Best Books for SSC CGL General Awareness

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Mar 3, 2021

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General Awareness is one of the prominent topics in SSC CGL Tier I. The General Awareness section is easy and can fetch you good marks if you can cover all the important topics: Science, Polity, History, Geography, Economy, Misc.

This article is focused on providing a comprehensive list of books to prepare General Awareness for SSC CGL. The syllabus for the SSC CGL General Awareness section is quite lengthy. Some quick tips and insights for preparing the General Awareness section are discussed below.

  • 2-3 questions are usually asked from all the major topics.
  • Prepare the topics in descending order of difficulty.
  • Solve more sample papers to get familiarized with the type of questions.
  • Mostly straightforward questions are asked from the economy.
  • The best method to score well in the General Awareness section is a frequent revision of topics.
  • On average, candidates will have 15 minutes to solve the General Awareness section.

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Pattern Highlights

SSC General Awareness Pattern Highlights

Candidates can check below the essential highlights of SSC CGL General Awareness.

  • A total of 25 questions in the section.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • 0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer.
  • No marks will be awarded or deducted for an un-attempted question.
  • 15 minutes given to complete the section.
  • Good attempts come around 15-18.

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Expected Weightage

SSC CGL General Awareness Expected Weightage

All topics are important but the science section is most important as its subheads also form separate questions. The priority can be decided on the basis of the marks a topic has been awarded. The list shows important topics in descending order.

Subject Topic No. of Questions Total
Static GK Culture 1-2 8-14
Indian History 2-3
Geography (Indian+ World) 2-3
Environment 1-2
Economy 1-2
Polity 1-2
Science Biology 1-2 4-8
Chemistry 1-2
Physics + Space science 2-3
Computer & Mobile Technology 0-1
Disease pollution 0-1
Nutrition 0-1
Others Current affairs 1-2 3-6
Important dates, Portfolios, schemes 1-2
Miscellaneous GK: Sports, People in News, Books etc 1-2

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Indian History & Culture

SSC CGL Indian History & Culture

  • 4-5 questions can come in total.
  • Questions are direct and easily answered.
  • Confusion takes place between different eras and the hierarchy system.
  • Mark the answers carefully as they are easy and tricky sometimes.

Important Topics in Indian History and Culture

Ancient History Medieval History Modern History
Indus Valley Civilization Establishment & Expansion of the Delhi Sultanate Major Battles
Buddhism & Jainism Religious Movements in the Fifteenth & Sixteenth Centuries Social & Cultural Awakening in India
The Mauryans Mughal Dynasty The Great Revolt of 1857
Post-Mauryan Kingdoms Later Mughals Indian National Congress
The Gupta Period The Maratha State Nationalist Movement, 1905-1918: Growth of Militant Nationalism
 -   -  Struggle for Swaraj – I, 1919 – 1927
 -   -  Struggle for Swaraj – II, 1927-1947
 -   -  Governors-General of India
 -   -  The Indian Princely States

Best Books for Indian History and Culture

Book name Publisher
NCERT Textbooks (Std. 6-10) NCERT
The Gist of NCERT History Kalinjar Publications; First edition (2014)
The History Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSC Disha Publication; Second edition
Geography of Indian & World

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SSC CGL Geography of Indian & World

  • River names can be easily mixed or can create confusion.
  • Questions can be asked about states adjoining planes and rivers.
  • Information about the terrain, soil, etc. can be asked.

Important topics in Geography Indian & World

Movement of Earth Ocean & Ocean Currents Soils In India
Interior Of Earth Volcanoes & Earthquakes Mineral Resources In India
Physical Features Of India World Geo. Facts I.E. Continents in the World Rivers In India
Atmosphere Forests In India All you need to know about the States of India

Best Books for SSC CGL Geography

Book name Publisher ISBN
NCERT books from class 6-10. NCERT  -
The Gist of NCERT Geography Paperback – 2014 Kalinjar Publications; First edition (2014) 9382732764

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SSC CGL Environment

  • Questions are based on pollution levels and global warming.
  • Discovery of new flora and fauna.
  • Problems on atmospheric layers.
  • Melting glaciers and new changes in the environment.
  • New pollution control acts and earth submit questions.

Best Books for SSC CGL Environment

Book name Publisher ISBN
The Ecology & Environment Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSC Disha Publication (15 April 2017) 9386323613
Environment And Ecology – A Complete Guide – by R. Rajagopalan Lexis Nexis 9350357585
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – by Khuller and Rao (McGraw Hill) 938345444X

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SSC CGL Economy

  • National and International Economy is the primary focus of this topic.
  • Questions are also based on old and new economic policies.
  • New trends visible in an economy
  • Worth of rupee as compared to different currencies
  • Questions on currency name of various countries

Best Books for SSC CGL Economy

Book name Publisher
Indian Economy Paperback McGraw Hill Education; Ninth edition
Indian Economy: A Hand Book Smiling Unicorn Publications

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SSC CGL Polity

  • Candidates are quizzed on national and international politics
  • New laws passed or amendments made in the constitution
  • Recent reports published by the UN or SAARC nations

