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SSC CGL Tier 1 Preparation Strategy (60 Days)

SSC CGL Tier 1 Preparation Strategy (60 Days)

No. of Questions – 200

Time – 120 Minutes

Actual Time to solve – 100 minutes (20 Minutes to fill ovals, Attendance Sign, etc.)

Sections – 4

General Intelligence (Reasoning)

No. of Questions – 50

Quantitative Abilities

No. of Questions – 50

General Awareness 

No. of Questions – 50

English Language & Comprehension 

No. of Questions – 50

Time Distribution 

Reasoning – 30Minutes

Maths – 45 Minutes

English – 20 Minutes

GS – 10 Minutes

Total – 105 Minutes (Try to finish in this much time)

Which Section to attempt first??

The section in which you are confident enough to score with speed and accuracy. If you are weak in Maths  then don’t attempt Maths Section in last. Last minute pressure will not let you to do the calculation and hence this will led to suicidal attempt.

Strategy 

First of all you need to attempt a mock in exactly similar circumstances as in real exam. It can be previous year paper or any mock test available in market.

Perquisite before attempting mock

  • Stop Watch or Alarm in mobile set at 110 minutes.
  • Only Single Sheet of Rough Paper
  • OMR Sheet
  • Black Ball Point pen

After checking your score in this mock you will be able to analyse your self in a better way.

How to Analyse ??

  • Note down for each question the topic from where it is and its difficulty level (easy/medium/hard).
  • Excellent Score (Speed, Time management & Preparation are on track)
  • Good Score with Good Accuracy (Preparation is on track but lacking in Speed & Time Management)
  • Good Score with Less Accuracy (Speed, Time Management is ok but lacking in preparation)
  • Less Score with Good Accuracy (Preparation is OK but lacking in Speed & Time Management)
  • Less Score with Less Accuracy ( Lacking in Preparation, Speed & Time Management)

*The Difficulty level should be according to you only and no one else.

*Now, since the 2015 Tier-1 level and pattern was almost similar to 2013 and 2014, it is safe to expect the same for CGL 2016 Tier-1 as well.

Therefore, previous year analysis should be restricted to these 2 papers only. If you don’t have the papers, you can download them from here.

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Paper 4

This is a work requiring a maximum of 3 hours but will serve as the base for your whole preparation.

Score Classification

  • Excellent Score – 145+
  • Good Score – 135 – 145
  • Average Score – 120 – 135
  • Less Score – 100 – 120
  • Not Qualifying Score – Less than 100

Those scoring 145+ in mocks are perfectly on track to crack the SSC CGL Tier 1 with flying colors. Only you need to take as much mock as you can and analyze them to minimize the silly mistakes.

Aspirants scoring 135-145 need to check their accuracy & speed. If your attempts are around 180-200 but due to incorrect responses you score more negatives then you need to improve your accuracy. In second case if your attempts are around 145-155 & you were unable to see the remaining questions then your speed isn’t up to the mark but if you left these questions due to uncertainty of the answers then you need to prepare hard for the weaker section.

Aspirants scoring 100-135 need to buckle up their preparation, speed & time management.

Why 120-135 isn’t a good score anymore??

With exponentially increasing cut throat competition, and trend of higher cutoffs shows that to get an extra edge in Tier 1 you have to score 135+. Its seems to be difficult to score 135+ but in my point of view its achievable, you just need the perfect strategy.

General Awareness

SSC General Awareness section is unpredictable. Instead of mind GA is the game of 0 or 1, means if you know the answer you will mark it otherwise you will leave it. Moreover Weight-age of GA is of 25% i.e. of 50 Marks out of 200 but the syllabus isn’t confined as in other subjects.

  • No need to put extra effort on this section, there are scenarios where aspirants studied lots of books for this section and devoted too much time to prepare for GS but in the end the marks in this section wasn’t up to their expectations.
  • For GA you need to prepare the topics having limited matter. Some of the topics – Polity, Freedom Struggle, Indian Geography, Economics.
  • Try to mug up as much as possible but not at the cost of other subjects. Remember GK is the last preferred subject in my opinion due to less effort to result ratio.
  • Maximum time you need to devote on this section in Exam – 10 Minutes[gap height=”5″]

Reasoning

SSC Reasoning is quite easy as compared to IBPS Reasoning. It is one of the scoring section among all sections. No need to go through a particular book to understand theory. To master the reasoning you need to practice 50 previous year questions daily. But remember solutions of these 50 questions must be there in the book you purchase. Some books with previous year reasoning question which you can buy are displayed here.

reasoning bookreasoning book 2

Link to buy them

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SSCtube doesn’t vouch for the 100% correctness of solutions in these books.

