Computer Aptitude VS Computer Awareness: Differences and Similarities


Computer Aptitude and Computer Awareness plays a crucial role in any competitive examination. firm knowledge on these subjects gives candidates an added advantage as this section is believed to be very scoring.  It can fetch you maximum marks in minimum time as it is a frequently asked section in every competitive examination. These sections are asked in various Banking and other competitive examinations like IBPS PO/IBPS Clerk/IBPS RRB PO/IBPS RRB Assistant RBI Assistant/SBI Clerk/SBI PO and others.

This section as mentioned above is easy but candidates often get confused between Computer Awareness and Computer Aptitude. In some exams, Computer Awareness is asked while in others, candidates are judged on the Computer Aptitude. This article will clear all your doubts regarding Computer Aptitude vis-a-vis Computer Awareness

Before proceeding further let us understand the syllabus first.

Syllabus of Computer Awareness/Knowledge

Computer Languages, Basic Hardware and Software, History of computers Windows operating system Basics, Internet Terms and services, Basic functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint), Networking and communication, Database basics of hacking, Security tools and viruses, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Related Terms Abbreviations.

Syllabus of Computer Aptitude

Questions come from Mathematical operation, flow-chart, or special character-based in Input-output, Coding-decoding, Direction sense, or puzzles.

What is Computer Awareness?

Computer Awareness or Knowledge is often asked in exams like IBPS Clerk/IBPS RRB PO/ IBPS RRB Assistant and RBI Assistant. This section covers the basics knowledge of computers such as – History of computer, Parts of computer, programmers, computer languages, Operating Systems, Computer Commands, Shortcut keys, Internet and Networking etc. Besides that, the latest events regarding computers are also asked in this section. Few examples of Computer Awareness have been provided below for your assistance.

Q1. What is an Operating system?

Q2.The ability of an operating system to run more than one application at a time is called _________.

Q3.To move to the beginning of a line of text, press the __________ key.

Q4. Which language used in a computer that is very similar to, the language of humans and is easy to understand?

Q5.The first electronic digital computer contained _________?

What is Computer Aptitude?

Computer Aptitude is the section that is asked in exams like SBI PO and IBPS PO. This section is clubbed with Reasoning ability in these exams. Computer Aptitude as the name suggests judged your aptitude in solving logical problems. Few questions are provided below.

Q.1 Consider a language that uses the following set of characters:

Small set: { a b c }

Large set: { A B C }

Punctuation set: { x y }

This language must follow the following rules:

1. A punctuation character must end all series.

2. A series can have up to but no more than 4 characters, including punctuation characters.

Does the following series follow all the rules of the language defined above?


A Yes

B No

Q2.Consider the following flow chart for a customer:

The person in No.1 is:

A.      Married, with children.

B.      Married, with at least one son.

C.      Unmarried, with no children.

D.      Unmarried, with at least one daughter.

E.       Unmarried, with at least one son


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