Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Exam conducts every year for the recruitment of qualified job seekers to fill up vacant seats under different departments. It is the greatest opportunity for ones who want to get government jobs.
The purpose of writing this article is to let you know how you can prepare effectively for these most anticipated exams in India.
For cracking SSC CGL you need not only hard work but smart work. Solving those questions asked in paper using your traditional way comes under Hard Work but it’s not sufficient to clear those exams by using only traditional methods since questions asked are often lengthy and you need to learn some short tricks also to supplement time management. Learning those Short tricks come under Smart Work.
SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus
SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam contains 4 sections which include Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General English and General Awareness with a total of 200 questions. It is very important to make a preparation strategy for the exam. Maths & 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.
Let us explore the different sections asked in the paper:
Reasoning area tests your mental and critical thinking capacity. You must be less reckless when in this area. There are no equations to solve here you just have to use your brain.
Major topics covered in this area are:
- Seating Arrangements
- Proclamation and Conclusions
- Blood Relations
Books to refer: Any good book for reasoning would help.
I recommend Arun Sharma for Logical reasoning.
===> Quantitative Aptitude
This section checks your mathematical ability. You need to be accurate as well as maintain your speed in solving the questions.
Major topics are:
- Ratio& Proportion
- Number Systems
- Bar-graph & Pie chart
Books to refer: First, finish RS Agarwal for Basics. Class 11th NCERT for Trigonometry and then go for Kiran publication book.
===> General Studies
Study in this order->
- Polity ( Amendment acts, articles, Special provisions, preamble, feature/Borrowing of Constitution)
- Science(Biology >physics >Pollutants and diseases they cause > Chemistry)
- History ( Modern ( Gandhian era, special sessions of INC, constituent assembly)
- Ancient history ( Harrapa, Ashoka’sera )
- Current Affairs ( Indian diaspora, sports, awards)
Books to refer: Just stick to NCERT particularly for History, Economics and Modern History. You should also refer Lucent and Pratiyogita Darpan.
English can be scoring if you have prepared well and can be quickly finished off during the exam. Topics to focus on in English are:
- Sentence structure
- Subject Verb Agreement
- Mistake Correction
- Equivalent words & Antonyms
Books to refer:
Follow SP Bakshi for Grammar.
For vocabulary daily read the newspaper. Also, learn new words every day from the book Platform Publications. They have a collection of vocabulary asked in previous year SSC papers and words are usually repeated in SSC.
<===> Preparation Strategy <===>
- Manage your Time efficiently. You need to follow a proper study routine and stick to it.
- For 3 months’ time, give the time a ratio of 4:4:1:1 for English: Quant: Reasoning: GS. Try to finish the whole syllabus of Maths & English in 1.5 months. Reasoning Syllabus can be completed in 30 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 a triangle, 1 for quadrilaterals and polygons, another good 5 days for Trigo. Both these have highest weight age on the paper. Now go through basic algebra 3 days max. Percentage and profit loss go hand in hand. 1 day for SI and CI.
- Learn up a few Short tricks as well. They come in very handy when solving Quant Questions.SSC exam is all about knowledge and Speed. Speed comes with practice. A few useful short tricks can be learnt from this channel.
- Give a lot of MOCK tests as well as practice the previous year Papers of SSC. Many of the questions are repeated usually.
Strategy during Exam <===
- Time management is very essential. You have 120 minutes for solving 200 questions.10 minutes are used for filling up the answer sheet.
- When you get the paper open the GS section first, mark all the answers you know quickly. Don’t make blind guesses though!
- Next, take up English. Solve this section in 20-25 minutes.
- Now take up reasoning, try to solve in maximum 35 minutes. Be careful but with the language of the question.
- Great! You have solved 75% of the paper in around 70 minutes!
- Now take up Quant section. You have 50 questions to attempt in around 45 minutes. This decides your merit.
You can also do your preparation from a lot of online resources. Apps that help a lot in your preparation by providing sectional tests for SSC-CGL as well as LIVE test series where you can compete and earn cash rewards.
As we all know that SSC recruitment cell is taking online mode examination from the aspirants who have applied. So do Practice of SSC CGL Exam online Mode.
All the best!