List of Exams that are Conducted by SSC
- SSC CGL Exam
- SSC CHSL Exam
- SSC GD Constable Exam
- SSC CPO Exam
- SSC MTS Exam
- SSC Stenographer Exam
How to Prepare for SSC Exam Without Coaching
Seven Pillars of SSC Exam Preparation
- Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern
- Prepare Study Plan and adhere to it
- Time management
- Subject Specific Approach
- Choose the Right Study Material
Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The first thing that aspirants have to do is to go thoroughly through the SSC Exam syllabus and SSC Exam Pattern. It will give you a wise perception of the SSC Exam Question paper that you are appearing for.
SSC Exam Syllabus fundamentally includes 4 major subjects:
It is important to know that the SSC Exam syllabus and Exam pattern are not the same for all SSC Exams and you can easily find a few differences when you go through all SSC exams.
SSC Maths Syllabus
- SSC CGL Exam:
- SSC CGL Maths syllabus involves both arithmetic and advanced Topics
- The difficulty level of questions increases in Tier 2
- Weightage of Advanced topics in Tier 1 is less as compared to Tier 2
- SSC CHSL Exam:
- It involves both Advanced and Arithmetic Topics
- As CHSL Exam is for 12 Passed Students, questions from advanced sections are relatively easy as compared to CGL tier 1
- SSC MTS Exam:
- More importance to arithmetic topics
- SSC GD Constable Exam:
- More importance to arithmetic topics
- Topics are of Elementary level
- No Trigonometry
- Simple DI and Mensuration questions
- SSC Stenographer Exam:
- No maths in SSC Stenographer exam
Make a Study Plan and Strictly Follow it
In the famous words of Benjamin Franklin, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail".
Creating a study plan helps students see how they invest their time and ensure the timely completion of the syllabus before the exam without leaving any topic uncovered. Study plans are significant for online students as they need to be self-disciplined and willing to finish the syllabus without a daily warning from the teacher. The importance of the study plan increases if you chose to go for Self Study at home for SSC Exam preparation
Points to Consider while making Study Plan for SSC Exams:
- It should cover the whole Syllabus of the SSC Exam that you are preparing for.
- It should include all the essential topics for each section having high weightage in the exam.
- It should also include sufficient time for topic-wise revision and time for attempting quizzes and mock tests along with study notes.
Preparing a good study plan is half the job done and strictly following the study plan is another important aspect of it. Candidates must follow the study plan and meet weekly and monthly targets.
Time Management of your study plan is very important. Time management strategy is also required in taking exams and which section should be given how much time slot. These things are important to prepare for the exams and crack them with a better score. You will find aspirants saying that they could not complete the test on time or wasted more time on one section and could not attempt the other. Hence, we find it the important part to figure out which sections are important and scoring.
- Study daily at least 6-8 hours, if starting from scratch and not doing any other work. If working, devote 3-4 hours daily with half an hour on each section.
- Make a Study Plan that will cover your syllabus.
- Figure out your weak and strong sections or topics and work on that.
Subject Specific Approach
SSC Exams test different abilities and skills of the candidates that are desired for that particular post. To evaluate the skills of candidates, SSC has included different subjects in the syllabus of the SSC Exams. The four major subjects of the SSC Syllabus require students to follow different approaches in order to excel at them. Here, we are sharing Subject wise Preparation strategies for SSC aspirants
General Intelligence and Logical Reasoning Ability Preparation Tips for SSC Exams
General Intelligence and Logical Reasoning is generally a scoring subject as it takes only the thinking ability of a candidate. If the candidate is able to apply it, he can easily score well in this section. Unlike numerical skills in reasoning section, you don’t have to learn some formula and solve the question by applying that formula. You just have to be very careful while answering these questions. This section tests the judgment and other skills related to the presence of mind and analytical ability of a candidate.
The most important topics to look out for from this section are Analogy, Classification, Series problems, Ranking, Sitting Arrangements, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Statements and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Data sufficiency, Assumptions, and Direction Sense Test. Questions from paper cutting and folding and mirror images are also asked.
Tips for Reasoning Ability are as follows:
No exact formulas are there to solve the questions; all you need to do is, solve them with logical thinking.
1. Practice daily.
2. Simply use your common sense to solve the puzzles.
3. Make your own formulas to solve questions.
4. While answering the questions related to statements and assumptions, try to solve them by imagining yourself as a mature person.
English Language and Comprehension Preparation Tips for SSC Exams
The English language section is the most scoring section in SSC Exams. This section is not only important but also very difficult for aspirants to crack. But from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections. The number of questions from each topic and their difficulty level has remained similar over the years.
Topics to give more focus on are:
- Sentence Improvement
- Reading Comprehension
- Spotting Errors
- One-word Substitution
- Idioms/ Phrases
- Spelling Mistakes
- Fill in the Blank
Here are some important tips:
1. You should work on improving your Grammar Part, as the paper is all based on English Grammar.
2. You should practice reading a lot.
3. Make reading your Daily Habit.
4. Read newspapers, magazines, good articles on daily basis.
5. Apart from reading, you have to solve mock test papers.
General Awareness Preparation Tips for SSC Exams
General Awareness is the most important section in the SSC Exam. General Awareness Syllabus is also very vast in which if you prepare well, will result in good score consuming lesser time. You may get confusing options to select the correct answers but to score better you have to answer confidently and accurately. Make sure you answer only when you are 100% sure, as chances of negative marking are more in this section. Follow the tips given below to prepare GK for SSC Exams.
Here are some important tips for the General Awareness section:
1. Make it a habit to know what is happening in the world around you.
2. Solve previous year papers.
3. Stay updated with the daily news events and current affairs.
4. Grab the complete knowledge of all the fields given below:
- General Science
Note: This section is important because this is the only section that can be attempted quickly i.e., in 7-9 minutes, and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well.
Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips for SSC Exams
The questions in this section are designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidates. The scope of quantitative ability is clearly defined and is limited to class 10th level mathematics. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy. The level of this section is expected to be moderate.
The section consists of questions from topics like Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss, Time, Distance and Work, Average, Alligation, Mensuration, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, etc.
Below are some tips for the Quantitative Aptitude section:
1. You should practice a variety of questions.
2. Learn more tables. It will help you in solving questions with a good speed.
3. While preparing, use short tricks to solve the questions.
Choose the Right Study Material
You must choose the right study material for the SSC exam preparation. Choose the study material after thorough research and go for the study materials that have the right information and are already used by SSC Toppers. You must be particular with your study material for the SSC Exams. Avoid referring to too many books, study materials, or internet platforms. Stick to the materials you've chosen and go over them thoroughly.
Analysis plays an important role in the SSC preparation journey of aspirants. As an aspirant you are required to do analysis all the time and based on that analysis you should bring change in your approach and preparation strategy. Let us see the importance of analysis in SSC preparation
- Analysis of Mock test results to check how you are performing and what more is required. In which section you must put in extra efforts to excel. To improve your accuracy and speed analysis of mock tests is required too.
- Analysis of your weak and strong areas will help you divide your study hours and efforts
- Analysis of Previous years papers to identify high weightage topics that should be covered on priority
You have to do the revision of all the topics you have studied. Usually, students don’t get much time to revise but this is the big mistake that usually students make.
- Write down the important things that you need to revise, once you are done.
- Write important short tricks and formulas.
- Write the important events you should remember.
- To learn difficult topics, take the help of flow charts and mind maps. These mind maps and flow charts will help in quick revision in the last few days
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