Only some questions in Reasoning/General Intelligence are tricky like

  • Find the next number in series/Missing number in series
  • letter series
  • statement & conclusion

If you are unable to solve these questions in single try then leave them and move ahead.

Maximum time you can devote to reasoning is 30 Minutes including bubbling.

for reasoning try to maintain a consistent score above 42+

Quantitative Ability

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”20″ color=”#332a26″ bgcolor=”#fcb99f” arrow=”yes”]1. Check where you stand.[/quote]

Although most of us are reluctant to do this but it is very important to know where “I” stand in the beginning of preparation. It will greatly help you to gauge your improvement during the course of preparation.

Here is what you need to do.

  • With alarm set for 45 minutes, give CGL Tier 1 Maths Section.
  • Give your best attempt thinking it is your actual exam.
  • Then make use of your already made analysis and mark the questions you were able to do and which you could not do. This will give you the actual difficulty level of each question.
  • Analyse its solution thoroughly as these days SSC doesn’t give any new questions. So chances are there that questions will be repeated with only change in values.

 [quote font=”palatino” font_size=”20″ color=”#332a26″ bgcolor=”#fcb99f” arrow=”yes”]2. Learn[/quote]

Now you are actually ready to start the main stage i.e. preparation. Assuming you are preparing other subjects as well.

 It is always important to complete at least 2-3 books to ensure that no topic is missed.

So let’s see how time can be managed to do it:

  • First thing is to brush up or strengthen your fundamental mathematical concepts.

  • For this you can refer these concept building books. Quantum CAT is also under Practice Book category.[gap height=”5″]
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  • Complete these books in 20-25 days. You have Question Analysis with you, so you should prepare from the books according to it.
    • To make your basics stronger in Advanced & Arithmetic Maths.
      • First finish the Basics from RD Sharma Book for Class 9th &  10th. After finishing RD Sharma, start Quantum Cat (Theory, Examples & Level 1 Questions). Once you sincerely finish RD Sharma & Quantum Cat Book, you will be well versed in concepts and basics of Advanced & Arithmetic Maths. Now you can refer next step. [gap height=”5″]
    • If your basics are strong but you lack speed, short tricks or doesn’t feel comfortable in some particular topics then you must refer these Practice Books.[gap height=”5″]
    •  images-books-ourbookspage-practice_book_quicker_math_full-250x250Lucent’s3ssc-elementary-advanced-mathematics-for-ssc-graduate-level-tier-i-ii-10-2-lcd-data-entry-operator-fci-english-700x700-imadh8cpxe3xub6r[gap height=”5″]
  • You can start right from Quantum CAT book (Theory, Examples & Level 1 Question). After finishing it, you will know better ways to solve the problems. Now you need to practise. Start from M Tyra Quicker Maths, it has variety of questions in Arithmetic Maths(Don’t mug up all the formulas it have, try to solve them with your learning). Once you finish M Tyra, start either with Lucent’s Higher Maths or Kiran’s Advance Maths and finish these books in set time frame of  days.

If you don’t have these Books, you can buy it immediately from these links.
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  • Like if you see a topic in book from which there was not even a single question in last 2 years, it is very less probable that you will get it this time. If it is very difficult, you may leave the entire topic. (Like Banker’s Discount & True Discount)[gap height=”5″]
  • But if it is doable and doesn’t need much efforts, you can read it anyway, or you can mark it to do at some later stage.[gap height=”5″]
  • Topics having more questions should be practiced more, even if you find the topic/questions on the topic to be easy.[gap height=”5″]
  • In short, book should be prepared in accordance with the Question Analysis only and not the other way round.[gap height=”5″]

Now after preparing the mentioned books completely, you would have covered almost 100% of the syllabus. Further detailed preparation should be as follows:

