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Comprehensive strategy needed to crack it this time

Hello Forum IAS members.

I have decided to appear for both UPSC 2016 which is in August and also for SSC CGL 2016(whose form I had filled earlier and which was scheduled to be held in May but now postponed to August) skipping SBI PO which is very near and which I feel I cant crack so soon the reason being my Aptitude not upto the mark. I intend to give IBPS PO instead after appearing for Prelims which seems manageable.

So, I wanted a comprehensive strategy for SSC CGL 2016 in order to crack it.

I was good at Maths till 10th but have forgotten almost all the concepts and though competition is fierce and only 4200 vacancies this time I still wish to do my best.

Also, I am a full time aspirant whose 2nd attempt is this time.

I think initially I can spare some 2 hours for SSC CGL because I am out of practice and then I can after a week graduate to 3-4 hours maintaining the average and trying to maintain the tempo along with my UPSC CSE preparation.

So those who might have cleared SSC CGL in previous years successfully both Tier 1 and Tier 2 along with UPSC CSE preparation can suggest me how to ace it this time around!

I would be indebted and also kindly be detailed and elaborate on books, test series, stage wise preparation seeing the time available at my end and all.

Thanking you in advance!


  • We are sharing with you some preparation strategy and tips for SSC CGL 2016 by Vikas Dubey (ITI CGL 2013).Hope you like his efforts.
    First of all know the competition and check where do u stand.
    U can do it with simple unseen practice sets or papers of prelims and mains(maths+eng).
    Check previous year cutoffs they r meant to rise.. Then prepare accordingly having a look at those. Preparation strategy depends person to person. All cant have common strategy..
    My take is in 2016 cgl u must set a target of 450 for any IP post and 500+ to be in a position to get a desired post. 460 for CSS will do..

    Now u may qstn why m setting such high targets. Reason is 99% chances are that u will lose against your targets in cgl or upsc. So think higher always. Thoda kam apne aap hojaega..
    If exam is online u can reduce 30-50 marks overall of above scores.
    Now books. I am weak regarding books knowledge. I have read plinth to paramount in eng and I found it nice book. Few MB books prvs yr papers. It was 60+ sets that time nd I was able to do 25odd only. In maths I did Platform advance maths and kiran practice sets. I have got to know kiran chapterwise is a decent book though I have seen it partially only. I think all of these books good.. My advise to u will be whichever book in the world u do, do it thuroughly. I will also not advise u to do too many books. But whatever u do have complete command over those books.
    For beginners my advise will be start with plinth and r s aggarwal type books and then go to kiran chapterwise and MB books(eng and maths). And keep doing prctc sets now or then.. For reasoning prctc sets r enuf I think or take some book. GK k liye arihant ki 25 ya 100 around wali book. Or leucent if u want to do well. Today prelims scores matter so it is good to do some GK also now.
    For people with good educational backgrounds specially with good maths and english my advise is start with kiran chapterwise and MB books. Nd keep practising.
    U can follow books told by other seniors also. I have heard SP bakshi and some word power(forgot author) i guess r good.

    At the end few experiences.
    *Always have good faith on urself but never be overconfident(I sufferred in maths due to it, I dint focus maths much).
    *Prepare so much that u dont feel anxiety on exam day. Anxiety will reduce your performance by 20% atleast. Achive optimum anxiety levels. Less or more both r hazardous. For optimum prepare well. I always knew I have left some imprtant chapters so always very anxious..
    *In the last 2 weeks of exams start sleeping by 10pm anyhow. So that last night of exams u can sleep. I could never sleep on last night of exam.(anxiety agn)
    *For filling ovals save 20-25 mits around at the end and do it at one go. 10-12 mits will do for maths mains. U need less time than this though. If u still save time at the end do few more qstns. But pls prctc it many time b4 exams. I lost few marks in pre as I did it without prctc and filled few wrong ovals then fluid nd all and lost few marks..
    *If u want to improve urself set some standard for urself. Like if u want a post just tell urself time to time that I will not take any other post.. eg: The first day I knew about exam and got the syllabus and posts knowledge I told myself that I will not take any other post than income tax inspector.. Even before pre I told my frnds I will take this post only.. Once intervu was over my words were changed though as I knew I have made mistakes at all stages.. Then I said I will take even DA aslo tongue emoticon
    But it is to improve urself. U can try such things but on ur own risk. Coj na mila manchahi post to majak bi ban skta h wink emoticon
    Kuch yad aya bad m to bata duga.
    Njoy studies. Best of luck. like emoticon
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