SSC : Combined Graduate Level
Paper-II : English Language &
Questions in this components will be designed to test the
candidate‘s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on
spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting
miss-spelt words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of
sentences, active/passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/indirect
narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage,
close passage & comprehension passage.
If we go through the question paper of tier two 2011, we will
find that about 50 questions out of 200 comes in this section, which is almost
one-fourth. Comprehension is complex mental process, which requires reading,
understanding, inference and judgment. You should have sound comprehend power.
You are required to go through a passage, grasp its gist, and then answer the
questions based on it. It involves the use of your vocabulary, your sense of
language, your ability to locate meaning, your intelligence to assess the real
spirit of the passage, and your capability infer conclusions from the given
content. You should remember that your answers must be based on and confirmed by
the information given in the passage and not by outside source.
Voice and direct and indirect is another areas where
questions are being asked. In grammar, voice is a feature of verb. It tells
whether a subject of verb acts or is acted upon. English has two voices: Active
and Passive. You are required to change the given sentence in active to passive
or vice versa. Direct and Indirect is way to report the words of a speaker, we
may quote his actual words called Direct speech and we may report what he said
without quoting his exact words called Indirect or Reported Speech. There were
questions on topics like one word substitution for example one who knows many
language, one who compiles the dictionary etc.; Idioms and Phrases all at sea ,
smell something fishy etc.
Sentence correction is all about to find the errors in given
sentence, one needs good command over English to solve this. In order to tackle
questions in these questions, a candidate requires a thorough understanding of
comprehension, applied grammar, vocabulary in usage, and a logical application
of language. Candidates should also cover topics like phrase, substitution;
preposition, voice, and analogy which will help the candidates enhance their
understanding of English language.
It is advisable to improve to improve your sense of language
and stock of words by reading regularly and bringing new words in your
day-to-day usage of language.
Brush up your basic knowledge of English by studying a conventional grammar
book. Regularly read newspaper with attention on vocabulary and sentence
structure, listen to speeches in English comes in Radio or Television. English
needs regular mug-up as you have to enhance your vocabulary.
Unlike, studying traditional books or basic books in English
grammar candidates are requires to read those books that helps the student to
use the language, provides ample guidance and practice in sentence building,
correct usage, comprehension, and other allied areas so as to equip the
candidates with the ability to tackle questions effectively in English. You have
to thoroughly go through HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION BY WREN
AND MARTIN, ADVANCED ENGLISH GRAMMAR BY MARTIN HEWINGS (Cambridge University
Press), Objective English for Competitive Examination of TATA McGraw Hills.