SSC CGL GK Section 2016 – How to Prepare

SSC CGL 2016 Tier I is going to be conducted after a few days. In this article I will tell you about how to prepare for SSC CGL GK Section. In the last post on SSC CGL Exam I have explained you about the new SSC CGL Exam pattern. I am sure that you must be very clear about the SSC CGL Exam Pattern.

SSC CGL GK Section 2016

SSC CGL GK Section is the most important and crucial section of SSC CGL Tier I Exam. The reason I am saying because this is the most difficult of all the four section. Level of questions in all other section viz. General Intelligence & Reasoning, English Comprehension and Quantitative Aptitude is likely to remain moderate. This I am saying based on the previous year SSC CGL papers. However as far as GK section is concerned this is known fact that the level of SSC CGL GK always remains high.

This is considered as a difficult section because of a very wide syllabus. Those students who prepare very well and with a plan can only score well in this section. Good books are also very important. Therefore study only from quality books. For the benefit of my students I have provided links for a few very good books for SSC CGL GK Section.

ssc cgl gk sectionThis section is very important for a few reasons. If you are well prepared you can solve this section very quickly. You can solve this section as quickly as in 7-8 minutes. Good preparation in this section will help you save your time and you can devote your precious time on other section. A good score in this section will help you to finally qualify the Tier I exam. A good score will give you a clear cut edge over other candidates. Please understand that the number of students who are really well prepared for this section is very less. Therefore you should prepare this section particularly well which will help you in improving your score.

Now let us understand about the syllabus of this section:

Conventional GK: In SSC CGL GK Section questions are mainly asked from conventional GK. GK topics such as General Science, Indian Polity, Indian History, Economy, Geography and everyday GK are covered in this section.  In SSC exams lot of focus is being given to General Science section. Almost 30 to 40% questions are asked from topics such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, everyday science etc. Indian history is another important topic and many questions are asked from it. Current Affairs are also asked but not more than 10-15% of the entire questions. You should prepare these questions from NCERT books of 8th to 10th level and should also refer to a good quality General Knowledge Guide.

Miscellaneous GK: Questions are also being asked from everyday GK such as capital, currency, institutions, books & authors, sports, important terms, persons and places, important days etc. Such questions you can prepare for Manorama Year Book.

What is a good score for SSC CGL GK Section?

Your objective should be to score 20+ questions. Anybody answering more than 20 and more questions should be highly satisfied. This much of score will give you a clear cut edge and your overall score will surely improve.

How to prepare for this section?

Regular study is the key. You should study from good books, initially you should prepare from NCERT books and thereafter you should study from a good GK Guide such as Pearson General Knowledge Manual and Manorama Year Book. For this section it is also very important to have discussions as much as you can have with your friends.

Important Books for SSC CGL GK Section

I will tell you only about two books apart from the NCERT Books. And remember for current affairs you should study from monthly magazines such as Competition Success Review and Pratiyogita Darpan.

The Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2016

Manorama Year Book

You can purchase these books directly from Amazon by clicking the book given above. Due to exam season you should purchase it quickly otherwise it may not be available.


  1. abhishek says:

    Sir,please recommend a book for ssc cgl general knowledge in hindi language,

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