How to prepare General Awareness section of SSC CGL exam?

In this article, we will discuss the various preparation tips for GA section in detail. Candidates, who are going to appear in the SSC CGL exam, must go through these tips and remember them during their whole preparation phase.

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SSC CGL exam is a standardized test for securing jobs in government organizations. It is conducted once in a year.  Through SSC CGL exam, a candidate is selected for various Group-‘B’ and Group-‘C’ posts under several ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India.  

It is one of the most awaited exams among graduates & post-graduates. It is estimated that there are 1.5 million annual test takers including graduates & post-graduates from various disciplines. Now, you can image the level of competition. Hence, SSC CGL preparation requires a detailed study and sufficient time to practice all the relevant subjects.  The examination has four tiers conducted on different days with results posted after each tier. The detail of four tiers for the SSC CGL exam is given below-

- Tier-I (Preliminary Exam): The Tier-I exam comprised of 4 sections namely- General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, English Language & Comprehension, and Quantitative Aptitude. In this test, all questions will be asked in MCQ format and the exam will be conducted in online mode. In this tier, General Awareness section will have 25 questions for 50 marks.

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- Tier-II (Mains Exam): In this tier, exam will be conducted in online mode comprising the following subjects-

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Language & Comprehension
  • Statistics – It is only JSO post.
  • General Studies (Finance & Accounting and Economics & Governance) - It is only for the candidates, who have opted for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

- Tier-III (Descriptive Exam): This is a pen-paper mode exam in which you are asked to do writing in the form of essay writing, letter writing, and application writing.

- Tier-IV (Data Entry Test / Computer Proficiency test)

From the above information, you can see that GA questions will be asked only in Tier-I exam. GA section is very important part of this exam and contains easy questions. If you know the answers, then you can gain very good marks without any doubt and without wasting time in the SSC CGL Tier-I exam.

In this article, we will discuss the various preparation tips for GA section in detail. Candidates, who are going to appear in the SSC CGL exam, must go through these tips and remember them during their whole preparation phase.

SSC CGL exam preparation tips: General Awareness

Before studying the GA section, a candidate must know the subjects and the syllabus of SSC CGL GA section out of which questions are generally asked. You can find the subject-wise syllabus for SSC CGL GA section by clicking the following link-

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Let us go through these tips-

Syllabus analysis

First of all, you should analyze the subject-wise syllabus of the SSC CGL exam for GA section and identify your strong and weak subjects. You can also prepare a list containing the name of weak and strong subjects. This syllabus analysis will also give you a brief idea about your existing knowledge on various subjects and it is also helpful in developing the study plan as well.

In the end of this activity, you will get an overview about where you are right now and where you should be.

Previous year papers

After syllabus analysis, it is advised that you should go through the previous year papers of last 5 years at least. You should analyze the GA section of these papers for getting the question breakups. At this time, you can prepare a list of the subjects and the number of asked questions respectively. Now, with this list, you will have a clear understanding about on which subject maximum and minimum questions are generally asked. Hence, you can set your priorities for studying these subjects accordingly.  

Besides this, you should also practice the previous year’s question papers time-to-time during the preparation phase. Practicing these papers will be very helpful in boosting your confidence & strengthening your knowledge for the exam. It is also observed that sometimes SSC used to frame the similar type of questions. Therefore, do not skip to practice the previous year’s question papers.

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Study plan

You should prepare a study plan covering almost each subject and their relevant topics for studying the GA section. The study plan must be designed in such a way that it should not conflict with the preparation schedule of the other subjects. To achieve this, you should allot a time slot or fix a particular day in a week to cover the relevant topics.  


For GA preparation, you should always refer the relevant books specifically designed for the SSC CGL exam because the scope of general awareness covering important events & facts is not limited and you cannot prepare everything at all. Hence, it is advised that you should only purchase those books in which the syllabus given by SSC is fully covered. There are many books available for the preparation of SSC CGL GA section. Few of them are given below-

  • Manorama yearbook
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge


Newspapers play a very important role in the preparation of Current Affairs. You should also develop a habit of reading newspapers daily for at least 15 minutes. Reading newspapers also give you the idea of the recent events and the related historical events as well. You should read ‘The Hindu’ newspaper, which is preferred by most of the aspirants to prepare current affairs for the various competitive exams.

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Daily reading & revision

GA section requires a good memory so that you can recall the information instantly during the exam. To have a good memory, you should make a habit of reading new topics and revising the studied ones on daily basis. This exercise is also very fruitful to overcome the habit of forgetting because it happens when you have studied a lot of things; eventually most of the read topics get vanished. Therefore, revise and read as maximum as possible.

Answer using common sense

Sometimes, there will be a few questions in exam, which can be answered easily using common sense and no extra efforts are required. Do not confuse this trick with giving answers through wild guesses. We recommend this trick to answer only those questions about which you are more confirmed and more confident.  Avoid giving wrong answers using hit and trial method.

If you found the above information on “How to prepare General Awareness section for SSC CGL exam?” useful, then visit our SSC webpage@ for more such information.

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