One important section that features in a majority of competitive exams is the General knowledge and current affairs section. Candidates appearing for exams often find it difficult to score in these sections due to lack of preparation. They do not keep themselves updated on the current events and news. Frequently,students who excel in the other sections find the current affairs difficult because of not having a proper study plan. Here are some tips to help you conquer this section.
Current affairs in general cover a diverse range of topics related to politics, sports, automobiles, technology, economy, etc. Since events of import keep occurring any time of the day continuously worldwide, keeping abreast with such events is necessary to ace the current affairs section.
The current affairs include questions on art and culture, business, economy, personalities, Indian and world politics, sports and records, honours and awards.
The trick lies in knowing which news to accumulate, memorize, and revise during your preparation. A candidate can do this section properly only when the exact pattern of questions and the marks allotted are known.
Of the 30 questions asked in the General awareness section, there are 17 questions in relation to current affairs with each question carrying 2 marks. For a wrong answer, the penalty is 0.5 marks or one-fourth of the total marks assigned to an answer.
To avoid negative scores, you should not guess haphazardly. Make sure you are certain about the answer or at least able to eliminate two of the options with certainty.
The time allotted to the general awareness section should be about 10 minutes as the questions need direct answers mostly. With proper preparation, attempting this section first will make you score well and increase your confidence while you attend the other sections.
To be knowledgeable in current affairs, concentrating on the news events of previous six months is essential. More precise learning about events for four months previous to the exam date is needed.
Go through the updates on current affairs and the daily quizzes present online or via Android phone apps too.
Read important newspapers, such as The Hindu, Times of India, etc., and leading magazines on business, sports, and general events to know about the trending news in the national and international scenario.
The various news channels on television also provide useful and current news events. Make sure you watch channels such as NDTV, Zee News, and Times Now, etc., for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.
Take notes on the events you consider being relevant. Maintaining notes will help you revise prior to the exams and they also help in memorizing dates, important names, etc.
Since the current affairs question pattern differs with the various competitive exams, you should prepare accordingly. For bank exams, you should know more about news and events related to business, economy, and banking.
The Internet is another significant source to tap from to increase your knowledge on current affairs. Use Wikipedia, YouTube, and Google to stay updated. Social networking sites online also help immensely with the steady current events news they deliver. This happens once you sign up or follow the related accounts on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Try to focus on the areas you are strong in to score better. Practice and mock tests also influence your scores, thus enabling you to add a considerable score during the exam.