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XAT GK Preparation: Questions, Syllabus, Books, Analysis, and Tips

XAT 2021 GK is the second part of Xavier Aptitude Test which consists of 4 sections divided into 2 parts. General Knowledge marks are not taken into consideration for calculation of score in XAT Result. However, XAT GK Preparation is not be neglected as during personal interview round of XAT Selection Process, questions from GK will be asked.

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. Check XAT Exam Pattern
  • 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.

XAT 2021 was conducetd on on January 3, 2021. The GK questions were of moderate level. Check XAT 2021 Exam Analysis

Before discussing the GK 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 XAT 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 Cutoff of previous years to understand the scoring requirement for each section. 

XAT GK Highlights

Key Highlights of XAT 2021 GK

Highlights of XAT General Knowledge that aspirants must be aware of are: 

  • 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.

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XAT GK Syllabus

XAT 2021 GK Syllabus

Politics Nation and States Indian Polity and Constitution
History Literature Business and Corporate GK
Important Dates National Capitals Currency 
Sports Awards and Recognitions Geography
Business Economics History
Personality  Books and Authors  Film and Television
International Relations International Relations Science and Technology
National Issues  Ecosystem and Diversity Society
Government Schemes  Company Logo Identification Headquarters 
Merger & Acquisitions Current Affairs (last 12 months) Culture 
Note: 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: Also Read: XAT Syllabus 2021 (Updated): Important Topics and Preparation tips

XAT GK Prep Books

XAT 2021 General Knowledge Preparation Books

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 2021 Manohar Pandey 978-9324195418

Choosing the best resources for self study is an important part for success in every competitive exam. Candidates who are preparing by themselves without any help from coaching or tuition must be extra cautious while choosing books. Best resources for the GK section of XAT 2021 has been given above with the author name and ISBN.

Tips to choose XAT GK Preparation 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. 


XAT GK Prep Resources

Best Resources 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

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XAT GK Exam Pattern

XAT 2021 GK Exam Pattern

Total number of GK Questions in XAT 25
Type of Questions MCQs
Number of options for each question  5 options
Marks Awarded for Correct answer +1
Negative Marks for Wrong Answer No negative marking for XAT General Knowledge
Number of Answer Options 5
Sectional Time Limit 15 Minutes
Level of difficulty  Moderate to difficult
Sectional Cut off Not considered for XAT percentile calculation
Ideal Time to Attempt 12 Minutes
Ideal attempt  12 - 14

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

Section 2020 2019 2018 2017
History 4 1 2 2
Geography 5 4 3 9
Economy & Business 4 7 6 5
Current Affairs 3 2 3 3
Personality & Awards 2 3 4 3
Science & Tech 5 2 2 2
Polity 1 2 1 -
Miscellaneous 1 2 2 1
Sports - 2 2 -
Total 25 25 25 25

XAT GK Questions

XAT 2021 General Knowledge 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

Download XAT 2021 Sample Papers/ Mock Test, Previous Years' Question Paper


XAT GK Analysis

XAT 2021 General Knowledge Paper Analysis

Year  XAT GK Section Difficulty Number of Questions
2021 Moderate 25
2020 Moderate 25
2019 Mix of easy, moderate, and difficult 25
2018 Moderate to difficult 25
2017 Easy to Moderate 25
2016 Moderate to difficult 25
2015

Moderate to difficult

30

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

XAT 2021 General Knowledge Analysis:

  • Level of difficulty was moderate.
  • Total questions were asked this year.
  • Most question were from Current Affairs followed by Geography and Economy & Business
  • Other topics included Personality & Awards, Books & Authors, and Sports

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. 

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XAT GK Preparation Tips and Strategy

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 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. 

XAT GK FAQs

XAT General Knowledge FAQs

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 regularly, 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. 

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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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