Myths you need to avoid getting inside your head
SSC CGL is one of the most popular exams with candidates appearing in a huge number (approx 13 lakh candidates appeared in 2017) A lot of times, we come across many myths shared by students among their circle. While these might be accepted as absolute truth, in this article we will help you become aware of them and suggest you avoid them at all costs.
1. It is too tough to crack and only for the academically inclined
Although academic brilliance is an advantage, however, it does not guarantee success. Many a time ordinary people bring in extraordinary results. Average people like you crack the exam each and every year. All you need to do is have the right mindset, plan properly, and follow the plan thoroughly.
2. Shortcuts & Tricks are necessary for Numerical Aptitude
While Shortcut methods and tricks will save your time, clarity of concepts is absolutely essential. Applying short tricks without proper understanding of what is asked in the question would make things go down south.
3. You need to know everything to crack General Awareness section
You may not know every fact and figure (you are not Google) in the entire world, but you can still ace the GA Section. Obviously, it covers a variety of questions from various genres, but that does not mean one candidate is expected to know it all. All you need to do is be aware of the important events of national and international importance, both past and present ones and keep them at your fingertips.
4. You need to put in rigorous efforts and study for hours and hours
Following this mantra is only going to give you red eyes and headache s(that is tried, tested and guaranteed). Instead of reading for hours and hours on end, you must prioritize things and plan them out. Effective planning reduces the effort by almost half. Prepare those parts that you are already familiar with first, then go for new ones.
5. Should be cracked in one or two attempts. The third attempt is a sin
It’s just an exam, not the end of the world. Maybe “Sharma Ji Ka Ladka” did it in the first attempt, but that does not make you a loser. Do not lose your heart over it and definitely not your life. Keep trying, go for other exams as well, giving your best and leaving the result to god or faith or whatever to help you sail through it.
6. Questions based on passages should be avoided as reading passages takes a lot of time
The first priority in any timed competitive exam is solvability, not length. The more easily you can solve a question, the lesser the time you are going to spend on it. If you are fluent in English and have a good understanding of the passages you can easily ace what others might be avoiding and turn the tides in your favour.
7. You can avoid a complete section of and compensate for it by scoring more in others
Candidates who are not good at Quantitative Aptitude or General Awareness usually try this, but it leads to a disaster. The Staff Selection Commission prepares a balanced paper, ranging from fairly easy questions to the Tough Nuts that are impossible to crack. It will always be easier for you to crack a simple question from a section you are not good at than cracking a tough one from a section at which you are great.