GK for XAT 2024

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Updated on
May 18, 2023

XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct XAT 2024 exam on January 7, 2024 as a computer based in single session of 3 hrs 10 minutes duration from 2 PM to 5.10 PM. XAT exam has two parts - Part-1 and Part-2. The part-1 of 165 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 25 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 2024 exam is General Awareness (GK). While GK score is not counted for percentile calculation, it plays a very important role in final selection process of XLRI admission. XLRI admission Chair and XAT exam convener 2023, Dr Vishwa Ballabh shared with MBAUniverse.com, the salient points about the importance and role of GK Section in XAT and said, “If you do poorly in GK section, XLRI may not offer you admission”


Importance of GK Section in XAT: 5 Salient Points

  1. GOOD GK MUST: For XLRI Admission, the candidate is expected to have good knowledge on Business, Economy, current affairs, key national and international developments
  2. MANDATORY FOR XLRI ADMISSION: Without good score in GK section, No candidate will be offered admission in XLRI
  3. PREPARE AS PER PAST PAPERS: Check Previous XAT GK questions to familiarize and prepare for this section
  4. NO NEGATIVE MARKING: GK section has no Negative Marking for 25 GK questions, so you can score high
  5. XLRI TO EVALUATE PERFORMANCE: Your GK Section Performance will be evaluated in XLRI final selection round 

XAT 2023


Based on the importance of GK section as stated by XAT Convener and XLRI admission Chair, shared below are 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


Table of Contents

  1. GK in XAT 2024: Key Highlights & Important Details
  2. XAT GK Syllabus: Key Topics
  3. How to Prepare GK for XAT? Key aspects and Strategy
  4. Best XAT GK Books
  5. Prepare with XAT GK Previous Year Question Papers
  6. XLRI Admission 2024: How GK Plays Important Role?
  7. Type of Previous GK Questions in XAT

Let us elaborate on each of the above points 

1. GK in XAT 2024: Key Highlights

  • General Knowledge (GK) for XAT 2024 is an important section now due to the fact that it is now an integral part of XAT exam 2024
  • In the changed XAT exam pattern, the 4th section on GK is clubbed to main XAT question paper with MCQ type questions
  • It consists of 25 questions of MCQ type. The questions are from the most relevant topics on current affairs, business, economy among others.
  • Alongwith other three sections, XAT GK questions will also play an important role in XAT 2024 online computer based test and XLRI admission process.

1.1 GK Section in XAT: Important Details

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

1.2 Key Features of XAT Question Paper

  • XAT is a computer based test of 3 hours 10 minute duration including the GK questions
  • The individual sectional time limit to solve Part 2 with GK & Essay writing questions in XAT is 25 minutes.
  • 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 10 minutes
  • Separate Score is awarded for GK Section although it is not counted for percentile calculation

2. 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:

Type of GK Topics
Percentage of Coverage in XAT GK Section
Key Topics for XAT GK Preparation
Static GK
Indian Constitution, Geography, headquarters, currency, capital, Who’s who, Company logos identification
Current Affairs
Current Affairs, International Affairs, Business Deals and developments - Cryptocurrency, Nobel Prize winner,  Government schemes such as the UDAN, Swachh Bharat, Start Up India, Make in India, Abhiyaan

3. 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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3.1 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.

4. 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

5.  Prepare with XAT GK Previous Year Question Papers
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


6. XLRI Admission 2024: 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.


7. Type of Previous GK Questions in XAT
Below are shared the GK questions which made their appearance in previous XAT exams. The answers to these questions are also shared in tabular format at the end of the GK Test for XAT. It may be noted that in 2018 XAT was the first computer based test and the same pattern was followed for XAT 2019, XAT 2020, XAT 2021, XAT 2022 and XAT 2023 exams. Before you proceed to attempt the 25 GK questions for XAT as shared below, please set your watch. You should not take more than 15 minutes to attempt these questions. 

