GK General Knowledge/Current Affairs Preparation Guide, Tips, Important Books, Websites & Mobile Apps for all competition exams:– General Awareness is a subject which is common to be found in the syllabus of each and every competition examination of India. The examinations contain a major fraction of marks in General Awareness section for candidates to score.
Examinations conducted through UPSC, SSC and state PSCs have a General Knowledge section in the paper, either in the Preliminary exams or Tier I exams, then some also contain general awareness section in Tier II or Stage II of exams as well. So it is undeniable that one must be aware of the knowledge about things went, going and will be happening around the world in order to secure good marks in this section.
It is crucial for candidates to score well in General Knowledge or Current Affairs section, which generally helps the candidates in getting overall great amount of marks. So with this article, let’s discuss the best ways to prepare for the General Awareness & Current Affairs section for Competition exams in India.
General knowledge & Current Affairs Syllabus Topics For Competition Exams
The topics from which this section is generalized in order to test the general awareness and knowledge of a candidate include Basic knowledge about country and world, Current Affairs, Events of national and international importance, General science and applications, Specific dates and days, Indian Polity and Constitution, International relations of India, History of India and world, Indian and World Geography, Economy and Social Development of India and world, Finance and Situations, Scientific discoveries and achievements, Books and authors, Sports, Awards and Prizes etc. This is basically the General Awareness section.
Study Material and Preparation Guide:-
Candidates are advised to make a list of the study material that is going to help them in any competition exams. For the General Knowledge section, there are many books and study materials available. The study material includes the books from standard writers and publishers, notes on general basis and practice sheets etc. So here are some standard books and magazines for scoring better in competition examinations. The books/magazines are also specific to topics that come under the General Awareness section.
The preparation guide must include a specific layout plan for your study, a list wise detailed syllabus for each topic and sub topic, a well prepared schedule as per topics to cover in General Awareness section, a properly verified and recommended list of all books/study material, each study material on the desk and then you can start your preparation for the General Awareness section.
Mind you, the general awareness section doesn’t require a deep study thing or you have to spend a great deal of time on it, No. You just need to prepare a good plan of studying the material you have for 2 hours daily including single practice sheet paper or mock test paper, it is sufficient to cover up all the topics. Or you can always study first and at the end of the week, assess yourself with the online practice papers/mock test series or application based questionnaire. This is going to help you pretty well with the preparation.
Let’s now have a look at the recommended and most widely used books by the toppers of various competition examinations. These books are been recommended by most of the toppers and selected candidates and hence we recommend these to you.
Best Study Material & Books for the General Knowledge Sections for all Competition Exams 2017-2018
|Sr. No.||Best GK(General Knowledge) Books|
|1.||General Knowledge 2017 Essential knowledge Guide by Arihant Publications.|
|2.||General Knowledge by Lucent for General Events in World.|
|3.||General Knowledge 2017 by Pearson General.|
Subject specific books from Authors and Publications:
|Sr.No||Subject specific books from Authors and Publications|
|1.||Indian Polity and Constitutional issues by Arihant.|
|2.||Indian Polity for Civil Services exam by M. Laxmikanth|
|3.||Indian Constitution by D.D. Basu.|
|4.||History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra.|
|5.||Certified Physical and human geography by Goh Cheng Leong.|
|6.||Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh or|
|7.||Indian Economy by Sanjeev Verma.|
|8.||Environment Sciences and Ecology guide|
|9.||NCERT/CBSE Standard books for all the subjects contain important and huge knowledge for all competitive examinations|
|10.||Geography General- India and World Question bank from Tata McGraw Hill publications.|
Magazines for General Knowledge Section of Competition Exams
These magazines which we have listed in the below table contain huge amount of knowledge for current affairs in General awareness section as well as regarding each sub topics of General Knowledge. While Year books are totally knowledgeable containing and covering each and every topic and sub-topic of General awareness section.
|Sr. No.||Recommended Magazines|
|1.||Manorama Year Book 2017.|
|2.||Patrika Year book 2017.|
|3.||Pratiyogita Darpan (twice a month).|
|6.||Outlook India and|
|7.||India Times etc|
Best Coaching Institutes for the Preparation of Competition Exams
Now other than this, candidates can always opt to join the coaching classes for preparation of various competition exams. The name of few best coaching institutes for the all round examination preparation are given below with their web-address.
Please visit the website for proper knowledge about study material, batches, coaching mechanism, preparation guide and support, reviews and testimonies of the selected candidates. This way you can choose and opt for better institute near you.
Best Coaching institutes and Websites :
|Best Coaching Institutes of India||Website Address|
|Reddy’s IAS Circle||www.rcreddyiasstudycircle.com|
|ALS SAT Education Academy||www.alssatedu.com|
|Khan Study Group India||www.ksgindia.com|
|Pragya Civil Services Institute||www.pragyacivilservices.com|
|Delhi Institute of Civil Services||www.dics.co|
|Rau’s IAS Academy||www.rauias.com|
|Achievers’ IAS Classes||www.achieversiasclasses.com|
|The Career Launchers||www.careerlauncher.com|
|The Brilliant Tutorial Classes||www.brillianttutorials.com|
|Zenith Point Academy||www.zenithpoint.com|
There are hundreds of many more Coaching institutes in India for the preparation of various Government competitive examinations. So you can choose well after proper reviews and searching. Preparation Methods other than books:One can easily use the internet as a medium of good knowledge and study preparation for the General Knowledge section of all competition exams.
Mobile Application for the Better Preparation For the Competition Exams in India
There are many websites and portals providing quality contents for each and every topic and sub topic. As well as the Mobile applications are also in trends, yet really helpful for last minute preparation and mock test papers for self-assessment of the candidate. So here is the list of a few applications:-
|Sr.No.||Mobile Apps For Competition Exam Preparation|
|2.||Constitution of India application.|
|3.||NCERT books application.|
|5.||Pratiyogita Darpan App.|
|7.||Grade Up Application.|
|8.||Online Tyari App.|
|9.||Civildaily – IAS General studies preparation.|
|10.||Wikipedia Mobile – for instant knowledge and fast access|
|11.||Offline Thesaurus application.|
|12.||The Hindu application (or any other good newspaper app).|
We hope that this preparatory guide will help you with your preparation of General Awareness section for all of the coming competition exams. By using these books and suggestions, many have successfully cleared/qualified the examinations and that is why we are recommending those to you. You are definitely going to get benefited by using this guide. All the best.