Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2019
Topics/Subjects to be covered: Complete Maths & English
-> Quantitative Aptitude (Tier-I) + Quantitative Abilities (Tier-II)
-> English Comprehension (Tier-I) + English Language and Comprehension (Tier-II)
-> Descriptive Paper in English (Tier-III)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Number of sessions:
125 full-length classes (Comprising both pre-recorded and live sessions)
Length of sessions:
These would be full-length, structured classes, not randomly made small video clips. Live sessions generally last between 90 to 150 minutes; the recording duration of pre-recorded classes would be mostly between 60 to 90 minutes and they should take 2-3 hours to complete for an average student
June 25, 2020
Medium of instruction:
INR 10,000 (Adding GST @18%, the payable amount becomes INR 11,800)
Eligibility & Requirements
Familiarity: Only those students are expected to enrol for the program who have seen most of the relevant content on our YouTube channel. Moreover, you should be comfortable with our language, mode of delivery, teaching methodology, etc. Please do not enrol if you aren't comfortable with our style of teaching, or have got any kind of doubts or apprehensions regarding the quality, coverage, or any other matter.
Expectation: Though we will do almost everything from the basics, we still expect you to have gone through at least some of the sessions on our YouTube channel and be thorough with the techniques discussed over there. It will take your understanding to a completely different level, and you will be able to extract the maximum out of this program. We will prescribe some prerequisites for some of the sessions, and will expect you to follow the advice. E.g. In English Grammar, we will not waste time in repeating the basics. There is a well-structured playlist for Grammar on our YouTube channel which we would ask you to complete before moving to the sessions on Error Spotting and Error Correction. That will save us time and we will be able to deliver maximum value to the students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who will teach in this program?
A. There will only be three teachers - Abhishek, Samir and Ratnabha. You are advised to check their sessions on our YouTube channel before making up your mind about this program.
Q. What would be the schedule of sessions?
A. You will get the schedule for a few weeks in advance, and we will keep updating it regularly. It will have the release dates of pre-recorded classes as well as the dates of live sessions as and when they are planned.
Q. How does a combination of pre-recorded videos and live classes work? What is the structure like?
A. We will cover all the concepts, fundamentals, solved problems, tips & tricks in the pre-recorded classes, which you can watch at your own pace. You are still expected to treat each pre-recorded session like a live class and do it accordingly. It will be very similar to a live class, and you will need to keep pausing the video in between and following the instructions. So depending on your comfort level with a particular subject, a pre-recorded session will take anything from 2 to 3 hours for you to complete. The live sessions will be dedicated to things like queries, doubts, discussion, general advice and other things that need interaction.
Q. Can I enrol for a particular subject only?
A. We are sorry; that's not an option. It is a comprehensive program covering both Maths and English (Tier-I + Tier-II), and Descriptive Paper (Tier-III).
Q. Is the preparation for Tier-I/Tier-II different? Can I enrol only for Tier-I or only for Tier-II?
A. No, that's not possible. We understand that Tier-I and Tier-II are two vastly different exams and the approach to crack them is also different. However, the preparation is linked quite closely. One has to start working for Tier-I first, and then take it up a level higher for Tier-II.
Q. Is the content of this program in any way similar to the content present on the YouTube channel of Meritshine?
A. No, the content of these sessions will be completely different from that of any of our YouTube sessions. We will not repeat the content/questions/examples anywhere. The only thing similar will be basic rules/concepts/methodology, for topics that we have done on YouTube, which cannot be changed. This program will build further upon the knowledge that a student may have acquired from our YouTube lessons. We will cover a much larger variety of problems in this. All these sessions will be designed to augment your understanding of the subjects tested in the exam, in line with the latest exam pattern, and will include all kinds of questions that have been asked in the exam and their reasonable possible variations.
Q. Would this program have some sessions common with Meritshine's paid bank programs?
A. Yes, there will be some similarities in the content, and there will be a few common concept sessions as well. However, the two offerings will be quite different. A large number of sessions (60-70%) and also other things like the flow of sessions, assignments, doubts & strategy sessions, etc. will be unique to this program.
Q. Would you teach the other two Tier-I subjects - "General Intelligence and Reasoning" and "General Awareness" - in this program?
