How to Prepare English for SSC CHSL Exam 2016-17

Want to prepare English syllabus for SSC CHSL Exam 2016-17? If yes, learn here quick tips on how to prepare English & crack upcoming SSC CHSL 2017 exam. As we got a very good response in the previous article Smart way to score 40 + in Quant Section for SSC CHSL Exam, today we are covering Smart Way to Score 40 + in English Section in SSC CHSL Exam 2016.
First, let’s discuss the 

Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL Exam 2016-17

The questions in written test will be objective type. There will be 100 questions in the exam paper and candidates will be given 75 minute to solve the question paper. There will be following 4 sections in the question paper –
  • Now SSC CHSL also will be conducted Tier -I through Online Mode.
  • Reduce the time limit for examination  of Tier -I from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  • Reduce the Number of questions of Tier -I from 200 to 100.
  • Each part is of equal importance so candidates have to focus on each & every part of this exam.
  • It should be noted by candidates is that there is Negative Marking of 0.50 Marks in this Exam. So plan for exam is according to the pattern & syllabus of SSC CHSL Exam.
  • Remember that There is no Section wise Cut Off in this Exam.
NoteClick here to Check Detailed Syllabus For SSC CHSL Exam
With increasing number of students every year taking the CHSL Exam 2016, there is cut throat competition. Hence it is important for us to analyse the previous year papers cut off. This will help you find out how many marks you have to get to clear this Exam and where you stand.

Let's Start : 

How to Prepare English for SSC CHSL Exam 2016-17

English Section is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes a nightmare and biggest hurdle in getting a good score in the exam.
I would like to say that English section is tough for those who have passed their Intermediate in Hindi Medium, but guys even I am from the same, but your Firm Decision can change things.
English is not something you can expect to master in a day. But from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections. This section acquires more importance because it is the only section which can be attempted quickly i.e. in 10-15 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well. The number of questions from each topic and their difficulty level has remained similar over the years. As you know this subject contains 25 questions according to New Exam Pattern.

Expected Question from Each Topic in SSC CHSL Exam 2016-17

  1. Spotting Error – 3
  2. Fill in the blank – 2
  3. Synonyms – 1
  4. Antonyms – 1
  5. Idioms/Phrases – 2
  6. One Word Substitution – 2
  7. Spelling Mistakes – 1
  8. Sentence Correction – 3
  9. Cloze Test – 5
  10. Reading Comprehension – 5

Here are detailed tips for each topic:

1. Spotting Error 

You have to find the grammatical error in the sentence.  This type of questions require good grammatical sense.
Tips to solve Spotting Error in SSC CHSL LDC/ DEO Exam
  1. In order to solve questions on spotting errors the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most of the cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.
  2. While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.
  3. If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error. 

2. Fill in the blanks

 In SSC CHSL Exam it is expected that there will be questions with only single fill in the blank.

 Tips to solve Fill in the Blank  Question in SSC CHSL LDC/Postal Assistant Exam

  1. Read the statement carefully and choose the word from the options which is suitable for the answer.
  2. Use the method of elimination by simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.
  3. Also you must ensure that the word you have inserted in the blank enables to read the sentence smoothly and correctly. These methods can only be applied by Practicing.  

3. Synonyms and Antonyms:

  1. Learn at least 10 new English words daily. Note down the Meaning and example of each word you find unfamiliar or difficult to remember. This is the best way to cover Synonyms and Antonyms.
  2. Make shortcuts, tricks to make learning of words easy, and try to use them in your daily life
  3. Must study all the Synonyms and Antonyms from previous paper as you know that SSC usually repeats a lot of questions.

4. Idioms/Phrases & One Word Substitution

  1. Sum up all the one word substitutions and Idioms and phrases from the previous year books and learn them to score good in English section in the SSC CHSL Exam 2016.
  2. I have already given many quizzes on these topics which are from previous year papers. So you must attempt this from here. 

5. Spelling Mistakes

From this topic you can easily get all the marks in your pockets. You just learn some rules for spelling errors which is very important to have an understanding of the usage of spellings in English Grammar. 

6. Sentence Correction

In this topic you have to find the correct alternatives which may improve the sentence. Sometimes there is no correction required then your answer will be no improvement.

Tips to solve Sentence Correction in SSC CHSL Tier I Exam

  1. As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error
  2. Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.
  3. Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives. 

7. Cloze Test

A passage with 5 blanks is expected to come in SSC CHSL Exam. In this test you are provided with a passage with few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options.

Tips to solve Cloze Test in SSC CHSL TIER I Exams 

  1. In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. This logic will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.
  2. Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
  3. Find a logical relation between all the provided options.

8. Reading Comprehension

  • Step I: Identify the tone of paragraph, it helps in answering questions very quickly
  • Step II: Read questions first so that you know what you are looking for
  • Step III: Read first and last para twice and thoroughly

Important: Read more and More Passages, this will improve your speed in reading and understanding EnglishNote: Don’t skip the comprehension part, the passages asked in the exam are easyand can be scored off quickly. 

How to Develop Confidence For SSC LDC/DEO Exam 2016

  1. Know your Strength and Weakness: Candidates should check their weakness and work hard to remove their weak point in study. Mange time while practicing the hard and easy topics in your SSC CHSL syllabus.
  2. Take Advice from Experts: Candidates if you feel confused in any topic or question, then to you should take advice from your experts/teachers. You can also ask your doubts in comments. Don’t waste time to solve these types of question.
  3. Believe in Yourself: Always believe in yourself and think about your aim to succeeded in the SSC CHSL Exam. Try not to lose your self confidence under any situation
  4. Be Positive: Candidates should stay positive  about the exam and their future result. Most importantly "Don’t be afraid the exam paper"

Time Management Tips While Studying

  • Practice with Stopwatch on your side: For any aspiring SSC candidate it is a must to keep a stopwatch by their side while preparing. Apart from the tenacity of the questions, what matters is the time allotted for solving those questions. One needs to practice well enough so that in the paper, he/she can answer most number of questions while keeping the accuracy factor in mind. This also helps you improve your time and boosts your confidence just before the examination.
  • Go through Practice Sets and Mock Question Papers: Mock question papers and practice sets can help the candidates to prepare for the examination effectively. By solving these sets you can get an idea about how many questions you are solving in the given time and try to improve that by applying and innovating newer techniques through constant practice.

Suggested Books for SSC CHSL Exam

  • Quick learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal &  Vikas Aggarwal
  • Competitive General English by Kiran Prakshan
  • Objective General English by S P Bakshi
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Note : In order to make it easy for all the aspirants, we are posting the links below of Quizzes which are from previous years Question.
Most Important:: 
Previous year’s question papers are a must to practice right now. This will help you understand the type and style of questions asked. You will be able to prepare better keeping in mind the questions that have been asked before. This is also a great way to practice for the real exam. Set yourself on a timer and practice the papers like you are writing the real exam to get the feel of the exam and also learn time management.
Share these tips with your friends and get their good wishes
Share To:


IBTS - (Institute for Banking Training & Educational Services) is in the Leading Institution for banking & SSC, IBPS, Center & State exams in Chandigarh.

Post A Comment:

1 comments so far,Add yours

  1. Idioms are always interesting and amusing because of their symbolic meanings but some idioms are really tough to understand.
    Freya, UK