Lakhs of job seekers eagerly wait for the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) recruitment notification from the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The Commission released the notification a couple of days ago and will accept applications until June 4, 2018. Aspirants who are not familiar with SSC CGL can read our exclusive article ''All You Need To Know About SSC CGL.''
The competition for SSC CGL will be not be easy. We expect more than 30 lakh registrations for the SSC CGL exam which will kick-start its selection process with the Tier-I round at the end of July. Many applicants believe that this All India Entrance Examination requires unique preparation strategies which are available at coaching institutes.
Frankly, coaching institutes will only play a small role in helping with your preparations. If you are committed and not able to take coaching due to some personal reason, you can still crack SSC CGL by preparing at home. Here is how you can prepare for the exam at home without stepping into a coaching institute.
Understand The CGL Exam
Prior to starting your preparations, aspirants should know everything about the SSC CGL examination. Starting from the exam pattern to the syllabus, one should get familiar with the test. Though SSC CGL consists of aptitude sections, one has to prepare for the exam in a unique way. Try to understand the approach of the exam and prepare accordingly.
Prepare An Effective Study Schedule
If you have joined a coaching institute, they will make you adopt the schedule they follow. There are pros and cons to this. We suggest you prepare your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. One can use the SWOT analysis for SSC CGL to know how to kick-start their preparations.
Tackle The Subjects Individually
Once you have prepared the study schedule, start exploring the subjects one after the other. As the Tier-I exam will kick-start during the end of July, you have more than two months to prepare. We suggest you start with the subjects you are not confident about.
The general awareness subject is a scoring one and requires special preparation. Devote at least 20 minutes everyday to read about the current events. The English and quantitative sections are very important in both Tier-I and Tier-II rounds. Hence, we suggest you focus more on these sections.
Participate In The Study Forums
The group discussion will really help you prepare for the exam. As you are preparing at home, you may find it difficult to exchange ideas about SSC CGL. We suggest you participate in the online study forums, which exist thanks to digitalisation. Register yourself and participate in the forums which can clear your theoretical doubts besides providing inputs and shortcuts.
Enrol In Online Classes
Many education websites provide free online classes specifically for the SSC CGL exam. Try to identify them and utilise the classes. Download the study material they publish for free of cost and follow the current affairs daily. There are many YouTube channels which take special lectures; never miss them.
Take Free Mock Tests
As the SSC CGL exam is now conducted online, aspirants should get familiar with the computer-based examination. One can take full-length online mock tests, which are usually not available for free. However, one or two mock tests are available for free of cost; never ignore them. Apart from the mock tests, one will also find the previous years' question papers besides practise bits which are also useful for the exam.