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.
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