Time Management Tips for SSC CHSL Tier I Exam
The most valuable resource to every common man seems to be money but what is truly most valuable is time. No power known to man can make you regain the time you had just lost. This means that whenever you spend two hours on the phone talking to unknown people on social media you are not making an addition to the quality of life. You are spending precious time that can actually act as the driving force for your future. As the popular saying goes,
“Time and tide wait for none.”
As a person preparing for competitive exams, you should realise that the people you are competing with might not be wasting all this time on futile activities and that is what makes all the difference between their rank and yours. The true difference between a selected candidate and a rejected candidate is rarely the level of intelligence that they have. Agreed that some people are naturally gifted with higher IQs but science has proven that you can actually train your brain to be a lot smarter than you were. Think of it as a muscle that you can exercise. The more you work on it, the stronger it becomes.
This also means that you will have to work and study on these exams every day and make significant efforts to improve your preparation. As time of the exam gets near, it all depends on the hours that you effectively study for. Your revision days are a true test of your time management skills and these skills also make a huge difference while you are attempting the actual exam.
In this article, we are going to tell you all about Time Management Tips for SSC CHSL Tier 1 Written Exam. We will draft a time management policy that you can use directly in the examination and expect good results from. However, this policy is not perfectly applicable to every person. You will have to make adjustments according to your own level of preparation and the sections that you find the most difficult.
Time Management Tips for SSC CHSL Tier 1
Before we start off with the Time Management Tips, you should be aware about the pattern of the exam. It is important to know the enemy before drafting a battle plan. Along with the enemy, you should be aware about the strengths and weaknesses and the time it generally takes for you to attempt each question.
About SSC CHSL Exam
The SSC CHSL Examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission of India for the recruitment of Data Entry Operators and Lower Division Clerks. The exam is conducted in two phases i.e. the Tier 1 Exam and the Tier 2 Exam. The Tier 1 Exam is going to be conducted in March-April 2018 with the result declaration taking place in May 2018. The candidates who pass the Tier 1 Exam are eligible to attend the Tier 2 Exam.
In order to manage your time better you must be aware of the exam pattern.
SSC CHSL Exam Pattern
This exam majorly consists of 4 parts. All of them are listed below with the number of questions and the maximum marks available for each candidate to score.
- General Intelligence – This section will test your IQ and your reasoning ability. The maximum number of marks that you can score in this section are 50. There are a total of 25 questions with makes each question score 2 marks each.
- English Language – This section will test your basic knowledge of English Grammar and the degree to which you know the language really well. The maximum number of marks that you can score in this section are 50. There are a total of 25 questions with makes each question score 2 marks each.
- Quantitative Aptitude – This section is based on your knowledge of basic mathematical functions and the speed and accuracy with which you can do your calculations. The maximum number of marks that you can score in this section are 50. There are a total of 25 questions with makes each question score 2 marks each.
- General Knowledge – This section is actually based on the awareness that you have of the environment around you. You have to be well versed with the news. The maximum number of marks that you can score in this section are 50. There are a total of 25 questions with makes each question score 2 marks each.
Time Management Skills for SSC CHSL Tier 1 Exam
- Understand the time that you have during attempting the exam. It is important to realise that you have to attempt 100 questions within a duration of 60 minutes. This means that effective time per question is 36 seconds. The time generally taken by people to switch between questions is 5-6 seconds and hence, you have 30 seconds for each question. The time spent in carefully reading each question is at least 15 seconds and hence, you will have to attempt the question within 15seconds which seems impossible. The thing that will get you through this exam is the attempt of right questions.
- Divide the time that you already have so that one section does not end up taking away most of your time. Most people start off with the lengthier or difficult sections and get stuck with questions. They fail to realise that full marks in one section does not ensure their selection. They must be equally attentive towards each section. You can divide your time in this manner –
- Start off with the section that you are the most confident with – English Language or General Awareness.
- Attempt most questions from English and General Awareness in 15 minutes. As you either know the answer to this question or you don’t, you don’t have to keep calculating again and again to find the answer.
- Switch to the other section and repeat this. Now, you have spent 15 minutes and nearly half the questions have already been attempted or at least read at once.
- Next, Switch to the Quants Section and solve as many questions as you can in 20 minutes. Be very aware of the time that you spend on each question and do not spend more than 1 minute on each of them. Make sure to read all questions once because even the really simple ones are snuck in the back by examiners.
- Now, you can spend 15 minutes on the reasoning section trying to attempt as many questions as you can and aiming to get all of them accurate. Again, do not spend more than 1 minute on each of them. Make sure to read all questions once because even the really simple ones are snuck in the back by examiners.
- The remaining 10 minutes can be used to attempt the other questions that are still remaining or for revising the ones that have already been attempted.
- The most important fact that people forget to keep into account is that rejection is the key to selection. In order to be selected in this exam, you must reject some questions that will end up taking all of your time and lead to your failure.
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