XAT 2016: Section Wise Strategy for Paper-1
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As per the new XAT 2016 Exam Pattern, the test is divided into two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Recently the Xavier Aptitude Test conducting authority- XLRI Jamshedpur announced a few changes in both the papers format, as per which Paper 1 will now have 78 questions and Paper 2 will have 25 questions to attempt along with Essay Writing.
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This article will guide you on ‘How to prepare for XAT 2016 for Paper 1’ which consists of 3 sections namely, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning. Read this article which has quotes from Experts, XAT toppers, and other sectional preparation tips to know how to prepare in this short duration and score a high XAT percentile in your results.
XAT requires a different mindset altogether to crack as it judges ‘risk taking ability’ of the students. It is totally different from CAT in terms of the test pattern, duration, sections and number of questions. So basically, it requires you to get familiar with the test pattern, take enough XAT practice tests and get familiar with time and speed.
As per the changed XAT pattern, the Paper 1 of XAT 2016 has three broad sections. The first is Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. The section deals with questions like Geometric, functions, Graphs, probability, speed & distance, statistics. In order to ace this section students will have to pay a visit to their old books from classes 5 to 10, review all the basics, and solve the problems. Agreeing with the same XAT Topper Avishek Chatterjee says, “For Quantitative Ability, prepare using Erudite Material provided either during your coaching classes or from 10 and 12 level books”.
If Quant is among your strong areas, all you need to do is to practice. If it is your weak point, you need to first clear your basics and select few important topics which you are confident about and go ahead with them. “For the Quantitative Ability, all I can say is that you need to practice a lot. This section can be mastered easily if you have practiced many questions on different sections,” mentions Sonika Chandok, a topper from XLRI.
A similar strategy must be followed for DI. Practicing at least 3 data-sets every day can let you sharpen you DI part. Maulik Gandhi, XAT Topper, suggests, “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. I suggest XAT aspirants must follow the same”.
The next section in Paper 1 is Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning. As it is said that XAT tests candidates’ ‘logical and risk taking ability’, this section needs to be practiced and attempted spontaneously. Practicing past years question papers and mock tests will help you obtain a grip over this area. The main trick to solve the questions in this section is to have good reading speed. Ravi Handa, MBA expert suggests, “The Decision Making questions require a logical approach and a clear understanding of the situation. It often requires going through large amounts of text and then logically interpreting the information presented”.
Topper Tarun Gupta on preparation technique for this section says, “This section makes you think on your feet with situational analysis. Practice Company based examples as they come up the most”.
The last crucial part of Paper 1 is Verbal Ability or English language as we can say. Although, this section might seem to be an easy one to tackle, but might be a game changer. XAT gives high weight on the vocabulary areas and the Reading Comprehension questions are mostly inference based. Hence, focus on improving your vocabulary skills by reading books like Word Power by Norman Lewis, Barron’s Dictionary to name a few. For RCs, reading different types of pieces, fiction or non-fiction, news or article followed by analytical introspection
Commenting on the same, Avishek says, “Basically, have a good understanding of the structure of the English Grammar and practice as much as you can – especially the ‘exceptions to the rule’ problems. For Logical Reasoning, practice the different types of problems and understand the process of reaching conclusions and it becomes quite simple”.
XAT 2016 Fast Facts:
XAT has been announced with major changes in terms of its pattern, total questions, duration and marking scheme. The Paper 1 of XAT will now have 78 questions to be attempted in 170 minutes. This paper will have sections like- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning)Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning having 26, 23 and 29 questions.
Paper 2 will have general knowledge and essay writing. This will have 25 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. It is likely that XAT 2016 will be easy to attempt. There have also been a few changes in the marking scheme. After 13 un-attempted questions, there will be a negative marking of 0.05 marks from the 14th question onwards. There will also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, is one of the biggest national level MBA entrance exam aspired by the majority of the MBA aspirants. Last year the exam was taken by over 90,000 candidates. XAT 2016 scores will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur, Xavier Associate Management Institutes and other 141 B-schools across India for admission. XAT 2016 will be conducted on Sunday, January 3, 2016.
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Questions related to XAT
while filling the XAT form for registration do we need to upload the best of 5 marks in 12th or we have to provide with the marks of all the 6 subjects?
While filling the form, I guess there will be a box in that you have to fill out of what score you get this score for example 50 out of 100 so, if you are providing the 6 subject marks so just mention out of 100 you got that if there is no box related to the max. marks (out of ) so you should just provide best 5 marks.
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I am class 12 (pcm) student My aim is to get into the top B schools ,And I am from non english(my english is not much good ) background what should I do for exams cat, cmat, xat and more, which branch should I take for backup ?
First of all you have said that your English is not strong enough but let me tell you it's perfectly fine. To get admission in any top B school, you need to qualify the entrance examinations and before that you might opt for BBA degree, you can also pursue any subjects in your bachelor degree.
You can visit this page for detailed information about BBA degree BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
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Whats official information about CAT 2020, NMAT 2020, SNAP 2020, CMAT 2021 and XAT 2021 ? When will they happen and what are the changes they are bringing this year ? #MBA
MBA is a two year postgraduate program offered by many management institutes in India. The admission to these colleges are made on the basis of different entrance exams. Following is a tentative date for conduct of various MBA entrance exam for your reference:
- Common Admission Test (CAT)- November 29, 2020
- Maharashtra MBA Common Entrance Test- March 2021
- Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)- January 2021
- Xavier Aptitude Test- January 2021
- Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test -December 13, 2020
- NMAT by Graduate Management Admission Council - Oct 4 to Dec 17, 2020
- TISS-NET- January 10, 2021
- MICAT - December 5, 2020 to January 23, 2021
- IRMASAT - February 2021
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Now I am pursuing BBA final year did I eligible for XAT mock test
Yes , you are eligible to give mock test of XAT anytime.
Sir mere 10 ar 12 me to percentage achee hai par graduation me mere below 50 percent hai mai xat exam de sakte hu agar dogii to mujhe achee college me admission milega plzz batiye
You can check the below link for the eligibility criteria for the admission.