SSC CGL is one of the most sought-after competitive exams in India. This exam opens up an opportunity for the aspirants to grab the lucrative government jobs in ministries of their liking, with all the perks and remuneration reserved for the posts being filed under this exam. Since the SSC CGL 2017 notification is out, we all are aware that the SSC CGL 2017 computer based Tier I exam will be held from August 1 to 20. It leaves us with a little over 7 weeks for preparation. If you are serious about doing your best in the SSC CGL 2017 Tier I exam, preparations for SSC CGL 2017 Exam must be in full swing.
As a working professional, like most of the SSC CGL aspirants are, your study timetable must look roughly like the one below.
This might be a great place to start your prep for SSC CGL Tier I exam, but this is not going to be enough. We would walk you through, what we think, is the best study plan for SSC CGL Tier I. However, some of the key expectations that we place before the aspirants are:
- should be ready to spend not less than 50 hours a week till the examination
- prepare with full dedication, focus, and commitment
- should have access to best in class content & practice in order to capitalize on your efforts
If you believe that you are committed to the key expectations 1 and 2 above, we are here to provide the number 3 for you.
Topics To Focus On For SSC CGL 2017
Before we get into the preparation plan, let us first look at the important topics to focus on, in each of the sections.
Find the detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus and Exam pattern here.
How To Prepare For SSC CGL 2017
We have identified the 3 ideal approaches for different people, solely depending on the date of the exam and the number of days left to prepare, in order to ensure that you have the best chance at SSC CGL exam.
- Test Match Approach: 50 days
- One-Day Match (ODI) Approach: 30 days
- Twenty 20 Approach: 15 days
For these three approaches, you must be able to spend ideal time between Preparation, Revision, Practice and Mock Test.
SSC CGL Exam Preparation – Test Match Approach
A 50-day SSC CGL preparation plan is like a Test Match approach. You have a reasonable amount of time, but not too long to cover everything that is required. This provides you the necessary time to Prepare, Revise and Practice.
Preparation (350 hours)
Preparation has two parts viz. Basic Preparation and Revision.
Basic Preparation (150 hours)
The objective of this is to understand the basic concepts of the important topics. One should go through the basic concepts, their effective shortcuts as well as necessary exercises to test your understanding.
This is how Talentsprint can accelerate your SSC CGL Exam prep:
- Go through the 490+ video lessons across all Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness Topics – 70 hours
- Participate in 4 live classes during the month – 30 hours
- Set aside 0.5 hrs a day to go through the pdfs pertaining to Word Power, Synonyms, and Antonyms, Current Affairs, Computer terms etc. – 25 hours
- Set aside 0.5 hrs per day towards reading Newspapers, Articles of Importance – 25 hours
Revision (100 hours)
Revision has to be done on important topics and specifically, those which you find are difficult.
- Identify the topics you find difficult and spend some time on them daily- 60 hours
- Set aside time to go through the video lessons – 40 hours
Practice (100 hours)
Practice is the most important area one needs to focus on. While Full-Length Tests are good, it is important that one also takes up Section-based Tests as well as Topic Tests to understand your strengths and weaknesses. So we suggest the two-stage practice process as under:
- Practice Tests (Section/Topic Level)
Ideally, one should take a minimum of 10 section level tests for each of the sections viz. Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness – 50 hours
- Mock Tests (Full Tests): We suggest a two-pronged approach.
- Solve at least 4-5 previous year question papers – 20 hours
- Take full-length mock tests with questions likely to come for SSC CGL 2017 – 30 hours
Ideally, since SSC CGL is an online exam, the practice must be done online and in an interface similar to that of the examination. Talentsprint students have the added advantage of getting a weekly analytical report on their performance based on the mock tests that they take. This can be used to understand the areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be acted upon through preparation and revision.