  • After covering the first practice book (Quantum CAT), give a mock test with a clock set for 110 minutes and for Maths Section it must be 45 minutes.[gap height=”5″]
  • Make sure the mock test is based on the latest pattern. 
  • Give one or 2 more mock tests and analyse the improvement in your performance.[gap height=”5″]
  • You will surely encounter questions from some topics which are not there in your analysis and nor covered in your first book. Note them down (your diary of mistakes is the key to your success in Exam).[gap height=”5″]
  • Now start preparing from the second & Third practice book (M Tyra, Lucent Higher Maths or Kiran Advanced Maths), so that uncovered topics can be prepared. Also already covered topics will be revised. [gap height=”5″]
  • It may also happen that you get different and better method for some questions in second & third book.
  • Change the method of doing a question only if you are more comfortable with the new one, no need to switch if the new method is 1 or 2 seconds faster.[gap height=”5″]
  • Along with starting the second & third book, you must start giving mock tests regularly.[gap height=”5″]
  • At this point in time, 2-3 mock tests per week would be enough to get you going.[gap height=”5″]
  • Complete the second & third book in 20-25 days.[gap height=”5″]

After completing second & third book, you should have covered almost 100% of Maths syllabus.  [quote font=”palatino” font_size=”20″ color=”#332a26″ bgcolor=”#fcb99f” arrow=”yes”]4. Practice and Learn[/quote]

Last 15-20 days are very crucial and should be used wisely to ensure a high score in exam.

  • Maths is a subject in which the score is more influenced by practice than by knowledge.[gap height=”5″]
  • So make sure you practice each and every type of question and that too under the pressure of solving it fast. Mock tests serve as the best source of doing this.[gap height=”5″]
  • Your target should be to practice more and more Mock tests to ensure you become familiar with the pattern and pressure of the exam.[gap height=”5″]
  • If you encounter any new question, make sure to look for its best solution and jot it down.[gap height=”5″]
  • Do it till one week before exam.

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”20″ color=”#332a26″ bgcolor=”#fcb99f” arrow=”yes”] 5. Final stage[/quote]

  • By now (1 week before paper) you should have read almost everything for the exam and you are ready for the final show. But just before the D-day, you need to test all your knowledge and resources (tricks and Formula) at hand. For that we suggest you to give at least 3 mock tests in the last week.[gap height=”5″]
  • You should give it in the exact same environment like you are going to do in the final Exam. That is, give mock test in 10 am-12 noon Slot. It will give you the much required confidence that you can do it without getting exhausted. In between you can skip 2 days to have a healthy break (during this week you should revise whatever you have learnt in past 60 days)

Topper’s Speak

How to give Mock/Previous Year tests:

 > Try to score 44+ consistently

> The most important thing is you should have a similar environment like that while giving the actual paper.

 > Sit in a quiet place and then start the paper.

 > Give them completely in one go. Don’t do it in bits and pieces.

 > Set a timer for 45 minutes for Maths (this is actually what you get to solve the questions).

 > One of the topper told, he used to spend 2 hours in analyzing the paper. This is what you should also do.

 > Analyse each and every question of Maths, to check for the better methods from the solution of the paper. You should adopt the new method only if you feel it is necessary. 

Make a target for yourself in paper and keep it increasing with the improvement in score of Mock Tests. 

Addition : When you solve question, try to do most of the calculation in mind. This will save time and your dependency on rough space will be reduced.

We are always there to help you guys. After all, Sharing is Caring.

ENGLISH

More precisely it’s English Language & Comprehension Exam. Strategy to prepare for this paper will be slightly different from the strategy we recommended for Maths preparation.

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”18″ font_style=”italic” color=”#192844″ bgcolor=”#ffebc4″ arrow=”yes”]

Why not same Strategy??[gap height=”10″]

Some points worthy for mention to answer this question.

  • In English scoring 50/50 is next to impossible but in Maths it’s achievable.[gap height=”5″]
  • Spectacular performance in English needs some luck. Sections like Idioms & Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, One word Substitution & Spelling Errors (Around 22 Questions) may or may not be from those which you have prepared before exam.[gap height=”5″]
  • Question asked in Comprehension can be direct or inference based. If question are direct then this section will be easy for all but if they are inference based then it will be easy for some and tough for most.[gap height=”5″]
  • Sections like Error Detection, Sentence Improvement, Fill ups, & Sentence Rearrangement need basic sense of English.[gap height=”5″]

Thus, to come over these constraints and maximize your English score, certain changes need to be done to the Maths preparation strategy.[/quote]

Best thing about this Paper is there is a set pattern followed by SSC and negligible deviation. Not much deviation has been observed in the recent years i.e. you can easily predict the no of questions from a particular topic and their difficulty level.

Here you should treat every topic entirely different and prepare topic-wise.

Let’s see how this section should be prepared.

