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SK Agarwal
SK Agarwal
Editor, MBAUniverse.com
Updated on
April 30, 2024

XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct XAT 2025 exam on January 5, 2025 as a computer based in single session of 3 hrs 30 minutes duration. XAT exam has two parts - Part-1 and Part-2 with total 101 questions including 25 GK questions of MCQ type.  

Latest Updates: GK in XAT 2025

  • XAT 2025 to have 25 GK questions
  • All GK Questions will be of MCQ type
  • GK questions do not carry negative marking
  • 10 Questions will be Based on Static GK
  • 15 Questions will be Based on Current Affairs

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GK Score Very Important in XLRI Final Selection

While GK score is not counted for percentile calculation, it plays a very important role in final selection process of XLRI admission. Highlighting the importance of GK Section in XLRI admission process, last year XAT 2024 exam convener and XLRI Admission Chair, Dr Rahul Shukla said, “The scores from the General Knowledge (GK) and Analytical Essay Writing (AEW) sections will be exclusively utilized by XLRI Jamshedpur for its final selection process.”

 

Read below the key highlights of the GK Section, GK Syllabus, Type of Questions, how to prepare, important books and material for GK preparation, previous year GK questions and more   

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Table of Contents

  1. XAT 2025 Exam Pattern: GK an Integral Part
  2. GK in XAT 2025: Key Highlights & Important Details
  3. XAT GK Syllabus: Key Topics
  4. How to Prepare GK for XAT? Key aspects and Strategy
  5. Best XAT GK Books
  6. Prepare with XAT GK Previous Year Question Papers
  7. XLRI Admission 2025: How GK Plays Important Role?
  8. Type of Previous GK Questions in XAT Exam
  9. Toppers Tips for GK Preparation for XAT 2025

Let us elaborate on each of the above points 

1. XAT 2025 Exam Pattern: GK an Integral Part

While The part-1 of 175 minute duration consists of three core sections on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and the score in these 3 sections is counted for XAT percentile calculation.  The Part-2 of XAT 2023 exam will be of 30 minutes duration. It will consist of GK and Essay Writing sections. The GK and Essay writing tests in XAT are not counted for percentile calculation. Accordingly, the 4th section in XAT 2025 exam is General Knowledge (GK).

XAT 2025 Exam Pattern

Exam Sections
Number of questions
Overall Time Duration
Part-1
75 Total MCQs
175 Minutes
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
26
No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making
21
No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
28
No Sectional Time Limit
Part-2
25 Total MCQs + Essay Writing Test
30 Minutes
General Knowledge
25
Ideal Time 10-15 Minutes
Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)
1 Descriptive Topic
Ideal Time 15-20 Minutes
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)
100+ 1 Essay
 

2. GK in XAT 2025: Key Details in Highlights

General Knowledge (GK) for XAT 2025 is an important section. In the changed XAT exam pattern, the 4th section on GK is clubbed to main XAT question paper with MCQ type questions.

  • Alongwith other three sections, XAT GK questions will also play an important role in XAT 2025 online computer based test and XLRI admission process.
  • There is a pause of 5 minutes after Part-1 of XAT exam is over and before you start to attempt Part-2 which has GK section
  • GK questions are to be attempted within overall XAT exam time limit of 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Separate Score is awarded for GK Section although it is not counted for percentile calculation

2.1 GK Section in XAT: Important Details

Total GK Questions in XAT
25
Type of Questions
MCQs
Marks Awarded for Correct answer
+1
Negative Marks for Wrong Answer
Nil
Number of Answer Options
5
Sectional Time Limit
Overall 30 Minutes for GK & Essay Writing
Sectional Cut off
Not counted for XAT percentile calculation
Ideal Time to Attempt
12 Minutes to Complete GK

3. XAT GK Syllabus: Key Topics

GK in XAT covers almost all the topics including Science, Geography, politics, current affairs, history among others. Following are the key topics on which GK questions are placed in XAT exam:

