SSC CGL 2016-17

Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination

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General Information – CPT FOR SSC CGL EXAM

The candidates who clear the written examination (Tier 2) will be called for the Computer Proficiency test or DEST (Data Entry Skill Test). None of the candidates who clear the written examination will be exempted from CPT/DEST since passing the skill test is essential requirement for the respective posts. The candidates who qualify for Assistant Section Officer in CSS or Assistant in MEA will have CPT whereas other candidates will have to appear for DEST.

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Pattern:

Structure of Exam: This test consists of 3 modules. All the modules should be in English only.

Type of test: Qualifying in Nature (the marks obtained in this test will not be included in the merit calculations)

 

Module I: Word Processing (DEST)

Duration: 15 minutes

Qualifying Criteria:  8000 depressions per hour (27 words per minute)

Structure of Exam: Candidates will be given a printed matter with 2000 depressions and they will have to type it in the software provided by SSC. This test will also contain include special characters and numbers.

 

Module II: Test on Spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel

Duration: 15 minutes

Structure of Exam: Candidates will have to create a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel as per the instructions given in a printed sheet.

 

Module III: Test on PowerPoint in Microsoft PowerPoint

Duration: 15 minutes

Structure of Exam: Candidates will have to create presentation slides in Microsoft PowerPoint as per the instructions given in a printed sheet.

CALCULATION OF ERRORS & QUALIFYING CRITERIA – CPT FOR SSC CGL EXAM

The mistakes are categorized as half mistakes and full mistakes.

FULL MISTAKES:

These are the type of errors where the entire word is considered as an error. Following are few instances where the mistakes which would be considered as full mistakes. Let us take a simple sentence and see how any variation to it would lead to errors.

Let “According to constitution of India” be the sentence you need to type.

For Every Omission of word/figure:

"According to constitution of India.” -  If you miss "constitution" word while typing, the error is 12 letters.

For Every Substitution of word/figure:

"According from constitution of India" - If you replace "to" with "from", the error is the number of letters apart from the original word i.e. 2 letters.

For Every addition of word/figure not found in the passage:

"According to the constitution of India" - If you add "the" which is not there in the given passage, the error is 3 letters.


HALF MISTAKES:

These are the type of errors where only the half of the letters in a word is considered as an error. Following are few instances where the mistakes which would be considered as half mistakes. Let us take a simple sentence and see how any variation to it would lead to errors.

Spacing Errors: When no space/extra space is provided between the word(s).

Instead of "What is the time now?", if you write

"What isthe time now?" - As no space is provided between “is” and “the”, the error is half of 5 letters = 2.5

"W hat is the time now?" - As extra space is provided in "What”, error is half of 4 letters = 2

Spelling Errors: For every spelling error committed by way of repetition, or addition or transposition or omission or substitution of a letter/letters.

Instead of "Spelling", If you write Speling or Spellling or Seplling or Sppelling - As it is spelled wrongly, error is half of 8 letters = 4

Wrong Capitalization: Wrong use of capital letter for small letter and vice-versa.

Instead of "I", If you write "i" - Wrong Capitals, error is half of 1 letter = 0.5

Instead of "the", If you write "The" - Wrong Capitals, error is half of 3 letter = 1.5


COMPUTING TOTAL ERROR:

TOTAL ERROR = Sum of all the errors

If you made many errors in your sheet, then compute error in each mistake and add all the errors to get total error

Important Note:

  1. You should give only single space after full stop (.) - Extra space will also lead to penalty.
  2. New paragraph should be started with Enter + Tab

Note:

  1. Only the mistakes mentioned above will be treated as errors by SSC. Any mistakes, if any, other than those mentioned above will not be considered as mistakes
  2. Only the corrections you make in the system before taking the print are considered. Any correction you make on the paper with pen/pencil won't be considered for evaluation.

