(Guidance Programme) Combined Graduate Level Examination - Tier - II : Paper - 2 : English Language & Comprehension


SSC : Combined Graduate Level Examination

Paper-II : English Language & Comprehension

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.

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