Why do people go at coaching classes?
There are three main reason why people join coaching class:
- To learn shortcuts and tricks.
- To develop a continuity in the process of preparation.
- Compete with the fellow colleagues.
But what if I say that you can get all these benefits without wasting your money on coaching fee.
Let’s see how,
How to prepare for SSC-CGL exam without coaching?
Follow these steps if you want to score high in this year SSC exam,
Step-1: Know the syllabus
Before jumping on the roof, even a cat calculates the height of the roof and measures her strength to know whether she can catch the roof or not.
Similarly, you should look at the syllabus of the SSC exam and distribute it into three forms,
- Tick all the chapters/topics which you think you know well. For example, if I am looking at the syllabus and I know that syllogism is easy for me because I have done a lot of practice on it, I will tick it.
- Double tick the topics which you know but do not have confidence in it. I am weak in probability, so I will double tick the probability section.
- Cross the topics which you have never heard of or you think you cannot master it even if you practice it the whole year.
This way you will know your strength and weakness in the syllabus. If you do not know the syllabus and exam pattern of SSC CGL-2016, check it out here at the official pdf.
Now draw three sections in a copy and put heading as Strong, Weak, and Untouched in the three columns.
Write the single ticked topics in the first column under the heading Strong. Put the double ticked topics in the second column under heading Week and the cross ones under the heading Untouched.
Step-2: Check the cutoffs compatibility
Checking cutoffs means knowing whether your default knowledge (the knowledge you already have) is compatible with the current exam pattern or not. And how much more preparation you would need to reach to the level of compatibility.
For example, if my strong topic is Venn diagram but there are no question asked related to Venn diagram since three years. My strength of Venn diagram has no use here.
Similarly, if probability is my weak topic and there is no questions on probability for quite few years in the exam paper, I should not waste my time to strengthen probability.
Note: I am not telling you to leave these topics completely but you will touch them after you have prepared the topics well which are asked in the recent exams.
To do this,
Check out the topic wise cut off marks in the SSC CGL exams and write these marks in front of each topic you have written in on the paper in previous step.
Now again separate these topics from the rest of the topics and write in the same headings Strong, weak and untouched. It will be better if you write everything on a new page so that your focus on these topics will be improved.
When you have done with step-2, you will get the most important topics to focus which is distributed according to your knowledge of the topics. This is the time for step-3.
Step-3: Rearrange the topics
In the third step, you will rearrange the topics according to their native subjects like series in reasoning, trigonometry in Quant, grammar in English and so on.
Again do this step on a fresh page. Writing on fresh page has no chance of getting disturbance and it will further improve your focus about the preparation. If you gain some important position in SSC, waste of 3-4 pages will not matter.
So after third step, you will get a narrow focused syllabus which are highly important for the preparation point of view.
Step-4: Make a time table
Make a timetable when you have decided what to read. After completing step-3, you have a handful of topics around which questions are asked in the SSC CGL exam. Now distribute them in fixed time schedules so that you will prepare each of them with more narrow focus.
For this you must allocate each and every section a two hour schedule. And keep sundays for revision. For example,
If you wake up in the morning at 6am and sit t your study table at 7am, then you should allocate two hours for english. You must study english till 9am.
After that, take a break (or if you go to your college or job, do that). When you have time for next sitting, dedicate again two hours.
This way your mind will think only about one subject at a time and your focus will improve. I have heard many students claiming that their lack of focus is the main reason for not getting selection.
Step-5: Find tricks
When you have dedicated a slot of time for every subject, now you must enter into the subject. In the SSC CGL exam, tricks and shortcuts play a major role in selection. The reason is simple. If you learn a shortcut by heart, your time to derive these shortcuts from the natural formula will be reduced.
For example, suppose you you are asked to convert 3006 Km/hr to m/s.
By the natural formula, you will first change kilometer to meter and hour to second. Then you will multiply and divide them with 3006. And then simplify.This will take about 30 to 50 seconds to solve. But with the help of shortcut, it will be solved in 10 seconds.
Simply, to convert Km/hr to m/s multiply the number with 5/18.
So the solution will be 3006×5/18 = 835 m/s. So easy!
To learn shortcuts, either you can take help of the books or simply search on google or watch tutorial videos available free of cost on youtube.
Read to learn how to set your time table.
You can check Unacademy, Vidhya guru, Smartkeeda ,Eduncle, Pyoopel, Perfect score etc youtube channels for learning the exam tricks quickly and you do not havee to go to coaching classes for any type of help.
Practice as much as you can. Start with revision with the exercises given in the books. But remember, you have to practice only those topics which are written in your list.
Also remember these points for distributing your time to practice,
- Give more time to the topics which are under Untouched column.
- Second priority will be given to the week topics.
- Here is the trick. Normally you are given an advice that you should focus less on a strong point. But a strong topic is your strength and you should not lose your strength. So give as much time you have given to the untouched topics.
Studying theory and learning tricks will not help unless you practice them hard. So it is highly important to give three times more time to practice than learning.
Tell me, do you have any confusion?