 CALCULATING PERCENTAGE (%) ERROR:
Percentage Error = (Total Errors/No. of Depressions)   x 100

If the sheet given to you contains 2000 keys/depressions and your error total is 42, then your percentage error is calculated as below:

Error Percentage = (42/2000) x 100 = 2.1 %

If the sheet given to you contains 1750 keys/depressions and your error total is 105, then your percentage error is calculated as below:

Error Percentage = (42/2000) x 100 = 2.1 %


 

CUT-OFFS FOR WORD PROCESSING- MODULE I :

The candidates are expected to be 100 % accurate in their typing. But an error up to a certain percentage is acceptable by SSC. The following shows tentative cut offs, but the actual cut-offs may vary anytime as decided by SSC.

UR - 5 %
OBC - 7 %
SC - 7 %
ST - 7-15 %
Ex.S - 7 %
OH - 7-26 %
HH - 7-26 %
VH - 7-26 %


CUT-OFFS FOR MODULE II + MODULE III :

The Modules II & III will be evaluated only f you qualify Module I. The following table shows tentative cut offs, but the actual cut-offs may vary anytime as decided by SSC.

UR - 120
OBC - 100
SC - 100
ST - 100
Ex.S - 100
OH - 100
HH - 100
VH - 100

Common Doubts – CPT FOR SSC CGL EXAM

What is a key/depression?

Any press of a keyboard button is counted as a key or depression with few below mentioned exceptions.

Key/depression:

All alphabets - capital and small (A,B,C...,a,b,c...)

All numbers (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0)

All symbols (!@#$%^&*(){}[]:;',<,...)

Space bar

Not considered as key/depression:

Shift, backspace, delete, etc. which do not print anything on screen are not considered as key/depression.


What if I do more than one type of mistake in the same word?

If you do one half-mistake, it will be treated as half mistake. But more than one half-mistake in the same word will be penalized as only one full mistake and not more than that. In a word, how many ever mistakes you do, it will be treated as only one mistake at maximum.


What software is used to conduct Module I?

The software used in the exam is designed by SSC itself and it will not be available anywhere. You will have to take the test in the computer provided by them in their software. But the software will be similar to typing in MS Word/Notepad.


Will the mistakes be highlighted while typing?

No, the mistakes will not be highlighted in the actual exam.


Is backspace allowed? Can I correct the mistakes?

Yes, you can use backspace or delete any number of times you want and SSC will not penalize you for that. But be cautious about the time. You can correct your mistakes as long as you can complete the entire test in time.


Can I be penalized for other mistakes which are not in the list provided before?

No, SSC penalizes for only for the type of mistakes mentioned before. Mistakes which are not mentioned in the instructions by SSC will not be penalized.


What if I finish the exam early?

The paragraph provided to you is given in such a way that if you have typed the entire paragraph in the given time, you will qualify the skill test (you should possess the minimum typing speed).  So, if you finish the test early, you should use that time to check for any mistakes in your paragraph and correct them. Remember that if you make many mistakes, you will be disqualified. You should not re-type the passage if you have completed the passage provided by them. It will lead to negative marking.


What software is used to conduct Module II & III?

The software used in the exam is Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Point. But the version can vary according to centre - It could be MS Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 - But do not worry, the interface of all the three softwares are similar


I forgot to apply borders in Excel test. Will I still be qualified?

You will lose marks if you don't apply borders. But you will be disqualified only if you don't get the minimum cut-off marks


Should I qualify in all 3 modules?

First you need to qualify in Module I for Modules II & III to be evaluated. Then you need to clear cut-off mentioned by SSC for Module II + Module III. So, if you do not qualify in Module I or Module II + III, you will not be considered as qualified.


Will the marks be used for final merit evaluation?

No, this is a qualifying only exam. So, marks in CPT will not be considered for final merit list


What if I do not qualify in CPT?

Even if you worked hard in Tier I, II & III and does not qualified in CPT - You will not be considered for the posts that requires CPT & DEST (You will be considered for only AAO and Statistical Invigilator posts)


What if I do not qualify in Module I?

