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Best Books for SSC CGL General Awareness

Last Updated - May 30, 2017

General Awareness is one of the prominent topic 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 at providing a comprehensive list of books to prepare General Awareness for SSC CGL 2017. The syllabus for SSC CGL General Awareness section is quite lengthy.

Some quick tips and insights for preparing 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 economy.
  • Best method to score well in General Awareness section is frequent revision of topics.
  • On an average, candidates will have 15 minutes to solve the General Awareness section.

SSC General Awareness Pattern Highlights

Candidates can check below the important 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 un-attempted question.
  • 15 minutes given to complete the section.
  • Good attempts come around 15-18.

Check complete SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Pattern


SSC CGL General Awareness Expected Weightage

All topics are important but 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.

SubjectTopicNo. of QuestionsTotal
Static GKCulture1-28-14
Indian History2-3
Geography (Indian+ World)2-3
Environment1-2
Economy1-2
Polity1-2
ScienceBiology1-24-8
Chemistry1-2
Physics + Space science2-3
Computer & Mobile Technology0-1
Disease pollution0-1
Nutrition0-1
OthersCurrent affairs1-23-6
 Important dates, Portfolios, schemes1-2
 Miscellaneous GK: Sports, People in News, Books etc1-2

Check SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus


Topic 1: Indian History & Culture

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  • 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 & Culture

Ancient HistoryMedieval HistoryModern History
Indus Valley CivilizationEstablishment & Expansion of the Delhi SultanateMajor Battles
Buddhism & JainismReligious Movements in the Fifteenth & Sixteenth CenturiesSocial & Cultural Awakening in India
The MauryansMughal DynastyThe Great Revolt of 1857
Post-Mauryan KingdomsLater MughalsIndian National Congress
The Gupta PeriodThe Maratha StateNationalist Movement, 1905-1918: Growth of Militant Nationalism
  Struggle for Swaraj – I, 1919 – 1927
  Struggle for Swaraj – II, 1927-1947
  Governor-Generals of India
  Indian Princely States

Best books

Book namePublisherISBN
NCERT Textbooks (Std. 6-10)NCERT -
The Gist of NCERT HistoryKalinjar Publications; First edition (2014)9382732780
The History Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSCDisha Publication; Second edition9386323443

Topic 2: Geography 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 EarthOcean & Ocean CurrentsSoils In India
Interior Of EarthVolcanoes & EarthquakesMineral Resources In India
Physical Features Of IndiaWorld Geo. Facts I.E. Continents in the WorldRivers In India
AtmosphereForests In IndiaAll you need to know about States of India

Best Books

Book namePublisherISBN
NCERT books from class 6-10.NCERT -
THE GIST OF NCERT (GEOGRAPHY) (THE GIST OF NCERT) Paperback – 2015YOUWIN PUBLICATION9351969231
The Gist of NCERT Geography Paperback – 2014Kalinjar Publications; First edition (2014)9382732764

Topic 3: 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 environment.
  • New pollution control acts and earth submit questions.

Best Books

Book namePublisherISBN
The Ecology & Environment Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSCDisha Publication (15 April 2017)9386323613
Environment And Ecology – A Complete Guide – by R. RajagopalanLexis Nexis9350357585
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – by Khuller and Rao(McGraw Hill)938345444X

Topic 4: 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

Book namePublisherISBN
Indian Economy Paper backMcGraw Hill Education; Ninth edition9352606140
Indian Economy : A Hand BookSmiling Unicorn Publications8193212789

Topic 5: Polity

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

Important Topics in Polity

Framing of The ConstitutionPresidentGovernor
Schedules & Parts Of Indian ConstitutionAttorney General Of IndiaVidhan Parishad
CitizenshipLok SabhaParliamentary Funds
Sources Of Indian ConstitutionVice PresidentVidhan Sabha
CitizenshipLok SabhaParliamentary Funds
Article 370Rajya SabhaSupreme Court
Emergency In IndiaBillsHigh Court
CommissionsPrime Minister & Cabinet MinistersWrits

Best Books

Book namePublisherISBN
F22-NCERT GIST OF INDIAN POLITYKalinjar Publication9351720241
Indian Polity 5th EditionMcGraw Hill Education; Fifth edition935260363X

Topic 6: 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 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

Book namePublisherISBN
Selected MCQs on GK - Biology (Complete Set)Practice guru-
NCERT science books for class 6-10SCERT -
Objective Biology: Concise Study Material with MCQs (OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS SERIESRamesh Publishing House9350126222
Objective BotanyRamesh Publishing House8178129221
Objective ZoologyRamesh Publishing House817812923X

Topic 7: Chemistry

  • Reactivity series is the most important topic in terms of 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 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

Book namePublisherISBN
NCERT books class 6-10NCERT -
Objective ChemistryRamesh Publishing House8178121859
Chemistry Formulae & DefinitionsRPH; 27 edition8178125234
Basic Concepts of Chemistry Pegasus8131912523

Topic 8: Physics & Space Science

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

Important Topics in Physics & Space Science

MotionGravityWork
PressureUnits of MeasurementSound
HeatElectronicsMagnetism

Best Books

Book namePublisherISBN
Physics Formulae & DefinitionsRamesh Publishing House8178125242
Physics Dictionary (Pocket Book)Ramesh Publishing House9350125870
Science booksSCERT -

Topic 9: 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

Book namePublisherISBN
Objective Question Bank of Computer Awareness for General CompetitionsArihant Publication9351768171
Computer Knowledge & Literacy Objective QuestionKiran Prakashan -
OBJECTIVE Computer AwarenessArihant9351761606

Topic 10: 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

Book namePublisherISBN
The Ecology & Environment Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSCDisha Publication9386323613
Objective Biology: Concise Study Material with MCQs (OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS SERIESRamesh Publishing House9350126222

Topic 11: Current Affairs

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

Important Topics in Current Affairs

Population CensusOscar WinnersOlympics
Asian GamesSea PortsAirports
State Animals and SymbolsImportant Institutions of IndiaImportant Books & Writers

Best Books

Book namePublisherISBN code
General Knowledge 2017Ramesh Publishing HouseB06XZ5FQ3G
General Knowledge 2018 Capsule with Current Affairs Update 2nd EditionDisha Publication; 2nd editionB06Y1P6T9F
Quarterly Current Affairs - January to March 2017 for Competitive ExamsDisha PublicationB06XWTHH7F

General Tips to Prepare for SSC CGL General Awareness

These are some general tested tips that candidates will find handy while preparing the General Awareness section for Tier I.

  • Don’t waste your time on learning facts related to banking; they are rarely asked.
  • Prepare 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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