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How to prepare for SSC CGL and CHSL - 2016?

How to prepare for SSC CGL and CHSL - 2016?

By / Feb 13, 2019

The Staff Selection Commission has declared the academic calendar for the year 2016 for selection tests of various Government and Departmental Jobs. While the most popular exams under SSC are the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) and the Combined Graduate Level (CGL), there are many other exams that can become the gateway for an aspirant to become a Government Employee.

Here, we will take a look into the overall the selection procedure of two of the most important exams under SSC, the CHSL and the CGL (Tier-1 and Tier-2), and will formulate the winning strategy.

Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL)

Date of Notification: 2nd July, 2016
Last date of Application: 1st August, 2016
Date of Examination: 25th September, 09th and 16th October, 2016
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:
The CHSL is a single tier paper based written test having the pattern as below:

CHSL Exam Pattern

Total duration of the exam is 120 minutes and the candidate must have completed Higher Secondary level or equivalent education to apply for this exam.

Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier-1:

Date of Notification: 13th February, 2016
Last date of Application: 14th March, 2016
Date of Examination: 8th and 22nd May, 2016
SSC CGL Exam Pattern(Tier-1):
The CGL is a two tier paper based written test having the pattern as below:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier-2:
Date of Examination: 13th and 14th August 2016
SSC CGL Tier-2 is a single day exam, but contains three papers, as below:

SSC CGL Tier-2 Pattern

The duration of each paper is 120 minutes; candidates are required to take either 2 or all the 3 papers based on the post opted for.

Differences between SSC and Banking; things you should know

Although the pattern looks similar, but SSC and bank exams are not the same. Mathematics in SSC encompasses Arithmetics, Algebra, Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Mensuration unlike banking where most of the questions are asked from Arithmetics only. Similarly, English and Reasoning sections are tougher in banking exams than in SSC.

The General Awareness section of SSC broadly comprises of 9 subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology from General Sciences and Economics, History, Geography and India Polity from Social Sciences. The General Awareness section in banking comprises of Banking Awareness and Current Affairs (mostly). Similarly, there are no separate computer sections. In case of SSC, computers are a part of General Awareness.

Unlike bank exams, the General Intelligence and Reasoning sections of SSC contains questions from non-verbal reasoning too.

Questions in English, however, are easier in SSC as compared to banking. More importance is given to grammar than comprehension in case of SSC.

What to do next?

Since you have made up your mind about preparing for SSC, it is now important for us to take steps in the right direction to ensure success. Here are some key points to look for while formulating the action plan for the next 6 months:

If you have not taken the exam or have taken it long back, then we strongly recommend you to start by knowing the test first. Take an Online Mock Test, know and see where you stand in comparison to fellow test takers.

We at TCY strongly believe that analysis of a test is equally important as the test itself. Spend a good amount of time on the analysis of the Mock Test. We recommend you to keep a note of your strong and weak areas.

A good study plan is definitely a great way to monitor your progress. We at TCY created just the right tool for you to do that, use the study planner to plan your success.

Apart from Mock Tests, you also need to focus on fundamentals. It is important for you to ensure that you have sound concepts. The best way to test them is by taking topic wise Mock Tests on a regular basis.

General Awareness has a huge syllabus and cannot be mastered overnight, so start covering one chapter at a time from day-1. Also, focus more on Indian context while studying History or Geography. Questions from World History and World Geography are a rarity.

All the best for your preparation and subscribe to our feeds to remain updated with the latest tips and tricks on SSC preparation.

Team TCYonline

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