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XAT 2015 Exam Pattern: XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is an objective type multiple choice exam of 3 hours duration. The XAT 2015 Exam Pattern is dynamic as the exam conducting body does not follow a strict pattern every year and there are some or the other change in the question paper in almost every year. This article will share the details of the XAT 2015 Exam Pattern.
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Mode of XAT 2015 exam
XAT 2015 is a paper-pencil based test comprising 2 papers.
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Sections and Duration
The exam pattern, which has undergone major changes in XAT 2013 and XAT 2014. The exam will be divided in two papers, objective and subjective. The total duration of XAT 2015 will be 3 hours.
Paper 1 will be the objective, multiple choice question type, containing 3 sections – Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making with duration of 2 hours 20 minutes.
Paper 2 will comprise General Awareness and Essay Writing sections. The duration of this section will be 40 minutes.
Last year, the exam pattern was changed. Earlier, General Awareness and Essay Writing were included in Paper 2 but in XAT 2014, General Awareness was made a part of Paper 1 making it completely objective and Paper 2 consisted only of Essay Writing question.
Number of Questions
Though not fixed, the total number of questions in XAT 2015 is expected to be around 80 to 90. The General Awareness section will have 20 questions.
Last year, the total number of questions was 103. The Verbal Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Aptitude had 83 questions and 20 questions were asked in the General Awareness section.
Each question contains 1 mark and each wrong answer will get a negative marking of 0.25 marks.
XAT 2015 will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2015. The application window is open from Tuesday, August 12, 2014 till Saturday, November 22, 2014.
XAT is the MBA entrance exam for XLRI and over 100 B-schools across the country, is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT is known to be the toughest MBA entrance exams. Apart from being a pen and paper exam, XAT is considered to be one of the toughest B-School entrance exams to crack. The student appearing for XAT need to focus on General Awareness and should be well-versed with decision making. The students must have good writing skill as they have to write essay along with solving the objective-type questions.
Last year, the exam was taken by around 90,000 candidates. After CAT, XAT is the second most popular MBA entrance exam. Owing to the high level of difficulty level and competition, the XAT 2015 cutoff is also expected to remain on the higher side. The XAT 2015 result is expected to be declared by Saturday, January 15, 2015.
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its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and cat or any other management aptitude test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.
IMI Bhubhneswar is a good college and you will be able to get a call letter from the college if you have secured 60 percentile in any of the mba entrance exam. However the college does not offer good ROI. The college placement scenario is good. companies like Outlook magazine, Byju's, Jaro Education, ICICI bank, Varite, Executive B. School visit the collge for final placement. Average placement package is 6.5lpa to 11 LPA. For SIP the range of stipend for SIP is 7,500 to 25000 p. m. The ambiance at IMI Bhubaneswar offers a unique and complete learning experience with good infrastructure facilities.
Jaineel, you have secured a very good score in CMAT and XAT Examination and this score would probably fetch you the admission to some of the top B-schools in the country. Also, the cutoff or the chances of your selection to any institute may also depends on your graduation credentials, gender, category status etc. and since you have not elaborated about it, so I would answer your query in a generic way. Although, there are many colleges which you can apply for as your scores would clear most of the cutoffs, however, here is a list of some of the top colleges which you may consider:-
JAMNALAL BAJAJ INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (JBIMS), MUMBAI
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UPES, DEHRADUN
KJ SOMAIYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES AND RESEARCH, MUMBAI
GREAT LAKES INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, CHENNAI
PRIN LN WELINGKAR INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH, MUMBAI
AMRITA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, COIMBATORE
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BANK MANAGEMENT, PUNE
LOYOLA INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, CHENNAI
KIIT SCHOOL OF ,MANAGEMENT, BHUBANESHWAR
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANTATION MANAGEMENT, BANGALORE
GOA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, GOA
SYDENHAM INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION, MUMBAI
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Here are some preparation tips to prepare for XAT, You can follow given below.
You require strong analytical application to handle reasoning based questions. You need to handle the test challenges more confidently for Preparing the decision making section and the essay writing. Do practise as much you can & join Mock test. Overall you need to focus more on time management, prioritization and striking a right balance between speed and accuracy.
The books you can prefer
Quantitative aptitude for XAT by Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
Verbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma
You can also prefer Career Launcher, T.I.M.E & IMS material for the preparation.
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