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XAT 2021 General Knowledge Practice Papers: Exam Pattern, Tips & Tricks

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XAT General Knowledge section consists of 25 questions with 1 mark each within the time limit of 15 minutes. The section tests the candidates reasoning about the global topics, ranging from world politics, Indian constitution, Entertainment, Sports and more. Check XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates should read the newspaper regularly and be in constant touch with surrounding sensibilities to which the questions will be asked in the examination eventually. Solving XAT VARC Practice papers will help the candidate understand the question tonality and exam pattern. By attempting practice papers, candidates can access their aptitude and also crack the examination with an excellent score.

XLRI Jamshedpur has released XAT Official Mock Test on December 23, 2020. Candidates who have registered for the XAT 2021 take the test. Download XAT 2021 Mock Test

Practice Paper Composition

Composition of XAT General Knowledge Practice Papers

Candidates who want to take full advantage of the section should be in constant touch with their surroundings and read the newspaper regularly. The topics that are important & covers the entire scope of the paper are as follows:

Politics Nation and States
History Literature
Sports Awards and Recognitions
Business Economics
International Relations Society
Merger & Acquisitions -
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Benefits of Solving XAT General Knowledge Practice Papers

  1. Understanding the format of question paper: XAT General Knowledge consists of various types of question formats primarily focusing on world politics, literature, sport, history etc. and having the clear knowledge about the set parameters helps to crack the examination with ease.
  1. Solving paper quickly: The practice paper will help the candidate to improve the accuracy and speed of targeting questions which will really pave way during the examination where each candidate will be provided with 180 minutes to complete the entire paper. Thus, having a prior notion will be effective immensely.
  1. Targeting vivid concepts: Regular practice of question papers before the exam will help them pace up and target varios unorthodox and out of the box questions which will be effective during the final examination. This will provide the ample amount of time to understand and grip various concepts and topics.

XAT GK Practice Papers FAQs

Ques. What are the benefits of attempting XAT GK Practise Papers?

Ans. Attempting the XAT GK Practise Papers is recommended to helps build confidence while attempting the paper, improve time management, and improving speed.

Ques. What is the format of the XAT General Knowledge Section?

Ans. XAT General Knowledge will consist of 25 questions worth one mark each.

Ques. What are the most important topics for XAT General Knowledge?

Ans. The most important topic for XAT Decision Making are  - 

  • History and Geography
  • Business and economic
  • Current afafirs
  • Awards and personality

Ques. What is the time limit for XAT GK?

Ans. The time limit for XAT GK is 15 minutes.

XAT 2021 : 3 answered questions

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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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*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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