XAT 2017: 30 Days Preparation Strategy
XAT 2017 or Xavier Aptitude Test, is the next big exam for the MBA aspirants. The test is scheduled to be conducted on January 8, 2017, which leaves 30 days till the test day. If you have appeared or prepared for other management entrance tests like CAT, IIFT, SNAP, and performed as per your expectations, you can consider half of your XAT preparations to be complete. However, there are some exclusive test sections such as Essay Writing, General Awareness and Decision Making which you need to focus and prepare in order to get a good percentile.
In this article of Careers360 will share with you the 30 days preparation strategy for XAT 2017, the areas you need to focus on, and how to move ahead with the preparations in the crucial few days. Before moving further with the test sections, let us understand the XAT exam pattern 2017.
XAT Exam Pattern
No. of Questions
0.25 for any wrong answer and 0.05 for more than 13 unattempted questions
Verbal and Logical Ability
QA and DI
No Negative Marking
No Negative Marking
The total duration of the exam is 3.5 hours. Paper 1 will have 170 minutes, i.e. 2 hours 50 minutes and after a break of 5 minutes, candidates have to start with Paper 2, the duration of which is 35 minutes.
Brush up basics – By now you must have been thorough with the basics of all the sections of both Paper 1 and 2. If you have appeared or prepared for MBA entrance exams like CAT, IIFT, SNAP you must be well versed with the sections and topics like Quants, Verbal, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. All you are left is with other section or areas of the test to brush up. The key is to focus on sharpening the basis of each section. Having your basics clear would be the key to solve any type of questions, be it easy and direct or complex and sitter based.
Focus on the exclusive areas – Apart from the common sections, there are certain exclusive sections like General Knowledge and Essay Writing for which you have to make special preparation strategy. Chances are that you might not have come across such areas earlier. Vinayak Kudva, Head PG, IMS India mentions, “XAT, in specific, has a section each on general awareness and essay writing. As these are not a part of the CAT or other major tests, students should immediately start practising for these specific topics. As for the rest of the sections, the concepts that students need to learn remains the same, though question types are different.”
Practice Essay Writing – XAT is one of the few MBA entrance exams which is held in both objective and subjective patterns. You will be given 35 minutes to complete Paper 2, consisting of GK and Essay writing. If you think that you would crack the Essay Writing part with an impromptu attempt, you are wrong. Prepare for the essay writing by reading newspapers regularly and following the current trends, and practice writing within a specific time duration. Time must also be a crucial part of your preparation here, as not only you have to write an essay, you have to complete your GK part as well. The evaluators not only look for language skills, but also check the thought process, ideas, and your knowledge pertaining to the topic. Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give you an edge. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly advised,” shares Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher.
Take XAT mock tests and last year papers – Solving last years’ papers will help you understand the question types and the difficulty level to expect in the paper. Also, taking proctored mock tests will also help you in time management, which is an important factor in this test. While many of the MBA aspirants prefer paper pencil based format over computer based mode, but do not forget the fact that circling the OMR sheet is much more time consuming than clicking the option. Hence, take at least 2 mock tests a week to get accustomed to the pattern. Sharing his preparation strategy, Maulik Gandhi, XAT topper with 99.74 percentile and XLRI Jamshedpur student says, “I also took 5 mock XATs to review my preparation and have an idea of how the actual exam would be.”
Section wise preparation tips for XAT 2017
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation – Practice is the one and only way to crack this section. If Quant and DI 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 practised many questions on different sections,” mentions Sonika Chandok, an XLRI student. Maulik shares a broad preparation plan for QA and DI, “I used to solve 20 Quant Questions/ 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 sums on those topics and try not to make any mistakes.”
Verbal and Logical Ability – Reading and practising is the key to success for this section. 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. “For fine tuning the Verbal Ability area, reading standard blogs and sites is one of the key strategies. Following one business daily and one national daily helps. One should always make sure one reads the things which interest one,” shares Abhipsa Panda, 99.88 percentiler in XAT and an XLRI student. For Logical Reasoning, she shares, “Trying to develop an analytical thought process to apply in my work helped me automatically redirect my brain to the same mode every single time. And of course, practice is needed.”
Decision Making – Decision Making is a section which is unique to XAT. Like other sections, practising past years question papers and mock tests will help you obtain a grip over the 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. To put it in conventional terms, it is a combination of Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning and traditionally students who are good in these two areas tend to do well in the Decision Making section as well.”
General Knowledge – In XAT the topics from which the General Knowledge questions appear include Business, Sports, Economy, Politics, Trade and International Bodies. Kudva says, “As General Awareness is a very vast area, it makes sense to follow the top stories as and when they happen. Candidates should start enhancing their general awareness full-time by reading newspapers and magazines such as Outlook and Outlook Business. While reading up on news making events, candidates should consider various aspects and arguments and use their own judgement to decide what their stand should be.”
Essay – For the Essay section, you will be given a separate paper and 20 minutes duration. Your essay should be of 200 to 300 words. Your essay will be evaluated on the basis of language skills, thought process etc. As Gautam Puri says, “The evaluators not only look for language skills, but also for the thought process involved, the spectrum of ideas, and your knowledge pertaining to the topic at hand. Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give you an edge. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly advised."
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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.
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xat andGMAT are different or same
Hope you are doing well.
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.
To know more difference about both the exams and to know about them in detail please use this link:
Hope this will help you. Have a great future ahead.
I want ebooks for XAT preparation. where do I get that?
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