Staff Selection Commission (SSC) CGL Exam Preparation and Best Books to Refer


SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam has been conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year for various posts. If you have passed your graduation you can appear for the exam, even if you are in your final year of graduation you are eligible for the exam. You need to start your preparation with a proper plan. The competition has reached to next level, you need to devote your full time to crack such exams. Gone are the days when people used to study one night and were able to crack the exams, now you need to give your 100 percent to clear SSC CGL exam.

If you are planning to appear for the SSC CGL 2016 Exam, you landed at the right place, here I will share topics you need to focus more and the sections that will require less time to master them.

The exam includes questions related to English Language, General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude. Preparation of General Intelligence & Reasoning will need more time, Quantitative Aptitude will need a lot of practice, and General Awareness requires regular practice. English Language can help you score well and will take less preparation time.

SSC CGL exam has been a three tier process, which includes:

The first phase is a written exam ination, which includes objective multiple choice questions.
The second phase is also a written examination, which includes objective multiple type questions.

The third phase is an interview/skill test and computer proficiency tests, followed by document verification.

The 2016 SSC CGL exam will come up with a new exam pattern, as the SSC had revised the exam pattern. It is said that the 2016 CGL Exam Pattern will include only written tests, as the interview has been abolished by the government. So you need to prepare well for the written exam as the merit list will be prepared based on that only.

I did an extensive research to find the best books and magazines you can refer while preparing for the SSC CGL Exam:

  1. English Series Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal
  2. English Grammar by Wren and Martin
  3. Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
  4. Monthly Magazine such as Pratiyogita Darpan and Chronicle
  5. Manorama Year Book for General Awareness
  6. Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi by Arihant Publication
  7. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
  8. Current Affairs by Made Easy
  9. Magbook General Science by Arihant Experts
  10. Lucent’s General Knowledge (English)/ Lucent’s Samanya Gyan (Hindi)
  11. Better English by Norman Lewis
  12. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Reading newspaper like The Hindu and The Indian Express, will help you a lot, if you have a plan to appear for SSC CGL exam.

The CGL 2016 Tier-1 Exam is tentatively slated on 8th May and 22nd May, 2016, but it is still unclear whether the exam will be online or offline. It will be cleared after the release of notification by SSC on 13th February 2016.

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