XAT Syllabus for General Knowledge (GK)

Syllabus for GK Topics
Syllabus
No of Questions Appeared in XAT 2024  
Static GK
History (3 Qs), Books & Authors (2Qs), Capitals and Currencies (2 Qs), Geography (2 Qs); Culture (1)
10
Current Affairs
Economics & Business (1 Q); Personality & Awards (2Qs); Science & Technology (2 Qs); Sports (2 Qs); National & International Affairs (3 Qs); Companies & People (2 Qs); Nobel Prize (2 Qs); Entertainment (1)
15

4. How to Prepare GK for XAT? Key aspects and Strategy

XAT GK Preparation covers two important aspects – One is the knowing and following the XAT GK preparation as per XAT GK syllabus; the next is to identify and ensure the preparation of XAT General Knowledge with the help of best GK books for XAT along with previous XAT GK test papers as well as other study material.   

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4.1 Prepare as per XAT GK Syllabus

  • Special emphasis lies on the Current Affairs, International Affairs, Business Deals and developments. For example, XAT GK questions in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 included the GK questions on Cryptocurrency, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Business houses starting operation in foreign countries among others.
  • There are questions on Indian Constitution also in GK section in XAT.
  • You should know the basic details about the headquarters of UN & other organizations, currency, capital, Who’s who among others
  • Broad and important points about various schemes of the Government such as the UDAN, Swachh Bharat, Start Up India, Make in India, GST, Ujjwala Yojana among others should be prepared.
  • Business and Economics are also favourite topics that always corner the questions in this section. One should prepare on these topics very well.
  • For XAT GK preparation, past XAT toppers recommend ‘The Hindu’ as a preferred news paper. A few GK questions in XAT appear from this news paper. 
  • There are also a few questions related to History, Geography, Arts, etc. but they are highly subjective.  According to the experts, although you may prepare them well, you should not get over engaged to them and utilise your time in more current affairs.

5. Best XAT GK Books

To study the Static and latest GK for XAT, consistent preparation is required. Following study material is helpful to crack GK section in XAT with high score

  • Manorama Year Book: Very useful as it has all the historical and latest updated information on the topics
  • News Papers: XAT is known for its emphasis on Business and Economy, so the GK preparation should also include the regular reading of News papers like ‘The Hindu’, ‘Times of India,’ ‘Business Standard’, Economic Times’ among others.
  • Digital & Social Media: Your TV, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube could prove to be a good source of General Awareness, so instead of doing irrelevant chats, focus on improving General Awareness

6.  Prepare with XAT GK Previous Year Question Papers: Check Below

GK questions that appeared in previous XAT exams are a good source of  XAT GK Preparation. XLRI also publishes previous XAT papers which can help you understand the key topics and trends of GK questions asked in XAT exam. Since GK on current affairs, evolving business and economy change very frequently with the change of data and new policy announcement, you need to keep yourself updated. You can also get the probable type of GK questions for your XAT exam by going through previous XAT papers

7. XLRI Admission 2025: How GK Plays Important Role?

XAT GK questions are placed in a separate section. XLRI Jamshedpur uses it as a good source to assess candidates’ performance in the final selection round process.  To attempt GK questions in XAT exam, 10 to 15 minutes time to attempt 25 GK questions is considered ideal. XAT General Knowledge section consists of questions based on Static GK as well as recent current affairs based on Science, Technology, Economics, Organisations, Business among others. The previous XAT GK papers reveal that XAT GK section tests your Static GK as well as your knowledge on current affairs.

