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    Updated : 14-Jun-2017
    SSC CGL Exam preparation tips

    SSC Combined Graduate Level is the most respected examination among all Staff Selection Commission recruitment exams , it conducts yearly. Therefore competition is very high. It is the time for aspiring candidates to pull up their socks and do the best they can. Systematic exam-oriented preparation proves to be a big difference between winning and losing the game. Keeping this fact in mind, subject-wise preparation tips and approach suggested below will be very helpful in the run up to the exam. So today we will know in details about SSC CGL Exam preparation tips. 

    Quantitative Aptitude (Maths) for SSC CGL Exam

    • The Maths section consists of four major TOPICS:  Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Trigonometry.
    • Algebra and simplification, is generally considered a tough one to crack. You need to practice more as compared to other areas.
    • In arithmetic, time and distance , simple interest and compound interest, profit and loss and time and work happen to be the key topics.
    • The most important topic among all is Geometry, Candidates are advised to give special emphasis to this.
    • Height and Distance related problems in trigonometry are must to be prepared.
    • If you have good understanding of percentages and ratio and proportion, then data interpretation and analysis will become much easier .

    Reasoning for SSC CGL Exam

    • The most scoring section in the exam is considered to be Reasoning only. 
    • Key areas to be focused are : Analogy and classification, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms,and series.
    • Within non-verbal reasoning, the major questions asked in the exam are: (a) water image  and mirror image (b)  punching,paper cutting and folding (c) figurative series completion (d) embedded figures. Make sure you cover them all.
    • Number series and semantic series will have the questions like finding the missing numbers or identifying the series.
    • Don’t neglect statement-assumption questions and statement-conclusion from inferential reasoning. Even with limited practice, you can score 2 to 3 marks  easily as these questions are fairly simple.

    English for SSC CGL Exam

    • Focus on one-word substitution, synonyms and antonyms, idioms and phrases, fill Ups, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement,sentence errors and jumbled-up sentences.
    • Narration and active voice , where passive voice may or may not be there in tier-I exam. You can skip them if you have time shortage. But, make sure you cover them for the tier-II exam.
    • Quite often vocabulary-based questions (one-word substitution, synonyms and antonyms) as well as idioms and phrases from past SSC papers get repeated. So, go through previous years exam papers and focus on these questions. Comprehension passages  are not difficult to crack. However, it's good to practice passages in advance , it will help you to manage time.

    General Knowledge for SSC CGL Exam

    General Knowledge as we all know is also very important part of SSC CGL Exam. GK has the most comprehensive syllabus and needs a lot of preparation time. So, it is a must to understand the pattern of questions clearly. Pay  full attention to the frequently asked questions from politics, history , science, and geography. of the previous years exams There is high probability for these questions to get repeated. In GK, current affairs do not carry that much weight-age. So, if you are not in a position to brush up current affairs, you don't need to worry much.

    Your focus must be on following given topics:

    • Common things about the country
    • Indian folk dances & traditional festivals
    • Constitution of India
    • Pre-independent India's socio-religious movements
    • market structure and national income
    • Important scientific phenomena
    • Common chemical compounds
    • Modern and medieval Indian history.

    Overall it is very difficult to develop a competitive edge in this section, so over emphasis on GK may not be a very good investment of the time left.

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