Prepare English for SSC CGL: English is the most important part of SSC-CGL Tier-l & Tier-ll. It is not only important for SSC CGL but for every govt. (UPSC, Rail, State PSC, etc.) and banking (SBI-PO/CLERK, ISPS-PO/CLERK, IBPS-RRB) examinations. If you are a serious aspirant then you must start your preparation from the very beginning.
The most scattered doubt is how to prepare English for competitive exams. So if you are not sure where to begin or looking for a more focused way of preparation, I hope this post will help you.
Prepare English for SSC CGL 2018.
A language is a practical medium to express our ideas and thought. It is a general notion that English is a foreign language and therefore it is difficult. But this is not true. A student should understand that being a foreign language English is not a tough one.
We can divide the English subject into three broad sections.
Q. How to prepare English Grammar?
Grammar is the core of every language. As an English learner, we should only take interest in the grammatical structure of the language as a means of getting things done. A grammar puts together the pattern of the language. To acquire a simple, direct and forceful knowledge in writing and reading calls for constant practice.
- Spot the error
- Sentence improvement
Additional topics for Tier-ll are,
- Narration Change
- Voice change
Spot the Error
In SSC-CGL & other competitive exams, questions on common errors (spot the error) are set on different topics covering the eight Parts of Speech and some other primary topics like Articles, different types of sentence & their formation, use of prepositions. Six questions on spot the error and sentence improvement come in Tier-l & almost ten questions in Tier-ll. To score good marks on this topic candidates must have a good knowledge of basic grammatical skills.
Sentence improvement or phrase replacement is generally related to common errors. We can say that this is an improved version of questions on spotting the error. In order to solve questions on sentence Improvement correctly, one must be acquainted with the rules of English Grammar and usage, viz., Articles, Parts of Speech, Tense, Voice, Syntax, Infinitives, Participles, etc.
Narration and Voice Change
Narration change and Voice change are very important for the Tier-ll exam. There are grammatical rules on how to change direct speech into indirect and active voice to passive and obviously the vice-versa. We just need to follow the rules and practice a lot.
Q. How to prepare English Vocabulary?
This section is very important as the maximum number of questions in both Tier-l and Tier-ll come from this part. The following topics are common for Tier-l & Tier-ll.
- Fill in the blanks
- One word substitution
- Synonyms & Antonyms
- Phrases or Idioms meaning
- Spelling/Detecting miss spelled words
- Improvement of sentences
An additional topic for Tier-ll is –
- Cloze passage
You don’t need any extraordinary effort to build depth in Vocabulary. Newspapers and books are the sources of new words. You need to develop a habit of learning new words daily from newspapers, books, magazines, it can be any reading material.
Whenever you come across a new word, look it up in the dictionary or thesaurus & note down its meaning, usage, synonyms, and antonyms. Please make sure you take revision all these words weekly or monthly basis. The more words you learn, chances of scoring a good score in the vocabulary part will increase.
Try to solve previous year question papers (vocabulary part). Therefore you can get a good idea about the type of questions asked and the difficulty level.
Q. How to prepare English Comprehension?
Before we start discussing how to prepare for comprehension, we need to understand what is Comprehension? Well in general comprehension means the ability to understand something. Reading comprehension is defined as the level of understanding of a passage/text.
We may expect at least two-three passages for comprehension coming in the Tier-l exam. Though in UPSC Civil Service Preliminary & SSC-CGL Tier-ll exams you may get more than five passages.
- Practice as many comprehensions as you can. (At least 2 sets per day)
- Try to solve previous year question papers for better understanding the difficulty level.
- Solve passages from different fields of knowledge, like science, politics, economy etc.
- Try to improve your reading speed. While reading doesn’t use your lips, it slows you down.
THERE IS NOTHING EITHER GOOD OR BAD
but THINKING MAKES it so..
I hope this post will help you to be prepared in a more focused way. Please work hard, there are no shortcuts to success in life.
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