SSC CGL preparation strategy: Breakup of science topics

In this article, we have analyzed and prepared the question break up with its preparation tips and strategy including books, chalpers & topics and role of internet in studying. Read full article.

Created On: Apr 13, 2017 16:42 IST

SSC CGL is one of the most popular exams among this competitive era. Lakhs of students appear for this exam every year. This year, SSC CGL exam get delayed a little bit. All candidates must be ready with their preparation. Often students start preparing for prelims exam from the beginning. In Tier-I & II, four subjects are asked i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language and General knowledge and the most scoring one is General Knowledge. If you will start preparing for this section, you will sink in the deep ocean as it is a wide subject to be covered.

General Knowledge include many areas to study i.e. Geography, History, Polity, Economics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Current affairs including Sports,  National events, People in the News, Books, etc. The major portion to score from all these topics is general science covering physics, chemistry and biology. In this article, we will discuss the breakup of science topics as per the preparation strategy.

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From last years the pattern of Tier-1 has been changed according to which 25 questions carrying 50 marks come from each section. In the set of 25 GK questions, around 6-10 questions come from science section. Let`s see the distribution of all topics in general science.



Total Questions





6 – 10 questions




1 -2

Computer Science


Space Science


Nutrition and Diseases

1 - 2

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Here is the list of chapters coming under three major subjects of science:





S.I Units

Plants parts and their function

Force, Gravity

Chemistry in daily life

Human body parts and their function

Heat and Electricity

Definition of basic topics (Oxidation, Reduction, etc.)

Animal parts and their function


Atoms, Molecules, Elements, Compounds related questions

Plant and Animal Kingdom

Pressure, Work


Diseases, their prevention, treatment and cure

Sound, Units of Measurement

Usage and Composition of chemicals


Once you understand the breakup of all content of general science, start preparing with the topic of your interest. Everybody has studied all these topics in their school education. You just have to revise them from different sources as per the exam pattern. This will increase your knowledge to clear the exam as well as help you in knowing the basic general facts.

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Let us help you to define various sources from where you can study them.

1. NCERT Books: Just start reading these books. They are written in most simple language. You will find all the topics very easy as you have already gone through them in your school days. Start with the 6th class science book to 10th class.

2. Lucent GK Book: This book contains complete study material of SSC CGL GK subject in a compact form. Just go through science section and you can also make notes in your language to revise them further. All the useful and essential topics are covered in this book.

3. Internet surfing: Searching on Google for science topics coming in SSC CGL will also get you to various websites. This will provide various links to different educational content providing sites and help you out in collecting the data.

4. Previous year papers: SSC is conducting CGL exam from around past 10 years. Generally, questions come from previous year questions only. You can also say, SSC repeats its question. Once you learn all such questions, you will have an idea of quality of the question. Previous year sets are available in market in the books form. You can also download their PDFs from the internet.

5. Practice papers: Try attempting different test series to know the gentle of upcoming exam. This will indulge you in actual feel of giving exam. It will increase your accuracy as well as speed because while attempting such mock tests you will be careful about the thing “Negative Marking”.

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6. Watch Videos of difficult topics on you tube: Whenever you are not able to learn anything, try to visualise it or learn it by watching that content in video form. Videos are always become a memory. In science there are many eye catching areas too. They will help you in answering questions by eliminating options in exams.

Overall, Science section will help you a lot in scoring good marks in GK. Just follow above given some tips; you will definitely reach your goal. Also, keep an eye on content provided by us on different topics. ­­

Best of Luck!

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