12 February, 2018

How to prepare for SSC CGL 2018 ? 8 best tricks for cracking SSC CGL exam

SSC CGl 2018 Exam preparation Guide and Tips & Tricks

Dear  Aspirants
 Do you searching how to prepare SSC CGL examination 2018 in 30 days?  Do you need Toppers tips and trick to crack SSC CGL exams? Are you out of mind thinking how to make strategy & smart preparation plan  to qualify SSC CGL 2018 tier 1 exam? Wanted to know SSC CGL exam pattern and shortcut tricks to crack CGl exam? 

 Then, this article is Just for You. This article we will guide you to prepare for Combined graduate level exam in details. It will  provide you each and every aspects of this Exm that you need to know and provided the best and the smart tricks  to crack SSC CGL Exam in 1st attend. Here presented the best strategy for CGLE and study tips that you need to follow for home based preparation. We have also presented few necessary things that every aspirants need to be remembered during examination time for proper time management since time management is the prime key to be success in this exam. 

Thus as a whole, this article  is complete package for your sure success in upcoming graduate level exam . For the ease of aspirants the article is sub divided into following sub sections. Article will go in depth of every aspect for achieving all the relevant and important dimensions to qualify this highly competitive  test of India.
This post will cover the followings

  • i. Everything you need to know about SSC CGL examination

  • ii. Exam pattern of CGL Exam

  • iii.Syllabus of SSC CGL exam

  • iv. Cut Off Marks Needed To Crack this Examination
  • v. Section and Tier wise Preparation Plans

  • Vi. SSC CGL Preparation strategy Suggestions

  • v. 10 Best SSC CGL exam Cracking Tips and Tricks

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i.Everything you need to know all about SSC CGL examination 

 SSC CGL is one of the most reputed recruitment examination conducted by Staff selection Commission of India. Combined Graduate Level Examination is conducted to recruit various group B level gazetted as well as non gazetted officers to serve the civil duties in various central government departments and offices. This is conducted annually throughout India and a huge amount of graduate candidates apply for this examination. Among which only a few are able to make their name on the final selection list. 

 These huge number application makes the competition level of the examination is very very high. A Planed and dedicated preparation is required to crack this examination. Among all the staff selection recruitment exams, the graduate level exam is the premier one. Since the job profile of employees selected through this exam is of officer level thus cracking this exam is a dream of many Indian graduates.

ii.SSC CGL exam pattern (Read Complete Article Here)

 CGL Examination is composed of three different level examinations. Level 1 is called tier 1 examination, level 2 is called tier 2 examination, levels 3 is the tier 3 is descriptive type written examination of 100 marks containing essay/letter writing, Application writing/story writing. And finally for few of the posts a Computer Proficiency Test or Skill test will be taken (Subjected to the requirement of the post)

 Tier 1 is conducted to test the basic knowledge and reasoning capability of the candidate and to screening the candidate to sit for tier 2 examinations. Candidate has to qualify this tier to give the next level i.e. tier2 examination. 

 Tier 2 exam is conducted to check English as well as quantitative aptitude knowledge of the candidate in more depth. Marks obtain in this tier is also used to prepare final selection list. After clearing this tier candidates are promoted for tier3 exam followed by skill test or Computer proficiency test (As per requirement of the posts). The candidates who have qualified in the tier 1 examination only allowed giving the tier 2 examinations. 

The tier 2 exam is a bit difficult then tier 1 exams. As like earlier the overall merit list is prepared considering the tier 1 mark and tier 2 mark and tier 3 mark. interview/skill test  mark is not included for making list of finaly selected candidate. 

 The next level is of tier 3 exam. From 2016 onward another descriptive type paper of 100 mark was also introduced as tier three exam. The paper is consisting of essay, letter and report writing. The mark obtained in this paper is also added to prepare the final merit list.

After successfully clearing written examination there  is simply computer Proficiency Test or Skill test. Some graduate level Posts are required computer knowledge and skill like typing. Thus for preparing selection list for those posts a separate skill test is conducted. 

