How to Crack SSC CGL without Coaching?

Are you preparing for SSC CGL? Here are some great tips to crack SSC CGL without going for any expensive coaching.

The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CGL every year for the recruitment of staff for different posts in the ministry. Interested candidates in the age group of 20-30 years can apply. Because of the status of Government employees in India and various other facilities, one can have while having a government job, a major fraction of the youth in India applies for the jobs thus making the competition much higher.

Every year more than 14 lakhs candidates apply for the examination out of which around 10 lakhs candidates appear for the paper. In order to prepare for the examination, candidates do whatever they can to prepare for the exam and a large number join coaching institutes where they have tutors, mentors to guide them through the course of their preparation. However, this benefit cannot be availed by many of the students. BYJU'S Exam Prep will help you with various tips and strategies which will help you to prepare for SSC CGL without coaching.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The first step towards your preparation for SSC CGL will be to know the exam pattern and syllabus. In that way, you will be able to make a preparation schedule. Also while going through the exam pattern and syllabus you can have an idea about how much you are prepared right now and how much you need to prepare for the exam.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 2 exam Pattern:

Candidates have to appear in different papers according to the post they have applied for.

SSC CGL Syllabus

Questions asked in SSC CGL come from different topics which are divided into 4 sections which are Quantitative Ability, English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness.

Various Important Topics section-wise are given below:

Quantitative Aptitude
• Number System
• Linear Equation
• Quadratic Equations
• Sequence and Series
• Geometry
• Trigonometry
• Mensuration
• Ratio and Proportion
• Speed Distance
• Time and Work
• Mixture and Alligation
• Pipes and Cistern

• Alphabet Test
• Analogy
• Blood Relation
• Coding Decoding
• Venn Diagram
• Matrix
• Sequence and Series
• Mirror Images
• Pattern Completion

English Language
• Reading Comprehension
• Analogy
• Synonyms
• Tenses
• Sentence and Transformation
• Error Correction
• Omission
• Para Jumbles
• Idiom Proverbs

SSC CGL Syllabus for General Awareness

• Current Affairs
• General Science
• Social Science (History, Geography and Political Science)
• Economy
• Static GK

The above-mentioned topics are the important topics from which a minimum number of questions are asked every year. As there is no specified syllabus for SSC CGL mentioned on the official sites, candidates can refer to NCERT books from classes 1-10 for remaining topics from mathematics. For the English language, they can refer to a single renowned book for Grammar. And for reasoning, they have to go through previous years' papers to see what type of questions are asked in the paper.

How to prepare for SSC CGL without coaching: Important tips and strategies

Make a schedule or Routine: The first step in your preparation is to set yourself for study. Make a routine or timetable and pick a topic from a syllabus and finish it within the time limit.
Get the Right study material: Whether coaching or self-study, the right study material is the mandatory or foundation of your preparation. Go through the syllabus, and according to that find the right material for the examination. Candidates can refer to study material from coaching if possible otherwise just search the internet for it.

How much you need to prepare: Candidates while making the list of topics need to separate them among the topics in which they are good at or already prepared and the topics in which they require practice or need to learn more in it.

Mathematics: Maths is the mandatory subject in every competitive exam, thus students need to be good at maths and solving questions. Focus on your calculation speed and try to improve with mental calculation.

English: No one can get better within a few days. A lot of practice is required especially when you are trying to improve your vocabulary and reading skills. Candidates should make a daily habit to prepare for reading for comprehension and to improve their vocabulary. For grammar, they can stick to their timetable and prepare accordingly.

Reasoning: There is no specific syllabus for reasoning, thus candidates need to go through previous years papers and should be careful while taking study material as the reasoning part is different for different examinations. Search specifically for SSC CGL reasoning while looking for study material.
General Awareness: General awareness is a mandatory part on which every government employee should have command. General awareness can include every topic like science and social including current affairs. For this part I would say go through NCERT books from class 1-10th and for GK and current affairs they should start reading newspapers and a single book monthly for current affairs.


Q1. How can I prepare for SSC CGL at home?

Although not an easy task, still you can prepare for SSC CGL at home. Just follow the given steps to prepare for SSC CGL at home:
• Make a time table
• Get the right study material
• Prepare a list of topics you need to study
• See for your week point
• Solve previous years papers and Mocks
• Make a daily habit for reading newspaper for your GK and English language

Q2. Is it easy to prepare for SSC CGL at home?

Based on the number of applicants every year, it is not an easy task to crack SSC CGL. But still through determination and proper schedule and with a fast pace you can crack SSC CGL.

Q3. Is Self study enough for SSC CGL?

It depends on you only depending on your preparation and dedication.

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Author: Umesh16 Sep 2021 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

This is really a very exhaustive guiding article for the interested students who want to appear in SSC CGL entrance exam and get through it successfully. I would like to add some points in this connection for the benefit of the aspiring candidates. Once the pattern of an exam is known to the student then it becomes easy for him to divide the time for preparing for it. One interesting thing is that if we go through the pattern of entrance exams for various positions in different organisations then we will observe some similarity in them especially related to the topics like current affairs, general knowledge, quantitative aptitude, reasoning, general English, basic Statistics and Mathematics, and other many such categories. Now, from this observation it is very clear that there are many things common in between many entrance exams in our country being taken for various positions in different departments and organisations. The main takeaway from this is that we have to prepare for a particular exam keeping this thing in mind that all this preparation will not be going waste in case we miss the chance in this particular one as there are many other opportunities where our hard work or a god part of it would always be useful while attempting in those other entrance exams.
This is the reason why we tell our students or children to start preparing for the competitive exams right from the time they are in their class IX or X because it is a long time strategy to prepare for the exams well in advance especially when there is so much common material in them from the syllabus point of view. Anyway this advice would only work for them who are having sufficient time to make preparations like that and for all other people the strategy mentioned in this article will definitely work well. Please note that there is no substitute for the organised and structured studies focussed on the syllabus and mounted on hard work.

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