How Maulik Gandhi scored 99.74 in XAT 2014 to get XLRI admission
Maulik Gandhi cracked XAT 2014 with an impressive percentile of 99.74 and secured admission in XLRI Jamshedpur. An engineer, Maulik is currently pursuing PGDM- Human Resource from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
In this interview with Careers360, Maulik shares his XAT success strategies and preparation tips for the prestigious entrance exam. He speaks on how he converted his weak areas into one of his forte during his exam preparations. He also explains his step-by-step strategy for XAT exam along with key factors that contributed to his performance in XAT exam.
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Careers360: What motivated you to pursue MBA? What do you aspire for?
Maulik Gandhi: My motivation for pursuing an MBA was my determination to emerge as a leader in the field of management. Five years down the line I see myself as an established HR in the market for which a professional degree in MBA-HR is a must. A guidance and supervision from industry experts would support me to become an independent and a dedicated Manager.
My aim is to contribute my best in the HR profession so as the Indian HR practises are kept as a benchmark for the world.
Careers360: Apart from XAT 2014, which other MBA entrance exams you took and how was your performance?
Maulik Gandhi: The first exam I appeared for was the September CMAT and scored 252/400 and my All India Rank was 593. I took CAT 2013 and my percentile was 96.36, which was fairly accepted compared to my preparations.
I appeared in NMAT twice, October and November, and scored 219 and 226 in the respective months. I also appeared in the IIFT entrance test in which I scored 49.84.Then SNAP in December and achieved a percentile of 99.79. I cracked the Maharashtra CET in April with a percentile of 99.99.
Careers360: Which other B-schools made final admission offers to you, and also why did you select XLRI Jamshedpur?
Maulik Gandhi: My first final convert was IIFT, Delhi. After that, I got admission letters from NMIMS, Mumbai and SIBM, Pune. However, I was more inclined towards the Human Resource Management course in XLRI because XLRI offers the best HRM programme in India and the availability of highly specialized, corporate faculty. The academic excellence what you receive at XLRI is impeccable and develops you in a totally new personality.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for XAT 2014?
Maulik Gandhi: I started preparing for XAT 2014 in the last week of October. I had my Engineering Semester exams scheduled in November and they were supposed to end in the last week of December. Since I would not have got much time to prepare after my semester exams, I decided to start early and save myself from the last minute jitters.
Before my XAT, I’ve appeared in CAT so I was comfortable with Quantitative Techniques and Verbal Ability. I started solving the previous year XAT papers to understand the format of the paper and decided the topics on which I had to work hard. I also took 5 mock XATs to review my preparation and have an idea of how the actual exam would be. For essays, since the nature of topics was difficult to predict, I read newspapers daily, especially the editorial section. To summarize, the strategy was – practice, find problem areas, implement, practice again, crack the paper.
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Careers360: Do you think Coaching or Mentoring is important to crack XAT or any other MBA entrance tests?
Maulik Gandhi: To be honest, for XAT, I did not take any special coaching. I had joined coaching classes to prepare for CAT as I was finding it difficult to juggle between my preparations, my engineering studies and my positions of responsibilities.
Finding a good coach or a mentor is important but what’s more important is the belief that you can achieve what you have set out to achieve. For any MBA entrance test, practice and dedication are the two pillars of success.
Careers360: How did you manage XAT preparation schedule along with your graduation studies?
Maulik Gandhi: I started early because I knew I would not get time to prepare once my semester exams would start. I used to solve 20 Quant Questions, 5 Logical Reasoning sets, 3 Decision making sets and 2 Reading Comprehension passages along with 2 Decision making sets a day. I used to spend the remaining time studying for my end term exams, reading the newspaper, and exercising.
Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Maulik Gandhi: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: I started my CAT preparations in October 2012. So by the time I gave the CAT in October 2013, I was well prepared with Quant & DI. For XAT, I used to solve 20 Quant Questions and 3 Decision making sets a day. I used to find my problem areas and determine which areas needed to be worked upon. Next day, I would solve questions on those topics and try not to make any mistakes.
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning: For VA, I would answer 2 RC passages in a day. Apart from that, I would solve at least 10 questions on any 2 VA topics. For Logical Reasoning, I would solve 5 sets a day as it was my weakest areas. I also gave a lot of online LR tests.
Careers360: How did you plan and work for Decision making and General Awareness section of the paper?
Maulik Gandhi: I solved previous XAT questions on Decision making, 2 sets per day. For General Awareness, I read the newspaper diligently and also read news summaries on websites.
Careers360: How did you manage your time while attempting the actual XAT paper?
Maulik Gandhi: I started with the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section of the paper and finished it in half an hour which left me with 90 minutes to answer the remaining two major sections. I required 50 minutes for the Decision making section as I found it to be more time consuming. I answered the General Knowledge section in 5 minutes, the Verbal Ability and Logical Ability section in 35 minutes. I had attempted everything I knew before the time finally ran out.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving your weak areas?
Maulik Gandhi: My strong areas were Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. My weak areas were Logical Reasoning and Decision Making. For these two areas, I practiced as much as I could. I solved more number of LR sets of different types and took more time to answer the DM questions. It is also important to manage your time well as you don’t want to leave questions unanswered.
Careers360: What is your advice for the MBA aspirants who will take XAT 2015?
Maulik Gandhi: Practice and Self-belief are the most important things during the last 4 months of XAT. There will be times when you will be under immense pressure; do not let the pressure trouble you, channelize it positively. Do stress relieving exercises, watch sports on TV, and take walks in the gardens. Never give up!
Careers360: How important are recreational activities for you? Were you involved in any of the activities besides preparing for the exam?
Maulik Gandhi: As the head of the trekking club of my college, I organized various treks to Sahyadri Ranges in Maharashtra. I used to take walks daily in my colony. A stroll in the local mall would help me gather my thoughts. Recreational activities are very important to me as I believe that for every important problem that needs to be tackled, you should tackle it with a calm mind. If not acted upon well, too much pressure would ultimately lead to failure.
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Questions related to XAT
I have 93% in 10th , 93% in state board; 55%in graduation(math). What percrntile in cat or xat will ensure me a good college ?
It depends, for IIMS you have to score minimum 99 percentile. It is the basic eligibility criteria for iims also they will see your previous marks and then only you are eligible for the further process.
If you want b school than you have to score above 80 or 85 percentile to get admissions in good and reputated institution .
Many college also go for group discussion to eliminate students.
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what if i attempt only verbal ,lr and decision-making sections leaving quants in XAT.will be able to score 80 percentile.if yes ,please let me let me know the number of questions i should attempt in these sections.
Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that if you are targetting top colleges accepting XAT score. Then, it is mandatory to clear sectional cutoffs. You need to score well in each section. Moreover, considering past year XAT scores, you should score approximately 26-27.5 score in order to fetch 80-85 percentile in XAT. You can attempt the questions based on accuracy accordingly.
I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.
xat andGMAT are different or same
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See xat stands for Xavier Aptitude Test . It is held by XLRI, Jamshedpur for MBA or PGDM programs. To know more about xat you can check this site:
Whereaz GMAT stands for The General Management Admission Test which is held globally across nations for MBA.
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Have a brighter future ahead.
cat or GMAT are same or different
Hope you are doing well.
See CAT stands for common admission test . It is a national exam which is held all over the India. It is the largest exam for MBA.
Whereas GMAT stands for The graduate management admission test. It is a global exam which is held across the nations for MBA.
It is easier to score in GMAT in comparison to CAT. If a person studies with full focus and concentration he can easily achieve 700+ marks.
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Hope this will help you. Have a great future ahead.
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