XAT 2021 XAT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE PREPARATION TIPS, SOLVED SAMPLE QUESTIONS

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    XAT GK 2021 Syllabus, Pattern, Sample Questions, and Preparation Tips

    XAT 2021 General Knowledge is the second part and one section out of four in Xavier Aptitude Test. General Knowledge marks are not taken into consideration for calculation of score for XAT Result. However, this section is not be neglected as during personal interview round of XAT Selection Process, questions from GK will be asked.

    XAT 2021 will be held on January 3, 2021 (Saturday).

    Over the years, the XAT paper underwent a few changes. Here are the latest updates of this section:

    • Negative marking is not applicable for the general knowledge section of XAT.

    • Exam will be conducted in online mode. Earlier (before 2018) it was held offline. 

    • Number of questions asked in GK has gone down from 30 to 25 over the past years.

    • The total number of questions has recently increased from 99 to 100. Check XAT Exam Pattern

    Before discussing the General Knowledge section of XAT in detail, let us understand the breakup of this entire paper. Verbal and Logical Ability has 26 questions, Decision Making has 21 questions, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation has 27 questions. 

    • XAT paper is divided into 2 parts; part 1 and part. Part 2 consists of GK while in part 1 rest three sections are clubbed together.
    • Marks scored in GK however are not taken into consideration while calculation of final score by most B Schools with the exception of XLRI.
    • Breakup of GK and Current affairs is in the ratio 60:40.
    • Candidates are not allowed to switch from GK to any section of Part 1.
    • You can also check XAT 2021 Cutoffof previous years to understand the scoring requirement for each section. 

    XAT GK Highlights

    Key Highlights of XAT 2021 General Knowledge

    Few important features of XAT General Knowledge that aspirants must be aware of are the following: 

    • Difficulty level of XAT GK is moderate

    • 25 questions (¼ of the total) will be from this section. 

    • The General Knowledge section is part 2 of the XAT paper. 

    • Candidates will have 5 options to choose from for each question. 

    • There is no fixed number of questions that can be asked from General Knowledge in XAT.

    • Time limit for XAT General Knowledge is 15 mins.

    • For part 1 of XAT paper, candidates can switch between the sections in the given time. 

    • For the GK section, candidates must solve the questions within the 15 minutes time limit. 

    • For each correct response, 1 mark will be awarded. 

    • GK is the only section in XAT in which there is no negative marking. 

    • Candidates can go for guesswork in for XAT GK questions as there is no negative marking.

    Also Read:

    XAT Verbal Ability Syllabus, Pattern, PDF, Previous Year Analysis, Preparation Tips

    XAT Decision Making Questions With Solutions, Tips, Pattern

    XAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus, Pattern, Sample Questions, and Preparation Tips


    XAT GK Syllabus

    XAT 2021 General Knowledge Syllabus

    XAT General Knowledge Syllabus consists of topics from which questions can be expected. It has to be noted that XAT does not officially release any syllabus to which aspirants can strictly adhere to. But the probable topics can be estimated from XAT previous year papers. Here is a list of topics from which you can expect questions: 

    PoliticsNation and StatesIndian Polity and Constitution
    HistoryLiteratureBusiness and Corporate GK
    Important DatesNational CapitalsCurrency 
    SportsAwards and RecognitionsGeography
    BusinessEconomicsHistory
    Personality Books and Authors Film and Television
    International RelationsInternational RelationsScience and Technology
    National Issues Ecosystem and DiversitySociety
    Government Schemes Company Logo IdentificationHeadquarters 
    Merger & AcquisitionsCurrent Affairs (last 12 months)Culture 

    Also Read:XAT Syllabus 2021 (Updated): Important Topics and Preparation tips


    XAT GK Best Books

    XAT 2021 General Knowledge Best Books

    Choosing the best resources for self study is an important part for success in every competitive exam. Candidates who are preparing all by themselves; without any help from coaching or tuition must be extra cautious while choosing books. 

    • Always go for the latest edition only for any competitive exam. Older editions with lower prices might be available, but are not recommended.

    • Choose popular authors who are trusted by most students and teachers.

    • Instead of buying one book that covers all sections in XAT, it is recommended to choose different books as per sections. 

    • If you are preparing for CAT and are able to solve all hard level questions, there is no need to buy XAT specific books. 

