XAT Topper Interview: Follow 10 second decision rule to save time, says Kunal Choudhary, 99.97 percentiler
After having five years of experience as an engineer, Kunal Choudhary, took a leap of faith, appeared in XAT and secured a high percentile of 99.97. In this interview with Careers360, Kunal shares his detailed preparation strategy and advice for XAT 2017 test takers.
According to Kunal, the most important factor to remember during the test is not to waste time on a question. One must follow a ‘10 second’ rule which states, give only 10 seconds to a question, mark an answer if you are confident, else move away to another question. This will help test takers to not only save time but stay calm. He further shares benefits of mental calculations for Reasoning and Data Interpretation section.
Read interview excerpts below.
Careers360: How was your experience of XAT?
Kunal: After appearing for all the other competitive examinations (CAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT) before XAT, I knew well how to hold my nerve in the pressure moments. XAT 2016 was a well-balanced paper, however, there were controversies related to few questions. Luckily, all the questions went in my favour when the official answer keys were released by XAT admin team. I knew I have my chances for an interview call.
Careers360: What made you pursue MBA, and why XLRI over other B-schools?
Kunal: I have been working as a Software engineer for the last five years. I wanted to scale up my skills so that I could become a part of the team where I get involved in taking management and strategic decisions and execution. Having already obtained a technical degree, an MBA expands the horizon and is the first step to understand the nuances of wide areas of management. XLRI and its legacy, being the oldest and one of the esteemed B-School in our country can surely help me to chase and achieve my goals quickly in life.
Careers360: Please share your sectional wise preparation strategy?
Kunal: My tips for QA section are:
Make sure your basics are clear. Make continuous notes in coaching classes.
Appear for mocks.
Analyse the solution well for the correct attempts and look if there is a better time-saving method.
Try to solve the incorrect question and then look into the solution and analyse the gap.
For un-attempted questions, check whether the concept is missing or you had a shortage of time.
Learn the new concepts which you find.
LR-DI DM: Work on your mental calculation and ability to juggle with information. It is important to look for information from the data provided. A good amount of practice is required to approach different kind of sets. Learn different tabular/Tick Cross methods etc. Mock analyses approach should be same as QA.
VA: This was my weakest section. I used to read newspapers on a regular basis, and for vocabulary, I read Word power Made Easy, English Made Easy. To avoid incorrect attempts, I attempted RC and inference based questions, vocabulary and avoided Grammar questions.
Careers360: How did you manage your time during the test?
Kunal: XAT 2016 was 150-minute test for the main paper. I allotted 45 minutes for each section and remaining 15 minutes to maximise my score. In the initial 45 minutes for each section, I made sure that the number of attempts can push the sectional marks above the past sectional cut-offs.
Most Importantly, read the question quickly and make your decision whether you want to go for it or not. I used to attempt the question in which I was absolutely sure. However, I took some chances in VA section.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area of the test?
Kunal: QA has always been my strength and I started my test with this section only. VA was a challenge for me and was the last section which I attempted. Enough practice on inference based question and RCs can help you sail through if VA is your troubled area.
Careers360: Your message for this year’s XAT aspirants?
Kunal: With a few days to XAT, I would say just keep your strategy in place and learn from your mistakes. At the end of the day, things are relative. Read the question, leave the question, do not waste your time over it.
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Questions related to XAT
can we get admission through cmat xat and mat in pgdm in pr and event management?
In India there are various colleges which offer this course some are given below
National Institute of Event Management
Amity Institute of Event Management
King's institute tourism and hotel management institute
University of Technology and Management
Institute of Integrated Marketing Communication and Management
National Academy of Event Management and Development
So this are the colleges which accept CAT/MAT/XAT
Hope this helps
IF I HAVENT GIVEN ANY EXAM LIKE CAT,MAT,XAT E.T.C THEN , HAVE I ANY CHANCE TO GET A SEAT IN MBA
You can give the May MAT 2020 Entrance exam. Many colleges do accept May MAT Score. You can look for the IILM Lodhi road as one of your options. IILM Lodhi road is the oldest campus located in central Delhi. The alumni base is phenomenal which is a strong strength. The alumni of IILM are placed in a very senior position in the corporates that gives an advantage to the institute both in terms of placement, industry connections and engagement. Senior alumni conducting placement workshops, delivering guest lectures and guiding summer projects could be very useful to students with work experience and industry mentors. There are a lot of foreign partner institutes and semester exchange students from around the world make classes diverse and interesting. Faculty members have got both industry and international exposure which makes classes more interesting and relevant. With a huge alumni base of 12000+ with most of them at senior positions. The faculty-student ratio is the best here, a lot of one-on-one mentoring is provided to develop student personalities, CVs and also prepare them for the selection processes. We have some of the good companies on campus for SIP & placements like Amazon, RB, ICICI, Oppo, HDFC, Loreal, Khimji Ramdas, Modelez, Deloitte etc.
what is the success rate of CAT/XAT?
CAT and XAT exams are conducted every year for admission to MBA courses in IIMs and other top Bussiness schools of the country.
Every year around 2-3 lakh students apply for this exam for admission to premiere institutions of the country.
Sucess rate means the number of students passing the exam per 100 students who appear for it.
For CAT the success rate is around 2% i.e around 2 out of every 100 students who appear clear this examination.
However its better to focus on preparation.
Follow this link for more information on CAT and preparation tips
Should I stop preparation for entrance exam and focused on remain 10+2 board exam as I heard that due to corona virus covid 19 universities can be cancelled the exam and noticed that the admission will based on 10+2 marks?
Let me assure you one thing that there is absolutely no chance of admission in engineering colleges based on class 12th board examination.JEE mains is postponed not canceled and even if gets cancelled there is no way that admission will take place based on 12th marks.So, just forget about these thing and focus on preparations because sooner or later all the exams will take place once the Covid-19 situation gets under control.
sir presently I am pursuing English Graduation from IGNOU as a final year student and my final exam will be held on June 2021.. Am I eligible to fill forms of cat xAt?
You can fill the exam form of the CAT 2020 if you are in your final year in the year 2020. As you are to be graduated in 2021, that means that you will be in the final year, 5th semester during the CAT 2020 exam form and therefore you are eligible for the exam.