How to start XAT 2021 Preparation?
How to start XAT 2021 Preparation: XLRI is one of the most prestigious institutions in which candidates aspire to take admission in. But how to start preparing for XAT 2021? Well, here are some brain boosting tips that can help you in your preparation. Xavier Aptitude Test commonly known as XAT is a national level entrance examination conducted by XLRI every year. If you prepare for CAT, then XAT is no longer an odd bird to you. Preparing in right direction for XAT 2021, to be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur in the month of January as computer based test can get you admission in renowned colleges like XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB,TAPMI, XIME, BIMTECH and other top B-schools. In order to ace XAT with a good percentile, you should have a planned approach and accuracy must be your on-the-go factor including time-management and speed. It is to be highlighted that the duration of this exam is less as compared to others. XAT preparation must be given due focus from the start. So before knowing “How to start XAT 2021 preparation”, it is essential to know the exam pattern and sectional composition of XAT 2021.
How to start XAT Preparation - Know about Exam pattern
XAT 2021 is conducted for those aspirants who want to take admission in MBA/ PGDM programs offered at XLRI institutions. Here you can scan over to know about the exam pattern of XAT such as medium of the exam, the no. of questions, marking scheme, topics and duration of the exam.
XAT 2021 - Exam Pattern
Conducting body for XAT
Mode of the exam
Computer based test
Type of questions
Multiple choice questions
Number of questions
100(as per last year)
1 Mark for every correct answer
0.25 for every incorrect answer(except general awareness)
No negative marking in general awareness
Number of Sections
XAT 2021 - Sectional Composition
Number of questions
Part I ( 165 minutes) - No sectional timing - 0.25 negative marking
Verbal and Logical Ability
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Part II (15 minutes) - No negative marking
Also read previous year’s exam analysis - XAT 2020 analysis.
How to start XAT 2021 Preparation
The exam pattern of XAT has gone through some changes over the past years. This exam is considered to be a difficult level category exam. The cutoff marks vary from year to year(XAT 2020 cutoff). Last year the sectional and overall cut off in the general category for female candidates in both the XLRI - HRM program and the XLRI - BM program were marginally lower.
In view of the past XAT toppers, XAT preparation requires a well-planned approach with time management. Here are some of the key features of the exam that you need to keep in mind before the preparation:
Before you start your preparation, note down the latest syllabus of XAT 2021.
Put together the list of best books for XAT preparation.
You need a game plan in order to excel in any field. Similarly here you need to have a XAT preparation timetable.
Download and solve previous year XAT sample papers and mock tests.
How to start XAT Preparation 2021 - Verbal and Logical Ability
The Verbal Ability/Verbal Reasoning and Logical Ability questions are a fair mix of grammar, vocabulary and reasoning based questions(Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs). Critical Reasoning & Reading Comprehension areas have historically dominated this section.
Having a good hold of grammar basics is your asset here. Some top-notch strategies are:
Keep a fine balance between quick reading and your comprehension skills.
Practice at least 4 RC’s in a day. Start with short RC’s so that you do not get bored in the initial phase of your preparation. Try to read a single line of one passage in one go. This will require practice if you start solving different formats of RC’s a lot.
Get to know all the tones of passages as the author’s tone is the most common asked question in the exams. The tones can be acerbic, humorous, sarcastic, incendiary, dogmatic, ironical, nostalgic, etc.
Build your vocabulary and grammar by subscribing to daily alert of one word of vocabulary online. Learn its synonyms and antonyms. In this way you get to know all the usages of the word.
Learn prefixes and suffixes meaning methods, they will help you a lot in answering various vocabulary based questions.
How to start XAT 2021 Preparation - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Time management is so critical in the exam, so you need to solve the easiest questions first. Here are some of the preparation tips you can refer to for this section.
Remember there is no on time screen calculator in XAT like in CAT. So if the calculation is intensive you can only master the section if you have practiced a lot on your calculation.
The questions are usually asked from Arithmetic, algebra, permutation and combinations, number system, probability, functions, time and work, data interpretations and geometry.
Expertise requires a lot of time and practice. Improving your calculation skills and approximation skills is very crucial for this section.
Practice line graphs, pie charts, tabular graphs and bar graphs.
Learn the concept of successive percentages and also the fraction values uto 30 as these concepts are used in most of the questions.
Do mental calculations while practicing questions and also learn the shortcut tricks.
The sets of DI can be of medium to difficulty level and calculation intensive. So in your daily routine solve as many DI sets as you can.
