Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination for posts in the various government offices and departments, as the vacancy arises. The examination is held nearly every year for which lakhs of aspiring candidates apply, from all over the country. The candidates are selected for the desired posts through their performance in written test and personal interview round conducted by the SSC. These examinations are conducted nationwide through various examination centres and those who score the cut off marks proceed through to the personal interview round. Due to the huge number of candidates applying for the posts offered under SSC CGL examination the competition is quite severe and tough. It requires full proof preparation and planning to crack the examination and move through to the next rounds of selection.
The candidates often go through coaching to prepare for the exams, as it helps them to understand the pattern, solve mock questions, learn new tricks and methods and enable them to manage their time efficiently. But there are many who prefer to train themselves in their own houses, in their own set routine time for preparation. Many candidates couldn’t join coaching institute due to lack of time, as they are into some job or services already. Many candidates, who are still studying for their higher degrees, couldn’t manage to go for coaching classes for preparing for the exam. Hence they prepare themselves at the comfort of their house and in the spare time that they get from their daily routine.
Preparing without coaching classes
Preparing for the competitive examination like SSC CGL is a tricky affair. It needs constant practice and devoted time for regular revision of the learnt materials. It is a three tier selection examination which consists, tier I prelims written examination, tier II mains written exam and tier III consists of descriptive paper/letter/essay writing. As soon as the notification for the posts gets published, the candidates must start preparing for the examination. The tier I written examination consists of four papers carrying 200 marks in total for which the candidates would get a total time of 1 hour. The tier II examination is much tougher and intensified, which requires better time management and preparation skills by the candidates. There are few tips which can help candidates preparing for the examination without joining any coaching classes:
- Get a thorough idea of the syllabus: The first and foremost job of the aspiring candidates is to go through the syllabus, question pattern, previous year questions and number of papers in the examination through the official notification. Digging a little in the internet would provide a lot of sources through which the candidates can understand the examination pattern quite well. This would cement the base of their preparation and help them find their weaker zones, in which they can start focusing from the very beginning.
- Look for tricks and methods: Coaching comes most handy due to their constant providing of new methods, techniques and tricks of solving tricky questions. The candidates who have decided not to attend any coaching can look for these tricks in various competitive examination guidebooks, internet blogs, magazines devoted to examination preparation and blogs of many such experts in the field of examination. They can take help from their peers or seniors who have successfully undergone preparation for the examination on their own to get an idea of solving questions through tricks and methods in lesser time.
- Keep the time in mind: Time management is another such skill which is taught at the coaching institutes to the students. It is really important to value time in such examinations and thus candidates who are preparing on their own need to clock their time by themselves while preparing. They should clock time taken to solve mock questions and examination drills individually for each of the papers. They should try and better their time by each attempt that they make in solving the questions.
- Look for various reading material and sources: Candidates should dig facts and information from various sources available to them. They should limit themselves to the knowledge that they gain from their books. Instead they should try and collect most of the information through various sources of new media, use internet blogs, magazines, social media, television and other means of communication to retrieve most of the information of national and international importance. They should keep themselves abreast of the latest information and events that take place worldwide.
- Build up the confidence: Confidence is the key to success to any such competitive examinations and SSC CGL is no exception. You need to keep the belief in yourself alive while preparing for the examination that you would crack through the paper and end up getting the post. The confidence so developed helps in solving questions at the examination hall and prepares the candidates to face the personal interview round.