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”18″ font_style=”italic” color=”#192844″ bgcolor=”#eaf4b5″ arrow=”yes”]Stage Zero: [/quote]

We are this stage as Stage Zero because you should start doing it the moment you thought about giving CGL Exam:

  • If you want to score good in English, you need to read newspaper on daily basis. There is no escape from that. Read! Don’t go for boring black and white ‘The Hindu’ unless you are preparing for Civils. Something like Times of India or HT should be sufficient. This will help you to develop basic sense of English.[gap height=”5″]
  • Reading habits improve the knowledge of the language and in a language, things are driven more by the sense of correctness than by Rules.[gap height=”5″]
  • This sense of correctness can only be acquired if you use a language on daily basis. Since most of us speak local languages most of the time, reading is the only option left.[gap height=”5″]
  • You can read novels on daily basis if you are already into it.[gap height=”5″]
  • Otherwise you need to give 1 hour on daily basis to Newspaper reading, and sorry we are stressing so much on this but it is not possible to score high without reading newspaper.[gap height=”5″]
  • Reading News Paper, Article or Novels will help you to solve inference questions asked in comprehension.[gap height=”5″]

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”18″ font_style=”italic” color=”#192844″ bgcolor=”#eaf4b5″ arrow=”yes”]Stage 1:  Analyse [/quote]

For English also, we suggest you to first analyse the pattern. You can find the complete analysis of this paper here. We have done the half workby segregating the questions based on the topics, other half work needs to be done by you.

We have shared with you the topic wise analysis of questions but their difficulty levels should be determined by you only depending on your expertise.

  • Take last 2 year Question papers.[gap height=”5″]
  • Read the paper briefly and mark the difficulty level of each question.[gap height=”5″]
  • Do it for all 50 questions one by one and at the end make an Excel Type sheet like the one shown below:[gap height=”5″]
    • TopicOld PatternNew Pattern
      Finding Errors53
      Wrongly Spelt Words20
      Sentence Improvement105
      One word substitution73
      Idioms53
      Fill in the Blanks52
      Syno/Anto64
      Comprehension105
      Total5025
      [gap height=”5″]
    • *The Difficulty level should be according to you only and no one else.[gap height=”5″]
  • Now since the 2015 Tier 1 level and pattern was almost similar to 2013 and 2014, we are expecting the same for SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 also.[gap height=”5″]
  • Therefore you should do the analysis of these 2 papers only. If you don’t have the papers, you can download them from the below given links[gap height=”5″]
  • This is a work of maximum 2 hours but will serve as the base for your whole preparation.[gap height=”5″]

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”18″ font_style=”italic” color=”#192844″ bgcolor=”#eaf4b5″ arrow=”yes”]2. Check where you stand[/quote]

Although students are mostly reluctant to do this but it is very important to know where you stand in the beginning of preparation. It will greatly help you to gauge your improvement during the course of preparation. You can only grow when you accept the reality and are ready to work on it.

Here is what you need to do.

  • With alarm set for 20 minutes, attempt English section of CGL 2013 Tier 1 Paper.[gap height=”5″]
  • Give it your best attempt thinking it is your actual exam.[gap height=”5″]
  • Then make use of your already made analysis and mark the questions you were able to do and which you could not do. This will give you the actual difficulty level of each question.[gap height=”5″]
  • Repeat the same for CGL 2014 tier 1 English Section.[gap height=”5″]

 [quote font=”palatino” font_size=”18″ font_style=”italic” color=”#192844″ bgcolor=”#eaf4b5″ arrow=”yes”]3. Learn[/quote]

In English you need not prepare anything outside the topics included in our analysis. At max, there would be a slight difference in no of questions from a particular section but there is no chance of introduction of a new topic. So keep you preparation topic based and don’t go out of their scope.

So let us take up all topics one by one and see how they can be prepared.

  1. Synonyms/Antonyms, Wrongly Spelt Words, One Word Substitutions

  We have clubbed these 3 topics because they can be prepared simultaneously.

  • In SSC CGL Exam, only General Vocabulary based Questions are asked that is the words which are commonly used by people. So you need not learn very tough words (no Shakespeare in making).[gap height=”5″]
  • We have already advised you to read newspaper. The best way to read it is whenever you find any difficult word you check it’s meaning in your phone and bookmark that word (download a free offline dictionary from Google play store).[gap height=”5″]
  • Try to remember the meaning and usage of the word. Similarly do for all the strange words you see that day.[gap height=”5″]
  • Then at the end of day you can jot down the words in a separate notebook with their meaning, synonyms and related words.[gap height=”5″]
  • Writing down will make you remember the word and its spelling. It will take time and efforts in the starting but believe us, after 1 month only, you will feel the difference.[gap height=”5″]
  • Many tough words would be known to you by now. Repeat this till the exam day.[gap height=”5″]

 2. Idioms and Phrases

Idioms and Phrases comes under the section which needs some luck. It’s almost next to impossible to mug all the idioms and phrases English language have. However, leaving this section on your sheer luck and not preparing it will definitely give you a jolt during the exam.

