Have you tried previous year’s papers of SSC-CGL exam..??

Most of you would answer- Oh, I forgot.

An important strategy in efficient preparation of SSC-CGL exams is solving previous years question papers. You are now in the final phase of your exam preparation. You must go through the previous year’s papers to give a final touch to your exam preparation.

This post covers the following:

(I) Benefits of solving previous year’s papers

(II) How to extract maximum from previous year’s papers?


What do you Gain from Previous Years Papers of SSC-CGL?

Going through the previous year papers of SSC-CGL will benefit you in the following ways:

1. Gives you base to begin with your preparations

Before starting your preparations, you can go through the previous year’s papers and prepare a priority list of the topics you need to prepare, with the most important topics listed top in the list. While preparing, you should strictly follow the priority list.


2. Familiarize you with the examination pattern

Solving previous year’s SSC-CGL papers prepares candidates for the type of questions expected in the exam, the difficulty level. This equips them better to deal with surprises.


3. Ascertain frequently asked questions in SSC-CGL Exam

Students can identify popular questions by glancing through 4-5 SSC-CGL previous year papers. The probability of frequently asked questions being repeated in SSC-CGL exam is very high.

SSC repeats questions year after year, especially in English section. You will find 2-3 questions in each section repeated every year.

You will generally find repeated questions on the following topics:

  • One-word substitutions
  • Idioms/phrases
  • Antonym-Synonyms
  • Sentence Correction
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry ,etc.

The exact questions may not be repeated, but they would be asked on similar lines.


4. Helps you to prioritize important topics

By going through the previous year’s papers, you will be able to prioritize topics according to their weightage in different year’s.

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5. Best reliable source of practice

Practice makes a man perfect, but at the same time, it is also true that you need to get practice most relevant type of questions that are actually expected in exam.

What could be more reliable than the previous year paper’s! But make sure you attempt the paper as a real exam., then only you will be able to learn time management skills.


6. Helps you test your preparation level

By actually solving previous year’s papers, one comes to know which areas/topics in different sections need a brush up or some more learning. You come to know your weaknesses in solving Reading Comprehensions or Sentence Correction (topics which are usually left unprepared). Moreover, you find out if you need to improve speed and accuracy.


7. Facilitates last moment preparation

Previous year’s papers assists in helping the students who start studying at the last minute and don’t have time to study the entire syllabus of SSC-CGL exam. One can identify important questions by studying from SSC-CGL last year’s papers and can focus on such questions during the last minute preparations.


8. Boosts confidence

Solving previous year’s papers gives you confidence and enhances your examination temperament. Solving more and more questions in a stipulated time frame is a must to doi order to get the real examination temperament.


How to extract maximum from Previous Year’s Papers

1. Attempt atleast 3-4 Papers

Students should just not read previous years test papers rather they should SOLVE them after going through them once. Students should at least attempt past 3-4 years questions papers to get a fair idea as to what all comes in the exam.


2. Sit at a Stretch

Students should sit and work on these papers at a stretch and should avoid taking any breaks while attempting a single paper. Attempt it like a real exam. Give proportionate time to each section and develop your strategy. Don’t just read /solve random questions of these past papers.  When you take the exam seriously and attempt it as a real exam, you will gain confidence.

Also read: Ideal Order of Attempt in SSC-CGL Tier-I


3. Analyze Your Performance

If you find you are weak in a particular section while attempting these questions, mark the relevant topics in your books/study material. See where you wasted time and which section needs maximum improvement.

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4. Track Changing Trends

Keep a track of what type of questions are not asked anymore and if there is a change in how questions from a particular topic are asked. Like questions on Number system, percentages might not be asked directly but in the form of data sufficiency.


5 .Don’t Rely Blindly

Don’t just rely on previous year papers; every exam is unpredictable. You must try to gain maximum from the previous year’s papers but be prepared to face challenges.

With the reduction in the time limit of SSC-CGL Tier-I exam from 75 minutes to 60 minutes, you need to work on your speed and accuracy.

Solving previous year’s questions papers is good strategy as it guides you much better than any institute or teacher. It helps you build and enhance your confidence.


A Piece of Advice from PrepLadder:

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