SSC CGL 2017 Exam Preparation: Top 10 Preparation Mistakes To Avoid


The notification for SSC CGL 2017 is out and many aspirants have already started to prepare in full swing for the exam. Check out the top 10 things to avoid while preparing for SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam.

1.Ignoring of technical aspects of Online Exam.

SSC has made this online pattern of exam recently. It has been seen that many candidates faced technical glitches at the time of CGL 2016 at various centers and some of the shifts were also cancelled due to the same. As there are only 60 minutes for 100 questions, even 2-3 minutes of delay due to software, computer accessories etc.  may affect your score from 5-6 marks. So, learn properly, how computer accessories work.

2.Practicing offline.

Many candidates practice only offline. While practicing offline, candidates do not manage following points.

(i). Management of time limit.

(ii). Usage of extra rough sheets which are limited in online exam.

(iii). Transition time from one question to another question.

So, we suggest you practicing online to adapt yourself according to the online pattern.

3.Preparing for multiple exams at a time.

Many aspirants prepare for SSC CGL /banking and other exams simultaneously. Please note than each exam has a different way to assess the aspirants. Some exams are more analytical, some are concept oriented, some are practise oriented. Additionally, these exams happen in multiple tiers/phases and you should be working on not only the next phase but at least for the phase after that too. So, you should choose your exam preferences and prioritise carefully. So, do not prepare for multiple exams and try to focus only one exam.

  1. Referring too much study material.

As aspirants, we all know that the syllabus for SSC CGL exam is vast. Thus it is important to refer to a couple of trusted and recommended sources instead of trying to read everything available in the market. The best way to this would be to compartmentalize your preparation in the following stages:-

  • Exam stage ( Which tier are you preparing for? )
  • Subjects ( English, GK/ GA, Reasoning etc )
  • Important topics in each subject
  • Covering one recommended source for all the above

5.Too much or too low preference to individual section.

All sections of SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam has equal weight age (i.e. 50 marks), but candidates ignore to give equal preference to all subjects.

6.Ignorance of General Awareness.

Candidates do not much focus on General Awareness section because they think that General Awareness consists only 50 marks in SSC CGL Exam. But it is also important that it is the only subject in which you can fetch maximum marks in less time. So, do not try to ignore this section.

7.Relying only on short tricks

While SSC is known for not changing the pattern and even repeating the questions in certain exams. You must learn the basics as well as short tricks instead of relying only on short cut approaches. This will help you apply your concepts in case there are any variations in the question.

8.Not making short notes

Especially for subjects like general studies, it is super important to revise the study material regularly. You should make short notes on them, so that you can easily revise them regularly and before the exam.

9.Getting emotional to any particular question.

In the exam, do not get stuck on any question. Move on to the next question which you can solve easily. Remember, your aim is to score maximum marks, so always attempt those questions first which you can solve in lesser time.

10.Avoiding revision.

As exam comes near, students get panic and waste their time in studying new things. We suggest you not to pick any new topic just before exams. Only revise those topics which you have already studied well.


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