General Awareness for XAT, IIFT, CMAT and SNAP

A lot of students face problems in the General Awareness / Business Awareness / General Knowledge section of MBA entrance exams like XAT, IIFT and SNAP. That happens because they start “preparing” for it once they are done with their Quant, LR/DI and Verbal prep (sometimes even after CAT) – which is often too late.

Ideally, no one should have to prepare for something like General Awareness. But sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world. And even those, who try to prepare with the help of websites, news services, etc. suffer from too much information. They cannot filter the relevant information and often give up on GK all-together. Even on PG, I have noticed an aversion towards GK in quite a few students.

It should not be that way.

Even if you can devote just 3 hours a week to GK from now on, you will be very well placed when the time comes. It doesn’t take much because you don’t need a high score to clear the cutoff. The problem is most students are so blissfully unaware about what is going on in the world, that clearing the cutoff is not that big a deal. Just do an experiment, next time you are in a group of students preparing for Management Entrance exams, ask them – “Who is the Vice President of India?” You will get what I am talking about.

In case you guys find it helpful, I will keep sharing content via this channel. I am starting with heads of various government bodies in India.

Attorney General of India Goolam Essaji Vahanvati

Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar

Chairman, ISRO K Radhakrishnan

Chairman, LIC S K Roy

Chairman, NABARD Prakash Bakshi

Chairman, NASSCOM Krishnakumar Natarajan

Chairman, National Knowledge Commission Sam Pitroda

Chairman, Planning Commission Manmohan Singh

Chairman, Press Council of India Markandey Katju

Chairman, Press Trust of India R Lakshmipathy

Chairman, SEBI U K Sinha

Chairman, TRAI Rahul Kullar

Chairman, UIDAI Nandan Nilekani

Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath

Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshall N A K Browne

Chief of the Army Staff General Bikram Singh

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D K Joshi

Comptroller and Auditor General Shashi Kant Sharma

Defence Secretary R K Mathur

Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Director, BARC Sekhar Basu

Director of the Enforcement Directorate Rajan Katoch

Director, Intelligence Bureau S. A. Ibrahim

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh

Governor, RBI Raghuram Rajan

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon

President, CII S. Gopalakrishnan

President, FICCI Naina Lal Kidwai

Principal Scientific Adviser R Chidambaram

I sincerely hope that this list is quite comprehensive and correct. Do suggest edits / updates to the list.

I have an online course on General Awareness for MBA Entrance Exams, which is available here. You can use coupon code PUB25 for a 25% discount.