SSC CGL 2016: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is all set to conduct the Tier II exam of Combined Graduate Level (CGL 2016) recruitment process. The exam will be conducted in batches as the number of people applying to the recruitment drive is large. The first exam is scheduled to be held on November 30 and will go on till December 2, 2016. It is a computer-based examination.
Duration: The paper will be 120 minutes (two hours) long. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
Syllabus: The SSC CGL Tier II paper tests the English language skills of candidates. The exam involves comprehension and writing. The syllabus is Class 12 based.
“People think the exam requires complex studies but that is not needed. These exams test a candidate’s basic concepts and ability to as these are qualifying exams,” says Piyush Agrawal, CEO and Co-founder, SuperProfs.com, adding that the SSC CGL is also a test of how well you manage your time and speed.
Revise and revise again: Revision is important for any exam. The candidate should assess themselves through revision so that you have a clear idea about performance.
“You should be able to understand your own approach and accuracy for each section. It is very important to start with easier questions as it’ll help ease pressure, build answering momentum and improve your accuracy,” says Sandeep Baliyan, Mentor for SSC community, Gradeup.
How to deal with the online system:
This is the first time the exam was made computer-based. “However, candidates need not worry as they have passed the Tier I examination and they are prepared for the next level,” Agrawal says. In addition to this, there are many education websites which guide aspirants on how to pass the exam through instructional videos and mock tests in case they are still nervous.
Last minute preparation:
It is unadvisable to pick up new study material in the days immediately preceding any exam as it can confuse you or give you undue stress. “Stick to what you already know and have practiced. You have already cleared the Tier 1 exam and if you perform to the best of your abilities, you’ll not have anything to regret,” says Baliyan.
Tier 1 v/s Tier 2:
Some candidates have complained that the Tier I was more difficult . “Looking at the statistics, only about 1.5 lakh people could clear the Tier 1 exam out of almost 14-15 lakh candidates. This 10 per cent pass rate might be replicated at the Tier 2 level. Experts, however, do not rate the level of English as any more difficult than the Tier 1 level,” Agrawal says.
To this, Baliyan adds, “In 2015, the general category cut-off for Tier 1 was 102 which has gone up to 137. Last year, the final cut-off after Tier 2 was 430.5, so this number will be closer to 450 this year and students should prepare accordingly.”
After exam reviews:
Since the exam is spread over three days, students who appear for the later batches will most likely be looking out for exam reviews from those students who appeared in the first or previous batch. While this may be helpful in knowing beforehand the type of questions one can expect, it can backfire at times as what is difficult for you might be very easy for someone else. Same way, opinions can differ on time required for answering, types of questions, etc., as well.
Warning against this, Piyush says to ignore the reviews. “Every student will respond to the exam differently. It is advisable to not give in to hearsay. Rather, look for videos or blogs of coaching institutes for a neutral assessment,” he says.
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