    Few good resources for the General Knowledge section of XAT has been given below with the author name and ISBN.:

    Book Name Author Name ISBN
    Objective General Knowledge (Lucent’s)Sanjiv Kumar 978-8192933542
    General knowledge (Lucent’s)Dr. Binay Karna, R. P. Suman, Manvendra Mukul, Renu Sinha, Sanjeev Kumar 978-9384761547
    General Knowledge 2021Manohar Pandey978-9324195418

    XAT GK Best Books

    Best Resources Recommended for XAT GK Preparation

    Since this is a knowledge based section and no practice is required to score in GK, the only way to crack it is by making the best use of reading materials. Some of the best resources for improving your knowledge in this area include:

    1. Economic Times

    2. Competition Success Review

    3. The Financial Times

    4. Business World

    5. Manorama Yearbook

    6. Business Line 

    7. Business Today

    8. The Hindu

    9. Hindu Business Line

    10. Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant

    11. Financial Express

    12. Wall Street Journal


    XAT GK Exam Pattern

    XAT 2021 General Knowledge Exam Pattern

    Candidates must familiarize themselves with the XAT General Knowledge Pattern to avoid any surprises at the hall. Key details of general knowledge exam pattern in XAT have been tabulated below:

    Total number of GK Questions in XAT25
    Type of QuestionsMCQs
    Number of options for each question 5 options
    Marks Awarded for Correct answer+1
    Negative Marks for Wrong AnswerNo negative marking for XAT General Knowledge
    Number of Answer Options5
    Sectional Time Limit15 Minutes
    Level of difficulty Moderate to difficult
    Sectional Cut offNot considered for XAT percentile calculation
    Ideal Time to Attempt12 Minutes
    Ideal attempt 12 - 14

    Number of question from different general knowledge topics in previous years:

    Section2020201920182017
    History4122
    Geography5439
    Economy & Business4765
    Current Affairs3233
    Personality & Awards2343
    Science & Tech5222
    Polity121-
    Miscellaneous1221
    Sports-22-
    Total25252525

    XAT GK Sample Questions

    XAT 2021 General Knowledge Sample Questions

    Sample questions are an effective way for students to get an overall idea of the type of questions to expect to avoid any surprises. Few sample questions are given below:

    Question 1: Which of the following countries does not border the Mediterranian sea?

    1. Portugal

    2. Spain

    3. Greece

    4. Italy

    5. France 

    Solution - (a) Portugal

    Question 2: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been recently awarded with: 

    1. The Hugo Award 

    2. The Man Booker Prize 

    3. The Costa Book Awards

    4. The Pulitzer Prize 

    5. The Nobel Prize 

    Solution: (b) The Man Booker Prize 

    Question 3: Which Indian bank was the first to issue “Green Bonds” for financing renewable and clean energy projects? 

    1. State Bank of India 

    2. ICICI Bank

    3. Bandhan Bank 

    4. Yes Bank 

    5. Axis Bank 

    Solution - (d) Yes Bank

    Question 4: Muamua is:

    1. An interstellar object 

    2. A small primate 

    3. A Buddhist chant 

    4. NASA’s spaceship to Pluto 

    5. A character in the TV series “Star Trek”

    Solution - (a) - An interstellar object 

    Question 5: Who among the following was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2019? 

    1. T.M. Krishna 

    2. Fayed Souza 

    3. Shekhar Gupta 

    4. Arnab Goswami 

    5. Ravish Kumar 

    Solution - (e) Ravish Kumar 

    Question 6: In India, February 28th is celebrated as:

    1.  Army Day
    2.  International Yoga Day
    3.  National Integration Day
    4.  National Science Day
    5.  Sadbhavana Divas

    Answer: National science day

    Question 7: The acronym "YAHOO" stands for:

    1. A song sung by Shammi Kapoor
    2. Yet Another Hierarchical Object Orientation
    3. Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle
    4. Young American Hi-tech Organization in Ohio
    5. None of these

    Answer: Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle

    Question 8: The G-7 is a group consisting of:

    1. The heads of the states of US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan
    2. The finance ministers of US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan
    3. The heads of the states of US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Canada and Japan
    4. The finance ministers of US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Canada and Japan
    5. The heads of the states of US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Japan

    Answer:  The finance ministers of US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan

    Suggested Read:XAT 2021 Sample Papers/ Practice Papers, Previous Years' Question Paper


    XAT GK Paper Analysis

    XAT General Knowledge Previous Year Paper Analysis

    Analysing XAT General Knowledge papers of previous years is highly beneficial to understand the level of difficulty that can be expected for this section. It also guides students on the type of questions that can come.

    Year Decision Making Section DifficultyNumber of Questions
    2020Moderate25
    2019Mix of easy, moderate, and difficult25
    2018Moderate to diffucult25
    2017Easy to Moderate25
    2016Moderate to diffucult25
    2015Moderate to diffucult30

    We have analyzed XAT General Knowledge sections of the past 6 years; 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 below:

    XAT 2020 General Knowledge Analysis:

    • Level of difficulty was similar to that of 2019. 

