Effective Time Management Tips for SSC CGL 2016 Tier – I


Hello Sehpaathians,

As you all are now well aware about the fact that SSC has brought a complete change in the SSC-CGL recruitment exam pattern and this has certainly landed the candidates at a tough spot. The most significant change is that the mode of the Tier-I examination has been changed to online.

Also Read – How to Prepare for SSC CGL and SBI PO Simutaneously

The SSC CGL Tier-I exam would comprise of 100 questions and the time duration is 75 Minutes. In consideration of the above scenario, we have devised effective time-saving tips for the Tier-I exam of SSC CGL

Let’s have a glimpse of how to manage and saving time for the coming SSC-CGL 2016 exam:

Focus on Improving Precision and Speed – 

The overall performance in the exam is affected by the accuracy and the speed of attempt. You must strive to improve these two factors. For this, you must consistently attempt both full-length tests and speed tests. You must check your performance after each attempt and work on the weaker areas

Apply an Effective Exam Attempt Strategy – 

Owing to the scarcity of time in SSC CGL exam, candidates must devise an effective exam attempt strategy before appearing for the exam. Candidates should frame a strategy regarding the order of attempt or which section to attempt in the beginning and which at the end, how much itme to be spent on each section and how much time on review

Learn and Develop Shortcuts and Tricks – 

You must devise shortcuts and tricks to solve questions speedily. You can refer to the competition books and online sources for learning shortcuts. You must learn tables, squares, cubes and reciprocals up to 30. This will immensely reduce your calculations in the Quant section. Similarly, you can use approximation technique for arriving at solutions quickly

Attempt Easier Questions First – 

You must always start off with the questions with which you are familiar and are assured of being correct. First scan the section and attempt all the easier questions and then advance on to the difficult ones. This strategy is what differentiates high scorers from all others

Plan an Effective Time Schedule for Exam Attempt – 

After attempting a sufficient number of mock tests, candidates would get an idea about the time to be spent on each section. Our experts have devised an effective time schedule for Exam Attempt.

The schedule is listed as follows:

SectionMaximum Time to be SpentGood Question Attempt

(With Reasonable Accuracy)

General Intelligence & Reasoning20 Minutes15-20 Questions
Quantitative Aptitude25 Minutes


15-18 Questions
General Awareness10-15 Minutes


20 Questions
English Language15 Minutes


20 Questions


Ensure that you are left with 5-10 Minutes at the end – 

The exam attempt strategy should be such that 5-10 Minutes are remaining in the end for attempting the questions which you had skipped earlier.

The aspirants can effectively save time in the exam by following the above-listed tips. For more assistance regarding the Tier-I preparation, post your queries below!

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