Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination is an examination held in 3 stages every year by different zones of SSC each year. Tier I consists for one paper of 200 questions, equally divided between English, General Knowledge, Quantitative Ability and Aptitude/Logical Reasoning. Tier II consists two papers – Mathematics and English, with respectively 100 and 200 questions, each paper of 200 marks. The combined total of 600 is used to prepare the final merit list. The interview is of 100 marks and makes little difference to the penultimate merit list.
The correct approach to SSC-CGL is to focus on Quantitative Aptitude and English, and work tirelessly towards getting one’s speed up to the mark. SSC is a speed test, a test of how quickly one can solve a question. Given enough time, every examinee will be able to solve those questions, the trick lies in doing it within thirty seconds. This requires consist practice and a thoroughness in concepts.
The dichotomy of Hard Work versus Smart Work suits this exam’s case to a T. A lot of Smart Work is required, especially in Mathematics where standard formula often take too much time to lead to the correct answer. Tricks, alligations, and elimination techniques work well in this case. With time, one learns to solve question without picking up the pen. This is exactly what is required from the examinee.
For Tier I, a minimum score of 120 is needed to have any realistic chance of landing a good job. Similarly, a score of 330 is needed in Tier II. For Tier I, one needs to prepare well Current Affairs and basics of General Awareness from Standard books such as Lucent or Manorama Year Book. Besides, one month’s practice of standard IQ tests online should be enough to score 40 out of 50 in LR/Aptitude portion of Tier I.
To sum it up, SSC-CGL is a perfectly manageable exam at any age. All one needs is 4 months of dedicated practicing of Maths and English, and one’s set for the finest Grade B Govt jobs.