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XAT 2021 General Knowledge Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Feb 25, 2021

XAT 2022 General Knowledge is one of the 4 sections of the exam apart from Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Xavier Aptitude Test is used for admission into the management programs of XLRI Jamshedpur.

XAT GK section is an important section because it can be solved very quickly if you are well prepared. Read below to find out more about XAT 2022 General Knowledge Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Topics, Sample Papers and more. 

XAT 2022 General Knowledge Highlights

  • XAT Exam duration is 180 minutes, and the XAT General Knowledge Section can be solved within 15 minutes. 
  • XAT General Knowledge section will have a total of 25 questions
  • There will be no negative marks for the XAT General Knowledge section. 

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GK Exam Pattern 2021

XAT 2022 General Knowledge Exam Pattern

XAT 2022 General Knowledge Exam Pattern has remained largely the same throughout the years, with some changes in XAT 2019. Being thorough with the XAT Exam Pattern is extremely crucial for preparation, as it will help you devise a strategy for preparation. Here is the detailed XAT 2022 General Knowledge Exam Pattern for your reference: 

XAT 2021 General Knowledge Exam Pattern
Mode  Computer Based Test
Duration 15 minutes
Nature of Questions Objective (MCQs)
Number of Questions 25
Total Marks 25
Marks Awarded +1 for every correct answer
Negative Marking No Negative Marking for XAT General Knowledge Section
Medium English

Questions Division

XAT 2022: Sectional Division of Questions & Time Limit

Knowing the sectional time limit for each of the sections of XAT will help you determine how to attempt the paper efficiently. Here is the sectional division of the questions and the time limit for each section of XAT 2021: 

Section Name Max. Questions Time Limit
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 165 minutes
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 25 15 minutes
Total 100 180 minute

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GK Syllabus 2022

XAT 2022 General Knowledge Syllabus

To score in this section, a candidate needs to remain in constant touch with the general knowledge and important events happening on a daily basis. Important features of General Knowledge XAT Syllabus are mentioned below:

  • Topics to be covered in this section are from history, politics, author names, business, economy, current affairs (national and international), etc.
  • 25 questions will be asked in total.
  • You will be given 15 minutes to complete this section. 
  • The difficulty level for the XAT General Knowledge Section is moderate.
  • Most of the questions are based on current affairs, and some are based on GK.
  • There is a 60:40 breakup that is defined for GK and Current Affairs.
  • Candidates are advised to attempt all the questions, even the ones that they do not know as there are no negative marks allotted to this section. .

XAT General Knowledge Important Topics

XAT General Knowledge Important Topics
Politics Nation and States
History Literature
Sports Awards and Recognitions
Business Economics
International Relations Society
Merger & Acquisitions Civics
Science Static General Knowledge
Business Parliament 
Literature Banking

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GK PAQs 2021

XAT General Knowledge Previously Asked Questions

For the General Knowledge section, questions can be asked from any topic and questions are generally not repeated. All questions are generally based on the latest General Knowledge and Current Affairs. However, by looking at the previous years questions you can get an idea of the kind of questions that are asked in the paper and prepare accordingly.

  • Who acquired GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare?
  • Which of the following is not the part of VIACOM 18?
  • Highest import to India?
  • Which Indian bank was the first to issue “Green Bonds” for financing renewable and clean energy projects?
  • Giga fiber to be launched by which company?
  • Who is the SBI Chairman?
  • What are the names of Parliament Budget Sessions?
  • Name of Liquid for dissolving Gold?
  • Name of Rajasthan Snake Dance? 

GK Books 2021

XAT 2022 General Knowledge Recommended Books

XAT 2022 General Knowledge is a very important and scoring section. This section can be easily aced if the candidate makes thorough notes and prepares for XAT properly and follows a schedule. Developing a reading habit is absolutely important, and for adequate preparation you need to refer to the right books. Here is a comprehensive list of the best books for XAT 2022 General Knowledge preparation: 

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Manorama Yearbook 2022 Manorama 
Current Affairs Yearly 2022 Arihant 
General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's Who RPH Editorial Board
Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020 Pearson
Pratiyogita Darpan Upkar Prakashan
The Mega Yearbook Disha Experts
IIFT & XAT (GK Compendium) 2016-17 Career Launcher
Target XAT 2021 (Past Papers 2005 - 2017 + 5 Mock Tests) Disha Experts
XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 Career Launcher
Jabbing the XAT RK Jha
Objective General Knowledge Lucents
General Knowledge Lucents

Recommended Magazines

Reading magazines is a fun way to boost your vocabulary and stay updated with topics for general awareness. You can also read these during your leisure time, as cultivating an interest in the general happenings of the world is beneficial in the long run. 

