I’m sure you are aware about the importance of the much-feared subject of all entrance exams- current affairs. If you are also preparing for one such exam, welcome to the chaos. This is a subject where all individuals struggle every single day and face a lot of uncertainty.
No matter the fear, from an examination point of view, this is a very important section. Almost every competitive or entrance exam comprises of a current affairs section.
And don’t worry, Current Affairs is nothing to be afraid of. It is just like a galaxy of what’s happening around us. It is vast and unstructured, but it is also a general view of the world around us. In order to succeed, you just need to adopt a systematic and structured methodology.
So here are some tips to handle current affairs section.
Tips to handle Current Affairs
1. How to get started
- Take a brief idea from previous year papers. Check what kind of questions are usually asked.
- Read standard newspapers online i.e. The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Times of India.
- Follow daily current affairs from sources like Eazyprep.
- Read standard books like “Competition Success Review”.
- Get brief insights of the news so as to ensure no stones unturned.
- Practice daily quizzes, available online. You could try Eazyprep’s daily CA quizzes too!
2. Classify your Current Affairs
Basically the need to categorize and classify current affairs lies in the fact that it is both vast and dynamic. We cannot randomly remember each and every aspect of this section. So we must train our minds to form connections so as to establish a strong hold on the topic.
Below is a two-level classification of current affairs that is definitely going to help you out to a greater extent:
a) First Level: Classify based on months:
You can prepare your short hand notes on current affairs on the basis of every month. Very important point: It is observed that in many examinations the questions of current affairs section are from six months or one year prior to the date of commencement of the exam.
So if you are going to take the exam in the month of December 2020, so you need to start preparing your notes from the month of January 2020. This is what your first level of classification will look like:
|Current affairs for the month January 2020|
|Current affairs for the month February 2020|
|Current affairs for the month March 2020|
|Current affairs for the month April 2020|
|Current affairs for the month May 2020|
b) Second Level: Classify based on topics:
You can sub-categorize your preparation notes in order to easily remember the facts and figures. For example: You can note down the list of important events related to Economy, Sports etc. mentioned in the above table month wise. In this fashion you will not find it Current Affairs confusing. Rather, this will help you form connections and it will be very beneficial for you at the time of revision.
Below is the table in which you can sub-categorize your monthly current affairs section:
|Science and Technology|
|Awards and Honours|
|Persons in News|
3. Learn with Fun
This subject can also be fun! Let us see how that can be done.
Almost everybody is using social networking sites these days and many of us are also social birds. Here is how you can use your time on social media for achieving your goals rather than losing time doing non-fruitful things:
- You can create or join groups on social media who are preparing for competitive exams just like you.
- Use these groups to learn and get a vast knowledge in a short span of time without getting bored.
- You can also create a WhatsApp group with your friends who are preparing current affairs just like you. Ask them to put useful information related to the subject. With this joint preparation effort, you will cover every possible material.
4. What not to do
Where there are things to do, there are also tips to not do! Here are some things you should avoid doing while preparing for this section:
- Do not blindly study everything as this may create a great confusion at the time of exam.
- Do not forget revision. Trying to read new things in a day or two before exam will not fetch you any fruitful results. Make sure you revise current affairs regularly.
- Avoid reading news that is irrelevant and biased.
So here we go! Based on the above discussion we got to know about the dynamism of current affairs. It’s not a scary subject, but consistency and daily revision will definitely make you handle it better.
So go ahead. Plan your strategy on your own based on your timings and your way of grasping and remembering things. Create a killer plan and be a current affairs champion!