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SSC CGL 2017 : Last minute Preparation tips

The Staff Selection Comission (SSC) Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Comission, an organization under the Government of India for the recruitment of Grade B and Grade C category posts in various government ministries and departments. To be eligible to sit for the exam, a person must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University and his/her age must be in between 20 and 30.

The exam contains three different tiers. Performance of a candidate in the first two tiers determines his/her eligibility for the third tier. There are four different sections in the first tier; General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension. Each of the sections have 25 questions, each question carrying 2 marks. Thus each section has 50 marks and the total marks of the tier one exam is 200. The test is of 75 minutes duration. For visually handicapped and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the allotted time is 100 minutes. 0.5 marks is deducted for each incorrect answer.

Now that the exam day is fast approaching, you must be very nervous. That is quite natural. But the thing is, you have nothing to be worried about. If you have prepared properly, and gone through all the topics thoroughly, there is nothing to be afraid of. But we here at Bank Naukri do realize that the days leading up to the exam are the most stressful for a student. Hence we have come up with a few last minute preparation tips for your SSC CGL exam.

• The SSC CGL has become an online exam from this year. So make sure that you are comfortable with the online format. There is an official SSC CGL practice test available on their website. Please take the test and acquaint yourself with the new format.

• You should be totally aware of the number of questions that will be asked in each section, and the total marks. Be sure about negative marking and get to know about sectional cutoffs, if there are any.

• In the days leading up to the exam, try taking as many mock exams as possible. Time yourself, and try to increase your efficiency. Taking various online exams will also help you to find your weak spots, and subsequently eliminate them.

• Accuracy is very important in this exam, as there is negative marking. Also, since the time allotted is quite less, it is unadvisable to waste time on a particular question.

• A few weeks before the exam, try to revise all of the important topics. Do not try to study to study anything new, as cramming new topics in such a short time will not be beneficial.

For the 4 sections of the Tier 1 exam, there are some specific portions you shoud revise, or specific tasks that you should do in the days leading up to the exam. We have illustrated them below.
• The English Language section of the SSC CGL Tier 1 majorly consists of three topics – Vocabulary, Grammar and Reading Comprehension. You can expect the following topics in the exam - One Word Substitution, Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings, Phrase or Idiom Meaning, Synonyms and Antonyms. There are many short English quizzes available online. Practicing them before the exam will be very helpful.

• For the Quantitative Aptitude section, revise the important topics such as Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Algebra, Simplification,Ratio & Proportion, Interest, Profit & Loss, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work. There also many short quizzes available online. Taking them will give you confidence, as well as act as a revising tool.

• For the General Intelligence & Reasoning and General Awareness sections, the best bet would be to go through previous year’s questions papers. They will give you an idea of what type of questions come. Also practice as many quizzes you find online, pertaining to these two sections.

Now for a few general tips.
• Make sure you have downloaded your admit card and have it ready.

• Sleep well on the day before the exam, and adjust your cycle accordingly so that the time during which you give the exam is the time during which you are most productive.

• Be sure of your center’s exact location. If need be, visit the center once a few days before your examination.

• Avoid eating out a few days before the exam. The last thing you need is to be sick on the day of your exam.

Follow all of these tips and we’re confident that you will crack the exam with ease. Stay confident, study properly, and a best of luck from everybody here at Bank Naukri.

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