What to do and What to avoid?

Tier I of SSC CGL exam is being conducted from 4th June to 19th June. With a few days left, there is a lot of confusion among candidates regarding what to do at the last minute. In this article, we will guide you through the pattern and provide you with pro tips that are going to help you crack the SSC CGL exam.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier-I exam is an objective exam which comprises of four sections each having 25 questions which account for a total of 200 marks (50 marks in each section). There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for wrong answers. The time duration of the Tier-1 exam will be 60 minutes.

Section Questions Marks Time
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50 60 minutes (80 minutes for PwD Candidates)
English Language and Comprehension 25 50
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Keep the following in mind:


Revise whatever you have practiced throughout the year. However, revise important topics first, and later the less important ones. Revision does not mean merely revisiting what you did the whole year. It means you need to look at mistakes you made earlier to make sure you do not repeat them in the exam.

Time Management

Time your practice i.e. which questions are taking less time to solve than others. Remember that you need to attempt these questions first to maximize your score within the stipulated time.

Online Practice

For the last few years, SSC has been conducting the exam in an online format. Make yourself familiar with the format of the exam and try to speed up as much as you can.

Self Analysis

Refer to mock test papers and answer keys. On the basis of your score know your strong suits and weak points.

No deep studies

Do not start a fresh topic when the exams are near. Also, don’t study any topic in detail. This is the time to bring on tips whatever you have learnt till now.

General Awareness Section Pro Tip

The entire general awareness section cannot be covered at this point. Hence download consolidated current affair capsules which contain important current affairs from the last year or so. Revise Lucent’s general knowledge book for a brief but complete general knowledge coverage.

Don’t Stress Yourself

Avoid stressing yourself before the exam. Stay relaxed and calm. Don’t let anyone or anything bring your morale down. Even if you think you are half prepared go for the exam. Lack of self-confidence is the key to losing even before the battle has begun. Give it your best and achieving a high score without sweating too much about it.

Develop a habit of reading the complete question

Often, while attempting the SSC CGL paper in a hurry, students do not read complete questions and attempt the answers. Sometimes critical information might be mentioned in the later parts of the question without which your solution may go wrong. Hence read the complete question first and then start attempting the answers.

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