SSC has planned to release the notification for CGL recruitment by the first week of May. Usually, the exam takes place in August and September. Aspirants will have about 3 to 4 months to prepare for the exam once the notification is out. In this article, let us see how to draft a study plan for SSC CGL 2018 exam to utilize the time available in the best possible manner.
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How to draft a study plan for SSC CGL 2018 exam?
The time available with each aspirant is different. Therefore, there is a need for the study plan to be made bespoke. Each aspirant must draft his own study plan for SSC CGL 2018 exam on the basis of time available, strengths and weaknesses. Blindly following a fixed study plan without paying attention to one’s needs can be detrimental to the entire preparation process.
The exam contains 4 sections – English comprehension, Quantitative aptitude, General intelligence & reasoning and General awareness. The tier 2 exam contains only the English and quants section. Therefore, aspirants must make sure that they do not have many gaps in these 2 sections.
Aspirants must take an SSC CGL mock test before starting their preparation to know where they stand. This will help them to understand their strengths and weaknesses and in turn, will help them draft a study plan that takes these factors into account.
The first step in drafting a study plan is to determine the amount of time one can set aside each day for preparation. One must make sure that at least some time can be set aside each day to ensure continuity in preparation. Though there are no sectional cut-offs in the SSC CGL exam, aspirants must ensure that they leave no section in the lurch. Aspirants must divide the time available at hand in line with their competence in each of the sections.
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Topics in each section:
As Maths and English sections carry the maximum marks, aspirants must ensure that they leave no topic untouched in these sections. We can broadly classify the topics under quants section into the following categories.
1. Number systems
2. Unitary methods
4. Geometry, Mensuration and Trigonometry
Aspirants must dedicate at least a week to learn the basics of each of these topics. Ideally, aspirants must dedicate close to 10 days to each of the 4 categories. Aspirants must dedicate some time to practice Data interpretation questions as well.
We can classify the questions in the English section as follows:
2. Cloze test
3. Spot the error
4. Active/Passive voice
5. Direct/ Indirect speech
6. Para Jumbles
7. Vocabulary (Synonyms, antonyms, idioms, correct spelling of words)
Again, aspirants must dedicate at least half an hour daily to get a decent score in this section. Aspirants must make sure that they develop a reading habit. Also, aspirants must solve 20-30 questions from one topic every day. Going through the previous papers will be of great help in this section for practice material.
The reasoning section contains questions on analogy, visual reasoning , venn diagrams, syllogisms, coding-decoding, matrix coding, odd one out, blood relations, dictionary order etc. Most of the questions are intuitive. Dedicating 2 days for each of the topics mentioned will be sufficient to get a decent score in this section.
General awareness section contains a large number of topics. Dedicating around 4 days to each of the major topic (like history, physics ) will be sufficient. Aspirants must avoid spending a disproportionate amount of time trying to master the section. As the syllabus is huge, aspirants must restrict themselves to the topics from which questions are most likely to appear.
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Study plan for the last month:
Aspirants must spend the last month entirely on taking mocks and reviewing their mistakes. This will help aspirants to perfect their test-taking skills. Also, mocks will make the knowledge gaps of the aspirant and will help to work on the same. Aspirants must try to take at least 4 mock tests a week and analyze them thoroughly.
We hope that this article would have helped to frame a study plan for SSC CGL 2018 exam. For more useful articles, try reading how to prepare for SSC CGL 2018 exam and General science for SSC CGL exam.
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