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How to Attempt SSC CGL Tier 1 Question Paper – By Rahul Garg (AIR 5 CGL 13)

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How to Attempt SSC CGL Tier 1 Question Paper – By Rahul Garg (AIR 5 CGL 13)

We have been receiving a lot of queries about strategy for attempting the Paper.

Candidates are confused which order they should follow, how much time should be given to each section and having many other apprehensions. As this is the first and most important phase of your exam, we are not going to give you some random strategy.

We are going to share the Strategy adopted by one of the toppers of CGL 2013. On our request, Rahul Garg (AIR 5, CGL 2013) has shared his own strategy of attempting Tier 1 exam. He scored 150 in this paper and with that score he built a good momentum which lasted till Final score of CGL. We thank him on behalf of every candidate who is benefitting from articles, session and study material shared by him.

So let’s hear it from the horse’s mouth

I am going to share the plan I adopted for Tier 1 Paper . But before I do, I must say one thing to all of you there is never a perfect plan or strategy to attempt a paper. I built my strategy after a lot of experiments while attempting Mock Tests and I would advise you to do the same.  

But as time is less now and this is an already proven formula, you can directly go for it, if it suits your strengths and weaknesses.

Order which should be followed according to me:

  1. General Awareness

The reason for choosing this section as first is you already know that you(most of the aspirants) are not going to score very good in this section, so less attempts won’t dishearten you but just in case if you are able to attempt more than you anticipated, your morale would be high for the whole 2 hours.

Key points to be taken care of while attempting this section :

  • Try to finish it off in 12-15 minutes.
  • Only if you are totally clueless about a question, you should leave it. Otherwise attempt the question by eliminating other options or by guessing(only if you have some idea about that option).
  • Be sure you see all the questions of this section with proper attention. Most of the times we are reluctant to attempt this Section till the end and hence lose some easy pickings.
  • Once done, leave nothing for later stage. You won’t get time for second round and even if you get, you won’t like to waste it on this Section.

   2.English Language and Comprehension

If you are good in this section , it will give you highest “Marks to Time” Ratio .

Reason for choosing it next , this section always takes approximately same time irrespective of your proficiency in English and difficulty level of the section. So you should complete it in the first part of the paper itself.

Key points to be taken care of while attempting this section :

  • Try to finish it in 20-23 minutes.
  • Only if you are totally clueless about a question, you should leave it. Otherwise attempt the question by eliminating other options or by guessing (only if you have some idea about that option).
  • Make sure you attempt the Comprehension. Most of the time it is very easy. If you fear you won’t be able to complete the section in stipulated time , attempt Comprehension first.
  • Idioms can easily be done by applying common sense and eliminating other options.
  • Read twice the questions of error finding, improvement and Fill ups. While reading second time, you will find it a lot easier.
  • You can mark 2-3 questions in which you are extremely confused and attempt them in the second round.
  • This section can be done in 20-23 minutes. Make sure you see all 50 questions in this time period.

So GA and English should be completed in first 35-40 minutes including the time for bubbling the responses. These are the sections in which you can atleast see all the 100 questions. Try to achieve that in your mock tests also. It will give you a lot of confidence.

   3. Logical Reasoning

Next comes Logical Reasoning. This section is all about picking the right questions. It is like Cricket, your shot selection(question selection) determines your score. You should know which balls(questions) to leave . Selecting a wrong question can waste a lot of time, which can be used otherwise to solve 4-5 easy questions.

Key points to be taken care of while attempting this section :

  • Assign this section a fix time of 30 minutes.
  • No matter how many questions you are able to see or answer, just stick to the deadline of 30 minutes.
  • Quick Selection of easy questions is very very important here. Logical Reasoning section normally has a variety of questions each having a different difficulty level.
  • Try to look for easy pickings first. While giving Mock test itself , you should decide the topics in which you find yourself comfortable and should attempt them first in the actual exam.
  • You can mark the questions, which you are not attempting due to the lack of time but are doable according to you. These can be solved if time allows you to go for second round.
  • Just in case you are able to see all the questions but not able to solve many. No worries, leave the section after doing all doable questions and move to next section even if 30 minutes are not over.
  • This is because sometimes one section is made difficult in comparison to others. So, you should utilize time spared from one section to solve other easy sections.
  • Also, if you are able to save time because of this, you can come for the second round at the end of the exam.

 At this time you can start filling the bubbles for 3 sections done till now. It will give your mind a much needed break and  will also relieve some pressure of filling all 200 bubbles at the end.

