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XAT 2020 Topper Interview - Xavier Aptitude Test 2020 topper, Vandan Shah who belongs from Surat, Gujarat scored 99.7 percentile. In his interview with Careers360, Vandan shares why he prefers XLRI over other B-schools. He firmly believes that he has great interpersonal skills. Vandan has been a vocalist and is very much passionate about music. He is currently working in a consulting firm in Bangalore. In XAT 2020 topper interview - Vandan talks about the section wise strategy adopted by him during the course of the preparation as well on the day of the exam. Overcoming weakness is an essential part while one is preparing for the exam, hence Vandan took mock tests and analyzed them. Further, he believes that practicing 3-4 mocks per day helps one to manage time efficiently as one will get to know what are the kind of questions which require more effort as compared to others. In the end Vandan Shah XAT 2020 topper has a message for future aspirants on how to tackle XAT and other management competitive examinations. Read the full interview of XAT 2020 topper - Vandan Shah to know vital tips to prepare for the exam.
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Careers360: Why XLRI over other B-schools?
Vandan Shah: XLRI has been ranked consistently in the top 5 B-Schools of India over many years. The programme offers a rich knowledge on various business aspects and serves a platform for amazing peer interaction as one can see himself/herself with the best brains of the country.
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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself?
Vandan Shah: I was born in Surat and brought up in Vadodara, Gujarat. I believe I am a person with great interpersonal skills and I like to get along with people. I graduated from NIT Surat. I am passionate about music. Also I was a vocalist in my college band. Right from my school days I had a knack of solving Analytical problems and I loved numbers. I am currently working in a management consulting firm in Bangalore where I am part of customer insights and Analytics team for a US based Client ( A retail holding company).
Careers360: What was your XAT 2020 overall and sectional percentile? Apart from XAT, which other entrances you appeared for and what were your percentiles?
My XAT scores were:
Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation : 99.748
Decision Making: 97.841
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: 77.345
Apart from XAT, I gave Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 where I scored a 99.24 percentile.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for XAT? Please share in detail your month-wise preparation strategy you followed.
Vandan Shah: This was my second attempt at XAT. Previously I scored 97.1 percentile. I had a call from XLRI BM but couldn't convert it. So basically I started preparing for XAT 2020 from last year. But you have to be in constant touch and practice as the format and pattern of the test is quite challenging and different from other entrance exams.
I practiced a lot from past year XAT question papers. Apart from that regularly giving the mocks helped me decide on how much time do I need to dedicate to each section.
QA and DI : Pretty much similar to other exams like CAT so just practicing questions can help you get the job done
VARC: This is a tad tougher than other exams and a lot of questions are inference based as you can see from the past trends. So the key is to devote a quality time while reading those passages and comprehend them well.
DM : This is a make or break section according to me. I repeatedly solved past year papers and analysed how my thinking was different from or aligning with the answer key.
Careers360: What is your take on XAT test pattern? Should the authorities switch to the previous pattern or the changed pattern is good?
Vandan Shah: XAT exam pattern was quite unique and apart from the numerical and verbal ability of a candidate it also tests one's business understanding under different scenarios and circumstances.
I gave around 3-4 mocks before the exam day and the key was to analyse each and every single question that I attempted and try solving the ones which I couldn't do in the stipulated time.
Careers360: How did you manage your time during the test? What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area of the test?
Vandan Shah: This can depend on person to person and my answer may not be suitable for everybody. But still I would give it a go and say I played more to my strengths this time
From the mocks that I gave I realized if I should devote some more time in QA I can score more in this section.
In the first 40-45 minutes I was done with DM. Then I went onto 4 RC's because my mind was still fresh and I could've not concentrated well enough had I attempted it later in 20-25 minutes.
After that I gave a good time to QA and ensured 18-19 marks in my kitty.
In the last 10 mins I just attempted remaining verbal ability questions to just be safe of clearing the sectional cutoffs
Talking about my weakest point, VARC has been my weakest point as my result clearly depicts that.
Careers360: Your message/tip for this year’s XAT aspirants?
Vandan Shah: Stay calm and composed and don't press the panic button ( Old cliche but very true). And trust me this I have been telling from my past experiences and not somebody's words.
Keep solving past year papers and properly analyse every mock that you give. Dedication, hardwork and smartly handling all the sections in a unique exam like XAT will guarantee you a good percentile!!
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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
Also, if you want to predict what best colleges you would get based on your scores and graduation credentials, you can visit these links
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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