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SSC-CGL 2016 Topper Interview – Shailendra Jayaswal – AIR 3820

Today in this piece of the interview we have with us – Shailendra Jayaswal (SSC-CGL Topper 2016). He got AIR 3820. So today he will be sharing with us his preparation strategy for SSC-CGL exam, which books he referred to, his success mantra and when did he actually started his preparation for SSC exam.

So let’s begin with his introduction.

Hi, I am Shailendra Jayaswal and I have secured AIR 3820 in SSC CGL 2016 in my first attempt. I have done my B.Tech in CSE from IIT Indore and currently, I am working as a software engineer.


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Preparation Strategy for SSC-CGL Exam 

Interviewer: What was the motive behind you appearing for the SSC-CGL exam?

Shailendra: I wanted to go for a government job and being a working person CGL is a good option

Interviewer: When did you start preparing for SSC-CGL exam?

Shailendra: I started preparing from oct 2015 and managed to get 2-3-hour per day

Interviewer: Up to what date were you able to complete the course once? What was your target as to how many questions to practice in each section? What was the sequence in which you prepared the sections?

Shailendra: I finished math reasoning and English till February 2016, GS is never ending subject and due to time constraints I did not focus more on GS, still I did previous year questions for GS and current GS questions

Interviewer: Which sections according to require more practice than the others and why?

Shailendra: Well it depends on the particular person but in general Maths need more practice and in my opinion candidate should practice Maths and English more and more cause they both also play a vital role in Tier-2. During my preparation, I felt English vocab and grammar rules are difficult to remember, but once I started practicing questions and learning from my mistakes I was able to get command on English section.

Interviewer: Which study material and standard books would you recommend for SSC-CGL Aspirants in each section?

Shailendra: For ReasoningNo specific book is needed, first check previous year paper and get an idea about which type of questions are asked and then practice of such questions after that online mock is enough.

MathFor concepts and basics I used Arihant fast track and Rakesh Yadav advance math and for practice Mtyra book plus mocks are good

EnglishFor vocab word power made easy is the best book and paramount for SSC specific grammar rule, for practice previous year and mock

GS Lucent two to three-time reading, previous years question and current GS capsule and mock tests

Interviewer: How did you keep the subjects fresh in your memory the entire time? Did you revise the subjects regularly or you left the revision for the last few months? What was your strategy for revision in the last few months?

Shailendra: Revision and mock practice is the key to remember rules and concept. Once you complete the course do one mock per day (at least 60 mocks) find out your weak area and revise them

Interviewer: What is the role of mock tests in your success in the SSC-CGL exam? How many mock tests did you attempt? When did you start attempting mock tests?

Shailendra: Mocks are must for SSC CGL, as they give you the real analysis of your preparation for SSC-CGL exam or any other competitive exam and allow you to focus on weak sections and help you to manage time.

Interviewer: How was your score in Mock Tests? Is there any correlation between mock test performance and actual SSC-CGL performance?

Shailendra: My average marks in mock were 135-150. And I scored 155 in CGL 2016 tier-1, if you score well in mocks you will surely score well in CGL as well.

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Exam specific questions

Interviewer: How was SSC-CGL paper this year? Give us some insights into SSC-CGL-2017 paper and compare it to past year question paper.

Shailendra: This year paper was pure luck, some shifts had moderate to difficult level and some and some shifts had a very easy level. SSC also change few things in paper compare to 2016. i.e. in English section active/passive, Narration, close test and para jumble were asked first time in tier1 this year. Few minor changes in Maths section as well.

Interviewer: How did you feel after seeing the first few questions? Did you feel relaxed and calm or you were anxious during the first few questions? If you felt anxious then how did you calm yourself?

Shailendra: I started my paper from reasoning section which was easy so I got confidence and felt calmed. but during math section I felt little anxious because math paper was very difficult so I switched to English and GS section before wasting any more time on math, once I was done with English and GS, I started math section again and this time I attempted math well. So as per my opinion if you are stuck in any question or find any section difficult, you should switch to other question or section ASAP, because all the section and question are of equal marks in CGL Tier-1

Interviewer: How did you go about attempting the paper? How did you distribute time among various sections? Please give a detailed description of the time management strategy you followed?

Shailendra: CGL tier-1 is of 60 minutes, I always try to finish my paper in 55 minutes.
English and GS 20 minutes, reasoning 15 minutes and 30 minutes to maths section.
I start my paper from reasoning section first then math but in 2017 due to the difficulty level of Maths, I first did GS and English.


Personal Questions

Interviewer: How did you motivate yourself for such a long journey towards SSC-CGL?

Shailendra: Well it is necessary to keep motivated. Because of the delay in exam schedule, I kept myself focused during my preparation for SSC-CGL exam. Also, I avoided negative comments or posts regarding CGL exams

Interviewer: Did you expect such a result after giving the SSC-CGL exam?

Shailendra: I was expecting a better result as I had good marks till tier-2, because of fewer marks in tier-3 I missed 4600 GP post by 2 marks.

Interviewer: How did you feel the moment you saw the results?

Shailendra: It was mixed feeling as I was hoping for 4600GP but I got CGDA auditor which is 2800GP. Still, CGL is a difficult exam nowadays due to an increased level of competition and still, I managed to get selected by self-preparation with hectic work schedule in a private job so it was a proud moment too

Interviewer: What is the role of family and friends in your success in the SSC-CGL exam?

Shailendra: My family and friends always support me in achieving my goals

Interviewer: Who would you dedicate this SSC-CGL result to?

Shailendra: Family and myself

Interviewer: What is the success mantra that you would like to give to other aspirants which have been critical for your preparation for SSC-CGL exam as well?

Shailendra: Right attitude, self-confidence, and self-discipline throughout the journey.

This was how SSC-CGL Topper Shailendra, prepared for SSC-CGL Exam. And with his determination and clear goal, he managed to secure AIR 3820. We hope his preparation strategy for SSC-CGL exam helped you in some of the other ways.

Let us know in the comment section below if you want to know more about the Preparation Strategy for SSC-CGL Exam.


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