Tips to Ace the General Awareness in IBPS RRB Exams

IBPS RRB Officer
and Assistant 2017 exams are around the corner; Officer mains exam is scheduled
on 5th Nov and Assistant mains exam is on 12th Nov.
General Awareness being one of the important sections in these exams as well as
other competitive exams, we bring to you tips to ace in the section. These tips
are brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam
preparation platform for banking and government exams.
You should give
importance to the General Awareness section because this is one of the highest
scoring sections. You can attain 100% accuracy unless you do any guess work. This
section can really help you attain the overall cut-off. However, one of the
challenges that candidates face while preparing for this section is that they
are unaware of what to prepare. The scope of study is huge and there’s always
more to learn. Here are some tips to tackle this challenge and prepare well for
the General Awareness section.
The General
Awareness Section in the IBPS RRB mains includes 40 questions and the maximum
marks allotted is 40. Let’s have a glance through the syllabus before moving on
to the tips.
IBPS RRB Mains 2017
Syllabus – General Awareness

Financial /
Banking Awareness
  • Banking and
  • Roles and
    functions of institutions like RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, etc
  • Currencies of
    various countries
  • Exchange rate
  • Banking related
    facts etc.

Current Affairs
  • Banking and
    economy related news
  • Books by famous
  • Mergers of banks
  • Government
    schemes and policies etc.

Static G.K.
  • Indian states and
    their culture
  • Country and
  • National parks
  • Constituencies
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  • Indian economy
  • Financial
  • Budget
  • GDP growth rate

12 Tips to
Prepare for the General Awareness Section
  1. Read the
    newspaper daily and if possible pick the English Newspaper. This way you will
    be boosting your GK and English language preparation at one go
  2. Practice as many
    mock tests possible across static
    GK, current affairs, banking awareness, Indian and global economy etc. You can
    practice full-length as well as sectional Oliveboard mocks
  3. Expect general
    questions around geographical features of India and world
  4. Read about world
    organizations like IMF, World Bank, UN, ASEAN, SAARC etc.
  5. Expect questions
    from Indian and World history, economy with focus to special trends like
    inflationary trends, GDP etc.
  6. Get a thorough
    reading of Indian constitution and political system and expect questions from
    Articles, Schedules and Amendments
  7. Read all latest
    newspapers especially the last 4 months. Download news app to get updates on
    all current happenings
  8. Go through all
    the recent events in the banking sector with a focus to changing procedures in
    bank, RBI rules etc.
  9. Watch news
    headlines in television; this will break the reading monotony also
  10. Take online
    quizzes; you can install some apps to work out quizzes on the go
  11. Refer to limited
    but reliable GK books
  12. Refer to Oliveboard’s daily
    GK videos

Study Materials
for IBPS RRB Mains – General Awareness
  1. Refer to ‘The
    Hindu’ one of the most commonly perused newspaper for competitive exams
  2. Refer to NCERT
    books (up to class 10) for static GK topics
  3. Refer to year
    books like Manorama for current affairs
  4. Refer to various
    ebooks available on General Awareness: E-books
    for General Awareness Preparation for Banking, Government & MBA exams
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All the best!