Best Tips to Score 40+marks in SSC CHSL General Awareness

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SSC CHSL General Awareness

The Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC CHSl Tier 1 Exam Date which is scheduled to be held from 1st to 12th July 2024. Candidates preparing for the SSC CHSL 2024 Exam should focus on the General Awareness Section, as it is a high-scoring section. In this blog, we will discuss a sure-shot strategy to score marks in the SSC CHSL General Awareness or GK section, as this section can fetch you high marks in very less time (5-7 minutes).

Before moving on to the best tips and strategies let’s check out the SSC CHSL GA trend and exam pattern first.

SSC CHSL 2024 General Awareness Question Trends

SSC CHSL 2024 general awareness questions are mostly focused on art and culture, various dance forms, musical instruments, music gharanas, awards and honors, books and authors ( especially autobiographies), and questions from the periodic table, invention and discoveries, rivers and tributaries, dams, river basins, current affairs of last 6-12 months, etc. Candidates are advised to brush up on their daily current affairs and other important topics mentioned above for scoring more marks in SSC CHSL 2024.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

The exam consists of two stages i.e. Computer Based Examination (Tier-I & Tier-II). The candidate appearing for SSC CHSL requires a minimum educational qualification of 10+2 Pass to appear for this exam.

SSC CHSL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

Candidates will be given a total of 60 minutes whereas candidates eligible for scribe will be given a total of 80 minutes.

Section nameTotal QuestionsTotal Marks
General Awareness2550
English Language(Basic Knowledge)25 50
General Intelligence and Reasoning25 50
Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)25 50
Total100 questions200 marks

SSC CHSL Tier-II Exam Pattern

The Tier 2 exam pattern is as follows:

of Questions
Maximum MarksTime allowed
(2 hours
& 15 minutes)
Module-I:   Mathematical Abilities
Module-II:      Reasoning and General Intelligence.
Total = 60
= 180
1 hour (for each section) (1 hour & 20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe)
Module-I:            English Language & Comprehension
Module-II:          General Awareness
Total = 60
= 180
Module-I:        Computer Knowledge Module
= 45
15 Minutes (20   minutes for the      candidates eligible      for scribe)
Module-II: Skill Test/ Typing Test Module
Part A: Skill Test for DEOs.15 Minutes (20 minutes for the   candidates eligible  for scribe)
   Part B: Typing Test for LDC/ JSA.10 Minutes (15 minutes for the      candidates eligible       for scribe)

In this article, we will discuss the strategy to score more marks in General Awareness. This part is like to make it or break it. If you master this part, you can end up scoring very well in the overall examination.

What to study in the SSC CHSL GK Section?

Questions in the SSC CHSL GK section are mostly designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.

  • Current events with a focus on general everyday awareness
  • Static information/ facts pertaining to India and its neighboring countries
  • History, Culture, Geography, Economics
  • Art and Culture, dance forms of India, music gharanas, musicians, dancers, musical instruments
  • Computer Basics & General Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
  • Awards and Honours, Books and Authors, Sports related news
  • Static GK ( rivers, dams, forests, national parks, organizations of national importance, etc)

Let’s see how to go about these above-mentioned points in detail in order to score more marks in the SSC CHSL General Awareness section.

Current events with a focus on everyday General Awareness

  • Religiously reading newspapers like the Hindu/ Indian Express and making note of news items related to national and international importance that have some application to society.
  • Making note of current events related to everyday observation is the basic knowledge that may be expected of an educated person.
  • The Oliveboard website and app also have a section to help you in this course with Daily News and Quiz. It will help you to grab all the current events relevant from the exam point of view.
  • For monthly current affairs, OliveBoard’s BOLT is your one-stop destination. It provides all the monthly news in a very crisp manner. Extra information is also given so as to make that concept clear in your mind.

