There are two ways to become an officer in Indian Armed Forces. Either you have to compete through NDA & CDS exams and qualify it or apply for direct entries. In the first option, you have to compete with the other aspirants, while with the second option, you can directly appear in the SSB interview.
NDA exam is for the candidates who have passed their 10+2 exam and are under the age of 19.5 years. In contrast, the CDS exam can be attended by the candidates who have passed their graduation and age under 24 years. Both the exams are conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for getting admission to Airforce Academy, Indian Military Academy, and Indian Naval Academy.
The General Knowledge section is of utmost importance in both the exams. The questions are asked to test the current knowledge of the candidate. Though the syllabus for these exams is vast, the candidates can score good marks if prepared well. In this article, we will discuss the tips to prepare for the GK section.
NDA & CDS Exams General Knowledge Preparation Tips
Candidates often get worried about how to prepare for the General Knowledge section as there are a lot of things to cover. Few methods discussed below, and systematic study can help you to prepare for the GK section.
Read Newspapers and Magazines
General Knowledge is an important section in most competitive exams, and to remain updated with it, one must have the habit of reading newspapers and magazines daily.
In NDA & CDS exams, you’ll definitely find questions on current affairs. These questions are asked on the national & international events of the last six months. So, it is advised that candidates should develop a habit of reading newspapers for at least 15 minutes on a daily basis. Try to opt for a reputed English newspaper and the most preferred among them is TOI.
Magazines play an important role in the SSB exam as well as in the interview. Questions about the latest government policies, technological developments, reforms, social issues are enquired in the interview. Apart from this, magazines will be valuable to crack the GD and lecture rounds. There are numerous magazines available in the monthly, semi-annual, and annual subscriptions, such as Pratiyogita Darpan, CSR (Competition Success Review), Dhankar, etc.
Refer to Best Books
To prepare for GK questions, refer to standard books that have covered all the relevant topics. Most of the questions are asked from Geography, History, Politics, General Science, etc., and the syllabus for these subjects does not change.
For Geography, you can refer to 11th class NCERT, Certificate Physical and Human Geography by G C Leong and The Orient Blackswan Atlas. For History, you can refer to Ancient History and Mediaeval History from NCERT, Modern History from Spectrum: Brief History of Modern India. Try to focus more on Modern History. For Politics, you can refer to Indian Polity by M Laxmikant. You can cover basic Science from NCERT books. For Current Affairs, read Yojana, Pratiyogita Darpan, CSR, Manorama Yearbook, etc.
Aspirants can watch documentaries as they are an important source of information. Nowadays, documentaries are available in all genres, from politics to geography, and you can use them to expand your knowledge.
Watch News Channels
You can get the latest updates happening around the world from news channels and informational programs. But, make sure you choose good channels as some of them are very misleading.
Several TV channels that will help you raise your knowledge bar are NatGeo, Discovery, BBC, etc.
Nowadays, social media is an essential part of our lives, but it is equally important to use it in the right way. You can get a lot of information just by scrolling on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
There are several Facebook groups and pages on GK preparation that you can follow to be updated with the current news. You can find similar pages, groups, communities, videos on other platforms as well. Hence, we advised you to take the full leverage of these platforms and not underestimate the importance of social media. It can certainly help you to qualify for the NDA & CDS exams in many ways.
Online Test Series
After gaining knowledge through several sources, it is imperative to test your knowledge too. There are various test series available online and on the GKExam website as well, which will give you a real-time examination experience. We have a test series of GK in Hindi and English for you to opt your preferred language. Attempting these test series will help you improve your speed and boost confidence.
The Final Word
Every tough exam needs strategy, goal, and discipline to follow the plan. Some aspirants work hard, but not smart. Make a plan and try to complete the syllabus in the stipulated time.
GK is not a tough section to crack. Your devotion and dedication will help you to work hard and crack the exam. Follow the steps mentioned above and tear your fear.