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7.1 Previous Year GK Test Questions for XAT with Answers


1. Which of the following is not a Cryptocurrency?

  1. Bitcoin
  2. Laxmicoin
  3. Etherium
  4. Paypal
  5. Litecoin

2.  Who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2017?

  1. Richard Thaler
  2. Raghuram Rajan
  3. Jean Tirole
  4. Bengt Holmstrom
  5. Oliver Hart

3.  What is Showrooming?

  1. An individual browses the sites of e-retailers for products and then ends up purchasing the product from some brick and mortar store.
  2. An individual visiting a brick and mortar store to have a look and feel of the product and then ordering the same product through some e-retailers.
  3. An individual visiting a big box retailer to have a look and feel of the product and then purchasing the same product from nearby kirana (Mom and Pop) store.
  4. An e-retailer using the kirana (Mom and Pop) stores to keep its stock of goods and meets the orders in the nearby localities.
  5. None of the above

4.  Which of these have not been included in Government of India Act, 1935?

  1. Separation of Burma from India
  2. Detachment of Aden from India to establish it as a crown colony
  3. Splitting of Bihar and Orissa as two separate provinces
  4. Separation of Khyber Pakhtunwala from India
  5. Separation of Sindh from Bombay presidency

5.  What is Article 35 (A) of Indian Constitution?

  1. An article empowering Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define permanent residents
  2. An article empowering Arunachal Pradesh state’s legislature to define permanent residents
  3. An article providing autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir
  4. An article providing autonomous status to Arunachal Pradesh
  5. An article providing autonomous status to Manipur

6.  Which of the following is not a landlocked country?

  1. Kenya
  2. Niger
  3. Swaziland
  4. Chad
  5. Mali

7.  Which of the following options is the correct list of core industries as defined by IIP?

  1. Shipping, Coal, Natural Gas, Pharmaceuticals
  2. Coal, Natural Gas, Crude Oil, Fertilizers
  3. Coal, Steel, Cement, Information Technology
  4. Refinery, Fertilizers, Crude Oil, Telecommunication
  5. Coal, Steel, Crude Oil, Banking

8.  Match the surnames of head of states (former or current) to the countries:

Surname of the leader
Country of the leader
a. Kirchner
i. Brazil
b. Lula
ii. Argentina
c. Deng
iii. Venezuela
d. Erdogn
iv. China
e. Chavez
v. Turkey
  1. a-i, b-ii, c-iii, d-iv, e-v
  2. a-ii, b-i, c-iv, d-v, e-iii
  3. a-ii, b-iii, c-i, d-v, e-iv
  4. a-iv, b-i, c-ii, d-v, e-iii
  5. a-iv, b-ii, c-iii, d-i, e-v

9. Match the following Indus valley sites to the states:

Indus Valley Site
a. harappa
i. Haryana
b. Lothal
ii. Gujarat
c. Chanhudaro
iii. Punjab (Pakistan)
d. Banawali
iv. Sindh (Pakistan)
  1. a-iii, b-ii, c-iv, d-i
  2. a-ii, b-i, c-iv, d-iii
  3. a-iii, b-ii, c-i, d-iv
  4. a-iv, b-i, c-ii, d-ii
  5. a-iv, b-ii, c-iii, d-i 

10. Which of the following Indian business houses (conglomerate) started its operation with companies like Philips Carbon Black, Asian Cables, Agarpara Jute and Murphy(India)?

  1. Aditya Birla
  2. C.K. Birla
  3. RPG Enterprises
  4. K.K.Birla
  5. Essar

11.  Which of the following spacecrafts, in 2017, plunged into the planet it was exploring?

  1. Apollo-8
  2. Voyager-2
  3. Voyager-1
  4. Cassini
  5. Pioneer-11

12.  The Time magazine’s person of the year 2017 is:

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Emmanuel Macron
  3. The Peace Makers
  4. Silence Breakers
  5. Sarah Huckabee Sanders

13.  Which of the following is NOT one of the World Heritage Sites?

  1. Mountain Railways of India
  2. Jim Corbett National Park
  3. Khangchendzonga National Park
  4. Historic City of Ahmedabad
  5. Great living Chola temples

