Can A Banking Aspirant Crack SSC CGL Exam?

SSC has released the SSC CGL Notification 2019. Being one of the most lucrative career options in the Central Government arena, SSC CGL Exam just like the banking exam attracts millions of candidates every year who try their luck to ace this prestigious exam. Banking and Staff Selection Commission (SSC) are very different in career prospects but there can be a similarity in the case of the syllabus of Quants and Reasoning. In this article, we are providing you with a detailed comparison of banking with the SSC CGL exam and how can you supplementing your CGL preparation being a banking aspirant.

SSC CGL 2019 Exam Pattern

The exam patten of most of the banking exam consist of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English. However, SSC CGL exam has 4 sections in total containing Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English and General Awareness. Here is the pattern of SSC CGL Prelims exam 2019:

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Subject No of Question Maximum Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
Reasoning Ability 25 50
English 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 200

There is a composite time of 60 minutes (1 Hour) for the SSC CGL Prelims exam

Most of the banking examination do not have general awareness in their prelims phase. However, they have GA in their mains stage.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL being a Banking Aspirant?

Banking examination revolves around Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English. Especially, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude has a higher level of difficulty in banking examination in comparison to CGL. Let’s look at how we can manage to crack SSC CGL examination.

Section-wise comparison

Quantitative Aptitude: The syllabus of Quants in banking, as well as SSC CGL, is almost the same. The difference lies in the scoring topics. Many of you practice a lot so it comes naturally to you, and some struggle to even comprehend the basic concepts. So, in quant, there is no fixed ‘one size fits all’ strategy. It’s an open secret, you practice, you score great marks. In addition to some key topics like DI, Time and distance, Simplication & Approximation, other topics need to be focused on the SSC CGL exam. The important topics for SSC CGL for Quants are:

  • Trigonometry,
  • Geometry,
  • Algebra,
  • Mensuration,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Speed and distance
  • SI and CI 
  • Simplification
  • Averages
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Number System
  • Data Interpretation
  • Time and Work
  • Alligation & Mixture


Reasoning: Reasoning Section in SSC CGL is easier and always high scoring in comparison to banking examination. Questions related to images, analogy, odd-one-out, direction sense, dictionary questions. You should attempt these questions first, you can attempt these questions within a few seconds. Practice mock tests daily, analyze your scores, see what went wrong, have a good look at the solutions and tricks. Learn the approach. Banking reasoning will help as a plus point in this section. Click Here to Check SSC CGL 2019-20 Syllabus of Reasoning.

General Awareness: In comparison to the bank exam, SSC CGL does not focus on banking awareness. It has a mixture of static as well as current affairs in its general awareness section. Analyze the previous year’s papers, note down all the topics from where the questions have been asked. Make handwritten notes. These handwritten notes should be your weapon in these last moment revision. Following is the syllabus of GA for SSC CGL 2019-20:

  • Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.)
  • Science
  • Current Affairs
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Portfolios
  • People in the News
  • Important Schemes

In the GA section, SSC repeats 3-4 questions every time, so you should study previous years’ questions to get marks easily. Refer to only selected topics and do not waste much time on this section. Focus more on Polity, economics and modern history. SSC CGL has static parts that do not resemble the banking examination most of the time.

English: There are three types of questions: Vocabulary questions, Grammar questions, and Reading Comprehension. For grammar-related questions, you should revise all the rules regarding, uses of tenses, articles, nouns, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, usage of conjunctions and prepositional phrases. Read the questions first then read the passage. Practice mocks as much as you can. Following are the topics that you need to prepare in English:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spellings
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • One word Substitution
  • Sentence Correction
  • Error Spotting

If’s and But’s 

The SSC CGL recruits candidates on the post of Grade B Officer. There is a wide area of scope in CGL. A banking aspirant with a little effort can make through the SSC CGL exam because of the similarity in the topics of Quants, Reasoning, and English. So, if you are a banking aspirant and want to explore more than just banks in your career, apply online on the SSC portal for SSC CGL 2019. Your little effort can help you in cracking through the examination.

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