Beginners guide to SSC CGL Exam 2018

SSC CGL is one of the most important exams for any candidate aspiring to secure a place in the central government jobs. The exam is taken every year by the Staff Selection Certification and this year too thousands of candidates are gearing up to sit for the exams. The following are some of the details of the upcoming SSC CGL exam.

  • This year the online registration process began on the 5th of May, and 4th June is the last date of application.
  • The tier-1 exams are slated to take place between 25th of July to 20th of August. You can apply for the exam by logging on to the official site of Staff Selection Certification.
  • The candidates are tested in four subjects namely, General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language with twenty-five questions and fifty marks in each subject.
  • You get a total time of one hour to solve the paper, and there are no sectional timings. So, you can start or end with any section you wish.

If this is your first time at giving the SSC CGL exams, there are things that you need to know beyond the dates and the specification. The following is a brief guideline on how to prepare for each section.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

You will find many books on the market that offer questions and quizzes on General Intelligence & Reasoning. Concentrate more on the topics like coding-decoding, analogy, puzzles, series, and figure-based questions as these are high scoring. Begin with these and then go on to the more versatile questions. Do not miss the non-verbal reasoning questions like figure-counting, image assembling, etc. Take quizzes every week to understand your rate of progress.

General Awareness

The General Awareness is a vast section of study and these entrails a lot of topics. The questions can come from anywhere so need to prepare the way in advance. You can get a current affairs app installed on your phone to get regular updates and keep updated. There are several static general knowledge questions that you need to memorize, and these include things like important dates and events of historical significance. Collect material from books and internet to improve your stock of static GK.

Quantitative Aptitude

Many consider Quantitative Aptitude to the most time-consuming and difficult part of the exams. But you still have a long time to prepare for the exam, and this is the time that you need to use to hone your quantitative aptitude skills. You will not get too much time to solve each question elaborately and so your best bet would be to learn some shortcut tips and tricks to get ahead of the competition. Make sure you practice for two hours each day and in the exam, do not spend more than twenty-five minutes to answer the questions.

English Language

There are three important aspects of English Language that you need to master to have a shot at cracking SSC CGL 2018. These aspects are grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension. Begin by grammar and vocabulary as it would automatically give you a bit of preparation for the comprehension test. The pattern of the exam is same each year and you must spends not more than ten minutes on the English Language section.