8 Common Mistakes Students Make While Preparing for SSC CGL 2017

The notification for SSC CGL 2017 is out and many aspirants have already started to prepare in full swing for the exam. Check out the top 8 things to avoid while preparing for SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam.

Preparing for SSC CGL

The notification for SSC CGL 2017 is out and many aspirants have already started to prepare in full swing for the exam. Gradeup has been helping SSC aspirants by providing them practise questions and study material and important updates about the exam.

Top 8 mistakes students make while preparing for SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam:

1. Not understanding the exam pattern and syllabus

Many aspirants jump into the preparation by joining a coaching institute and rely on the topics that are covered by the institute. It is only when they start practicing mock tests that they realise that their preparation is not enough for the exam. 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.

2. Ignoring 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. Preparing for multiple exams simultaneously

Many aspirants prepare for SSC CGL /banking and other exams simultaneously. Please note than each exam has a different way to assess the aspirants. Some exams are more analytical, some are concept oriented, some are practise 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. Referring to too many books/sources

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. Not planning your studies in advance

Planning is one step which can save you not only from wasting your time but will also help you make judicious use of it. Aspirants have only 75 - 80 days for tier 1 exam. 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. Not giving due preference to all subjects

Don't fall in the trap of focussing 'only' on your strengths. While it is important to maximise score in your strong areas, it is equally important to be strong in all subjects. The cut-off for SSC exam last year for very high and it is expected that competition will be higher this year. Each subject carries equal marks and can be potentially very scoring.

7. Relying only on short tricks

While SSC is known for not changing the pattern and even repeating the questions in certain exams. You must 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. Not making 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.

(Source: India Today)

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