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SSC-CGL 2016 Topper Interview – Chank Narayan – AIR 168

From our wide list of SSC-CGL Topper’s interview, where we share the struggles and barriers that they faced during their journey, today we are here with a similar story of Chank Narayan – AIR 168 (2016). He will be telling you his preparation strategy to crack SSC-CGL Exam, Books that he referred to and which section he focused on when he was preparing for SSC-CGL Exam. Let’s begin with his introduction.


Hello Everyone!

My name is Chank Narayan. I have done B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Delhi Technological University. I am working for an MNC in Telecom Sector, whose primary product is SIM cards in the Indian Market.

So today I will be enlightening you how I prepared for SSC-CGL Exam and secured an AIR of 168. And let me tell you, this was my first attempt at SSC CGL. And Boom…I cracked it.


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Preparation Strategy for SSC-CGL Exam


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

Chank Narayan: To get a decent Government Job.

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

Chank Narayan: February 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?

Chank Narayan: I hadn’t set any target in any section. I focused more on solving previous year question papers and giving mock tests. I kept solving papers till I felt confident in each section. Solving previous year papers also gave me an idea about which topics were important and what kind of questions SSC might ask from those topics.

I prepared all the sections side by side, giving more emphasis to Quant and English sections.

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

Chank Narayan: Quant and English sections need more practice as the total weightage of these two sections across Tier 1 and 2 is 500 marks out of 600.

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

Chank Narayan: Every CGL aspirant must go through previous year question papers as not only it gives you an idea of what to expect in this exam but if you are lucky, SSC might repeat few questions as it is. I didn’t refer to any book for Quant and Reasoning sections but for English, I referred to S. P. Bakshi and for G.K. I referred to Lucent’s. Apart from this, I used to watch youtube videos, blogs and search for study materials freely available on the net for CGL exam. The only book I bought for CGL was Previous year Solved papers from Arihant Publication.

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?

Chank Narayan: I kept solving test series so I didn’t need to revise a lot in Quant, Reasoning and English sections. For G.K. I left revision for the last few weeks.

Whenever I studied any topic, I used to mark/highlight the important facts, formulae, etc. While revising, I went through the highlighted portions only.

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?

Chank Narayan: Mock Tests played a big role in my success. I attempted at least 25 tests for tier 1 and 8-9 tests each for both the Papers of Tier 2. I attempted the previous year papers also as mock tests.

For Tier 1, I started attempting mock tests in Feb 2016 and for tier 2, I started attempting mock tests from Sep 2016.

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

Chank Narayan: Scores varied in the Mock Tests with their difficulty level. Once my preparation was complete for Tier 1, then I was able to score more than 120-125 in the most difficult papers and around 160 in the easier ones. For Tier 2 also, after complete preparation, I was able to score 170+ in Quant paper and 145+ in English paper.

I won’t say that there is any correlation between mock test performance and actual CGL performance. But solving lots of mock papers definitely gives you confidence and helps you identify your weak areas which can help you to do better in the actual exam.


Exam specific questions


Interviewer: How was SSC-CGL paper this year? Give us some insights into SSC-CGL-2016 paper and compare it to past year question paper.

Chank Narayan: Tier 1 was much easier as compared to previous years, which was the reason for a sharp increase in the cutoff marks for Tier 1. Tier 2 was moderate in my opinion, however some other candidates with whom I discussed found this paper tough. Tier 3 (Descriptive Paper) was held for the very first time and it was easy.

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?

Chank Narayan: I was nervous a little at the beginning, but as I started solving questions I became calm. Normally, If I get anxious in an exam then I take deep breaths to relax. That generally works out for me.

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?

Chank Narayan: In Tier 1, I attempted the Quant section first. My plan was to give 25-30 minutes out of 75 to Quant section and attempt the other 3 sections in the remaining time. But the questions were very easy, so there was never any problem of time management during the exam.


Personal Questions

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

Chank Narayan: Being a working guy, I took CGL Exam as a challenge and started making better utilization of my free time. There were days when I didn’t want to study, on those days I would take a break, watch a movie, read a novel or play cricket with friends, basically anything to take my mind off studies for a while and then I would continue my preparations with greater vigor.

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

Chank NarayanNo, I was expecting an average result but I think I did better than that.

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

Chank Narayan: I was happy.

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

Chank Narayan: My family ensures that I always have my feet firmly on the ground. Even after doing well in exams they ask me to maintain my focus and do better in the next exam. Any National level Exam is tough to crack with good rank and my family ensured that I was well aware of this at every stage of the Exam. Friends also helped me a lot in my preparation.

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

Chank Narayan: To my family, friends and also to my own hard work 😉

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?

Chank Narayan: Very, frankly speaking, SSC CGL is not a very tough exam to crack. Yes, the competition is very high but the question paper pattern is almost fixed and the type of questions asked in the exam also doesn’t vary much. So with dedicated practice, any average student should be able to clear this exam.

Any CGL aspirant, before starting his/her preparation, should find out about the important topics for this exam and the type of questions which are asked from those topics. After that regular practice is required to ensure that the candidate is able to attempt maximum questions in the given time.

Candidates should give maximum time to Quant and English, as these two sections carry maximum marks and can change the rank of candidates drastically after Tier 2. Some students spend a lot of time studying GK, but it carries only 50 marks and it is not wise to spend more time on this section as the syllabus is huge and the questions are slightly unpredictable. So even after spending a lot of time on this section, many students fail to do very well in this section. One shouldn’t ignore GK completely but shouldn’t give it more time than Quant and English sections either.


So we hope that Chank Narayan’s strategy to prepare for SSC-CGL Exam helped you and you are all ready to crack the SSC-CGL 2018 Exam with flying colors. Maybe you are the next whom we will be interviewing 😉

All the Very Best 🙂

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