Guidelines for filling up bubbles :

  • Be very careful while filling the bubbles.
  • There are many cases where Aspirants just to save few seconds, bubble wrong box and thereby waste the time they spent in solving that question.
  • Also it disturbs your peace of mind which is very important to be maintained during the whole exam.
  • Special care should be given to leave the “Question number” in OMR sheet which you could not solve . A mistake there and you will end up marking 10-15 questions wrong in a row.
  • Therefore you should keep checking the Serial number of questions in OMR and Question paper. This can be done after every 5 question since in OMR Questions come in groups of 5.
  • If you are filling all 200 bubbles at the end, make sure you spare 20 minutes for it. Any unused time there can be utilized at the end . But spare whole 20 minutes for it at any cost.
  • Always remember if due to lack of time, you could not fill or you wrongly fill a bubble for a solved question, it will cost you a lot.
  • You are getting marks according to OMR not Question Paper. So always take care of mentioned points .

    4. Quantitative Aptitude

Question selection is very important for this section also. Reason for attempting this section at the end(even though I always score good in Maths) is that, the difficult questions of this section can easily keep you away from a good score in overall exam. Some questions here are big time suckers and should be attempted at the very very end so that other sections and their easy questions are solved first to ensure a good score. And only if time allows you can go for luxuries.

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Careful reading of Quant section question is the most important part in current scenario. The current trends of SSC Exams shows they are checking our accuracy by giving easy question papers (some exceptions also there). So, a careless reading may let you to mark wrong answer. For e.g. In Mensuration questions of previous papers, diameter or different units of different elements were given, which was not the practice followed by SSC before, So a careful reading will eliminate the slightest chance of mistake due to the trick played by SSC. 

Key points to be taken care of while attempting this section :

  • Assign this section a fix time of 30 minutes.
  • No matter how many questions you are able to see or answer, just stick to the deadline of 30 minutes.
  • Solve Data Interpretation first. Most of the times they are easy.
  • You can mark the questions, which you are not attempting due to the lack of time but are doable according to you. These can be solved if time allows you to go for second round.
  • If you are attempting the paper according to my plan, Maths will come at the end. So just in case you are able to see all questions but not able to solve many. No worries leave the section even if time is left(out of 30 minutes).

 Last stage, very important to score those extra marks which will decide the state you get after final result. 

  • After completing all the 4 sections, Fill the bubbles for all the attempted questions.
  • Now if you followed the above plan, you must be left with 5 minutes + the time you could save from any section and bubble filling. With this time in hand, Go for 2nd round of the whole paper.
  • Start with English. Give a quick search for the questions you have marked. See them and decide their answers and directly mark them in OMR(very imp – don’t avoid marking them in OMR thinking that you will bubble OMR at the end of 2nd round in one go).
  • Do the same with Logical Reasoning and Maths. Here you should be cautious about not picking the very difficult questions. Leave them for 3rd round if possible.
  • Keep doing it till Invigilator takes your sheet.

 Let me again stress upon some very important points:

  1. Fix time for each section and stick to it at any cost.
  2. Do not make it a matter of your pride to solve a difficult question . It is not an MBA paper. Just do the questions which you really can do it in less time.
  3. There are always some easy topics in each section. To make you skip them, they are given at the end of the section like comprehension in English, Data Interpretation in Maths and Matrix Questions in LR.
  4. You will also have some favorite topics which you find very easy . Make sure you attempt such topics at any cost . Best way is to attempt them in the starting of respective sections.

 Finally why did I choose this Order in the first place??

  • I chose this order so that I leave minimum Questions at the end . I arranged them in the increasing order of time required to attempt the whole section. The section which takes less time , I attempted first. Logic behind this is , If you are able to see/do 50 questions of one section in 15 minutes and in same time, only 20 questions of other section. So in a situation, you are falling short of 15 minutes at the end, you will always regret you attempted those 20 questions instead of 50 questions. In SSC there is no extra mark for attempting a difficult or time consuming question so it is always wise to first attempt all the easy and doable questions.

 Your feedback will be valuable to me. All the best for the exam. 

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44 comments

  1. thank you for sharing these valuable tips.. it is gonna b quite useful for the first time fighters likes me.. specially that bubble filling process… now m nt gonna make stupid mistake of darkening d bubbles at the end of attempting entire paper… 🙂

  2. Yeah i agree with you,i also use this….

  3. Can’t agrree except bubble filling process

  4. not good for everyone as i used to attemmpt maths in the last bcoz i think i m good in maths but i was able to solve max 35 out of them everytime 4-5 were wrong coz of hurry then i started attempting LR followed by maths then gs and eng and i easily can score 40 in maths and total 130 as my eng score is not so good

  5. what will be the good score for cgl2015

  6. Hi everyone ,

    I respect your disagreement . That is why I said in the starting only that you should have your own strategy and it should be based on your strengths and weaknesses.Another imp thing is It should be formulated based on your own experiments.

