Saturday, 14 September 2013

basics of g.k.

While preparing for MBA entrance exams, the aspirants concentrate majorly on Quant section, Verbal Ability, DI and LR sections. But General Awareness or GK, which is also an essential part for many of the MBA Entrance examinations, is often neglected by most of the students and classes.
Importance of GK
GK is central part of exams like SNAP, CMAT, TISS, MICAT, MAT, IIFT, Banking POs.
For example in CMAT 25% is GK while Quant is only 20%.

CMAT (Common Management Admissions Test - For institutes under the AICTE. Several states have scrapped their regional MBA entrance tests in favor CMAT. Hence institutes like SIMSREE, JBIMS, etc will be accepting CMAT)

IIFT - IIFT has a section on general awareness as a part of its 120 minutes entrance exam. In IIFT 2010 paper, out of 135 questions this section had 30 questions. Marks per question was 0.4, hence the total marks was 12. The questions were from traditional as well as dynamic GK. There were questions from business, Country-Capital-Currency-Parliaments, Current Affairs, Locations of International Organizations and Economics etc.

SNAP - SNAP is the entrance exam for Symbiosis institutes. SNAP also consists of a section on general awareness. In SNAP 2010, out of 150 questions, the General Awareness section had 40 questions of one mark each. The section had a good mix of current affairs and static GK questions.

MICAT – MICAT is the entrance exam for Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA). The exam has a section on General Awareness. In MICAT 2011, there were 25 questions in this section. The questions appeared from the areas of marketing, advertising, media, general knowledge and general global awareness.

MAT - MAT consists of a section on General awareness. MAT February 2011 had 40 questions in this section out of 200 total questions. The questions were on Economics, Current Affairs, Awards and Prizes, Indian Constitution, Business and Sports.

XAT  also include GK.

TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - several Masters programs in Social Management/Entrepreneurship)

Details of competitive GK
  To define General Knowledge is just impossible because of its undefined nature, but still we can define and understand General Knowledge on the basis of last year’s examinations experiences.
  General Knowledge can be classified into three broad categories:
  Static General Knowledge
  Current General Knowledge
  Business General Knowledge

Static GK
  International Organizations
  Important days
  Books & Authors

Business General Knowledge
·         Basic Economics
·         Indian economy since independence
·         CEO’s , MD’s, CMD’s, Chairmen of various important organizations
·         Brands & Punch lines
·         Mergers & Acquisitions
·         Current Economic Data
·         Current business events

How to prepare for GK

Long term method:
  Read a good  national daily (The Hindu/ The Times of India /Hindustan Times)
  Magazines; Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Success Review
  Watch a news channel preferably NDTV 24X7
  Business Today and India Today magazines

  Discuss the learnt data frequently in a quizzical manner amongst your friends and facebook forum