8. Type of Previous GK Questions in XAT

Below are shared the GK questions which made their appearance in previous XAT exams

Q.1. What is the name of Air India’s Artificial Intelligence-powered chat assistant that introduced a generative AI virtual agent?
A    Niyaa
B    AirBuddy
C    Sathi
D    Maharaja
E    Frenz
 
Q.2. In November 2023, which state government declared a fish named “Ghol” as the state fish? A    Uttar Pradesh
B    Haryana
C    Gujarat
D    Bihar
E    Maharashtra
 
Q.3. Which Indian city set a world record by illuminating 22.23 lakh earthen lamps on the eve of Diwali 2023?
A    Ayodhya
B    Prayagraj
C    Varanasi
D    Udupi
E    Rameswaram
 
Q.4. Which rocket was used to launch Aditya-L1?
A    PSLV-C57
B    LVM3 -M4
C    NGLV
D    GSLV-F12
E    TERLS
 
Q.5. Which company has launched a dedicated air cargo service in India to speed up deliveries? A    Amazon
B    Flipkart
C    Jiomart
D    Tata Cliq
E    Snapdeal
 
Correct Answers
Q.1: D
Q.2: C
Q.3: A
Q.4: A
Q.5: A

Other XAT GK Questions and Answers

 1. In which of the following countries is Tamil an official language?

  •  Andaman
  •  Burma
  •  Sri Lanka
  •  Singapore
  •  Both C & D above

2. The international Court of Justice is located in:

  • Geneva
  •  The Hague
  •  Munich
  •  New York
  •  Washington DC

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3. Which of the following countries is not a member of SAARC?

  •  Bhutan
  •  Myanmar
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Nepal
  •  The Maldives

4. Which of the following institutions are related to the Bretton Woods Agreement?

  •  International Labour Organization
  •  International Monetary Fund
  •  World bank
  •  World Trade Organization
  •  Both B & C

5. In India, February 28th is celebrated as:

  •  Army Day
  •  International Yoga Day
  •  National Integration Day
  •  National Science Day
  •  Sadbhavana Divas

6. Barak 8 is:

  •  The 8th president or USA.
  •  A surface to air missile jointly developed by India and lsrael
  •  A total of 8 mines of Coal and Iron Ore in Barakar near Jharkhand
  •  8 villages, where only renewable energy is used, at the bank of Barak River, South Assam.
  •  Eight tribes, all living in Barak Valley of Assam

7. Which of the followings is the oldest mountain range?

  •  Himalayas
  •  Nilgiri Hills
  •  Satpuras
  •  Karakoram
  •  Aravalis

8. The words “Satyameva Jayate “, inscribed on Indian currency are taken from :

  •  Mahabharat
  • Mundak Upanishad
  •  Rigveda
  •  Shakuntala
  •  A passage to lndia

9. Who directed the Oscar winning film “Gandhi”?

  •  Ben Kingsley
  •  Richard Attenborough
  •  David Lean
  •  Ritwik Ghatak
  •  Frank Darabont

10. Which of the following options Is a MISMATCH?

  •  Andersen Consulting :: Accenture
  •  Isis Chocolates :: Libeert
  •  Brad‘s Drink :: Pepsi
  •  Quantum Computer Services :: AOL Inc.
  • BearingPoint :: KPMG Consulting lnc.

11. Which of the following companies is listed in the Fortune Global 500 Companies, in 2016?

  •  GAIL (India) Limited
  •  Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
  •  Patanjali
  •  Rajesh Exports
  •  Tata Consultancy Services

12. Which of the following brands is NOT currently owned by an Indian company?

  •  Allen Solly
  •  Dettol
  •  La Opala
  •  Monte Carlo
  •  Royal Enfield

13. Some of the famous battles are listed below:
1. The Battle of Cajamarca
2. The Battle Huai-Hai
3. The Battle of Plassey
4. The Battle of Stalingrad
5. The Battle of Waterloo
6. The Battle of Yorktown  

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Which of the followings is the correct chronological order of the above battles?

