[Studyplan] SSC CGL General Awareness Tier-1: Booklist, approach, free study material for Combined Graduate Level exam

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This article only deals with General Awareness part. The approach to Maths, English and reasoning, covered in separate articles.
  1. Introduction
  2. SSC CGL General Awareness (Tier I)
  3. Topicwise Analysis: 2010, 11, 12
  4. Indian Polity
  5. Indian History + Culture
  6. Geography+Biodiversity+Environment
  7. Economy
  8. Science
  9. CRAP (Misc.GK, Sports, PIN etc.)
  10. Final Touch to preparation
  11. Summary: Plan for SSC-CGL (GK)
  12. Free Download material for SSC General Awareness
  13. SSC CGL Tier 1 Cutoffs (2011, 2012)
  14. 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)

General Awareness 50
Reasoning 50
Maths 50
English 50
Total 200
  • 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).

Total Duration Negative marking?
Paper I (Maths) 200 marks 2 hrs – 0.50
Paper II (English) 200 marks 2 hrs – 0.25
Total 400 marks
  • 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

  1. English Language and Comprehension
  2. Quantitative Abilities
  3. General Awareness
  • lasix not generic 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
levitra originale Abruzzo 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

SSC CGL General awareness analysis

SSC CGL General Awareness Analysis Bar chart

Topic 2010 2011 2012
Static Polity 7 5 8
Indian History+Culture 5 6 5
Geograhpy (Physical+Indian)+Biodiversity 6 11 6
Economy 11 7 4
Subtotal (Static) 29 29 23
Science Biology 6 4 8
Chemistry 4 4 3
Physics+Space 7 6 4
Computer 1 2 2
Subtotal (Science) 18 16 17
Crap Misc.GK, Sports, PIN, Books, Current Affairs 3 3 6
Yearbook (institutes, schemes, dates etc.) 0 2 4
Subtotal (Crap) 3 5 10
Grand Total 50 50 50
  • I’ve  divided the General awareness portion of SSC-CGL exam, into

http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=accutane-muscle-pain “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.
  1. Lucent General Knowledge
Filling up any missing details in Static + Science Part
  1. Competitionmaster.com OR Pratiyogita Darpan
For crap current affairs.

Indian Polity

  • 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 http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=levitra-originale-prezzo-pi%C3%B9-basso 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 http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=comprare-viagra-generico-online important personalities and events. So, Please donot waste too much time in mugging up trivial names, dates etc.

Approach Culture?

  • 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.


  1. NCERT textbooks: Social Science Class 7 to 10
  2. NCERT Geography Class 11, 12.
  3. Environment and biodiversity ZIP file of NIOS.

(^free download links given @bottom of this article)

Finally Lucent to fill up any missing details, such as names of multipurpose river valley projects. But here again, don’t waste time with numbers.

  • Hirakud=Mahanadi River in Odisha=important.
  • Hirakud=4800m long = useless.


  • Generally very straightforward questions based on definition and concepts of Economy.
  • NCERT Economy book Class 11. (India’s economy and Development.)
  • NIOS Zip file given @bottom.
  • Only major “current affairs”. Usually SSC’s Economy questions are based on budget. (if at all they ask from current affairs.)

This concludes reading sources for “Static.” Moving to the next important portion for SSC-General Awareness.


Physics Chem Bio
  1. Gravity
  2. Motion
  3. Work
  4. Pressure
  5. Units of measurement
  6. Sound
  7. Heat
  8. Eletronics
  9. Magnetism
  1. uses, common names and composition of various chemicals.
  2. Alloys
  3. Definition based questions. (heat, oxidation, reduction etc)
  1. Parts of plant and their functions
  2. Parts of body, their functions
  3. Basics of animal kingdom.
  4. Disease
  • By and large the science questions come from ^above topics. (it doesn’t mean other topics are not important though!)
  • Best way to prepare science=NCERTs.
  • Science tech related current affairs are usually watch not asked in SSC exam.
  • At most sometimes current-affairs question on NASA satellite launch etc. So just keep an eye on major events, without doing any Ph.D.
  • Candidates from science background shouldnot ride with overconfidence. Because whatever you have learned in college = not asked here. And whatever you had prepared in highschool= long evaporated from your memory.
  • Hence start with the basic NCERT Science textbooks of Class 7 to 10, irrespective of graduation.


