General Knowledge Tips For CAT Exam

General Knowledge Tips For Longest, Largest, Highest, Tallest Places around the World.


Biggest longest tallest highest smallest largest in the world. Read the largest list and find out the importance of general awareness.


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This is a list of the largest in the world. Here you can find all the biggest longest tallest highest smallest largest in the world. This is a very important GK topic that is very frequently asked in many competitive exams like CAT, UPSC, SSC, Bank PO, XAT, IIFT, and many more.


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Though there is no general awareness in CAT written part, management institutions always strongly test a candidate’s level of general knowledge and awareness.


First, we will list the biggest longest tallest highest smallest largest in the world. Then we will list the biggest longest tallest highest smallest largest in India.


Largest Archipelago in the world Indonesia
Largest City(Area) largest of the world London
Tallest Animal in the world Giraffe
Largest Animal on land Elephant
Largest Animal largest of the world Blue whale
Largest Animal to have ever existed in the history of the planet Blue whale
Fastest Animal on land Cheetah (120km/hr)
Fastest creature  in the world The Peregrine Falcon (390 km/hr)
Largest Fish in the world Whale shark
Largest Bird in the world Ostrich
The fastest bird in the world swift
Smallest Bird in the world Hummingbird
The longest bridge in the world (road and rail) Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge in China
Longest Steel Arch Bridge of the world New River Gorge Bridge 518 meters (West Virginia, USA)
Longest combined Highway in the world The Yangtze River Bridge
Longest Railway Bridge in the world Huey P. Long Bridge, 7009 meters (Louisiana, USA)
Highest Road Bridge in the world Bailey Bridge (30 meters long at an altitude of 5600 meters (KhardungLa, Ladakh)
Highest River Bridge in the world Royal Gorge, 321 meters above sea level (Arkansas, Colorado)
Highest Railway Bridge in the world Fades Bridge on the river Sioule 144 meters long and 132.5 meters above the river. (France)
Longest Tunnel in the World (Railway) Tanna (Japan)
Longest Tunnel in the World (Road) Mont Blanc Tunnel between France and Italy
Longest Big Ship Canal of the world Suez Canal (in Egypt) 160 km
Longest Small Ship Canal in the world Beloye (White Sea) Baltic Canal 226 km 
Largest City in terms of population in the world Tokyo, Japan
The highest Capital city in the world Lhasa, Tibet (3684 meters above sea level)
Largest clock largest of the world Big Ben London
Largest continent Asia
The smallest continent in the world Australia
Largest corridor in the world Rameswaram Temple
The largest country by size largest of the world Russia
The largest country by population largest of the world People’s Republic of China
The largest democratic country in the world India
The largest island in the world Greenland


The longest river in the world The Nile in Africa
Largest lake largest of the world Lake Baikal in Russia
Largest ocean in the world Pacific ocean
The deepest point on earth Mariana Trench(11,034 mts)
The highest peak in the world Mt. Everest
Highest Plateau in the world Tibetan plateau
Highest mountain range in the world Himalayas
Oldest mountain range in the world Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa
Longest mountain range in the world Andes South America
Largest desert largest of the world Sahara, Africa( 9.2 million
The deepest lake in the world Lake Baikal (1642 km)
Largest Sea largest of the world Mediterranean sea (2.5 million km²)
Smallest sea in the world Baltic sea(enclosed by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, northeast Germany, Poland, Russia)
The longest coastline of any country in the world Canada(202,080 km)
Hottest Place in the World Death Valley, California, USA
Rainiest Place in the World Mausinram (Meghalaya, India)


