How to crack XAT 2020 in first attempt?
Updated on Jan 16, 2020 - 5:06 p.m. IST by Vikas Gaur
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How to crack XAT 2020 in first attempt - Often considered as one of the toughest management entrance exams in the country, Xavier Admission Test (XAT) is the gateway for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur, one of the best B-schools in the country, its 11-member institutes and 150 other B-schools. Around 90,000 students appear for the exam every year for a few thousand seats. So, the competition is clearly high. Some aspirants manage to crack the exam in the first attempt but there are many who perform multiple attempts to crack the exam. In this article, we are going to share some basic yet most important tips from the XAT toppers which will help the aspiring candidates to know how to ace the test in the very first attempt. Read the article to know how to crack XAT in the first attempt.
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How to crack XAT 2020 in first attempt?

There are some general tips but they are extremely useful during the preparation. Although 100 tips can be listed here but focusing on the most basic ones will suffice to crack the XAT 2020 exam. So, let’s start on knowing how to crack XAT 2020 in first attempt.

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Get familiar with the exam pattern

Knowing the exam ideally should be the first thing. One must know the XAT pattern of the exam which includes name and number of the sections, all the topics covered under the sections, type of questions asked in the exam and their usual difficulty level, marking scheme, etc. Once you know it, you actually know what the exam is all about. Now, you are set to start your preparation for the exam.

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Focus on Fundamentals

If the basics are clear or aspirants have a strong command over the fundamentals of the topics covered in the exam, those candidates are likely to have an upper edge. Clarity in basics allows one to understand and solve the questions quickly. When asked about the importance of the clarity in basics, Rajas Yeotikar, one of XAT 2018 toppers, who secured 99.98 percentile says, “I kept my complete focus on the concepts and the short-cuts because that’s what matters the most. Just keep your basics clear for Quant, practice a lot for verbal and give lots and lots of mock tests.”


Solve as many Mocks as you can

Many XAT toppers suggest that solving mocks regularly is the single most important key. Mock tests are the sample question papers based on the actual exam pattern. When the XAT aspirants solve mock tests, you get to know about the pattern of the exam, topics covered in the exam, type of questions and the difficulty level of the exam, marking scheme and more. Solve the mock tests in a time-bound manner and analyse it to know your strong and weak areas.

Rajas Yeotikar says, “Mock tests are perhaps the most important part of your preparation process. It gives you a context of where you stand. It also helps you figure out the areas in which you need improvement.”


Practice Time-Management

Time-management is probably the most important aspect that one needs to learn if you wish to crack the XAT exam. Candidates who know how to solve the questions in the given time frame are the winners. One should know how much time s/he has to spend on a question and that comes with practice. They must try solving mock tests or previous year question papers or sample papers in a timely manner and analyse your performance. It’s better to take the help of an academic expert to analyse your performance to get a proper guidance.

Accuracy is very important as the exam has negative marking also. Hence, one must maintain the accuracy while solving the mock tests as well. Mentioning the importance of accuracy, Kriti Sinha, one of the XAT 2018 toppers and currently a student at XIMB, says “Accuracy is always the game-changer. So avoid questions you are not sure of or attempt them later.”


Work/Study-Life Balance

Candidates who are are working or studying at the time of XAT preparation, certainly need to make a balance between your work/study and preparation. For working professionals especially, it becomes really tough to take out time for preparation.

XAT 2018 topper Akash Senapati shares his experience. “I was working as a content writer, my schedule was a bit hectic and balancing my studies with the job became a bit challenging. So, I had to schedule most of my studies after the midnight hours. I used to solve QA in the night and reading comprehensions and grammar during the daytime,” he says.


Focusing on the importance of a regular schedule, Isha Parasramka, who topped the XAT 2018 exam with 99.3 percentile, says “The most important thing is to make a schedule and stick to it. Everybody has some strong areas and some weak areas. These may be different for different people. However, if one maintains a schedule and manages to follow it in a disciplined manner, it would be most beneficial.”


