General awareness is a section which is considered as less time consuming in the exams. But it is also said to be less scoring.
If you know the answer, it is a hit for you. And if you don’t know the answer, it wastes your time while you read the question. So why should not you learn a method which will help you in scoring better marks in the upcoming exam?
This is a proven method which helps you in preparing GA with less time consumption.
But people often email me and ask, ‘how are GK and GA different?’
So Before starting up, let me dissolve your big confusion here. You may skip the first heading if you know the difference.
Difference Between General Knowledge & General Awareness.
GK is the knowledge of everything around you like,
- Details about your City, State, Country, Planet or any such Geographical structure. Their past and current discoveries are all included.
- These Geographical structures contain living and nonliving organisms. So everything about them which may include a study of Biology, Physics, Chemistry etc.
- Humans are an integral part of this environment. So this includes study like History, Economy, Technology, Environment, Engineering… and the list may go on.
So you can see GK includes almost everything which is related to you directly or indirectly. GK is discrete.
GA is not discrete. It is abstract. GA focuses on the particular field only.
For Example, if you are preparing for Bank, the GA for bank may include,
- Banking history and dates.
- Banking terms, names of institution & personnel attached with Banks.
- Current status and affairs of the banking sector.
- General current affairs (things happening around to check how conscious you are).
Similarly, if you are preparing for SSC, then GA contains,
- Indian history.
- Government, parliament, policies, rules etc.
- Indian physical surrounding.
- And again general current affairs
The methods of preparation of both GK and GA are same. So I am elaborating here with GA in focus and you may proceed with GK (Simply replace GA with GK) or any other term your come through. The preparation method is same.
How to prepare for the General Awareness for exams?
There is no fixed rule for the preparation. So there is no one in this world who can claim that they know everything in GA.
Now you may ask ‘there are people who know much to get qualified in the exam”.
You are right. I have consulted with such people who know how to score well in GA. And I am going to tell you how they do it.
This is a 5 step simple process.
Make a schedule where you can dedicate 2 hours daily for GA.
Now in that 2 hours, take out one hour for reading newspapers. The next one hour you have to write everything you learned yesterday. (First day you can skip this one hour as you will not have anything learned yesterday).
Take a single paper (do not take more than one paper). Read the whole newspaper of that day in 40 minutes.
(We are coming up with our ‘How to read newspaper’ edition soon).
Step – 3
When you have completed, learn everything you have written on the paper for the next 20 minutes. Keep this paper safe for next day.
On the first day, you will have to skip the fourth and fifth steps because they are for next day.
Step – 4
Next day repeat step 1, 2 & 3 with the new newspaper of that day. This will take your initial one hour.
In the next hour (Do not start immediately. You should take 10 minutes break or can choose any other time on the same day but a schedule with ten-minute break works best) take a rough copy and write it ten times.
Yes, writing anything lasts longer. Means if you write a tough sentence, you can remember it and it remains in your mind for a longer time.
Step – 5
Write down one more time in a fair copy for future reference. You will keep this copy with you so that when you are revising it on Sunday, it will help you.
When you follow these five steps daily, you will give 90% correct answers in the exam which is done by toppers only.
It is often seen that the students are confused on
What to read in a Newspapers (or online media) for a competitive exam?
First of all, never read more than one newspaper. With the rise in technology, every newspaper has all the important materials covered which may be asked in the exam.
Now coming to the point. Before you know what to read in a newspaper, you must know what you should NOT read in the newspaper.
What is NOT important?
- World tours of Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber.
- Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai photoshoot.
- How many people are killed in a car bomb blast in Pakistan or Afghanistan?
- Some researchers found out that eating neem helps in digestion.
- 20 people died in car accident in Ahmedabad.
- Some girl eloped with a neighbor.
- A cop was found taking bribes.
- Stone-pelting and rioting in a part of Orissa after a decision given by local DM.
- Rahul Gandhi said ….. against Narendra Modi.
- Arvind Kejriwal watched a movie.
Anything happening for
- small-time that does not affect future of the Country or World (i.e. not a national or international issue). Like Students wooed at PM in Lucknow.
- personal matters of celebrities. Like Mulayam Singh said something about Karsevaks.
should not be touched. They are attractive and easily learned but they only waste time.
What is important?
Important for Bank Exam
- banking history, dates, founder, law/rules of effect, founding members, headquarters etc.
- commonly used terms like savings and current accounts, term deposits, NPA etc.
- banking products and terms used during initial days.
- press conference or press note by Government, SEBI, RBI, Planning Commission etc.
- basic details of glossaries used in banks like Repo Rate, Deficit, Current Account Deficit, IIP, GDP, WPI, CPI etc.
- products launched by banks or government of India in support of the banks like agricultural loans, special personal loans etc.
- highlights of the budget if exam is within 3 months of the budget.
- news of financial institution or business houses which were in nation media.
- Mergers & Acquisitions, Takeovers, Buyouts, Joint Ventures
- and all the current news related to banks and economy happened 3-4 months before the exam date.
- Marketing Terms like telemarketing, cross-selling etc.
Important for non-Bank Exams (like SSC, Railways etc)
Banking exams have a defined syllabus but non banking exam has a versatile syllabus. So here you don’t have to go in depth. In these exams, your common knowledge is checked. Exams like these have question on,
- schemes launched in the past 2-3 years (and was the recently in the news due to some reason), schemes currently in the news and schemes that have just been announced.
- terms related to the ministry or government department which comes in direct or indirect significance to the scheme.
- objectives of the scheme, powers and responsibilities of the implementing body, achievements and limitations of the scheme etc.
- news related to Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG), Election Commission of India(EC), National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) and/or. powers and responsibilities of the body as well as its members.
- things related to public representatives/bodies like Gram Panchayats, Members of Parliament (MPs), Cabinet Ministers, the President of India, ministries etc.
- basic history, civics and geographical knowledge which can be read in class 9th & 10th NCERT books
These are the core questions and it contains 15-20 marks in the exam. Apart from the core questions, general current affairs are also asked in the exams. This includes,
- Sports – Records, Winners, Venues, Upcoming Championships.
- Awards – Sports, Literature, Social Work, Nobel Prize winners, Indian awards, Bollywood.
- Entertainment – Major films, plays, documentaries in the news and why were they in a news.
- Corporate – New products, tag lines, brand ambassadors, mergers & acquisitions, appointments, removal, resignation.
- Politics – Government announcements, Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors, Heads of Constitutional bodies.
- Deaths of personalities and their field of expertise.
You must be up to date with the current affairs of 3-4 months prior to the exam date.
Preparing for general awareness with keeping these things in mind will definitely help you in scoring above 90% of the right answers.
If you have any doubt please let me know. I will try to solve your doubt as quickly as possible.
If you find any improvement area, let me know.