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XAT 2020 Preparation Tips and Important Topics

Updated On - July 16th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

XAT Preparation Tips: The management exam is the second most sought after exam after CAT among management aspiring candidates. So what makes XAT so special, it is its colleges and their ROI. And when it comes to the HR course XLRI is the best amongst 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

XAT 2020 is tentatively scheduled for January 5, 2020 in a single session. For an effective preparation plan, you should be well aware of the XAT 2020 exam pattern and syllabus. Download FreeXAT Sample Papers

A brief about the XAT 2020 exam pattern is given below: 

Section NameMaximum Questions
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation26
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning21
Decision Making27
General Knowledge25
Total99 Questions

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Section-wise Preparation Tips

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: The weightage of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI) is generally the highest in the XAT paper. The difficulty level is expectedly on the tougher side for this section.

  • Important Topics: Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, and Number System must be included in your list of important topics to be prepared for this section.
  • Conceptual clarity is the key to ace this section.

  • Have a pattern to approach different questions. This will be possible once you practice enough through previous year question papers and mock tests. Once you have a set pattern,analyze its effectiveness by solving questions higher in terms of difficulty level. 

  • Learn shortcuts and tricks for calculations. They can be easily found in videos online.

Data Interpretation will be relatively simpler to prepare in comparison to Quantitative Ability. The questions will come in the form of sets.

  • One can practice questions on bar graphs, pie charts, tables, line graphs et cetera.
  • Constant practice is the only key to enhance one’s question solving techniques.
  • One can read analytical articles in newspapers and magazines for efficient interpretations skills.

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning: Verbal Ability is categorized into Reading Comprehension and English Usage:

  • For some people, reading the questions first proves helpful in saving time, find such strategies for you.

  • For Jumbled word problems, try to identify the connectors first and link them according to the paragraph.

  • Improving your vocabulary will enhance and speed up your reading and comprehension skills You can refer to books like Word Power by Norman Lewis.

  • Along with the meaning focus on the usage of words.

The questions in Logical Reasoning are mostly in the form of caselets:

  • One of the important topics is critical reasoning.

  • There is not much study material to prepare from, one has to rely on practice. 

Decision Making: This section will contain questions and problems on various business and everyday situations. These situations will create dilemmas regarding what should be done. And in the solution, the most suitable analysis will be provided which the candidates have to select. 

  • The questions can be related to ethical dilemmas, issues involving sales and other financial conditions, revenue of a company, scenarios of various management issues and of general management.
  • You can practice the questions from previous years’ papers and can also read sample cases on Harvard Business Review website. 
  • After solving the previous year questions, in case your answers aren’t correct, try to understand the logic behind the official answers.
  • A tip to choose the right option is that your solution should be ethical and should benefit most stakeholders.

General Knowledge: In addition to current affairs, questions may come from History, Geography, Science and Technology etc. 

  • Don’t leave out preparation for this section for the last. Some devotion to GK section will reduce the pressure immensely and will also prove helpful in retaining the information.

  • If on some days you’re short on time, you can watch videos that sum up the day’s current affairs, easily accessible online. 

  • You need to have a holistic understanding of subjects like history, geography etc and current affairs related to them. 

  • There is no negative marking for this particular section, therefore, candidates shouldn’t leave any question unanswered in the exam.

Keep practising 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 practised a lot on his weak areas by making handouts and giving tests.

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

Priyajeev scored 99.82 percentile marks in XAT 2013. He says, “practice is the only way to improve your accuracy as the syllabus of MBA entrance exam is quite of elementary level. He advises to the aspirants of XAT to give mock tests as it gives confidence and helps in preparing 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 doing a job simultaneously. But only magic can help you pass the exam without any preparation. He advises the candidates to motivate themselves as there is no bigger motivator other than 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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