Everyone has a different approach or style of preparation. In order to ensure that candidates crack XAT in first attempt, they have to prepare a strategy based on the above guidelines shared by toppers. The tips mentioned in the article are likely to help you in strategising your preparation. It’s a good time to start preparing for the exam. XAT 2020 will be conducted on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The XAT 2020 registration process commenced from August 23 and ended on December 10.


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I have 67.93 percentile in xat can I get seat in imt hyderbad or nagpur

Sampriti Student Expert 28th Jan, 2020
The minimum XAT percentile required for IMT Nagpur is 80 percentile and that for the Hyderabad campus it is 70 percentile. So you may not get a call from either of these campuses but you'll get a call from the Dubai campus if you've applied for IMT.

Moreover you can also check out these colleges with your XAT scores
  • IPE Hyderabad
  • ITM Navi Mumbai
  • NDIM New Delhi
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon campus
  • Alliance Bangalore
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Bangalore campus
  • Praxis Kolkata and others.

All these colleges are decent and the placements there are more or less similar to IMT Hyderabad with an average compensation package offered is 5-6 lakhs. But they have a strong alumni base which can help you in future growth.

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with 82 percentile in XAT, should i apply for BIMTECH?? Is it a good college for MBA

Sampriti Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020
BIMTECH Noida is an excellent college for MBA and is now a days performing really well in the fields of marketing and finance. With your XAT percentile you should definitely apply for it and must keep at least 5-6 colleges to choose from as the competition in the selection process is usually very high.

The fees is nearly 12 lakhs but the placements are really good. Reputed companies like Accenture, ICICI, Maruti Suzuki, EY, Amazon and others visit the campus and the average compensation package offered is nearly 8-10 lakhs. Moreover they have a residential campus and good infrastructure. And they also have a pretty strong alumni base so you can have good career advantages afterwards.

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I scored 81 percentile in XAT and I am from agricultural engineering background. Can I expect a call from XSRM?

Sampriti Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020
With your XAT percentile you can definitely get a call from XSRM as they require a minimum of 80 percentile in XAT. Moreover there isn't a huge competition for the rural management program of XUB so with a little hard work you can get through.
The placements of XSRM are also decent and the average compensation package offered there is nearly 5-6 lakhs and the program is well reputed among corporates. Most of the organizations recruit for the CSR roles only.

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I have 82.05 percentile in XAT Class X - 92.6 Class XII - 87.4 BE - 83.1 Work Ex - 3+ Do I have chance to get a call from KJ Somaiya

Sampriti Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020
You have a pretty decent XAT percentile but KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research requires a minimum of 85 percentile in both CAT and XAT exams. The Institute considers only the overall percentile. So it may be a little difficult for you to get a call. But you can still get some very good colleges with your XAT scores like
  • IIFM Bhopal
  • XIME Bangalore
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
  • Christ University Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon and others.

These colleges will also offer you good placement opportunities and good academics and you must try to attend as many interview processes as possible to get enough options to choose from.

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I have scored 69.903 percentile in XAT 2020 and based on this percentile which college is better in decreasing order from best to not so good : IMT Nagpur, BIMTECH(for IB), IMI Kolkata, FOSTIIMA, SIESCOM, IMI Bhubaneshwar and Universal School of Business Mumbai. I really need to join MBA this year.

Sampriti Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020
If you're getting a call from all these colleges then you must attend the selection process of all of them because you should always keep some options to choose from as the competition is always very tough. But if you get selected in all of them you must go for IMT Nagpur first. IMT campuses are good for marketing programs and several reputed companies visit the campus. After that IMI Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. They are also pretty decent colleges in terms of marketing, finance and HR programs. The average package offered there is nearly 5-6 lakhs.

The rest of the colleges you've mentioned are not very good as per your percentile. You can still get some average placements there with the average compensation package offered being 3-4 lakhs but you should keep them as your last resort.

BIMTECH Noida is good for the PGDM program but the career scope for the specialized programs is very poor. It cannot assure you a placement.

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