XAT GD & PI is the last test you have to go through to begin classes at your desired XLRI college. Two rounds are conducted by participating institutions; XAT Group Discussion and Personal Interview does not require a lot of theory preparation, but it takes a lot of practice if the participants have poor interpersonal skills. XAT 2021 PI Slot Booking for GMP shortlisted candidates is open on the official website. Use the direct link given below for PI Slot booking.
XAT GD & PI tests the candidate in a number of ways such as communication skills, confidence, speaking and interaction skills, leadership qualities, and management abilities.
Candidates who clear these rounds will have their names displayed on the final merit list. It must be noted that all XAT institutions do not have the exact same counselling process for XAT.
XAT GD & PI Highlights
- XAT GD & PI is usually conducted after the results and XAT Cut Offs have been announced.
- XAT Selection Process is done in two steps: Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
- XAT Group Discussion is done in groups of 8-15, whereas XAT Personal Interview is done one on one.
XAT 2021 will be conducted on Jan 3, 2021.
XAT Selection Procedure 2021
The selection procedure varies as per the participating institute and it tests the overall abilities of a candidate. Based on XAT Selection Procedure, the institute will decide if a candidate is suitable for admissions or not. The process will be in two steps which are as follows:
- Group Discussion
- Personal Interview
The process for each XLRI program is explained below:
Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Management (PGDM-BM)
- Stage 1: Shortlisting based on XAT score
- Stage 2: Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The GD typically lasts for 30 minutes, with 8-10 participants.
Post Graduate Diploma in Management- General Management (PGDM-GM)
- Stage 1: Shortlisting based on XAT or GMAT score.
- Stage 2: Personal Interview (PI), in person, or over G-Talk/ Skype for overseas candidates.
PGDM (BM), Part-Time (JSR)
- Stage 1: Shortlisting based on an aptitude test (which consists of class 10th level questions on quantitative ability, English language skills, and logical reasoning). Candidates may be required to provide the scores of credible MBA examinations in which they may have appeared.
- Stage 2: Personal Interview (PI) at XLRI Jamshedpur
Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Global MBA (PGDM- GMBA)
- Shortlisting based on XAT or GMAT score.
- Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).
Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Human Resources Management (PGDM- HRM)
- Shortlisting based on XAT score.
- Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The GD typically lasts for 30 minutes, with 8-10 participants.
Once these rounds are completed, the total score for final selection is calculated on the basis of weightage given to several assessment components such as XAT score, GD, PI, Essay Writing, past academic records, work experience, and overall profile of the candidate.
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XAT Group Discussion Tips and Tricks
XAT Group Discussions is an integral part of the selection procedure of XLRI. The candidates are divided into groups of 8-15 participants, depending on the number of candidates shortlisted and the number of GD rounds in total that the institute wishes to conduct. Each group is then given a topic which the participants are required to discuss. The time limit for each GD is about 15-25 minutes.
The topics of XLRI GD could be related to current affairs, politics, social issues such as women’s rights and emancipation, or any other issue concerning advertising, technology, education or business in India.
Preparation for XAT Group Discussion
- Be a good conversationalist and a Team Player
Group Discussions are all about your ability to work well within a group, and your ability to work with other individuals. Every person has to eventually work within groups, and being a good conversationalist will be extremely helpful in that regard. Participate in the conversation of the group, discuss your ideas and opinions on the subject and add to it. You can practise by participating in study circles, preferably in real life but online study circles also works fine.
- Work on Leadership Skills
Another thing that the interviewer looks for in every candidate is their ability to lead. Some individuals are natural leaders and assume a dominant position in most group settings. If you have a different personality type, do not worry. Leadership is a skill like any other and can be worked on. Take on more projects, at work, school, college or any other social setting. Work on delegating tasks and mediate any group conflicts.
- Practise Public Speaking
Some individuals have great difficulty when it comes to speaking in public settings, and this can be a huge impediment when it comes to group discussions. Again, like any other skill, it can be improved with ample practise and some patience. You can start by taking up more opportunities for public speaking and eventually you will not feel any fear while speaking in public. You can also start by speaking onto a mirror.
- Be a Good Listener
This is one aspect that many individuals gloss over when it comes to preparing for group discussions. It is absolutely crucial to be a good listener. When you make other people feel heard in a group setting, you are also improving your rapport within the group. You can also add to their ideas and this will benefit you greatly in the eyes of interviewers. You have to submit a summary of the group discussion towards the end, so it will help in that regard too.
- Dress Well and Personal Grooming
Dressing well and looking attractive can result in a huge difference in other people's perception of you. Dress in professional attire for the group interview. Regardless of your gender, a fitting pair of pants and a well ironed shirt with a matching pair of shoes and belt can work wonders. Personal Grooming is also extremely important, do not step into the center with unkempt hair or a scraggly beard. Look neat and tidy.
- Work on your Body Language
Practise open Body Language, as people might not be as receptive to you otherwise. Do not fold your arms or put your arms back. Maintain eye contact with other individuals but do not stare. Do not appear too relaxed either, maintain professional decorum at all times. Remember that being too cavalier can reflect poorly on you.
- Be Respectful
This is crucial regardless of the situation, but always be respectful. If someone from the group disagrees with you do not react defensively or attack them. Have coherent, well worded and respectful arguments to your rationale and convey them properly.
XAT Personal Interview Tips and Tricks
Personal Interview (PI) has questions about the candidate’s background, academics, achievements, and motivation behind going for an MBA.The interviewers intend to gauge the candidates on their communication skills, content, confidence, and ability to think under pressure.
Preparation for XAT Personal Interview
- Be Confident
This aspect does not come easily to everyone, and growing confidence out of nowhere is not possible. However, something that a lot of individuals swear by is to feign confidence - fake it till you make it. Just start speaking under the assumption that you are indeed confident in yourself even though you might not be.
- Work on Public Speaking
As with Group Discussions, you need to work on your public speaking skills and improve them to perform well in the front of a panel of individuals. While it will be very intimidating, once you have a bit of practise speaking in large groups it will take some edge off.
- Listen to each question carefully
Sometimes the interviewers ask questions that can be hard to decipher in the moment, so always listen carefully when someone else is speaking. Do not speak over them, as it leaves a very bad impression. Wait for your turn to speak, and if you did not hear something ask for clarification.
- Do Not Argue with the Interviewers
This is important advice as some individuals have a tendency to be argumentative. Even if you are completely sure that the Interviewer is wrong or you disagree with their opinion, communicate it in a non threatening and respectful manner.
- Manage your Anxiety
Anxiety can come in various forms especially during interviews. Practise deep breathing and grounding techniques before the interview. If you need clinical intervention, make sure you consult a licensed professional;.
- Present Yourself Well
Dress Well, and be well groomed. You do not need to look excessively good looking, just make sure you look presentable.
XAT GD & PI FAQs
Ques: When is XAT 2021 counselling expected to start?
Ans: XAT 2021 counselling is expected to start in the month of February 2021.
Ques: XAT 2021 counselling will be held in which mode?
Ans: XAT 2021 counselling will be conducted in online mode only.
Ques. Which books can you refer for XAT GD & PI?
Ans. The best books for XAT GD & PI are as follows:
- The Pearson Concise General Knowledge Manual – 2015
- Crack – GD / PI / WAT for MBA Admissions
- Manorama Year Book 2015
Ques. How many times can one attempt XAT?
Ans. There is no restriction on the number of times a candidate can attempt the XAT paper.
Ques. Who do I have to contact if I have questions regarding my XLRI Admission?
Ans. You can contact the admissions desk through the following information:
The Chairperson Admission, XLRI
Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur-831001
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.