XAT Topper Interview: Selection of questions is key to score in XAT, says, Akshit Soni, 99.9 percentiler
An experienced engineer, who aspired to pursue management, appeared in one of the top MBA entrance tests- XAT. He defines it as an attitude test and not just any other aptitude test. Akshit Soni, 99.9 percentiler in XAT 2016, in this interview with Careers360, shares how to tackle your weak areas during preparation, and how a positive attitude can make you do well in XAT 2017.
Akshit was weak in English and needed to put a few extra efforts towards this section. During the test, he attempted easy and shorter comprehensions first and later moved to the difficult ones. Akshit balanced time in every section and ensured that he did not rush to the end and made wrong choices just for the sake of attempting the questions.
Akshit suggests that the selection of the questions is the key to do well in XAT 2017. Read his full interview below.
Careers360: How was your experience of taking XAT?
Akshit Soni: XAT was a pen and paper exam, the process was smooth and there was no technical glitches or similar problems. Exam was divided into two papers, and it nearly took 3.5 hours to complete the exam overall once it started.
In terms of exam experience, it was quite different from any other exams I took. XAT is a very balanced paper and not skewed towards Quant and Reasoning sections. Also, the Decision Making section, which tests both reading ability and critical reasoning of the candidate, is only seen in the XAT paper. Also, unlike other selection processes, XAT had an essay writing section which helps in further selection rounds.
Careers360: What made you pursue MBA, and why XLRI over other B-schools?
Akshit Soni: MBA is a complete package to learn formal business practices and get the bundled wisdom in a short span of two years. Most importantly, it’ll teach you time management in its true sense. You’ll have a steep learning curve through the wisdom of some of the best faculty in the country. Also, you get to relive your college days.
What sets apart this B-School from the rest is the famous XL-Culture, which I believe can only be experienced once you are here.XLRI is a gem in the group of luminaries. It has proved its mettle in time.
Careers360: Since when did you start preparing for XAT?
Akshit Soni: In general, I started preparation for MBA early, but I started my preparation specifically for XAT from the month of December. Before jumping right away into preparation, in order to have familiarity with the questions, I took free online samples and last year exams to gauge where I stood and what were my weak areas. During this process, I realised my preparation for Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) was nearly done, but the Decision Making section was still to be prepared.
Careers360: What is your take on XAT test pattern? Also, should the authorities switch back to the previous pattern or the changed pattern is good?
Akshit Soni: XAT exam pattern has undergone a number of changes from being a 120-minute aptitude paper to its current form since it was first introduced. Ideas such as not penalising students for un-attempted questions have been brought in to encourage students to take risks and not play safe. I believe that a lot of thought goes into changing the pattern in order to test students on the required capabilities. Such changes must be welcomed.
Careers360: Please share your sectional wise preparation strategy?
Akshit Soni: For Verbal, Logical Reasoning, DI and Quant, I majorly revised the basic concepts and relied more on practice via mock tests.
For Decision making, I believe that there is no single way to achieve success in this section. Typically, in the decision-making section you will get a scenario in which the protagonist is in a dilemma, and you are supposed to choose the best possible decision for him. Rather than attempting a lot of questions, I focused more on analysing what made each option in the question right or wrong and developed my thought process on those lines. For this, previous year questions are quite useful.
Careers360: How did you manage your time during the test?
Akshit Soni: As it was a pen and paper exam, I had freedom to choose which sections to attempt first and which later. Here I would say that everyone has their own strategy, which must be followed. I started with the Quant section in order to finish it off early and then gave appropriate time to other sections. Roughly, I gave about 50-55 minutes to Quant, nearly same time to Decision Making and about 45 minutes to Verbal Section. I tried to spend balanced duration in every section based on the number of questions and my comfort with each section. I ensured that I did not rush to the end and make wrong choices just for the sake of attempting the questions.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area of the test?
Akshit Soni: I am an engineer and like a majority of other engineers, my weak area was English. I started with the areas which took least time like Statement based questions, para jumbles and vocabulary questions. But I did not attempt the questions I was not confident about. Then I moved to Reading Comprehension area which was the biggest chunk in the English section. Here, I would say that skimming might not be useful as there was a number of specific detail based and inferential questions. I attempted the passages which were shorter in length and then moved to the longer ones. Here, the idea was to attempt a fair number of questions to balance out the attempts in each section, and try going back to my strength areas.
Careers360: Your message/tip for this year’s XAT aspirants?
Akshit Soni: My message would be to keep your cool and your confidence. There is no such section which requires any extensive knowledge from the side of students. Selection of the questions is the key to do well in XAT. It is not just an aptitude test, it’s more of your attitude test.
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Questions related to XAT
xat score accepting clg, and there average pacement
Hi! To answer the first part, the list of all colleges accepting the XAT score is given in the following link-
Now, there are various colleges which you can go for using the XAT scores. Taking example of Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, the average placements in 2020 was around Rs. 15.42 Lakh Per Annum. As for the previous year 2019 the average package for XLRI went Rs. 14.31 Lakh Per Annum
Hope this helps!
average package of placement from xat clg
Hello there, hope you are doing good!
I would like to tell you that the average packages of Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, in the current year 2020 went Rs. 24.30 Lakh Per Annum. As for the previous year 2019 the average package for XLRI went Rs. 22.35 Lakh Per Annum.
Hope you found this answer helpful.
Good luck for your future!
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.
Feel free to ask
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.
I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.
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.
To know more about GMAT use this link:
Have a brighter future ahead.