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Common mistakes in SSC CGL 2018 preparation

1. Be aware of the exam pattern and syllabus

Many aspirants jump into the preparation even before understanding the exam requirement. Preparation should be started by first understanding the exam syllabus and studying the cut-offs for previous years. Practice few previous year papers and see how you score in them to get an understanding of how you need to start preparing. It is only when students start practicing mock tests they realize that their preparation is not enough for the exam. So start right!

2. Familiarize the technical aspects of the exam

Aspirants must familiarise themselves with the technical aspects of online exam system. Practicing on pen and paper and with books can definitely help you master the concepts and speed but don’t wait till the exam day to attempt test in an online mode. You must practice as many online mock tests as possible to get familiar with the interface and online experience.

3. Do not prepare for multiple exams simultaneously

Understand that each exam has a different way to assess the aspirants. Some exams are more analytical, some are concept oriented while some are practice 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.

4. Study material

You have to be specific with the study material for SSC CGL Exams. You should avoid referring too many books or study material or online platforms. Stick to the resources of your choice and be thorough with them. Talk to students who have cleared these exams and they’ll advise you the same thing.

5. Study plan & strategy

Planning is one step which can save you not only from wasting your time but will also help you make judicious use of it. You should make a proper strategy and study plan which covers all topics. Regular practice of tests and quizzes should be a part of your daily plan.

6. Subject Preference

Don’t fall in the trap of focussing ‘only’ on your strengths. While it is important to maximize score in your strong areas, it is equally important to be strong in all subjects. Each subject carries equal marks and can be potentially very scoring.

7. Short cuts & tricks

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. Prepare 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.


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