Important Topics in SSC CGL Polity

Framing of The Constitution President Governor
Schedules & Parts Of Indian Constitution Attorney General Of India Vidhan Parishad
Citizenship Lok Sabha Parliamentary Funds
Sources Of Indian Constitution Vice President Vidhan Sabha
Citizenship Lok Sabha Parliamentary Funds
Article 370 Rajya Sabha Supreme Court
Emergency In India Bills High Court
Commissions Prime Minister & Cabinet Ministers Writs

Best Books for SSC CGL Polity

Book name Publisher
F22-NCERT GIST OF INDIAN POLITY Kalinjar Publication
Indian Polity 5th Edition McGraw Hill Education; Fifth edition

SSC CGL Biology

  • Questions are common from Anatomy and Physiology of Animals and Plants.
  • Single cellular and multi-cellular organisms.
  • Plant kingdom and animal kingdom classification
  • Newly discovered plant or animal species

Important Topics in SSC CGL Biology

  1. Parts of Plant & their Functions
  2. Parts of Human Body & their Functions
  3. Basics of Animal Kingdom.
  4. Diseases, Prevention & Cure
  5. Diseases, Prevention & Cure

Best Books for SSC CGL Biology

Book name Publisher
Selected MCQs on GK - Biology (Complete Set) Practice guru
NCERT science books for class 6-10 SCERT
Objective Biology: Concise Study Material with MCQs (OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS SERIES Ramesh Publishing House
Objective Botany Ramesh Publishing House
Objective Zoology Ramesh Publishing House

SSC CGL Chemistry

  • Reactivity series is the most important topic in terms of a number of questions.
  • Formulae of Soaps and detergents
  • Problems on alkenes, alkynes, carbon or hydrocarbons
  • Formula or structure identification of different gases, polymers, etc. 

Important Topics in SSC CGL Chemistry

  • Uses, common names and composition of various chemicals
  • Alloys
  • Definition Based Questions (Heat, Oxidation, Reduction etc.)
  • SI units
  • Chemical Change & Physical Change
  • Chemistry in Everyday life

Best Books for SSC CGL Chemistry

Book name Publisher
NCERT books class 6-10 NCERT
Objective Chemistry Ramesh Publishing House
Chemistry Formulae & Definitions RPH; 27 edition
Basic Concepts of Chemistry  Pegasus
Physics & Space Science

SSC CGL Physics & Space Science

  • A good deal of questions form Laws of Gravitation and Motion
  • Different types of Constellations and Star Formation
  • Composition of planets and asteroid belts
  • Newfound planets

Important Topics in Physics & Space Science

Motion Gravity Work
Pressure Units of Measurement Sound
Heat Electronics Magnetism

Best Books for SSC CGL Physics & Space Science

Book name Publisher
Physics Formulae & Definitions Ramesh Publishing House
Physics Dictionary (PocketBook) Ramesh Publishing House
Science books SCERT

SSC CGL Computer & Mobile Technology

  • There are direct questions on logo and commands of MS office
  • Paint command sequence
  • Questions on different kinds of computer devices
  • ASCII code questions
  • Questions on logic gates  

Best Books for SSC CGL Computer & Mobile Technology

Book name Publisher
Objective Question Bank of Computer Awareness for General Competitions Arihant Publication
Computer Knowledge & Literacy Objective Question Kiran Prakashan
OBJECTIVE Computer Awareness Arihant
Diseases, Pollution & Nutrition

SSC CGL Diseases, Pollution & Nutrition

  • Questions on nutrition deficiency and vitamin deficiency
  • Effects of pollution of air, water, noise, etc on society
  • Deficiency in children
  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Treatment of water for cleaning

Best Books for SSC CGL Diseases, Pollution & Nutrition

Book name Publisher
The Ecology & Environment Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSC Disha Publication
Objective Biology: Concise Study Material with MCQs (OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS SERIES Ramesh Publishing House

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs
  • Candidates need to know about recent developments taking place both at the national and international level.
  • Union Budget, Demonetization and Economic Survey
  • Nobel prize winners, year, name and field of excellence.

Important Topics in SSC CGL Current Affairs

Population Census Oscar Winners Olympics
Asian Games Sea Ports Airports
State Animals and Symbols Important Institutions of India Important Books & Writers

Best Books for SSC CGL Current Affairs

Book name Publisher
General Knowledge Ramesh Publishing House
General Knowledge Capsule with Current Affairs Update 2nd Edition Disha Publication; 2nd edition
Quarterly Current Affairs for Competitive Exams Disha Publication

Don’t waste your time learning facts related to banking; they are rarely asked. Prepare the science section first then other sections. Revise all topics. Make chits to remember important topics and formulae. Create a notebook with all the important formulae written on it. Create highlighted notes to remember history dates related to different eras. 

Make a note of all parliamentary acts and amendments. Spend some time daily to revise and memorize various facts. Make a board and stick notes about facts which you forget easily. Do more practice papers to continuously assess your existing knowledge and preparation.

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