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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, 2019, in two shifts.
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CMAT 2019 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
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.
IIFT 2019 was conducted on December 2, 2018, Sunday in offline mode. It was an objective test carrying only Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The exam had majorly six sections and General Awareness is one of them. The section carried 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.
Symbiosis International University (SIU) had changed the exam pattern of SNAP 2018 this year. The exam included special questions (non-MCQs) this year in each section. The test was divided into four sections and Current Affairs is one of them which carried 25 questions.
How to prepare for GK section of SNAP
SNAP focuses on current affairs instead of covering the entire gamut of general knowledge. So, reading the newspaper every day is the best idea to prepare for the section. Remember, apart from what’s happening today, you must also know what has been happening in India and the world (all major topics) in the last one year or so to make the best of it.
Make sure you make a habit of the reading newspaper every morning dedicatedly. Try reading all the major news from every section so that no topic remain untouched.
You can also subscribe to any online news portal which will keep you updated about all the major happenings in every field. Apart from this, solve the previous year question papers of SNAP as it will allow you to understand the types of questions asked and the areas covered in the section as well.
XAT 2019 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).
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