Thursday, August 6, 2015

Important Facts you should Definitely Know about SSC CGL Exam Preparation

As you all know, SSC CGL Tier-1 exam is going to be conducted on 9th & 16th August, 2015. Although the commitment level of students is beyond question, yet there are some facts related to SSC CGL Exam which can help them in their preparation further. We have already provided Last Minute Study Tips for SSC CGL Tier-1 2015. In this post, we will provide some important facts which will help you further.

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 Myths and Facts related to SSC CGL Exam

Myth 1- Questions are not repeated in SSC CGL Exam

Fact -   You hear this from a lot of people, right? However this perception is completely wrong. The truth is, SSC do repeat questions and that too in all sections(Reasoning, Maths, English, G.S). If you don't believe me, have a look on last 4-5 year question papers of SSC CGL. You will find that, there are around 2-3 questions in each section which are repeated after every time. It is therefore necessary to solve Previous Year Papers. In English Section, you will find repeated questions in One-Word Substitution, Idioms/phrases, Synonyms,Antonyms, Correction of sentences

In Mathematics, you will find repeated questions in topics like Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry & Algebra.

Myth 2GK Section is Unpredictable and Can't be Scoring

Fact -   Those students who are still not able to decode the pattern of the GK section are bound to feel that its syllabus is too vast and thus, it's difficult to score in this section. However, If you analyze the GK Section of past year CGL papers, you will realize that certain question types are repeated almost every year. For example, The first in India, Constitutional articles & amendments, commonly used chemicals, folk dances of india etc. Judging the pattern will make GK section scoring for you.

Myth 3Maths is only about Shortcuts & Tricks

Fact -   For many students, Maths section is difficult and time consuming. It has questions from all major topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration and Trigonometry. Many students believe that it's almost impossible to score good marks without using Tricks and Shortcuts. What we feel is, Tricks and shortcuts are undoubtedly helpful but you still need basic concept to learn and use them effectively.

Myth 4Current Affairs are useless for CGL Exam

Fact -   Major subjects for SSC CGL GS Section are undoubtedly History, Polity, Geography, Science & Economics as most of the questions are asked from these subjects only. However, it is a misconception that Current Affairs is useless and should be ignored. You will be surprised to know that around 4-5 questions in G.K section are related to current affairs. So, Covering all major events of last 3-4 months can give you 4-5 marks for granted.

Myth 5If you are weak in Grammar, you can't get good marks in English 

Fact -   You will hear from a lot of people that you can only get good marks in English section after mastering the Grammar Portion. However, that's not true. The English Section has 50 questions. Out of these, only 5-10 questions are dedicated to spotting errors and 5 questions are dedicated to correction of sentences. These are the two sections where you need a strong command over Grammar. Rest of 35 questions are dedicated to reading, Vocabulary and fundamental English usage. So, if you are weak in Grammar section, you should focus on these topics to score in English Section.

Myth 6- Questions based on Comprehension should be avoided

Fact -   Many students believe that Reading Comprehension takes too much time and thus it should be avoided. They feel that Avoiding questions based on comprehension will save their time which they can utilize in solving other questions. However, the best thing about Comprehension is, with a good reading speed & practice, you can easily score 5 to 10 marks. This is because, passages don't ask you to memorize any formulae or facts.

Myth 7Knowledge of Higher Maths is Required

Fact -   We receive numerous e-mails where student ask us questions like, "Do ssc contain questions from higher classes i.e 11th - 12th", "Do i need to cover the syllabus of 11th & 12th Maths for doing better in CGL Exam". Well, the answer is "No". It's clearly mentioned by SSC that "Questions in Maths will be of 10th standard level and Questions in English will be of 10+2 level". However, you may find slightly difficult maths questions in Tier-2 Exam.

Myth 8One can't prepare for Synonyms, Antonyms, One-Word Substitution, Idioms/phrases etc

Fact -   Students normally don't give importance to building vocabulary. Due to this, they face many problem specially in English Section. If you want to improve your Vocabulary, we recommend Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.

As far as SSC CGL is concerned, you can easily prepare for topics like Synonyms, Antonyms, One-Word Substitution & Idioms/phrases. Synonyms/Antonyms are repeated by SSC in CGL Exam. So, solving previous year papers will really help. For One-Word Substitution and Idioms/Phrases, you can read our collection.

  1. One Word Substitution for SSC CGL
  2. Idioms/Phrases for SSC CGL

Myth 9Marks above 100 in Tier-1 is enough for getting a job 

Fact -   Nothing clearly can be said about the cut-offs before exam. Last year, we saw more than 10 students who scored more than 140 in tier-1 but failed completely in Tier-2. There was a rumor that these students were the cheaters. But, we can't say anything based on rumors.

Till this year, the cut-off marks has never crossed the tally of 103 for General, 90 for OBC and 80 for SC/ST. But, crossing the cut-off marks doesn't guarantee your job. Keeping the high cut-offs in mind, we recommend you to score at least 115 being a  General candidate, 100 being an OBC candidate and 90 being an SC/ST candidate in SSC CGL Tier-1 2015. If you managed to cross the above mentioned marks, your chances of getting a job will increase.

Let me know, if you have any other question or doubt!!

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