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 2019 GK Analysis
For the First time CMAT is conducted in Slot 1 & Slot 2 AND NTA conducted CMAT instead of AICTE. CMAT 2019 was on expected pattern with no surprise element. Each correct answer is awarded 4 marks in CMAT 2019 AND Every wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 negative mark. A few questions were on Planning commission of India; Who heads GST Council; Credit rating agency of India; NPCI full form; Member countries of SAARC – the specific question was - Which of the following is not the member of SAARC. Overall GK section was moderate. Any attempt over 17 questions would be considered a good one.
1. The term 'double fault' is associated with:
A) Tennis
B) Long Jump
C) Rugby
D) Squash
2. India and which country have agreed to undertake the Indus Water Treaty tours in the Indus Basin on both sides toresolve issues on the various hydroelectric projects?
A) Bangladesh
B) China
C) Pakistan
D) Afghanistan
3. For which novel did Indian novelist Aravind Adiga win the prestigious Man Booker Prize?
A) The God of Small Things
B) The Inheritance of Loss
C) Midnight's Children
D) The White Tiger
4. The foundation of modern education system in India was laid by:
A) The Hunter Commission of 1882
B) The Charter Act of 1813
C) World's Despatch of 1854
D) Macaulay's Minutes of 1835
5. Which country has secured member one spot in the latest FIFA's world rankings released on 25th Oct, 2018?
A) Belgium
B) Brazil
C) France
D) Argentina
6. The Chabahar port being developed by India to gain access to Central Asia is located in which of the followingcountries?
A) Iran
B) Iraq
C) Oman
D) Qatar
7. The first Indian I.T. Company to reach 100 billion dollar market capitalization is:
B) Infosys
C) Wipro
D) Cognizant
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
Prepare for the static GK from our website provided with E-books, Test assignments and Video lectures and you can also refer to NCERTs from Class 6 – 12.
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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
Current GK is the most dynamic part of this section and needs to be done with diligence. You can follow up our recently updated Current GK e-books, videos and ‘Topic of the Week’ for insight knowledge. Add Newspaper reading in your daily schedule for day-to-day updates and Articles.
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