Questions from English are asked in almost every recruitment process conducted by SSC from high school (10th) to graduate level entries. However, it appears as an illogical language for many aspirants. The problem becomes more complicated if the candidate belongs to rural areas. To help rural candidates, we have formulated some essential tips to preparing English section systematically so that such candidates can excel in the SSC exams with less efforts.
SSC English Section: Topics that are covered
If we take all the exams conducted by SSC over the year, questions are asked from various topics. However, in every exam, you will not face each and every type of question. Let us have a look at these topics:
- Error spotting
- Antonyms and Synonyms
- Finding the right or wrong spelling
- Direct and indirect speech
- Active and passive voice
- One word substitutions
- Sentence improvement
- Reading comprehension
- Cloze test questions
- Para jumbles
Better understanding of these topics helps in increasing the confidence level of the candidates so that they can score high in this section.
SSC Tips & study plan
Primarily, you have to divide the overall syllabus into two parts:
a. Grammar part: - In the grammar part, you will find questions from error detection, sentence improvement, active and passive voice, direct and indirect speech questions, para-jumbles, cloze test etc.
b. Vocabulary part:- the vocabulary part includes one word substitution, spelling mistakes, antonyms and synonyms, phrases, idioms etc.
Now, Let us understand about the tips, which can prove fruitful to you while preparing for SSC English section-
Refer a basic grammar book & revise it repeatedly
We advise you to buy "Objective General English by SP Bakshi". Finish this book first and practice all the stated problems. It is very good for strengthening your English grammar base.
Read English newspaper or novels
Take ‘The Hindu’/‘The Indian Express’/‘The Times of India’ or any famous novel and read it regularly. Write down the new words and their meanings along with synonyms and antonyms and usage of a word in a sentence and revise it regularly.
Keep an eye on grammar rules exceptions
SSC sometimes asks questions based on certain exceptions to a certain rules of grammar. For tackling such questions, you should have in-depth knowledge of such grammar rules and their exceptions.
Revise general topics
SSC exams ask not only grammar questions but also questions from one-word substitutions, idioms/phrases, synonyms and antonyms, spelling mistakes etc. You can easily score in these areas if you have revised adquately.
For complex topics, consider various test series
There are numerous test series available in the market that offers questions of difficulty level from simple to high. You can opt for practicing various mock tests or Olive board test series because they offer standard questions with explanations.
Go for previous year papers
Do you know that sometimes SSC asks similar questions to previous year questions. Hence, solving previous year questions is very important. Beyond this, answers provided by SSC are not matched with the correct ones. So, it is advised that you should keep the tricks & answers of confusing questions in mind. This will help you in choosing the right answer during the exams.
Be confident and optimistic
It is common that you fail in SSC exams. Reasons may be several. one reason that we can tell you is your low confidence level in English language. Therefore, practice and revise as much as possible in fixing such problems.
English language section is not something that requires rigorous understanding of English literature. The questions are asked to test your grammar and general vocabulary knowledge. Therefore, extensive practice is required to gain adequate marks in this section. It will definitely help you cracking English section in every SSC exam.