How to Prepare English for SSC CGL Tier I Exam 2018

SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam Pattern


Tier I Exam is Online computer-based of 200 marks in 60 minutesThere is a Negative Marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no Sectional Cut Off. Exam Pattern for Tier I is given in the table below.


Subject Qs Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes (For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 minutes)
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
Total 100 200

Read the detailed exam pattern for SSC CGL 2018:


How to Prepare English for SSC CGL 2018


The English section for the SSC CGL exam can be broadly divided into 4 parts:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Verbal Ability


List of English Topics – SSC CGL Tier I Exam


A brief outline of the paper pattern for English in Tier 1 Exam is:

Topics Subtopic Qs in Tier I
Vocabulary Synonyms & Antonyms 2-3
Fill in the blanks 1-2
Cloze test 0
Spellings 1-2
Idioms and Phrases 1-2
One-word substitution 4-5
Phrase Replacement 1-2
Grammar Phrase Replacement 2-3
Sentence correction/Error Spotting 2-3
Active-Passive Voice 0
Direct-indirect 0
Fill in the blanks 2-3
Reading Comprehension 5
Verbal Ability Sentence Jumbles 0
Para Jumbles 0
Total 25

Prepare English for SSC CGL – Vocabulary


  1. This section is very important in SSC CGL Tier I Exam. The maximum number of questions are asked from this section. Thus your preparation must focus on strengthening your Vocabulary Skills.

  2. Direct questions will be asked on the following topics in the exam.

  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Phrase or Idiom Meaning
  • One Word Substitution
  • Spellings
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Phrase Replacement 
  1. The interesting thing about building a Vocabulary is that it doesn’t require extraordinary efforts. You can build it by reading a newspaper or a book. Whenever you come across a new word, note down its Meaning, Synonyms & Antonyms and its Usage. At a later date, try to use these words in sentences.

  2. Solve the Vocabulary sections from previous years’ papers and time yourself.

  3. Read English for Competitive Exams Modules to get understand contextual usage.

  4. Try out Mnemonic Techniques to remember Vocabulary.

  5. Practice Vocab questions on Testbook’s app every day. Bookmark the questions that you got wrong and practise them later to achieve accuracy.

  6. Go through blogs to find articles on Vocabulary like Easily Confused Words like the ones given below. You should also read up on topics like Cloze Test.

  7. Practice sectional tests of English every day. Chart your growth through Testbook’s analysis.


Prepare English for SSC CGL – Comprehension


  1. It is the easiest, most scoring section of English. The questions will be directly based on the content of the passage. But you must be alert while choosing the correct option as the options sometimes are very similar.

  2. Though the passages are short, the habit of reading fast and understanding the intent of the passage needs to be developed to minimize the time and maximize the output.

  3. Practise one Comprehension question daily. Constant practice will help you achieve accuracy and minimize the time required.

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