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Important Tips and Syllabus for SSC-CGL Exam Preparation


What is SSC?

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a major organisation which conducts exams to recruit staff in different Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. Constituted in 1975 as “Subordinate Services Commission”, it has subsequently been re-designated as Staff Selection Commission effective from the 26th September, 1977.

Eligibility Criteria for CGL Exam

Every year, SSC conducts the exam of Combined Graduate Level (CGL) to fill various posts under various Government Departments. To give SSC-CGL exam:
1.One must be a graduate from a recognised university
2.One must be the citizen of India
3.The age must be between 18 to 27 years

Syllabus and Exam Pattern

SSC-CGL Exam process consists of a four-tier process – Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV. Each tier has a different exam pattern. Tier I and Tier II are known as Preliminary Exam and Main Exam, respectively; most of the posts through SSC-CGL require mainly Tier I and Tier II. The Syllabus of SSC-CGL is:

Tier I – Preliminary Examination (200 Marks)

Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning: Verbal and Non-verbal
English Language
General Awareness

Tier II – Main Examination (800 Marks)

Quantitative Ability
English Language and Comprehension
General Studies (Finance and Economics)

Note: In Tier I, each wrong answer costs half a mark.

Tips for SSC-CGL Exam preparation:

Quantitative Aptitude: This is very important section, so you must prepare yourself for a wide variety of questions. It is very time-consuming due to its difficulty level. Therefore, you must solve the questions with short calculations, which may help you save a lot of time. Questions related to Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Simplification, and Average are relatively easy to solve. Questions related to Profit and Loss, Speed Time and Distance, and Simple/Compound Interest are little time-consuming and should be solved carefully. Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, Trigonometry and Mensuration are the most important topics to be focused on.

Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal): To get full marks in reasoning, you must set your logic straight because all the questions are tricky, and you must have done sufficient practice for it. Try to complete this section in 18-20 minutes. Use your imagination while answering the questions related to Statement and Assumptions. The most important topics are – Number Series, Syllogism, Analogy, Odd One Out, and Non-verbal reasoning.

English Language: This is the section where you can score full marks, if your grammar and vocabulary is good. You must read good English magazines and newspapers to improve your reading skills. The most important topics in this section are – Comprehension, Error Spotting, One Word Substitution, Spellings and Idioms. It would hardly take 15-18 minutes to compete this section.

General Awareness: This section is based on the fact that how updated is your knowledge with current affairs. This section covers the NCERT books from standard 6th to 10th for questions related to History, Geography and Political Science. Rest of the subjects are General Knowledge and General Science. You must start with the topics you are most comfortable with. Do not answer on behalf of your guess; attempt those questions only which you are sure about. Read newspapers, books and magazines daily to score well in current affairs. It would hardly take 10-15 minutes to complete this section.

Statistics: This section is only for those candidates who have applied for the posts of Statistical Investigator Gr. II, and Compiler. To prepare yourself for statistics, you can take help of NCERT books from standard 10th to 12th. If your strength lies in Quantitative Aptitude, then it may help you score well in this section. Most of the questions are based on tabulation of data, accuracy and formulae. You must practice various formulae and try to remember them. Some important topics for Statistics are – Collection and Representation of Data, Sampling and Probability Theory, Index Numbers, Measures of Central Tendency and Time Series Analysis.

General Studies (Finance and Economics): This section is only for those candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer. This paper is divided into two parts – Finance and Accounts, and Economics and Governance. To prepare yourself for this section, you can take help of NCERT books from standard 10th to 12th. Practice more on theory and facts because it is important from the economic point of view. Read newspapers and watch news to stay updated with economic issues. Some important topics for this section are – Fundamental Principles and Basic Concepts of Accounting, Financial Accounting, Theory of Production, Indian Economy, Finance Commission, Theory of Demand and Supply, Role of Information Technology, and Forms of Market and Price Determination.

These are the tips which can help you in preparation while you are studying at your own, but there are some other ways also which can help you perform better than the competitors.

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Govt. of India has just released a notice mentioning that Government has approved “two additional attempts to all categories of candidates w.e.f. Civil Services Examination 2014, with consequential age relaxation of maximum age for all categories of candidates, if required.

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How to Fix Your Carelessness in Exams and Remain Honest with Yourself ?

Carelessness in exams

Time and again I have seen students, relegating serious mistakes ad careless ones. This tendency could turn out to be fatal. Be it a grave or careless mistake, end of the day, the penalty levied would be the same. So if you know that it is just a careless mistake, then do not undermine its significance. Fixing your carelessness is easier than acquiring new concepts. Be honest with yourself and fix your carelessness.

If you've ever attributed a math error to "carelessness"(and let's be honest—you have) then this post is for you. So often do I see students blame their mistakes on "carelessness," in fact, that the poor word has lost its meaning in the context of competitive exams? This post is an effort to restore its dignity.

Carelessness, in my experience, can mean one (or more than one) of the following:

  • Misreading the question
  • Misbubbling the answer
  • Arithmetic or simple algebra errors
  • Self-delusion

To avoid misreading the question, always give the question one final read before you bubble your answer to make sure you found the answer the test is actually asking for.

To avoid misbubbling, bubble sedulously, and then double check your bubbling. You should check once as you're bubbling, and then if you have time at the end of a section, go back through and make sure your answer sheet reflects the answers you've circled in your test booklet. This, by the way, is one great reason to actually use bubble sheets when you take practice tests. Because everyone misbubbles once in a great while, and if it happens to you during a practice test, you'll be that much more likely to be careful on the real thing.


The Importance of Full-Length Timed Practice Tests (Mock Tests)

There’s something very enticing about practice tests. They appear productive. They seem like they’re giving you a competitive on “the real thing”. And there’s always that secret hope that this time you’ll knock it out of the park and you can finally stop studying.

Often times, I have seen students making the fatal mistake of skipping the practice test before they start preparing. Yes, you heard it right BEFORE they start preparing. They have myriad excuses for the same. But this is one such test, which will tell you exactly where you stand and what to put in to reach your coveted school. Some even call it a Diagnostic Test. Whatever you call it, but do take the test.

Importance of Full Length Tests

Take the test the way it is meant to be taken

Simulate all the conditions of the actual test. There are some unforgivable do nots. Let’s have a look.

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