Static information/facts pertaining to India and its neighboring countries

  • In order to master this section along with current events, the candidate should focus on all the factual things like the National Game, National Emblem, National animals, etc. of our neighboring countries.
  • In the exam, they can ask some static facts related to our Neighbouring countries.
  • For Example: If India had some tie-up with Bangladesh, they could ask some facts/superlatives related to Bangladesh as well.

History, Culture, Geography, Economics, Polity

  • For History, candidates can refer to the textbooks of NCERT from class 6-12 as it contains important historical details like medieval history, kingdoms, kings and wars, modern history, the British Empire and the fight for independence, etc
  • For Geography also candidates can refer to NCERT books and other study materials which will have information on rivers and tributaries, dams, basins, mountains, plateaus, etc
  • Economics needs to refer to different economic policies, the current rate of inflation, GDP, etc
  • For Polity, the important topics will be the Indian Constitution, amendments and articles, powers of the president and prime minister, Chief Ministers and governers list, etc
  • Oliveboard also provides you with SSC GK lessons for SSC CHSL GK and other SSC Exams which can help you in scoring more marks in the General Awareness section.

Scientific Research (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)

  • The topics of General Science for SSC CHSL GK can be mostly mastered by practicing previous year’s SSC GK papers, as the questions are most often repetitive in this portion.
  • Some topics like Concepts, the periodic table, SI units, definitions, inventions and discoveries, scientific names, vitamins, chemistry in everyday life, the Human body, Bacterial and Viral Diseases, Plant systems, Plant hormones, Nutrition in Animals and Plants
  • Oliveboard’s science lessons are also a good source for that.

Static Facts in accordance with current events

  • This is something new type that has been introduced in the SSC CHSL GK section.
  • If something was in the news recently, For Example, Rohit Sharma made India Test Captain.

What can be asked in SSC CHSL GK?

Some sample questions that will give an idea about what can be asked in the GK section are as follows:

  • Mariyappan Thangavelu is related to which sports?
  • Prize Money of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
  • Who won the Padmashree in 2023-2024?
  • Who was conferred with the First Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award?
  • How many individuals will be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, in 2023-2024?
  • It also tests knowledge of Static GK like national parks, the World’s highest, fastest, biggest, slowest, etc., currencies and capitals, sports awards and terminology, and Awards (National and International).

So, In order to score 40+ in the SSC CHSL GK section, one should follow the above-mentioned tips. The same can be helpful for all the other exams conducted by SSC, i.e.

  • CGL (Combined Graduate Level)
  • MTS (Multi-Tasking Staff)
  • Stenographer (Grade C and Grade D)
  • SI in Delhi Police, CAPF, and ASI in CISF
  • Constable (GD) Examination
  • CPO (Central Police Organization)

In GK, practice is the key, the more you practice questions after following the above concepts, you can easily attempt 20+ questions. When it comes to practice, previous year’s questions can be a go-to thing.

That brings us to the end of the article. Follow the tips diligently and ace the exam. All the best for your exam. For more updates, stay connected to Oliveboard.


Which month’s current affairs should be covered for SSC CHSL General Awareness?

To score more marks in SSC CHSL GA Section, covering the last 6 -12 months of current affairs is recommended. The very important topics like some major schemes, awards, books and authors, and appointments for full-year (6-12 months) should be covered.

What & How to practice?

Attempting more and more quizzes as per the SSC Syllabus, previous year SSC Questions, and NCERT questions. Try answering questions without options, this will test your knowledge. Multiple revision is also crucial.

What is the go-to book & sources for General awareness?

For Static facts, Lucent’s General Knowledge can be useful. For practicing questions book by Kiran Publication is comprehensive. For covering current affairs OliveBoard’s BOLT can be of great use.

How to cover the Science portion under the General Awareness section?

Making your own notes from NCERTs is very helpful. Note down the important points, and facts while reading some articles from NCERT. Every year around 5-7 questions are asked about this topic.

What should be the priority order for the preparation of the GK section for SSC CHSL?

Art and Culture> Books and Authors> Current Affairs > Science> Geography> Polity> History> Economy> Miscellaneous (Static facts)


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