Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the official notification for the Combined Graduate Level Exam 2022 (SSC CGL 2022) on 17th September 2022 with a new exam pattern. Previously General Awareness had a total weightage of 50 Marks and that too only in Tier – 1. With the new pattern, alongwith Tier – 1, General Awareness is now part of Tier-2 as well with 75 marks. It is high time to start preparing for the exam because then you will have ample time to learn, prepare and then revise. In this blog, we will tell you how to go about the SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation. Before moving on to the SSC CGL General Awareness preparations let’s have a look at the SSC CGL Exam Pattern.
Table of Contents
- SSC CGL General Awareness 2022 – 23 : Weightage
- SSC CGL General Awareness Preparation
- Recommended Readings
SSC CGL General Awareness 2022 – 23 : Weightage
Weightage of SSC CGL General Awareness in Tier – 1 and 2 is as follows :
Weightage of General Awareness in Tier – 1
|S.No||Name of Test||No.of Questions||Max Marks|
|1||General Awareness||25||50||Weightage – 25 %|
|2||Total including other sections||100||200||Duration – 60 mins|
Negative marking: 0.50 mark (25%) for every wrong answer.
Weightage of General Awareness in Tier – 2
|S.No||Name of Test||No.of Questions||Max Marks|||
|1||General Awareness||25||75||Weightage – 19 %|
|2||Section 2 of Paper 1 ( GA + English)||70||210|
|3||Total||130 (+20 Qualifying)||390 (+ 60 Qualifying)||Duration – 60 mins|
Negative marking: 1 mark (33%) for every wrong answer
As you can see, GA has an additional weightage of 19% in Tier – 2 apart from Tier – 1 even though Tier – 1 is now qualifying in nature. You still need to clear Tier – 1 cut off to be able to attempt Tier – 2 exam.
The negative marking is 33% in Tier – 2 as against 25% in Tier – 1.
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.
Now that aware of the syllabus next step would be to,
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.
To begin your actual preparation, first get
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 :
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Miscellaneous – Lucent GK book or Arihant GK book or any other GK book that you consider appropriate can be referred to for this section.
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
Read more: SSC Notes
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.
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Oliveboard Bolt series E-books:
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- Bolt – Monthly Current Affairs PDF
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- Economy Bolt – Free E-book for Economy
General Awareness carries 50 marks in SSC CGL Tier – 1
General Awareness carries 70 marks in SSC CGL Tier – 2
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
Check the important books mentioned in the blog above
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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