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Top 5 time Management Tips for SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 examination

“The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience.”- Leo Tolstoy. The forthcoming SSC CGL Tier 1 is all set to hit in the month of August and all the aspirants have their fingers crossed. The SSC CGL Tier 1 examination, being an online examination, doesn’t give you the privilege of requesting for extra two minutes to the invigilator for filling in the answers. So, efficient time management is the “need of the hour”.

Time management is an essential tool in any competitive examination. It is one of the biggest and toughest challenge to manage time in the SSC CGL examination. But, we believe you can do it if you have the confidence that you will be able to do it. We have come up with this article to help you manage time like a piece of cake!

SSC CGL Tier 1 : Top 5 time management tips

SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1: Pattern:

Let us take a look at the pattern of the SSC CGL2016 Tier 1 examination.





General Intelligence & Reasoning



75 minutes (Total)

For VH & Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:
100 minutes

General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Language






SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1: Important Dates:

Given below are the important dates of SSC CGL Tier 1 examination:

SSC CGL 2016 Events

Important Dates

SSC CGL 2016 application starts

February 13, 2016

SSC CGL 2016 application ends

March 24, 2016

SSC CGL 2016 Admit Card for Tier 1

August 16, 2016

SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 exam

August 27 to September 11, 2016

SSC CGL 2016 Result for Tier 1

September/October, 2016

SSC CGL Tier I: Schedule

It’s time to take a brief look at the schedule of SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 examination.

Timing for 27th September 2016 to 29th August 2016 (two batches per day)



First Batch

10 : 00 AM to 11: 15 AM

Second Batch

4: 15 PM to 5: 30 PM




Timing for 30th September 2016 to 11th September 2016 (three batches per day)



First Batch

10 : 00 AM to 11: 15 AM

Second Batch

1: 15 PM to 2: 30 PM

Third Batch

4: 15 PM to 5: 30 PM





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SSC CGL Tier I: Syllabus

In order to upraise your performance in the SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 examination, you must be thorough with the syllabus. We give you a list of some of the important topics from each section.

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Square roots and Average
  • Simple and compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Circle and its chords
  • Trigonometric ratio
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Heights and Distances etc.


  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic/Number Analogy
  • Figural Analogy
  • Number Series
  • Figural Series
  • Problem Solving
  • Numerical Operations
  • Symbolic Operations
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Drawing inferences
  • Figural Pattern – folding and completion
  • Indexing
  • Address matching
  • Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
  • Small & Capital letters/numbers coding
  • Decoding and classification
  • Embedded Figures
  • Social Intelligence etc.

General Awareness:

  • India and its neighbouring countries
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Policy & Scientific Research.
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • People and power
  • Finance and economy
  • Fashion
  • Media
  • Awards and Honours etc.

English Comprehension:

  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Direct and Indirect speech
  • Cloze test
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence formation and correction etc.


SSC CGL Tier 1: Five steps for efficient time management

  • Be thorough with the pattern of the examination: You need to make sure that you are well aware enough about the pattern of the examination and assiduous in following it in every aspect. The entire paper consists of 100 questions worth 200 marks. It implies that you have a time of 45 seconds to solve one question. This tells you the importance of managing time in the SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 examination. The good news is that there is no sectional cut- off but you have to decide time allocation for each section according to your convenience.

  • Time management for General Awareness: This can be tagged as the one of the best scoring areas of SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 examination. If you are sound enough in this section, it will hardly take you 10 minutes to attempt questions of this section. Try spending not more than half a minute on each question of this section. Do not waste time or attempt questions which you are not sure about. This practice can encourage negative marking which will, in turn, degrade your performance. Attempt only those questions which you are sure about.

  • Time management for General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section comprises of 25 questions of 2 marks each. This section needs utmost attention of the candidate as the questions in this section are tricky. You need to formulate some short but effective tricks to solve these questions which will make you fast and will save your time. You can learn these tricks only when you practice. If you have practiced enough, you will be easily able to attempt at least 15- 20 questions in a time span of 18- 20 minutes with good accuracy. Try spending not more than a minute on each question of this section. If at any point of time you are stuck at any question, move on to the other questions without wasting time on one question.

  • Time management for Quantitative Aptitude: It is the most tricky, difficult yet scoring section of the SSC CGL Tier 1 examination. This section also comprises of 25 questions of 2 marks each. Try not to spend more than 25 minutes in this section and try to attempt this section at the very end. In order to perform well in this section, you need to be largely familiar with the concepts and formulae.

  • Time management for English Comprehension: English is the third most common native language of the world. It acts as a communication window between people from different regions and cultures. This section basically tests the proficiency of the candidate in English. The questions in this section have a fixed pattern and this makes you easy to practice. If you are skilful enough in this section, it will take you hardly 15- 18 minutes to complete it.


SSC CGL Tier 1: Do’s in the examination

  • Go for the easy questions first. This practice will save your time and you would be able to invest this time in solving tough questions
  • Avoid wasting time on lengthy questions and on the questions you are not sure about.
  • Do not forget to mark the correct answers in the answer sheet.
  • It is always a good practice to start with the section you are most comfortable with.
  • Never attempt the questions you are not sure about. It will encourage negative marking which will have adverse effect on your scores
  • Apply short tricks to solve questions. It will intensify your speed and save time.

We hope that this article will help you thrive in the SSC CGL 2016 Tier 1 examination. Stay tuned with us for more updates. Way to go!


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