Best Sources for SSC and Focus Areas 2016
Choice of Sources
Dont fill your drawer with books, restrict the number of books to less than 4. Some more books can be just traeted as mere reference books. You don't have to finish all the books from start to finish. Find out how they can help you the best by reading them or asking for reviews on the internet.
- Examrace SSC CGL Series: Examrace SSC series is a extensive series that includes concepts, MCQs with answers and explanations, huge word list and lot of practice questions-covers quantitative and verbal section. Simple and upto mark tricks.
- Quantilative Ability by R S Agarwal: This is also a good book and can be used as an alternative to the above book. It also has exhaustive and useless number of problems but covers only quantitative section. Please don't get lost into it.
- Verbal Ability: Reading Newspapers and Magazines, Wren & Martin for grammar-there is no better book on Verbal Ability.
- Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Agarwal: A separate book is not needed for this but it is your choice-if you feel you need extra prcatice.
- Video lectures: Free set of vidoe lectures available at Examrace Youtube Playlist for SSC
- Sample Papers Book: This book is your most crucial resource for the exam. It gives you an understanding of the previous year papers and to test your strengths and weaknesses-either by Kiran Prakashan or by Upkar Prakashan-dont rely on answers try to solve questions based on your knowledge.
- Others: Yearbook, a monthly magazine and daily newspaper along with NCERT.
Full Length Practices
Test your understanding with timed tests, topic-wise tests and work out your stamina. Then try full length test once a fortnight. It is very crucial to keep note of time while practicing the test. Examine yourself with negative marking and categorize your mistakes as silly and genuine and work on your mistakes again and again.
Take lessons from these tests to eliminate chances for silly or minor mistakes and try to skip the topics in which you are genuinely weak. It may prove tough to attempt more than 80% of the questions in the given time but try to make sure you read all the questions and attempt only the ones which you find are easy. Practice give you confidence and there is no shortcut to practice.
Understand your strengths and weaknesses that is your plus and minus points. While working on strengths gives you confidence and boosts your morale, corrects the weak points. Don't bother about the cut-offs before the exams. Have the previous years ‘data but don't predict the current years’ cut-off based on it. Let us now understand the ultimate strategy for it-
- Must crack both the Prelim as well as Mains in this attempt to get a job. If you see the exam pattern, you will know that the weightage is more of Verbal Ability and Arithmetic.
- There is less time to prepare for Mains separately. Don't waste time expecting for the Prelim result to be out before starting preparation for Mains. Mains carries 400 marks while Prelim carries only 200 marks. Mains has only Arithmetic and Verbal Ability. When your Prelim preparation is in line with your mains preparation you will gain three times more. Aggregate weightage of Reasoning and General Awareness combined is less that 20% but it does not mean that you can ignore your weak subjects and risk clearing the cut-offs.
- Keep in mind that Verbal Ability and Arithmetic will be useful for Mains.
- General Awareness needs a lot of time. Focus on atleast 30 − 35 in General Awareness for a realistic goal. Getting 15 − 20 marks is sufficient in it if you can use your precious time in other more measurable subjects.
- You should focus on your weaknesses, even if they are minority subjects, they may cause downfall in your result. Give atleast 25% of your time to your weakest subject if it is a minority subject and 50% if it is a core subject.