  •  1-2-3-4-5-6
  •  1-2-6-3-5-4
  •  1-3-6-5-4-2
  •  2-1-3-6-4-5
  •  2-6-1-3-4-5

14. Which of the following, is a WRONG combination?

  •  Maldives – Maldivian Rupee
  •  Bangladesh – Bangladeshi Taka
  •  Bhutan – Bhutanese Ngultrum
  •  East Timor – US. Dollar
  •  Indonesia – Indonesian Rupiah

15. Which of the followings is a WRONG combination?

  •  Willis Haviland Carrier – Microwave compatible Tiffin Carrier
  •  Alexander Bell – Telephone
  •  Alfred Nobel – Dynamite
  •  Elisha Graves Otis – Safety Elevator
  •  John Boyd Dunlop – Pneumatic Tyre

16. Which of the following banks is recently in the news because its employees opened additional relationship accounts without its customer’s permission?

  •  Citibank
  •  HSBC
  •  Standard Chartered
  •  Wells Fargo
  •  Bank of Nova Scotia

17.Which of the followings is in the outermost reaches of the solar system?

  •  Orion Nebula
  •  Andromeda Galaxy
  •  Oort Cloud
  •  Asteroid belt
  •  Interstellar wormhole

18.Which Cult Television series celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016?

  •  Frasier
  •  That 70’s Show
  •  Veep
  •  StarTrek
  •  Buniyaad

19. Bogota, Lima and Quito are the capitals of:

  •  Colombia, Peru and Ecuador respectively.
  •  Warsaw, Madrid and Montevideo respectively.
  •  Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina respectively.
  •  Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe respectively.
  •  None of the above

20. The Yazidis are:

  •  Mythological creatures in the Bible
  •  Mystery creatures sighted in the Greenland
  •  Ethnic and religious minority in Iraq
  •  Members of an Islamic sect in Hungary
  •  Ethnic and religious minority in Pakistan

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21. Where is Hadrian’s Wall located?

  •  China
  •  Afghanistan
  •  Rome
  •  England
  •  Ladakh

22. Which of the following animals’ conservation status was changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” by WWF recently?

  •  Giant Panda
  •  Tigers
  •  Orangutan
  •  Asian Elephant
  •  Blue Whale

23. In which of the following countries, both the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator pass through?

  •  Brazil
  •  Argentina
  •  Peru
  •  Chile
  •  Venezuela

24. Which of the following novelists has won the Booker Prize?

  •  Ruskin Bond
  •  R. K. Narayan
  •  Amitav Gosh
  •  Anita Desai
  •  Kiran Desai

25. Rodrigo Duterte is associated with which of the following nations?

  •  USA
  •  Russia
  •  Philippines
  •  Indonesia
  •  Vietnam

XAT Answers to GK Questions

Q No.
1
2
3
4
5
Ans.
Both B&C
The Hague
Myanmar
Both B&C
National Science Day
Q.No.
6
7
8
9
10
Ans
A surface to air missile jointly developed by India and lsrael
 
Aravalis
 
Mundak Upanishad
Richard Attenborough
 
BearingPoint :: KPMG Consulting lnc
Q.No.
11
12
13
14
15
Ans
Rajesh Exports
Dettol
1-3-6-5-4-2
 
Maldives – Maldivian Rupee
 
Willis Haviland Carrier – Microwave compatible Tiffin Carrier
 
Q.No.
16
17
18
19
20
Ans
Wells Fargo
 
Oort Cloud
 
StarTrek
 
Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
Ethnic and religious minority in Iraq
 
Q no.
21
22
23
24
25
Ans
England
Giant Panda
 
Brazil
Kiran Desai
 
Philippines

9. Toppers Tips for GK Preparation for XAT 2025

“GK preparation strategy that I followed is to read newspapers consistently for 6 months prior to XAT. Very difficult to prepare for GK last minute”
Tanish Jain, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“Although GK score is not counted in percentile preparation, it plays important role in XLRI admission. My UPSC preparation helped me in that and a few things that would help in GK preparation strategy are Try reading a newspaper every day, it will help you with your VARC, essay and interview as well; Pick up something like The Hindu, Mint or Indian Express. Read editorials”
Kanika Mehra XAT Topper 98.32%, XLRI PGDM-BM 2022-24
Short name
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