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General Awareness for SSC CGL Exam

General Awareness for SSC CGL Exam General Awareness is a crucial section of the SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level) exam, which requires candidates to have a broad understanding of various subjects like History, Geography, Science, Polity, Current Affairs, and others. It is designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of current events and their ability to analyze and comprehend information from diverse sources.

A well-prepared candidate can score well in this section, which can significantly improve their chances of success in the SSC CGL exam. Therefore, it is essential to have a solid plan for General Awareness preparation that includes a comprehensive study of various subjects and regular practice to enhance their understanding and retention of the topics. This article will provide some useful tips and strategies for effective SSC CGL General Awareness preparation.

Prepare for General Awareness for SSC CGL Exam – Topic-Wise

It is essential to be familiar with the comprehensive SSC CGL Syllabus before reading the advice. You can set boundaries for your studies by using the syllabus. Please describe your section-by-section planning approach.

SSC CGL Science

General science consists of three topics-

  •  Physics
  •  Chemistry
  •  Biology

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GravityUses, Common Names, and Composition of Various ChemicalsParts of Plant & their Functions
MotionAlloysParts of Human Body & their Functions
WorkDefinition Based Questions (Heat, Oxidation, Reduction, etc.)Basics of Animal Kingdom.
PressureSI unitsDiseases, Prevention & Cure
Units of MeasurementChemical Change & Physical ChangeNutrients & Deficiency Diseases
SoundChemistry in Everyday lifeBlood circulation 
HeatHydrocarbonsHuman Brain
ElectricityMole ConceptDigestive System
MagnetismBasic Concept of ChemistryRespiration

SSC CGL History

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Modern History

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Ancient HistoryMedieval HistoryModern History
Indus Valley CivilizationEstablishment & Expansion of the Delhi SultanateEuropean Penetration & British Conquest of India
Buddhism & JainismReligious Movements in the Fifteenth & Sixteenth CenturiesMajor Battles
The MauryansMughal DynastySocial & Cultural Awakening in India
Post-Mauryan KingdomsLater MughalsThe Great Revolt of 1857
The Gupta PeriodThe Maratha StateIndian National Congress
Nationalist Movement, 1905-1918: Growth of Militant Nationalism
Struggle for Swaraj – I, 1919 – 1927
Struggle for Swaraj – II, 1927-1947
Governors-General of India
The Indian Princely States

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SSC CGL Geography

The important topics under geography are mentioned in the table below-

Movement Of EarthWindsSoils In India
Interior Of EarthOcean & Ocean CurrentsAgriculture In India
Latitudes & LongitudesVolcanoes & EarthquakesTransportation In India
Solar SystemHabitatsMineral Resources In India
AtmospherePhysical Features Of IndiaForests In India
All you need to know about the States of IndiaRivers In IndiaWorld Geo. Facts I.E. Continents in the World.

SSC CGL Political Science

The important topics under political science involve the following topics below and also candidates can check the SSC CGL Eligibility on the linked article here.

Framing Of The ConstitutionPresidentGovernor
Sources Of Indian ConstitutionVice PresidentVidhan Sabha
Schedules & Articles Of Indian ConstitutionAttorney General Of IndiaVidhan Parishad
Chief MinstersComptroller Auditor GeneralPanchayats
CitizenshipLok SabhaParliamentary Funds
Article 370Rajya SabhaSupreme Court
Emergency In IndiaBillsHigh Court
CommissionsPrime Minister & Cabinet MinistersWrits

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SSC CGL Computer & Mobile Technology

  1. Development of Computers
  2. Input & Output Devices
  3. Memory
  4. Abbreviations

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  1. Latest Population Census
  2. Union Budget, Demonetization, and Economic Survey
  3. Important Books & Authors
  4. Oscar Winners
  5. First in Sports for India and World like First Olympics, First Asian Games, etc.
  6. Famous Sea Ports, Airports, and their locations
  7. State Animals and Symbols
  8. Important Institutions of India and the World & their locations (like BRICS, World Bank, IMF and RBI etc.)
  9. Indian Art & Culture, Awards & their Significance
  10. Nobel Laureates & their Fields 

SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation

First step in starting your preparation for General Awareness is to :

Know the complete syllabus

Questions in this section will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Some topics include current events , History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research. In current events, you can expect questions on Sports, Books and Authors, Important Schemes etc.

Go through Previous Year Questions

Previous Year questions will help you understand the level of difficulty of questions and the type of questions. Yes, Reasoning, General awareness and Computer module are newly added in Tier-2, you can go through Tier-1 papers to know the type of questions and practice questions at a level higher than them for Tier-2 or to clear all your confusion here is a Tier – 2 Mock Test in the new pattern launched on Oliveboard : Attempt a FREE NEW PATTERN MOCK TEST.

