How to prepare for GK section of CMAT, IIFT, SNAP and XAT?
Vikas Gaur, 11 Nov 2019, #CAT
Applications Open Now
SNAP - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test
Apply
IMI Delhi
Apply

How to prepare for GK section of IIFT, SNAP, XAT and CMAT - General Knowledge (GK) or General Awareness (GA) is an integral part of almost every MBA entrance exam. But preparing for it doesn’t come easy. It’s not like you can start reading newspapers a month before the exam and you are done. Not really! You actually need to start making yourself aware about what’s happening around much before the exam. You should know what major has happened in the past and what’s currently going on in almost every sector including Politics, Business, Entertainment, World, Sports, etc. In this article by Careers360, all the management aspirants who are appearing for the MBA entrance exams will get to know how to prepare for the GK section of exams such as IIFT, SNAP, CMAT and XAT.
Let’s begin with CMAT exam which will be conducted by NTA on January 28, 2020, in two shifts.

Latest: Analyse your preparation level with Free Mock Test of CAT - Start Now

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

Apply to SNAP - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test




CMAT

CMAT 2020 exam is divided into four sections and one of them is General Awareness carrying 25 questions. Solving all the questions correctly can actually make a huge difference to your overall score in the exam. Let's check the general tips to prepare for the section.


How to prepare for GK section of CMAT

CAT Free Mock Test

Analyse your preparation level with Free Mock Test of CAT

Start Now


Reading newspaper every day always comes handy. Apart from that, one can read journals and magazines to expand his/her knowledge horizons. Also, try solving the GK section of the previous year question papers. The same formula applies to all other entrance tests as well.


The best and the worst thing about the section is if you know the answer, you know it but if you don't know, you don't know. Remember, all the entrance exams mentioned have negative marking. So, if you are thinking of marking the answers on guessing, it may or may not go in your favour. Make sure you mark the answer only if you know it. There is no specific rule to prepare for GK section. Consistently reading newspapers and keeping yourself updated through various news mediums is the best way.

Applications Open Now
Great Lakes Institute of Management
PGPM & PGDM 2020 | Accredited by AMBA, UK & AICTE Approved | 100% Placements, PGPM Avg CTC 13.1 LPA
Apply
TA Pai Management Institute - TAPMI
PGDM Admissions 2020 Open | 100% Placement Records | Apply NOW
Apply


IIFT


IIFT 2020 will be conducted on December 1, 2019, Sunday in offline mode. It will be an objective test carrying only Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam will have majorly six sections and General Awareness is one of them. The section carries around 18-20 questions. The number keeps changing every year.


How to prepare for GK section of IIFT


To prepare for the section, the first thing you need to do is start reading any national newspaper every single day dedicatedly. As IIFT is more business-centric, many of the IIFT exam toppers recommend The Economic Times, Business Standard, The Hindu, and Indian Express. Apart from business stories, it will allow you to know what’s happening around in India and the world.


GK is usually not a very high scoring section in IIFT exam because the range of topics covered in the section is huge. It has been observed in the past that half of the section is covered with current affairs. So, it's ideal to read a newspaper every day and weekly news magazines such as India Today to stay updated.


To expand your horizons, you should also be reading about famous personalities, Indian & global economy, famous historical events if possible, Major events, Geography, etc.


There are also books available to cover this section specifically. You can refer to the Cetking's GK40 program or try solving online GK quizzes and last year question papers. It will allow you to score well in this section.


SNAP


Symbiosis International University (SIU) has changed the exam pattern of SNAP 2019. The exam includes special questions (non-MCQs) this year only for Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. Earlier, special questions were included in each section.x The test is divided into three sections.


How to prepare for GK section of SNAP


Note- GK section has been scrapped from SNAP 2019.


XAT


XAT 2020 is one of the most renowned MBA entrance exams in the country. Just like other MBA entrance exams, XAT also has General Knowledge section carrying around 25 questions.


