As all of you know, SSC has predetermined format for its entire tier-I exams. Although, most of the candidates used to feel very confident about their success in tier-I as question paper is quite simple and familiar, yet there are some facts which can be very helpful for the preparation perspective. We have already told you about the Last minute tips for SSC CGL preparation.
In this article, we have collected few myths about the SSC preparation which may give you a clear picture.
Myths and facts related to SSC Exam
Myth 1: Questions are not iterated in the SSC Exams?
Fact: This is trendy among a lot of candidates, but it is totally baseless and irrational. The fact is that SSC used to introduce the previous year questions not only in one section but also in all section whether it is GK, Quant, Reasoning and English. If you don’t believe then you can refer the previous year papers that are given below.
In above link under SSC Section, you will find at least 2-3 questions have been asked repeatedly. So, It is necessary to solve previous year papers. Generally, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry and Algebra’s questions in mathematics whereas in English Section, One-word Substitution, Idioms/Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms and Correction in Sentences are among those chapters out of which questions are plotted.
Myth 2: Maths is all about the Short-cut methods and Tricks
Fact: It is obvious that Mathematics section is very clumsy and time-consuming because most of the questions in Quant section require a lot of practice of solving the complex calculations. Many students believe that it is almost impossible to score good marks without using tricks and shortcuts. But in our opinion, concepts of these questions is very meaningful along the shortcut tricks in this context.
Myth 3: Current Affairs or latest news is worthless in SSC exams
Fact: As it is clearly mentioned in SSC Syllabus that major questions will be asked from GK section, not from Current Affairs. But along with History, Geography, Indian Polity, General Science & Economics, Current affairs also contribute 2-3 questions in the exam. So, covering latest events can give you 2-3 marks extra.
Myth 4: GK section is very vast and uncertain to cover?
Fact: This myth generally bothers those candidates, who don’t know about the Pattern of GK section. If you go through the last 4-5 year question papers, then you will find that a few questions have been repeated several times in the prospective exam. e.g. repeated questions on The Firsts in India, Constitutional Articles & Amendments, Folk dances, Chemicals, Important dates, Awards and current affairs. Evaluation can give you scoring strategy in SSC CGL.
Myth 5: Comprehension questions should be left as it consumes time and score is unpredictable?
Fact: Assumption about leaving this section can save time to solve other questions is quite impractical. The best strategy that can be adopted is to read comprehension with speed & make a summary out of it. Hence, you can easily score 5-10 marks. It is all about memorizing the important events and facts in the comprehension.
Myth 6: Grammar is necessary to score good marks in exam?
Fact: In English language & comprehension, there are total 50 questions and out of these only 5-10 questions are dedicated to spotting errors & 5 questions are from Correction of Sentences while rest 35 questions belongs to vocabulary, reading comprehension and fundamental English usage.
Myth 7: Knowledge of typically higher Mathematics is needed?
Fact: Few of the candidates think that CGL asks graduation for eligibility. Hence, higher mathematics would be required for tackling Quantitative section. But the fact is that It's clearly mentioned by SSC that "Questions in Maths will be of 10th standard and Questions in English will be of 10+2 level". However, you may find slightly difficult Maths questions in Tier-2 Exam.
Myth 8: Marks above 50% in Tier-I is enough to qualify?
Fact: Till 2015, the cut off marks has never crossed the statistics of 103 for General, 90 for OBC and 80 for SC/ST out of 200 marks. But, it is obvious if you are successful in scoring higher marks, then job guarantee can be assured.
Be positive. Good Luck!!