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September 10, 2020

The 4th section in XAT 2021 exam is General Awareness (GK). It consists of 25 questions of MCQ type. The questions are from the most relevant topics on current affairs, business, economy among others. Read complete details below about GK section, how to prepare, important books and material for GK preparation, previous year GK questions, importance of the GK in XAT exam and more


General Knowledge (GK) for XAT 2021 is an important section now due to the fact that it is now an integral part of XAT exam 2021. In the changed XAT exam pattern, the 5th section on Essay Writing Test has been removed from XAT 2021 exam. So, alongwith other three sections, XAT GK questions will also play an important role in XAT 2021 online computer based test.


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XAT GK questions are placed in a separate section. The XAT GK section is not taken into account for percentile calculation but XLRI Jamshedpur uses it as a good source to assess candidates’ performance in the shortlisting and 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. 

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The previous XAT GK papers reveal that XAT GK section consists of Static as well as current affairs.


Key Features of XAT GK Questions

  • XAT is now a computer based test of 3 hours duration including the GK questions
  • The individual sectional time limit to solve GK questions in XAT is 15 minutes.
  • GK questions are to be attempted within overall XAT exam time limit of 3 hours
  • GK questions in XAT are not counted for percentile calculation

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
15 Minutes
Sectional Cut off
Not counted for XAT percentile calculation
Ideal Time to Attempt
12 Minutes

XAT GK Syllabus 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

How to Prepare GK for XAT
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.


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 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, Abhiyaan 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.

Best XAT GK Books
To study the Static and latest GK for XAT, Manorama Year Book is very useful as it has all the historical and latest updated information on the topic.


Besides, 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.


XAT GK Previous Year Questions and Answers
Following are the GK questions in XAT 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 and XAT 2020 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.


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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