Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Exam is conducted every year for the recruitment of qualified job seekers to fill up vacant seats for different departments. Organizing is an important part of exam preparation, yet many students often forget to outline a well-organized study-plan and waste a lot of time getting petrified with the vast syllabus. It is recommended that at least 3 months’ preparation is necessary for cracking exam. However, if you are short on time and have just 2 months, you can still nail it.
The exam pattern of SSC CGL consists of four sections which includes Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General English and General Awareness with a total of 200 questions. It is very important to make a proper preparation strategy for the exam. Maths and English are the most important sections as they are asked in both Tier 1 and 2. Reasoning and General awareness are asked only in Tier 1.
Exam Pattern to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam:
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Reasoning section tests your critical and mental thinking ability. You must be less reckless when in this area and shall not take any chances of marking the answers as the options are similar in nature. This is not related to mathematics as no equations are involved, you should solve using your brain.
Main topics covered in this area are:
Start reasoning preparation by –
-Textbook reasoning: Books are the best place to clear all concepts in order to prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam. Keep on repeating tests to sharpen the concept.
-Test books for reasoning quizzes: To ensure that you are actually learning and not just wasting time, keep a track of your preparation by taking reasoning quizzes. Quizzes are prepared by experts keeping in mind the exam pattern and previous year exam analysis.
Quantitative aptitude is considered to be the most difficult and time-consuming section of the exam. This section checks your mathematical ability; thus, you need to be accurate as well as maintain your speed while solving the questions.
Main topics are:
•Ratio and Proportion
•Statistics (Bar graphs and Pie charts)
-Textbook Quant: Have a thorough look at the book. Carefully go through all the shortcuts, concepts and tips.
-Test book for Quant Quizzes: There are many test books available for cracking mathematics section. Assess yourself with numerous tiny quizzes having solutions to fix your mistakes on the spot.
-Math Shortcut Tricks: Shortcut tricks can help you big time in Quantitative Aptitude.
-Take one mock test daily leading up to the exam.
-Practice on some mobile app daily. When you’re travelling or bored or when you sit down to practice just have a quick look on the app.
Static General Knowledge mainly pertains to Culture, Indian History, Geography (India and World), Environment, Economy and Polity.
You can Study in this order-
1.Polity (Amendment acts, articles, special provisions, preamble, features of constitution)
2.Science (Biology >physics >Pollutants > Chemistry up to 10th Grade.
3.History (Modern (Gandhian era, special sessions of INC, constituent assembly)
4.Ancient history (Harappa culture, Asoka era)
5.Current Affairs (Indian diaspora, sports and awards)
•Current Affairs App: Since you have around two months of time, learn from your mobile, it is easy, interactive and convenient, go through the information in various Apps that are available.
•Current Affairs Quiz: Make it a point to take these quizzes daily.
•GK Quiz: Improve your General Awareness with the short quizzes. To prepare for exam and simultaneously test you, these quizzes can be the best platform.
•Current Affairs Capsules: If you don’t have an Android app you can read monthly capsules of past 2 months.
English can be a scoring section if you have prepared well and can be quickly finished off during the exam. Topics to focus on in English are:
•Subject Verb Agreement
•Antonyms and Synonyms
-Practice at least 4-5 comprehension passages daily. A simple trick, read the questions before you read the passage, as then while reading the passage you will know exactly what you are looking for. In fact, sometimes, the answers to all the questions which follow the passage lie in the initial paragraphs itself.
-Vocabulary is important and you should read a lot. Whenever you come across a new word, check the meaning of the word, try to reuse it and from sentences also learn its synonyms and antonyms.
-Just like vocabulary, your grammar will also improve if you read more sincerely. In any case, try as many questions as you can on fill in the blanks and error spotting.
•Manage your time efficiently. You need to follow a proper study routine and stick to it.
•Read the newspaper daily as this will benefit you in two ways- first you will be aware of the current affairs and simultaneously it will improve your vocabulary and the reading speed.
•For 2 months’ time, follow a particular pattern to study, distribute your time effectively on all four sections. Try to finish the whole syllabus of Maths and English in around 1.5 months. Reasoning and general awareness syllabus can be completed in thirty days if studied properly.
•For maths, start with Geometry first, approx. time for it would be 1 week.
1 day for basic, 1 for lines and angles, 1 for circle, 1 for triangle, 1 for quadrilaterals and polygons, and another good five days for trigonometry. Both of these chapters have the highest weightage in exam. Next, go through basic algebra for three days max. Percentages and profit loss chapters go hand in hand. You will need only one day for simple and compound interest as it is relatively easy.
•Learn up some short tricks to solve as well. They come in very handy when solving quant section. SSC exam is all about knowledge and speed and speed comes with practice.
Attempt a lot of mock tests as well as practice the previous year Papers of SSC. Many of the questions are repeated and you might get lucky.
Strategy during Exam:
1.Time management is very essential. You will have 120 minutes for solving 200 questions. Around 10 minutes are used for filling up the answer sheet.
2.Once you get the paper attempt the General awareness section first, quickly mark all the answers you know. Don’t make blind guesses though.
3.Now take up reasoning, try to solve in maximum 35 minutes. Be careful but with the language of the question.
4.Next take up English. Solve this section in around 20-25 minutes.
5.As per this you are doing great and you have solved around 75% of the paper in around 70 minutes.
6.Last take up Quant section. You will have 50 questions to attempt in around 45 minutes. This decides your merit.
Hopefully, after reading this post you will know exactly how to prepare for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam.
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All the best for your exams..