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XAT Exam: Analysis of Previous 5 years XAT GK Sections

Sep 11, 2018 16:29 IST
    XAT 2017
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    There are many other prominent management entrance exams besides CAT that test the candidates’ aptitude for the field such as XAT, IIFT, SNAP, MAT etc. XAT is one of the most important management entrances besides CAT; it allows candidates the opportunity to secure admission in some of the top b-schools in the country. And unlike CAT, XAT has a general knowledge section that is an integral part of the exam.

    The General Knowledge section in the XAT entrance exam consists of 25 questions. Also, there will be no negative marking in this section and the marks of this section are not counted in the final score of the final XAT results. The XAT 2019 is scheduled to be held on 6th January, 2019.  

    In this article, we have conducted an analysis of XAT GK section. The analysis would help you understand the type of question that you can expect in the general knowledge section of the XAT 2019. The trend analysis of XAT GK section will help you gain insights of the whole picture which is yet to be seen in the examination hall. Given below is the trend of question from GA section from 2013-2016.

    Number of Questions asked in XAT GK Section

    Year

    Number of

    Questions

    2013

    30

    2014

    20

    2015

    30

    2016

    25

    XAT 2017

    25

    XAT 2018

    25

    XAT 2019 Exam Pattern: Key changes that you must know

    The above table clearly shows that the XAT paper has had a constituent number of questions in the GK section for the past couple of years. This year, certain changes were made in the XAT exam pattern the prominent one being the omission of the essay question from the exam. Also, the exam conducting body has confirmed beforehand the number of questions that will be asked in each section.

    Usually, in the GK section, questions from both static gk and current affairs section are asked. The given below table provides a snapshot of the type of questions which were asked in the exam from the test-takers.

    Type of Questions covered in XAT GK Section

    Type of GA Questions

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

    Static GK

    14

    18

    23

    20

    18

    17

    Current GK

    16

    2

    7

    5

    7

    8

    As per the analysis provided above, it can be clearly seen that maximum questions in the XAT GK section are asked from the static GK section. Hence, aspirants should focus more on learning the facts related to static GK topics. If you wish to score higher then pick up the GK book of your choice which can help you grasp the topics of static GK. But, as the case shows, there were equal number of question from both static and current GK sections in the year 2013. In case, the pattern is repeated in the XAT 2019, it would be best for the candidates to be prepared for it. Hence, candidates are advised to stay updated with regards the current events as well and revise the questions from the current affairs section as well.

    The analysis mentioned above focuses on the overall picture of XAT GK section, but moving forward with the analysis, we should also focus on understanding that which sections are most sought after in the XAT GK section. This deeper analysis will aid you in a more focused preparation of XAT GK section.

    Topics covered in XAT GK Section

    Areas Covered

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

    Economy

    12

    3

    8

    4

    5

    6

    Politics

    --

    3

    3

    1

    --

    1

    International Organizations

    4

    2

    1

    --

    --

    --

    Sports

    1

    1

    5

    --

    --

    2

    Corporate

    4

    2

    1

    4

    --

    --

    Personalities

    4

    1

    2

    5

    3

    4

    Awards and Accolades

    1

    --

    2

    --

    --

    ----

    Books and Authors

    1

    1

    --

    --

    --

    --

    Science & Technology

    2

    --

    2

    4

    2

    2

    Geography

    --

    3

    4

    7

    9

    3

    History

    --

    4

    2

     --

    2

    2

    Miscellaneous

    --

    --

    --

    --

    1

    2

    Current Affairs

    --

    --

    --

    --

    3

    3

    As the table mentioned above shows, we can clearly see that some topics such as ‘economy, geography, corporate/business, sports and international organisations’ often appear in the exam. Hence, we would suggest brushing up your facts related to these issues and latest happenings that have occurred in this sphere.

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