If you do not qualify in Module I, then your Module II and Module III will not be evaluated and hence you will be disqualified in CPT and DEST as well


I was called only for CPT and not for DEST. So, am I not eligible for posts that require DEST?

The candidates called for CPT will not be called for DEST separately and Module-I of CPT will be taken for evaluating their performance against DEST. So, you will be considered for posts that require DEST provided that you qualify in Module-I of CPT.


If I don't attend CPT, will my candidature be canceled?

Remember that CPT module I is also considered for posts that require DEST. So, if you do not attend CPT, then you will not be considered for any posts other than AAO and Junior Statistical Officer


Can I change my post preference?

Yes, you can change your post preference again during the document verification stage.


What type of keyboard will be given during the test?

The keyboard is center specific. But it is always better to practice on standard keyboards. You can get the list of recommended keyboards in the next page


My printer setup wasn't done properly. What should I do?

This is a very common problem among many candidates. Hence, you should learn printer settings and take care in exam to set the printer (especially margins and paper size) and give a print. Remember that you will lose marks if the paper is not printed properly


What type of Functions is required for the Excel test? Will questions involve drawing charts also?

Yes, you might be asked basic charts in Excel Test. You can refer to Lecture 6 of our CPT Lecture Series to get the exact list of tools & Functions required and also a demo lecture explaining them in detail


What type of tools is required for the PowerPoint exam?

You are required to know all the tools that are required to make slides. You can refer to Lecture 7 of our CPT Lecture Series to get the exact list of tools required and also a demo lecture explaining them in detail


How should I master typing, excel & PowerPoint?

For typing:  Remember that you need to just qualify the tests. So, you will have to gain a decent typing speed to qualify the test. Although it's not difficult to learn typing, it cannot be learnt overnight.

For Excel and PowerPoint: We have given a detailed description on how to learn and practice Excel and PowerPoint (also typing) in the next few lectures. By following them, we may not guarantee that you will master these softwares but we can guarantee that you can succeed in this test. After all, that is the reason we are here!!!

 

BEST STRATEGY TO CRACK WORD PROCESSING TEST (MODULE I) – CPT FOR SSC CGL EXAM

"A professional typist can type around 80 wpm - SSC CGL requires only 27 wpm".

So, you need not master typing, but just learning to type decently is enough to crack this test.

LEARNING TYPING:

There are many softwares /websites which offer online/offline coaching for typing. However, we recommend the following websites/softwares to learn typing effectively and easily.

India Typing (www.indiatyping.com

 

 

 

 

 

Typing Master 10 (www.typingmaster.com)


 

 


 KEYBOARD

"The most important tool for your typing test preparation"

You need a good quality keyboard to practice and it should be similar to what they provide you in exam. So, buy and practice with only standard keyboards of good quality. Based on our research, following keyboards are currently the best in market which meets our needs:

1) DELL KB216 Wired Multimedia USB Keyboard - http://amzn.to/2jARhWR
2) HP K1500 Keyboard - http://amzn.to/2jC8b7i
3) Dell KB212 Keyboard - http://amzn.to/2jOLtX6
4) Logitech K120 Keyboard - http://amzn.to/2jODiKy

You can buy them in stores or online or from a store nearby.


HOW TO PRACTICE TYPING?

Real Exam Level:  Good practice sets of exam type and level

Real Exam Atmosphere:

  • Use WordPad for typing (Do not use MS word due to its auto correcting and mistake highlighting features)
  • Use timer to set a time limit and stick to the time limit
  • For better practice, take a print-out of practice sets and type on computer just as you will do in real exam.
  • Use a standard keyboard only as discussed previously.
  • After completion of the test, try to find the mistakes on your own– This exercise will make you identify your mistakes faster even in exam while checking in the last few minutes (You may copy paste the typed paragraph in MS word and take its help in finding out errors)
  • Remaining Errors, you will have to find out by looking into the practice set and matching it word-by-word carefully it. (This exercise will help you spotting errors quickly).

