We appear for entrance exams to reach to our dream career destination. Before we start preparing for any entrance exam, we glance through the syllabus and various sections of the paper. In our pursuit to excel in Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language section, we tend to ignore one of the most scoring sections i.e. General Awareness. In this post you will be guided on study tips to prepare General Knowledge for entrance exams.
If you are aspiring for top colleges across the country or any Govt. job exam, then it is essential to stay abreast of current affairs and GK topics. In any exam, approximately 25% of the paper features GK based questions. Read, 5 facts exam Repeaters refuse to admit. The reason for extra focus on General Knowledge topics and questions is to enable students to score higher in lesser time and perform well in Group Discussions and Interviews.
Prior to the tips to study General knowledge for entrance exams, let’s take a look at the gamut covered under this head:
The important topics covered under GK are:
- Physical Geography
- Indian and World Geography
- Indian and World History
- International Organizations
- Everyday Science
- Awards and Honors
- Indian Economy
- Indian Polity
- Current Affairs
- Current Affairs
- Other Miscellaneous GK
Now, read on some useful tips to study General Knowledge for competitive or entrance exams:
As a piece of general advice, everybody recommends to read newspapers, listen to AIR news and watch GD interviews to study General knowledge. Here, we will tell you how to go about it.
Reading Habit: It is recommended to follow 2 to 3 newspapers daily.
Reading newspaper daily will boost your GK learning. It is wise to keep an eagle’s eye on what is happening around you and stay updated. Read the editorial of a few old newspapers, past two weeks, will suffice.
Reading two to three newspapers means that 1 should be of your mother tongue or regional language and the other should be an English newspaper. The best newspapers to study General Knowledge include ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’, and ‘The Telegraph’.
Reading magazines like ‘The Chronicles’ ‘India today’ will also be helpful.
Watch News Channels: Watching TV just for fun does not increase your GK, watching News channel daily does. For preparing General knowledge for entrance exams, pick your favorite news reader and a suitable time for yourself, make a schedule of the best news channels and episodes and watch them regularly. View breaking news and headlines.
Some interesting shows that may help you in preparing for current affairs, GK and GD’s are:
- Newshour on Times Now
- DNA on Zee News
- Prime Time shows with feature programs on ABP News, NDTV and other private news channels
- Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha Parliament Sessions on Doordarshan
- KBC quiz show
Prepare notes to study General Knowledge: For current affairs and GK preparation, writing is the best way. Keeping a notebook in your own handwriting and words is always a good idea.
Write down everything that is happening around the world.
Note down what seems important to you as memorizing everything is not possible for anyone. Write short notes, 1-2 liners, and blanks on what seems vital to you from exam point of view.
If you wish to learn something, maintaining your diary or journal help you memorize points faster. Read, career diary can do magic in students life.
Use internet to study general knowledge: For preparing General knowledge for entrance exams Following internet is a good option. YouTube, Wikipedia and Google are the best teachers on the web.
Follow the competitive exam websites that offer free access and registration to monthly PDF for GK and current affairs preparation.
If you fall short of time to read newspaper every day, follow the GD forum, the online version of these newspapers. Interesting conversation on the latest current affair topics, take place in these forums.
Follow the Twitter and Facebook Pages of online GK and Current Affairs groups. These might help you with latest information, important questions and may give insight on preparation strategies. Also practice online mock tests on GK and Current affairs. Read, how mobile apps help you prepare for competitive exams?
Take online quizzes of educational websites. It act as a parameter to evaluate your progress and test your performance level. Quizzes and one-liners on different topics help in boosting your confidence and morale. It gives a kind of assurance that you are well prepared.
To sum up, difference between the candidates who get selected and those who do not, is that the former focuses on what the latter misses. Effective strategy and strong presence of mind can help you achieve success in any competitive exam.
Hope you study for your GK section well by paying attention to aforesaid tips.