Quality Study Material

There are ample amount of books and study material available in the market in the form of hard copy as well as soft copies. Excessive amount of study material can overwhelm you. So make sure to pick quality study material and stick to that throughout your preparation. Jumping from one source to other will be of no use. Some important books are provided below :

  1. Economy – You can completely trust a book by the name “India Economy” by Sanjiv Verma. It is a very comprehensive and concise book that will explain you the concepts of Economy in a very basic language that is very easy to understand. If not this you can go Economy NCERT for Class 11th and 12th. 
  2. Geography – You can pick General Knowledge books like Lucent or Arihant Publications and read the Geography section from it. For extensive preparations for the Geography section you can refer Social Sciences NCERT books from class 7th to 10th and Geography NCERT for classes 11th and 12th.This should suffice.
  3. History – You can refer NCERT Books for Classes 6th to 12th. It will help you with all the relevant information that is needed for the Exam. You can also refer Lucent’s or Arihant’s Book. 
  4. Polity – One of the best books is M. Laxmikant. The book is a one stop solution to all your Polity related topics. Other than this you can also refer NIOS Material for polity and Lucent or Arihant books for revision sake.
  5. Science – For General Science, you can again refer Science NCERTs. You can also take help from SSC General Science book by McGraw Hill Education Publication.
  6. Miscellaneous – Lucent GK book or Arihant GK book or any other GK book that you consider appropriate can be referred to for this section.

Read Newspapers

Reading newspaper can help you in improving your vocabulary By reading newspaper daily, you can cover two sections simultaneously i.e. English and General Awareness. The questions asked in the SSC CGL Current Affairs mainly revolve around the issues mentioned in the newspaper. You can refer to some of the best newspaper available in the market like The Indian Express and The Hindu.

Attempt Mock Tests/Sectional Tests

Solving Mock Tests/Sectional Tests can help you improve speed and accuracy which is extremely necessary in a comptitive exam like SSC CGL. Evan in the case of General Awareness section, you will be able to retain the facts easily, if you keep attempting sectional tests on daily basis.

Make short notes

With so many subjects and a lengthy syllabus in each subject, it gets really difficult to recollect information when necessary. To avoid this, make short and crisp notes especially on topics that you find difficult. It will help you revise easily before the actual exam.

Monthly Current Affairs Magazine

General Awareness is one such section which needs daily reading. You can’t memorize everything in the last minute as exam approaches. In order to ace this section, you have to read regularly and update yourself regularly. For this you can refer to Oliveboard’s Monthly magazine BOLT. In BOLT, you can get all monthly news. Click here to download Monthly BOLT.

You can also check out, Oliveboard’s important current affairs videos on youtube.

Make Study Plan

Doing things without a proper plan will make you waste your time without you realizing this. Planning is the first step of doing anything properly. You can make daily/weekly/monthly plan according to your schedule. Check Oliveboard’s Study Plan and cutomise it based on your preparation

This was all from us in this blog of SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation. We hope that you like the content provided in this blog for SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation. After you are done with the learning part of preparations, don’t forget to take SSC CGL Mock Tests for your practice. Take a free mock test by clicking the link below and check the level of your preparation.

Books to Prepare for SSC CGL General Awareness

Check out the books to prepare for the SSC CGL General Awareness section in the table mentioned below.

Book namePublisher
GK BlastOliveboard
Environment And Ecology – A Complete Guide – by R. RajagopalanLexis Nexis
Indian Economy PaperbackMcGraw Hill Education; Ninth edition
Indian Polity (Latest Edition)McGraw Hill Education; Fifth edition


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SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation – Frequently Asked Questions

General Awareness carries how many marks in SSC CGL Tier – 1?

General Awareness carries 50 marks in SSC CGL Tier – 1

How many marks for General Awareness in SSC CGL Tier – 2 ?

General Awareness carries 70 marks in SSC CGL Tier – 2

What is the SSC CGL General Awareness syllabus ?

Syllabus includes current events , History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research. In current events, you can expect questions on Sports, Books and Authors, Important Schemes

What books to refer for SSC CGL General Awareness?

Check the important books mentioned in the blog above

Can I prepare for SSC CGL General Awareness in 1 month?

General Awareness preparation needs to be done everyday. Memorizing all facts is not possible at the last minute. Check Oliveboard’s Free Ebooks and Monthly Magazines.

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