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Last 10 Days preparation Tips for SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1

The SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam is scheduled to be conducted from 5th to 24th August 2017 which means there are less than 10 days left for the upcoming exam. SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) is among the most competitive exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for significant positions in the Central Government. Candidates are looking forward to appearing the exam to fulfill their dream. In this article, we will guide you with a 10 days preparation strategy for the exam. But Before going through the preparation tips, let us have a look at the overall scheme of the SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 Exam.

SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 Exam- Scheme of Examination:

Mode of Examination
Examination Scheme
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Time
Computer based Examination mode
General Intelligence Reasoning
25
50
60 Minutes (Total)

For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes
General Awareness
25
50
Quantitative Aptitude
25
50
English Comprehension
25
50
Total
100
200

Please note that each question carries a total of 2 marks and there is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. The total duration of the exam has also been reduced from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.

There are less than 10 days remaining for the exam so make the optimum use of this time to succeed in the SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam. Following are some tips as to what you can do in these remaining days before the exam.

Don’t start with any new topic

This is not a good time to even think about starting a new topic with just a few days in hand. Starting a new topic will only confuse you and leave you with no sufficient time for even completing that topic, let alone time for revision and practice time for other sections.

Plan out an effective Time Management Strategy

The total time duration for the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam has been reduced to 60 minutes from 75 minutes which means you have to solve the four sections within 60 minutes. Therefore, according to your solving capability for each section, divide your time conveniently. We may suggest an ideal time-table as listed below:

Section
Time(In Minutes)
General Intelligence Reasoning
17
General Awareness
6
Quantitative Aptitude
25
English Comprehension
12
Total
60

Think beyond Cutoff marks

The Cutoff for SSC CGL 2016 Tier-1 exam was 137 for General category. Whatever may be the minimum qualifying marks, don’t attempt the exam with the mindset of securing the Cutoff marks only. Remember that the weightage of Tier-1 exam is also considered for the preparation of the final merit list. Therefore, you need to do your best for the exam.

Solve easy questions first

One of best methods to save some extra time is going for the easy questions first as there is no specific order in which you have to solve the different sections. Trying to solve the difficult questions first might get you stuck in one particular question and you will lose more time instead.

Practice with mock tests

In the last 9-10 days before the SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 exam, continue practicing and taking variety of SSC CGL mock test series. Practice sectional mock tests apart from taking full length SSC CGL mock tests for Tier-1 Exam. You will get familiar with latest exam pattern and it will also enable you to manage your time. Try improving your speed & accuracy as much as possible because time is a key player in determining your success or failure.

Be ready for surprises

The difficulty level of last year’s exam was somewhat moderate as per analysis. However, it’s not necessary that the exam pattern of 2017 will also be the same. Mentally prepare yourself for any unexpected change in the difficulty pattern. This will strengthen your mind to face challenges if the difficulty level of the exam rises.

Collect SSC CGL Tier-1 papers of past 5 years and solve all of them. You can also solve model question papers which will further help enhance your competence level. 

Revision

You can take 4 days for revision of each of the four sections. Dedicate one day for the overall revision for Quantitative Aptitude, one for General Awareness and so on. But it’s advisable not to overdo yourself. Don’t panic, just relax and calm your mind because you will need maximum concentration and memory power while appearing for SSC CGL 2017 exam.

All the Best for the exam.
Team AIMSUCCESS

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