Preparation Strategy for SSC CGL 2018


Staff Selection Commission has released the notification for Combined Graduate Level Examination 2018, which will be held from July 25 to August 20, 2018. In this examination, the tier-I is the first stage where 10-12 lakhs people compete across India. There will be tough competition this year too. In this regard, aspirants need to have a strategy for next 75 days to crack the first stage. Now let’s discuss step by step preparation plan for 2018 CGL examination.
Education News Time frame needed:
As we can see from the notification regarding exam dates, there shall be 3 months of time to prepare for tier 1 and after tier 1 has finished, there will be three more months of time for tier 2. After tier 2, for tier 3 approximately 2 months of time will be given. This time window of 3 months at each level is an ample time to prepare for the exam vis – a – vis any other competitive exams.

Delays in the examinations:
SSC has been in soup and constantly been besieged by many court cases regarding frauds and irregularities from quite some time. This has been causing endless delays in the process losing out the credibility among students. This has tainted the reputation of SSC Badly. Nevertheless, tremendous efforts have been put up by SSC chairman to clear off the blemish by releasing regular status updates. Though clearing up all these irregularities in less time is a herculean task, the Chairman has been stubborn and steadfast in his approach to clear out all the irregularities at the earliest. Many new administration level changes are also anticipated. As part of the same, even notification of 2018 CGL is released exactly on time. On prima facie, we could come to a conclusion that there are not going to be any more delays in conducting the examination. But it is always onus of the students to keep their preparation intact by not paying heed to the rumours regarding the delays in examination.

Syllabus:
SSC CGL Tier-I has four sections:
Maths (25 questions), English (25 questions), Reasoning (25 Questions), General Awareness (25 questions).
Here, we need to talk especially about General awareness section as the other three sections have a clear cut syllabus lined out in the notification. General Awareness in SSC, as the name suggests, this section is named as General Awareness not General Knowledge. So, one has to have just awareness about all the topics mentioned in the syllabus. Student has to do an exhaustive study rather than intensive study.

Questions cannot be completely out of the blue in General Awareness section. One need not study everything under the sun. At the same time Syllabus is vast. One has to do smart work rather than relying completely only on hard work. Hence it is always advisable to have gumption to choose for a good coaching centre smartly. Coaching is always advisable as SSC CGL Examination needs a smart strategy along with conceptual clarity.

Targeted Score and Smart Approach:
Tier – 1 is the most important and a scoring part when compared to tier - 2.
In Tier – 1, if one managed to score 175+, 90% of the job is done in securing a desired job.
Hence, a serious aspirant’s ideal goal should be scoring 175+ in tier – 1. This is very much possible if he/she chose a smart approach.

Shift in the pattern of questions asked:
From 2017 onwards, SSC has taken a sharp curve in the mode of framing questions. If we consider 2017 mains Maths paper, one can clearly see that questions are completely based on concepts rather than a copy paste approach. A Student with clear concepts can only answer such questions.

Hence, it is high time for a student to focus on Concepts along with practising multiple questions in a stipulated time.

Strategy for Tier – 1 & Tier - 2
Time needed: 3 Months.

What to study:
A Serious aspirant has to study only a limited set of standard books. Do not get tempted to go through all the books available in the market. Do not buy books unnecessarily and pile up stacks in your reading room. That creates a lot more burden and tension in the aspirant.

One has to revise a single standard book multiple times rather than doing multiple books single time.

Practising a single book multiple times improves the speed of solving questions immensely. All you need to get top-notch score in CGL Tier – 1 is only SPEED and conceptual clarity.

Student has to get this line etched into their minds. And the ultimate goal for tier – 1 should be to score not less than 175 marks out of 200.

Here are the resources to be followed. Below mentioned handful of books should suffice for one to crack CGL examination.

Do not pay too much attention on current affairs. SSC asks hardly three questions from current affairs. Out of these three questions, 2 questions are very much predictable. Questions on current affairs would be mostly from sports, medals, awards, books etc.

Standard Books List:
Maths :
  • Kiran Prakash Previous year papers

English:
  • Kiran Prakash Previous year papers
  • Kiran Prakash Book on Common errors
  • Plinth to Paramount VOL -I , VOL – II
  • THE HINDU / INDIAN EXPRESS news paper editorials section.

Reasoning:
  • Kiran Prakash Previous year papers

General Awareness:
  • Kiran Prakash Previous year papers
  • Lucent General Awareness Descriptive book
  • Cloud Affairs pdf capsules(for current affairs)

What not to do?
  • Do not cram!
  • Do not get tempted to try solving all the books available in market.
  • Do not lose confidence. Be optimistic and focus on concepts.
  • Do not neglect tests.
  • Do not do only hard work without smart work. (A mix of both would bear fruits).
  • Do not plan an hourly wise daily schedule every day.
  • Absenteeism to classes!!
  • Comparison and unhealthy competition.

Mocks:
A student has to give as many mocks as possible before he/she faces the real exam.

Many mock test series are available online which provides a simulated environment as that of the real exam. So a student has to pay attention while choosing a standard mocks series.

For mock tests, http://sakshieducation.com/OnlineTests/SSC-TierI-2017-PracticeTests.html

Statistics:
It always helps to study the past to gauge a better future. On the similar lines, I would brief upon cut-offs of 2013 till 2016. One should always aim for the higher cut-offs although he/she has reservation/quota. Hence we discuss only general category cut-offs in this article.

496.25 out of 700 was the cut-off for an interview post (Central Excise) in CGL 2013.
485.50 out of 700 in CGL 2014 (decrease of 10.75 marks).
496.25 out of 700 in CGL 2015 (increase of 10.75 marks).
539.75 out of 700 in CGL 2016 (increase of 43.5 marks).

This shows that there has been a constant rise in cut-offs (except in 2014), and a huge cut-off jump can be seen from 2013 to 2016 i.e., 43.5 marks. Year after year number of aspirants has also been increasing manifold. Hence a serious aspirant should gear up in all the dimensions and use his/her 6 months of time productively to crack CGL for good.

All the Best..!! Show perseverance and have confidence!

    Prepared by
    Krishna, Maths Faculty
    EZE Academy, Hyderabad

Published on 5/7/2018 2:41:00 PM
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