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The GA section of SSC CGL can be very scoring if one tackles it wisely. Unlike other sections of SSC CGL Tier I, the general awareness section doesn’t require any calculations and thus, is the least time-consuming section. The full form of CGLE is Combined Graduate Level Examination. The procedure of the exam consists of three stages:
The notification for SSC CGL 2017 is out, candidates who are preparing or are planning to prepare for CGL exam should be aware of the fact that CGL exam consists of a section on General Awareness. The section includes 25 questions with each question carrying 2 marks. General Awareness is considered as a make or break section by many aspirants. In the later part of the article we will discuss some preparation strategies that can be taken into account wile preparing for the general Awareness section of CGLE, subtopics of main subjects included in GA section of CGLE, marks distribution and some of the recommended books topic-wise.
One needs to focus on GA as much as Reasoning and Quantitative aptitude. Here's why General Awareness can take a CGLE aspirant to a safer spot if taken seriously:
Less chance to score negative marks: Again, since there is nothing to solve in General Awareness questions, you will always know whether you know the response or not. This means there is no chance that you will knowingly mark an answer wrong.
The General Awareness segment of SSC CGL Tier I exam can be a scoring section and a step between getting good and average marks in CGLE, provided the answers are given appropriately.
The first footstep toward GA preparation is to make a list of topic from each of the categories mentioned in the article and assess your knowledge in each category, with evaluation of your current familiarity about the topics, you can plan your preparation accordingly.
In case of Science, the best move is to revise all that was studied in school and understand each concept. If your concept is clear, you would find it easier to memorize the topics.
In case of static GK there is a need to revise on a regular basis because it does not involve concepts and you need to memorize the information. Also, it has been observed by many SSC CGLE toppers over the past years that previous year examination papers prove to be great help when preparing for General Awareness section.
The subtopics of main subjects with their marks distribution can be found in the following table:
|Physics and Space Science|
|Computer and Mobile Tech.|
|Important Dates, Portfolios, Schemes|
|Sports, People in News, Books etc.|
Before you pick a book to start memorizing the facts, one must know what to focus on in Science. CGL includes questions that consists of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Thus one must follow very important topics first as this subject is vast and can mislead as a time consuming subject.
Similar to General Science, History is also vast with subdivision in Ancient History, Medieval History and Modern History. One of the most important tip to keep in mind is that revising what one has studied during the school time is enough for this part of general awareness but if someone wants to learn more on these, one can find the recommended books for each of the type mentioned below.
One can practice Geography using maps, thus you can easily remember about all ports in India and similarly about soil types.
One must only follow the important topics that have been mentioned below as this is not a well asked section in SSC CGLE.
Topics ranging from Population Census to Union Budget. Other important topics include Demonetization and Economic Survey, Important Books & Writers, Oscar Winners, First in Sports for India and World like First Olympics, First Asian Games etc., Famous Sea Ports, Airports and their locations, State Animals and Symbols, Important Institutions of India and World & their locations (like BRICS, World Bank, IMF and RBI etc.), Indian Art & Culture, Awards & their Significance, Nobel Laureates & their Fields
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