Every year the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam in four phases. Knowing that you have prepared for the exam from your preferred study materials, there is still a lingering fear present before the exam. Don’t worry there is nothing to be afraid of, instead just keep yourself motivated and aim for the goal that you have set. Here are some syllabus-based tips for the SSC CGL Exam, one of the most sought-after upcoming government exams.
Tips for Quantitative Aptitude Section
- Basics: Have a good understanding of your basics and don’t go for shortcuts or tricks without any understanding or depth in the subject.
- Time Management: Maintaining a proper timetable and allotting sufficient time for each section or topic is very important. Try to solve a problem within a minute or less.
- Short-cut Methods: After having a good grasp of the subject or topic, learning shortcuts can be very helpful and come in handy as it increases the calculation speed and increases the accuracy.
Tips for Comprehension and English Language Section
- Increase your Vocabulary: This can be done by having a note containing a list of new words or learning online synonyms for the words that you use on a daily basis.
- Develop your English Grammar: Having a proper understanding of English grammar is very important; this is required to solve the comprehension and English language section where you will be asked to spot an error. Following the grammar rules will be required to do so.
- Develop your Reading Skills: Reading skills cannot be improved in a day but it can be done gradually, some basic ways are reading newspapers, magazines, reading articles, etc.
Tips for General Intelligence and Reasoning part
- Increase your Logical Skill: Improving your problem-solving skills and thinking faster can help a lot in this section, therefore a student needs to sharpen his or her analytical skills.
- Mastery Over Concepts: Having a good command over every concept is required, understanding of directions is also very important, i.e., knowing which direction is North, South, East, West.
- Focus on a particular topic at a time: Giving sufficient time on a single topic is very important, rather than going through multiple at a time. Don’t make assumptions based on your instinct.
Tips for GK and GA Section
- Reading: Reading magazines, newspapers, weekly GK Blog, watching news channels, etc.
- Creating Notes: Having separate notes always helps for revision purposes that you have covered in Environment, Current Affairs, Static GK, etc.
Preparation strategy for Combined Graduate Level Exam
Be Positive and Stay Motivated
- Focus on your objective and don’t be distracted. Practice daily and always inspire yourself, this will push you towards your dream job gradually. Prepare properly without any gaps as you are required to score high marks to get the job. Don’t miss any opportunity.
Focus on accuracy and speed
- Dedicate a certain amount of time to particular areas.
- Try solving a certain number of problems in a given time.
- Use short-cuts when required.
- Don’t only focus on the speed as the answers need to be correct for getting marks.
Solving Previous Year papers
- This will help you to understand the pattern of the paper.
- Increases fluency in topics.
- Make you better at problem-solving.
- The same questions may come in the exam.
- Try to attempt as many mock tests as possible.
- Choose a topic-wise mock test.
- Helps you build confidence.
- Choose a full-length mock test once you are satisfied with your preparation.
- Let’s know about your strengths and weaknesses.
Focus on Weak Areas
- Practice the topics in which you have less grasp
- Gain more ideas on the topics which are difficult to understand.
- Give more time to your weak areas and dedicate yourself to getting better at them.
- Focusing on important topics is very good and benefits the student.
- Before moving forward, completion of the important topics is required for scoring high marks.
Reading the question
- Reading the complete question is crucial before answering it.
- Reading the question incomplete may result in misunderstanding and lead to a wrong answer
- Be thorough and look for what’s asked in the question.
Rule of Elimination
- Sometimes this can be used to get the correct answer to a confusing question.
- Use the elimination method in case of confusing questions.
- Try not to use it often.
- Best used in case of finding the odd one out.
Building Study Plan
- Making a daily study routine is very beneficial and helps in gradual progress with your upcoming government exam preparation.
- Giving a certain amount of time every day to specific topics or subjects is good for preparation.
- Allocating breaks in your study plan or timetable is also very important, as it helps you to concentrate better while studying.
Different Strategy and Selecting
- Building different strategies and trying out all of them is not possible, so stick to the few which are beneficial for you.
- Start with the topics which are easy to understand and solve.
- Some may start with the difficult part first but it can consume time and make you panic in the exam, so select smartly.
- Avoid any guesswork if not necessary.
- Guesswork will lead to wrong answers and will award you with negative marks which will be affecting your overall performance.
- Out of 100 questions, you can guess 4-5 if you wish to score good overall marks, performing more than the given number of guesswork will only lead to a decrease in the overall marks.
Points to Remember
- The SSC CGL exam has four phases, which are Tier – 1, Tier – 2, Tier – 3, and Tier – 4.
- Tier – 1 is an objective-based exam and has a duration of 60 minutes which will be held online.
- Tier – 2 is also an objective-based exam that consists of 4 papers, each paper has a duration of 60 minutes which will be held online.
- Tier – 3 is a descriptive exam that has a duration of 60 minutes, pen and paper is used in such mode of exam.
- There is a negative marking of 0.5 for each wrong answer.
- For PWD, the duration is 80 minutes.