14.  Match the Music festivals to their states:

Music Festival
a. Hornbill
i. Arunachal Pradesh
b. Ziro
ii. nagaland
c. Escape
iii. maharashtra
d. Enchanted Valley
iv. Rajasthan
e. magnetic Fields
v. Uttarakhand
  1. a-iii, b-ii, c-iv, d-i,e-v
  2. a-ii, b-i, c-iv, d-iii,e-v
  3. a-ii, b-i, c-v, d-iii,e-iv
  4. a-v, b-i, c-iii, d-ii,e-iv
  5. a-iv, b-ii, c-iii, d-i,e-v

15.  If a company encourages its employees to use its own products to understand customers’ perception, then the company is engaging in:

  1. Dogfooding
  2. Lionhunting
  3. Moonlighting
  4. Spacetraveling
  5. Bikeriding

16.  Which of the following is not a video streaming service?

  1. Netflix
  2. Primevideo
  3. Youtube
  4. Roku
  5. Itunes 

17. Which of the following is not a French overseas territory?

  1. New Caledonia
  2. Guadeloupe
  3. Guam
  4. Reunion
  5. Mayotte

18. Match the rockets/missions to their space agencies:

Space Agency
a. Falcon 9
b. Mars Rover
ii. ESA
c. Exo Mars trace gas Orbiter
iii. NASA
d. Yinghuo
iv. SpaceX
e. Mangalyaan
  1. a-i, b-ii, c-iii, d-iv, e-v
  2. a-iv, b-iii, c-v, d-ii, e-i
  3. a-iv, b-iii, c-ii, d-v, e-i
  4. a-v, b-iv, c-iii, d-ii, e-i
  5. a-iii, b-iv, c-ii, d-v, e-i

19. Who is the independent athlete to win a gold medal at 2016 Summer Olympics?

  1. Abdullah Al-Rashidi
  2. Fehaid Al-Deehani
  3. Jasna Sekaric
  4. Yulia Stepanova
  5. Darya Klishna

20. Which of the following mobile manufacturing companies DOES NOT have its headquarters in China?

  1. Xolo
  2. Xiaomi
  3. Vivo
  4. Oppo
  5. Lenovo

21. Name the only Indian (or from Indian origin) to win Abel Prize?

  1. Manjul Bhargava
  2. Srinivasa Ramanujam
  3. S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
  4. Mahan Maharaj (Swami Vidyanathananda)
  5. Harishchandra Mehta

22. What is a Hundi?

  1. It is a financial instrument
  2. It is a utensil used for marriage functions
  3. It is a marriage ritual in Tibetan society
  4. It is Hyundai’s earlier name
  5. It is the name of the last Hun that ruled China

23. Windhoek, Suva and Ulaanbaatar are the capital cities of:

  1. Mongolia, Hungary, Romania
  2. Namibia, Fiji and Mongolia
  3. Ghana, Fiji, Uruguay
  4. Guyana, Fiji, Mongolia
  5. Namibia, Guyana, Ghana

24. Which of the following is the most recent club to join ISL?

  1. FC Goa
  2. Chennaiyin FC
  3. North East United FC
  4. Jamshedpur FC
  5. Delhi Dynamos FC

25. Match the brands with the companies:

a. Gillette
i. Godrej
b. surf Excel
ii. ITC
c. Saffola
iii. Hindustan Unilever
d. Aashirvaad Atta
iv. P&G
e. Good Kningh
v. Marico
  1. a-i, b-ii, c-iii, d-iv, e-v
  2. a-iv, b-iii, c-v, d-ii, e-i
  3. a-iv, b-iii, c-ii, d-v, e-i
  4. a-v, b-iv, c-iii, d-v, e-ii
  5. a-iv, b-i, c-ii, d-v, e-iii

Answers to GK Test


XAT 2017: 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

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

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

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 2017:  Answers to GK Questions

Q No.
Both B&C
The Hague
Both B&C
National Science Day
A surface to air missile jointly developed by India and lsrael
Mundak Upanishad
Richard Attenborough
BearingPoint :: KPMG Consulting lnc
Rajesh Exports
Maldives – Maldivian Rupee
Willis Haviland Carrier – Microwave compatible Tiffin Carrier
Wells Fargo
Oort Cloud
Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
Ethnic and religious minority in Iraq
Q no.
Giant Panda
Kiran Desai
Short name
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