## Tuesday, 1 March 2016

SSC CGL is one of the premier exams in India if you are aspiring to get into a Government job in 2016. However, the competition for this exam is very high. More and more people are applying for this exam every passing year. This has increased the cut-off marks each year.

But with planning and dedication to the plan one can beat the competition down. In this post we will deal with how you can go about preparing for each of the sections and what you should focus on. To begin with, give your preparation an early bird advantage. The earlier you start preparing, the better it is.

The SSC CGL Exam is divided into three topics viz., (i) General Intelligence & Reasoning (ii) Quantitative Aptitude (iii) General Awareness. The best way to prepare for the exam is to identify the key topics in each section and prepare for it rather than following a very generic approach.

### 1. General Intelligence & Reasoning

This section tests the basic intelligence and reasoning abilities of the candidate. They involve questions on Decision Making, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Numeric Operations, Space Orientation and so on. This requires regular practice to score better. There are many good books available in the market to understand and solve these problems. Try to understand the pattern on which these questions are based and the standard approaches available to solve them.

What to focus on?
• Semantic Analogy
• Symbolic/Number Analogy
• Semantic Classification
• Venn Diagrams
• Symbolic/Number Classification
• Semantic Series
• Figure Pattern – folding and completion, Mirror Image, Water Images, Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Problem Solving etc.

### 2. Quantitative Aptitude

Spend at least 45 minutes every day on improving your calculation ability. The syllabus includes chapters like Number System - Whole Number, Decimals, Fractions; Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Triangles, Circle, Sphere, Polygons, problems related to Height, Distance, Pie Chart, Bar Graph etc.

These were mostly studied by you in the high school. The best way to start for this section is to brush up the basics, as it helps understand the concepts. So, starting from the school textbooks would be the best method. Later, you can refer to other books as well. The key to unlocking this section is practice and more practice. Dedicate a fixed number of hours every day for practice. This is not a theoretical subject that can be learnt in the last minute. It requires practical problem solving skills. And you become better and better with every day practice.

What to focus on:-
• Decimal and Fractions
• Relationship between numbers
• Percentages
• Ratio and Proportion
• Square Roots
• Averages
• Simple Interest and Compound Interest
• Profit and Loss
• Time and Distance
• Time and Work
• Use of Tables and Graphs like Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart and so on.

### 3. General Knowledge and Awareness

Read exhaustive material on General Awareness. This section has questions on the current affairs of India and the neighboring countries plus questions on History, Geography, General Policies and Scientific Research related to Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Reading National newspaper on a daily basis and following current affairs magazine is the best way to prepare for this section. Focus on the current affairs of past 6 months as the exam tends to focus on that. Reading daily newspapers helps improve not only English Language but also General Awareness.

What to focus on:
• Cover syllabus from History, Geography, Politics, Economy and Current Affairs
• Read any one or two National newspapers to be read on a daily basis
• Read any one or two magazines that give information on current affairs
Apart from this, to hone your English language ability, learn at least 20 words and their usages every day.

In all, plan your study and then work the plan.

Apart from understanding what to focus on there several shortcut methods and techniques in each of the section. An expert faculty like that of TalentSprint can help you perform better in exams.

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