SSC CGL notification was released some time back. The CGL Examination is scheduled to be held in August 2017. Few changes were introduced by Staff Selection Commission this year.
There is no running away from the fact that time management goes a long way in ensuring that any endeavor is successful. This goes along with all the aspects of the life, and competitive examinations are no different from this.
Greater the level of competition in the examination, greater is the value of time management. SSC CGL is the most competed examination in India at the graduate level. This examination opens the way for having a successful career all along and therefore sees the maximum participation.
Staff Selection Commission has been trying to change the way examinations are conducted over the last few years.
CGL has seen the changing stance last year itself, when major changes were done in the selection procedure. As the examination pattern was changed for the first time, therefore there were some pilot incentives given in 2016, which have been improvised in 2017.
Accordingly, it is important to change the time management strategies in order to succeed. The major change in this tier-1 session is in the time duration of the examination. While it was 75 minutes in the last session, it has been reduced to 60 minutes in 2017. This is a major change and can be the reason for tension for the candidates who are not acquainted with this change.
This has been done in order to normalize the process which was incentivized with extra 15 minutes last year. Except the time duration, all the other things like the breakage of sections and the number of questions being asked remains the same as usual.
There will be four sections in the tier-1 examination with 25 questions each. The cumulative time for these sections would be 60 minutes, with no internal breakage of time slots per section. The sections in the paper are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and English. The allotted time duration for VH candidates and for those suffering from Cerebral Palsy is 80 minutes.
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The paper would also have negative marking worth 0.5 marks per wrong answer.
Let us talk about some of the major issues that could come up with this change in timing.
- Those candidates who have taken the examination last year may find it difficult to adapt to this change in scheme of things. Therefore, it is necessary for them to get to practice for the new exam pattern.
- The reduced time limit would lead to lesser question being attempted and thus the candidates can end up getting restless and mark wrong answers in the hurry.
- Reduced time slot is a very big issue in itself.
- The division of the time in the examination becomes very difficult as all the four sections would have to be attempted in the allotted time.
Proper Approach for SSC CGL Time Management
Now, let us see the proper approach that could help in managing the time in SSC CGL Tier-1 2017.
- The first and foremost thing that should be kept in mind is to know the sections that will act as the strengthening portion in the scorecard. This means that the candidates should have clear insight about which are the sections they are comfortable with; these sections will take less time in the examination and the spared time can be utilized in the other sections.
- It has been readily observed that quant section takes up the most of the time in the paper. Therefore, it is advisable to spare time from the other sections in order to make the time slot for it the largest. If quant is strongest suite then it is better to go for it at the beginning as it would allow you to have a positive head start, you’ll save time and more importantly will have scoring in your side.
- General Awareness section is the section that takes up the least time as it is a ‘know or don’t know’ situation in general. It is also easier on the mind. So, either do it at the last, which would allow you to manage in the available time, or do it in the middle after quant and reasoning to get the mind relaxed a bit (not too relaxed off course).
- The English section should be done according to your expertise in it. This means that if you are comfortable with it, then you can improvise it according to the available timing. It should usually not precede quant section as moving into the quant section with a tired mind would reduce productivity.
- The reasoning section should be done just after quant section as the mind is in a functional flow and the time required in understanding the question would reduce exponentially in such a case. Also as a speed is made in the quant section, it would be utilized in the reasoning section. After doing the English or the general awareness section, the mind is a bit relaxed, which could impair your skills in the reasoning section.
- Now the time break up. Quant and reasoning sections should get the maximum time, which would amount to 30-35 minutes in cumulative. The internal breakup between the two sections would entirely depend upon the candidate’s speed and comfort. English section should get 10-15 minute and General Awareness section should get around 5 to 8 minutes. This would allow you to have 3 to 5 minutes in spare which could be eventually used to revisit the marked questions.
This strategy will surely take the candidates to places as they will generally have a buffer time left in order to accommodate any changes in the question modulation. The preparation and the practice should also be done on similar line in order to get the best results out of it. Strategy and execution will go hand in hand if you are hoping to crack this exam and hold a lucrative office and career.
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All the best for your exams..