Saturday, 12 March 2016

How to prepare for SSC CGL ? (Book-list and Tips)

Even one month of serious studies can prove fruitful for CGL. But you will have to use your days judiciously. Some tips from my side-

1. Your most important source is the previous year question papers because many questions are repeated as it is. I just purchased a single book(Kiran Prakashan) containing previous year papers and solved it 3-4 times. After completing that book, I got the feeling that 75% syllabus is al ready covered.
2. General Awareness - This section has the least benefit-cost ratio. You will invest more time, but your return will be low. I will recommend you not to waste much time here(at max 1 hour daily). Moreover I have found that Lucent's GK book/Manorama Year Book has the best compilation, especially for CGL. So instead of referring multiple sources and wasting your limited time, just go for them(either of the two).
3. Reasoning - Most scoring section of Tier-1, because the questions are pre-defined. Just practise the question papers, and you will definitely score well (you should at least get 40+ here, in less than 30 minutes).
4. Quantitative Aptitude - Most important part of the syllabus. This is the section where you should devote most of your time. Just purchase any good book (Kiran's Quickest Mathematics is fine) and practise thoroughly. Mugging shortcuts will help you to get an edge over others. Try solving every question within 1 minute.
5. English - Most tricky portion. Every section of this portion is unpredictable. You can't guess which idioms, antonyms, synonyms, phrasal verb, etc. will be asked.
   Error correction - at least prepare the rules used in previous year papers
   Idioms, One word substitution, Synonyms, etc. - Learn 10 words each, daily.
   Direct- Indirect and active-passive- Very scoring. Just mug the rules
   Comprehension - You can't do much here. Reading news paper can help.
I think I have touched every portion and I will re-iterate, don't ignore the previous year question papers.

Book-list

First of all, own publicity :)
I wrote an ebook containing all the shortcuts one needs to know for clearing CGL. It covers all the topics of quantitative aptitude, reasoning and some important topics of english. You can purchase it from here-

SSC Hack book

Moving on to other books-

1) Quantitative Aptitude
         (i)
             
             OR
              
          (ii)
                

2) English

           (i) Main reference book

                 
             OR
                 

              (ii) For vocabulary
                   Normal Lewis
                    
                 OR
                 MB Publication (good for Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, One Word Substitution, etc.)
                    

                (iii) For grammar
                    


3) General Awareness
              (i)
                   
               (ii)
                   

4) Previous Year Papers (a single book for both Tier-1 and Tier-2) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

                    

5) Ultimate Guide to SSC CGL (covers entire syllabus including Reasoning)

                   


I would recommend you to buy only one book for each section (unless you can finish both). For English, I have mentioned two books : Plinth to Paramount covers grammar rules well and SP Bakshi is good for idioms, phrasal verbs, vocabulary, etc. You can buy both the books if you want. Moreover, I haven't explicitly mentioned any book for Reasoning section, as it will be covered by Ultimate Guide to SSC CGL (book no. 5 above) and previous year papers. But still if you think your reasoning in poor, you can go for either of the two books given below(although they are more suited for Banking exams)-

6) Reasoning
       (i)
                    
        (ii)
                    


Finally to give final touch to your preparation, solve mock tests, that will help you in time-management during the exams-

(7) Mock Tests
           (i)
                   
            (ii)
                    

Although both the books contain errors, but these are the only ones available in the market. So buy any one of them.

Best of Luck :)

66 comments:

  1. Can you please suggest how to manage time for cgl

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    1. Sir i am bsc chemistry( H) final year student and preparation ssc cgl how to time manage plz suggest and who is the best coching

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  2. i am working in private limited and did not mention in ssc cgl application will there be any issue during verification pls help me clarify this

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    1. No issue...but make sure you mention it during the document verification (after Tier 2)

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    2. thank you hope i make it

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  3. Started today (50 days to 8th may), above 4 material readily available. Full day free. Possible??

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  4. Sir, would you share the strategy you adopted for attempting CGL T1 exam, like which sections you attempted first and later, how much time you gave to each section, how many questions attempted in that time and your T1 score. Just curious to know :D

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  5. Prashant, you suggested kiran's quickest mathematics here but on Quora in your answer you suggested arihant book for maths. So, please tell me which one I should prefer.

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  6. Prashant, you suggested kiran's quickest mathematics here but on Quora in your answer you suggested arihant book for maths. So, please tell me which one I should prefer.

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  7. sir,this year i applied for ssc cgl 2016..i selected assistant audit officer.if i don't give the special paper for this post..will i have to face any problem?i keep this post in 11 th preference..

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  8. sir please tell what to do for gk section.i think lucent is also a big book to cover in this small period.please tell how to manage

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    1. 4 months are left bro. If you are finding Lucent bulky, just read important topics - History, Polity, Economics, Science

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  9. Respected sir , for the first time i have applied for SSC CGL and honestly i am very poor in math. If i follow the tricks of yours shall i crack it because there is only two and half is remaining. Sir please let me know !

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    1. Why 2.5 months? Complete 4 months are left. You can easily imrove your weak areas. Just my blog won't be enough, buy Kiran's Quickest Maths or Kiran's Chapter-wise

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  10. Respected sir, this is the first time i have applied for SSC CGL and honestly i am very poor in math. Prashant sir please let me know shall i crack it if i follow your tricks because only 2 and half month is there.i am losing my confidence day by day.

