XAT 2021 Topper Malav Shah Says, “Do not fall in the trap of attempting more questions”
XAT 2021 Topper Interview: Malav Shah, XAT 2021 topper and 99.465 percentiler is currently pursuing undergraduate studies in Computer Engineering at LD College of Engineering. XAT 2021 Topper Malav Shah is of the view that preparation for CAT helped him to crack the XAT exam with a good percentile. He did not take up any coaching while preparing for XAT. In an interview with Careers360, XAT 2021 topper Malav Shah talks about his exam preparation tactics and section wise strategy. Read the full interview of XAT 2021 Topper Malav Shah to know vital tips for XAT preparation.
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Careers360: Why XLRI over other B-schools?
Malav Shah: XLRI college, Jamshedpur is one of the best colleges to study management in India with its vast alumni base, excellent pedagogy, and experienced faculty members.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself?
Malav Shah: My name is MALAV SHAH. I am currently pursuing my undergraduate studies in computer engineering at LD College of Engineering. My father is a small businessman in the city of Ahmedabad and my mother is a housewife. Due to my father’s business, I was greatly influenced by the various mechanisms which governed business and management and hence wished to pursue management studies as my post graduate course.
Careers360: What were your XAT 2021 overall and sectional percentile? Apart from XAT, which other entrances you appeared for, and what were your percentiles?
Malav Shah: I scored an overall 99.465 percentile in XAT 2021. My sectional percentiles were as follows:
I also appeared for CAT Examinations and scored a 99.43%tile with a sectional score of
I also appeared for the NMAT examination and scored 269 marks in it.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for XAT? Please share in detail the month-wise preparation strategy you followed.
Malav Shah: There is a huge overlap between the aspirants who appear for CAT and XAT exams and also between the course of XAT and CAT. Hence the preparation for CAT should be more than sufficient to crack XAT (at-least in the 2 common sections).
For an aspirant who is only preparing for XAT, he should start reading as well as interpreting as many articles as possible. According to me, any aspirant who is reasonably well versed in English will take a maximum of 90-100 days to be able to master the skill-sets required to crack XAT.
The concepts tested in the QADI section of XAT test the fundamental concepts of our school life and one has to just revisit his basics in order to ace this exam. The DM section of XAT is based on the case studies as experienced in real life and some daily practice in this section is more than enough.
My preparation strategy for each section was
As I was comparatively weaker in this section, I divided this section into 2 parts. i.e. The RCs and the CR part.
One should try to identify his strength in each section and try to maximize his score there. As RCs was my Achilles heel, I practiced a lot of CR questions and managed to maximize my score in this portion of the section.
This is a very subjective and innovative section that is unique to only the XAT exam. Hence to master this section, one must be unbiased in his viewpoint and be as objective as possible in solving this section.
One must solve at-least 5-6 sets each day and more importantly understand the viewpoint of the author and incorporate that ideology in further questions. Here, solving as many questions as possible is the key as each and every set of DM sections is unique to each other but the thinking and solving process remain the same.
As it was my stronger section of the 3 and have prepared this section extensively during my CAT prep, I used to just regularly brush up my concepts and formulas once every 2 days and would revise geometry regularly as its weightage in XAT is comparatively high as compared to other management exams.
Careers360: Which is the coaching institute that you joined. Was it of any help? Do you think students should focus more on self-study rather than go in for coaching?
Malav Shah: I was not a part of any coaching classes particularly for the preparation of XAT. I do not feel an average aspirant who has a good understanding of English needs a coaching institute for preparation of XAT.
According to me, the best source to practice would be the previous year’s XAT question papers which are available widely on the internet. That practice along with regular mocks would be more than enough for any candidate,
Mocks play a huge role in the practice of any management exam as one learns both new questions, discovers new ways to solve such questions, and most importantly learns to manage his time efficiently during the test which will greatly help him during his actual exam.
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?
Malav Shah: On D-Day, I decided to allocate my time into 5 time-durations. Firstly I started with the verbal section and gave nearly 45 minutes in this section and was able to solve around18 odd questions.
Then I moved to the DM section, spent another 50 minutes, and managed to solve 6 sets there. And then I went to my strongest section and managed to solve around 25 questions in this section in 65 minutes. Then I again went back to the DM section and solved the lone remaining set and then moved back to the verbal section to solve some remaining doable questions.
The verbal section was my Achilles heel in each and every management exam. So I started to regularly read and understand the gist of the articles from various sites like AEON, PROJECT SYNDICATE, and HINDU. Hence this greatly helped my comprehension capabilities. One should identify his strength and weakness by giving a mock or two and begin to start working on his weakness right away.
Careers360: Your message/tip for this year’s XAT aspirants?
Malav Shah: My humble message to all XAT aspirants is to not fear this exam due to its verbal heavy pattern as is the case with many of the aspirants. If one has a basic grasp of understanding, one can easily score in the higher ’90s in this exam and also do not fall in the trap of attempting more questions due to the policy of XAT of rewarding negative -.10 after 8 leaved questions. As the negative marking for an unanswered question is quite huge here.
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XLRI ACADEMIC REQUIRED OR NOT ???? 10TH - 69% 12TH - 63% WORK EXPERIENCE - 0 GRADUATION - 97% XAT - 99.7% GD/PI - EXCELLENT
XLRI means Xavier labour research Institute which is at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand is a private management School established in the year of 1949, has excellence of Management education it was established by the Jesus society Jamshedpur Jharkhand.
For admission in XLRI and its affiliated colleges get is taken give yourself admin admission test is taken. In this qualifying examination total marks is 100 and time allotted for this exam is 180 minutes. Hindi se examination the marks scored in class 10 and 12 after graduation is taken for a matter.
Yah got 69% class 10 63% in class 12 graduation 97%, inXAT yeah got 99.7 percentile. So I Hope this marks is acceptable for XLRI final selection.
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sir xat 2021 percentile 99.73 , 10th - 10 cgpa 12th - 94.8 grad - 7
According to your percentile you can get following colleges easily -
- Great Lakes Institute of Management
- KJ Somaiya-Mumbai
You have a very good percentile, as well as your overall marks are very good, so you will not face any problem.
I hope it helps,
Best of luck
i am getting 40 -50 percentage in every semster is that good and i have got 22 percentile in xat exam can i get in a averge mba colleges
The eligibilty criteria for getting admission in MBA is that you must obtain aggregate of 50% at the end of your Degree (50% should be the total of all the semesters which you get in your final year).
And if we talk about your XAT result then 22 percentile is not a satisfactory percentile which the authorities demand through these entrance exams.
Do check the cutoff once for your satisfaction the link is here:
So I would suggest you to try for an second attempt if you truly wanted to get admitted in a good college.
Wish you good luck!
I have 86 Percentile in XAT, my CA & PI were decent, i have 71/61/74% in 10th/12/grad, fresher, and have won a national level competition. What are my chances of converting PG core in KJ Somaiya.?
You have very good percentile in XAT which is 86 According to previous year cut off of XAT of KJ somaiya institute you have good chances as previous year the cut off was 75 for all the pg courses.Apart from this other parameters will also be counted like personal interview(25%),CA(17%)achievements(8%),work experience(5%),past academic record(10%) and 35% for XAT exam so you have good chances based on your percentile,and CA and PI as these have more weightage you can visit below for more detail https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/simsr-cutoff/amp