  • Competition Success
  • India Today
  • Business World
  • Business Line by The Hindu Group
  • The Week

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GK Sample Papers 2021

XAT General Knowledge Sample Papers

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GK Analysis 2021

XAT 2020 General Knowledge Analysis

XAT General Knowledge Paper Analysis Highlights:

  • The trick behind acing XAT General knowledge lies in good time management, as candidates have to attempt a total of 25 questions in 15 minutes.
  • Questions are asked from current affairs and static general knowledge.
  • At times there are multiple correct options for one question. Level of difficulty was more or less comparable to 2019.
  • Attempting 12-14 questions with good accuracy is considered a good attempt. 
Aspect Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
History 1 Moderate
Geography 4 Moderate
Economy 7 Easy
Current Affairs 2 Easy
Personality and Awards 3 Moderate
Science and Technology 2 Moderate
Polity 2 Easy
Miscellaneous 2 Difficult
Sports 2 Moderate

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GK 2022 FAQs

XAT 2022 General Knowledge FAQs

Ques. Which are the best newspapers to read for the General Knowledge section of XAT? 

Ans. The best newspapers to read for the General Knowledge section are as follows: 

  • The Hindu
  • The Economist
  • The Indian Express
  • Business Standard
  • BBC

Some other material you can refer for include YouTube Channels, various apps etc. 

Ques. Which are some of the best online resources for XAT 2021 General Knowledge? 

Ans. One of the best resources for XAT 2021 General Knowledge is the sample papers provided in this article. Candidates can also refer to various YouTube channels for daily news and analysis such as GKToday, wifistudy, Adda247, Crazy GK Trick, Next Exam, Study Zone etc. You can also join any telegram group for XAT 2021 General Knowledge, just type in the name of the exam in the chat box and you can join any group. There are several study groups on discord and reddit as well. 

Ques. How to improve in XAT 2022 General Knowledge? 

Ans. To improve in the XAT 2022 General Knowledge, every candidate has to start by taking up reading on the important topics and other general awareness topics. It is very important to make plenty of notes. Learning through flash cards can also be beneficial, as it can help you remember factual information quickly which is important for the paper as you have to solve it very quickly. Read newspapers and other study material daily without fail. It is also very helpful if you start studying with your friends or join a study group, as it will keep you focused and motivated during the preparation phase. 

Ques. If I opt for a 100-day study plan, what are my chances of getting selected in XAT 2022?

Ans. Well, a 100-day study plan, if followed precisely, will ensure that your study would be completed within time. But your dedication and commitment will make all the difference.

Ques. What is the syllabus for the GK section of XAT? How do I prepare for it?

Ans. GK questions for XAT can be based on Politics, History, Sports, Nation and States, Business, Literature, Economics, International Relations, Society. To prepare for the same, candidates must devote some time to current affairs everyday, leaving GK section preparation for the last is a mistake that most candidates commit and it causes unnecessary stress. Candidates can read newspapers or watch daily current affairs on various news channels to remain updated. A good command over GK will be immensely helpful for the Group Discussion round.

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Ques. Which are some good GK apps for IIFT, XAT, SNAP?

● Top Answer By Aditi Arun on 02 Feb 21

Ans. Here are some apps which will help you prepare GK for IIFT, XAT, SNAP, exams. Knappily It is one of the best news apps, basically, a knowledge app that updates you with all the important events happening around the world.  It covers sections from Politics, Tech, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Law, Environment, Literature, etc.  It also has its desktop version.  Knappily in 2 minutes give in-depth information on What, Why, When, Who, and How. Inshorts Inshorts is one of the best news apps you will come across. In 30 seconds it covers all the major events happening around the world.  As it summarizes in only 60 words, it will be a helpful app if time is running low for exam preparation.  You can also select relevant issues of your interest on the app, as there are 100% of news flooded on the app. Also, avoid unnecessary use of different applications at once. This will only confuse and distract you. It is better that you use only two of the best news apps for preparation.Read more
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Ques. Who can rate CAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, MICAT, TISS, or NMAT in terms of difficulty level?

● Top Answer By Janvi Bhambri on 01 Feb 21

Ans. Among all these examinations, XAT is most difficult, followed by CAT. The difficulty level of the exams, in descending order (most difficult to easy) is XAT> CAT> IIFT> SNAP> TISS> NMAT. Now, let us dive into a detailed analysis behind the assigned ranks and the difficulty level. IIFT-  The questions asked in IIFT are a mixture of moderate and difficult.  The struggle lies in the attainment of marks within the cut-off range, both total cut-off and individual section cut-off.  Therefore, the students have no option but to perform exceedingly well in all sections, GK included.  The acceptance rate of IIFT is comparably low, only 400 students get admitted out of 50000 students. SNAP –  The entrance exam is easy but the tough part is to score marks that will be eligible for admission into Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, or SCHMID branch.  These are the branches which are of good quality, unlike the rest of them. TISS-  The exam pattern of TISS is easy but the GK section is the most dangerous part among them.  The questions asked in the GK section comprise both general knowledge and current affairs, therefore the portions are cover is endless. NMAT-  NMAT exam can be successfully cleared with proper preparation. The questions asked are conceptually based.  No negative marks are given for wrong answers, hence the students are free to attempt all the questions fearlessly.  MICAT is pretty easy. If you want a career in brand marketing and advertising it is necessary.  Therefore, from the above discussion, you can estimate the logic behind ranking the difficulty level of exams.Read more
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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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