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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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The SSC CHSL Exams is a competitive exam which acts as a gateway to various government posts.The SSC CHSL Exam is conducted in three stages:
To score well in the SSC CHSL exam, it is important that you be fully aware of the SSC CHSL Syllabus and the SSC Exam Pattern. I'll recommend you to list down all the topics asked in exam and start preparing for the exam. Give as much mocks you can to increase your speed. Read newspaper daily.
You cannot make any corrections now or later.You cannot change your category once you have submitted the application and received the admit card.If you have mentioned your category as general you may continue with this if you wish to.Otherwise you have to appear next time .Please be careful while filling the application form.
You can get SSC CHSL previous year question papers by visiting the link provided below;
It will give you basic idea about the exam and help you analyze your progress as well.
The Admit Card for SSC CHSL Tier 1 is released on 4th of March and the link of each region is present on the site provided below:
You can download the above from the official site also:
I hope this Helps.
All the Best!
You may refer the books given below:
SSC CHSL Best Book for General Intelligence and Reasoning-
Analytical Reasoning- M.K Pandey
Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning- R.S Aggarwal
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical- B.S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali
SSC CHSL Best Book for General Awareness
General Knowledge- Lucent Publication
Manorama Yearbook- Mammen Mathew and Philip Mathew
Current Affairs- Monthly Magazine and News paper
SSC CHSL Best Book for English Comprehension
Objective General English- S.P Bakshi
Quick Learning Objective General English- R.S Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
Word Power Made Easy- Norman Lewis
Plinth to Paramount- Neetu
SSC CHSL Best Book for Quantitative Aptitude
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic- Rajesh Verma
Quantitative Abilities Arithmetic Ability- Kiran Prakashan
Quantitative Aptitude- R.S Aggarwal
Arithmetic For General Competition Vol 1& 2- Neetu Singh
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