SSC CGL English syllabus

The English syllabus for the SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level) exam is designed to test the candidates’ proficiency in English language and comprehension. The syllabus is divided into various components across Tier I and Tier II of the examination.

SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier I

Topics Covered:

  1. Reading Comprehension:
    • Passages with questions testing comprehension, interpretation, and vocabulary.
  2. Fill in the Blanks:
    • Questions with one or more blanks in a sentence to test vocabulary and grammar usage.
  3. Error Spotting:
    • Sentences with grammatical errors where candidates need to identify the incorrect part.
  4. Sentence Improvement:
    • Questions providing alternatives to improve or correct a given sentence.
  5. One-word Substitution:
    • Questions requiring substitution of a phrase or clause with a single word.
  6. Idioms and Phrases:
    • Commonly used idioms and phrases with questions testing their meanings.
  7. Synonyms and Antonyms:
    • Questions on identifying words with similar or opposite meanings.
  8. Spellings/ Detecting Mis-spelt Words:
    • Questions where candidates need to identify the correctly/incorrectly spelled words.
  9. Cloze Test:
    • Passages with multiple blanks where candidates need to choose the appropriate words to fill in.
  10. Active/Passive Voice:
    • Questions transforming sentences from active to passive voice and vice versa.
  11. Direct/Indirect Speech (Narration):
    • Questions converting direct speech into indirect speech and vice versa.

SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier II

Topics Covered:

  1. Reading Comprehension:
    • More complex and lengthy passages with questions on understanding, interpretation, and inference.
  2. Fill in the Blanks:
    • Advanced level questions testing deeper understanding of vocabulary and grammar.
  3. Error Spotting:
    • Sentences with subtle grammatical errors to be identified and corrected.
  4. Sentence Improvement:
    • More intricate sentences requiring correction or improvement.
  5. One-word Substitution:
    • Advanced questions requiring a deeper understanding of vocabulary.
  6. Idioms and Phrases:
    • Less common idioms and phrases with questions on their meanings.
  7. Synonyms and Antonyms:
    • Advanced vocabulary questions.
  8. Spellings/ Detecting Mis-spelt Words:
    • Identification of more complex correctly/incorrectly spelled words.
  9. Cloze Test:
    • Lengthier passages with multiple blanks testing overall language proficiency.
  10. Active/Passive Voice:
    • More complex sentence transformations from active to passive voice and vice versa.
  11. Direct/Indirect Speech (Narration):
    • More intricate questions on converting direct speech into indirect speech and vice versa.
  12. Para Jumbles:
    • Rearranging jumbled sentences to form a coherent paragraph.
  13. Sentence/ Para Completion:
    • Completing sentences or paragraphs logically and coherently.
  14. Multiple Meaning Words:
    • Questions on words with multiple meanings to test the contextual understanding.

Recommended Books for SSC CGL English Preparation:

  1. “Objective General English” by S.P. Bakshi (Arihant) – Comprehensive coverage of grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  2. “Plinth to Paramount” by Neetu Singh – Detailed explanations of grammar rules and extensive practice exercises.
  3. “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis – Great for vocabulary building.
  4. “High School English Grammar & Composition” by Wren & Martin – Detailed grammar rules and practice exercises.
  5. Previous Years’ Solved Papers for SSC CGL – Useful for understanding the pattern and frequently asked questions.

These resources cover the essential aspects of the English syllabus for SSC CGL, providing ample practice material and theoretical knowledge to enhance your preparation. Regular practice and thorough understanding of these topics will be crucial for scoring well in the English sections of the SSC CGL exam.

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