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  11. Hello Sir,

    First of all thank you for providing us with such a wonderful blog. I'm a regular reader and is preparing for CGL 2016. I just wanted to know, where from you have got all these math tricks ? Is there any particular book having all those tricks. If there, please let me know the book. Awaiting your reply.

    Regards
    Suman Saikia

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    1. I have authored all these tricks myself. You won't find these in any book/coaching...

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    2. That is great Sir. I must say, these are very useful tricks.

      Regards
      Suman Saikia

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  12. Hi sir,

    I have appeared first time for the ssc cgl .Can you pls provide the shortcut tricks for aptitude at shilpi.hearnow@gmail.com as I I find it very time consuming . Also please let me know will self study in 3 months will be sufficient

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  13. Hi sir,

    I have appeared first time for the ssc cgl .Can you pls provide the shortcut tricks for aptitude at shilpi.hearnow@gmail.com as I I find it very time consuming . Also please let me know will self study in 3 months will be sufficient

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  14. going by past trends what could be a good score to qualify for AAO(Tier1/tier2) in SSCCGL assuming that one clears tier1.

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  15. Hi Sir,

    Last year i attempted cgl and got 86.5 marks and not qualified. I think i need to improve in all sections.. Iam solving the questions, but not in right time. Iam taking much time. I wish to have some short cuts for maths..This time i really dont want to miss the chance.. Please mail me your shortcuts.. It would be really very helpful to me.. Please mail to nagasoujanya138@gmail.com.. Awaiting your response:)

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  16. hello Sir..can u also post shortcut tricks for the section english //

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  17. Sir, I have squint in my eyes, do I'm eligible for any ssc cgl post?Please guide me sir, as It gives me huge support mentally.If not ssc cgl , are there any govt jobs which I will be eligible?

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  18. Sir newspaper reading or word power made easy???

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  19. Sir iam very poor in english, I am afraid of that.sir please send me the strategies to get better in this section.....

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  20. HI prashant..
    For eng:
    I have bought Plinth to paramount Vol 1.
    Does it work for both Teir 1 and 2 ? or just teir 1 ?
    and do i need to buy others with it as well?

    Please let me know separately books for Teir 1 eng and books for teir 2.. thanks : )

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  21. hello sir...
    I want to prepare for ssc cgl 2016 in june and july
    so please tell me what should i do for crack ssc cgl .
    i am good in maths but not in english
    please tell me

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  22. Hello verybody..

    Pls give the short and helpful method of the Q. Posted below

    If the speed of a train increased by 2 kph it takes 20 min less to complete the journey on the other hand if the speed of the decrease by 3 kph it takes 40 min more find the speed and total distance of the train.?

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  23. Hello verybody..

    Pls give the short and helpful method of the Q. Posted below

    If the speed of a train increased by 2 kph it takes 20 min less to complete the journey on the other hand if the speed of the decrease by 3 kph it takes 40 min more find the speed and total distance of the train.?

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  24. Hey Sir Prashant..request you to write blog for SSC CGL english too...grammar is the only problem for me :(

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  25. Hello sir,
    I'm struggling with maths I gave many mock paper and am still not able to increase my maths score more than 15 in quant section due to silly mistakes and less time .... I will be thankful if you could provide some important tips to help me through this section of SSC .
    Peace out

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  26. hello sir..
    i am good in maths but not in english
    please tell me

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  28. Sir I work as middle class teacher in private school from 8am to 4pm. How can I manage time for preparation?? Should I leave this job?? Pls do reply.

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  29. sir i have seen you in quora and as you mentioned i came here now.. thank you very much for your valuable explanation.. and i have some doubts sir..

    1) iam using arihant ssc cgl pratcice work book for tier 1 now.. daily am solving one paper. isn't it enought to get good marks in english.. or else do i need to purchase any other book for english..?

    2)do any direct "GS" questions come from this arihant practice workbook..

    3)finally could please tell me how many hours should i use to manage all subjects per day.. i have only 2 months left..

    thank you sir..

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  30. Sir is lucent enough to get good marks?I mean around 30-35?

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  31. Sir i paid the amount but the ebook was not downloaded..plz mail ebook to my email id..nitu2260@gmail.com...i also mailed you regarding this...

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  32. Prashant sir this is deepak i have a strong grammatical part but loose in maths what should i do i attended a ssc examination lots of time but did not crack pls suggest

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  33. Sir, I paid the amount. emaild id: doley.manoj@gmail.com.
    Kindly send the e-book.

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  34. sir i want to get the ssc hack book wt shud i do for it..pls tell me...

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  35. Kindly update for Tier 2 as well

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  36. Hi,

    Is mathematics - Kiran chapterwise 7600+ sufficient for Tier 2 exam ?

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  37. SIR. YE TIER 2 advanced hacks(topper notes). kaisa h?????????

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  38. sir, how to prepare and from where to prepare the para jumbles, ordering of sentences and words?

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  39. Hi Prashanth,

    Just wanted to know if you had cleared the exam along with job?

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  40. Hi Sir,For maths section Kiran chapterwise along with your hach book is sufficient or I need to go through Arihant fast track also?

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  41. Sir, can you help me with the post preferences. I wanna go for a post in which I can get enough time (least work load) to prepare for UPSC . Also, I see that you are working at “Ministry of External Affairs”. How is work pressure and and is it two days week off? Should I fill it as my first preferences?!

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  42. can u please provide me the link of your article in which u wrote about "how to calculate square root". ?

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