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10 Mistakes to Avoid in the Upcoming SSC Exams: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a central government organization that caters to the needs of the Indian government by recruiting ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ Grade employees in various departments. The staff selection commission is the second highest commission in India after the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts examinations to recruit Group A officers in the central government. SSC recruits around 40-50 thousand candidates for various posts through a number of exams. Some major exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission include SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, CPO, MTS and so on.
The tentative exam calendar for the exams to be conducted by SSC in the year 2023-24 has already been released on the official website at ssc.nic.in. Every year around 50-60 lakh candidates register for the SSC exams but only a few thousand can pass through the selection process. The competition is cutthroat. It has been seen that even the candidates who have been coaching and preparing for the SSC exams for 3-4 years also fail to crack the exams. By the means of this article, we will be conveying the do’s and don'ts while preparing for the SSC exams.
10 Mistakes to Avoid in the Upcoming SSC ExamsWe have highlighted the 10 common mistakes that most of the candidates do and those need to be avoided for the upcoming SSC exams.
- Improper Understanding of the Syllabus: The first error which has been identified is that most of the freshers who sit for the SSC exams for the first time are not well versed with the syllabus for the SSC Exam. This is the prime fact that knowing the syllabus for the competitive exams is of paramount importance. This eventually leads to the deviation from important topics and consideration of irrelevant concepts. Therefore, aspirants must ensure that they go through the complete syllabus for the SSC exams they will be appearing for. Sticking to the syllabus and preparing will increase the chances of your selection.
- Unaware of the Exam Pattern: In this era, where the study material and mock tests are easily available and economically affordable, it is still being seen that some of the candidates who sit for the exam are unaware of the latest exam pattern followed by SSC. Candidates
- Preparing for Multiple Exams: The most common mistake that a lot of candidates commit in their journey of preparing for the government exams is that they target more than one exam on a single go. It has been seen that candidates preparing for SSC jump on to IBPS exams after failing once in CGL or CHSL exam. In such a competitive environment, where more than 10000 candidates are fighting for a single seat, you cannot be assured of selection if you divert in between. Try to stay focused. Be resilient and confident. It is not possible for everyone to get selected in the first attempt itself. If it takes more than one, stick to the basics and do not deviate.
- Unable to Follow the Study Time Table: There is a difference between government job exams and school/ College exams. Just like some candidates cleared the board exams or college exams by studying at the eleventh hour, there are absolutely no chances of clearing the competitive exams by following the same strategy. It has been seen that most of the candidates form study time table for the exam preparation, however, it gets hard for them to stay disciplined throughout the journey. But one should know that consistency is the key to success.
- Lack of Basic Knowledge of Computer Based Test: Almost all the exams conducted by SSC are held in Computer Based Mode, popularly known as CBT mode. Some candidates who are unaware of the aspects of operating the system while giving the CBT, get into a situation of truncation, and are unable to answer the maximum questions which they could easily have if the examination was conducted in pen and paper mode. Therefore, candidates should learn the basic aspects of technicalities of appearing in a CBT. There are coaching centers which can help them out. They can also consult with their seniors, who have already appeared for the exam. As this is an unsung yet major problem for most of the aspirants from the rural background. Candidates should not overlook this and find out means to get hands-on experience for the same.
- Undefined Sources: Most of the toppers in their interviews suggest that studying from a single reliable source is enough to clear the government exams. It is suggested that candidates segregate and keep their sources definite while preparing for the SSC exams.
- Focusing More on Tricks than Basic Concepts: The competitive exams test your knowledge as well as speed. Due to this fact, many candidates try to learn the tricks to solve the mathematical problems without knowing the overall basic concepts. The tricks might be helpful in Tier 1 exam, but when it comes to Tier 2 exam, the greater dependency lies on the basic concepts. Therefore, candidates should first try to learn the basic concepts and solve the questions using complete procedure. After that they can go with the tricks.
- Lack of Speed: It has been a problem with most of the candidates appearing for their first or second attempt that they try to solve the questions using conventional methods. In this way, they come to the solutions in double the time in which they are required to solve the questions. How many candidates do you see who say that they would have done all the questions but they ran short of time. So working on the speed is an important aspect to look forward to.
- Not Solving Ample Number of Mocks: Solving the questions from a book or practicing the questions while a youtube video is on is okay. But candidates need to understand that mock tests play a vital role in the preparation of SSC Exams. It is seen that some students keep on solving the questions from the book and solve fewer mock papers. Candidates need to make sure that they solve at least 1-2 mock papers in a week while regular preparations. The frequency of the mocks should increase to 3-4 in a week when the exam is approaching.
- Weak GS/ Current Affairs: For most of the candidates, General Studies is the bone in the neck. As we all know that all the exams conducted by SSC include around 20-25 questions from the general awareness section, candidates need to make a note of the fact that studying general knowledge and current affairs is important as it will be hard to clear the exams without the help of the GK section.
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