How to Prepare for SSC CGL Exam 2021 | Tips & Strategy

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How to Prepare for SSC CGL Exam 2021 | Tips & Strategy

Combined Graduate Level Examination.(SSC CGL Examination).

Staff Selection Commission conducts Combined Graduate Level Examination each year to recruit group B and C staffs under various Ministries/ Departments. Inspector of Income Tax, Inspector in CBIC, Asst. Enforcement Officer, Assistant Section Officer in MEA are some of the posts filled through SSC CGL exam. Candidates who are shortlisted for Tier IV of the exam can fill out the posts of their choice and they will be selected for the post based on their total score out of 700 in Tier I, II and III.

The candidates applying for SSC CGL must be a graduate from a recognized University or Institute. To be able to qualify, the candidates should not be above 30 years of age for most of the group ’B’ posts and not above 27 years for other posts.

English Comprehension and Quantitative Aptitude are the decisive sections in securing a top post through SSC CGL. These two sections alone carry 250 marks each out of the total of 700.

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude.

Candidates who score well in this section are generally the ones who are well acquainted with the syllabus. The syllabus is not so vast and aspirants start to see repeated questions or concepts after a while in their preparation stage. A good understanding and continuous practice of the types of questions that are previously asked, make even the average candidates score well in this section. Therefore, this is the section where mock tests are the most effective.

Aspirants need to practice as much mock tests as possible. This is honestly the part where one cannot overdo it. A few mock tests later, you will be able to manage time in the most effective way. To make the best of mock tests, you need to analyse your mistakes and the questions to which your limited time was wasted.

How to prepare for English Language and Comprehension.

In addition to the 50 marks and 200 marks in first two tiers, English language proficiency is also tested in the 3rd tier of the examination. So, investing a big part of your daily preparation time for English language will be worthwhile. Make reading a part of your daily routine and gradually you’ll be able to improve vocabulary and comprehension skills. Practicing previous year questions will definitely help in improving the grammar part. Also, a habit of noting down your mistakes especially in grammar area while attempting mock tests will boost your score in the later tests.

Most aspirants tend to diverge in referring vast number of books and online resources as there are many. Mastering one or two good books and going over it several times is the strategy of toppers in this section.

How to prepare for General Awareness.

Since this part contributes just 50 marks in the total of 700 marks for the final selection, aspirants generally do not give it the importance it requires. These 50 marks have been decisive in the final selection of most candidates. Pinning down the favourite areas of CGL General Awareness part and learning it in a systematic way can give you an edge in the first tier of the examination.

How to prepare for General Intelligence and Reasoning

Most candidates will be able to score good marks in this section even without much preparation. This section does not need much prior knowledge unlike other sections. Getting familiar with all the type of questions will be good for this section. However, some series/classification/analogy questions get candidates trapped and cost a big part of their time in the examination. This can also be avoided with practicing mock tests.

For tier 1 exam, Candidates should plan the order of sections they are going to attempt. Even the best candidates perform terribly in the actual exam, without a proper plan. Aspirants must execute these plans in the mock tests and find out what is best for them. Checking the percentile after each test is the best measure to track your improvement.

For tier 2 exam, candidates have to prioritise inside the section. For Quantitative Aptitude (Paper I), it is advised to complete the questions in three rounds with a time in mind for each round.

In the first round, candidates can ensure that easy and familiar questions are not left out. In the second round, they can attempt the familiar yet lengthy questions. In the final round, candidates can attempt the unfamiliar questions and make the most out of it.

For tier 3 exam, candidates will be tested for their writing skills. Candidates needs awareness about certain topics to write the essay. So aspirants must read relevant articles and practice writing essays of around 250 words. Candidates must also get used to writing letter/application of 150 words in appropriate format.

If any aspirant is able to execute this process, he/she will definitely be called for tier 4 and then he/she can fill his/her dream job in the preference order list.

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