[Study Plan] FCI (SSC) Grade III Exam: Strategy, Tips, Approach and Studymaterial

SSC FCI Exam cutoff Breakup Topicwise

[Study Plan] FCI (SSC) Grade III Exam: Strategy, Tips, Approach and Studymaterial

  1. General Awareness
    1. Science
      1. Essential Reading List for Science (SSC)
      2. Why NCERT and NOS material?
      3. What to avoid in Science?
    2. Geography
      1. Essential booklist for Geography
      2. How to approach Geography?
    3. Polity
    4. Economy
    5. History
    6. Culture
    7. Yearbook
    8. Sports
    9. Person in news
    10. Current Affairs
    11. Computer
    12. Miscellaneous GK
  2. General Intelligence (Logical Reasoning)
    1. Approaching Verbal Reasoning
    2. Approaching Non-verbal reasoning
  3. Quantitative Aptitude / Maths
    1. How to approach Trigonometry
    2. How to approach Algebra
    3. How to approach Geometry?
    4. Remaining topics of Maths
  4. English
  5. Practicing at home
  6. Download links for NCERT/NOS Material (Free)
    1. NCERT: Science, Geography, History etc.
    2. NCERT: Trigonometry, Algebra, Geometry
    3. NOS: Economy, Polity etc.
  7. Priority Areas: GA,Reasoning,Maths & English
  8. Books
    1. Manorama Yearbook versus GK 2013
    2. RS Agarwal vs Sarvesh Kumar
  9. FCI: Posting, Promotion and Cutoffs
    1. Posting in FCI
    2. Promotion Hierarchy in FCI
    3. Cut Offs FCI

This analysis/strategy/approach is based on previous papers of FCI, given in SSC papersets by Kiran Prakashan

  1. FCI Grade III (Norther Zone)
  2. FCI Grade III (Eastern Zone)
  3. FCI Grade II

^all of them were held in Jan-Feb 2012 period.

FCI’s Paper 1 (objective) paper contains following sections:

Topic Qs
General Awareness 50
General Intelligence (Verbal/Logical reasoning) 50
Maths (Quantitative Aptitude) 50
English 50

Sectional Cutoffs: No

Negative Marking: Yes.

General Awareness

Topicwise Breakup

SSC FCI Exam cutoff Breakup Topicwise

^Breakup can be debatable, because in many topics science overlaps with geography, culture overlaps with history and geography.

But the good part is, majority of the questions are from static-fact based GK/GS only.


Essential Reading List for Science (SSC)

  • Start with NCERT Class 7 to 10 Science Text books.
  • NOS Study Material on Science.
  • Both of them are free, I’ve given the download links at the bottom of this article.
  • Science chapter in Lucent GK

Why NCERT and NOS material?

  • Because their language is lucid, lots of colorful photos and fonts = easier to read and memorize compared to dull readymade books on Science GK.
  • Same reason for History and Geography PDFs of NCERT.
  • But one time reading will not help you. You should revise these PDFs minimum 3 times.

What to avoid in Science?

  • There is no need to go in deep and trivial, for example Atomic weight of xyz Element is 25. = avoid.
  • Mathematical Formula for finding acceleration of pendulum is xyz = avoid.
  • Telescope was invented in XYZ year = avoid. (Name of inventor is important, but invention year is not important).
  • I advise you to avoid ^them, because there can be no end to trivial information and mind has very limited memory capacity. Ofcourse there may be a few questions on trivial info. But it is not worth the cost:benefit ratio.
  • So, all the basic facts and concepts regarding plants and animals, chemicals and matters etc = extremely important.
  • One time reading of books, will not suffice. Minimum three times revision is necessary.
  • No need to devote lot of time to Science-tech related current affairs. Most of the questions are from ‘static-theory’ portion only.


Essential booklist for Geography

  1. NCERT class 7 to 10 Social Science
  2. NCERT class 11,12 Geography.
  3. NOS Study Material on Geography

All of them can be downloaded for free. The download links are given at the bottom of this article.

How to approach Geography?

I would classify Geography topic in following segments

  1. Physical Geography: Basic information on earth, earthquakes, tsunami, volcano, climate, monsoon etc.
  2. World Geography
  3. Indian Geography: Location based.

Physical geography = no excuse, must be done, priority area. Because the facts and concepts are very limited in number. (Compared to location based Indian geography).

Read and revise it multiple times from NCERT + NOS.

For World Geography (example where is xyz place located or xyz temple, mountain, river is located in which country?). Hardly a 1 or 2 question but the amount of data to mugup is huge. So cost-benefit ratio is not good. Do read the NCERTs but no need to go beyond that (e.g. avoid Manorama yearbook)

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