Introduction and tips to crack SSC exam:

Introduction and tips to crack SSC exam:

Every year SSC Exam is conducted in order to recruit the large number of qualified job seekers to fill up vacant seats under different departments that come under The Government of India, some of which are Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police force (CRPF), Indo Tibet Border Police Force (ITBP), and National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Every year, on an average, 1 Cr students sit for the examinations held by SSC for these posts which make it one of the toughest exams to crack. Competition is really tough. Right preparation strategy is needed to crack SSC Exam. While preparing for SSC Exam, it is also important to know the important topics and tips to crack SSC Exam.

Here we are describing the basic exam pattern which you must know before starting the preparation. The exam is conducted in two segments, commonly known as SSC Tier I/ Preliminary which is probably going to be held on August, 2016. The date for the second segment of this exam — SSC Tier 2/ Main will be declared later on.


Pattern of Exam:

The paper for the Staff Selection consists of four sections.

  • General Awareness
  • English Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning

The total time allotted is 2 hours and there are 200 questions with 1 mark each, 200 marks in total; 50 for each section of the SSC exam paper. Negative marking is 0.25 or 25% for each question.


This consists of two sets of papers.

  • Quantitative Abilities comprising
  • English Language & Comprehension

Paper I is of Quantitative Abilities comprising of 200 marks to be done in 2 hours. Paper II consists of questions from English Language & Comprehension. It also comprises of 200 marks to be done in 2 hours. All the questions are multiple choice questions (MCQs) in the section. Negative marking is 0.25 or 25% for each question.

Short Tips To Crack SSC In First Attempt –

  1. For General Awareness section, read regular newspaper, magazines such as Competition Master, Competition Success Review or Pratiyogita Darpan. You should be absolutely familiar and opinionated on the news in the last 6 to 7 months. Grab a General Awareness book to brush up your skills before the exam.
  2. Make cards or notes for the important Mathematics formulae, tricks, news, vocabulary words. You can read these cards repeatedly anytime. You can also make sticky notes and paste it on the walls and doors of your room.
  3. Make study plans. Make a plan for each subject and execute your plan consistently. Cut important news from newspaper and paste it on the wall of your study room, you can also write on the wall or table to remember.
  4. Practice is the key, take as many mock tests as you can. It is always a good idea to attempt sample question papers and previous years’ question papers. Get the papers checked by your teacher and look for areas you need to improve. To ace the examination you need to answer fast and accurate.
  5. Analyze your weak points after taking test and discuss the questions with other aspirants. Work on your weak points and then only take another mock test or practice section wise mock test in your weak areas.
  6. Try to discuss in group with your friends. This would help you in memorizing the key points easily. Stay updated with latest websites and emails also.
  7. Solve as many questions as you can for quantitative aptitude and Reasoning. Practice is the only thing that can make you perfect for these 2 sections.
  8. Do not try to solve every question on exam; keep track of time, you need not to score 90% in exam. Cut off for CGL tier 1 exam remains in a band of 80–105 out of 200 marks exam for General category, for all other categories it is much lower. So, try doable questions first and try to answer accurately. A good attempt of 150 questions will get you through!

Strategies For Each Section –

  • General Awareness and Discussion

You must read every day. This will definitely help you a lot in improving your vocabulary skills. Reading will help you in English section. But what should you read? In my view, reading a grammar book is not fruitful for English section of competitive exams. Try to follow NCERT books, Newspapers’ editorial sections etc. This will improvise your vocabulary, grammar as well as English. Try to read these subjects for sure:


When you’re done with the NCERTs start practicing General Awareness Tests on

First of all, brush up your fundamentals in percentages, Interest and start calculating mentally daily. Forget your calculators and start following the BODMAS rule on your hand. Be an expert. This exercise will increase your speed and accuracy.
 Find Vedic math tricks on internet and learn how to calculate mentally. This will help you a lot.

While solving a number series question, if the numbers are changing rapidly keep in mind that some multiplication operation is used in that question else simple +/- is used.
 When solving a direction based question, draw figure on paper, it will increase your accuracy and save time.

Try to avoid questions like “How many triangle/squares in this figure”, as said, this exam gives you only 36 seconds for 1 question. This type of puzzling questions will consume a lot of your time. Never go for time consuming questions.

This is something you don’t need to prepare much before taking test series. Log on to and start practicing the reasoning section.

In conclusion, you need to fix your timetable something like this:
 2 hour- Reading (at least 50 pages)
 2 hours- Practicing Mathematics
 2 hours- Solving Online Test

Remember there are other deserving candidates also who apply for the exam. You should make a proper study plan and must stick to it. For better results, follow our free test series on Testbharat. Download our FREE Android App and stay updated with the latest news and announcements. Access free full mock test series through our app and get also video tips and tricks to solve questions in seconds.

All the very best!!

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