How to prepare for GK section of XAT


Being one of the most competitive MBA entrance exams in the country, the difficulty level of the questions is likely to be very high. Preparing for XAT’s GK section doesn’t come overnight. You need to be in a habit of knowing things for a long time. Read whatever you can (sports, politics, business, development, global issues, etc.) through newspapers, news portals, news magazines, etc. and wherever you can to expand your horizon of general knowledge. It might also come handy during the selection rounds (WAT, GD and PI).


Applications Open Now

Great Lakes Institute of Management 2020
Great Lakes Institute of Mana...
Apply
SNAP - Symbiosis National Aptitude Test
SNAP - Symbiosis National Apt...
Apply
IBS Business School
IBS Business School
Apply
ITM Business School
ITM Business School
Apply
IMI Delhi
IMI Delhi
Apply
UPES - School of Business
UPES - School of Business
Apply
(VIPS-TC) Delhi School of Business
(VIPS-TC) Delhi School of Bus...
Apply
View All Application Forms

More like CAT

Questions related to CAT

Showing 7362 out of 7363 Questions
5 Views

I have less than 50% marks in high school, can I apply for cat,mat and GMAT???

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019
CAT, MAT and GMAT are entrance examinations for admission tio Post Graduation courses. Now as their eligibility criteria, CAT has a condition that Candidates should score a minimum aggregate of 50% in the Graduation. It is 5% for General Category and 45% for Reserved Categories. MAT has no minimum aggregate requirement. Your High school aggregate is not counted for eligibility criteria of these exams. In fact, it is only considered for the shortlisting process.
20 Views

i have got 50 percent marks in graduation..if i will get good percentile in CAT OR MAT. will i get admission in good college or should i stop dreaming of mba?

Shareef 19th Nov, 2019
Hello,
.
No, Never give up. When there's a will, there is a way.
.
Now, getting admission into MBA is not based on your graduation marks, most of the Institutes only care about your performance in CAT/MAT examinination.
.
If you a good percentage in your entrance examination, then most of the Institutes don't consider your graduation percentage, where few Institutes need a minimum percentage in graduation.
.
Don't get tensed about your graduation percentage, you have a minimum percentage which is news for getting admission.
.
So, don't get tensed about it, just prepare best, and give your best. Best of luck
14 Views

i m 34 yrs old, having work ex of 5 yrs as an Officer in Ministry of Defence. I wanted to do full time MBA from top IIM-A/B/C through CAT exam. M having poor academics record below 65%, also belongs to Reserve category. is thr any chance for me to get into TOP IIMs, nt interested in Exe-MBA.plz help

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019
Mr. Gupta, each IIM has its own selection procedure. While CAT percentile remains the main criteria, there are other factors as well. Here we shall help you with the criteria, cut offs and the selection procedure. IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.

IIM Ahmedabad:

CAT SECTIONAL WEIGHTAGE:

QA DLR VARC Overall
General: 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC/Trans: 65 65 65 75
SC: 60 60 60 70
ST: 50 50 50 60
PwD-UR,OBC,SC: 60 60 60 70
PwD: ST: 50 50 50 60

10th Rating:

Percent score Rating Score

<= 55 1

> 55 and <= 60 2

> 60 and <= 70 3

> 70 and <= 80 5

> 80 and <= 90 8

> 90 10

The same rating score is used for 12th Science /Commerce Streams. For Arts/Humanities:

Percent score Rating Score

<= 45 1
> 45 and <= 50 2
> 50 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 5
> 70 and <= 85 8
> 85 10

Work Experience in Months as on July 31, 2019 Rating Score

< 12 months 0

> 36 months 5

Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20

Minimum cut offs for Average percent of marks scores:
Stream in 12th UR NC- OBC/Trans SC ST PWD PWD -ST

Science 80 75 70 65 70 65

Commerce 77 72 67 62 67 62

Arts & Humanities 75 70 64 59 64 59

From each Academic sectors top 5% from each stream and each Category will be short listed. It might look like:

Category Upper Limit

General 100

NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57

SC 32

ST 16

PwD 6

After shortlisting the Candidates, the selected Candidates will have to go through WAT and PI rounds. Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each Category on the basis of their Final Composite Score. . The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50

AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10

CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS) = 0.25

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15

After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc.

