How to prepare for General Knowledge (GK) for IIFT in One Week

Monday, November 25th, 2019

how to prepare for General Knowledge GK for IIFT

General Knowledge (GK) is an important part of the IIFT exam. The first thing that I will like to tell you is that you need to clear the sectional cut-off the get a call from IIFT. But there is some good news as well – the cutoff for the GK section in IIFT is typically in low single digits. If you look at the sample of the last 4-5 years, it has remained in the range of 1.5 marks to 3 marks. There will be around 25 questions on GK with each question for 0.5 marks. And now the bad news – a lot of people don't even manage that. Over the years, I have seen a bunch of students who cleared the overall cutoff of around 40 to 50 but fail in the GK section.

Check where you stand in IIFT GK?

First and foremost, see where you stand. You can download the past IIFT GK papers for 2012 to 2018 from the link given below. Take 10-15 minutes for each year and calculate what you would have got in 2012 to 2018. Give 0.5 marks to yourself for every correct answer and deduct 0.17 for every incorrect answer.

Download IIFT GK Past Papers 2012 – 2018 PDF

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If you score more 4 or more in both the papers, then you don't have much to worry about. You are in the clear and can actually relax. If you are in the 2.5 to 4 range, then you need to start preparing for GK. You need to give at least 3 hours a week from now on to brush up on important stuff. If you are below 2.5 in both the papers, well – I don't want to scare you but you really need to pull your socks up.

How should you prepare for IIFT GK?

As you would have seen from the two past year papers, there is a healthy mix of static General Knowledge and current affairs in the IIFT exam. The questions are quite reasonable in nature and are something which a reasonably well-informed person (not just an MBA-aspirant) should be aware of. The questions which are slightly off-beat are typically to do with International Trade and similar stuff. Well – it is called the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. You can't really blame them now, can you! And trust me – IIFT's GK section is very well designed. There are MBA entrance exams that ask questions like – 'How many hearts does an Octupus have?' In case you are thinking that I am joking – I am not. This was a question in SNAP 2012. While clearing the cutoff is the first goal, scoring well in GK can also do wonders for your overall chances of getting a call from IIFT. It is a section which will barely take 10 minutes and can really make a difference to your overall score. There are plenty of resources that are available on the web to improve your GK. You can also look at some books like the Manorama Yearbook and magazines like Competition Success Review.

I have an online course that helps students prepare for General Knowledge for IIFT and other management entrance exams. You can check more details about the GK preparation course on the link. 7500+ students have enrolled for the GK course over the last two years. You can enroll for the GK course from the button given below.

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Important posts to help you with IIFT GK Preparation

Heads of Important Organizations
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Books and Authors
Questions on books and authors are very popular with entrance examinations. In this blogpost we cover list of books that have released in the last couple of years. We recommend that you go through this list twice or thrice. READ MORE…

Longest, Largest, Highest, Tallest
Highest, Longest, Tallest, Largest, Smallest places form an important part of questions in competitive examinations. In this blogpost we cover list of some of the most important Longest, Largest, Highest places around the World and in India.. READ MORE…

Important Logos and People
Logos and visuals have become a part of the MBA entrance exams over the last couple of years. It will not be a bad idea to spend some time on it. That is the reason we have compiled a list of visuals to help students prepare for the exam. READ MORE…

Let me add, it doesn't matter what source you are using to prepare for GK. The so called syllabus for General Knowledge is infinite in nature. What matters is that you use the resources and put in time and effort in preparing for it. It is not the bat but the batsman that scores the runs.


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