Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts CHSL examination every year for various posts in different government departments and ministries across the country. Lakhs of aspiring candidates who want to join government jobs apply through this entry. The competition for SSC CHSL posts is getting tougher every year as more and more candidates are giving the written examination that includes four tiers of selection. The candidates need to go under Tier-1 and Tier-2 written examination followed by descriptive Paper & computer proficiency test from the commission to get selection finally to the posts. Hence, the candidates need to cross each hurdle with utmost attention and prepare to attain their names in the list of successful candidates, which is generated by the commission at the end of the recruitment process every year.
After filling up the SSC CHSL exam application form, candidates should start preparing for the written tests accordingly. The level of Tier-1 examination is a little bit lower than the Tier-2 exam. Thus, many of them take it casually. However, it can turn out to be the silly mistake from the candidates as tier-1 is the gateway to proceed in this recruitment process. Apart from Tier-1, Tier-2 is also important because the marks of both tiers are accountable in the final merit list. Later tiers are just qualifying in nature.
Tips to crack SSC CHSL in the first attempt
Attentive evaluation of Notification
The candidates must read the official notification available along with the application form to know more about the latest syllabus, examination pattern and other selection criterias. They should look the syllabus for both the Tier-1 and Tier-2 in detail to start preparation accordingly. Apart from the syllabus, it contains some mandatory guidelines to which you have to stick with. In case, if you fail to comply with these rules/ regulations specifically designed for attending exams like age-criteria, data typing speed with relaxed and non-relaxed norms, offered posts and their respective pay-scale. Then, you may not be allowed to proceed further steps in the recruitment process or in few cases, your candidature can also be cancelled.
Selection of Books
As there is saying, “Books are the best friend for anyone.“ So, always choose the best books to excel in your preparation. It is strongly recommended only to refer the standard books for all subjects separately or combined as per the availability in the market.
The most important quality of standard books is that they cover the topics and concepts thoroughly from easiest questions to the toughest ones.
Previous year question papers
Previous year question papers are very important to practice before appearing in any phase of the SSC CHSL exam. If you do not practice the previous year question papers, then you may skip the following things-
- How many questions SSC used to frame in the CHSL exam from each topic listed in the syllabus?
- What will the difficulty level of these questions in the upcoming exam? So that, you can allocate much time to that topic of a particular section.
- Unawareness of the most repeated questions because sometimes, SSC used to put the same previous year's question in the upcoming exam.
- You are unacquainted about your strong and weak areas.
- You can waste your time in preparing the less weighted topics and may leave the more important topics.
Mock tests and online test series
It is always more appropriate to test your knowledge level for further improvements. Allocate time for the mock tests or online test series regularly. You can go for any mock test available in the market or online media. Practicing mock tests/online test series will give you an idea for your preparation and improvements in the weaker areas. These are very important to prepare in a more sensible and meaningful way. It also boosts your confidence and brushes up your concepts and existing knowledge.
Avoid giving wrong answers
While giving the written examination, the first and foremost rule is to avoid giving wrong answers in which you are not sure about. Giving wrong answers means the deduction of half marks to the actual marks in the final score. This could lower the possibility to get through the Tier-1 round and can evict you from the other phase of the examination. Therefore, it is advisable to answer only those questions in which you are more confident about and ‘Avoid playing guessing games’.
Answer questions confidently
Confidence is the key to success for any competitive examination. It can increase or decrease the chances of selection at any stage crucially. If you are not confident enough, then you can find yourself in messing with a question for a longer time or you can finally end up in giving wrong answers. So, stay jovial and confident.
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