How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2017 – Study Plan, Recommended Books, Free Mock Tests



Hello and welcome to exampundit. The most awaited
notification of SSC CGLE 2017 has arrived. The exams of Tier 1 have been
scheduled in the month of August 2017
tentatively. For some, it’s the very
first attempt – a completely new experience and for some, it’s just one more
attempt out of those past “nth” attempts.
Here is a post discussing all the frequently
asked information regarding the exam.

Breaking the ice:

As it is an exam common for all graduates,
aspirants from various academic backgrounds apply for it. Many think it is
quite tough for people from non-science or maths background but that’s not
true. The syllabus is quite similar to what we have learned in schools and regardless of your background, the school
lessons were same for all. Just in case of current affairs and latest GK we
need to study the latest topics. Hence, your performance in this exam does not depend
on your academic background.
Tier 1 comprises
of 4 sections- General Intelligence Reasoning, General Awareness,  Quantitative ability and English
Comprehension each comprising of 25 questions of 2 marks each with exam
duration of 60 minutes.

So, you need to
attend 200 marks in 60 minutes sounds
tough? Well, it’s not !!!
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Let us now have a
look on how to deal with each section:
General Intelligence Reasoning:
The reasoning
section generally comprises of following topics:
  1. Coding
  2. Number puzzles
  3. Direction test
  4. Analogy
  5. Figure series completion
  6. Comparison of ranks and quantity
  7. Statement conclusion
  8. Syllogism
  9. Choose the odd one out
  10. Embedded figures, etc

Few tips for this section:
  • Make sure you practice the previous year
    questions.
  • Solve the questions only relevant to SSC genre
    instead of overhyping with lengthy puzzles and other sums.
  • The syllogism in SSC is quite different from
    the regular banking ones. Try solving some old syllogism of SSC and you will
    get an idea.
  • Try to increase you speed in number puzzles by
    practicing an ample number of questions and in the exam hall, if you get stuck
    in any such puzzle do not ever take it on your ego and dare to waste time on
    finding the answer.
  • Many times, SSC sets ambiguous questions in
    this section. If you feel it’s such a question-safety tip is just to skip it,
    else bravo you risked 2.5 marks ( question’s mark=2 and negative marking-0.5)
    and you will lament over when SSC releases the key.


Recommended Book: Kiran’s chapterwise
solved papers  Reasoning.
It has topic wise
questions and will help you practice if you feel doubtful in this section.

General
Awareness:
Many of us are
worried that this section is a vast ocean and we may not sail through it
successfully. Then let me make it clear to you,
you are not required to sail through, you
just have to focus on not drowning in and successfully
sailing to the shore with lifeboats ( the other sections) if you are not that
sharp in this section.
To
prepare well for this part browse through the NCERTs and then keep reading and
practicing more and more questions. You can prefer any one GK book (either
Lucent’s or EP’s Ultimate GK PDF).
Keep
the following things in mind for this section:
  • Do not overburden yourself
    with extra information as it will result in mere tension and nothing else.
  • There is no need of
    collecting various GK books from different sites. Just pay your focus on the
    one GK book you have as many of the GK books have same repetitive content.Your
    score will fetch you the job and not the number of files you have collected.
  • In the initial stage of
    preparation avoid one-liners or random PDFs with headings –CRACK/ BLOW/ SMASH /
    KILL (many other fascinating words) CGLE in N number of days. Because random
    information on random topics will not let the piece of information get
    imprinted in your mind. Rather you can at first have a chapter wise go-through
    of the GK book and NCERT which will hardly take 
    20 days and then you can go for those fascinating PDFs or Quizzes of
    Exampundit and any other sources that you prefer. But many differ from this
    statement and prefer the direct reading of quizzes and PDFS. Well, it’s your
    wish which way you chose, because in the end if you fetch good marks, we will
    be the happiest and proud.