  1. NCERT Science Text books from Class 7 to 10
  2. NIOS material almost overlaps with whatever science is discussed in NCERTs. So not much point in doing “double-majoori”, unless you’ve time and mood.
  3. Finally Lucent to fill up any missing details Big inventions/inventors, applications of various chemicals, computer related terms etc. (again don’t go in trivial details, for example Lucent has even given long chemical reaction formulas= useless.)

This concludes science. Now the final part

CRAP (Misc.GK, Sports, PIN etc.)


Based on SSC-CGL Tier I conducted in July 2012.

  1. They had asked question on Shree Krishna Committee report. (which was released somewhere in Jan 2011)
  2. Author of book Kurukshetra to Kargil. (again launched in Jan 2011)
  3. Santosh Football trophy (somewhere in May 2011)

So, Duration of Current affairs for SSC-CGL, is last one calendar year. (i.e. if you’re preparing for 2013, then prepare major events starting from Jan 2012.)

  • PIN=persons in news, like xyz person won ICC cricketer of the year award, new CJI, new army chief, sports winners etc. There is no dearth of magazines and books circulating this garbage.
  • But always remember, your mind has a limited memory capacity. So prepare the big personas, major events, avoid the small timers.
  • Same for books and authors.
  • Same for places in news.
  • Same for [Yearbook]: Government schemes, location of various Government institutes etc. (you’ll find them in Lucent.)
  • Most importantly: these things don’t stay in long term memory. Hence frequent revision essential.


Competitionmaster.com (they release monthly updates) OR Pratiyogita Darpan (PD).


  • Once you’ve sufficiently prepared Maths+English+Reasoning+General Awareness, solve the as many old question papers of SSC exam as you can. (Blank answersheets given @bottom)

Why should you practice old papers?

  1. SSC recycles questions. You solve 10 papers, then 11th paper has hardly anything new, surprizing or challanging for you.
  2. Trains Your Brain For Negative Marking
  3. Improves Your Speed.
  • Google search will lead you to many download links for SSC papersets.
  • Problem?
  • 1) scanned PDF files are in very poor quality. + the half mile long watermark only blocks the view= very tiresome for the eyes to read.
  • 2) most of the time, they don’t contain solutions. Hence makes the whole exercise frustrating. Because you can’t evaluate your performance without going wasting another hour and so in searching the answers manually (for GK etc.)
  • So if you can afford, just go for the Paperset of Kiran Prakashan.
  • Good thing: they give detailed solution of each and every question.
  • Same way, if you can afford, buy the NCERT textbooks from market (even second hand-used books will work).

Summary: Plan for SSC-CGL (GK)

  • Priority order for General Awareness preparation= static >> science >> crap
  • Essential booklist/reading list for SSC-CGL (GA)
  1. NCERT, NIOS (free download links @bottom)
  2. Lucent’s General Knowledge book
  3. competitionmaster.com OR Pratiyogita Darpan (from Jan 2012)

Revise minimum three times, practice a few old papers. General awareness shouldn’t give much trouble.

This concludes how to approach General Awareness for SSC-CGL Exam. In the upcoming articles, we’ll see how to approach

  1. English vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension (Tier I and II)
  2. Maths  (Tier I and II) (update: article published-CLICK ME)
  3. Reasoning (Tier-I)

Free Download material for SSC General Awareness

NCERTs (English) Free download

TN State edu Books (for History) https://files.secureserver.net/0fnzZYT7SDNuC9

NIOS (for Culture) https://files.secureserver.net/0fdAWETp4sONW5

NCERT files: topicwise: http://mrunal.org/download

NCERT file: classwise (they’ve same pdfs as above)

