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Many friends have asked the preparation strategy n sources used by me. Here they are:
1)Preparation time = 3 months
2)Sources: a) Maths: Ncert(8,9,10) ; Rajesh verma ; Kiran previous papers
b)Eng: S P bakshi; kiran previous papers
c)GK: Lucent GK
d) Reasoning: Kiran previos papers
3)Strategy: SSC = Maths + English (roughly).
Maths (200+ 50 =250) and English (200 + 50 = 250) constitute more than 70 % of total marks. First strengthen ur basics. For maths, basic concepts should be learnt using ncert ( 7th to 10th). It should not take more than 10 days. Though it varies fom person to person. Then practice Rajesh verma. It will take around 1 month. I didn’t have to work much on English. If ur command over basic grammar is not good first read “English is easy ” of BSC publication. It will take 1 month. I skipped this step as i had read this years ago. Now practice S P Bakshi. it will take 1 month. For Reasoning, kiran previous papers suffice. it takes 10 – 15 days. For GK i didn’t do any thing specifically as i m preparing 4 civil services. But my advice would be that if u are not preparing for upsc/psc etc then don’t go that deep and dont use many sources. GK Lucent (Science is most imp followed by history , geography, n polity. skip economy.) will do. For basic economics, u can read macroeconomics of NCERT 12th.
1 months before exam, Practice a few sets of every section (Maths, eng etc) by Kiran.
Maths = 1-2 month
English = 1-2 month
GK = 10-15 days
Reasoning= 10-15 days
Kiran set practice = 1 month
Total = 3-6 months.
For Tier 2 Maths Preparation:
Now u have at least 2-3 months before tier 2. I suggest 3-step preparation strategy.
Stage 1 (Basics): Read n practise basic books. NCERT 7-10 can be used. Make sure u have understood the concepts (n not just learnt the working methods).
2) Exam Bias: practise a book that is exam oriented. I suggest Rajesh Verma.
3) Finishing Touch: Practise previous papers of tier 2 Maths. Use kiran publications.