The lack of General Knowledge amongst millennials, students including, has become discerningly apparent. The importance of acquiring knowledge or being aware of current events held a much greater significance in the past. In previous times, teachers and parents used to emphasize of the importance of staying updated with the current events. With changing times, today, students in general, are becoming less and less aware of events happening around them.

“Social Media”, the very term doesn’t need an explanation anymore because everyone is not just aware of it but is also on it. While it does contribute to digital development, the present generation has made it obscene and abused it to the maximum extent. What was meant to connect people and businesses, and exchange useful information, has turned out to be much more than that, and not in a good way. Think about it, if you give even HALF the time you spend on Social Media, to actually learning about useful information, wouldn’t it make more sense? With the rising technology and information pouring in from all over, you are spoilt for choice with the number of ways you could pick up information. You should definitely give that a thought.

Keeping oneself updated about events goes beyond just studying, in order to clear the “General Knowledge” part of the Exams. While the concept of libraries and such, have become a thing of the past to this generation, what they fail to understand is that, it is impossible to build a civil society without being aware of current affairs happening around the world.

In simple terms, General Knowledge is important in every aspect of life, whether or not it is related to academics. General Knowledge can be classified as follows:

  • Current affairs
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Fashion
  • Health and Recreation
  • Sports

You might counter argue as to why General Knowledge is important for you to know? What significance it is to you to know about the things happening in the world? How does it help you? Or benefit you?

The importance of it accounts to so much more than answering questions to a trivia or general knowledge quizzes. Being aware of the surroundings and possessing an astute knowledge of various subjects enhances your personality on the whole. It not only offers to your personal growth and confidence, but has an upside on the academic front as well.

General Knowledge possesses the power to opens gateways to our thinking and make way to a whole new ideology, leading to a greater understanding of facts, and analysing what is best for you.  Remember, everyone is an individual, But an intellectual? That’s what you need to strive to be.

Aside from all of the general factors, enhancing your General Knowledge helps you a great deal academically. Nowadays, most of the competitive or Entrance Exams hold a dedicated section for Current affairs, which in comparison to the other sections holds a fairly high weightage of marks. This was introduced in an attempt to encourage students to learn and know about the current situation and events happening in the world. Not just the Examination but the following personal interview will also be a test of your intelligence not just academically but generally as well.

Acquiring knowledge can be done in a number of ways. Let’s take a look at some of them-

  1. Read– In block letters, repeating it again READ. One of the surest ways of acquiring knowledge is by inculcating the habit of reading. There is no hard and fast rule on the source of the information. Books, magazines, newspapers, are just a few to name out of many.
  2. Socialize– Socializing is yet another way of improving your knowledge on the current affairs. In fact, it is one of the most effective and fun ways of acquiring knowledge. But then again, it also hugely depends on the friends, acquaintances, professional contacts and the surroundings you dwell in.
  3. Media– We aren’t talking about just Social Media! There are various others like the TV, Radio etc. Even just grazing through the headlines on the news channels can be enough to start with. You don’t have to sit and listen to the whole information.

Take a look at the highlights of some of the significant, revolutionary events that took place in 2019


  1. India signs agreement with OECD for participation in PISA 2021
  2. Train named as “Vande Bharat Express”
  3. Modi conferred with Philip Kotler Presidential Award
  4. Bill introduced on marital rape


  1. Radhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
  2. Former Sri Lankan player Jayasuriya banned for 2 years
  3. Centre implements safety measures fir women
  4. India replaces Japan to be the world’s largest steel producer


  1. India has become the 4th largest space super power.
  2. Chandra ghose appointed as India’s first Lokpal.
  3. India to host FIFA U-17 Women’s World cup in 2020.
  4. Balakot Surgical Strike was carried out successfully.


  1. Madras high court bans TikTok
  2. Sri Lanka’s first satellite “Raavana-1” launched successfully 


  1. ISRO launched RISAT-2B satellite
  2. World’s first floating nuclear power plant to begin operations
  3. Russia has launched the world’s largest nuclear power icebreaker
  4. Suresh Kumar appointed as Walmart’s chief technology officer


  1. Swachh Survekshan League 2020
  2. ISRO to launch its own space station by 2030
  3. Virat Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to score 11,000 runs in one-day internationals
  4. J & K reservation bill passed
  5. Suman Rao crowned “Miss India 2019”


  1. Pakistan opens Tej Sigh Temple in Sialkot
  2. India and Russia sign Rs. 1,500 crore deal to buy R-27 missiles
  3. Hima Das appointed as the first ever youth ambassador
  4. Vidhisha Balan becomes the first Indian to win Miss deaf world title 


  1. Padmabushan Awardee Mary Kom declared as “Best Athlete” by the Asian Sportswriter Union
  2. Wrestler Bajrang Punia and Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik has been nominated for the Khel Ratna Award, to be awarded on 29th August, National Sports Day. 


  1. Pandit Jasraj (Indian classical singer), becomes the first artist to have a planet named after him.
  2. Scientists have found water in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable super- earth.
  3. Somnath temple declared the “cleanest temple” under Swachh Bharat Mission
  4. Qatar to host FIFA World Cup in 2022


  1. Guinness World record for Ayodhya for lighting hundreds of thousands of earthen lamps.
  2. India, Nepal and Bhutan have signed a MoU to create the trans -boundary wildlife conservation ‘peace park’.
  3. ‘Tamanna’: CBSE, NCERT’s aptitude test for Class 9, 10 students
  4. 11th Nuclear Energy Conclave held in New Delhi 


  1. Rajya Sabha passed the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019
  2. Pakistan is the First Country to introduce WHO- approved India made Typhoid Vaccine.
  3. First ever international Buyer seller meet held in Arunachal Pradesh.
  4. World’s first CNG port terminal approved to be established in Bhavnagar port, Gujarat. 


  1. Tripura gets the first SEZ (Special Economic Zone)
  2. WHO launched its first biosimilar medicine to treat breast cancer
  3. Star named After Indian Woman Scientist by International Astronomical Union
  4. International tea day observed every year on December 16th since 2005.
  5. Maharashtra records highest employable talent
  6. Sanna Marin becomes the world’s youngest serving Prime Minister.
  7. Girish Chandra appointed as the new chairman of NSE (National Stock Exchange).

General knowledge is something that can’t be attained overnight. The World is full of information, and with every passing second, something new occurs, it is an ongoing process, dynamic in nature. You need to make it a part of your life, a habit. Once that is imbibed, you are bound to get used to it.