Q I completed my B.Com. degree this year. I’m currently working in Income Tax as an outsource, but my ambition is to become an inspector for IT. For this I need to write SSC CGL exams, but without any coaching, it is so tough to pass this exam. Some of the coaching centres teach only aptitude; they don’t teach the remaining subjects. What should I do?
A Recruitment at the level of Income Tax Inspectors and below is done by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) (ssconline.nic.in). SSC conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam, which is held in 4 stages called Tiers. While the first two exams are online the latter two are offline. The entire process of registration and communication happens online through the official website of SSC CGL. Candidates must qualify each stage of the SSC CGL exam to proceed to the next one, before being finally selected.
Since the syllabus covers a lot of topics, it is important to choose the right study material so that you can understand the concepts and practise a wide variety of questions as well. The right strategy can help you clear the exam without any coaching classes. First, check the exam pattern by going through previous years’ question papers. List the exam syllabus and broadly look at the number of questions from each topic. Identify your strong and weak areas. Clear the basic concepts/understanding the fundamentals of your weak topics from various sources like YouTube, educational websites and academic books.
After having a good hold over the topics, start practising full-length mock papers. Make a note of errors and weak areas while solving mock papers and clear their concepts again and practise several questions. For the General Studies portion, make it a habit to read newspapers daily and also refer to some good books. In this manner, you can easily clear it by preparing 2-3 hours daily for a minimum period of 6 months.
According to the SSC CGL 2018 Notification, the Combined Graduate Level Examination — 2018 Tier-I (CBE) will be conducted from 25 July to 20 August 2018 (CBE).