Science Class 7 Download
Our Pasts Part 2 – Class 7 Download
Social and Political Life Part 2 – Class 7 Download
Our Environment Class 7 Download
Science Class 8 Download
Our Pasts Part 3 – Class 8 Download
Resource and Development Class 8 Download
Social and Political Life – Class 8 Download
Science Class 9 Download
Contemporary India Social Science for Class 9 Download
Economics for Class 9 Download
India and Contemporary World 1 for Class 9 Download
Science Class X Download
India and the Contemporary World 2 Class X Social Science Download
Democratic Politics Part 2 for Class X Social Science Download
Contemporary India Part 2 for Class X Social Science Download
Understanding Economic Development Class X Social Science Download
Fundamentals of Physical Geography Class 11 Download
India Physical Environment Geography Class 11 Download
Indian Economic Development Economics Class 11 Download
Themes in World History Class 11 Download
India People and Economy Class 12 Download
Introductory Microeconomics Class 12 Download
Macroeconomics Class 12 Download
Fundamentals of Human Geography Class 12 Download
Themes in India History 1 Class 12 Download
Themes in India History 2 Class 12 Download
Themes in India History 3 Class 12 Download

If it doesn’t work visit (or you want Hindi version): http://www.ncert.nic.in/ncerts/textbook/textbook.htm

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NIOS study Material

Economy, Environment n Biodiversity, Polity etc.Many zip files on various subjects. Download as per your requirements. click ME

Blank Answersheets

For practicing mock questions @home click ME

SSC CGL Tier 1 Cutoffs (2011, 2012)

Out of 200 marks.

Year 2011 2012
General 86.75 82
SC 63.5 64
ST 63.25 62
OBC 70.25 70
EXS 60 25
OH 50 60
HH 50 25
VH 50 25

(excluding Statistical Investigator/Compiler.)

SSC CGL Tier-2 Cutoffs (2011, 2012)

category 2011 2012
Interview posts Non-Interview posts Interview posts Non-Interview posts
General 354.75 315.25 349 313.5
SC 281.25 247.25 284 251
ST 295.75 251.75 282 242
OBC 323.75 283.75 319 281.5
EXS 293 180 308 211
OH 246.5 208 274 227
HH 200 150 191 123
VH 246.5 150 261 225

(excluding Statistical Investigator/Compiler.)

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1,419 Comments on “[Studyplan] SSC CGL General Awareness Tier-1: Booklist, approach, free study material for Combined Graduate Level exam”

  1. i m getting 402 marks in tier i n tier ii from gen cate is there any chance of getting css

  2. i m getting 402 marks in tier i n tier ii from gen cate is there any chance of getting css my pref are
    IT Insp
    Excise Ins
    Preventive off

    1. According to previous ssc result, there are very meagre chances for you to get these posts…. especially, CSS, IT inspector & Excise inspector can’t be expected. Even, I am not at all expecting those posts though I can score around 420…..

      1. how to achieve 400 + marks pls guiled…

      2. last year 2012 , assistants in CSS cutoff was only around 350 including interview marks…

  3. what will be required no to clear tier 2?

  4. Can you tell if someone doesn’t qualify for interviews posts then will he be eligible for non interview posts.

  5. a 7 to 10 gk a quetions in come from are you sure

  6. Please update this study plan with 2013 CGL Exam.


  7. -Please somebody tell me m getting 340+ marks is there any possibility to qualify. IF I don’t qualify for interview posts will I be eligible for non interview posts. How does it works??

  8. Hi All,

    I have filled the form for 2014 exam. But how will i know on which date i have to attend the exam for Tier 1 as it will be conducted on two days?

    1. Admit card se pata chal jayega….

      1. bhai tu apni preparation 27 april ke hisab se hi rakh….

    2. wat a great question u hv put forth…..? amazing common sense dude…!!!!!! :/ :/

    3. dude..you’re sooper se ooper.. :D

    4. jab man kare tb de dena be…….bhara hi kyu jb kuch pata hi ni….pahli prefrence auditor bhari hogi haina

      1. ye pooch raha ki dono exam de sakte hain kya??? hahahahahahha…bhai tumse na ho paega

  9. Sir, Suppose that cut off of interview post & non interview post for SSC CGL is as follows.:-
    Cut off for Int. post = 400
    Cut of for Non I. post = 350
    & I am getting 415 marks.
    In appl. I have given prefrence to 5 different int. post and then for non Int. posts.
    Now should I go for interview or can i skip the interview??????????
    If i attempt interview and then get rejected for any interview post….. Further am I able to be selected for non interview post or not ????

