How to prepare General Awareness for IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018

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  • General Awareness is the section which is asked in most of the government exams in at least one of the stages of the selection process. Banking sector exams like IBPS PO are also one of them.

  • Only second phase of IBPS PO Exam, which is Mains has General Awareness section which consists of 40 questions each carrying 1 mark. The duration of time allocated for this section is 35 minutes.

  • This year, IBPS PO Main exam is scheduled to be conducted on 18th November 2018. 

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General Awareness is the section which is asked in most of the government exams in at least one of the stages of the selection process. Banking sector exams like IBPS PO are also one of them. In IBPS PO examination, it has a section dedicated to General Awareness. Questions based on this section is to test the candidate's knowledge of current affairs of national and international events as well as other static general knowledge. IBPS PO is an exam for recruitment in banks, more focus is given to candidates knowledge of the current banking system, finance, economy etc.

All the interested candidates who are preparing for IBPS PO often wonder how to prepare General Awareness for IBPS PO – where to begin, how to study, where to focus, etc. If you are also one of them, then you are at a right place. In this article, we at safalta education portal want to clear all your doubts regarding General Awareness section. Candidates should keep visiting safalta education portal in order to get all latest updates regarding various competitive exams.

Section of General Awareness in IBPS PO Mains Examination proves to be the Achilles’ heel for a number of candidates and that is because of the vast syllabus attached to this section. This is the main issue with this section because other that, it does not require any special brilliance or much time in the examination. Many students still not able to secure the sectional cut off marks in this section. In order to score well in this section, the preparation has to be smart and to the point so that you know only the important information.

IBPS PO exam is conducted in three phases as under:
•    Phase 1: IBPS PO Prelims
•    Phase 2: IBPS PO Mains
•    Phase 3: IBPS PO Personal Interview

Only second phase of IBPS PO Exam, which is Mains has General Awareness section which consists of 40 questions each carrying 1 mark. The duration of time allocated for this section is 35 minutes.
This year, IBPS PO Main exam is scheduled to be conducted on 18th November 2018. So, Candidates have enough time to prepare for this section. The time management is very much necessary in IBPS PO Mains exam and within limited time you have to answer the maximum questions with accuracy. Candidates also have the pressure of scoring very well in all the sections including the general awareness section.

In General Awareness, you can score 33-37 out of 40 within 7-10 minutes.  Score gained in General Awareness section becomes an important pillar for your final selection.

Some Important Topics

1.    Banking in India
2.    History of Banking in India
3.    Banking Sector Reforms
4.    Banking Ombudsman Scheme
5.    Reserve Bank of India
6.    Monetary Instruments of RBI
7.    Banking Operation in India
8.    Financial System in India
9.    Basel Committee
10.    Important Financial Organizations
11.    Recent Visits of important personalities in India.
12.    Capitals of important countries.
13.    Currencies of important countries.
14.    Names of the president and prime minister of countries coming in recent news.
15.    Names of chief ministers and governors of Indian states.
16.    Important Indian economy committees and the subject matters.
17.    Awards
18.    Appointments
19.    PIN
20.    Sports
21.    Books and writers
22.    Recent Policies of Indian Government

Syllabus of General Awareness in IBPS PO mains

1.    Current Affairs: This includes all events and issues of national and international importance for the last six months. Candidates should give more focus to the latest events. Topics include Sports, Polity, Latest Budget, Awards and Honors, Science & Technologies, Summits, Business, Economy, etc. Most of the questions will be based on Current Affairs – you can expect 20-25 questions from Current Affairs.
2.    Static General Knowledge: Questions of this type test your knowledge of various facts which won’t change. General topics like, History, Geography, Indian Constitution, Indian Parliament, Books and Authors, Countries – Capital/Currency, Culture, Sports and Trophies, Inventions and Discoveries. Question-based on such topics have the least weightage – 8-10 questions of this type can be expected.
3.    Banking Awareness: Questions related to banking awareness could be from a wide range of topics, like History of Banking, Banking and Financial Institutes of India, Banking Abbreviations, Reserve Bank of India and its Rules and Regulations, Bank Rates, KYC, etc. 12-15 questions related to Banking Awareness can be expected in the paper.

Some important tips for General Awareness section 

1.    Candidates should read a good English Newspaper business page and make short 1–2 liner notes for revision. Revise daily. That’s it.
2.    Candidates should focus on Indian Economy topic as questions based on this topic are more probable to come in the exam.
3.    Candidates should have a look on RBI websites and go through the latest updates on banking. Some questions might be asked from there.
4.    Candidates should read 2018 General Budget main highlights and make notes of all major announcements.
5.    Candidates should also read the main highlights of Economic Survey 2018.
6.    Candidates should go through the previous years question and analyze the level. By which candidates will get an idea of questions asked in the IBPS Mains examination.
7.     Candidates should have to revise their notes time to time as revision is the key.
8.    Candidates should give mock test as many as they can for practice which will be helpful in covering left over topics.
9.    Candidates also have to go through the Books and Authors names including autobiographies.
10.    Candidates should read from one source. Don’t get puzzled with so many books. Follow only standard sources.
11.    Candidates can also have a  look at the updates available on safalta education portal

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