Abhishek Patil, CEO, and Co-Founder, Oliveboard and Skholar

Abhishek is the CEO & Co-founder at Oliveboard. Prior to starting Oliveboard, he was the Head of Strategy & Analytics at InMobi where he was instrumental in expanding their presence across Japan, Korea, China, W. Europe, LATAM and Australia. He also built the Analytics team at InMobi to derive insights from large amounts of data for business decisions. At Oliveboard, he handles the strategy, supply side management & marketing among various other business roles.


The Staff Selection Commission’s Combined Graduate Level Tier-I exam is scheduled to be conducted from 11th April to 21st April. During the examination, the candidates are given a multitude of advice to follow, but the candidate needs to compartmentalize and create a plan. It is imperative to shift their focus from just revising important formulas, theories, and rules for the numerical aptitude section, to other methods that will help them crack the exam. Here are a few such tried and tested tips that will help the candidates ace the entrance exam.

1. Go Through Last Years’ SSC CGL Papers – Going through last years’ solved papers would be helpful for the SSC CGL Tier-I exam as this will familiarize the candidate with the general difficulty level of the paper and hence establish a comfort level. It will also help in reducing the anxiety level as the exam day approaches.

2. Take Mocks – Through attempting mocks and sectional tests and analyzing their performance in them, will help the candidate re-evaluate their strategy and perform better in the exam. Instead of trying to learn new things at this point, it is advisable that you focus on revising the topics/questions that you got wrong/left in attempted during all the mock tests you practiced. To take mock tests and figure out your weak areas.

3. Brush Up on High-Frequency Topic – The last few days are critical for the candidates. They should brush up on some high-frequency and often repeated topics such as idioms, phrases, seating arrangement, blood relations, etc. This will help them save precious seconds in the exam and ace the exam.

4. Practice During Exam Time Slot – Each one’s mind is active at different times during the day. To ensure that the mind is active during exam time, taking the mock tests during the actual exam slot, can train the mind to be alert during the exam.

5. Read the Complete Question – Avoid reading the incomplete questions and arriving at incorrect answers. Read the question carefully and solve it accordingly. Candidates are advised to save maximum time for the mathematics part as calculations and serving an answer may take much longer than anticipated.

Although preparation and last-minute revision are important, it is equally important to have an active & fresh mind to ensure solving the questions quicker & better. To achieve this, the candidate should study too much on the days leading up to the exam. Get at least 8 hours of sleep before the exam day. People tend to underestimate the advantage that a fresh mind can help the candidate take the exam and ace it

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