    Please reply urgently as i have to fill the form according to your reply.. Thanks in advance

    1. Yes,
      if u not passsed in interview & if u passed the CPT then u will get non int post.
      Btw Auditor is a non int post and it does not req any CPT. so if u hv filled Auditor in ur preference then u can get it without passing CPT

  10. plz suggest me for ssc cgl ( Field job) ,
    how much maximum eye power is allowable, my eye sight is (spherical -4 : cylinder -2.25 : axis 180 : vision 6/6 )
    am i eligible for post like excise, custom, cbi, income tax inspector ….etc doesn’t want to take any risk this year…..

  11. sir i have a question regarding ssc posts,suppose sir i will selected for interview post and if i not cleared interview and i have filled non interview posts then there are some possibilities of selection in non interiew post plz reply soon

    1. Neha ji…merit in ssc depends on total marks i.e ur written exam marks and ur interview marks. And if suppose u are getting less marks in interview..but u have gud marks in ssc written exam(tier 1+ tier 2).Then u can definately get good interview jobs. I mean that in ssc merit depends upon ur total marks..not on ur interview performance.

    2. yes certainly Neha…. you can also read the answer given above to Prakash by cChandradeo on similar situation

  12. Mrunal sir….the study material is not being downloaded……@.

  13. Best site for competitive exams..very helpful..

  14. are the numbers of tier1 added in tier2 cuttoffs.

  15. Sir, is nios study material sufficient for ssc cgl general awareness portion or i have to go through ncert material as well. I have completed nios material. Am i supposed to study ncert material as well?
    Pls reply….

  16. I haven’t finished my B.E. I am in my final year. am i eligible to write Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2014.

  17. Ji mujhe ek shak hai aur agar isko clear karenge toh main bohuth khush hoonga ji..E aur F main kyaa farak hai ?.. I mean do Assistants ( General ) in MEA and Assistants (Cypher) have completely different job profiles ? The Cypher Assistants ONLY work on decrypting the codes, surveillance etc and the General Assistants do ONLY the General work ? You choose one of these, then does that mean you’re stuck in that for ever ? Can’t we switch between the two..the reason I’m so confused is because I wanna go abroad.Period.But Im confused as to whether to give Cypher as Second Option or not at all…coz I don’t wanna be doing code breaking work throughout the night in some foreign country..Please reply sir.. Your clarifications would be invaluable.

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  20. Hello Guys/ Mrunal Sir,

    If I’ve given Stats Investigator grade2 preference in my form but don’t want to appear for the 3rd exam in tier 2, will that mean disqualification for all the posts or that specific post for which this exam is required ?

  21. Hi,
    I have applied for SSC CGL 2014..and by mistake i filled for comipler and Statistical Investigator but i dont have qualification for that.

    So do i need to fill other form or is it possible that i can skip that paper for statistics in tier 2…

    plz reply guys.

    1. acc. to Tier-II para in above article, i guess you may need to prepare for paper-III [stat]…LOL :P

  22. Mrunal sir I have colour blindness, can I apply for excise, po, examiner preference.. plz reply soon

  23. Mrunal sir I have colour blindness, can I apply for excise, po, examiner preference..

  24. Mrunal sir, I HV colour blindness should I apply for excise, po , examiner posts.

  25. Sir, with due respect i want ask that in your mrunal.org website informer.com “CREATED DATE and EXPIRY DATE” have given. What does it mean?
    Is this website available till 2015 year only. Reply soon please..

  26. hey guys can u plz tell me which coaching center is gud for ssc in delhi…thnks in advance..

  27. Sir,
    I wants to say Thanks a lot to you for giving accurate and very useful information about UPSC and SSC CGL. Sir i am heighely impressed and saying thanks a lot again.

  28. sir,

    i have filled cgl 2014 ssc online form before 10 days ago. but i have filled wrong preference of post. so i want to change my preference. please tell me. can i do change it.

    please tell me quick becouse last date is near.

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