Once CAT is done, the focus shifts to XAT because XAT is the next important exam that everyone focuses on. While the toughness isn’t really comparable, XAT has set its benchmark in screening candidates. It doesn’t come as a surprise that, therefore, about 100 B-Schools other than XLRI accept XAT scores. XAT Quantitative Aptitude’s toughness in XAT is considered to be extremely high, with the general consensus being that it is tougher than CAT’s itself. This is because XAT has a lengthy syllabus. Added to this, the weightage XAT gives essentially means that the calculations are going to be lengthier. Unlike most management exams, XAT doesn’t give such an importance to percentages, probability etc. It gives more emphasis to pure maths than business maths. The rough estimate of weightage as understood from the past papers is as follows:
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Tips for XAT Quantitative Ability
Therefore, we can see that topics like the binomial theorem, functions have received more weightage. The problem with topics like Geometry is that there are scores of formulae that you have to mug up to work the topic. Topics like binomial theorem and inequalities require lengthy computations and knowledge of the procedures to work the topics, a lapse in which can result in a wrong answer without even a possibility for reconciliation. Therefore, some things that you should keep in mind are:
Points to Remember for XAT Quantitative Ability
Quantitative aptitude essentially becomes a tedious affair because of all the aforementioned reasons. Students while considering preparation, have to plan it out carefully so as not to waste time working in an unproductive manner.
- It should be remembered that many topics in the list such as functions, geometry, coordinate geometry, inequalities are topics where you can’t even reconcile if your answer is correct or not. You are only as good as your knowledge about procedures in these topics. There really is no substitute for practice here. And nowhere does the need for time management become more apparent than here. With only so many hours in a day, you need to know how to plan your time.
- Simple strategies won’t work out. You can’t plan to say that you’d work for so long on so and so topic. These topics are lengthy. You need to have a dynamic strategy- one that factors in human unwillingness after having worked so many topics. Start off with one topic, understand the basics, get an idea of how much time you’d take on the topic, and prepare a strategy accordingly.
- Time management is of paramount importance. Leave yourself about one or two days a week to revise everything you’ve learnt. Ideally, you should have completed preparation one month before the date of the exam and should be making a revision schedule.
- Basics and formulae are important. There are tons of formulae here that you should take note of. Revise them every moment you get. This doesn’t mean that you should be like one of those Bollywood tropes that sing formulae in the shower. Just ensure you have them at your beck and call.
- Practise your basics more than complex applications. Theorems, procedures are the important ones. Once you’re sure of these, you can move towards complicated applications
- Since all of them are long topics, work on your strengths first. This will boost your confidence as well. Topics like Ratio and Proportions, Progressions are given the least importance. Don’t fret too much about them. Only do them if you’re sure you’ve done the others with a reasonable certainty.
- Mocks are your guide. Do as many as you can. Do sectional mocks and full-length tests. That will help you understand exactly where you stand
Section: Quantitative Section
In this part, we have strategies the question mentioned in the exam. In general, we have 30 question in XAT Quantitative Ability out of which we have somewhat around 35% question of DI.
- Attempt Data Interpretation first as the question would be time taking but are straight.
- Next section should be arithmetic related problem like: time/speed/distance; time/work; etc
- Followed by the Geometry: Mensuration, coordinate geometry.
- Plan to spend around 55-60 mins and attempt 12-15 question and with high accuracy rate.
- Try to attempt more question DI so that if the Quantitative part is tough you can manage the overall cutoff of the section.
While it certainly isn’t a cakewalk, Quantitative Aptitude in XAT requires you to be versed with the tips and techniques that make solutions easier. Focus on shortcuts and their applications. This essentially means additional work, but it is worth it.