 9 Miscellaneous UNO, International & National Organizations + Daily Current Affairs Number Series -
Day 8 Seating Arrangement Sports + Daily Current Affairs Data Interpretation Revision
Day 7 Coding & Decoding Learn remaining topics/subjects Data Interpretation Revision
Day 6 Miscellaneous Learn remaining topics/subjects Approximate Value Revision
Day 5 Revision Revision Revision -
Day 4 Revision Revision Revision -
Day 3 Revision Revision Revision -
Day 2 Revision Revision Revision Revision
Exam Day

Quick Revision with Quick Notes



Apart from these, take online mock tests or join online test series.




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Learning Tricks for each section - Please have a look!


Qualifying SSC CGL Exam with a perfect study plan is not as easy as it looks. It requires great deal of efforts and dedication to score more than the cut off marks in each section.


We can benefit you with the time schedules, important topics and anything but unless you push yourself to make efforts and dedicate your precious time in exam preparation, you can’t achieve success.


Many of you must be facing problems in understanding the topics and deciding the right method to prepare for the exam.


Here, let me guide you with some section wise tips which are important for you to understand and follow as well. Please check below-





This section contains simplest questions and so is very scoring.

Reasoning questions are less time taking than Aptitude questions in SSC exams, so you can ‘either take them at first and solve the QA questions later or you can take them at last after solving the complete paper.’

The candidates need to showcase their mental ability in Reasoning Section as its questions’ require presence of mind instead of formulas.

In order to polish your reasoning skills, you need to improve your concentration and critical thinking skills so that you can attempt the tricky questions very easily.

The reasoning score plays a very crucial role in deciding the candidates’ merit in exam, so prepare well for reasoning.




Quantitative Aptitude


Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude Section consists of basic Math questions, so you need to learn and understand all the mathematical formulas and shortcut tricks to solve QA questions.

QA section requires time and efforts so save time in exam to solve the questions.

Prepare a strategy for QA section while giving the exam – Analyze the complete paper, understand the nature of questions and try to avoid the long questions so that you can score by solving short time taking questions only.

To answer this part candidates need to practice more on selected topics.




General English


English To score well in English, make it a habit to use English in your daily life. Chat with friends in English, talk in English, read English in the form of newspapers, novels, online reading etc.

The grammar section is the toughest in English so practice more to improve your grammar.

You can take mock tests or other online tests to improve your English Skills.

Also focus on your vocabulary. Try to learn and understand 10 new words daily.




General Awareness


General Awareness

SSC CGL’s general awareness section contains most of the part from Dead GK.

So instead of focusing on Current Affairs, you can give more emphasis on History, Polity and General Science Paper.

To stay updated with current affairs section, you can read daily current affairs or current affairs of last 3 months.

To score more in General Awareness section, you need to improve your memory with memorization techniques.


Here are - 10 Simple Habits to Boost Your Memory & Brain Power.


Prepare some notes that contains the important topics from your syllabus and read them on regular basis.


Above we have discussed everything about the 4 important components of SSC CGL Tier-1 and also discussed the SSC CGL Preparation Strategies that may help you in scoring more in the exam.




SSC CGL Tier-1 – Check out the Important Tips here!


Apart from these 4 sections, I would also like to share some important basic exam preparation tips to help you stay motivated and confident during studies and exam as well.

Stay focused. Don’t waste your time in thinking negative. If you are well prepared and confident, then no one else can stop you in reaching your goal.

Remember that these 30 days are going to be crucial or decisive for you, so instead of wasting your time, spend it in studying and preparing well for the exam.

Implement your study goals with perfect plans and strategies. Utilize every single minute in analyzing the topics and executing your strategies.

Only 1 month of dedication can take you to your dream job so spend this 1 month like a race where you only have to move ahead.

After reading the topics all day long, don’t forget to do over all revision before going to sleep.

Don’t get confused amongst various topics. If you are taking one topic from one subject daily then stick to it and accomplish it first, then take another topic.

Take short breaks during study hours and instead of getting stressed, study peacefully and confidently.

Take online mock tests and test series regularly till 1 month. This will definitely help you in increasing your accuracy and speed.

Prepare short notes. These will definitely help you at the time of revisions.

Eat well, sleep well and stay stress free. These 3 are vital keys to success in SSC CGL Exam.


#It doesn’t matter how well prepared you are, your composure during those 2 hours decide whether you will qualify this exam or not. So don’t lose hope and faith on your skills. Be confident that you can attempt all the questions accurately and timely.


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  • Sameeksha Singh
    A very helpful article. Just decide the time slots according to the new time duration of 60 minutes rather than 75 minutes. Thanks
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Sameeksha,   We'd like to thank you to bring our notice to this point. It will be corrected at the earliest. Readers like you motivate us to provide latest updates. We have recently published a study plan for SSC CGL 2 Months Preparation. Hope you'd like it -   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team