Hello SSC CGL aspirants. Today we will see SSC CGL Tier 2 preparation strategy where we will **aim to score 360+ Marks** (*180+ marks in English and 180+ marks in Maths*) with this realistic strategy. And thanks for your overwhelming response for SSC CGL Tier 1 preparation strategy which motivated me to make a similar article on Tier 2 Exam.

If you want to be in the **Merit list** of SSC CGL Exam, its must to score high in SSC CGL Tier 1 as well as Tier 2 exam. So, I recommend you to follow article on **SSC CGL tier 1 strategy** too if you want 100% guaranteed results.

We will cover A to Z details related to SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam like Chapter-wise weightage of each paper, important books and even important chapters to study, Time management, sequence of studying books, 70:30 Revision rule, Test series, etc which make this guide one stop solution for SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation.

Our Aim is to **score 360+ Marks** in SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam with Pure **Self-Preparation** (which will require hard work and patience). So, only serious aspirants will be able to keep patience till end of this **lengthy article**.

# SSC CGL Tier 2 Preparation Strategy | Introduction

SSC CGL exam is conducted in 4 stages. Tier 1, tier 2 and Tier 3. While SSC CGL Merit list is calculated considering total of **Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exams**. But you must know that:

- Highest weightage is for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam (400 Marks). So, the candidate who will score
**very high marks**in Tier 2 has high probability of being in**All India Rank**(And can get post of his choice) - Moreover, Tier 2 Exam of SSC CGL is
**difficult**as compared to Tier 1. So, scoring high will demand your dedication and hard work.

## If you have cleared SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam, 50% Work is Already Done!

Yes, **you read it right**. More than 50% work is done if you have cleared the stage 1 of SSC CGL Exam. I will explain it with proof:

No. of aspirants who fill SSC CGL Form | 25,00,000+ Aspirants |

No. of aspirants who appear for Tier 1 of SSC CGL Exam | 8,50,000 + Aspirants |

No of Aspirants who clear SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam | Only 1,50,000 aspirants |

Your actual competition is with: |
75,000 aspirants |

Out of 1,50,000+ aspirants who have cleared SSC CGL Tier 1 exam,

- Many of them will not be able to complete SSC CGL Tier 2
- Few of them will not appear for SSC CGL Tier 2
- Few of them have given exam just for trial purpose

So, now your actual competition is with **only 75,000 aspirants** who are seriously preparing for the exam. So, be **mentally relaxed** as 50% work is already done.

## How much time is required to complete Syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam?

We are preparing for SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 Exam in combined manner. So, it will take:

**7-8 months to complete SSC CGL Preparation 2020**(If you are studying 8 Hours a day)**10-11 months**of time (If you are studying 4 hours a day being Working Professionals)

## Role of Revision and Practice in SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam

As discussed in SSC CGL Tier 1 strategy, there is **no alternative** to revision, especially in SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam. You can recall all formula’s and rules only if you have revised it multiple times. **Solving questions in 45-55 seconds** becomes critical if you have not revised and practiced previous year question papers.

**“70:30 Rule” is best suited for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam**

It means that your 70% of the study time must be spent in reading new topics and concepts while 30% of the time must be given to revision of topics you have studied yesterday. (As simple as that)

Its recommended to keep **revision slot early in the morning** when you get up. Moreover, also have a 25-30 minutes revision session before you go to sleep (To revise what you have studied whole day)

## SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Devote **1 complete day** to understand SSC CGL Exam Pattern (Of Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4). Because at the end you have to face these exams to clear SSC CGL exam. So, you must know exact pattern’s of these exam. SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam pattern has been discussed in previous article. We will directly focus on Tier 2 pattern:

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam is “**Computer Based Examination**” which is conducted in near by exam centers as per your preference given at the time of filling exam form.

Paper | Subject | No of Questions | Marks |

1 | Quantitative Abilities | 100 | 200 |

2 | English Language & Comprehension | 200 | 200 |

3 | Statistics | 100 | 200 |

4 | General Studies (Finance and Economics) | 100 | 200 |

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam consists of 4 papers, out of which Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory for all posts while:

**Paper 3 (Statistics):**Only for candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)**Paper 4 General Studies (Finance and Economics):**Only for candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer

**1/4th Negative marking** for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam. Let us see marks deducted per 1 wrong answer in paper 1,2, 3 and 4 of Tier 2 Exam:

Paper |
Negative Marking |

Paper 1 | 0.50 Marks deducted per 1 wrong attempt |

Paper 2 | 0.25 Marks deducted per 1 wrong attempt |

Paper 3 | 0.50 Marks deducted per 1 wrong attempt |

Paper 4 | 0.50 Marks deducted per 1 wrong attempt |

Negative marking **may seem different** for each paper as number of marks for each question is different in 4 papers.

