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SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier II Exam 2014: Tips and Strategy- Quantitative Abilities

Jan 17, 2015 17:24 IST

    The Combined Graduate Level Tier II examination is on the heads of the aspiring SSC candidates who have successfully gone through their Tier I examinations and are now eyeing their berth in the personal interview round to get ultimately selected for the various posts under SSC. The Tier II examinations of CGL 2014 are going to take place in 24th and 25th of January 2015 nationwide. There would be a total of three papers, of which the candidates need to select any two to give in the examination. The English Language paper remains compulsory for all the candidates who are going through to the Tier II examinations. Of the other two papers, the candidates need to choose from Quantitative Ability paper and Mathematics/Statistics/Economics paper. The choice of the papers depends on the posts the candidates have applied for and need to prepare accordingly.

    The papers contain 200 marks and a total of hundred questions are asked in each paper. The candidates are given two hours’ time to solve all the questions in a paper and thus they need to be quick and selective while solving the questions. It is very important to keep an eye on the time while solving the Quantitative abilities paper as it could turn out to be very tricky at times and has to be handled sensibly on part of the candidates. There are negative markings for every wrong evaluation of questions in part of the candidates and thus they need to be doubly sure before going on for any question which they are not sure of.

    The Quantitative Ability paper carries questions from mostly the 10th grade level, and could be handled easily if the candidates could have a clear control over their mathematics basics. There are questions on number systems, computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions, Ratio and proportions that are asked in the paper. There are questions related to Average, Interest, profit and loss, discount and fundamental arithmetical operations that are asked to the candidates. Along with these there are questions related to LCM and HCF, geometry, trigonometry, time and distance, table, graphs, charts and many more which falls under the basic mathematical operation.  

    Tips & Strategies

    • Keep Practicing: Practice is the key for any of the candidate, whether he is pro or a first timer, to be successful in the paper. There are questions dealing with basic mathematical operations and thus it is very important to make the basics right for any of the candidates. The paper requires utmost practice keeping a stopwatch beside, as this could be a deciding factor while solving the paper. There are tricky questions which tend to consume a lot of time of the candidates. Thus the candidates need to be aware of the fact and cruise through the paper effectively and tactfully.
    • Solve Mock Question Papers: There are many books and guides available in the market which would help the candidates to prepare for the paper. There are question sets and mock question papers available in various websites, magazines, previous years question papers, guidebooks and coaching class tests that could help understand the pattern for the candidates and solve the questions with ease and panache with repeated exposure to a certain kind of question.
    • Skip Tricky Questions: There are questions in between in the paper which are quite tricky and demands huge amount of time from the candidates. The candidates didn’t have the luxury to spend so much of time in one question and thus it is advisable to skip certain questions that are creating trouble and move forward to other known questions which can keep the score ticking for the candidates.
    • Make your goal set: It is not necessary to attempt all the 100 questions in the stipulated time. Often while doing so candidates fail to keep accuracy levels going and fall into the trap of negative marking. To avoid the same, set a goal of number of questions that you are going to attempt and make sure you keep that number intact, without making any mistakes. This could considerably raise your score rather than taking chances and giving wrong answers.

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