The final selection marks of the candidate are depends on tier 1, tier 2 mark and tier 3 mark only and  skill test is only qualifying in nature. 

iii. SSC CGL  Exam Syllabus :(Read Detailed Article Here)

The exam pattern that follows by Combined graduate level exam is 3 tier  written examinations and final Computer proficiency test or skill test (For few necessary post requirements). The tier 1 exam paper is objective type question paper including four different sections conducted online. The total mark allotted to this paper is 200 marks and total number of questions is also 100. That is each questions carries 2 mark. The four different sections of SSC CGL Tier 1 exam paper contains following sections

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension
Each Section contains 25 questions and thus total mark in each section is 50 mark.

There is a negative marking for each wrong answer you enter against any question. In general the value of negative marking is 1/2th. Every 2 wrong answer your 1 mark will be deducted from the total mark you obtained.

The exam duration is 75 minute for tier 1. i.e. you have to answer 100 question in 1 hour 15 minute. Tier 1 is computer based examination 

Tier 2 exam contains 2 papers. First paper is called Quantitative abilities and second paper is called English Language and Comprehension. Each paper contains 100 questions bearing 2 marks each thus each paper is off 200 marks. All total this Tier 2 exam is off 400 marks.

Tier 3 is descriptive type paper of English essay, letter and report writing.

After written exam there is Computer Proficiency test or Skill test. Here data entry skill test of the candidate is tested against a fixed or bounded time period. 

IV. SSC CGL Cut Off Marks Details (Read Detailed Cut Off Marks Analysis Here)

There is a minimum cut off mark that candidate have to obtained to quality the Each Tier of this exam. There is no any fixed Cu off marks for tier1 or tier 2 or tier 3 but Cut off marks varies every year depending upon the various factors of the examination. Those cut off marks influencing factors may including the No of candidates, difficulty level of exam paper as well as many more factors. To know about previous year cut off marks details and factors affecting read our complete article regarding cut off marks. Also you can  explore expected cut off for SSC CGL 2018 and details of previous year cut off Analysis in that article.

v. Section and Tier wise Preparation Strategy

Since Combined graduate level Written examination contains three tier along with computer proficiency thus your study time should be well planned so that you can easily cover all the exam syllabus and Crack the exam with minimum effort. Always keep in mind that there is huge number of candidates against your single post. To be successful your study should be such that you can beat all your competitors. While making Topic and section wise strategy you should analyse and ask yourself few questions.

  • How much is important Tier 1 Examination for cracking CGL Exam? 
  • Which Section of Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam syllabus should I emphasise more i.e. giving more attention in order to score more? 

The genuine answer to the first question is that it depends on merit list making system. In this exam the marks of tier 1 examination is added to the tier 2 mark and tier 3 mark to make the final merit list. Thus tier 1 mark is very important in order to crack the examination. The more marks you obtained in the tier 1 exam the more chances to be higher in the final merit list. Thus you only need to prepare well for securing higher marks in tier 1 examination and no need to score more in the examination. 

Again the cut off marks of the examination varies every year, so you should keep in mind that part also. So here you need to make the plans as per requirement.

The answer to the second question is that there are some section which overlaps in both the exams i.e. tier 1 and tier 2 exam. e.g. Quantitative aptitude and English Language and Comprehension are the two sections from which questions are come in both tier 1 and tier 2 examinations. Thus we should make the plan in such a way that we can give more time for these two sections.

Vi. SSC CGL Preparation strategy Suggestions

a. The first thing you have to do is that study the whole syllabus and exam pattern of the examination. Download the syllabus and exam pattern for both tier 1 and tier 2 as well as tier 3 examinations and print it out so that it becomes handy to you anytime and you can check and analysis  at any time you need.

b. Identify the topics  and sections in the syllabus which are more easier to you and which are tougher to you. Note down every strong and weak  topics and make plans and strategies to overcome it.

c. Make a planned and smart daily routine for your study. Define your study time and divide it on daily hours basis. Give more or less time depending upon the importance of the topic. Give more time to weaker areas and lesser time to strong areas. Also plan your study time to manage a balanced preparation for all the sections and topics.

d. If you are preparing for tier 1 exam then give more time to Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension since questions from these topics are asked in both tier1 and tier2 examination.

