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SSC-CGL 2016 Topper Interview – Damroo Dhar Sharma – AIR 1306

We all know how tough it is to crack SSC-CGL Exam and we often tend to talk to people or listen to people who have already got a good AIR rank in SSC-CGL exam in order to take inspiration from them.

So today, we have interviewed SSC-CGL Topper, 2016 – Damroo Dhar Sharma (AIR 1305) for all those SSC-CGL Aspirants out there. In this session we will be asking him the Preparation strategy for SSC-CGL exam, how to score good rank in SSC-CGL Exam and books to refer for SSC exam.


Hi, I’m Damroo Dhar Sharma. I got selected as CBI-SI through SSC-CGL (2016). My AIR was 1305. This was my second attempt. I have completed my B-Tech in Metallurgical and Materials science from NIT-Warangal. Currently, I am waiting for my posting as CBI-SI.


Interview of SSC-CGL Topper, 2016 – Damroo Dhar Sharma – AIR 1306

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.

Damroo Dhar Sharma: This year my score in prelim is 185.5 (AIR-17) and it was177.5 (AIR-120) in 2016 (approximately same). So I can say that despite the reduction of 15 minutes in time, the paper was doable and was roughly at the same level, though the difficulty varied a bit from shift to shift.

Interviewer: What 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?

Damroo Dhar Sharma: I prefer to commence with quant section which I think is my forte. So on most occasions I feel relaxed in starting but whenever I feel anxious, I just skip a few questions and try to give it a fresh start.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: I always try to complete my sections of interest first which are Quant and Reasoning, followed by English and General Awareness. Time management goes as follows –

Quant:- 20-25(max) minutes

Reasoning:- 15-20 minutes

English:- 10-15 minutes

General awareness:- 5 minutes

Preparation Strategy to Crack SSC-CGL Exam

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: I was exhausted with the monotonous life of private job and also my salary was not commensurate with my qualifications. So I decided to give Government Jobs a shot.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: I started preparing for SSC-CGL in around May 2015.

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?

Damroo Dhar Sharma: Around after 4 months, I completed the syllabus for once. Initially, my target was to finish previous year questions first then I started off with mocks. The sequence was English, Quant, Reasoning and GS.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: According to me Quant section requires more practice because cramming doesn’t work for this section. Completion of previous year question papers will suffice for left sections.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: For Quantitative aptitude– Rakesh Yadav Sir’s class notes+ previous year papers+ sufficient mocks

English– Plinth to kd (by Neetu Singh)/ S.P.Bakshi (Arihant) + Norman Lewis (for vocabulary section) + Kiran publication’s previous year papers (must) + sufficient mocks

Reasoning– No specific book, didactic study of previous year papers will be more than enough.

General Awareness– General Studies (Made easy publication) + Static and current affairs + previous year question papers (must)

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?

Damroo Dhar Sharma: After completion of syllabus, attempting mocks at regular interval helps in keeping the content fresh in mind. In case of English and GS, revision of whole syllabus is must. When it comes to last moment revision, revision of important tricks, rules and facts of every section is advised.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: Attempting mocks is the best way to evaluate the gravity of our preparation. Our hard work reflects in form of mock test result. Also mocks are helpful in pointing out the weaker sections, so mock tests are indispensable to our preparation. I started attempting mocks just after completion of my syllabus and I attempted around 100 mocks in total.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: Performance in mocks depends upon the difficulty level. I was scoring in the range of 140-155. My score improved a fair bit in CGL-16 pre as I got 177.5.

Like Damroo Dhar Sharma you can also practice some mock tests because it really helps in achieving right confidence level.


Personal Questions

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: As the saying goes “Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep”. Getting job through CGL was like a dream for me so it was always there in my mind and I couldn’t let the negativity creep in as I was aware of the cut throat competition out there. Whenever I was in doubt, I used to think about the good things that will happen after getting the job.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: After all that hard work and good prelim result I was assured that I will certainly fetch a job through CGL-16, but the expectations for final result were little higher.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: The feeling was fairly ambivalent for me no doubt in that. I forgot how to react. I got the job but the result was disappointing too, so it was of the mixed type.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: I can’t underrate the support I got from my family and friends. Whenever I was in dejection they were always there to guide me and to motivate me.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: Obviously I would like to dedicate this success to my family. They showed faith in me and I am happy that I didn’t let them down.

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

Damroo Dhar Sharma: Hard work and perseverance is the only key to success. One should remember that best things don’t happen overnight. Have faith in yourself and keep working hard, surely you will get succeed.

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