How to crack SSC CGL exam without coaching
Prepare SSC CGL exam without coaching
Cracking competitive exams in India is tough. Millions of aspirants trying for the same position time and again. Few opt for coaching classes to tackle the examination monster.
However, not everyone needs to go to a coaching class to clear the examination. With the entire education system being revamped, coaching classes, training institutes and other free body institutes have made online classes a norm which is not only accessible at the click of a button but also allows the user to take them up whenever they want. It gives you the advantage of time and helps you battle your fears without any extra weaponry.
SSC CGL is touted to be one of the toughest exams in the country. Many people live in the fear that it cannot be clear without taking any coaching class given that the syllabus is extensive than ever. Therefore, staying on top of things and understanding the smart ways of studying needs to make way because that is essential. You can prepare for the exam without coaching and we will tell you how!
First things first, you need to know what you have to study. The CGL or the Combined Graduate Level Examination is notorious for changing their exam pattern once in every few years. Therefore, it is important that you stay updated always. The SSC CGL syllabus is also subject to changes. Therefore, it is advised that you download the latest syllabus from their website to prepare well. A mental note of the entire syllabus gives you the right direction where you can identify where to start off with.
The exam pattern and syllabus for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 are always available on the official website which is accessible by all candidates. Every section is divided into separate sections which have a different time duration and approach to be followed. Let s have a look how different they are:
SSC CGL Tier 1 preparation
This section is usually conducted online and is the only one available that way. The candidate has to face 100 questions for 200 marks. Sounds easy? The section is further divided into 25 questions each. These comprise the following sections:
- General Intelligence and reasoning
- General Awareness
- Quantitative Aptitude
With a total time of 75 minutes for regular candidates and 100 for those with cerebral palsy, each correct answer awards you 1 mark and every negative answer takes away 0.5 marks. Therefore, it is important that you stay careful while answering questions.
SSC CGL Tier 2 preparation
Candidates qualifying Tier 1 are eligible for the Tier 2 examination which is also conducted online. This stage comprises 3 papers. However, one of it is optional and applicable only to candidates appearing for statistical posts. These are as follows:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Statistical methods
All papers other than English offer 2 marks for each correct answer and take away 0.5 for a negative one. However, for the English papers, the total mark awarded for a right answer is 1 and deducted for negative one is 0.25.
The cut-offs are not applicable for section wise examination but for the entire examination as a whole. Therefore, you should find an appropriate time to dedicate to your preparation. Let s find out how!
Prepare a road map of your goal which is the SSC CGL exam date. Mark your start and end dates of preparation and work towards achieving that goal.
Make an exhaustive study plan which will help you dedicate the right amount of time to each section. Be it reasoning, quantitative aptitude or even English, you need to analyse and evaluate your strong and weak areas. The weaker areas might shake your confidence at times, but it will help you stay aware. Stay encouraged and motivated and sign off the weaker areas first rather than feeling over-confident about the stronger ones.
SSC CGL Reasoning preparation
Reasoning exams are there for a reason. It is more of a cognitive skill which needs to be developed. It is the thinking ability of the candidate which is evaluated. Therefore, practice every day. It checks your presence of mind and the analytical ability of the candidate. Watch out for the sections that deal with direction sense, data sufficiency, statement and conclusions, syllogism, analogy, assumptions, so on and so forth.
- Find your own ways to solve the problems because that is important.
- Use your common sense because that does not require any coaching.
- The key is to practice every day.
- Solve it as any mature individual would think and solve it.
- Follow the recommended books of R S Aggarwal, B S Sijwali, M K Pandey which deal with the basic and advanced level of reasoning.
SSC CGL English Preparation
English is one tough nut to crack too. But it should not scare you off. All it needs a dedicated preparation time to get through and it would be consequently easier to solve than analytical reasoning. There are different sections which deal with the likes of spotting errors, fill in the blanks, one work substitution, idioms and phrases, and others which demand special attention.
- Work on the grammar. The entire paper is basically based on that.
- Read a lot. Understand the sentence construction.
- Solve mock tests and papers.
- Practice reading and comprehending the context.
- Find books by Norman Lewis, V K Sinha, S P Bakshi which are famous for helping your prepare for these examinations.
SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation
General Awareness is one of the most important sections of the entire paper. Not only SSC CGL put a lot of stress on this section, but it is also very lengthy. Answer only if you know the answer is 100% correct, else you just lose a bunch of valuable marks.
- Read and cover the various parts of History, Geography, Economics, General Science and Politics too!
- Solve previous years papers for a better understanding.
- Approach better study material such as Lucent s general Knowledge books.
SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude preparation
Quantitative Aptitude is all numbers and that is what it intends to test. The number sense of the candidate is tested based on the scope that is limited to 10th level mathematics. All you need to do is be accurate.
- Prepare the variety of questions related to different sections such as ratio and proportion, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, so on and so forth.
- Follow aptitude books by Arun Sharma and Sarvesh Verma which are always on the most recommended list.
Manage your time well. Stick to your timetable honestly.Take several mock tests and prepare well in advance so that you have enough time to scale your development through the days even if it means studying 6-8 hours a day and sacrificing your entertainment time!
All the best!