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?

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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Hello,Im preparing for XAT 2020. Could you please suggest a good online coaching for this exam?

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I dont have CAT, MAT, XAT scorecard. Can I apply MBA at christ university for Phase II?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 17th Mar, 2020


To be eligible to get admission in Christ University you need to appear and qialify in any of CAT/MAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/GRE/ATMA along with 50% or above aggregate in bachelor's degree from a recognized board or university.If you do not have any of the above mentioned exams score then you are not eligible to get admission.

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Now Im studying in B.Tech 3rd year. How can I start preparing for various MBA Entrance exams? I am not taking any Tuition. How can I prepare myself for the exams?

Smrity 15th Mar, 2020


For MBA entrance exams start solving the past year question papers get thorough with the pattern of the paper.

Work on the logical Reasoning and quantitative aptitude as practice makes you perfect and try to grasp the necessary details and current affairs.

Even if you are not taking tuition, if you practice, solve as many sample papers as you can and be confident while giving the paper you can for sure get the best institution for you.

To get the sample papers for MBA Entrance exams Visit the link below:

I hope this helps.

All the Best!


So my situation is this, i have 47% in graduation and got 80 percentile in XAT, so this is limiting my options for admissions in mba colleges. What should i do?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 2nd Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

Yes this will limit your options for admission in MBA colleges as most of these MBA colleges look at past academic performance of the candidate. Your percentage will definitely be a hindrance in your admission into any top IIM college or XLRI.

You can always take admission in tier 2/3 management colleges.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


Can I apply in XISS without XAT score card??/

Mahima Bahl 2nd Mar, 2020

Hello candidate,

XISS admissions are ongoing, if you are desirous of seeking admission at Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi will have to appear in an all India level management admission test. XISS, Ranchi considers only the following three admission test scores for shortlisting the candidates i.e. XAT, CAT and CMAT.

If you have not given XAT 2020, you can apply through CAT, CMAT as well.

One last GDPI session is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd March, 2020 at Ranchi. For more information, please check XISS Ranchi Admission 2020 .

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