XAT Tips: How to Prepare for Decision Making Section
In this special column on XAT preparation, MBA Exam trainer Ravi Handa explains high importance of Decision making section of XAT and guides on preparation approach and strategy for the same.
Questions on Decision Making have been asked in XAT for quite a few years. However, their importance has gone up drastically since 2012. Prior to that, you could expect 8 to 10 questions on Decision Making in the Analytical Reasoning section. In 2012, Decision Making became a section of its own and if you were to look at it purely from a scoring perspective – it makes the most important topic for a student who is planning to write the XAT. It so happened because Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability – none of them had a full section on their own. They had to share the limelight, so to say, with some other related topic. In 2012, there were 25 questions in the Decision Making section. It even had some questions which were of 1.5 marks instead of the standard 1. The XAT paper in 2016 had 23 questions, although all questions were of 1 mark each. This year XAT is expected to have 20-25 questions in the Decision Making section again. There is no doubt that this would be more than the number of questions on Quant, DI, LR or VA.
While we have established the importance of Decision Making from the perspective of XAT, a lot of aspirants are not even aware of what exactly Decision Making questions are based on. In Decision Making, a situation (like a case study) is presented to a student and broadly two types of questions are asked on it:
a) What would be the ideal course of action to take in such a situation?
b) What lead to such a situation?
These kinds of 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.
A very common mistake that a lot of students make is that they neglect this section. They believe, which is often not supported by data, that Decision Making is something that they would do on the spot. They write four to five mock XATs and that is the end of their preparation for the Decision Making section. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Like any other topic, Decision Making also requires effort if you wish to excel in it. Especially in an exam like XAT, which is a low scoring exam, one set of questions can make a difference between a 98 percentile and an 89 percentile.
A good way to prepare for Decision Making would be to look at previous year papers. You can have a look at questions from XAT 2008 to XAT 2016 which would give you approximately 100 questions to practice from. These 100 questions will not only tell you your current level of understanding of the topic but if you analyze them properly, it can really make a difference to your final score. You can also look at the Decision Making section of the mock XATs that you are writing and analyze the questions given in them in detail. But the biggest tip that I can give you to prepare for the Decision Making section is this: Do not neglect Decision Making.
Most probably, you would have prepared for CAT and other management entrance exams for more than 6 months. Most of your time during preparation would have been spent on preparing for Quant, LR, DI or VA. But from now on, you should spend at least half of your time preparing for Decision Making whereas the other half should be used in preparing for the other sections.
Ravi Handa, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, has been training students for CAT, XAT and other management entrance exams for the past 7 years at IMS, TIME & other coaching institutes. He has also authored a book on GK/quizzing – Biz World. (Official website - www.handakafunda.com)
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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
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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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cat or GMAT are same or different
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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.
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