SSC CHSL 2016 Topper Interview: Abhijeet Saxena - “Practise and mock tests are key to success”

SSC CHSL 2016 Topper Interview: Abhijeet Saxena - It is strenuous to clear all stages of SSC CHSL exam as roughly 65 lakh candidates apply for the exam each year, which means for every seat nearly 1700 candidates battle in the exam. The official statistics reflect that around 27 lakh candidates take the first stage of the exam. This in itself is a very large number, therefore, even qualifying the first stage of the exam proves to be an arduous task. 

So, what does it take to crack SSC CHSL exam? It is hard work, practice and mock tests which ensure your success believe Abhijeet Saxena, who had cleared SSC CHSL 2016 by securing 143.50 and 53 marks in Tier I and Tier II, respectively. With an All India Rank of 1983, the topper shares tips and tricks to crack the recruitment examination. 

Read the Complete Interview to Know How Topper Abhijeet Saxena Cleared SSC CHSL 2016

1. Tell us about your childhood and schooling. How many people are there in your family and what are their professions?

Ans: I am living with my maternal grandparents since childhood. My schooling was done at Red Rose school. Both my grandfathers retired as Headmaster of Govt. Schools and my mother was a senior operator in semi-government electronics manufacturing company.

2. What was your All India Rank (AIR), score/marks in SSC CHSL? In which year did you qualify the exam? Where are you working currently?

Ans: I qualified SSC CHSL 2016 with AIR-1983 with 143.50 and 53 marks in Tier I and Tier II respectively. I could crack the exam in my first attempt only. I am currently working with Reserve Bank of India.

3. What made you think that SSC CHSL is the career you want to pursue? What other competitive exams did you appear in and which are the ones you been able to crack?

Ans: Being an undergraduate, I was looking for a government job, so I chose SSC CHSL exam. After graduation, I plan to appear for SSC CGL exam.

4. How much time did you prepare for the SSC CHSL?

Ans: I started preparing for the exam in April 2016 and took the exam on January 17, 2017.

Also Read: How to Prepare for SSC CHSL

5. How should one prepare for the examination? Tell us the strategy you had applied for preparing.

Ans: I would say to practice more frequently, and take mock tests regularly - preferably one test per day.

6. Is coaching important for cracking the exam? If yes, then how much and can you suggest some good coaching institutes from where one must pursue coaching?

Ans: I think nowadays we all have access to high-speed internet connection, and everything related to this exam is available on the internet, so there’s no need to join any coaching institute.

7. In case of self-study, how much is the probability of cracking the exam? What should be the preparation strategy for self-study?

Ans: It depends on the hard work you put in. For the strategy part, I would say give 90% of your time to Quantitative Aptitude and English.

Also read: SSC CHSL Syllabus

8. Can you refer some good books with Author names for all the sections of SSC CHSL exam?

Ans: Complete NCERT books up to class 10 with more emphasis on Class 9 and 10 Mathematics books.

Also read: Best Books to Prepare for SSC CHSL

9. While preparing for the Tier I, Tier II and the typing/skill test, what different strategies should one make? Which part one needs to focus more on and why for all the three tiers?

Ans: In my view, we must concentrate on the closest exam. In preparation, most of the focus initially is required for the Tier I exam only. Once you qualify Tier I exam, start working on the essay and letter writing for Tier II. 

10. Any online test series you suggest for CHSL exam?

Ans: You should pick the test series which has more participants so that you can track your AIR more accurately, and plan accordingly.

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do girls eligible to write and get jobs based on ssc chsl

Aman Raj Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019

Hello Ayesha

The eligibility criteria for SSC CHSL for girls and boys are the same. To be eligibile to appear for SSC CHSL, candidates need to be between 18 to 27 years and must have passed 10+2/HSC. To know more details about the eligibility criteria, check the link given here


what are the medical tests of ssc Chsl

Deblina Roy 9th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Hari om. Browse the following site which gives everything about SSC chsl exams - including the relaxations admissible for physically disabled candidates.For others, normal tests like weight, height, urine, blood ,bp , chest, lungs etc,. exams are conducted to find the physical fitness.

Thank you


which coaching is best for SSC chsl in Allahabad

Ashish pal Student Expert 2nd Oct, 2019

Hello Gautam Agrawal.

There are many good coachings in Allahabad like.

1)Parakh academy.

2) paramount.

3) career coaching centre

4)Marvel academy.

5) KD campus.

6) Career launcher.

7) Mahindra's


These are few relatively good coaching institutes of Allahabad. You can visit and determine the best.

Ok good luck


Rakesh Yadav ya m.tyra kiski math ki book best hai SSC ke liye

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 30th Sep, 2019


For SSC CGL regarding Maths, RS Agarwal and Rakesh Yadav books are mostly preferred. If you need to have a strong hold on Maths, if you basic concepts aren't clear, then start with NCERT books and then proceed towards any of the above mentioned books. Also, keep your resources minimal, do not bombard yourself with too many books, you'll find it utterly confusing to deal with later on. Also, apart from these books, what matters in the case of Maths is practice, and SSC CGL repeats a lots of previous year paper, so do practice that, along with mock test and test series.

All the best!


please give me best booklist of SSC chsl for Hindi medium students

Yash Dev Student Expert 29th Sep, 2019
Hello student after going through some article and reference I picked out some of the best books for ssc chsl that may help you to crcak the exam are mentioned below.

*NCERTbooksfor Maths till class 10 only.

*Advanced maths forSSCby KD Campus.

General intelligence and reasoning:

*Analytical Reasoning by M.K Pandey.

*A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal by Arihent.

*Reasoning by RS Aggarwal.

*Kiran'sSSCReasoning chapterwise solved papers- in english.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck

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