CGPSC (Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission) Preparation Tips 2021

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Sep 13, 2020

To be a part of the bureaucracy and assume the responsibility of higher administrative personnel in the Chhattisgarh state government, aspirants will have to appear for the State Service Examination. It is organised by the Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission. Thousands of candidates apply for various posts under it, only some hundred candidates are finally shortlisted and recruited. To make sure that you are one of those selected candidates, you need to strategize correctly to get through all the stages.

The 2019 SSE Mains exam had to be deferred amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the situation gets better the procedure will resume. For the 2020-21 cycle, CGPSC State Service Exam is expected to start with the first phase (preliminary exam) by February 2021. The mains examination will follow, to be held in the month of June. It is important to make the most out of the time left and prepare yourself with complete dedication.

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Preparation strategy

CGPSC SSE exam is not too difficult to qualify. Anyone can accomplish themselves through this test, provided they have the right mindset and have strategized properly.

  1. Before starting to make up your mind that you can do it. You should be dedicated and focussed.
  2. Start with understanding the exam pattern, weightage is given to each section and the marking scheme.
  3. Analyse the syllabus.
  4. Give a couple of tests based on previous year questions. This will help you understand the level of difficulty, type of questions and highlight your weak points.
  5. Create and follow a time table with a deadline to finish each topic. Make sure to give proportionate time to the subjects you are weak in.
  6. Practice previous year questions.
  7. Give mock tests.

Preparation for Paper I – General Studies

This 2 hour MCQ based paper will have 100 questions, each of 2 marks. 1/3rd of marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. There will be two parts in this paper – Part 1 and Part 2. Each part will contain 50 questions from respective sub-topics.

  • Part 1 – General Studies

    • Indian History and Indian National Movement
    • Indian Geography
    • Constitution of India and Polity
    • Indian Economy
    • General Science and Technology
    • Indian Philosophy, Art and Culture
    • Current Affairs
    • Environment
  • Part 2 – General Knowledge of Chhattisgarh

To prepare for Paper I as a whole, you should

  • Study and understand the topics with full clarity. Link related topics to make it easier to retain in your mind.
  • Use codes to remember concepts or points.
  • Make short and crisp notes for every topic in whatever way you feel is suitable for your study method. Taking notes in pointers is a very easy method though.
  • Refer books which cover the syllabus completely and are written in an easy-to-understand language.
  • Use examples to get a grip over difficult topics and also take notes of those.
  • Solve at least one sample paper or previous year question paper daily. This will help you get acquainted with the exam pattern and the type of questions asked.
  • Take full-length mock tests on a periodic basis. You can also solve paper-based mock tests within a specific time. This will help manage your time in the exam hall.
  • Evaluate your progress on the basis of these mock tests and previous year papers and re-work on the subjects you lag behind.

For the current affairs portion,

  • Create a habit of reading newspapers every day. This will help you keep a track of recent happenings in the state, country and the world. Subscribe to a local daily for updates on events in Chhattisgarh and a national daily like The Hindu, The Telegraph, etc. Go through their editorial columns; this will help you enhance your comprehension skills and vocabulary.
  • Give mock tests on current affairs daily.
  • Keep notes of all current occurring and revise them whenever possible.

Preparing for Paper-II– Aptitude Test

Paper-II will contain questions based on Interpersonal skills, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability, Decision making and problem-solving, Basic numeracy and data interpretation, Hindi and Chhattisgarhi language. This section will follow the same pattern as for Paper I.

For this section all you have to do is practise; this is the only way to score high in this paper.

  • Learn formulas and thumb rules and their underlying concepts.
  • Practise short tricks to solve faster.
  • Solve questions of all difficulty levels from sample papers or previous year papers.
  • Give online or offline mock tests regularly and evaluate your progress.

Recommended Books

For every section, try reading NCERT books from Class 6 to Class 12 for the corresponding subjects. These books are very helpful for preparing for competitive exams like CGPSC SSE.

Paper I

For an overall study, it is recommended to follow,

  • Chhattisgarh General Studies Part 1 by Competition Community,
  • Chhattisgarh Rajya Seva Pariksha by Arihant.

Apart from these, the following books can be referred to as well.

Subject Book Name Publisher/ Author
History of India Modern History Competition Community
Ancient and Medieval History Competition Community
History of Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh ka Itihas Yuvachar Publication
Indian Geography Indian Geography Competition Community
Constitution of India and Polity Indian Polity Competition Community
Indian Polity M. Laxmikant
Indian Economy Indian Economy Dr. Manoj Agarwal
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
General Science and Technology Technology Competition Community
Encyclopedia of General Science Arihant Publication
Indian Philosophy, Art and Culture Art and Culture Competition Community
Samajshastra B. K.Nayak
Environment Environment Competition Community

Paper-II

Book Name Publisher/ Author
Chhattisgarh General Studies Part 2 Competition Community/Dr Manoj Agarwal
CGPSC General Aptitude Test Paper-II Arihant Publication
General Aptitude R. K. Agarwal
Chhattisgarh Bhasha Avam Vyakaran Hariram Patel
General English Pratiyogita Saransh

Before the ultimate exam day, do not take up new topics at the eleventh hour. Take care of your health; eat healthily and sleep on time. Take short study breaks. Do not stress, stay focussed and confident. Believe in yourself nobody can stop you.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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