How to Prepare for XAT in One Month
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How to Prepare for XAT in One Month - The most common question coming in the mind of any MBA aspirant right now is how to prepare for XAT 2020 in one month. Now is the time to narrow down your preparation by following key tips which will enable you to crack the exam with ease. Candidates should not take up anything new, rather than the focus should be more on revising and taking mock tests. This will help the candidates to fix the mistakes which they have been committing and will not repeat on the day of the exam. Another important aspect of how to prepare for XAT in one month is that candidates should manage their time well while revising in these thirty days. Work on your strong areas and do not get disheartened if you have not been able to rectify your mistakes completely. In this last one month of preparation for one month, candidates should keep his or her mind cool and not take any unwanted stress as it might just prove fatal. XAT exam will be conducted on January 5, 2020. Careers360 brings to you important points pertaining to how to prepare for XAT in one month.
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XAT 2020 exam pattern

XAT 2020 will be 3 hours paper consisting of 99 questions. Now that only less than 30 days are left for the examination, one question that must bother to the students is how to prepare for in one month. In order to sail through the exam now is the time to revise the syllabus and be well versed with XAT exam pattern 2020. The various topics from which the questions will be asked are divided into 4 sections which are Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and General Awareness. Out of these 4 sections 165 minutes are allotted to the three main sections and the remaining 15 minutes are allotted to General awareness section. The exam pattern of XAT is discussed in the table below:

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XAT 2020 Exam Pattern


Total Marks Allotted

No. of Questions

Negative Marking

Total Time

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



0.25 marks for any wrong answers.

0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions.

180 Minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR)


Decision Making (DM)


General Knowledge (GK)



Marking Scheme: There is a negative marking in each of the section. For every correct answer 1 marks will be awarded and for every wrong answer. 25 marks will be deducted. Also there is negative marking for unattempted questions, if candidates have more than 8 unattempted questions then 0.5 marks will be deducted.

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XAT 2020: Important preparation tips and strategies

Some of the important preparation tips regarding are discussed below have a look at it

Divide the time section wise: The first important thing coming under the topic ”how to prepare for XAT in one month” is the division of the time. Candidates preparing for XAT should divide the XAT 2020 syllabus section wise i.e. they should complete topics of one section first and afterwards proceed to next section. Covering topics from all the sections simultaneously will only lead to confusion and the candidates will also be not sure and confident about their preparation.

XAT 2020 Preparation:

Section wise

Candidates while preparing for XAT should have an idea of the different sections in XAT 2020. Candidates while knowing “how to prepare for XAT in one month” should know about the four section, various important topics coming the sections and all other necessary information related to it. Section wise breakup of XAT 2020 preparation is discussed below:

Quantitative Ability

Mathematics is one of the most important for any competitive exam. Important topics to be covered in quant section are algebra, Trigonometry, mensuration. Taking a look at XAT previous years papers some topics to be keep in mind while preparing are mensuration, profit & loss, mixture and allegations, geometry. Candidates should start from these topics first and cover other topics one by one.

Verbal and Logical Ability

To command in this section, candidates should have good reading skills. As per the XAT previous years papers, a high weightage is given to this section under vocabulary and reading comprehension section, Candidates can improve his reading skills by reading various books, novels and newspapers on a daily habit basis. For vocabulary section candidates should prefer one grammar (preferably wren and martin or norman lewis). For logical reasoning, one had to practice a lot with an analytical approach.

Preparing for two unique sections for XAT

General Awareness and Decision Making are two unique sections of XAT 2020 exam pattern. The section decision making is unique from any entrance management examinations. Candidates can follow the following sections:

General Awareness Section: Questions asked from this section are from the current affairs, geography, history, international business. There is no negative marking in this section, thus scoring in this section would be a plus point and add up to the overall score and percentile of the candidates. Candidates in order to ace in this sections should read newspapers, read about current affairs and events from internet and other sources.

Decision Making: This section is unique to the XAT only and it is the most important part of this article “ how to prepare for XAT in one month”. Thus the main source of question for this section are the XAT previous years paper. Questions are based on decision making and logical reasoning. A business case studies will be discussed and based on that various questions will be asked evaluating candidates response in different situations. The section can be called a combination of the two sections which are reading comprehension, any candidate who is good in these two sections can automatically cover up for this section.

XAT 2020 preparation: Other Useful Tips

Clear up your concepts: Candidates before starting any topics should clear their concepts first. Questions asked in management entrance examination checks the candidate’s conceptual abilities. While starting any topics or learning any new formula candidates should not only learn the formula but should have an idea how did the formula came. While solving question candidates should once try to solve the same question in different ways and methods. This can add up to improving the candidate’s concepts.

Solving mocks on a regular basis: Candidates at this point of time should start solving on a regular basis, doesn’t matter how much syllabus they have covered. Mock tests are one of the important parts of the topic “ how to prepare for XAT in one month”. Solving mocks will provide the candidate the experience of the examination and solving the questions in a time bound environment. Solving mocks will also add up to the time management skills of the candidates. Also, the candidates will be able to cover the remaining topics which they are unable to cover in the total time span of 25 days. Candidates are advised to solve a minimum of 3 mocks in a week.

Time Management, Speed & Accuracy: The above mentioned word is one of the most important aspects for the candidates who are preparing for any competitive exams. By time management skills we are referring the candidates abilities to solve more and more in a given limited amount of time and what is the maximum time the candidates should provide to each question. Also while solving questions candidates should keep in mind the word accuracy because wrong answer will lead to nothing only from negative marking.

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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.

Good Luck

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.

Good Luck

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.

Good Luck

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.

Good Luck

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.

Good Luck
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