A significant number of MBA entrance examinations, like SNAP, IIFT, MAT, CMAT, XAT etc., have a separate section on General Knowledge or General Awareness. This section can be further divided into 2 sub-sections, Static GK and Current GK. Broadly speaking, Static GK consists of areas/ topics that do not change over time
GK is a section feared by a large majority of MBA aspirants, due to the unfamiliarity of the topics involved. Since many of you are pursuing professional degrees, like engineering, law, medicine etc., it is likely that it has been some time since you have studied GK-related topics like History, Economics, Geography etc.
GK-based questions, due to their inherent nature, provide you better accuracy. This is because, if you know the answer to a GK question, there is little scope for confusion! However, this holds true only if you do not indulge in blind guesswork. Further, GK section is time efficient, as there is no calculation-work and analysis involved. You can use this to your advantage by allocating more time to other sections of the examination.
The table below gives you an idea of the number of static GK questions, as they have appeared in the latest editions of some popular MBA entrance exams. As you can see, the proportion of static GK question with respect to total questions varies considerably across different exams. However, you must remember that the ratio of static and current questions is not fixed, and examiners may change the pattern next year. Thus, you cannot afford to ignore any one sub-section.
|Exam||Total Questions||GK Questions||Static GK Questions|
The level of difficulty of the GK section varies across different examinations. The following graph shows the relative levels of difficulty of the GK section in various MBA entrance tests. You must keep this in mind, if you are targeting any one of these exams specifically and prepare accordingly.
Level of Difficulty (LoD) of GK section in different MBA Exams
While the syllabus for the Static GK section seems to be very vast, it can be done effectively if we choose authentic and reliable resources to study from. "India 2018", popularly known as the "India Year Book" (by Publication Division, Government of India) is one such source. This book can be downloaded for free as well. Also, you may refer to Year Books (2018) from various publishers like Manorama, TMH etc. Further, you may also refer to the following government websites: www.india.gov.in,www.ibef.org, www.pib.nic.in.