How Sonika Chandok cracked XAT to get admission in XLRI Jamshedpur
Sonika Chandok cracked XLRI Jamshedpur PGDM- HRM admissions with her high XAT percentile of 98.74. She focused on the importance of having strong basic concepts to crack XAT with a high percentile.
In this interview with Careers360, Sonika who aspires to became a successful HR professional, shares her XAT success strategy. She also talks on how she converted her weak areas into one of the strongest sections during her preparation journey.
Sonika, a strong planner says that XAT exam is easy if you are well planned and able to prioratize your studies. Read here to know her Mantra of cracking XAT.
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Careers360: What aspired and motivated you to pursue MBA in HRM?
Sonika: When I was studying commerce in Delhi University, I studied fundamentals of human resource management as one of my core subjects. Soon I realised that I enjoyed going to my HR class, gaining more knowledge about the human resource field, reading news and articles related to HR, etc. That is when I knew that my greatest interest was in human resource management. I strongly believe that if we study and work in our preferred field, then we will always learn and enjoy what we do in life.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for XAT 2014?
Sonika: My preparation strategy was to start studying for XAT on time. Study a little every day and make sure that you clear all your conceptual doubts at this stage is important and what I did. It is very important for students to have clear concepts so that they can solve any question that comes in the exam.
Careers360: Do you think Coaching or Mentoring is important to crack XAT or any other MBA entrance tests?
Sonika: I think it is more of a personal choice for every student. If a student believes that he/she can study better by studying alone, then I believe that he should follow the same practise. Personally, I was very lucky to get a wonderful coach or mentor who taught, guided and supported me throughout the process.
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Careers360: How did you manage XAT preparation schedule along with your graduation studies?
Sonika: I had made a schedule for myself which involved studying for my graduation during weekdays and preparing for MBA over the weekend. Many a times, I had to break the schedule due to multiple assignments, tests, etc. in college but restoring balance through longer durations for preparationsis important.
Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Sonika: For the quantitative ability and data interpretation, you need to practice a lot. This section can be mastered easily if you have practiced many questions on different sections. However it is important to remember that interaction can take place despite the necessary structure.
For verbal ability and logical reasoning, focus on reading and practising grammar. But just in case the entrance exam is too close then there isn’t much that can be done. Just be yourself and hope for the best. Do not panic.
Careers360: How did you plan and work for Decision making and General Awareness section of the paper?
Sonika: For decision making and general awareness, I solved the question papers that were given in the previous years. Previous year question papers supports you to a great extent, they sort of clarifies much about the exam pattern and the strategy to be followed.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula while taking the actual XAT paper?
Sonika: I gave maximum time to quantitative ability and data interpretation since I knew that solving these questions would require a lot of time commitment as compared to other sections of the exam. This was followed by solving the decision making section. After this, I solved the verbal ability and logical reasoning section.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving your weak areas?
Sonika: My strong area was decision making and my weak area was quantitative ability. I practiced many questions from different topics. At times, I even repeated the same question after an interval of a few days to ensure that I had a hold on that particular concept or question.
Careers360: What is your advice for the MBA aspirants who will take XAT 2014?
Sonika: Personally, I don’t think you should specifically take advice from just one person. Listen to everyone, take their perspective into focus but always do what your heart tells you, this is the right approach for every exam. XAT is not a difficult exam as long as you keep two things in mind. Firstly, remember to be calm when you are giving the exam. So sleep well and don’t get tensed or worked up. Secondly, manage your time well. Remember that there are 3 sections and each section is as important as the others when it comes to sectional cut-offs. You may choose the order of the sections based on your preference but giving sufficient amount of time to all the sections is very important in XAT.
Careers360: How important are Recreational activities for you. Were you involved in any of the activities besides preparing for the exam?
Sonika: I think that it’s really important to take out time to relax and have fun sometimes. I enjoy playing sports and video games. What mattered was not whether I played them or how much I played while I was preparing for my exams. What actually mattered was if I could prioritise and make a decision about what was more important at that time. So I would always study first, then take a short break and go back to studying after a while. One thing to remember is to focus on studying when you are studying and not to get distracted by other activities. Similarly when you decide it’s time to take a break, then don’t think about studies at all, enjoy your break. Take your well deserved break and relax for a while.
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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.
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.
cat or GMAT are same or different
Hope you are doing well.
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.
To know more difference about both the exams and to know about them in detail please use this link:
Hope this will help you. Have a great future ahead.
I want ebooks for XAT preparation. where do I get that?
Please visit the link of our website the ebook available and you can download it Free of cost.
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Best of luck