The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts the RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Exam to fill various auxiliary posts in the Indian Railways. RRB will conduct Computer Based Test (CBT) for 35,208 vacancies including 24,605 Graduate posts and 10,603 Under-graduate posts under the Non-Technical Popular Category. In the latest news update, it said a total of 1,26,30,885 (over 1.25 crore) online applications were received for NTPC posts. This demands a huge competition even amidst the pandemic. This article will guide you on how to Prepare for General Awareness Section for RRB NTPC.
The General Awareness section of RRB NTPC carries the maximum weightage in the exam. In the 1st stage CBT, this stage will carry a total of 40 marks. In the 2nd stage CBT, this section will carry 50 marks. Therefore, candidates must prepare well to score good marks in this section.
Topics included for GENERAL AWARENESS are :
- Current Events of National and International Importance
- Games and Sports
- Art and Culture of India
- Indian Literature
- Monuments and Places of India
- General Science and Life Science (up to 10th CBSE)
- History of India and Freedom Struggle
- Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World
- Indian Polity and Governance- constitution and political system
- General Scientific and Technological Developments including Space and Nuclear Program of India
- UN and Other important World Organizations
- Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large
- Basics of Computers and Computer Applications
- Common Abbreviations
- Transport Systems in India
- Indian Economy
- Famous Personalities of India and World
- Flagship Government Programs
- Flora and Fauna of India
- Important Government and Public Sector Organizations of India
- Current GK
Now we will look at some tips to learn this vast syllabus.
It is recommended to follow 2 to 3 newspapers daily. Reading newspapers 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.
Familiarize yourself with Periodicals
Magazines like Pratiyogita Darpan and Competition Success Review can go a long way in helping you crack the General Awareness section. These magazines will not only help you have access to the recent developments of India and the World but will also make your job of making notes easier.
Read any Year Book regularly
Yearbooks like Manorma are helpful in presenting the bulk of the material in a concise form thereby making your General Awareness preparation convenient. Yearbooks also help you save a lot of time. However, do keep in mind that the last day reading of any yearbook will not help. What will help is being consistent in reading them throughout your preparation.
Prepare notes on 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. 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 the exam point of view.
Watch News Channels
For preparing General knowledge for entrance exams, pick your favorite newsreader 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:
- Prime Time shows with feature programs on BBC News, NDTV, and other Indian and International private news channels.
- Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha Parliament Sessions on Doordarshan, RSTV, and LSTV.
- KBC quiz show.
Practice Previous Year Question Papers
Try to practice as much previous paper as you can. But don’t forget to follow the current structure of the exam, as the exam pattern keeps on changing from time to time.
Build a Proper Structure
Follow a proper strategy and a time table for all the sections of the question paper. For the General Awareness section, try to invest at least 1-2 hours every day for better output. Start your preparation early and don’t wait for the eleventh hour.
Mastering GK seems to be a herculean task for many, with regard to the vast syllabus one needs to memorize. But if you make learning fun and interesting that would be a boon for many upcoming competitive exams. Practice the tips mentioned above and pass the exam with flying colors. We the Entri team wishes all the best to all the RRB NTPC aspirants.