TIPS TO REMEMBER WHILE TAKING PRACTICE TESTS ON TYPING:
  1. Always count even half mistakes as full mistakes & try to keep the % error at least 2 points below the cut-off
  2. Keep a timer and stick to the time limit
  3. If you finish the test early, use the time to find and correct the errors - It applies in real exam as well!!
  4. Not just speed - Accuracy is equally important! 

FEW OTHER TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEED AND ACCURACY:
  1. Try not to look at keyboard much - This will save a lot of time. (You need to practice a lot to type without looking at keyboard)
  2. While chatting with friends, try to chat in full length words and statements rather than in shortcuts. (Instead of "How r u" type, "How are you?")

"Typing is easy. Anyone can learn it. But it doesn't mean that you can learn it overnight!!"

 

BEST STRATEGY TO CRACK EXCEL & POWERPOINT TEST (MODULE II & III) – CPT FOR SSC CGL EXAM

LEARNING EXCEL & POWERPOINT:

There are various websites and YouTube videos which provide good basics of MS Excel. Following is one of the YouTube channels which we found to have explained the basics in a simple manner. It covers all the basics in nearly 3 hours

 

 

(https://www.youtube.com/user/excelmadeasy)


HOW TO PRACTICE EXCEL & POWER POINTS?

Real Exam Level:  Good practice sets of exam type and level

Real Exam Atmosphere:

  1. Use MS Office 2007 or 2010 or 2013
  2. Always set a timer for 15 minutes and stick to it.
  3. Practice a lot by taking number of mock tests. Unlike typing, excel and power points are difficult to evaluate yourself.

TIPS TO REMEMBER WHILE TAKING PRACTICE TESTS AND REAL MOCKS:
  1. Always try to read every instruction in detail - Don't miss out on small aspects like fonts, etc.
  2. Keep a timer and stick to the time limit
  3. If you finish the test early, use the time to read the instructions again & correct the mistakes - It applies in real exam as well!!
  4. Do not forget to set Print settings before taking a Print!! - VERY IMPORTAN
  5. Write Name and Roll No. on every place wherever the instructors/instructions specify. Many people get disqualified due to this silly error.

FEW OTHER TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEED AND ACCURACY:

There is no individual cut-off for Module II and Module III - But do not concentrate on doing only one module perfectly. Perform well in both the modules

"15 minutes is a lot of time!! - Use it wisely in reading instructions multiple times and following them in detail"

 

 

BASICS OF EXCEL & POWERPOINT – CPT FOR SSC CGL EXAM

Below is the list of Basic Terms, tools and Functions in MS Excel which are just required for the exam. You can watch the lecture on our YouTube channel for detailed revision and a demo.

BASIC TERMS AND TOOLS IN MS EXCEL

Cell

Columns and Rows

Height and Width of Cell

Workbook

Font, Font Size, Font Colour

Underline, Bold & Italics

Merge and Wrap

Background Colour

Align

Sorting

Borders


BASIC FUNCTIONS IN MS EXCEL:

Basic Functions

Addition & Subtraction

Multiplication & Division

Exponents

Percentage

Sum

Average

Absolute Value

Minimum and Maximum

IF Condition

Writing complex Formulae

Basic Graphs and Charts

Pie charts & Bar Graphs


BASICS OF PRINTING IN MS EXCEL:

Basics of Printing

Checking settings

Print Preview

Giving Print

Landscape/Portrait

Page Size

Setting Margins


BASIC TERMS AND TOOLS IN MS POWERPOINT:

Slide

Font, Font Size, Font Colour, Allign

Underline, Bold & Italics

Bullets and Numbering, Sub-points

Layout - Heading and Sub-heading

Background

Text Box and Shapes

Drawing, Resizing

Border Line colour, weight and type

Fill Colour

Header and Footer


BASICS OF PRINTING IN MS POWERPOINT:

Basics of Printing

Print Preview

Giving Print

 

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