SSC Combined Graduate level Tier 1 exam is going to be conducted in coming months. There will atleast a million candidates this year who will give the exam. However, only few candidates clear the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam. You need the right strategy to study, good study material and an effective time management skill in order to reach the cutoff marks of SSC. The cut off for ssc cgl in the last two years are not too high and the cutoff for this year too will be around those numbers.
The syllabus and pattern of SSC CGL is similar to the bank exams i.e. IBPS. Only one section is changed and the paper is same for everyone. Here is pattern of the SSC exam-
- Test of Reasoning – 50 Questions
- General awareness – 50 Questions
- English Comprehension – 50 Questions
- Quantitative Aptitude – 50 Questions
Total time for solving 200 questions is 120 minutes which is similar to IBPS exam. Here we are giving you some details as how to prepare for ssc and how you are going to crack each section of SSC easily.
1. General Awareness
On an Average, general awareness paper of ssc normally contains 35% Science. Science consists of physics,biology,chemistry and Computers.Around 50-55% of general awareness contains static questions which contains questions from History, Polity, Geography, economy and culture. The rest questions can come from sports, current affairs and other g.k. questions.
Here are the tips as how to prepare this section. Keep these points in your mind.
- If you are reading too much of magazines and books for current affairs, then stop it immediately. It’s just a waste of time as current affairs, sports,books,person and other G.K. consist of only 5-9% of the total paper. Prepare the current affairs + Sports + Others in the last not first.
- Science and Static part should be your priority. You should start preparing from NCERT books straight away. Don’t go too deep in History and geography. Read important events only. Secondly, there is no need to read world history. SSC asks only Indian history. Download study material to prepare question from Biodiversity, environment, political science, culture and others.
- For Current affair, read important events in the last one year. Important things only such as person,place in news, any book released by big author. Prepare questions from BUDGET as normally asked by SSC. You need to keep practicing these out as generally they slip through our mind.
- Solve old papers. SSC tends to repeat questions so if you solve last 10 previous papers of SSC, there are greater chances of scoring higher marks.
- After reading through NCERT and other study material, start reading Lucent General Knowledge book. Lucent will fill you in with all the missing questions and revise others. Here is link for Lucent Objective General Knowledge.
2. Quantitative Aptitude
For solving Quantitative aptitude questions, you need two things. Basics and a lot of practice to solve the question accurately and fast. You also need a positive mindset as people from Non-science background think as if they can’t do it. If you practice a lot then you will be scoring good marks in SSC.
Here are tips as how to score good marks in this section :-
- Practice, practice and practice. Only 120 minutes are there to solve the whole paper which means you should be fast enough to solve maximum questions. Aptitude takes a lot of time and hence if not practiced properly, it will kill all the time.
- Trigonometry, Percentage, Algebra and Geometry should be prepared first as they contain maximum number of questions.
- Data interpretation, Average, Ratio and proportion and time and distance should be prepared after the second point.
- Number theory and basic math should be prepared at last.
- Do not use RS AGARWAL Quantitative book. SSC is way different now and RS Agarwal book is not sufficient as SSC has started to give different type of questions which are not there in that book.
- Start preparing from NCERT Mathematics book : Download Class 8th NCERT Math Book, Class 9 Math Book and Class 10th Mathematics book. Do all the chapters which explained in 2,3,4 point.
- Books which you should prefer : Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant).
3. SSC Reasoning/General Intelligence Section
Logical Reasoning/general intelligence section is one of the easiest one and you can score a lot of marks in this section. Reason being out of 50 questions, more than 25 questions come from SERIES. So even if you prepare series well, you will score almost 25 marks.
Here are few tips as what to prepare first to score max. marks : –
- Start preparing SERIES problems first as this contains more than 25 questions in the logical reasoning section. SERIES questions come from topics such as analogy, classification,odd pair, missing characters, dictionary based and logical sequence of words.
- Prepare analogy and odd pair very well as they are normally very tough to solve and quite confusing.
- Coding-Decoding, blood relation and direction questions should be prepare next. No need to solve syllogism as only normally two questions come each year. You got 120 minutes only for whole SSC paper.
- Books to prefer : RS Agarwal – Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning. This book is enough for all exams having logical reasoning section.
4. English Section
You really need to prepare SSC english section. This section is easy for all those who are very good in written English. If you think that you are from some metro city and speak english all the time then this overconfidence is going to kill this exam for you. It’s English in which you must have a very good knowledge about Grammar, vocabulary and comprehension.
Here are few tips as how and what to prepare in English section :-
- Start preparing with the Vocabulary part which mainly contains Antonyms, Synonyms, Idioms, Spellings, Fill in the blanks and substitution. Half of the paper will be filled with these questions.
- Next prepare the Grammar part which contains questions from Direct-indirect, active and passive sentences and sentence correction and improvement. Practice them enough as 15-20 questions will be coming from grammar section.
- Sentence arrangement and Comprehension should be prepared at last. Specially the Comprehension as there will be almost 10 questions from the comprehension. Practice enough comprehension so that your speed should be enough to solve the questions correctly.
- Books to prefer : RS Agarwal General English , Word Power Made Easy
Few Important Information :
- SSC CGL Cut Off for General Category ( 2011) = 86.75
- SSC CGL Cut Off for General Category ( 2012) = 82
So, if you do 95 questions correctly out of 200, there is no way anybody can stop you. The cutoff for SSC CGL 2015 will hang around these above numbers. If you score around 95, you will always be safe.
That’s all from our side. Best of luck for SSC CGL 2015.
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