A. No, we will not do that. It will be just Maths and English.
Q. Why did you not include "General Intelligence and Reasoning" and "General Awareness" also in the program?
A. We had thought about it, but then decided against it. In fact, you do not need anybody to teach you these two subjects for SSC CGL. Given below are our observations on the two subjects, and the way to prepare them.
General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section is quite manageable. Most students easily get more than 40 out of 50 marks, and the good ones cross 45 without breaking a sweat. There is hardly anything which is difficult here. Some questions require visualization, and may look a little tough to the uninitiated, but even they can be answered quickly and with great accuracy after some exposure and familiarizing yourself with the process. We have done many relevant sessions on our YouTube channel, and plan to do a few more. So we actually did not feel the need to include the subject in this program. The preparation will be mostly about practice only. You are advised to do all the past questions available in the public domain, and take a lot of practice tests, and you should do fine.
General Awareness: Though GA carries just 50 out of a total of 700 marks, the syllabus is very vast with a mix of many different subjects and current affairs. Moreover, there is nothing to teach there, it is mostly rote learning that's needed. A lot of students spend an inordinate amount of time trying to score heavily in GA, which isn't advisable. You can do a lot better by spending that time in practising more and more questions of English & Maths which carry 600 out of 700 marks. What you should ideally do is to stay abreast of important current events by using Meritshine-WHY, and revise regularly using our GAinful PDFs. Also, there are some courses on static general knowledge that we have released on prep.meritshine.com, which you should go through multiple times. They are compilations of important subject-wise questions. Apart from that, go through all the questions of past years' exams and various mocks. However, if you want to do it comprehensively, pick NCERT textbooks of 6th-10th standard, and do Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Social Science (History, Civics and Geography) from them, along with Economics. If you still have time, there are plenty of miscellaneous topics that you are expected to have done over your entire student life such as books and authors, art and culture, honours and awards, inventions and discoveries, important dates, national and international organizations, sports, etc. It is endless. The more you read, the better you can score. But you need to calculate at what cost you are doing it. The incremental effort you will need to put in to score every extra mark in GA is too much in SSC CGL. So keep it balanced. One very good book to prepare it is Lucent's General Knowledge, but it will also take a lot of time to complete, and you should do it only if you feel your preparation of both English and Maths is quite good, you are scoring very well in the practice tests, you possess amazing writing skills and are pretty certain you will score heavily in the descriptive test, and basically you have lots of time to spare for getting those 10-15 extra marks in GA.
Q. How would our doubts be resolved?
A. Through a closed community, much like the "Meritshine Study Group" on facebook, but much better managed and controlled since the number of students will be much smaller. Though we always try to respond to every single student on any of our platforms, please don't enrol if you expect "individual doubt solving sessions" from the teachers. It will not be a practical expectation. In fact, it is just a buzzword generally used for selling classroom programs. Nothing works better than collective wisdom if the people are smart, like-minded and focused. Moreover, most of the doubts are common. So if you are regular and sincere, you would realize that most of the things you wanted to ask are getting answered automatically. In fact, you get to learn a lot of other interesting and useful things as well by going through other students' queries and their responses. When a few good people interact, they learn from each other and are generally able to find solutions to even the most complicated of problems. And we will be available to you guys for contributing to the discussions and helping you with your questions. No queries go unanswered on the platform unless they are irrelevant or repeated. Our past students can vouch for that. If there is something that we feel requires more attention, we will take it up during the sessions. All the students are expected to visit the page regularly and participate. There will be no spam or uselss talk over there, just what you need - relevant academic stuff.
Q. I don't like using facebook since I have realized that it distracts me from my studies. Is it necessary to join this closed fb group?
A. Yes, it is very important. This group is one of the reasons why this program is much more than a video course. Apart from what we have mentioned above, there are some activities which are just not possible to do individually. E.g. We generally open a thread to give feedback on descriptive writing to the interested students. We can do it individually as well for a few students, but then it won't benefit everyone. So we do it on the group. Even if one chooses not to put his/her piece for evaluation, one can still learn by looking at what others have written and the feedback they have received. That's the utility of a good community.
For anybody who feels facebook may prove to be a distraction, we advise creating a separate ID just for this program. Do not add any friends to it, do not browse, just use this group through that ID. And you will soon realize how powerful a tool fb can be. You just need to learn to use it optimally for your studies. It has worked for hundreds of students earlier. It will work for you as well.