    But then also I shared my Experience so that even if 1 point is useful to any person , he can be benefited from that. There is never any harm in sharing.

    • @rahul garg – what should be the strategy for last 6 days of tier 1 prepearation according to you.?

      • It depends on what u did before that.

        For me plan was to revise Vocab , Maths Formula and English. Most important thing was to make sure that I give one mock test daily with set time and analyse it properly.

        • @rahul Garg…
          is there section wise cutoff in SSC cgl ?.or I should focus on another section leaving gksection .. please clear my doubt..

    • Hi Rahul,

      Thank for a brilliant post. I have also adopted the same order and am expecting around 120 in Tier 1. Can you suggest some tips for Tier 2 so that I can start my preparations straight away?

      Also, please do let me know the expected cutoff for Tier 1 and Tier 2 if someone wants ITI, Examiner and MEA. By the way, I’m an OBC candidate.

      Thanks,

      Rahul Agrawal

      • Dear Rahul, Definitely Rahul Garg will help you and other students for Tier 2.Let the last leg of Tier 1 get finished we will post everything which helps you to perform better in Tier 2

      • Sir how can I get 310+ marks in tier 2 2015 ssc cgl

  7. thank you sir……….excellent strategy

  8. Thank you ….i will try on some mock tests….rahul

  9. hii Rahul Sir,
    my exam was on the first session of 9th, As i have attempted 136 questions , might be i ma getting around 120, so should i be confirmed and start preparing for tier-2

  10. hello sir , what and how was your strategy for preparation of the ssc cgl exam ? please tell me in detail. as I am preparing for cgl 16.

    • As of now start giving 3 hours to newspaper reading n vocab building..for maths pick any one book n try to complete it in a month..

  11. hello sir , what and how was your strategy for preparation of the ssc cgl exam ? please tell me in detail. as I am preparing for cgl 16.

  12. hello sir , what and how was your strategy for preparation of the ssc cgl exam ? please tell me in detail. as I am preparing for cgl 16
    please suggest me good books & study material for the exam.

    • As of now start reading newspaper daily for 3-4 hours. Preferably “The hindu”. With that start any one book of maths for Basic concepts.

  13. pls provide books name and strategy for tier 2.

  14. my english is too weak give me a some tip for prepearing for english section

  15. Comment.are fail hi karna h to paper hi mat liya karo.itna hard sirf evening walo ka..galat baat h

  16. hello rahul sir,
    I am in great dilemma and an expert like you can only guide me the best. I have done B.tech in 2015 but not able to get very good job till now.I want to prepare for ssc cgl 16 but scared if I will not be able to clear then what will happen.
    So, I want to prepare for it with job and without coaching.
    sir, please suugest me that whether it is possible to crack cgl without coaching and with job?

  17. thanks for sharing this with us..

  18. Thanks for Sharing This.

  19. Hi Rahul

    Please elaborate on how to analyse mocks ?

  20. very nicely solved the problem of time management in exam, thanks

  21. Superb tips very very useful to cracking g CGL exam

  22. Rahul sir plz provide study material details

  23. is there a section wise cutoff in SCC cgl.?.

    • Rahul sir …my question is…
      is there section wise cutoof in ssc cgl .??..or 10 + OK in gk..should I leave gk or preferred more on other section?.
      please clear my doubt..

  24. Hi sir,
    what should be strategy to crack the ssc chsl exam ?

  25. Hello Sir,
    Yesterday I have given tier 1 cgl 2016 and I attempted 75 ques.

    I may get around 125-130 marks. So, can i start for tier 2??

    • Yes because cut off was 102 for gen category in 2015. This time it will be 105-110

      • Thank u mam.
        Kindly send ur contact details if i want to join coaching for tier2

        Gagan

      • Hello frnds, i have given tier2 cgl on 2nd sept.
        After seeing answer keys today, i am able to score 105 gen category.

        Am i eligible for tier2??

        Kindly reply frnds

  26. hi sir. I am expecting 140-145 should i prepare for tier 2 .as question paper was easy I was worried about cut off

  27. Ssc tier 1 109 marks under general category should i start for tier 2??

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