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Boost your CMAT General Knowledge Score

CMAT is conducted for admissions into various AICTE approved B-schools. Prominent institutes that have accepted CMAT scores in the past include, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research and Goa Institute of Management (GIM). CMAT has 4 sections, namely, Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning,Language Comprehension and General Awareness. In this article, we will formulate an effective strategy to crack CMAT GK section on the basis of past year trends.
Significance of CMAT General Knowledge:
  • Equal Weightage: The GK section in CMAT has 25 questions. Most importantly, the CMAT GK section has equal weightage as that of the other sections, unlike papers like IIFT and XAT, which give relatively less weightage to this section. Thus, GK in CMAT will play an equally important role as other sections in boosting your scores!
  • Better Accuracy: GK questions provide you with a distinct advantage of improving your accuracy.If you know the answer to a question, there is little scope for confusion!
  • Time Management: GK questions are highly time efficient and can be solved in few seconds as there is no analysis or calculations required. You can use this to your advantage in papers like CMAT, which do not have sectional time limits and allocate more time for more time-consuming questions.
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CMAT GK - Past Year Paper Analysis
The GK section in CMAT is relatively of lower level of difficulty as compared to XAT and IIFT. CMAT generally focuses more on Static GK questions from areas like Geography, Economy, Polity, Science & Technology, Corporate & Business GK, etc. Within these broad areas, World Geography, Indian Economy and Business, Science and Technology are some of the favorites of CMAT examiners.
As far as Current GK is concerned, popular areas are Economy, Business and Corporate GK, Technology, etc. Also, there are a large number of questions asked in CMAT GK that cannot be clearly classified under any of the above categories like those based on Art and Culture, International Days, Awards and honors, etc.
CMAT 2015 GK Analysis
The GK section in CMAT 2015 (Feb) had 25 questions, out of which only 5-6 questions were from Current GK. A few of the questions have been given below:
Q. 1. Who was recently appointed as the 14th Attorney General of India?
  1. G E Vahanvati
  2. Milon K. Banerji
  3. Soli Sorabjee
  4. Mukul Rohatgi
Q. 2. The new state of Seemandhra does not share borders with which of the following states?
  1. Tamil Nadu
  2. Odisha
  3. Karnataka
  4. Maharashtra
Static GK formed the bulk of the questions asked in CMAT 2015 held in February. To give you an idea of the nature of questions asked, a few of them have been given below:
Q. 1. The river Mahanadi originates from which of the following states?
  1. Jharkhand
  2. Odisha
  3. Chattisgarh
  4. Madhya Pradesh
Q. 2. The Forward Markets Commission is the chief regulator of:
  1. Stock Market
  2. Money Market
  3. Bond Market
  4. Commodity Market
Q. 3. Abraham is considered to be the founder of
  1. Judaism
  2. Islam
  3. Lutheranism
  4. Catholicism
Q. 4. Numismatics is the study of
  1. Stamps
  2. Numbers
  3. Coins
  4. Nerves
Evaluation:
Overall, the level of difficulty of the section varies between easy to moderate. The questions asked were generally from everyday topics, which find frequent mention in the newspapers. So, applicants who regularly read newspapers would have found the CMAT 2015 GK section to be a cakewalk! Any attempt over 17 questions would be considered a good one.
Strategy for CMAT Static GK
Static GK broadly consists of areas that do not change over time. You may expect questions from the following sub-topics in Static GK:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Companies and Brands
  • Indian Political System & Constitution
  • Organizations
  • Science &Technology
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous
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Strategy for CMAT Current GK
In Current GK, you may expect questions from these broad areas:
  • Economy
  • Business & Corporate News
  • Indian Polity
  • Organizations
  • New Developments in Science & Technology
  • People in News
  • Sports
  • Miscellaneous
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Attempting the CMAT GK section
Ideally, you should not devote more than 8-10 minutes on the CMAT GK section. This will allow you to allocate more time for other time-consuming sections. Further, we advice you to follow a 2-cycle method of attempting this section:
Cycle 1
  • Identify the very easy questions and mark their answers
  • Identify and mark the questions, which you think you can attempt i.e. you feel that if you spend more time on such questions, you may be able to guess the correct answer.
  • Identify the questions, which you think you CANNOT attempt i.e. question about which you have no idea. These questions are best left untouched.

Cycle 2

In the second cycle, mark the answers of maximum possible questions that you have identified in Step (2) of Cycle 1 through intelligent guessing or by using option elimination.
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