Friday, September 18, 2015

Strategy to Crack SSC CHSL LDC/DEO Exam in First Attempt

SSC conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level(+2 level) exam every year for the recruitment of Data Entry Operator (DEO) and Lower Divisional Clerks(LDC). Based on the performance, Candidates are selected in various departments of Central Government of India. This exam is conducted by SSC in three phases. Candidates are required to clear two written exams and a Skill Test. The first written exam is of Objective nature while the second one is of Descriptive nature.

While some students find it difficult to cover the syllabus of Maths & GK, other find "English" a hard nut to crack. What experts feel and advise candidates is, Focus on smart work rather than hard work. It means, you don't need to cover the complete syllabus for doing well in this exam. A better approach is to cover only those topics which are important.

Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL Exam

Tier I - Objectve Written Test (0.25 Negative Marking)
Topics
Questions
Marks
1. Reasoning     
50
50
2. Maths
50
50
3. GK
50
50
4. English
50
50
Total
200
200
Tier II – Descriptive Written Test (No Negative Marking)
Topics
Questions
Marks
1. Reasoning     
Decided by SSC
50
2. Maths
Decided by SSC
50
3. GK
Decided by SSC
50
4. English
Decided by SSC
50
Total
200
200   

About Negative Marking, Time and Sectional Cut-Off
The written test comprises 4 sections i.e Reasoning, Maths, GK & English. Each section contains 50 questions. 
  1. Negative Marking - You lose 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer. 
  2. Time - You get 2 hours (120 minutes) for solving 200 questions. It means, Time plays an important role. Remember, people fail not because they don't know the answers. They fail because they fail to solve those questions within 2 hours.
  3. Sectional Cut-Off - Each question carry 1 mark. There is no sectional cut-off like bank and insurance exams where you have to attain minimum cut-off marks. This simply means you don't have to worry how you've performed in any particular subject. You just have to get minimum marks from the total that is 200 marks.


Regarding Descriptive Exam and Skill Test

  • Descriptive Exam -The Descriptive exam is of Qualifying Nature. It means, there is no need to get more marks than your competitors. You just need to pass it. The marks of Descriptive exam is not taken into consideration while preparing the final merit list.
  • Skill Test - Skill Test includes Data Entry Skill Test(DEST) and Typing Test. In both tests, you will be given a printed material and you will have to type it in computer. The only difference between these two tests is the TYPING SPEED. If you managed to clear the cut-off decided for Data Entry Operator, you will be called for two typing tests, One for DEO ( the skill test is called DEST) and other for LDC (here the skill test is called Typing Test). In case, you clear the cut-off for LDC, you will be only called for Typing Test for LDC not the DEO. It's because you failed to clear the cut-off for DEO. However, if you managed to clear the cut-off for DEO, you will be called for taking the skill test of both LDC & DEO.
Recommended Books for SSC CHSL Exam
English Books
  1. Objective General English by S.P Bakshi (for Grammar)
  2. Word Power Made Easy (for Vocabulary )
Mathematics Books
  1. SSC Reasoning Chapter Wise Solved Papers 6200+ Questions - This book is enough for SSC CHSL Exam.
General Knowledge
Syllabus & Marks Distribution for SSC CHSL Exam - Coming Soon

Tips for Performing Better in SSC CHSL Exam

1. Don't Stress
The time has come when you will take the exam for which you all must have been working really hard from last so many months. We know that you all are anxious and little worried about the exam and must be busy with your last minute preparations and revision. You all need to keep calm and try not to get stressed. Stress and Anxiety will only spoil things instead of helping. Some common effects of Stress are:

  • Headache
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Mental Blackouts
  • Restless Thoughts
  • Trouble in Concentration
  • Nausea
  • Dry Mouth

2. Time Management is the Key
In SSC CGL Exam, you get just 120 minutes for solving 200 questions. It means, you don't even get 1 minutes for solving single question. So what you need to do is to attempt only those question in which you are confident enough. First of all, read the question at least once. If your preparation is good, you can easily decide whether you would be able to solve a particular question or not. If you are not familiar with any question, move to the next question without wasting time.


3.Don't study any New Topic

Don't read anything new topics or concept, just revise the topics you have already done. It has been observed that when you engage yourself in heavy preparation at last moment, you tend to mix up concept which can create confusion during exam.

4. Revise & Practice
If you want to crack the written exam of SSC CHSL exam, you need to have a strict look at your watch because you can't let even a second go waste. In tier-1 exam, there are 200 questions that needs to get solved in 120 minutes which is not an easy task. You would get less than a minute to solve a single question. For getting better result, you need better Time Management which is not possible without proper Revision & Practice. Revise the topics you have already done and solve previous year questions and practice sets. It will really help.

5. Focus on Accuracy rather than Attempts
Considering the current format of SSC CHSL Exam where there is negative marking for each wrong answer, it's actually the "Accuracy" not the number of attempts that decides whether you will be selected or rejected. For Example, you can't qualify even after attempting more than 150 questions if majority of your answers are incorrect. On the other hand, you can easily qualify after attempting just 120-130 questions with accuracy. So, Attempt only those questions in which there is no scope of error.

It's almost impossible to attempt all 200 questions accurately in 120 minutes. So, you should make a target before exam and try to attempt only those questions in which you are confident.

6. Attempting Questions in Different Sections
General Awareness and English are two sections which doesn't consume too much time. If you know answers, these sections will hardly take 20 minutes combined(both English and G.S section). We therefore recommend you to start with General Awareness Section. Once done, jump to English Section. Other two sections are Reasoning and Maths. Out of these two, Reasoning section is considered lot more easier and thus consume less time so jump to "Reasoning Section". At the end, solve questions of "Maths Section". 

Note - The above mentioned strategy is recommended by us. However, you can start with any section you want(depending upon your knowledge and strength in any particular subject).


7.Time Management Strategy
Give 10-12 minutes to "General Awareness" section, 15-20 minutes to English Section,20-25 minutes to "Reasoning" and rest of time to "Maths Section". Remember, you need at least 50-60 minutes for solving 35-45 questions in mathematics. Remember, Tukka doesn't work at all so don't try Tukka or Guesses. If you don't know any question, it's better to leave it because a wrong answer can deduct your 0.25 marks.

8. Filling Oval takes too much time. How to save my time during exam?
Actually, students follow two approaches to fill ovals, one to fill it question by question and other to fill it after attempting all the questions. According to us, the first approach is time consuming while the other is more feasible to make mistakes. We therefore suggest you to follow a middle approach i.e "Fill ovals after completing every 10-15 questions". 


9.How to attempt questions in Maths?
During Exam, every student feels that he/she know how to solve each and every question but the key is,  how to solve these question in 2 hours. Attempt only those question in which you are confident enough. We suggest you to start with Data Interpretation questions. Once done, jump on questions of Advanced Mathematics which are less time consuming. But again, this approach depends on- which is your stronger part.

10.  How to Attempt English Questions in CHSL Exam?
The strategy remains the same which means, focus on solving questions in which you are strong and confident. Normally, students start with "Comprehension" section. We don't recommend this approach. We suggest you to start with finding errors. The order of attempting questions should in following manner: Error Findings, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and phrases, One word Substitution,  Comprehension and Sentence Rearrangement.

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