Xavier Admission Test (XAT) 2017 just like every year, is going to be the second most difficult and looked forward MBA Entrance Exam for students after CAT 2016. An exam that primarily is your entrance gate for XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur; but because of its rigour and credibility, it is accepted in a lot of other Top B-Schools in India such as XIM-B, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras, SP Jain, TAPMI, Great Lakes Institute of Management, and IMT-Ghaziabad.
The pattern for XAT 2017 will be similar to the last few years. It will have four sections: (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (iv) General Knowledge. The marks of General Knowledge will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at first stage of selection.
Are you preparing for XAT 2017? Then you know that XAT 2017 is on 8th of January, 2017, which means not even a week is left! As many geniuses would say, ‘In times of desperation, keep calm’, here are the Top 5 Tips for your Last 5 Days before XAT:
1. One Mock Test a Day
Previous years’ XAT papers are the goldmine of the knowledge that one needs to be confident about this brutal exam called XAT. These papers also help you understand how much time do you need to clear a particular section. Make sure you observe where you are going slow. Take one Mock Test Every day!
2. Know Your Quant
Since you would have prepared for CAT already, you are familiar with the standard sections (Quant, verbal etc.) and how to deal with these questions. Find out what is missing in your preparation in this section by taking XAT mocks. It could be your understanding of concepts or lack of practice. Identify, solve and proceed.
3. For Decision Making, take a Friend’s Hand
The thing about DM questions is that to get them right you need to think from an average or most acceptable point of view. Perhaps your current viewpoint is not as broad or maybe you are not considering a particular perspective. The best way to do so is to solve questions with a friend. You can get aOnce you have the file, sit with a friend who is good with DM questions and solve each question. Read the question allowed and you decide your answer. Once your friend finalises his or her choice, you look at the correct answer. This is followed by a discussion of why the answer is correct. Do this for a few and then focus on the trend of questions that you got wrong. This can be a fun method.
4. Mentally plan about how will you attempt the paper
You must know what are you good at and what are the things that scare you. According to your understanding, you must choose to attempt what you find to be the easiest first, so you get good flow and can go ahead with rest of the exam with a positive mind. Read this answer on how the 99 percentilers prepare for XAT.
5. Must Do’s for the General Knowledge Section
We know that GK scores are valid in the GD-PI and hence we need to focus on that too. You must know about whatever the world has seen in the past 6 to 9 months. Whether it is Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest or the Dalit Agitation Movement, Trump’s victory in US Presidential Elections, the extreme war in Aleppo or Modi’s Demonetization; you must have a hang of all of it. Give an added priority to Economics and Business related facts. Know what happened in 2016: Yahoo was bought and for how much, who took what ministry when the ministries were shuffled and what was the battle between Cyrus Mistry and Tata about. In static GK part, focus on awards, books & authors and geography.
6. Crack Verbal like a Boss
Reading Comprehension is an intrinsic part of any Verbal Section examination for MBA. You don’t need a separate preparation for XAT if you have practised sufficient RCs for CAT/GMAT. RCs are standardised and on multiple topics. Solving 50 good RCs and previous year questions are good enough. Usually, 4 RCs are asked and 1 or 2 may be short in length but tricky.
The remaining section shall have 2-3 questions on para jumbles, 2-3 on completion of sentence, 3-4 questions on critical reasoning. These are standard questions and 1 month of practice from any standard material is good for scoring well.
There can be 1 question on the essence of a poem or 1 on pronunciation which can be solved if you are a regular reader. Leave it if you can’t figure it out.
In the end, do not be insecure. Be happy with your kind of preparation and go ahead. If you sit and compare with others, it will only make it difficult for you. Smile and go for XAT 2017- May the Odds be in your favour! Fulfil your XLRI dreams!