GK for XAT 2019

General Knowledge (GK) for XAT 2019 will be the 4th section in the exam. GK has become an important section now due to the fact that it is now an integral part of XAT exam 2019. In the changed XAT exam pattern, the 5th section on Essay Writing Test has been removed from XAT 2019 exam. So, alongwith other three sections, XAT GK questions will also play an important role in XAT 2019 online computer based test.


XAT General Knowledge, with a weightage of 25% has become an important section in XAT 2019 test paper. Apart from XAT, a weightage of 15 to 25% in almost all the national level MBA entrance tests including IIFT, SNAP, CMAT is awarded to GK questions.


Following are the key points to note about the GK for XAT 2019 in changed exam pattern:

  • Questions on General Knowledge in XAT 2019 need to be attempted on computer screen as XAT 2019 is the online computer based test.
  • There are 25 GK questions in XAT in MCQ format out of total 100 questions
  • No Negative Marking for XAT GK questions exists
  • Score in GK Section in XAT is not counted for percentile calculation
  • GK questions are also the source of discussion during GD, PI, WAT,  sessions for MBA admission in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB and other highly ranked institutes.

GK: 4th section in XAT
XAT General Knowledge questions are based on any topic under the Sun. Key features of GK questions in XAT are:

  • Total questions: 25
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • LoD: Moderate to difficult
  • Question topics: Current domestic and international affairs; Business; Economics; social issues, appointments; conventional GK; sports; Constitution of India among others.
  • Key highlight: Not taken into account for calculation of percentile in XAT exam.

How to Prepare for GK section of XAT 2019
It’s not only conventional pattern of GK but also analytical and current environmental awareness of your surroundings which is needed to crack GK in XAT 2019 exam. Study of any subject is not so vast but easy as the study of General Knowledge. The best part on preparation for this section is that you do not need any special skill set as required for Quant and Verbal. What you need is your inclination and interest in regular reading of books and periodicals and remembering the important events, policy changes, appointments among others.

According to the past XAT toppers,  the answers to XAT GK questions may not be known to you for even half of the GK questions. The best XAT General Awareness Preparation strategy is to read the newspaper everyday starting almost immediately, and you’ll be fine.


XAT GK Preparation requires your special attention to:

  • International Deals and Government Yojanas
  • Special emphasis lies on the Current Affairs, International Affairs, Business Deals and developments. For example XAT GK questions last year in 2018 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, 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 preared.
  • 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.

XAT GK Questions Solved from Previous XAT papers
Following are the GK questions in XAT which made their appearance last year XAT exam. 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 is followed for XAT 2019 exam.


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

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