Expert tips to prepare for SSC CGL 2016 exam

If Getting a Government Job in 2016, is your Dream, then SSC CGL 2016, should be your Target, as this exams has loads for Government Jobs for Job Seekers.

Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level Exam as a stairway for the Group B and Group C posts in various departments, and ministries in the government. 

The SSC CGL Exam is divided in three sections of which the Part 1 is Quantitative Ability, Part 2 is English Comprehension and Part 3 is Statistics. 

The best way to prepare for the exam is to identify the individual sections and prepare for it rather than following a very generic approach. The best way is to understand what type of questions are asked, the level and then the right way to approach them. 

But before you start your preparation for SSC CGL Exam 2016, you must study the Detailed syllabus for SSC CGL Exam 2016

Last but not the least, Practice.  So here are the tips to prepare for the individual sections which are:

1) General Intelligence and Reasoning
2) General Knowledge and Awareness
3) Quantitative Aptitude
4) English

1.)  General Intelligence and Reasoning:

The section is based on questions which tests the basic intelligence and reasoning abilities of the candidate. These involve questions based on Decision making, coding and decoding, blood relations, numeric operations, space orientation etc.

 These questions need regular practice and henceforth it is very important to do them on a daily basis. There are many books available in the market to tackle these problems. But one thing which is important in this section is to draw analogy amongst similar questions and understand the pattern over which the questions are based and the approach to solve them.

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2) General Knowledge and Awareness:

General Awareness involves questions on the current affairs of India and the neighboring countries. It also deals with questions of History, Geography, General Policies and Scientific Research that is questions of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The best way to prepare for this section is to read any national newspaper daily and follow a current affair magazine religiously. Also, the current affairs of past 6 months are usually asked so you can pick up the monthly current affair magazine of last 6 months to prepare for the same.

Here are the Recommended Books for this section

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3) Quantitative Ability: 

The first thing you notice when you take up any sample paper is that the exam tests your number using capability, accuracy, and the number sense. This cannot be achieved or developed unless you really get a hang of all the concepts, for which you need to practice a lot. This exam section is designed to check all of this and the syllabus includes chapters like Number System -whole number, decimals, fractions; Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Triangles, Circle, Sphere, Polygons, problems related to height, distance, pie chart, bar graph etc. 

All these chapters are the ones that you would have surely studied in high school. The best way to start for this section is to brush up the basics because that’s what is most important, be it in terms of formulas  or conceptually. So, starting from the school textbooks would be the best start. Once you are done with them, you can refer to other books available in the market for Quantitative Skills. The last thing would be Practice, Practice and more Practice. 

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4) English Language and Comprehension:

This section tests the student’s understanding of the subject and his knowledge. Most of the questions will be designed in a way to check the basic understanding – identify the errors, detecting the mis spelt words, synonyms, antonyms, active/passive. 

All these areas can be easily tackled by following a staple English book available and practicing, which is the best way to learn and master a language. Also, have a look at the previous year question papers and practice the questions.

5) .Statistics

Statistics is also an extension of Maths and the preparation of Quantitative section  will help you in this section as well. Handling the Primary and Secondary data, methods of data collection, sorting the data, Tabulation of data, Graphs, Charts, Mean, Median, Mode, Common measures of Dispersion etc. 

This section can also be started by taking up the school level maths book and solving the statistics section of Class 10, 11 and 12th. 

Statistics involves a lot of tabulation of data, accuracy and formulas. So besides practice, you need to put efforts in memorizing the formulas as well.

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General Tips:

Solving the previous year test papers is the best way of preparing and understanding what the exam expects from the candidate. Other than this, eating healthy, taking proper sleep, making notes so that you can easily revise and jotting down the important points is valuable too. 

So, start preparing and just do it!!

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