How to Prepare GK for XAT 2023? Expert Tips and Suggestions

By Aditi Joshi|Updated : September 16th, 2021

General Knowledge which is one of the sections in Xavier Aptitude Test 2023 is endless. The more you read, the less it is. The marks of GK are not taken into consideration for percentile calculation. However, this section can’t be ignored. The interviewers do see your marks during the PI time. So, you have to consider it covering all the important topics that have been seen from the previous years’ analysis. Before moving on to the preparation tips, first, have a gist of what XAT is.

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XAT 2023 Exam Overview

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a management test conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. Apart from XAMI institutes, over 700 B-schools also accept XAT scores for admission to its prestigious institutes. It is conducted once a year in CBT mode (Computer Based Test). The XAT 2022 paper consisted of 101 questions with a duration of 190 minutes (3 hours & 10 minutes). There were five sections in XAT: Decision Making (DM), Verbal & Logical Ability (V & LA), Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), General Knowledge (GK) and essay. The essay section was reintroduced in XAT 2022. One mark is allotted for each correct attempt. The candidates must adhere to the negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong attempt. 

Key Areas in GK Section of XAT 2023 Preparation

GK is an important section in XAT, so preparing for it has no limits. Candidates are advised to cover the essential topics that have been seen as per the previous analysis. So, we have provided a few key areas where candidates keep an eye out for preparing for GK in XAT 2023.

  • Current Affairs
  • Books and Authors
  • Business and Economic Policies
  • International Affairs and Events
  • Global Summits
  • Organizations and their Headquarters
  • Country, Capital, and Currency
  • Obituaries
  • Constitution of India and amendments
  • Awards and Honours
  • Important Days: National and International
  • Questions based on History Geography and General Science

Study Current Affairs on the Regular Basis

The GK section of XAT is such a vast section that anything can be asked from anywhere. So, you can’t predict what the actual syllabus is. Choose a particular teacher either online or offline and study current affairs on a regular basis. It is advised by the experts that if a candidate revises the news at least three times, then he/she will be able to retain it without any issue for a long time. So, try to follow this to make your GK strong. Also, don’t depend upon too many teachers for CA. Choose one or a maximum of two and stick to that teacher. Otherwise, your mind will get bewildered and you won’t be able to study CA well.

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Prepare Business and Economy Related Questions

Business and Economy related questions are vital topics in XAT 2023. They cover many questions in XAT. The questions revolve around the topics like Economic policies, business awards and honours, logo’s, changes in corporate and industry, and many more. Therefore, it is advised to be updated with these topics on a regular basis. Candidates can take help from Business magazines, articles, newspapers, and business news channels.  

Solve Mock Tests and Online GK Quizzes on the daily Basis

Attempting mock tests and GK Quizzes is an integral part of your preparation for XAT 2023. Try to attempt at least 2 mocks once a week. The number of mocks should increase gradually. As many mocks you solve, your speed and knowledge would enhance gradually. Moving on to Quiz, the candidates are advised to attempt a quiz daily. Attempting online quizzes would ameliorate one’s knowledge and one would be able to analyze themselves. Also, the candidates will be up to date in current affairs. The candidates should solve PYQs to have an idea about what kind of questions are asked from static GK and Current as well. 

Try to form Multiple Questions from a Question

While creating your notes, the candidates should keep in mind the topic they are studying at the moment, they should take down notes in a way that covers all the questions related to it. In this way, the whole topic will be finished. For example, if a candidate is studying a topic: Medieval History, write down all the crucial points related to it. It should be able to cover all the 5Ws’: what, why, when, where, and who. Also, if they are attempting MCQs, then, the candidate's mindset should not be the only one correcting the answer, but also, he/she should give priority to other options also. Try to figure out the other options’ information as well. In such a manner, you’ll be able to cover 4 options as well.

Spend At least Two Months before the D-day on the Revision of GK

Candidates need time to revise all the notes that they have written earlier. For that, they need at least two months to revise all the topics. Since GK is a subject that needs to be revised on a daily basis, therefore, the candidates are advised to revise a single topic at least three times before the final revision. If they do so, then the content will be fed into their mind and the candidates will be easily able to answer all the related questions. So, it’s essential to revise a topic again and again.

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  •  No, there is no sectional time limit in XAT 2022. The authorities only consider the overall time limit in the XAT test

  • No, the candidates are not permitted to access the on-screen calculators in XAT 2022

  • There is no negative marking GK section of XAT 2022, however, for other sections, there is a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

  • There are a total of 25 questions in the GK section of XAT 2022. However, the total questions comprising of all sections is 100 (including GK).

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