Hi Aspirants..Hope your preparation is going in full swing for the upcoming SSC CGL Exam 2016. Very limited time is remaining. We have thought of sharing an article detailing some last minute tips so that you can face the exam with No Tension.
What is SSC CGL?
Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission every year is undoubtedly the much awaited competitive exam in India and the tough competition makes the exam tough to crack as well. The number of candidates appearing for the exam is on the increase year by year. Approximately around 20 lakhs candidates appear for the exam each year for little around 1000 posts in various Central Government Organizations. After Civil Services Examination, it’s also the second most glamorous exam in India and hence it’s often called as Mini Civil Services Exam.
What I can do?
How you utilize the remaining limited time can make a big difference. This year SSC CGL comes with some massive changes unlike previous year. This is the first time the SSC is going to conduct an online exam for CGL. Combined Graduate Level Examination 2016- examination is scheduled to be held from 27th August, 2016 to 11th September, 2016. First let’s have a look at the new pattern for SSC CGL 2016:
What’s the new Pattern of CGL?
A. General Intelligence & Reasoning - 25 Questions - 50 Marks
B. General Awareness - 25 Questions - 50 Marks
C. Quantitative Aptitude - 25 Questions - 50 Marks
D.English Comprehension - 25 Questions - 50 Marks
Total time will be 75 Minutes. That means you have less than one minute to attend a question.
Note: There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-I. So inorder to improve the score you have to keep the negatives at the barest minimum.
Lets now analyze each topic separately:
A. General Intelligence & Reasoning
This is certainly the most scoring section of the exam for everyone. Half of the questions from this section can be solved with your simple logic. However the following topics are key areas: Analogy and classification, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test and series. From non-verbal reasoning, the major types of questions asked in the exam are: (a) mirror image and water image (b) paper cutting, punching and folding (c) figural series completion (d) embedded figures. Make sure you cover all of them. Don’t neglect statement-conclusion & statement-assumption questions from inferential reasoning. Even with limited practice, you can score 2 to 3 marks as these questions are fairly simple. Keeping the time in mind, try to solve the question as soon as possible. The time you save in this section will become handy in the Quantitative Aptitude section.
B. General Awareness
Often students preparing for CGL feels that it is the toughest topic as anything under the sun can be asked in this section. GK has the most comprehensive syllabus and requires a lot of time for preparation. An analysis of previous year question papers show that Science, politics, history, geography, economy are the most liked topics for the question makers. Also some questions are repeatedly seen asked. Even though Current Affairs too comes under this section, not more than 5 questions are expected. Current Affairs is expected to be mainly concentrated on sporting events, latest appointments, summits etc. which you can easily score.
Following topics needs attention: (a) the firsts in India (b) common chemical compounds (c) folk dances of India & traditional festivals (d) Indian constitution (e) socio-religious movements of pre-independent India (f) national income & market structure (g) important scientific phenomena (h) medieval & modern Indian history.
But don't waste your much valuable time for studying GK in these last minutes, as you can't expect what can be asked. GK will be tough for everyone and hence this section will not make a big difference. At the same time GK can land you in trouble as well when it comes to negative marking. So be very careful. Just attend the sure questions and let off the remaining.
C. Quantitative Aptitude
This topic the so called "Super Man" of CGL. How strong you are in Quantitative Aptitude decides the fate. Aptitude section consists of four major areas: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. Geometry is the most important among all the areas. You must give it special emphasis. Trigonometry must not be avoided at any cost. Focus on height and distance as well as trigonometric identities. Data interpretation and analysis will become much easier if you have a good understanding of percentages and ratio and proportion. Within arithmetic, profit and loss, simple interest and compound interest, time and distance and time and work happen to be the key topics and you can solve them with ease if you study the simple logic behind each topic. Algebra, including simplification, is generally considered a tough nut to crack. It deserves more practice as compared to other areas.
D. English Comprehension
After GK this is the topic which can make you cry after Answer Keys are released. Chances of getting negative marks are much high for the topic. Preparation for this section would include focusing on the following topics: one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks (sentence completion), sentence errors, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences. Narration and active voice / passive voice may or may not be there in tier-I exam. You may overlook them if there is a scarcity of time. Quite often vocabulary-based questions (one-word substitution, synonyms and antonyms) as well as idioms and phrases from past SSC papers get repeated. So, it makes a lot of sense to go through previous year exam papers and focus specifically on these questions.
The difficulty level of reading comprehension passages is not high. However, some practice is needed to locate the answers to comprehension questions asked from these passages. Moreover be careful with reading comprehension, as it can take away your valuable time. Don't invest much time for this topic.
For cracking sentence error spotting questions, knowledge of grammatical rules is essential. If you find yourself lacking in grammar, you should focus on practicing English usage questions such as fill in the blanks, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences.
Apart from the above two 'MOST IMPORTANT' aspects that have to be taken care of in the last minute preparation are:
1. Previous Year Question Papers: Try to solve as many previous questions as you can. We at Currentaffairs4examz have uploaded the solved question papers of previous year exams. You can check some previous question paper from the below links: http://goo.gl/XWt2up , http://goo.gl/zhLBb8 , http://goo.gl/wYL3jN )
2. Attempt as many mock test as you can: Click Here to check mock test uploaded by SSC (http://www.thepracticetest.in/SSC/)
For GK you can refer our mock tests (http://quiz.currentaffairs4examz.com/category/general-knowledge-gk)
So be motivated.. Exam stress is tough but if you want to get somewhere, you have to put the work in. Push yourself because, no one else is going to do it for you.
Wish you all the Best for the exams.