SSC-CGL 2016 Topper Interview – Nishant Kumar Bhati – AIR 666
The SSC-CGL exam is approaching soon and you might be feeling nervous and the level of anxiety would also be high at this point in time. So here we are with SSC-CGL 2016 Topper Interview.
Hi, Everyone. I am Nishant Kumar Bhati, I completed my graduation in B.com. I cracked SSC-CGL 2016 with AIR 666 (AAO). My Tier 1 and Tier 2 Score was 142.5 and 305 respectively. My Tier 2 score in AAO was 110. So total score for Tier 2 sums up to 557. And Tier 3 Score was 65.
Preparation Strategy for SSC-CGL Exam
Interviewer: What was the motive behind you appearing for the SSC-CGL exam?
Nishant: SSC CGL exam is considered an easier exam than other govt job exam like UPSC. The higher no of vacancy and a lucrative career was the reason I chose SSC CGL. I thought once I cleared this exam my career will be secured and I can try other competitive exams with a good backup.
Interviewer: When did you start preparing for the SSC-CGL exam?
Nishant: I started preparing for SSC CGL 16 in Jan 2016.
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?
Nishant: It took me 3 months to complete the Tier 1 course. Except for GS which requires more extensive preparation. Math was the prime focus throughout this period I did 100 questions of quant daily and after that, I studied English in which I focused more on vocab and idioms and also reading the newspaper. Alongside this preparation the previous year solved paper is also very important. The reasoning was the easiest section and required least time for preparation in my case previous year solved paper was enough for reasoning. GS was my weakest point and I didn’t have enough time for it, I did revise the subjects I am good at and was able to get a decent score in Tier 1.
Interviewer: Which sections according to you require more practice than the others and why?
Nishant: Math and English require more practice than others. Reasons are firstly they are the most important topics as they have the most weight in the overall score. Secondly, the questions are trickier and without enough practice, students will take more time even in simple questions
Interviewer: Which study material and standard books would you recommend for SSC-CGL Aspirants in each section?
Nishant: Math: For Tier 1. Rakesh Yadav class notes. And Kiran (solved papers chapterwise)
For Tier 2 Rakesh Yadav Advance Math and Previous Years
English: For Tier 1 M.B publications (solved paper)
For Tier 2: SP Bakshi and M.B publications and quick learning objective general English by RS Aggarwal.
Reasoning: Solved papers previous years are enough
General studies: Kiran chapterwise solved papers and Lucent
Finance and accounts: R. Gupta finance and accounts
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 last few months? What was your strategy for revision in the last few months?
Nishant: By attempting mock test regularly, I was able to keep the subjects fresh in memory. Apart from mocks, I prepared a notebook for the important question, tricks, vocab and I revised this notebook from time to time. In the last few months, I tried to revise those question where I was initially weak and questions from mocks in which I made mistakes. So as to not repeat those mistakes.
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?
Nishant: Mock tests play the most vital role in an aspirant’s preparation.
In Tier 1 I attempted around 70 mocks. I started attempting mock tests in June 2016 that is 2 months prior to Tier 1 exam. And I was attempting mock on a daily basis.
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Interviewer: How was your score in Mock Tests? Is there any correlation between mock test performance and actual SSC-CGL performance?
Nishant: My score in mock test was actually quite less than the actual score in tier 1. That’s because the tier 1 exam was easier than expected. My score in mocks usually lies in between 110 – 120. But in actual tier 1 exam I got 142.5 so I think it was easier than the mocks and that helped me.
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.
Nishant: This year paper was slightly higher in the level of questions that were asked. Last year Tier 1 exam was very easy And so the cutoff was high.
Interviewer: How did you feel after seeing 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?
Nishant: After seeing the first few questions I was pretty relaxed because I had already practiced a lot of mocks before the real exam.
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?
Nishant: My SSC-CGL exam strategy to go about attempting the paper was Pre-planned I first attempted English in 10 minutes then GS in 5 minutes and then 15 -20 minutes for reasoning 25-30 minutes for quant.
Interviewer: How did you motivate yourself for such a long journey towards SSC-CGL?
Nishant: When I graduated from my college I didn’t have a really good job so I knew I have to achieve something to get that satisfaction. And then I started my journey with my aim set on CGL 16.
Interviewer: Did you expect such a result after giving the SSC-CGL exam?
Nishant: After tier 1 was confident of clearing the cutoff and that made me work harder for tier 2. I also took the AAO exam which was a very good decision as the competition was less for that post.
Interviewer: How did you feel the moment you saw the results?
Nishant: I was extremely happy and proud. Seeing my parents happy gave me the real satisfaction.
Interviewer: What is the role of family and friends in your success in the SSC-CGL exam?
Nishant: My family supported me throughout this period both financially and emotionally. My friends helped me a lot by clearing my specific doubts.
Interviewer: Who would you dedicate this SSC-CGL result to?
Nishant: I would like to dedicate this result to myself and my parents
Interviewer: What is the success mantra that you would like to give to other SSC-CGL aspirants which have been critical for your preparation as well?
Nishant: There is only one mantra. You don’t think of next time. Take one exam go all out at it as much preparation as possible and clear it in one shot.
So this was the strategy used by SSC-CGL Topper to secure a good rank. What’s your strategy?