Longest Railway in the world Trans-Siberian Railway
Longest Passenger train in the world The Ghan, Australia
The first-ever rail line in the world Manchester-Leeds, 1830
First metro rail in the world London Underground, 1863
World’s first Tramway New York
Largest railway station largest of the world Chicago, USA
Longest railway platform in the world Gorakhpur, India
Longest Railway Bridge in the World Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge(169 km on Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail network)
Longest Canal in the world Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal
Longest Wall in the world The great wall of China
Largest Zoo in the world Kruger National Park, South Africa
Largest River Delta largest of the world Sunderban Delta, W. Bengal
Largest Dam in the world Three Gorges Dam, China
Largest Epic in the World Mahabharat
Largest Library in the World United States Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Tallest Building in the World Burj Khalifa
Costliest City in the World Singapore
Smallest Continent Australia
Largest Dome in the World Astrodome, in Houston (U.S.A.)
Largest Irrigation Scheme largest of the world Lloyd Barrage, Sukkur (Pakistan)


Biggest Planet Jupiter
Smallest Planet Mercury
The largest moon in the solar system Ganymede (Jupiter)
Brightest Star Sirius
Closest star (other than the sun) Proxima Centauri
Largest star UY Scuti (2600 times bigger than the sun)
Largest National Park in the World Yellow Stone National Park (U.S.A.)
Largest Peninsula in the World Arabia
Largest Radio Telescope New Mexico (U.S.A.)
Highest City in the World Van Chuan (China)
Tallest Statue Statue of Motherland, Volgograd (Russia)
Highest Volcano in the World Ojos del Salado (Andes, Ecuador)
Highest Waterfall in the World Angel (Venezuela)
Highest Lake in the World Titicaca (Bolivia)
Highest Dam (World) Hoover Dam (U.S.A.)
Biggest Palace in the World The Vatican (Italy)
Coldest Habitated Place in the World Verkhoyansk (Siberia)


We have already seen the largest in the world. Now let us read about the biggest longest tallest highest smallest largest in India.


The longest river in India Ganges; 2525 km
Longest tributary river of India Yamuna
The longest river of south India Godavari
Longest Road in India Grand Trunk Road
State with the longest coastline in India Gujarat
The longest tunnel in India Chenani-Nashri Tunnel (Jammu & Kashmir)
Longest national highway in India NH-7 which runs from Varanasi to Kanyakumari
Longest Dam in India Hirakund Dam (Orissa)
Longest River Bridge in India Dhola-Sadiya Bridge
The largest city in India in terms of population Mumbai, Maharashtra,1.60 crore
The longest river which forms an estuary in India Narmada
Longest Beach in India Marina Beach, Chennai
Largest Museum in India National Museum, Kolkata
Largest Desert in India Thar desert, 200,000 km2


Largest State (Area) in India Rajasthan (186.4 km²)
Largest forest state in India Madhya Pradesh
Highest Dam in India Tehri Dam (260 m)
Highest Civilian Award in India Bharat Ratna
Highest Gallantry Award in India Paramveer Chakra
Highest sports award in India Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Highest Battlefield in India Siachen Glacier (5400 meters)
Smallest State (Area) in India Goa(3702
Smallest State (Population) in India Sikkim (6.19 lakhs)
Largest lake (Freshwater) in India Wular lake (Jammu & Kashmir Surface Area -30 to 260 sqkm)
Largest Mosque in India Jama Masjid, Delhi
Highest Airport in India KushokBakulaRimpochee Airport
Largest Dome in India GolGumbaz, Bijapur (Karnataka)
Largest Zoo in India Zoological Gardens, Alipur, Kolkata
Largest Man-made Lake in India Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar (Rihand Dam)