e. While preparing Reasoning section or quantitative aptitude section if you get any shortcut tips & trick to solve any question then note it down in a notebook for further references. Find other shortcut tricks for solving Quantities aptitude and reasoning questions.

f. Revise the weaker areas as much as you can  so that you can develop the solving tricks for tougher questions.

g. Download previous year question papers and cut off marks and make a details analysis how questions are asked and how many students were appeared in the examination, how many of them were able to clear the cut offs and  make estimated cut offs so that you can prepare accordingly. To have detail cut off analysis of graduate level exam go through my another post link provided below.
SSC CGL Expected Cut Off 2018: Previous Year Cut off Analysis
h. Practising essay writing, letter writing and report writing is also required. In English news paper there are few editorial  section which helps a lot for essay writing . Read daily newspaper and develop writing habits.

vii. 8 Best SSC CGL exam Cracking Tips and Tricks

Since the competition Level of the examination is very high so you need some success Tips & Tricks so that you can learn more in very less time. You have to utilise you time perfectly and smartly. Few tricks that everyone follow during the preparation is

1. Select Best books
There is a very good lines said by a great man is "Books are the best Source of Knowledge". So it is also true that books are the key to success for any competitive examination. There are various books are available in the market for this exam preparation but all the book are not so good that you can follow. Thus while buying any book do a good research and select book and buy them. I have written a blog post for best book for SSC Preparation. If you wish you can visit following link. You can Buy books from Amazon or Flipkart.com with discounts. Click here to Install Flipkart App on your smartphone.

2. Focusing more on important topics of SSC CGL Syllabus
As I have already mentioned that all the exam syllabus and topics which is provided for graduate level exam is not equally important. There are few topics with higher importance and few topics with less importance. Point out the more important topics and less important topic. Do analysis from previous year question papers. Give more time and more emphasis for more important topics.

3. Revise and Revise: 
Revision is only  key If you find any topic which is bit difficult to remember but very important for the examination then revise them more times. If you don’t have more time for revision the make a chart of important formulas and hang out in your room wall. Paste is on your study table. Make wallpaper in Laptop or mobile and try to memorize it anyhow.

4.Do Course Related Activities: 
In our day to day life we do many things which have no learning components like we play some games in mobile from where we don’t learn anything. Try to play mobile games which helps you to prepare like play IQ game, English word rush game; try to solve puzzle games etc. If you watch movies try to see English movies it will improve your English Comprehension. While typing message in the mobile enable dictionary it will help you to learn correct spelling of English word. 

5. Mock Test: 
Test your knowledge level every week with mock test or practice. i.e. take any previous year question paper or any model question paper and test yourself how where you stand now. Identify weaker area and try to overcome it.

6. Manage Time Accordingly During Examination: 
Only good preparation and Subject knowledge is not work all the time for cracking any competitive examination. Competitive examination is time dependent. Questions are not that much of difficult, if you are given sufficient time then you will be able to solve all the question but if you are bounded to a time frame then the same question paper will be difficult to solve in that time frame. 

Make good strategy for CGL to manage the time during the examination. Following are the few things that you can do to manage the provided time.

Time management Strategies during Exam
  • If the examination is offline examination then always keep a ball pen which you have been using from longer time period. It will help you to mark the dark circle very fast.
  • Try to solve the easier part first like solve the question first which you can solve in single look. Don’t try to be attached more on any question. If you find a simple difficulty leave the question move to next.
  • Try to solve the English and GK section first because these sections take lesser time to be solved.

7. Don’t Play Guessing Games:   
Since the exam paper contains negative marking so don’t try to guess and answer. If you not 100% sure about the answer of any question then leave it. Generally we have a tendency that, if we are 30% sure about the answer try to give the answer. Single mistake and ¼ of your owned mark gone. So we suggest not to guessing any answer.

8. News Paper and Magazines: 
Newspaper and the Magazines like the Hindu, Indian times, Competition Success Review are the key of your Current Affair. Daily invent your 1 hour on reading newspapers, Magazines and see TV news channels.

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  3. Is there any sectional cutoff in ssc cgl tier-1 2016?

    1. There is No Sectional Cut off For SSC CGL tier 1 Examination 2016. The overall mark obtained will be consider for deciding cut off.

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