[Studyplan] SSC CGL General Awareness Tier-1: Booklist, approach, free study material for Combined Graduate Level examDevendra Vishwakarma
- SSC CGL General Awareness (Tier I)
- Topicwise Analysis: 2010, 11, 12
- Indian Polity
- Indian History + Culture
- CRAP (Misc.GK, Sports, PIN etc.)
- Final Touch to preparation
- Summary: Plan for SSC-CGL (GK)
- Free Download material for SSC General Awareness
- NCERTs (English) Free download
- NIOS Download links
- Blank Answersheets
- SSC CGL Tier 1 Cutoffs (2011, 2012)
- SSC CGL Tier-2 Cutoffs (2011, 2012)
Notification for SSC-Combined Graduate Level exam was released on 19th Jan 2013. Click ME to read it
SSC-CGL exam is made up of three stages: Tier 1, 2 and 3.
Tier I (prelims)
- Time-2 hours. No. of question =200
- Negative marking: 0.25 marks
Tier II (mains)
Those who qualify in the Tier-I, have to appear for Tier-II. But unlike the UPSC mains, the SSC tier-II doesn’t have descriptive paper. You just have to face Multichoie Questions (MCQ).
|Paper I (Maths)||200 marks||2 hrs||– 0.50|
|Paper II (English)||200 marks||2 hrs||– 0.25|
- These two papers are compulsory for all candidates.
- But If you’re applying for Statistical Investigator Grade-II, then you’ve to appear for one more paper, that is Paper III for Statistics, worth 200 marks.
Tier III (interview/CPT)
Those who qualify in Tier II (Mains), are called up for third stage (Tier III)
- For some posts you’ve to appear for Interview worth 100 marks.
- For some posts, you’ve to give computer proficiency test or Skill Test.
- For example, Candidate for Tax Assistant job, will have to give test for data entry speed.
What’s the reform/change?
candidates qualifying in Tier-II of the Examination, will be subjected to a short descriptive paper of not more than one hour’s duration, with questions drawn from
- English Language and Comprehension
- Quantitative Abilities
- General Awareness
- Please note: The main objective of above “Descriptive-Paper” reform is to prevent cheaters and dummy candidates.
- So there is no need “fear” the descriptive paper. If you’ve the guts and brains to clear Tier II (Mains), then you can handle this descriptive paper without much trouble.
- And SSC chairman says if possible, they’ll conduct this descriptive paper via computer.
Anyways, let’s start. The studyplan is divided into four articles.
|General Awareness Tier I||Explained here in this article.|
|Maths / Quantitative Aptitude for Tier I and II||Click me|
|Reasoning / General Intelligence for Tier I||Click me|
|English Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension for Tier I and II||Click me|
|Job profiles of various posts offered under SSC-CGL||Click me|
Tier I (Prelims)
- Here you’ve to face Multichoice questions on General Awareness, English, Maths and Reasoning. (50 questions each).
- This article only deals with how approach General Awareness.
- How to approach Maths, Reasoning and English= will be explained later, in separate articles.
General Awareness (Tier I)
First of all, throw away Manorama Yearbook from your study-desk. That book doesn’t have much use for competitive exams.
Topicwise Analysis: 2010, 11, 12
|Crap||Misc.GK, Sports, PIN, Books, Current Affairs||3||3||6|
|Yearbook (institutes, schemes, dates etc.)||0||2||4|
- I’ve divided the General awareness portion of SSC-CGL exam, into
“S+S+C”= Static + Science + Crap.
(^in decreasing order of priority and importance.)
- In the SSC exams, new players tend to pay too much attention to the ‘crap’ part. They keep buying books and magazines all the time as if there is nothing else to prepare except current-affairs.
- But you must keep in mind that the Cost-benefit ratio is not really great for crap questions = “no. of data entries to be mugged up vs probability of getting a question vs probability of recalling the correct answer in actual exam.”
- I’m not saying ignore current affairs, all I’m saying is, “don’t invest too much time and energy in them”.
- On the other hand, If you look at “bigger picture”, almost 80% of General awareness questions come from Static + Science portion alone. Hence they should form the priority.
- The “Action-Plan” of SSC General awareness, rests on three pillars
||Static + Science.|
||Filling up any missing details in Static + Science Part|
||For crap current affairs.|
- If you’re simultaneously preparing for UPSC or State PSC exams, then just go with Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth.
- Same book available in Hindi, under the name “Bharat Ki Rajya Vyavastha”
- So, if you’ve Laxmikanth, don’t bother much with NCERT/NIOS/Lucent etc.
- But If you don’t have Laxmikanth there is no need to specifically buy/borrow Laxmikanth for SSC Exam alone, because the questions are very rudimentary in nature and can be solved via NIOS zip files (given @Bottom), in combination with Lucent.
- Also prepare current affairs associated with polity. But “major” current affairs only.
- For example Shree-Krishna Committee =Telengana. Who is the chairman of new Finance Commission, who is the new CJI etc.etc.etc.
Indian History + Culture
- In SSC exam, History means Indian History only.
- So donot waste time preparing World History.
- Sometimes one question may comes, but that is not worth the Cost-benefit.
Approach Indian History?
Indian History is subdivided into three parts
|Ancient||Harappa, Vedic Age, Maurya, Sangam etc.|
|Medieval||Delhi Sultanate, Mughals etc.|
|Modern||1857 Sepoy Mutiny + Freedom struggle.|
- Start with TN State education board books class 11 and 12 (they’re better than NCERT for the history portion, free download at bottom).
- Then use Lucent to fill up the missing details.
- SSC questions on History, are mostly from the important personalities and events. So, Please donot waste too much time in mugging up trivial names, dates etc.
- Culture= art, painting, dances, temples, mosques, Architecture etc.
- Most of the “Culture” happened during Ancient + medieval. So, you’ll simultaneously prepare it while going through NCERT Textbooks.
- Also use the NIOS ZIP file. Given @Bottom of this article.
- Lastly Lucent to fill up the missing details.
- +Winner of Gyanpith award, Sangeet Natak etc. (ONLY IF you’ve time, else don’t bother much.)
- That pretty much sums up History + culture. Although revision =essential.
- For SSC exam, we’ve to prepare only Physical Geography + Indian Geography.
- World Geography doesn’t come into picture. (sometimes a question or two, but that’s again not worth our trouble, remember the “Cost-benefit”.)
- Lately SSC too has started asking questions on Biodiversity and environment. Although they overlap with biology/science portion.
- NCERT textbooks: Social Science Class 7 to 10
- NCERT Geography Class 11, 12.
- Environment and biodiversity ZIP file of NIOS.
(^free download links given @bottom of this article)