XAT 2019 Exam – XAT Preparative Tips


XAT stands for Xavier’s Aptitude Test. This is conducted by XLRI. Additionally, this exam is accepted by about 100 other B-Schools in the country. XAT is different from other exams in that it also has questions based on Decision Making wherein scenarios or case studies are presented and students have to identify the correct resource for the question. The total exam time is about 205 minutes, split into two parts of 170 and 35 minutes. The first part consists of questions on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Decision Making, Analytical Reasoning. Here, we present to you things you should remember both at the XAT centre hall and for subjects. Read the article for some important XAT preparative tips.

XAT Preparative Tips

  • In addition to your exam admit card, carry your original ID card for proof
  •  Do not carry any books inside.
  • The negative markings for unattempted questions will be distributed proportionally across all the sections.
  • Practise a lot. XAT is all about logic and making sense of the concept. Keep your foundations strong.
  • Since vocabulary questions are rarely asked, don’t focus a lot on that front. However, in decision making, logical and verbal reasoning, one needs speed in reading. Ensure your speed is around 300 words per minute. For that, read a lot of articles and editorials, preferably, Economic Times, Business Line or The Hindu. This will give you an idea of what role various stakeholders in various situations play, and how the scenarios play out.
  • Learn to write a lot. Topics in Essay Writing are highly abstract
  • Learn your static GK facts. The remotest might save your day. Revise them as you would revise your mathematical tables.

XAT Preparatory Subject Tips

Verbal and Logical Ability:

  • Critical Reasoning and RC passages have received importance in this area. Pure vocabulary questions are very few in number.
  • Focus a lot on improving your reading speed. It is also important that you comprehend what you are reading and try to figure out the intent and the summary of it to answer the questions. It is suggested that you make tiny notes where you can- either by highlighting the paragraph asked, or making notes along the side.
  • Do a lot of mocks. This will help you gain perspective on tackling this section.
  • As always, while revising, time yourself. Time is of utmost importance. You need to be able to allow yourself some buffer time to deal with the possibility of exam hall stress.

Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning:

  • This is one of the unique features of XAT
  • Focus a lot on economic, business and the like aspects that have a direct influence on managerial aspects. Read editorials in Economic Times, Business Line etc.
  • Since the questions would be based on ethical and financial dilemmas, your answers have to be unbiased and not favoring towards any one party and should make the most sense in the current scenario. There are no two ways to prepare for this section. You just have to read a lot, practise a lot. This is one of the core aspects of management study, and for that, you need sound research background. Therefore, ensure you have enough time to allot for this, and revise this section.

Quantitative Ability

  • The focus is equally spread across business and pure maths. Ensure you finish off your strengths and the easier topics first, such as percentages, probabilities etc.
  • Practise a lot because you need the speed. If you’re still in the preparatory stage, ensure that one day a week is reserved for revising everything you’ve learnt that week

General Knowledge:

  • Check your static knowledge. Even the remotest can help you
  • Keep a knowledge of the background of the dynamic GK you know too. Ideally, you should be well versed with the GK for at least a year prior to your exam. 6 months is crucial.
  • Focus on awards, books, achievements too, especially if they are pertinent in the 6 months prior to your exam

Essay Writing:

  • Topics are highly abstract. They are based on idiomatic expressions with a philosophical touch to them
  • Examiners are looking for not only your writing abilities but for the way you construct your sentences and the coherence of your thoughts
  • Write a lot of sample essays, and get them verified for their content and style. Ensure you have at least 2-3 essays a week for ease of writing, and smoothness in the flow.