Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is the organising body for the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination, which is conducted annually for Group B and Group C posts in various government departments and ministries. The selected candidates will be placed across the country with the highest degree of respect and a lucrative pay structure.
There will be massive competition for the vacancies under SSC CGL. The SSC CGL exam will be conducted in four tiers. Tier I & II are computer-based examinations, which are followed by a descriptive paper and a computer proficiency test in the further rounds. On an average, more than twenty lakh candidates take the tier I examination, which is a screening round.
Aspirants who register for the SSC CGL examination have to appear for the preliminary round, i.e., the tier I round. Though the marks obtained in the tier I round are not carried into the final merit list, aspirants have to perform extremely well because of the huge competition.
Aspirants might have heard that there are candidates who have devoted over three years time to crack the SSC CGL exam. In this scenario, a question keeps on disturbing the candidates, specifically the freshers who are taking the exam for the first time: Can we crack SSC CGL in the first attempt? To be honest, one can crack the examination in the very first attempt by following the below tips and strategies.
Preparing For The Exam Based On The Syllabus
Be it SSC CGL or any other exam, one has to prepare according to the syllabus. The CGL notification has clearly mentioned the syllabus of both tier I & II rounds in the official notification.
It is always good to start preparing based on the weightage because fifty per cent of the questions will be based on the important topics. One can analyse the weightage of the questions based on the previous years' question papers.
Keeping Negative Marking At Bay
Many candidates put their best foot forward while preparing but miss the bus because of the inclusion of negative marks in the examination. Both SSC CGL tier I & II exams carry negative marks. 0.50 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in the tier I round.
Practising All The Time
The SSC CGL exam pattern consists of quantitative aptitude, reasoning and English comprehension as the major sections. The conceptual knowledge will be less and one can score well only through effective practise. Apart from regular practise, one should also stay updated with the current affairs required for the general awareness section.
Taking Mock Examinations
It is always a tough task to attempt all the questions in the given time. If aspirants want to make it, they have to acquaint themselves with the exam pattern. Taking full-length mock examinations of both tier I & II rounds at regular intervals will give better results along with regular practise. We suggest aspirants opt for the computer-based examination while taking the mock tests as the SSC CGL has moved online too.
Referring To Only One Book
We always suggest aspirants follow a single book for conceptual knowledge because reading multiple books for a single concept will lead to ambiguity. Pick a good book of your choice based on the concepts' clarity, previous years' question papers, practise papers, etc. When it comes to books regarding general awareness, keep your options open because the syllabus is vast.
The tier II round of the SSC CGL exam will be more difficult compared to the tier I round. Only the marks obtained in the tier II round are considered to get a place in the merit list. To crack the SSC CGL exam in the first attempt, one has to keep motivating themselves besides getting acquainted with the exam pattern and trending issues.
Be positive and give the exam your best in the first attempt by preparing and following an effective study schedule.