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How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2017: Strategy for Tier I & II Exam

How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2017 - Strategy for SSC CGL (Tier I & II) Exam: Are you goingto appear for SSC CGL 2017? If you are preparing for SSC CGL Exam, it becomes very important that you follow a strict time schedule because of competition. Yes, Competition is the key for the aspirants to follow plan. The competition is growing day by day and one must not ignore the large number of candidates appearing for these exams every year. And this is one of the reasons to follow proper study plan for SSC exams. However, here are a few tips which will help you to prepare for SSC CGL 2017 efficiently.

As SSC CGL Admit Card is available for download and the syllabus of SSC CGL is huge and it can't be done randomly or studying 1 or 2 hours, thus to complete the syllabus, you must have set targets for 6 days of the week, i.e., from Monday to Saturday. As for the last day, Sunday, you must do one mock test or previous year's paper. Also, instead of solving the paper on any notebook or register, you must have a SSC CGL Mock Test and solve the mock paper in the prescribed time limit, NO CHEATING.
Since you are going to divide the time for all topics, here is a reference for how much amount of time you must devote to each topic. Remember, THIS IS JUST A REFERENCE, you can devise your own time table depending on your strengths and weaknesses. You must start your preparation with an eye to SSC CGL Total Vacancy.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2017

It's always a good idea to make a schedule to study for SSC CGL 2017.

1. Math (2 hours daily): Practice with pen and paper. Need both conceptual clarity and learning formulas. Practice to get more accuracy and speed.
2. Reasoning (1 hour daily): Again practice with pen and paper. Sometimes needs conceptual clarity but otherwise practice of questions regularly. Not much of formulas.
3. English (1 hour daily): Need conceptual clarity. Practice of questions. You need to improve your vocabulary. Try to learn atleast 10 new words each day. Buy a good English Grammar and Vocabulary book and practice it. Also, you must read an English newspaper daily. This will not only help you improve your vocabulary but also keep you updated with the current topics.
4. General Knowledge (2 to 3 hours daily): Feeding of facts of history, geography, polity, economics, science and technology. Keep yourself updated about the national and international affairs.

Topic Wise Study Plan for SSC CGL 2017

When you know what your exam consists of you can fight well, so now we will focus on each section one by one. As every person has his/her own caliber, strengths and weaknesses, he/she may be good in one section and might be lagging in other one. Thus, we'll give you a brief suggestion on how to prepare different sections to score more.

Reasoning/ General Intelligence 
First we talk about Reasoning Section, this consists of 50 Marks. Just focus on points mentioned below:

1. This Section is usually very easy but you shouldn't underestimate this and must prepare to attempt about 45 questions at least and it's not as tough as it sounds.
2. Questions consist of:
  • Almost 5 Questions from Coding/Decoding
  • 5 to 7 from Analogy
  • 5 to 7 from Classification
  • 5 from Series
  • 2 from Blood Relations
  • 1 to 2 from Calendar
  • 1 or 2 from Puzzle Test
  • 1 from Distance and Directions
  • 2 from Syllogisms
  • In last of this Section 5 to 10 questions are from Non-verbal Reasoning, most easy part of this section is generally put in the last 10 questions, so if you find Start is tough you must start from Last of this section, this will really help you.
3. Getting 35 marks is as easier in this Section.
4. Remember, this section easy, but it is a part of your exam so, here race is about time, and if you waste more than 40 minutes in this section you are trapped, so Make a habit to solve 50 questions of Previous Paper in just 35 to 40 minutes also time to darken circles in Answer sheet is included in 40 minutes.

Math/ Quantitative Aptitude 
It is very important to plan how to attempt this section, as only this section can define your fate, so be attentive while attempting this section. As a personal suggestion, you should attempt this section at last, and don't indulge in depth or don't try to mess with any question in this section, just ignore the ones which are strange for you and in a quick reading find all those which are most familiar with you to be attempted.
Don't be afraid of this section as many candidates have a horrible experience to face this section, you need not worry, let us explain why?

1. First thing you are not supposed to solve all these tough problems, just choose around 20 to 25 questions those are much easier than others.
2. Attempt them all 25 question correctly as only this section is the one in which either you get the correct answer otherwise you will not get any answer.
3. Focus on Trigonometry, Algebra section as these two topics are most easy part of this section and consists of 10 to 15 questions.
4. Then attempt Percentage as it saves time to solve these questions, every year there are 2 or 3 questions on Percentage have been observed and they are based on just successive discounts.
5. 1 to 2 easy questions on geometry are assured.
6. Then Focus on Mensuration as this section will also help you in Tier II.
7. Around 5 Questions on Data Interpretation (DI) are always fixed at last. Choose them to score more in much lesser time.

