XAT Exam: How to prepare for XAT Exam according to the latest pattern
There are many management examinations and for students who want to study at Xavier Institute of Management, XAT examination is compulsory. Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is compulsory for students who want to take admission to MBA, PGDM, and other management courses at XLRI and other XAT participating institutes across the country.
The examination has gone through a lot of changes in the past which makes it difficult for the students to prepare for it. This year XLRI or Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur has introduced some notable changes in the exam pattern of XAT Exam. This blog will focus on all the latest patterns introduced in XAT Exam and how to prepare for it.
The question paper of the examination is divided into two parts.
Part A of the paper has questions from the following sections:
Verbal and Logical Ability
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Part B of the paper has questions from the following sections:
You can see the table below for the time allotted and the number of questions asked from each topic.
For this test, you may have to face negative marking. The marking schemes are discussed below:
The total marks in the examination for the right answers will be 1 mark. There are a total of 99 questions to answer with an eassy to test your writing skills.
For every wrong answer, the students will deduct 1/4th marks. The students have to be extra careful as there is a negative marking of 0.05 marks if more than eight questions go unanswered. However, there is no negative marking for the general knowledge section. You can read more about the marking scheme in this article.
Topics to cover
There are four main topics to be covered for XAT 2020 examination, i.e.,
Verbal and Logical Ability,
Quantitative and Data Interpretation
For Decision Making, you need to study:
For Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR), you need to study:
Analogy-Based on Vocabulary
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Paragraph Formation Questions
Critical Reasoning/ Inference
For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI), you need to study:
Arithmetic: Time and Work, Equations, Percentage, Profit and Loss and Time and Distance
Algebra: Venn Diagram, Polynomials, Trigonometry, Progressions, Numbers, Probability, Geometry, Mensuration, Functions and graphs, Permutation and Combination
Data Analysis and Interpretation: Bar Charts, Data sufficiency, Table, Scatter plots, Bar Charts
For G.K/ Current Affairs, you need to study:
Books and authors
Film and Television
Ecosystem and diversity
For more details like previous year question paper and a complete syllabus of XAT Exam, read here.
Books to read
There will be a few books that will be recommended by your friends. You can try to find those books or something that you are comfortable studying. The books that are recommended by most of the toppers are:
XAT Quantitative Ability:
?How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT? by Arun Sharma
?Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs? by Sarvesh K Verma
?Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations? by Abhijit Guha
XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning:
Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by T.I.M.E.
Additional books to build vocabulary:
Word Power by Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren, Martin
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis
How to build a better vocabulary? by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris
For XAT general knowledge, you can check out Manorama Yearbook or any current affairs website. You can also read the newspaper daily to keep yourself updated with the national news.
Practise and Mock Test
The practice goes a long way when it comes to any competitive examination. It is very important that you practice whatever you learn. Take one topic a day and learn everything that you need to about it. Practice all the related questions to the topic.
Once you are thorough with the whole syllabus, you can give mock tests to check where you stand.
Mock tests are important because of the following reasons:
It helps you create the right strategy for the day of examination.
Mock tests will help to find out the right technique to solve any questions.
Giving mock test daily will help you understand the time that will take to complete the whole question paper.
It will help you practice to write 2 hours exam.
The marks you score on the mock test will tell you how much prepared you are for the actual examination.
When you do good in your mock test, you will realise your confidence level is boosted.
Mock test is based on the whole syllabus and helps you revise the whole syllabus without having to check your notes.
Result and Cutoff
As XAT results are accepted by more than 150 institutions, apart from the XAT institutes mentioned below.
The cutoff will be depending on the college you are planning to take admission. The cutoff for last year is given below, you can expect this year cutoff along the same lines.
You can read more about XAT Exam cut off here.
The selection procedure of XAT Exam will start after the declaration of the result. The process will be conducted by the institute that the students will be selected for and the cutoff criteria will be declared by the conducting institute. The selection procedure will be as follows:
Step 1: Students have to appear for the XAT examination.
Step 2: The candidates will be shortlisted for the second round.
Step 3: After the candidates are shortlisted, they will be called for a Personal Interview and Group Discussion/Essay Writing Round.
Step 4: A final list of students selected will be prepared based on how the students have performed in the second round.
The XAT examination score will decide your fate to study in XLRI and the associate institutes. The institute is regarded as one of the top management institutes in India with over 60 years of experience. The college has it?s associate institutes all over the country with excellent faculty members and placement opportunities. With the help of the latest updates mentioned in the blog, it will be easier for the students to prepare for XAT examination.
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For more details on the XAT examination, read the whole article here.