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XAT 2020 Section Wise Preparation Strategy from Experts and Toppers - XLRI has released the answer sheet of XAT 2020 on January 9, 2020. There is a saying that there is not much difference in the ability of successful and unsuccessful people and it is merely their desire to achieve their potential. This potential can be achieved by learning from the tips given by experts and toppers. High percentile can be achieved by knowing XAT section wise preparation strategy from experts and toppers. By knowing what to study, how to handle varied kind of questions in different sections, candidates will be able to perform well in Xavier Aptitude Test. Owing to negative marks in XAT 2020, there is a need to exercise one’s jurisdiction while answering the questions. Since merely two months are left for XAT, candidates must be very clear about how much time they need to spend on different sections and various type of questions. XAT section wise preparation strategy from experts and toppers will also help the candidates analyse what and how they should do to ace the exam.Latest - XAT 2020 answer key has been released by XLRI on January 9, 2020. Candidates can also check the cutoff of XAT 2020.
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If a candidate knows the exam pattern beforehand, he or she will be able to manage his or her time well depending on their strong and weak areas. If the candidate is aware about their strength and weakness by going through XAT exam pattern, then in such a case, candidates will know on what section they will have to focus more so that they can score well and which section will require less time.
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Total Marks Allotted
Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
0.25 marks for any wrong answers.
Verbal and Logical Ability
0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions.
This section has the lion share in XAT paper which includes topics like Time and Work, Algebra, Percentage, Equations, Arithmetic, Profit and Loss, Venn diagram, Polynomials, Trigonometry, Geometry, bar charts, Data Sufficiency, Table and Probability. XAT 2018 topper Rebecca who scored 97.26 percentile stated, “I took sectional tests on alternate days. Revised all formulas once a week.” The very basic formula to ace this section is the conceptual clarity of each and every topic that is covered in this section. This section is considered a bit difficult and time consuming as compared to other sections. Another XAT 2018 topper, Aditi, who scored,.... stated, “I timed myself for all the questions that I solved from the practice books and took section-wise mocks that were available on the student portal on the coaching centre’s website.”
Aspirants must have a set pattern to approach different questions based on higher difficulty level. To score high in this particular section, try to learn short tricks and calculations to solve the problems. To enhance analytical skills for Data Interpretation section, students should read articles in newspapers and magazines. Constant practice can help you a lot to ace this section.
The verbal ability section is broadly category of reading comprehension and english usage which include topics like - Analogy, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Sentence correction, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Paragraph formation, poem. According to the experts, it is advisable to carefully read the questions first in this section, as it plays a major role in saving your time. To enhance your vocabulary, first enhance your reading skills. Many of the past year toppers suggest books like word power made easy by Norman Lewis to speed up reading and comprehension skills. For para jumbles, try to identify the initial sentences and connect them with other sentences to form a meaningful paragraph. The Logical Reasoning part under this section includes one of the most important topic and that is Critical Reasoning. Students can master this field only by practicing a lot of questions based on Critical Reasoning.
Isha Parasramka, XAT 2018 topper who secured 93.3 percentile shares her strategy about how she prepared verbal ability section. She stated “ I solved two comprehension passages everyday. As far as vocabulary is concerned, “I consulted the books given by my coaching centre and “Word Power Made Easy.” She further added, “Verbal is something that requires a lot of practice. The one process that can be followed for reading comprehension is having a crystal clear reasoning in your head as to why you are marking that answer. If you get it wrong, check the solutions.”
The decision making section mainly consists of the questions and problems based on various business and everyday situations and students may face some kind of dilemma while facing such questions. So, to avoid difficulty in such type of questions, aspirants should practice from past years question papers. The questions can be related to ethical dilemmas, issues involving sales and other financial conditions, revenue of a company, scenarios of various management issues and of general management. Even after practicing lot of questions based on this concept, if you are getting incorrect answer more, then in that case try to understand the logic behind the answer given in the answer key. One should try to choose the answers which are ethically correct and should benefit most stakeholders.
On the strategy adopted by Rebecca to solve decision making questions, she said, “I gave sectional tests and also tried solving as many cases as I could find online.”
Prakriti Kar, another XAT 2018 topper said, “The main trick to crack the decision making section is to have a good reading speed. I practiced on that by solving lots of practice question papers.
According to Gautam Puri,ice Chairman, Career Launcher “Another way to ensure that you do well in XAT is to lay stress on the Decision Making section, a section unique to XAT. It carries a sectional cut-off and also can be useful in improving the overall score. Apart from looking up questions in the previous years’ papers, you can go to the Harvard Business Review website and read sample cases to enhance your knowledge and also to arch your thinking in a way to facilitate better reasoning.”
The General Knowledge section under XAT paper mainly consists of questions based on current affairs and static GK. The Static GK includes the topics like- Currency, Politics, Sports, Books and Authors, Culture, Environment and Ecology, Economics, Films and Television. The General Knowledge section could be proved as the most easiest section if justifiable time is devoted to this section throughout the whole preparation. Students can refer books like Lucent GK to ace the Static GK part and can prepare for current affairs from the sources available online. If you have a shortage of time, try to cover up the Current affairs part by the help of videos available online.
XAT topper 2018, Isha stressed on the need to regularly read the newspaper. She said in order to perform well in the general knowledge section, “Read the newspaper daily.”
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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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