Highest Tower in India Pitampura Tower, Delhi
Highest Waterfall in India Gersoppa Waterfall (Karnataka)
Longest Electric Railway Line in India From Delhi to Kolkata via Patna
Densest Populated State in India West Bengal
Largest Cave Temple in India Kailash Temple, Ellora (Maharashtra)
Largest Animal Fair in India Sonepur (Bihar)
The oldest city in India Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Highest Gateway in India Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri (Agra)
Biggest Hotel in India ITC Grand Chola, Chennai(600 rooms)
Highest Mountain Peak in India Godwin Austin (K2)
Highest Dam in India Bhakra Dam (Punjab)
Largest Mosque in India Jama Masjid, Delhi
Largest Church in India Saint Cathedral (Goa)
Largest Gurudwara in India Golden Temple, Amritsar
Largest river island in India Majuli Island (located in Assam at Brahmaputra river)
Deepest river valley in India Bhagirathi & Alaknanda
Largest Lake of Saline Water in India Chilka Lake (Odisha)
Largest Union Territory in India Jammu and Kashmir


Largest Planetarium in India Birla Planetarium (Kolkata)


Importance of general knowledge

General knowledge is an important section in exams like XAT, SNAP. IIFT, MICAT, CMAT, and others. All these exams have a special section to test your general knowledge and awareness about the world.

While most of the questions in the MBA entrance exams especially CAT are based on verbal and quantitative skills, general and business awareness does play a key role in facilitating preparation for the written stage in CAT. But you are mistaken if you think general awareness is not needed for a seat in a good management college. Your general awareness is put to the test in the later stages -the group discussion and personal interview.

It is important to appear as an informed candidate because passing the written exam does not guarantee you a seat. You can still lose out if you appear uninformed.


It’s true that in the written exam stage, only a few exams carry a section on general awareness, and CAT does not, but during the GD and the interview, all institutes would test the general awareness of the candidates. With a special focus on current affairs related to business, politics, and the economy.


The thing about GK is that you can never know everything. And that confuses many candidates who know their GK is bad and they try to develop it a few days before the exam.


General knowledge of GK cannot be learned overnight. It takes a long period of time to develop a good GK. Attainment of information about the current affairs of the world is a long and consistent process where you need to have regular exposure to ongoing affairs of not only your country but the whole world. 


Any news from any corner of the world affects us and our local area in some way or the other. For good general knowledge, you need to read the newspapers regularly, engage in good conversations and watch news channels.


All media including print and electronic act as vital literary and information source. Daily reading of newspapers is the best way to get information on current affairs. The sections to give special focus to are the front page, finance, politics, editorials, and articles. The editorials and the lead articles are important as they go one step ahead of reporting news by analyzing it and presenting opinions based upon reason and logic. 


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This develops the skill of making sense of the facts of current affairs and helps related other things. This is a long-term habit. It shows that you are a curious person. Curiosity is a precursor to knowledge. 


MBA aspirants should especially focus on the business and finance section of the papers. It is advised to opt for a financial newspaper rather than a general one as finance papers are much more detailed and there are more things to learn in general. They can learn about the economies of the world, about the stock market trends, and trends and emerging technologies in different sectors of business and startups.


It is very common in India for parents to confine their children’s studies to academics. Many parents do not allow their kids to read stuff other than their school books. Kids are not allowed to watch TV or do extracurricular. They are not allowed to use the internet and the computer. This halts their development.


Their only source of knowledge becomes their school books. When they step into the real outside world, they find themselves confused when they see things are so different. They do not know how to process world events.


In the modern world, the significance of specialized scientific and technical education is valued. But a broader education that enhances a person’s general awareness is equally important. General awareness is important for every person as it contributes to personal development and a better understanding of our world, and the universe as a whole.


General awareness has different meanings for everyone due to different aspects of it. The more you know things, the more you connect with different kinds of people. You will have much more in common and you will understand them better than anybody else. This will lead to a deeper understanding. 


General awareness changes with the environment. It could be different for a different community, a school student, a businessman, an artist, or even a politician.


General awareness is nothing other than what you collect over time from your environment. It is the absorption of knowledge that is easily accessible to every person but not every individual absorbs it. General awareness is a little different from General knowledge. While general awareness is subjective the GK forms a part of general awareness.


But some aspects of general awareness like government policies, budget, Consumer rights, taxation, rights of a citizen are something that affects every individual and everyone is supposed to know about them.