## Realistic Target setting for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam

Its must to be highly targetted while attempting the Paper 1 and Paper 2 of SSC CGL Exam. We must have a rough plan about how many questions to attempt so that we can complete that target from our strong sections of paper.

Our Aim is to **score 180+** Marks in SSC CGL Qauantitative Aptitude (Maths) paper as well as English paper. So our total will be somewhere around 360+ Marks in Tier 2 Exam.

**SSC CGL Tier 2 Quantitative Aptitude Target ****(Paper 1)**

Number of Questions to attempt out of 100 (Our Target) | 94 questions (93-95) |

Correct Attempt (Minimum) | 90 Questions |

Wrong Attempt (Maximum) | 4 Questions |

Our Target Score: | 180 Marks
Calculating Marks as per out Tier 2 attempt: (180-2= Here, 0.5 marks deducted for 1 wrong Answer |

**SSC CGL Tier 2 English Target (Paper 2):**

Number of Questions to attempt out of 200 (Our Target) | 188 questions (186-188) |

Correct Attempt (Minimum) | 181 Questions |

Wrong Attempt (Maximum) | 7 Questions |

Our Target Score: | 180 Marks
Calculating Marks as per out attempt in Tier 2: (181-1.75= Here, 0.25 marks deducted for 1 wrong Answer |

Try to score **as high marks in Maths** (Quantitative Aptitude), that is, Paper 1 of SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam. Because some questions of English paper can be tough. So, try to bring 360+ marks with any combination depending on your strong areas.

## Quantitative Aptitude Preparation for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam (Paper 1)

Let us see Chapter-wise weightage of Quantitative Aptitude Paper (Tier 2) so that we can manage time as per weightage of each topic:

## Chapter-Wise Weightage Distribution (Maths)

- Number System, LCM, HCF
- Percentage and Average
- Time & Work and Pipe & Cistern
- Profit & Loss,Discount
- Partnership, Ratio, Mixture & Aligation
- Speed time and Distance , Boat & Stream, Train related questions
- Simple Interest and Compound Interest
- Geometry
- Mensuration
- Trigonometry, Height & Distance related questions
- Data Interpretation
- Algebra

( For even more detailed analysis and breakdown of each paper, check **SSC CGL Syllabus** article)

Let us begin with the most important part of this article, that is, strategy for **Quantitative Aptitude **of SSC CGL Exam Tier 2. And believe me guys, its possible to score 190-195 marks in Maths (Quantitative) paper because:

**Pattern and type of Questions**is same every year- Once quality preparation is done as per given strategy, no question will be out of our sources
- Scoring 175-180 is
**difficult**in English section, but thats not the case in Maths paper. - Only thing where aspirants lack is speed of solving questions. If you will get unlimited time to solve paper, you can solve A to Z questions. But when time contraint comes into picture,
**real competition begins**.

While designing the Tier 1 strategy of Quantitative Aptitude, we have considered tier 2 preparation as well. So, today we will have a **overview of strategy for Maths (Quantitative) section** of SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam:

- We have divided Maths syllabus in
**Arithmetic, Advanced and Data Interpretation**in SSC Tier 1 strategy which makes study tagetted. But we need study some specific topics which yield higher weightage in Tier 2 of SSC CGL Exam.

2. Maths can be mainly divided into 2 types: **Arithmetic and Advanced Topics**. Ratio of questions asked is **2:3** (Arithmetic:Advanced Topics) So, begin your preparation with advanced topics which includes 4 pillars of Maths paper:

**Algebra****Trigonometry****Mensuration****Geometry**

Instead of directly beginning with SSC CGL specific books, do these basic chapters from **9th and 10th NCERT Books of Maths**. It will take not more than a week. On the other hand, NCERT’s will build your fundation for advanced maths topics.

3. After completing the Maths NCERT, directly shift to these 3 basic books:

- Best for Arithmetic :
**Fastract Arithmetic Book-by Arihant Publication** - Best Book for Advanced Maths :
**Advanced Maths Book by Rakesh Yadav sir** - Best Maths Practice Source for SSC CGL:
**SSC Mathematics Chapterwise & Typewise Solved Papers – Kiran Publication**

### Daily Time alloted for Maths Preparation = **5 hours**

Also Check: **SSC CGL Tier 3 Preparation** (Score 80+ Marks Guaranteed)

## English Preparation for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam (Paper 2)

Let us see Chapter-wise weightage of English Paper (Tier 2) so that we can manage time as per weightage of each topic:

## Chapter-Wise Weightage Distribution (English)

- Spotting the error
- Fill In The Blanks
- Synonyms
- Antonyms
- Idioms & Phrases
- One word substitution
- Spelling/detecting misspelled words
- Improvement of sentences
- Active and Passive voice
- Conversion into Direct and indirect
- Jumbled Paragraph and Sentence Rearrangement
- Cloze Passage
- Comprehension (Passage)

