[Study Plan] FCI (SSC) Grade III Exam: Strategy, Tips, Approach and StudymaterialDevendra Vishwakarma
- General Awareness
- Essential Reading List for Science (SSC)
- Why NCERT and NOS material?
- What to avoid in Science?
- Essential booklist for Geography
- How to approach Geography?
- Person in news
- Current Affairs
- Miscellaneous GK
- General Intelligence (Logical Reasoning)
- Approaching Verbal Reasoning
- Approaching Non-verbal reasoning
- Quantitative Aptitude / Maths
- How to approach Trigonometry
- How to approach Algebra
- How to approach Geometry?
- Remaining topics of Maths
- Practicing at home
- Download links for NCERT/NOS Material (Free)
- NCERT: Science, Geography, History etc.
- NCERT: Trigonometry, Algebra, Geometry
- NOS: Economy, Polity etc.
- Priority Areas: GA,Reasoning,Maths & English
- Manorama Yearbook versus GK 2013
- RS Agarwal vs Sarvesh Kumar
- FCI: Posting, Promotion and Cutoffs
- Posting in FCI
- Promotion Hierarchy in FCI
- Cut Offs FCI
This analysis/strategy/approach is based on previous papers of FCI, given in SSC papersets by Kiran Prakashan
- FCI Grade III (Norther Zone)
- FCI Grade III (Eastern Zone)
- FCI Grade II
^all of them were held in Jan-Feb 2012 period.
FCI’s Paper 1 (objective) paper contains following sections:
|General Intelligence (Verbal/Logical reasoning)||50|
|Maths (Quantitative Aptitude)||50|
Sectional Cutoffs: No
Negative Marking: Yes.
^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
- NCERT class 7 to 10 Social Science
- NCERT class 11,12 Geography.
- 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
- Physical Geography: Basic information on earth, earthquakes, tsunami, volcano, climate, monsoon etc.
- World Geography
- 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)