Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is considered as one of the difficult MBA entrance exams to crack in India. In some areas it is much difficult than CAT and students find it equally tough like CAT exam. But since last year, the questions have become little easier and now students feel that they can answer more questions in comparison to past yearsÂÂÂÂ papers.
We shall look at the various sections in the XAT.
1. Quantitative Aptitude
Earlier this particular section was full of high order mathematics problems. But since last year the questions seem little easier. Students who prepare for CAT exam can tackle these questions as well. The cut off mark for BM students is 92percentile and for HR students it is a little less.
The questions asked in this section carry different marks for different questions. Students have to be careful in answering them.
2. Decision making and Ethical questions
Handling this particular section is many times trickier for students. There are several answers for a single question. Students should understand the subjectivity of the question and choose an answer which is ethical.
To answer questions in this section a book by name 101 ethical dilemmas is a good option. Students can understand the various types of complex questions by reading this book. You have to start answering by eliminating the wrong options. Such strategies will surely help you in preparing for the unexpected questions. This section is more related to common sense. If you are able to comprehend the questions correctly you will arrive at the right answers.
3. Verbal ability
This particular section was relatively harder in earlier papers. Now the level has come down a little and students who prepare for CAT can answer them.
Things you have to remember
XAT examination is never based on pre-determination plan. It always surprises the students. And it will remain like this in the coming years as well.
Essay in XAT exam is very important. You have to complete it in 20 minutes and is given at the end of the paper. The topics are usually very tough and many students find it very difficult to answer this part. The essay has to be written in 200 words only. You have to look at the given topic from various perspectives. Then only you can do justice to the essay. Introduction can be given in 50 words. Main part of the essay can be dealt in 100 words and another 50 words are for a proper conclusion. The language used in the essay should be lucid and simple.
You have to manage the time taken for the test cleverly. You have to attempt three sections in two hours. It is better if you can write the easier questions first and then move to other ones.
It has around 240 students in the Business Management programme. Almost one lakh students appear for the XAT every year. The XAT score is considered for admission into other colleges as well, which are around 60 in number.
XLRI is considered one of the premium business schools in India along with IIMs. Through XAT the best of the lot are selected for the final interview. It has very good placement cell through which top companies in India and abroad take part in the selection process. Successful students are placed in premium positions with very good remuneration.