( For even more detailed analysis and breakdown of each paper, check **SSC CGL Syllabus** article)

In tier 2 of SSC CGL exam, you have to solve 200 English Questions in **2 hours** of time. This will require good hold over the subject and type of questions asked in this paper because:

- Our aim is to
**score 180 marks**, which needs good knowledge as well as rigorous practice (It will be not soo easy)

While designing the Tier 1 strategy of English, we have considered tier 2 preparation as well. So, today we will have a **overview of strategy for English section** of SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam:

- Learning
**10 new Synonyms, antonyms, One word substitution, Misspelled words and Idiom and Phrases**on daily basis. This will result in 50 new learnings everyday which will result into learning 1500 new things each month (Just make sure you revise things done every morning so that you don’t forget it at the end of month) - You must use
**Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh**(Volume 1) book for Vocabulary section. - For english grammar, study topics like Noun, Pronoun, tenses, use of adjective, adverbs, Active and Passive voice, Direct Indirect speech,etc from
**Wren and Martin English Grammar Book**. (Strictly solve exercises of each topic after study)

4. If you are from hindi medium, then you must have book named “**A Mirror of Common Errors**” for English Grammar related questions. It contains explanation of each question in Hindi Language in highly simplified manner. (Due to which grasping new concepts become very easy in our mother tongue)

5. Daily** Only 1 editorial reading** from The Hindu/ Indian Express and solving **5 English passages** from Kiran Publication book.

6. Now, majority of your theoretical part is covered. So what is remaining? Rigorous practice from **best sources for SSC CGL Tier 2**. Best source fro parctice is:

**SSC English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers: Kiran Publication****English Volume 2 (KD Publication) By Neetu Singh**

### Daily Time alloted for English Preparation = **4 hours**

Also Check: **SSC CGL 2020 Exam dates** (Tier 1,2 and 3)

## Statistics Preparation for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam (Paper 3)

We will focus on **Statistics and GS** (Finance and Economics) preparation in separate article. Here I will like to tell you 2 things which you must remember:

**Focus more on Paper 1 and Paper 2**. Many aspirant are not able to clear the SSC CGL Tier 2 Cut off just due to paper 3 and paper 4. So, first be master at first 2 papers and then focus on paper 3 and 4.- After completing paper 1 and paper study, complete
**Economics NCERT of 11th and 12th standard**before beginning any advanced study. And do most of economics study from Economy page of The Hindu/Indian Express (Understanding economy concepts that come in newspaper on daily basis)

## If you have not revised, you are planning to Fail !

As simple as that. If you can’t revise what you have studied, **your preparation level is equivalent to Fresher.**

## Is Coaching Must for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam (Delhi) ?

Many aspirants think that after clearing stage 1 of SSC CGL Exam (Tier 1), **they have to shift to Delhi for high quality preparation**. But actually, all these things can be done at your home (at your convenience) if you are dedicated enough to study for SSC CGL exam as per given strategy. What matters is:

**Strictly following the strategy**and complete the SSC CGL Syllabus from above sources.**Revising and Practicing**till high accuracy is obtained in mock tests.**Guidance**from successful aspirants of SSC CGL (which I will provide on Sarkaari Service)**Inner motivation**and strong reason to be Gazette officer in Central Government.

## How to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam if you are Working Professional?

Strategy remains the same for working professionals with only difference that your preparation time will be **11-12 months **(as you can devote only 4 hours on daily basis)

## Conclusion

You have strategy of **SSC CGL Exam Tier 1** as well as **Tier 2** along with detailed study plan. Now, your success in SSC CGL Exam depends on your dedication level.

- Just reading strategy is not enough. Its
**implementation**detemines success. - Create
**complete isolation**while study (from facebook, whatsapp and other common distractions etc) - In upcoming SSC CGL Exam, Tier 2 and Tier 3 will be conducted in same week. So, you need to
**manage time even more strategically**.

If you have any doubts, you can ask us and get it cleared today itself s that there are no issues once preparation starts. Our team will reply within 24 hours.

**Jai hind ! **

#### Is there Normalisation in SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam?

Normalisation is actually to bring** uniformity in marks** when exam is conducted in different shifts. As Tier 2 Exam is conducted in different shifts, normalization exists.

#### What is difference between SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 Exam ?

SSC CGL exam is conducted in 4 stages. Tier 1,2,3 and 4. **SSC CGL Tier 1 is first stage** (filter) which you need to quality (clear cutoff) to appear for next stages.

#### Which book is best for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam?

There is **no single book for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam**. If you want to genuinely score 360+ Marks in Tier 2 exam, you have to follow detail strategy (with Kiran Publication books)