Never focus on Conversational English (means Spoken or Behavioral) as it is not related to Competitive English, here you are supposed to have typical knowledge of Grammar, you must be able to identify Grammatical Errors in sentences. Just follow these simple tips to attempt this section:

1. Read Newspaper on daily basis: don't be afraid guys, you just need to read First Page and National Page, and if you find anything interesting in any news, just read that in depth.
2. Reading Newspaper will help you a lot in Preparing for SSC Tier I and Tier II, as many ERROR detection questions are generally made on the basis of Grammar that is used in Newspaper.
3. While Attempting English Section, Maintain your speed, don't get slow as normally it takes just 25 minutes to attempt all 50 questions of English Section in Tier I.
4. Read more and More Passages, this will improve your speed in reading and understanding English and will speed you up to get at least 30 to 32 marks in English section in TIER I.

General Awareness
First of all remember that you can't score very much in GK because it is a subject which is so vast to cover and it is divided in many topics like history, geography, economics, political science, culture of INDIA, etc. and we know it is hard to prepare all these simultaneously, so guys don't focus so seriously on general awareness. Here are few tips to improve general awareness:

1. When you are attempting GK Section in SSC CGL Exam never spend too much time for a single question. Read it in a fluent manner and think for just 5 seconds and if you find the question strange for you just leave it right away.
2. You have 50 questions to read and you must not spare more than 15 - 20 minutes for them.
3. Answer only when you are at least 90% sure that you know the answer, don't just try to dark circle with half knowledge, this could decide your fate.
4. Never think of this section as an opportunity to attempt all, as generally we think that we know the answer for every question but we are not 100% sure, please put your answer very carefully.
5. Try to improve your general knowledge by reading newspaper daily, and discuss a new topic every day with your friends to boost up your knowledge.
6. Read Monthly Magazine of the previous month from the Examination, like if you are going to attempt exam in May, read out a resourceful magazine for the Month of March.
7. Attempting above 20 is a good score in General Awareness.

Solve SSC CGL Previous Year Paper & Mock Test

Solving previous year question papers play an important role in the preparation and to have an idea about the question paper pattern. A number of subjects are there that are included in the question paper including Reasoning, Numerical Ability and English Comprehension. The previous question papers introduce the candidates about the general preview of the question paper that they are going to be attempt. The question of Mathematics includes the major topics till the 10th standard including the Geometry, Trigonometry, pie charts, histograms and polygons.

The questions of English in the question paper are based on Grammar, Vocabulary and to check the general proficiency in English of the candidate. The previous question papers bring the candidates attention towards the chapters that comes in the examination.

Nowadays not only Hard Work but Smart work Leads you to the Success in this fashion of Cut-throat competition. Thus you need to be thoroughly prepared. Daily solve a previous year paper or a model test paper and try to do all 200 questions correctly within 2 hrs. Practice more and more because practice makes a man perfect.

Section Wise Strategy for SSC CGL 2017

SSC Tier-1 Exam contains 4 sections which include Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension and General Awareness. It is very important to make a preparation strategy for the exam. Time spent on preparation varies as per the students. Maths and English are the two most important sections in the examination so it is required to prepare these two subjects equally. The section of General Knowledge and Reasoning are asked only in Tier 1 examination so there is no requirement to improve this section. So you should spend only limited time accordingly. You can give 25-30 % share of time in Tier 1 Examination on which less than 15% time should be given to GK. You need to manage your mostly time in two most important sections that are English and Maths. Now, Tips for cracking each section are:

Reasoning is a test of observing our mental and problem solving ability. Reasoning is not like numerical skill where you learn some formula and solve question by applying that formula. You have to be very careful while answering these questions. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Seating Arrangements, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Analogy, Classification, Series problems, Ranking, Data sufficiency, Assumptions and Directions. Non-Verbal is the toughest of all. Also, deals with maximum number of problems especially with problem figures and mirror images.

Quantitative Aptitude
Quantitative Aptitude section contains the basic mathematical questions. Before exercising such questions, it is better to go through the basic mathematical formulae and learn some short cuts to solve the questions in lesser time. In this section, the questions act as Calculation Instruments. This section is extremely scoring and the right understanding of the problem can help the aspirants to sail through this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Number Systems, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Time & Work, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Average, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Partnership, Bar graph & Pie-chart and Geometry.

General English
This is the section where many aspirants are not able to score minimum cut off marks. As you all read English books, chat with your friends in English and of course watch English movies. But you cannot get score good marks in English section. Most of the students face difficulty in this section. This is a test principally to determine candidate's ability to remember main ideas and significant details. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Grammar, Comprehension, Error Correction, Vocabulary and Synonyms & Antonyms. Few tips to keep in mind:
  • Read English newspapers daily.
  • Improve your vocabulary by knowing 10 new words everyday along with its Synonyms and Antonyms.
  • Watch good English news channels.

General Awareness
General Awareness is the most important section of SSC Tier I Exam. This section acquires more importance because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly and at the same time, very high marks can be scored in this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as basic General Knowledge, Important Days, Important Persons, Award Winners, Books and Authors Games and Cups and Abbreviations.
  • Listen and read National and International news on daily basis
  • Study the last budget passed by the Central Government
  • Be aware of all changes around the world 6-7 months before the exam.
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