XAT Topper Interview: How Tarun Gupta secured 99.66 percentile in XAT
Xavier Aptitude Test, commonly known as XAT is one of the important management entrance exams for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur, and other 141 Xavier Associate Management Institutes across India. Every year around 90,000 candidates appear in XAT, aspiring to take admission in one of the Top-B-schools.
This year, XAT has been announced with major changes in terms of exam pattern and application process. XAT 2016 will be conducted in a paper-pen based format on January 3, 2016, in which it is likely that around 1 lakh candidates might appear.
The competition is strong, and so must be the confidence and preparation level to secure high scores and save yourself a seat in XLRI or other XAT accepting B-schools. Now, it could happen that XAT aspirants can get confused about how to prepare, what strategy to follow, how to approach a section and how to convert their weakness into strength. Careers360 presents a complete preparation guide- ‘XAT Topper Interview’. In this series, we have XAT toppers sharing all about the tactics and strategies which they followed to crack XAT 2015. Their experience will make you learn the right approach to be followed while preparing for the test and on the exam day.
Tarun Gupta, an ex-engineer with 42 months of experience, prepared and appeared in XAT 2015. He secured a high percentile of 99.66 and is currently fulfilling his dream of pursuing PGDM- HRM from XLRI Jamshedpur. According to Tarun, his strategy was to be confident about his preparations and stay calm during the test. He attempted his strong areas first, as the key for the D-day is to not get stuck with difficult or unknown questions. According to Tarun, Quants must be a section of focus for non-engineers as poor scores in this section might affect the overall cut-off.
Read Tarun’s interview on- How to Crack XAT
Careers360: What made you pursue management programme?
Tarun: I was sure about pursuing MBA after my engineering. So, I graduated, gained some work experience, appeared in XAT and took admission in XLRI. I considered knowledge in business to be the ultimate edge.
Careers360: How was your XAT 2015 experience? What was your success mantra?
Tarun: The experience was great. It was no-pressure, seamless, different and good. It was one of the better-managed entrance tests that I appeared for.
My strategy for XAT 2015 was to trust my preparation and stay calm. Giving any exam under pressure can spoil everything, so maintain your calm. We all prepare hard for the every test, but pressure can make you go brain freeze. So trust yourself and let it go.
The success mantra lies in your preparation. A whole hearted preparation can never let you down.
Careers360: What was your strategy for XAT preparations?
Tarun: My strategy was to focus and strengthen each section of the test. For Quants, I took last year’s sample papers, made notes of topics most tested, and prepared for them. It was basically most of revision for me.
For Decision Making and Verbal- it is a must to be thorough with words. You must read a lot, mark new words and learn their meanings. Also, solve this section via mock-tests.
Careers360: How did you manage time while attempting XAT 2015?
Tarun: I attempted VA and DM first as they were my strong areas. I did not want to spend an inordinate amount of time getting stuck on a QA question. So, solve easy questions first, then slightly difficult questions, and in the end most difficult. Do not get stuck with most difficult questions, they will kill all your time, which you can utilize for revision.
Careers360: After the exam, how did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Tarun: I thought a lot about what I had done in life and whether I could justify every decision. Besides that, I made sure that I knew most things about my work experience.
WAT/GD was not much of a problem for me as I kept myself up-to-date with current events.
Careers360: What are the key factors which influence a candidate’s selection at PI stage?
Tarun: According to me, the influencing factors are:
Ability to justify your decisions and statements.
Value that you’ll add to a group.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic?
Tarun: The topic was- “Listening is a dying art.” This was a fairly straight-forward topic which could have been tackled in a multitude of ways.
Careers360: Any future plans?
Tarun: Right now, the focus is to work hard, be a topper in my exams as well, graduate and find the perfect job.
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Questions related to XAT
while filling the XAT form for registration do we need to upload the best of 5 marks in 12th or we have to provide with the marks of all the 6 subjects?
While filling the form, I guess there will be a box in that you have to fill out of what score you get this score for example 50 out of 100 so, if you are providing the 6 subject marks so just mention out of 100 you got that if there is no box related to the max. marks (out of ) so you should just provide best 5 marks.
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I am class 12 (pcm) student My aim is to get into the top B schools ,And I am from non english(my english is not much good ) background what should I do for exams cat, cmat, xat and more, which branch should I take for backup ?
First of all you have said that your English is not strong enough but let me tell you it's perfectly fine. To get admission in any top B school, you need to qualify the entrance examinations and before that you might opt for BBA degree, you can also pursue any subjects in your bachelor degree.
You can visit this page for detailed information about BBA degree BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
I hope this will help you.
Whats official information about CAT 2020, NMAT 2020, SNAP 2020, CMAT 2021 and XAT 2021 ? When will they happen and what are the changes they are bringing this year ? #MBA
MBA is a two year postgraduate program offered by many management institutes in India. The admission to these colleges are made on the basis of different entrance exams. Following is a tentative date for conduct of various MBA entrance exam for your reference:
- Common Admission Test (CAT)- November 29, 2020
- Maharashtra MBA Common Entrance Test- March 2021
- Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)- January 2021
- Xavier Aptitude Test- January 2021
- Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test -December 13, 2020
- NMAT by Graduate Management Admission Council - Oct 4 to Dec 17, 2020
- TISS-NET- January 10, 2021
- MICAT - December 5, 2020 to January 23, 2021
- IRMASAT - February 2021
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Now I am pursuing BBA final year did I eligible for XAT mock test
Yes , you are eligible to give mock test of XAT anytime.
Sir mere 10 ar 12 me to percentage achee hai par graduation me mere below 50 percent hai mai xat exam de sakte hu agar dogii to mujhe achee college me admission milega plzz batiye
You can check the below link for the eligibility criteria for the admission.