Q. Would the pre-recorded videos look like the recordings of live classes?
A. No, they will look and sound much better since they will be recorded for this purpose only.
Q. What if somebody misses a live session or wants to repeat it?
A. Yes, it can be done by going to a portal for which you will get login credentials. You will be able to watch the recording of any particular live session a day after the session has been conducted.
Q. How many times can I watch a pre-recorded video or the recording of a live session?
A. There is no limit as such to the number of times you can watch them. If required, you can do it multiple times, as long as you don't misuse it.
Q. What is the meaning of "misuse" of videos?
A. This program is designed for a single person, and has been priced accordingly. You are not supposed to share your login credentials with others. So as long as you are not planning to do that, you don't have a reason to worry.
Q. What is the data consumption while attending the live sessions?
A. Though it varies depending upon the content of the session, the data consumed during a session rarely exceeds 500 MB. Most of the times, it is less than that. However, we recommend having a good data plan since this course will require availability of good internet at every stage.
Q. What is the size of the recorded sessions?
A. Live sessions' recordings are much lighter. A session of around 2 hours will be roughly around 150 MB only. We will capture only the content, not the webcams, while recording the sessions to make the sessions easier to re-watch, download and store in the mobile devices.
Q. What is the size of the pre-recorded classes?
A. The size of pre-recorded video classes will generally vary from 200 to 500 MB, depending upon the type of content.
Q. Should I go for the program if I want to attend the sessions on a mobile device?
A. Yes, you can, if your device runs on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) or above.
Q. Is iPhone/iPad not supported?
A. No, the app required to run the videos isn't available for iOS yet. You will need either an Android phone or a computer.
Q. Would we need to buy a test series on our own?
A. Yes, you will have to buy a test series of your choice for honing your test-taking skills.
Q. What would be the frequency of sessions?
A. It will vary. We will start at an easy pace, since we will give you certain tasks to complete initially, and will then increase the frequency gradually. Rest assured, your syllabus will be finished well before the exams.
Q. Would the sessions be on weekdays or weekends? What will be the timing of sessions?
A. Sessions can be conducted both on weekdays and on weekends. The students will come to know about the exact schedule for the next few weeks in advance so that they can plan their studies accordingly. The time for both pre-recorded and live sessions will be 09:00 pm, irrespective of the day of the week. Since all the sessions will remain available till the expiry of the program, you do not need to worry about missing any sessions.
Q. Who should not enrol for the program?
A. All such people should not enrol:
-> Anybody who cannot work hard, and thinks just watching the sessions will get him/her selected because so many people attribute their success to Meritshine. That's not gonna happen. We guided them, and they worked hard. That's how it happened.
-> Anybody who expects special individual attention from us. That will be an unrealistic expectation. Though we are always ready to answer any questions, we won't make you believe it will be like 'individual tutoring'. Don't join us if that's the reason. (However, all our students know we try to respond to every single query even on our YouTube channel and our fb group. What we can say is that unless you have impractical expectations about personal attention, you will not feel disappointed.)
-> Anybody who finds it difficult to understand the English spoken by us. Please check our YouTube sessions for that. The program will not be bilingual; it will be in English only.
-> Anybody whose expectations in terms of content delivery are unrealistic. We believe it will be quite an exhaustive program, but please do not expect us to spoon-feed you. We expect you to learn, start thinking, and start cracking problems. We do not claim to know/guess the exact questions you are going to face in the exam and solve all of them for you in the program. That is not just impractical, but naive as well. It doesn't work this way. We will deliver so much that if you study sincerely, work hard and follow the advice, you will be in a position to crack anything that the exam throws at you.
-> Anybody who wants to just learn the basics, and doesn't really expect to get selected. We discourage you to join the program since the program will be quite rigorous in nature. Watch our YouTube sessions first. There is so much to learn from there. Join our next program once you are comfortable with how we teach.
-> Anybody with poor internet connectivity and/or no decent device to attend the sessions.
Q. Would the videos saved in a mobile device for offline use not work after the course validity expires?
A. Yes, they will not work after the expiry of course validity.
P.S. If you still have a query, you may write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.