IIM BANGALORE:
QA DLR VARC Overall
General: 80 80 85 90
NC-OBC: 70 70 75 80
SC: 65 65 70 75
ST: 60 60 60 70
PwD: 50 50 50 60
For all the Candidates shortlisted, the 10th and 12th board results are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by 90th percentile score of that board. And then an adjusted score is calculated for the Bachelor's degree for each of the candidates based on the final scores obtained by the candidate are used for the Bachelor's degree and professional degrees. For example,
CAT = 40
10th board = 20
12th board = 10
Bachelors = 20
Gender Diversity = 2
Work Experience = 8
The 40 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows:
Verbal & Reading Comprehension - 14 points
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - 16 points Quantitative Aptitude - 10 points.
IIM CALCUTTA:

QA DLR VRC Over All
OPEN: 75 80 80 85
NC-OBC: 65 65 70 75
EWS: 65 65 70 75
SC: 60 60 65 70
ST: 55 55 55 65
PWD: 55 55 55 65


And the final selection is based on:
CAT 2019 Score 30
Personal Interview 48
Written Ability Test 10
Academic Diversity 04
Work Experience 08
Total 100

What IIMs also look for apart from Academics is the diversity factor. So with your work experience, that might actually work in your favour. So secure atleast 85-90 percentile and you can be shortlisted for any of the IIMs.
5 Views

hii ths is jitesh, i jst want to make it clear tht i m t good in maths n bczx of ths i he fear of cat exam so can i do mba from abroad n wat are the examinations tio be gvn fr abroad ??/ plzz somone reply

Niveditha 19th Nov, 2019

Hi Jitesh...

Firstly do not be scared of maths just because of CAT exam. It is not just the mathematics which you do as your subject but it is an aptitude test test your mathematics skills obviously along with your thinking ability to solve the problem.

So coming to your question first thing you have to keep in mind when have to do MBA abroad is the minimum requirements to do MBA abroad.

The second thing is the exams that you must attend.

Firstly lets looks at the eligibility requirements where the candidate must must have minimum of 3 years of bachelor's degree of any discipline,

A masters or doctoral is also acceptable. Some colleges in abroad also accept distance or the education in correspondence.

Unlike the MBA colleges in India, the colleges abroad ask for minimum two years of work experience or the work exposure for pursuing MBA. The do not need your technical skills or the marks which you have scored , rather than that they need your managerial skills.

The exams that must be given for MBA abroad are GMAT or GRE.

GMAT score is highly predict your verbal and aptitude level to manage the strees and workload of MBA.

TOFEL for US, Canada

IELTS or PTE for UK,Australia,New Zealand

CAE or CPE for UK

CELPIP for Canada

TOFEL , IELTS is conducted to check the vocabulary and the English proficiency. This evaluates the listening, speaking,writing and reading skills of English.

Even the GRE and GMAT exams have a section similar to the quantitative ability which you are probably scared of .

The subject quantitative ability will not be for these competitive exams but also in your placements you attend after your education.

The foreign universities also assess your application on the basis of your achievements, experience, leadership qualities at work and other academic achievements.

MBA is not just learning theory in the class rooms, it is the application of the experience that you gain.

All the best!!!



93 Views

I have 96% in 10th, 92.4% in 12th and 81.1% in Engineering. What percentile should I score in CAT to get calls from IIM Indore, Kozikhode and Trichy(NC- OBC Category)?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 18th Nov, 2019

Hello,

your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.

For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for  10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.

For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC

for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC

for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.

So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.

CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.

Hope it helps!

Top
The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books