The syllabus of SSC CGL 2020 includes English grammar and comprehension and tests the understanding and knowledge of the English language. The following are some of the high scoring topics of the English section.
Fill in the blanks: In this topic, you have to choose an appropriate word from the given options to fill in. The trick here is to read the statement carefully and understand the meaning. Only then you will be able to choose the suitable word.
You need to have a strong vocabulary to score in this section as there are many words whose meanings would seem the same. A strong vocabulary will ensure that you are able to differentiate between them.
This will also help in the reading comprehension topic where questions on synonyms and antonyms of a word in the passage are also asked.
Spelling Test: You can easily improve this topic by keeping a dictionary with you or if it is not possible to carry a dictionary all the time, then install one on your phone. Look up the word you're having trouble with and make a list of such words for future reference.
With constant practice and revision, you will soon be able to spot the error without even looking at the options.
Phrases & Idioms: Make an extensive list of idioms and phrases and practice them on a daily basis. The best thing to do here is to solve previous year papers and practice a lot of mock tests. This will help in making a quality list of phrases and idioms that could be asked in the exam.
Also, keep an eye out of any phrase or idiom you come across while reading a book or in a conversation. Note it down and look it up as soon as possible.
Reading comprehension: This is considered to be the most difficult topic in the English section but with the correct approach, it can turn out to be the most fruitful for you. In this, you will be given a passage and a number of related questions will follow.
The only way you will be able to answer all the questions correctly is if you understand the passage. Also, your reading speed should be pretty high as time is of the essence in this examination. To achieve this, you would need to get comfortable with this language.
This doesn't mean that have to get fluent in it, but you should be proficient enough so it doesn't take much effort to understand the message being communicated. Listen to English songs, watch English movies and debates on any English language channel to make yourself familiar with the language. Also, read newspapers like The Hindu or The Indian Express and surely the topic of reading comprehension will not bother you anymore.
The above topics and techniques will help you in scoring well in English grammar for competitive exams like SSC CGL and Bank PO. Before applying, make sure that you thoroughly read all the guidelines of the SSC CGL 2020 age limit and educational qualification.