How to start XAT Preparation 2021 - Decision Making
Candidates need to focus on their aptitude and management skills as this section can be quite tricky. Here you will face the questions based on different scenarios. The questions are basically for authorities to comprehend your judging capability. The various types of questions probed in these areas include financial issues involving revenues of a company, ethical dilemmas, employee management issues and general management scenarios. As far as what decisions you should make, try to be selective in the questions regarding giving unbiased answers. Do not let your emotions form your own biases and then you cloud your judgment based on it.
How to start XAT 2021 Preparation - General Awareness
The more emphasis here will be on economic and business awareness news. So read on a daily basis newspapers like - The Financial Express, The Statesman, etc.
Read the newspaper daily so that you get updated on the national and global current affairs.
In the static GK section, focus on awards, books & authors and geography. Start brushing up your GK at an early phase.
XAT 2021 Preparation with Mock Tests
Mock tests must form an essential part of your preparation. Toppers (Check XAT 2020 Toppers Interview ) suggest that you attempt at least two to three mock tests in a day. You must also do the analysis of the mock tests so that you can gauge upon your strengths and weaknesses. This will help in improving your speed in addition to accuracy when you solve the questions on the exam day and thus will make you more adept.
Last but not the least, the most important aspect for you to crack XAT 2021 is to master the art of overall time management. Here are some key tips that can help you in managing your time:
Start practicing mental calculations rather than using pen and paper based methods.
Practice mock tests and sample papers as much as you can as these will help you in identifying your weak areas and help you in not wasting much time on them.
Mark faster but with accuracy. This can only be achieved by a daily practice from the initial phase period and not just before the one month of commencement of exam.
Do not get stuck on a question you cannot solve. Leave the confusing puzzles in reasoning and move on to the next question.
From the time you start preparing to the exam day, practice in a way that you have set a particular time for each section. Remember there is no sectional timing. So don't get overwhelmed by your favourite section and end up wasting too much time in it.
Questions related to XAT
can we get admission through cmat xat and mat in pgdm in pr and event management?
In India there are various colleges which offer this course some are given below
National Institute of Event Management
Amity Institute of Event Management
King's institute tourism and hotel management institute
University of Technology and Management
Institute of Integrated Marketing Communication and Management
National Academy of Event Management and Development
So this are the colleges which accept CAT/MAT/XAT
Hope this helps
IF I HAVENT GIVEN ANY EXAM LIKE CAT,MAT,XAT E.T.C THEN , HAVE I ANY CHANCE TO GET A SEAT IN MBA
You can give the May MAT 2020 Entrance exam. Many colleges do accept May MAT Score. You can look for the IILM Lodhi road as one of your options. IILM Lodhi road is the oldest campus located in central Delhi. The alumni base is phenomenal which is a strong strength. The alumni of IILM are placed in a very senior position in the corporates that gives an advantage to the institute both in terms of placement, industry connections and engagement. Senior alumni conducting placement workshops, delivering guest lectures and guiding summer projects could be very useful to students with work experience and industry mentors. There are a lot of foreign partner institutes and semester exchange students from around the world make classes diverse and interesting. Faculty members have got both industry and international exposure which makes classes more interesting and relevant. With a huge alumni base of 12000+ with most of them at senior positions. The faculty-student ratio is the best here, a lot of one-on-one mentoring is provided to develop student personalities, CVs and also prepare them for the selection processes. We have some of the good companies on campus for SIP & placements like Amazon, RB, ICICI, Oppo, HDFC, Loreal, Khimji Ramdas, Modelez, Deloitte etc.
what is the success rate of CAT/XAT?
CAT and XAT exams are conducted every year for admission to MBA courses in IIMs and other top Bussiness schools of the country.
Every year around 2-3 lakh students apply for this exam for admission to premiere institutions of the country.
Sucess rate means the number of students passing the exam per 100 students who appear for it.
For CAT the success rate is around 2% i.e around 2 out of every 100 students who appear clear this examination.
However its better to focus on preparation.
Follow this link for more information on CAT and preparation tips
Should I stop preparation for entrance exam and focused on remain 10+2 board exam as I heard that due to corona virus covid 19 universities can be cancelled the exam and noticed that the admission will based on 10+2 marks?
Let me assure you one thing that there is absolutely no chance of admission in engineering colleges based on class 12th board examination.JEE mains is postponed not canceled and even if gets cancelled there is no way that admission will take place based on 12th marks.So, just forget about these thing and focus on preparations because sooner or later all the exams will take place once the Covid-19 situation gets under control.
sir presently I am pursuing English Graduation from IGNOU as a final year student and my final exam will be held on June 2021.. Am I eligible to fill forms of cat xAt?
You can fill the exam form of the CAT 2020 if you are in your final year in the year 2020. As you are to be graduated in 2021, that means that you will be in the final year, 5th semester during the CAT 2020 exam form and therefore you are eligible for the exam.