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SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier II Exam 2014: Tips and Strategy- English Language

Jan 17, 2015 17:09 IST

    Staff Selection Commission has announced dates for the Graduate Level Tier II Exam 2014, and has made the aspirant candidates take their measures for the last minute preparations. The Tier II examination would take place in two consecutive dates, January 24th and 25th 2015. This examination would be given by those candidates who have successfully gone through the Tier I examination and this would be another hurdle in their way of getting recruited finally, through a personal interview. The Tier II exam contains three papers, of which the candidates have to choose any two. The choice of papers depends on the specific posts for which the candidates have applied for. Among the three papers, Arithmetical Ability, English Language and Comprehension test and Mathematics/Statistics/Economics/Commerce, English Language and Comprehension paper is compulsory one and thus needs to be prepared with utmost care by the candidates.

    All the three papers contain 200 marks in which 100 questions are asked. For each paper the candidates are allowed to spend 2 hours. Each wrong answer costs 0.50 marks to the candidates and can put their chances of getting selected down. Hence, it is really important to be confident about the answers that you are giving in the examination. It is really important to understand the syllabus of each of the paper, in order to clear each of them individually. After getting through to the Tier I, it is advisable to train under able guidance of coaching institutes or learned and experienced persons having cleared the SSC CGL examinations before.

    In the English Language paper in Tier II examination there are basic questions from matriculation and 10+2 level. There would be questions related to spotting the error in the sentences, fill in the blanks, spelling error detection and shuffling of sentences to check your vocabulary and sentence formation skills. There are questions related to antonyms and synonyms, one word substitutions and cloze tests to check your comfort level with the language and its grammar. There would be questions related to Comprehension passages and narration, in order to check reading and decision making qualities among the candidates in the language.

    Tips & Strategies

    • Get your basics straight: In the Tier II examination, the English Language paper could turn out to be really scoring and save you from getting eliminated. All you need to do is to mend your basics in the language and make yourself familiar with the nitty-gritty of the language. The grammar, comprehension and sentence formation abilities are keywords in the paper. You brush your memories correctly and take out everything that you have learnt at your school level.
    • Make your Vocabulary Strong: Though there is very little time left for the examination, there is still time to make your vocabulary up to date and compatible. Many candidates fear the questions related to synonyms and antonyms, comprehension passages and spelling errors due to the lack of proper stock of words. Hence it is very important to have a great amount of words to be on your tips to make things smoother. In doing so, the candidates have to go through a lot of wordage that they could get every day through the help of newspapers, magazines, fiction and non-fiction books, internet journals and articles, blogs and what not!
    • Be in Regular practice: It is important to practice regularly, especially when you have to read a long passage and answer questions from the passage that you read. It requires practice and you should find out that whether you are getting the meaning that the passage is trying to hint or you are struggle to keep things together. By regularly practicing the candidates could evaluate their progress and could keep track of the time as well, because they need to solve 100 questions in a period of 2 hours, which is not at all an easy task to do.

    Keep the fear out of your mind: In any examination the key to success is to let the confidence do the talking and fear taking the backseat. The preparations that you have gone till date would land you to your deserving place and there is no point worrying about the same. Just give your best and you would come out with flying colors.

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