    • 25 single statement based questions came from this section.

    • Questions were mostly from areas like Current Affairs, Moderate History, Economy & Business, Geography, Personality & Awards, Science & Tech. 

    • Overall difficulty level of the GK section was moderate.

    • Answering 12 - 14 questions with at 7 - 8 correct answers would ideally be a good attempt. 

    XAT 2019 General Knowledge Analysis:

    • Level of difficulty was similar to that of 2020. 

    • Most questions were single statement based but few multiple statements based questions were also present. 

    • Most questions were asked from Geography, Economy, and Business. 

    • Overall section was moderate to difficult. 

    • Answering 12 - 14 questions with at 7 - 8 correct answers would ideally be a good attempt. 

    XAT 2018 General Knowledge Analysis:

    • Difficulty level of the GK section was a little higher than that of 2017. 

    • There were 25 single statement based questions.

    • Most questions were from areas like History, Economics & Business, Personality & Awards. 

    • Overall difficulty level of GK in 2018 was moderate to difficult.

    • Answering 12- 14 questions with 9 - 10 correct answers would ideally be a good attempt. 

    XAT 2017 General Knowledge Analysis:

    • Difficulty level in 2017 was similar to that of 2016. 

    • There were 25 single statement based questions.

    • Questions were mainly asked from Geography, Economy, and Business. 

    • Answering 12- 14 questions with 9 - 10 correct answers would ideally be a good attempt. 

    • Overall difficulty level of GK in 2018 was moderate to difficult.

    XAT 2016 General Knowledge Analysis:

    • This year's General Knowledge section was harder than that of 2015.

    • There were 25 single statement based questions.

    • Most questions were from static and current GK.

    • The overall difficulty level for this section was moderate to difficult. 

    • Answering 10 - 11 questions with 7 - 8 correct answers would ideally be a good attempt. 

    XAT 2015 General Knowledge Analysis:

    • This year's General Knowledge section was harder than that of 2014.

    • There were 30 single statement based questions.

    • Questions from History and Geography were difficult while 6 questions from Economics and Miscellaneous were moderately difficult. 

    • Answering 12 - 14 questions with 8 - 10 correct answers would ideally be a good attempt. 

    • Overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult. 


    XAT GK Preparation Tips

    XAT General Knowledge Preparation Tips

    Some preparation tips that has helped students to create an effective study strategy has been given below:

    • Make a habit of reading articles and news pieces on a regular basis. There is no other way to crack this exam. 

    • If you don't like reading newspapers, consider downloading apps such as in short which gives major heading in a few sentences. 

    • Learn basic geography. Keep a world map pasted to your wall or a globe nearby and look at the countries at least once a day.

    • Do not spend much time on questions which you are not familiar with. You can go for a guesswork as there is no negative marking but do not engage more than 30 seconds. 

    • Put more emphasis on topics from which majority questions come such as current affairs, business, geography, economics. 

    • Make the best use of resources such as recommended books. You can also gain more knowledge by watching international news channels. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: How many questions will be there in XAT General Knowledge?

    Ans. Candidates can expect about 25 questions from the XAT GK section.

    Question: Is there negative marking in XAT GK?

    Ans. GK is the only section in XAT with no negative marking. One mark will be awarded for correct responses. 

    Question: What is the sectional time limit for the GK section in XAT?

    Ans. Candidates will get 15 minutes for solving 25 GK questions in the XAT paper. 

    Question: What are some good resources for GK in XAT?

    Ans. Some good resources for GK in XAT include Economic Times, Competition Success Review, The Financial Times, Business World, Manorama Yearbook, Business Line, Business Today, The Hindu, Hindu Business Line, Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant, Financial Express, and Wall Street Journal. 

    Question: What are some good books for the GK section in XAT?

    Ans. Some recommended books for the GK Section in XAT are Objective General Knowledge (Lucent’s), General knowledge (Lucent’s), and General Knowledge 2021. 

    Question: What are some tips to score in the GK sections in XAT?

    Ans. To score well in the GK sections of XAT, Make a habit of reading articles and news pieces on a regular basis, download apps such as in short which gives major heading in a few sentences, keep a world map pasted to your wall or a globe nearby and look at the countries at least once a day, do not spend much time on questions which you are not familiar with, put more emphasis on topics from which majority questions come such as current affairs, business, geography, economics, and make the best use of resources such as recommended books. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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