General knowledge or GK is something that includes facts that are supposed to be known by everybody. A good GK shows that a person is a learned person who is aware of things going around him. 


Good GK is essential for good social interactions. If you don’t know what stuff is happening around you, you might find yourself at a lack of information and thus unable to talk to anyone. A person with a bad GK may come off as stupid. Imagine someone talking in a group about something and you are the only person who doesn’t understand anything.


A little knowledge about general things like the ones given in this list of the biggest longest tallest highest smallest largest in the world, makes you appear smart and knowledgeable in front of others. It will make your conversations interesting and who knows other people might learn something from you.


General knowledge of current affairs shows others that you are an informed individual. As a manager, knowledge is important as it protects you from being taken advantage of by others. You do not want to look like a fool in front of your juniors or workers. You need to look smarter so they know if they try to foo you, they will be caught.


This shows the examiner that you are a genuinely aware person in general and you are not doing it just to qualify for an exam. Good general knowledge is a part of someone’s personality. The examiners will know that you will be an aware manager.


With good GK, you get experience. You get to learn about what others are doing. If you want to open a business, you need awareness to know what industries are good at the current time, what are the trends going on around. You also learn about others’ attempts and you can learn from others’ experiences. This way you avoid making the same mistakes others are making. This will give you results faster than others. 


You will also know what industries or practices to avoid. You will know the threats to your business. You will also come to know new opportunities by learning from others.


Knowledge also increases mental stimulation. It increases your thinking ability. Overtime. It increases your perception and comprehension skills. You will be able to relate to many different phenomena. It can make you think more creatively and help to find out-of-the-box solutions to issues. 


Another benefit of good GK is it helps you develop confidence. Confidence comes when you know things. Confidence can not be faked, no matter what anyone believes. With confidence, you know what is right and what is not.


With the wide access to the internet today, information is freely available to everyone. There is no excuse for not knowing something. It’s all about the interest. You can read newspapers, watch videos, and learn about almost anything in the world with just a few clicks. Accessibility to information is in your palms. This can be used by any individual to update themselves in any area of knowledge that suits their interest.


People who know more understand more, and are empowered to take action and make their own choices. They depend upon their knowledge and skills rather than following the crowd. People who do not know anything, do not understand. They are always taken advantage of. Like the pawns on a chessboard. They are acted upon. Few will be able to think and make sense of the situations and other people, in a much detailed and meaningful way. They will also be much more interesting for people to talk to. 


 If you lack general awareness and knowledge, you are narrowing down your future possibilities, both for your career as well as personal, because you just never know what the situation requires from you. If you know little or nothing about many things you just seem stupid. This makes people talk less to you because you will never understand what they want to say. So you really don’t make a good conversationalist and you aren’t authoritative or respectable as a manager or an executive. Also if you don’t have any knowledge about a lot of things how will you ever find out what want to be?


 To sum up, a person should keep in mind that general awareness broadens our sense of perception of the environment and the outer world and change our outlook on certain things. It makes us wiser. It makes our life more meaningful and successful. Obtaining knowledge is a continuous ongoing process. 


You can not acquire enough and then rest thinking that the information you have will always remain useful. Information and knowledge become irrelevant with time. You also need to be updated. There are new things happening everywhere. You need to be aware of everything. 


Our world is changing faster than ever. Technology is being replaced every few months, by more efficient ones. The business world is rapidly changing. New inventions and innovations are ruling the world. Startups are disrupting industries that were running perfectly for decades. So many countries, even the first world ones, are under political turmoil and on the brink of big changes. There are so many interesting discoveries being made every day. There is no reason to stay isolated from the world. All you need is your smartphone and the internet.


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Gaurav is a Content Writer at IIM Skills. He has a B.Tech. degree but then he switched to the creative side by doing his master's in advertising and public relations. Gaurav is also a part-time blogger and graphic designer currently living in Mumbai

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