These
miscellaneous topics should not be missed:
  1. The chronological order of
    historical events.
  2. Clear knowledge of the map of
    India and its neighboring countries ( which state and country share boundaries)
  3. Recent government schemes
  4. Census
  5. Budget
  6. Economic Survey of India
  7. Important obituaries and awards
  8. Popular books
  9. Sports persons and awards.
  10. Dams, Parks, superlatives,
    Dances, crops, and climate  of India
  11. Famous political figures.

Economics
is the section for which many of us worry about. Well, for this topic do not
push hard. Try reading some previous year economic questions and the
fundamental definitions which you can easily avail in your GK books. It’s good
if you are able to answer it in the exam, else never an issue, get a grip over
other chapters.

Recommended Book: Kiran’s chapter-wise solved
papers  General Awareness

The Ultimate
GK PDF by EP (free):  Download

Quantitative ability:
This
section comprises of:
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Data interpretation
  • Calendar  and clock problems

NCERT
books, along with CBSE maths reference books are best for TIER 1 Mathematics.
You can make your concept clear by following various youtube channel videos and
then turn over the NCERT or reference book and solve a few questions. If you
feel you got a command over that lesson then switch to the previous year
question. The over-accumulation of concepts is not demanded, we need to get
strong over the pattern of questions asked by SSC. Solving topic wise questions
similar to previous years will fetch you desired results.
Keep
the following things in mind:
  • Avoid mugging up tricks of
    each and every chapter until and unless you have been using it for a pretty
    amount of time and are comfortable to use it in any form.
  • Do not overhype with the clarity
    of concepts. If some particular previous year question does not fit into your
    understanding, just learn the way how it is solved.
  • In above points. We asked you
    not to mug up tricks but in very very special conditions, there are a few
    tricky algebraic questions which are repeated every year and it is highly
    recommendable for you to learn the shortest trick as given in the solutions.
    Because who knows, maybe the question gets repeated in you shift without even
    any alterations. Also, make sure you are able to apply the trick in different
    possible cases of the same question.

Do
not worry, in due course of time, you will be provided with quizzes involving
these special tricks, making sure you do not miss those marks.Even the special
topics of calendar and clocks will be discussed in quizzes. In the time being
you can make your concepts clear by following various video tutorials.

Recommended Book– Kiran’s chapter-wise solved
papers  Mathematics 

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by exampundit

English
Comprehension:
This
section focuses majorly on:
  • Vocabulary, Idioms and
    phrases, One-word substitution
  • Comprehension
  • Transformation of speech and
    voice
  • Basic Grammar rules

You cannot increase
vocabulary skills by mugging up independent random words. Try reading good
standard English articles and then mark the hard words and browse its meaning.
You can also increase efficiency in this by learning roots of words, suffixes,
and prefixes. There are posts regarding this in Exampundit, browse them.
For idioms and phrases, pick
up your English book either- Wren & Martin or R.S. Agarwal, etc and go
through the idioms and phrases along with the example sentences.
Basic grammar rules will be
tested in error detection or sentence improvement questions. Grammar cannot be learned
in a day. So start from today onwards. It’s not an alien language, do not
worry. We all have learned the required level of Grammar in schools, you just
need to revise them by choosing any English book you have with yourself ( make
sure it has no errors and is of good publication house which does not have one liner
but has lesson wise concepts, examples).
Make
sure you practice lots of transformation of speech and voice questions and be
conceptually clear.
Recommended Book: Kiran’s chapter-wise solved
papers  English
Some
advice before concluding:
  1. Skipping a question which is not clicking your
    instincts will not fetch you out of the race but wasting your time even a
    minute will surely drag you out to repent for another one year.
  2. This time the duration of the exam has been reduced so we may expect a bit
    harder question. So make sure while solving sums and reading GK, you make yourself acquainted with a harder side of those topics.
  3. Do not overhype, burden yourself and be a collector of all materials. Just make the best use of the resources you have.

In order to ace the examination, you need to practice a lot. We will be providing all quizzes, materials and PDF this year. Along with that we, recommend Mock Tests for SSC CGL 2017:

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