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Why is General Awareness Important for SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 Exam and How to Prepare it

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Preparing for SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 Exam. Here is the Strategy to Prepare General Awareness for Upcoming CGL 2017 Exam.

SSC Combined Graduate Level exam is one of the most competitive and popular exams in India this time. Many graduates seek admission in various posts through SSC CGL exams. CGL exams are conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission. This year, the tier 1 CGL exam is going to be conducted between 1st to 21st August for which one can apply on or until 16th June of this year. The Notification for SSC CGL 2017 Exam was announced on  16th May 2017 and from same Day online registrations started

Candidates who are planning to prepare for CGL exam must bear in mind that CGL exam has a section that tests one’s General Awareness. The General section constitutes of 25 questions with each question carrying 2 marks. This section is considered crucial by many candidates. In this article, we shall discuss the relevance, syllabus, pattern and preparation strategy for the General Awareness section in SSC CGL Tier 1 exam.

The General Awareness section of the SSC CGL Tier - I exam is the most scoring if you tend to deal with it shrewdly. The general awareness section doesn’t require no calculations, unlike other sections of the exam and is so consumed the last time. One can attempt this section very quickly and accurately once he has prepared for it efficiently. So let us start by comprehending what sort of issues and topics are relevant and questions one can expect while preparing for the General Awareness. Then let us jump to tips for preparation of General Awareness for SSC CGL 2017.

SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus

If you underestimate the power of General Awareness questions and think that you don’t need to pay much attention to GA as long as you are doing well in Reasoning and Quants, you are completely wrong! Here is why one needs to prepare for General Awareness for SSC CGL Tier I:

Why General Awareness is Important?

Score more in less time: Since it is the least calculation based section in the entire paper, the probability of completing the GA section quickly is more. Even if one prepares some major topics of science and technology, sports and current news properly, one can expect to score a minimum of 20 marks.

Less Chance of Scoring Negative Marks: Once more, since there is not much to solve or dig your brains in General Awareness questions, you will surely tend to know whether you are familiar with the answer to a particular question or not. 

Thus, there are relatively low chances for you to knowingly mark an answer incorrectly.
Let us now look at the hot topics that are mostly asked and how you can get the most out of your score in GA awareness for SSC CGL Tier I 2017.

One can divide their GA preparation into three sections that is Static General Knowledge, Science and Technology and Miscellaneous topics. 

SSC CGL 2017 Admit Card 

Static GK

Static GK consists of topics like Culture, Indian History, Indian and World Geography, Environment, Indian and World Economics and Polity. 


We can divide the Indian history into three parts: ancient, medieval and modern. Important topics in ancient history are Indus Valley Civilization, Buddhism & Jainism, The Mauryans, Post-Mauryan Kingdoms and The Gupta Period. The medieval history consists of important topics like Establishment & Expansion of the Delhi Sultanate, Religious Movements in the Fifteenth & Sixteenth Centuries, Mughal Dynasty, Later Mughal and The Maratha State. The modern history of India includes important topics like European Penetration & British Conquest of India, Major Battles, Social & Cultural Awakening in India, The Great Revolt of 1857, Indian National Congress, Nationalist Movement, 1905-1918: Growth of Militant Nationalism, Struggle for Swaraj – I, 1919 – 1927, Struggle for Swaraj – II, 1927-1947, Indian Princely StatesGovernor-the Indian Princely States.


The topics to be kept in mind while preparing for Geography are Movement Of Earth, Interior Of Earth, Latitudes & Longitudes, Solar System, Atmosphere, Winds, Ocean & Ocean Currents, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Habitats, Physical Features Of India, All you need to know about the States of India, Rivers In India, Forests In India, Soils In India, Agriculture In India, Transportation In India, Mineral Resources In India and World Geo. Facts I.E. Continents in the World.

Indian Polity

Important topics for the Indian polity are Framing Of The Constitution, Sources Of Indian Constitution, Schedules & Parts Of Indian Constitution, Chief Minsters, Citizenship, Article 370, emergency in India, President, Vice President, Attorney General of India, Comptroller Auditor General, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Supreme Court of India, High Court, Parliamentary funds, Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, Governor, Vidhan Sabha, Vidhan Parishad, Panchayats and writs.


Science consists of topics like Biology, Physics, Chemistry,  Space Science, Computer and Mobile technology, diseases and pollution and nutrition. 


Topics you should know in physics include gravity, motion, work, pressure, sound, heat, SI units, units of measurement, electronics and magnetism. 


Topics that are crucial in chemistry are Uses, common names and composition of various chemical, alloys, various chemical processes like oxidation, SI units, Chemical change and Physical change and Chemistry in everyday life.


Important topics in Biology are parts of plants and their functions, parts of the human body and their functions, basics of Animal Kingdom, diseases, their prevention and cure and nutrients and Deficiency diseases. 
Science and Technology

The topics like Development of Computers, Input & Output Devices, Memory and Abbreviations should be aced while preparing for computer and mobile technology in order to score maximum in this sub-section. 


Miscellaneous consists of topics like Political portfolios, important dates and schemes, current affairs, Miscellaneous GK, people in News, Sports, books,etc.A few topics you need to be thorough with for this section are:

• Population Census
• Union Budget, 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 

These are the important topics of all the subjects covered. The best source you can find to prepare for all this material is the NCERT course books of classes 6th to 12th. The current affairs can be picked up by regularly reading newspapers like The Hindu. All you need to do is to prioritise the subjects according to the weightage of each subject by looking at the previous question papers and questions in it. If you work on your content strategically, there is no way that your General Ability would ever let you down.

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