Logical thinking can make you score well, says XAT Topper Varun.V
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Varun.V was working as an electronic engineer when his user experience work profile exposed him to management and pursued him to take admission in a top B-school for MBA. He appeared in XAT 2015, secured a high percentile of 99.92 and took admission in the most preferred- XLRI Jamshedpur.
For Varun, the trick to crack XAT was ‘Logical thinking’. According to him, XAT is a unique paper which test student’s decision making and risk taking abilities. The foremost step to prepare for the test is to learn basics and do mocks. Varun suggests future test takers to focus on their weak areas, and while attempting the test leave the questions in which they get stuck.
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Careers360: What were your initial thoughts behind pursuing MBA?
Varun: I worked for 23 months as a User Experience Consultant at Verizon before joining XLRI. The exposure to the business side during my stint there made me think about pursuing MBA.
Careers360: How was the overall experience of appearing in XAT 2015?
Varun: XAT is undoubtedly the best entrance exam in India testing students risk-taking and decision-making skills. The overall experience was good and I was happy how the test was planned. My strategy to attempt the test was first to relax and calm, and then do what I know. I attempted questions for which I knew the answers and were easy. I kept the difficult questions for the end. The idea is not to get stuck in a question and waste time and energy.
Careers360: Share your preparation strategy.
Varun: For QA - Brush up on basics. Do as many questions as you can before the exam. This is the scoring area. The cut-off for this section is high, so focus on the number of correctly attempted questions.
For VA & DM- Go through previous years question papers of XAT to have an idea on what kind of questions to expect. This might seem to be an easy section but is quite tricky.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the XAT?
Varun: Go for your strong areas first, but don’t keep decision making till the last. Think logically as the answers may seem a little too close. DM can make a difference as it has a sectional cut off. Eliminate the options till you find the most reasonable and ethical answer. Make sure that you answer maximum questions to clear cut off in all the sections.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the exam?
Varun: Quant was my strong point, so I started the test with it. If you get stuck, leave the question and move forward. I attempted only the ones which I was sure of in VA. While preparing to tackle you weak area, practice as much as you can and take as many mock tests as possible. This will acknowledge you to different questions and eventually you will know a way to solve them.
Careers360: After the exam, how you prepared for the PI-WAT rounds?
Varun: It’s better if you have a CV ready for any interview. Take them through it. Prepare your answer for ‘Why MBA’, and avoid generic answers. Try to connect your answers to your work experience or interest. It’s better if you have decided on which stream you want to study though not compulsory. The panel wants to know you as a person and they can see straight through you. Be confident and be yourself. If you have a work experience, understand the impact of the same on your business. The panel is less interested in technical aspects but more in how you fit inside the organisation.
XL GDs usually never turn to a fish market. The panel considers how you work in a group. Give others a chance to speak. Usually, there is enough time for everyone to pitch in their points. Be ready with current events for BM GDs.
Careers360: What are the key factors that influence your selection at PI stage?
Varun: I think these points were influencing factors in my selection and are basics for PI selections.
Prepare well. Have a good reason as to why you have decided to do MBA.
The panel allows you to steer the interview to your strong areas. But be ready for cross questioning there.
Be confident and smile.
Interests and passion.
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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.