Preparing For General Awareness Section In TISSNET.- Nikita Kamtekar, TISS, HRM & LR

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    Nikita Kamtekar is a first year student at TISS, HRM & LR. She graduated from Fergusson College and is a volunteer at a legal aid centre in Mumbai. She is an avid reader and quite passionate about general awareness. Besides reading, she loves to compose articles pertaining to a plethora of issues and happenings in and around her.

    Preparing well for ‘General Awareness’ is of utmost importance considering the fact that a major chunk of TISSNET comprises of GK, thus acting as the dealbreaker (in TISSNET 2016, it formed 40% of the paper). General awareness consists of two broad categories: the static portion and current affairs.

    Let’s first take a look at the static part.

    1) History:

    Tamil Nadu history text books: Class 10, 11, 12. They cover World History, India’s struggle for independence, Ancient and Medieval Indian history comprehensively.  

    Here is the link

    2) Geography:

    NCERT Class 11 Fundamentals of Physical Geography

    NCERT Class 11 India Physical Environment.

    Here is the link for all the NCERT text books:

    For world geography, refer to your state board textbooks.

    3) Culture:  NIOS material

    Emphasize on paintings, art and architecture.

    4) Political Science :

    NCERT Class 12 Contemporary World Politics

    NCERT Class 12 Politics in India since Independence

    NCERT Class 11 Indian Constitution at Work

    If this seems like a LOT, focus on Indian Constitution.

    5) Economics:

    NCERT Class 11 Indian Economic Development

    NCERT Class 12 Introductory Microeconomics

    NCERT Class 12 Introductory Macroeconomics

    Do this selectively. The focus should be on important terms and concepts eg. Repo rate, New Economic Policy, Bank Rate etc.

    6) Environment:

    State board textbooks will do OR NIOS material

    The NIOS material is too vast though. A Google search of important concepts (e.g. Bio magnification), Names of important treats and summits (e.g. Rio summit) would be better

    7) Science and Technology : LOW PRIORITY

    State board or NCERT text books. Skip, if short on time.

    If you are done with the above and still left with some time do take a look at the standard GK questions (e.g. Who was the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize? Which is the highest mountain in the world? etc.) Any GK manual like Manorama will do.

    Now, current affairs. Reading the Hindu or Indian Express should do. National and international news are of primary importance. Focus on important places and persons in news. Also take a look at new government schemes, international treaties and international summits. Don’t waste your time reading more than one newspaper. Preferably, instead of cutting and pasting important newspaper articles, just make micro notes that you can refer to for last minute prep.

    All this may seem a little daunting. But it is essential because in most cases the coaching class material is insufficient. Once you begin doing it, you’ll realize that it isn’t that bad. For all you know, you might even enjoy it. Also, considering that TISS as an institution emphasizes on social awareness, this will definitely help you in the long run. This was my strategy for preparing for the TISSNET and helped me get through; I hope it helps the aspirants this time.

    All the very best!

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