10 Common Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For SSC CGL 2018

By Sashikanth

The release of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) 2018 notification is one of the biggest announcements in the job industry. CGL, which is one amongst the recruitment examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), will be conducted in four tiers. The notification was released a couple of days ago and the commission will accept applications until June 4.


Lakhs of aspirants might have started preparing for the Group B and Group C posts in various ministries and departments in the government of India. The amount of hard work you invest in the CGL preparation should not go in vain with a few common mistakes. Take a tour of the common mistakes you need to avoid while preparing for SSC CGL 2018.

10 Common Mistakes To Avoid In SSC CGL

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1. Deviating From The Target

Most of the aspirants who are preparing for SSC CGL also parallelly prepare for other competitive exams such as SBI PO. To be honest, you can't stand on two boats. We suggest you prepare for only one exam because the testing format and type of questions vary a lot though they have similar syllabuses. Fix your goal and be committed.

2. Reading Too Many Reference Books

There is no end for the preparation process, specifically for the general awareness section in Tier-I and general studies (finance and economics) section in Tier-II. Reading multiple books for a single concept will lead to ambiguity. Hence, we suggest you pick one quality book and start reading the concepts. The same goes for other sections such as English comprehension and statistics.

3. Not Taking Online Mock Tests

Taking an online exam is entirely different from an offline one. As SSC CGL is now online, aspirants should familiar with the format. In the offline examination, one can jump from one question to the other in seconds, which is not possible online. Apart from this, the window will be closed automatically when the given time is completed. So try to take as many online tests as possible while preparing.

4. Ignoring The Accuracy

Attempting the whole SSC CGL question paper is encouraged but not at the cost of negative marking. Aspirants should stick to their time while practising the questions because 0.50 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in Tier-I. So, increase your speed along with accuracy.

5. Giving Least Importance To Basic Concepts

The Tier-I will kick-start at the end of July which means aspirants have enough time to prepare for the basic concepts in all the sections. Practising the questions without mastering the basic concepts will make you to mark the wrong answer in the exam. As the SSC CGL requires more practising, one should complete the basic concepts in less than a week.

6. Pushing Important Topics To End

Always be smart with your preparation by mastering the important topics first. By analysing the previous years' question papers, one can assess the weightage of the topics. Try to complete the topics with high weightage first.

7. Going For Too Many Shortcuts

Shortcuts are required in the examination, specifically for CGL because a test-taker will have less than a minute to answer each question. Never accepts the schortcuts that confuses you because it will consume much time.

8. Ignoring Other Sections While Preparing

Many students feel that being strong in one or two sections will be enough to crack the exam. This type of approach should be kept at bay because this will not give positive results in the exam.

For instance, you are strong in quantitative aptitude and unfortunately you are not able to crack any of the questions due to one or the other reason. This means you are out of the competition. So overall preparation is required.

9. Not Preparing A Study Schedule

Practising the topics without any planning will only intimidate you at the final stage of the preparation process. An effective study schedule should be prepared to crack the competitive entrance examination.

10. Ignoring Revision

During the final phase of the SSC CGL preparations, every aspirants should devote a reasonable amount of time for the revisions. Many students have failed to do the revisions and have felt sorry about it after the exam. Never be one amongst them. It is advised to devote at least 20 hours for revisions during the last two days.

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