The Staff Selection Commission CPO (SI) Paper II 2015 will take place on 30th August 2015. With just three days to go it’s unadvisable to think of doing something new regarding one’s preparation for the exam. Now is the time to consolidate one’s strengths and remember to avoid the common pitfalls. Below are some tips to help you as D-Day dawns.
On the run up to the exam
On the day of the exam
In the exam hall
Read the passage once quickly in order to understand the central idea. In case certain areas of the passage elude your understanding at first, do not worry. Now read the questions and come back to the relevant portion of the passage in order to eliminate options. Look for Key words in the question stem in order to identify the part of the passage where you are most likely to find the answer.
Elimination: Instead of picking your answer and then checking with the options; start eliminating the options once you’ve scanned the passage. This will improve your accuracy in RCs. Some students prefer to read the passage first and then go to the questions while some tend to read the questions and scan the passage for answers. This might work with questions that are factual .For inference based questions this may prove fatal as you need understanding of the entire passage. While there is no right strategy, your modus operandi can be the one that works better (and faster) for you.
These questions can be very scoring if attempted correctly. In these questions, you must try and look for keywords that help you make pairs in the given sentences. Find words that show comparison or contrast. Words like ‘hence’ and ‘therefore’ show consequence whereas ‘but’, ‘rather’, ‘nevertheless’ show contrast. Some other words like ‘furthermore’ and ‘along with’ are a dead give-away when it comes to furthering an argument. You can use these key words to determine which sentence will come next. Make the right pairs: As a rule, make pairs when you’re solving the Para jumbles. It will make your life easier and you will discover that they don’t take very long, after all!
Having said that, remember that you only have control over what you do in the exam hall. The outcome, once you are out of the hall, is dependent on various factors. So do not obsess about what happened or did not happen in the exam. Just breathe easy and prepare for the next exam that may be lined up for you.
CL extends its best wishes to all SSC CPO aspirants
All the very best!