XAT 2020 section wise preparation strategy from experts and toppers
Himanshu.shekhar, 11 Nov 2019, #XAT
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XAT 2020 Section Wise Preparation Strategy from Experts and Toppers - 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.

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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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Exam pattern of XAT


Total Marks Allotted

Number of Questions

Negative Marking

Total Time

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



0.25 marks for any wrong answers.

180 Minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability


Decision Making


0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions.

General Knowledge



XAT Section Wise Preparation Strategy from Experts and Toppers For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Section

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.”

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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.

XAT Section Wise Preparation Strategy from Experts and Toppers For Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 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.”

XAT Section Wise Preparation Strategy from Experts and Toppers for Decision Making Section

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.”

XAT Section Wise Preparation Strategy from Experts and Toppers for General Knowledge Section

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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Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that the cutoff varies every year. There are several factors determining the cutoff such as:-

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You can easily get a scholarship if you get good marks in XAT and MAT exams from different colleges, As they offer scholarship in the form of fees reduction to those students who have got a good marks in different management entrance exam for example college like BIMTECH GREATER NOIDA offers scholarship to students who got more than 85 percentile in CAT, So you start finding those colleges who provides this scholarship than apply to that college and than should ask for the scholarship according to your marks or percentile.

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last date to register for xat 2020 with late fees payment ?

Shareef 1st Dec, 2019

You can fill in the XAT application form with the last fees upto December 7th. With the late fees the amount to be paid for filling the application fees is Rs. 2000. You can make payment through Net Banking, Debit Card/Credit Card. While filling the XAT application form, you will need to fill in your personal and academic details. You will need to upload your passport size photo between 20-50KB and signature between 10-20kn in JPEG/JPG format. The fees is the same for all categories. For more information, check our page: https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/xat


can we leave 8 questions in particular section or we can leave 8 questions in over all paper in xat exam

Vijay Rachamsetti 1st Dec, 2019

Hi there,

Yes you can leave any question less than 8 questions from all of the respected 3 sections

  • Verbal And Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • Data Interpretation

and you cant leave more than 8 because for every 8 unattempted questions there is a negative marking of 0.05 and for every wrong answer  in GK section you can leave as it doesnt have negative marking

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