How to Prepare SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam

Strategy to Prepare CGL Tier 1 Exam

Exam Pattern Analysis

New Pattern Old Pattern
  • Total 100 Questions
  • 60 Minutes
  • Computer Based Test
  • 25 Questions in Each Section
  • Each Question Contain 2 Marks
  • Total 200 Questions
  • 120 Minutes
  • Pen and Paper Based Test
  • 50 Questions in Each Section
  • Each Question Contain 1 Mark


Reason of Changing Pattern: Because Tier 1 being an elimination round in SSC CGL and large number of aspirants appearing in Tier 1. So, with the motive of conducting it fairly and speedily, Staff Selection Commission went with online exam mode and reduce the number of questions and maximum time to make the process of Tier 1 much faster. Remember that earlier it was the game of Accuracy & Speed, with increase in time limit in new pattern what matters most is Accuracy.

Getting 75 minutes to solve 100 questions, 25 in each section is more than sufficient for an aspirant who is preparing according to previous pattern i.e. 200 questions in 120 minutes. However mode of examination is changed from Pen & Paper to Computer Based. SO, you must change your strategy to adopt yourself with this computer based exam mode.

General Assumption

As we already know that aspirants are preparing for CGL according to previous pattern and there is no change in syllabus as well, so we assume that you are well versed in all topics of al subjects.

Prerequisites Before Starting Preparation

  • Get Study Material / Online Test Series
  • Previous Year Papers & 10 to 15 Mock Tests for Practice
  • and relevant Text Books

Online Test Series should be exactly according to SSC exam pattern including comprehensive analysis of timing on each question and topics, feedback for weak points. Practice atleast 10 Practice Test and 5 Real Time Mocks. After subscribing for Online Test Series, take a practice set to get familiarize with Computer based test. You have practice this on daily or alternate day basis if you not appeared online tests before. After getting accustomed with online exam mode, take 2-3 online exams in a week (1 Practice Test & 1 Sunday Mock) for first 4 weeks, then take 3-4 online exam in a week (2 Practice Test & 1 Sunday Mock) for last 4 weeks.
NOTE: Practice with only one rough sheet.

You need to solve atleast 8 previous years papers to get adapted to the level of question paper. This will help you to be prepared for extreme variation in difficulty level of different sets of Tier 1. Solve atlest 1 previous year paper in  week. If possible try to get the question paper of recently conducted Online Exam of CPO. Next is Offline Mock Test - To increase you speed of solving questions taking offline mock test will act as a catalyst in your exam preparation. One offline mock test is more that sufficient.

Effects of Pattern Change

Now, having good command in General Studies and English will be an advantage for you. Aspirants having not so good speed in Maths & Reasoning need not to worry now. This new pattern gives you extra time for these sections. Only thing you need in this pattern is accuracy. However, if your command in GS & English is not up to the mark and your 70% marks of your total score (In Mocks) is from Maths & Reasoning, you might lose the race of CGL exam.

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