General Knowledge for XAT 2024: Syllabus, Books, and Tips

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General Knowledge for XAT 2024 exam: The Xavier Aptitude Test also known as the XAT is conducted every year once. This exam is conducted by the XLRI Jamshedpur body every year to grant admission to students wanting to study MBA/PGDM programmes. The XAT 2024 exam will consist of 4 sections, out of which, the XAT GK section can be the trickiest one. However, if you wish to know more information on the same then this is the best blog.

In this blog, we will talk about the upcoming XAT exam which will happen soon. Before that, here is a quick overview of the exam. 

Full FormXavier Aptitude Test
Conducting BodyXLRI Jamshedpur
Exam Level National-level Management Entrance Examination
FrequencyOnce in a year
Application Mode Online- Computer Based Test
Official Website 

Importance of General Knowledge Section in XAT 2024

The GK section in the XAT exam is not considered in the final percentile. However, it does impact the overall decision of your admission to top B-top schools. Therefore, the candidate needs to come well-prepared for the General Knowledge section and attempt it carefully to score high marks. 

For all those who don’t know, the General Knowledge section in the XAT exam is allotted a total of 25 marks. All the candidates are required to attempt part 2 of GK (GK section + Essay) in 25 minutes. 

Also Read: 📑XAT 2024 Exam Dates: Dates(OUT) Registration Dates, Admit Card & Result Dates

General Knowledge for XAT Syllabus 2024

In the General Knowledge section, the XAT exam covers almost all the topics. The includes Geography, Politics, Science, Current Affairs and several others. Following are the key topics which will supposedly be covered this time. 

Type of GK QuestionsPercentage of Coverage in XAT GK section Key Topics for GK sections 
Static GK70-80 PercentGeography, Constitution, Currency, Headquarters and several others.
Current Affairs20-30 Percent Current Affairs, International Affairs, Cryptocurrency, Nobel Prize Winners etc.

Also Read: XAT Exam 2024: Notification, Dates, Eligibility, Application Process

Difficulty Level of XAT General Knowledge Section

Below mentioned are the difficulty levels of the XAT General Knowledge section for the past five years. Through this table, the candidates will get a fair idea of how this section was and how prepared should they be for the future.

YearDecision Making Section Difficulty Level Number of Questions
2022Moderate 25
2020Moderate 25
2018Moderate 25

Also Read: 📑Decision-Making in XAT 2024

How to Prepare GK for XAT 2024?

Here’s how you can prepare for the General Knowledge section which will be there in the XAT exam. 

  • Study Current Affairs Daily: The GK section is quite a vast section from where students can be asked anything. Therefore, the candidate needs to be well-prepared.
  • The candidate should make sure that they solve mock tests and online GK quizzes which will prepare them more. 
  • When solving the GK section, try to make an MCQ out of every question. 

Also Read: XAT 2024 Registration Form (Open): Application Deadline (Nov 30), Fees & Process

Best XAT GK Books 2024

Here is the list of XAT GK books which will help you prepare well for the General Knowledge section. 

  1. Manorama Year Book
  2. Digital & Social Media
  3. Newspapers


What type of GK questions are asked in XAT?

XAT General Knowledge section is based on Static GK. It also consists of questions on Science, Technology, Economics, Business and others. 

Is XAT tougher than CAT?

Both XAT and CAT exams are considered to be tough exams. However, the CAT consists of more difficult questions. Although, with proper preparation, any exam can be cleared. 

Is there a negative marking in XAT?

For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. While +1 marks are awarded for the correct answer. 

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