XAT Topper Interview-Mayank Sarkar of XLRI Shares How to Crack XAT 2014
XAT 2014 exam is about 3 months away. In the XAT Topper Interviews series of Careers360, today we bring to you the journey of Mayank Sarkar, who scored 99.88 percentile in XAT 2013. He shares his strategy to crack XAT with the XAT 2014 aspirants.
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Mayank is a Civil Engineer from NIT Bhopal. He has always maintained a high academic score, be it his board exam results or XAT 2013. He has 9 months work experience in The Louis Berger Group Inc. as Infrastructure Consultant. Mayank is currently pursuing PGDBM from XLRI Jamshedpur.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: What are the factors which enthused you to go for MBA?
A: It was in my second year of engineering that I realised that I wanted to pursue MBA.This was primarily because I recognised the fact that I wanted to contribute to the field of infrastructure development and along with my technical knowledge, I need business outlook as well. Considering these factors, I decided to give MBA a shot.
Q: What is your plan after you complete your MBA?
A: I want to contribute to India’s growth story by working in the business development vertical of an organization in this field and an MBA would enable me in taking this up.
Q. What is your XAT 2013 percentile? Which other MBA entrance exams did you take?
A: I scored 99.88 percentile in XAT 2013. I also took CAT 2012.
Q: Which B-schools offered you final admission? What made you select XLRI?
A: Only XLRI offered me final admission. But I am extremely pleased with the results as XLRI has always been among my dream B-schools.
Q: Please share your initial and overall preparation strategy for XAT 2013.
A: Firstly I would like to tell that XAT 2013 was not my first attempt of this MBA entrance exam. My first XAT attempt was in 2012, after having taken up a one year course from a coaching institute but I was unable to get a call. I decided to take another attempt at XAT by focusing more on taking mock tests as my concepts were already clear. I took 2 to 3 tests a week but the most important part was analyzing the paper and identifying my strengths and weaknesses.
Q: What was your section wise and essay writing preparation strategy?
A: Quant was my strength so I attempted numerous sectional tests to improve on speed and accuracy so that I am able to capitalize on my strength. For Data Interpretation, I picked up two books from my local book store and solved them cover to cover. They exposed me to numerous types of sets.
Decision Making (DM) was a particularly weak area for me. But, after working for an organization I could easily crack the questions based on ethics. The best source of questions on DM would be previous year papers.
For GK, all I did was read the newspaper very religiously. Read all sections of the newspaper as this will help you in preparing for the essay as well. While practising previous year papers ensure that you attempt the essay after finishing the objective section.
Q: How did you manage time during the XAT exam?
A: Personally, I was the most comfortable with solving Quantitative Ability first so that I can maximize the time for the remaining sections. After Quant, I attempted DI and left my weakest section for the end.
I would like to suggest the XAT 2014 takers that do not keep any fixed time limit for any section as the sectional difficulty level varies every year. Think on your feet and customise your strategy to the difficulty level of the paper.
Q: How did the GD and PI rounds go at XLRI? What is your advice for the aspirants who would face the panel next year?
A: My GD had 13 students with only 20 minutes given for discussion. It was a good discussion with intelligent points being raised by everyone. Occasionally, it turned into a free for all. Each of us was given 30 seconds in the end to summarise our points. My advice would be to utilize this time really well.
My PI was extremely extensive. They covered topics from my graduation, work experience, Indian legislature, Hindi movies to Indian wage laws. They also asked me questions from my file of certificates. I was able to answer enough questions to convince the panel of my abilities. Based on my interview, I would advise you not to have any preconceived notions about the interview content. You must think on your feet besides having prepared well.
Q: There are several aspirants who do not have the means to go for regular coaching. Do you think it would be possible for them to crack XAT 2014 by self study? What is your advice for them?
A: XAT is renowned for its high difficulty level. It becomes even tougher to crack XAT or other standard MBA entrance exams without taking any formal coaching. Attending classes and giving mock tests helps in benchmarking yourself and instils a healthy competitive spirit within you, hence it’s always better to go in for this option.
Those who want to prepare by themselves should purchase self-study modules of any coaching centre, join multiple test series and practice previous year papers while keeping in mind the cut-offs. Attempt at least 50 full length papers and analyze them well. Concentrate on your weak areas but do not forget to enhance your strengths in the process.
Q: Were you studying or working while preparing for XAT 2013? How did you manage the XAT preparation within that schedule?
A: I was working while preparing for XAT. As a civil engineer my job was extremely strenuous but I made sure that I studied for at least 2 hours on weekdays as it is very important not to lose touch. Nevertheless, I relaxed with a good book on Fridays to be able to recharge for the weekend. Over the weekend I attempted mock tests and analyzed them. I reworked my strategy keeping the latest developments in mind like introduction of the General Awareness section.
Q: What is your message for the MBA aspirants who will take XAT 2014 and other exams of the season?
A: Keep yourself motivated and have faith in your abilities as it is very easy to lose hope after a disappointing mock test. Attempt as many mocks and past year papers as possible. If you are giving multiple entrances then make sure you customise your preparation for every exam as all papers have a different pattern.
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XLRI ACADEMIC REQUIRED OR NOT ???? 10TH - 69% 12TH - 63% WORK EXPERIENCE - 0 GRADUATION - 97% XAT - 99.7% GD/PI - EXCELLENT
XLRI means Xavier labour research Institute which is at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand is a private management School established in the year of 1949, has excellence of Management education it was established by the Jesus society Jamshedpur Jharkhand.
For admission in XLRI and its affiliated colleges get is taken give yourself admin admission test is taken. In this qualifying examination total marks is 100 and time allotted for this exam is 180 minutes. Hindi se examination the marks scored in class 10 and 12 after graduation is taken for a matter.
Yah got 69% class 10 63% in class 12 graduation 97%, inXAT yeah got 99.7 percentile. So I Hope this marks is acceptable for XLRI final selection.
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sir xat 2021 percentile 99.73 , 10th - 10 cgpa 12th - 94.8 grad - 7
According to your percentile you can get following colleges easily -
- Great Lakes Institute of Management
- KJ Somaiya-Mumbai
You have a very good percentile, as well as your overall marks are very good, so you will not face any problem.
I hope it helps,
Best of luck
i am getting 40 -50 percentage in every semster is that good and i have got 22 percentile in xat exam can i get in a averge mba colleges
The eligibilty criteria for getting admission in MBA is that you must obtain aggregate of 50% at the end of your Degree (50% should be the total of all the semesters which you get in your final year).
And if we talk about your XAT result then 22 percentile is not a satisfactory percentile which the authorities demand through these entrance exams.
Do check the cutoff once for your satisfaction the link is here:
So I would suggest you to try for an second attempt if you truly wanted to get admitted in a good college.
Wish you good luck!
I have 86 Percentile in XAT, my CA & PI were decent, i have 71/61/74% in 10th/12/grad, fresher, and have won a national level competition. What are my chances of converting PG core in KJ Somaiya.?
You have very good percentile in XAT which is 86 According to previous year cut off of XAT of KJ somaiya institute you have good chances as previous year the cut off was 75 for all the pg courses.Apart from this other parameters will also be counted like personal interview(25%),CA(17%)achievements(8%),work experience(5%),past academic record(10%) and 35% for XAT exam so you have good chances based on your percentile,and CA and PI as these have more weightage you can visit below for more detail https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/simsr-cutoff/amp