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XAT 2019 Preparation Tips and Important Topics

Updated On - December 4th 2018

XAT Preparation Tips: The management exam which is second best soughed out exam after CAT among management aspiring candidates. So what makes XAT so special, it is its colleges and their ROI. And when it comes for HR course XLRI is the best among all. So the main question arrives in a candidate’s mind is how to prepare and give the exam. Like all management exams, there are two stages of XAT viz.

  • Main exam: Computer-based test
  • Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GDPI) rounds for final selection Check XAT Cut off

This year, XLRI has scheduled XAT 2019 for January 6 in a single session. When you start preparing for XAT you will find that the paper pattern is different from every other contemporary management exam. Download FreeXAT Sample Papers

A brief about the exam pattern is given below: 

Section NameMaximum Questions
Verbal and Logical Ability26
Decision Making22
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation27
General Knowledge25
Total100 Questions

CheckXAT Exam Pattern

Section-wise Preparation Tips

So the thing comes how to prepare for each section. Let's talk about Quant and Data Interpretation part first. It is the main part as it contains most no. of questions in exam.

  • Basic part is numerical ability which is based on formulas only.
  • Quant covers basic mathematics topics like LCM-HCF, Simple and Compound Interest, functions, Number System, Speed Distance Time, Geometry, Mensuration, Averages, Permutation & Combination, etc.

So for this, you have to follow this strategy:

  1. Clarify all your basic concepts
  2. Learn shortcuts
  3. Try to under the main purpose of that concept
  4. Give mock test after every topic
  5. Manage the time

Data Interpretation is that part where observation skills play important role.

  • In this section, questions are asked in the form of charts and graph.
  • Main thing for this section is that you have to spend more time in practicing and less during exam.

Tips for DI section:

  • Improve the method of calculation
  • Solve different graphs
Check detailed information and Tips for QADI – Click here

Now we proceed to Verbal Ability section. This section consist of Reading comprehension, Fill in the blanks, analogies, usages, synonyms and antonyms.

Tips for this section:

Reading Comprehension- Try to get the overview of the passage, the every section of paragraph is related to each other so try to develop sense of understanding. While answering and reading the passage maintain the speed. Sometimes it is easy for the person to read the question first and then try to give the answer from reading the particular section of that passage.

  • For this try to develop the habit of reading newspapers first. Then try to evaluate the idea for the passages that what can be asked from that passage.
  • Second try as many as sample passages for the time management purpose.

Vocabulary – Increase your vocabulary part as this will not only helps you in giving answers to the questions but also in the future in communication and understanding skills.

Try to find out the words and their meanings on the regular basis. After finding the meaning use them.

Jumbled Words– For this section try to find out the connectors first then try to link them according to the paragraph. Solve as many examples as possible.

Get complete preparation tips for Verbal ability – Click Here

Now let's talk about Decision-making section. It is most differentiating factor of XAT which makes it special from other exams. Every manager must possess Decision-making ability. And XAT test this ability in the candidates whether they have that intent to be at the managerial level or not.

  • There are almost 20 questions in XAT about from Decision Making ability. 
  • And for this section candidate must have approach of understanding the situation of the paragraph.
  • Candidate must read and analyse the information.
  • Candidates while solving such type of questions are advised to go with the most ethical answer.
For complete Decision Making Preparation Strategy Click Here

Last part of section 1 i.e. Logical Reasoning. To solve any question in this candidate has to apply step by step mathematical procedure to arrive at conclusion.

Strategies to improve Logical Reasoning:

  1. Practice:

Keep practicing as much as questions as you can. Sometimes your attempting speed depends on logic, which is required to solve the question at right time in right way.

Practice will help you a lot to manage time for different type of questions. You will be able to identify what type of question needs how much time.

  1. Categorization:

Classify your problem on time span & complexity level & devote time according to requirement.

  1. Learning:

Do not solve question in a different way anytime you attempting it. Just maintain your own method & stick to that only otherwise you will be confused.

  1. Make Notes:

When you start preparing to make note of those problems which creates issue when you have been solving them.

For complete Preparation tips for logical reasoning for XAT Click Here

Next Section is general section in which two parts are there one is General Knowledge. This section consists of 25- 30 questions in XAT exam. Candidates preparing for XAT general knowledge must read the newspapers daily. There are some current affair books available in the market candidate can grab any of them and read it. 

We also have interviewed various toppers who cracked XAT and secured admission in Top Management colleges in India.

Check How to Crack XAT 2019 with XAT Topper Tips?

Keep practicing and form your own plan says Abhishake Koul

He got 98.4 percentile in XAT 2015 and he says that you have to practice RC, quant and Decision Making.  He says that candidate must give mock papers regularly. He had practice a lot for his weak areas by making handouts and giving test.


Knowledge is treasure but practice is key to it says Priyajeev Kumar

Priyajeev scored 99.82 percentile marks in XAT 2013. He says, practice is the only way to improve accuracy as the syllabus of MBA entrance exam is quite of elementary level. His advices to the aspirants of XAT to give mock tests as it gives confidence and prepare well for the exam.


Be your own motivator says Harish Sankar

Harish Sankar appeared for XAT 2011 and scored 74.5 percentile marks. He says, it is very difficult to manage and give quality time to preparation if you’re working. But without preparation getting passed only a miracle can happen. He advices candidates to motivate themselves as there is no bigger motivator other than you and it is in you. So, be a self-motivator.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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