SSCtube Strategy for this section is stuck with single book for this section. Learn all the idioms & Phrases that book have. If you already reading the newspaper or any other reading material then you will encounter some idioms and phrases there also. Moreover, there is lot of stuff available on Idioms & Phrases in form of pdf on internet. We are sharing some useful books and pdf below.

Now, what if an idiom or phrase comes in exam, which you have never encountered in your life??

Then the best possible way is to eliminate the options using common sense. Practising mock tests through this way (By Elimination Method) will give you a lot of confidence and will make you familiar to this topic.

 

 6. Comprehension

Most of the time this section is easy and doable. It does not need any preparation or learning. Newspaper reading will greatly help you in this section as here also the same activity is involved. That is to read an article and to understand it completely. Questions based on comprehension are mostly direct and hence can be done easily. Practising mock tests will also help a lot in this section.[gap height=”10″]

 7. Finding Errors, Fill ups and Sentence improvement

These 3 topics make up to 40% of the total Questions in English Paper and hence should be focussed on to attain a high score in the exam.  Now for this section, you can’t refer a single source where all the study material is available.

So the question is; how should it be prepared???

  • After giving the previous year Papers, you will get an idea of the type of questions asked from these topics.
  • Then you need to prepare these topics only from reliable books.
  • You can refer one of the below mentioned books to prepare this section exclusively.
  • We have shortlisted these books based on recommendations of previous year toppers. According to them, these books contain mostly reliable information and very less mistakes.
  • After completing 1-2 books (approximately 25 days), you can start giving the mock tests.
  • Again learn from there the type of questions and prepare them simultaneously from other books.

[quote font=”palatino” font_size=”18″ font_style=”italic” color=”#192844″ bgcolor=”#eaf4b5″ arrow=”yes”]Stage 4: Final stage[/quote]

  • By now (1 week before exam) you should have read almost everything for the exam and you are ready for the final show. But just before the D-day, you need to test all your knowledge and resources (rules and vocab) at hand. For that we suggest you to give at least 3 mock tests in the last week.

Make a target for yourself in both Papers and keep it increasing with the improvement in score of Mock Tests. 

Topper’s Speak

How to give Mock/Previous Year tests:

 > The most important thing is you should have a similar environment like that while giving the actual paper.

 > Sit in a quiet place and then start the paper.

 > Give them completely in one go. Don’t do it in bits and pieces.

 > Set a timer for 20 minutes for English (this is actually what you get to solve the questions).

 > One of the topper told, he used to spend 2 hours in analyzing the paper. This is what you should also do.

 > For English, check the solution of grammatical questions and note them down in a separate notebook. Do the same for Vocab. This alone can improve your score by up to 30 marks.

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14 comments

  1. I have not filled AAO in my post preferences list since I do not want to apply for it. But, by mistake, I have filled “No” in “Do you possess EQ for the post of AAO?” although I am a graduate(B tech) and I do possess the EQ required.

    Will this create any problem in the future?

    Should I apply again

  2. I have not filled AAO in my post preferences list since I do not want to apply for it. But, by mistake, I have filled “No” in “Do you possess EQ for the post of AAO?” although I am a graduate(B tech) and I do possess the EQ required.

    Will this create any problem in the future?

    Should I apply again…..

  3. Thankyou So Much Sir……

  4. Referring The Hindu as boring black and white paper is so immature that you do not know what you are talking about. To be on safer side i am ignoring all your preferred books. Please correct that statement, do not confuse the competitors by such statements.

  5. I’m having some doubt regarding Lucent Higher Maths Part 2. Is it good? O am practicing from Kiran (2010-Till Date Tier I and II) and Sarvesh K Verma (Arihant).

  6. Sir I am an Obc candidate my age at 1.1.2016 was 27 yr and 21 days but by mistake I choose no age relaxation

    Please tell me what are the impacts for that mistake

    Can I will eligible for those post Which has age limit 27 years

  7. How much will be the SSC CHSL 2015 cutoff ??

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