Dear Aspirants, Here Find Some tips for General Knowledge Preparation (competitive Exams) : The importance of General Knowledge has been continuously increasing since the past few years, with more and more competitive examinations including it as one of their subjects and its weight age in these examinations has always been higher than several other subjects. Thus, if you are aspiring to crack any major examination like UPSC, State PSCs, CLAT, etc., you must have a strong command of General Knowledge and also have a clear understanding of how to attempt the General Knowledge questions while taking these examinations. Let us look at these two questions separately.
Table of Contents
- How to Study for the General Knowledge Subject?
- How to Attempt Questions for General Knowledge Section?
How to Study for the General Knowledge Subject?
Use the following tips and techniques for mastering the General Knowledge section:
Have a strategy:
Failing to plan is planning to fail! If you straightaway dive into the subject without making a clear-cut plan, it may lead to wastage of time and unnecessary confusion. Thus, before starting to prepare General Knowledge for the examinations, formulate a strategy and decide on how much you need to finish up within a particular time frame. Create a weekly schedule and a monthly one, since daily schedules can be too rigid! Also, write down your schedule and stick it to the wall in front of your study table. This way, you will be continuously reminded of the course you have already completed, and of what needs to be finished, both on a weekly and a monthly basis.
Do not ratify, but try to understand:
True, some part of GK just does not have enough material to be ‘understood’, and it has to be straightaway memorized (for example: sobriquets, superlatives, capital cities, etc.), but the major sections like History, Geography, Science, Indian Polity, etc., can and should be understood properly. A deeper understanding of these topics will help you in memorizing even the bland facts related to them.
Do not try to break the whole mountain at once, break one stone at a time:
Remember Dashrath Manji, the ‘Mountain Man’? He used a hammer and a chisel and carved out a way out of a mountain and shortened the distance between his village and another prominent village. How can just one person break the whole mountain? He did not try to move the mountain in a single day but he broke one stone at a time. That is how GK should be studied—do not make extremely big, unreasonable goals. Break your goals into chunks of small tasks, and try achieving a few such tasks in a day. Thus, rather than writing ‘I will start and complete Indian Constitution today’, write ‘I will complete the portions till Salient Features of the Constitution today’, ‘Fundamental Rights tomorrow’ and so on and so forth. Thus, if you break your tasks into small chunks, you will not be overburdened with studies and before you know it, you would have accomplished a lot more than you would have thought.
Know what to leave:
In General Knowledge, knowing what to leave is as important as knowing what to cover. Thus, be in touch with your mentors and if they ask you to leave a particular sub-topic, topic or section, leave it! You cannot possibly cover everything under the sun and thus, understanding what to leave becomes very important to ace General Knowledge.
Take a break:
Take frequent, but short breaks. Our mind is tuned to work at its peak only for about 50–60 minutes without a break. Thus, take a 5–10 minutes break after each hour and you will be able to study for more number of hours, without getting tired.
This is the most underrated tool for scoring well in GK section. Most of the students spend all their time just reading and memorizing new topics, without revising what they have already learnt. Keep aside at least 10% of the time you spend studying GK for revising your topics.
Follow the above-mentioned tips to improve and score well in the General Knowledge section. Note that these tips are not specific to just one examination and thus will help you in preparing for any examination that has General Knowledge as one of the sections.
How to Attempt Questions for General Knowledge Section?
Moving on to the next part, it’s also important to understand how to attempt the General Knowledge section during the examination. Following are some tips for the same:
Do not worry, most of the GK questions appearing in competitive examinations are not very tricky or demand reading between the lines. They are pretty straightforward. Thus, unlike Logical Reasoning or English questions, you should not be spending a lot of time reading GK questions. Try reading them as fast as you can, while also understanding the questions completely.
Quick decision making:
A major mistake made by the students in GK section is that they spend a lot of time thinking and guessing the correct answer, without understanding that just spending a lot of time on a question, will not automatically give them the correct answer. Unlike Logical Reasoning and Mathematics, you do not have to ‘solve’ questions here. Thus, take quick decisions. Either you know the answer or you do not know. In either case, take the decision of marking or not marking the answer and move on to the next question.
Attempt, in case of a confusion:
Too often, a student is confused between two options in GK. In such a case, unless there is a negative marking of over half of the positive marking (for example: +1 for correct answer and more than – 0.5 for a wrong answer), it is always advisable to mark one answer. Even if you get it wrong, you will lose only a fraction of a mark. But if you get it right, you will end up scoring one mark. Thus, even in case of confusion between two options, do not leave the question unanswered.
All The Best ...