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How to Crack XAT 2019 with Topper Tips?

Last Updated - August 16, 2018

Xavier’s Aptitude Test is the national level management entrance exam held for admission into MBA and PGDM programs. Every year around 1 lac candidates appear for the exam. It is a gateway to the premier Xavier’s institutes and 140 other business schools of the country. XAT 2019 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on January 06, 2019. The registration for same will start from August 20, 2018 to November 30, 2018. 

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The exam is based on Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Decision Making, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Essay Writing Skills. The duration of the exam is not an easy nut to crack as it requires a lot of practice. But along with the knowledge and practice, this exam also requires a razor-sharp strategy during the preparation phase and on the exam day as well.

Most of the candidates are not able to devise a proper strategy to tackle this exam. They fail to understand that how they prepare for the exam, which is easy to understand and time-saving. To ease your preparation journey, we bring XAT preparation strategies for students who have achieved success in this exam.

Here are some of the XAT topper tips, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Anish Narula, 99.96 percentile

Anish Narula cracked XAT 2017 with flying colors, achieving a really admirable percentile of 99.96 in the exam. Anish says that your temperament is a very important part of XAT preparation as well as the execution phase.

Anish left his job for MBA test preparation and allotted proper time to each section. As VARC was his strength, he said that his strategy was to score as high as possible in this section. Anish also appeared in CAT and scores a 98th percentile. However, after CAT, he shifted his focus completely on XAT and was taking a mock every week to prepare for the exam properly.

ReadXAT Verbal Ability Preparation Tips

Anish also joined Career Launcher’s Night Classes for XAT. He said that although he didn’t attend much of the classes, but said the Gejo Sir’s lectures on Verbal Ability were very helpful. Also, Decision Making is just like a RC, if you are good at RC, you can easily crack DM as well. Anish also recommended solving previous year question Papers as possible.

Kunal Chaudhary, 99.97 Percentile

Kunal Chaudhary, after having 5 years of experience in Software Engineering, appeared for XAT 2017 and truly rocked the exam with a 99.97 percentile. Kunal had a well-established strategy for all parts of preparation, which helped him a lot for cracking the exam.

For QA, Kunal suggests one should be very clear with basics. Notes should be prepared and proper analysis of questions should be done. Looking for better methods and adapting newer methods to solve questions is always better. For LR, DI and DM, he suggests that one should be good in playing with information mentally. For VARC, which was his weakest area, he read newspapers daily, adopted books like Word Power Made Easy and English Made Easy. However, his focus was to do vocabulary and inference based questions rather than grammar based.

Read How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for XAT?

For exam day, he said that he devoted 45 minutes to each section, and rest of the minutes to maximize his score, for which ever section possible. He suggests a golden 10 second rule for attempting the exam, which means that in 10 seconds you should be able to decide that whether a question is attemptable or not. He also suggests that it is very important to keep calm during the exam.

Preetam Modi, 99.88 percentile

With 28 months of work experience as a Software Developer, Preetam Modi appeared in XAT 2017 and secured a brilliant 99.88 percentile. After securing a seat in one of the best business schools in the country, Preetam shares his preparation strategy as follows –

Preetam says that Decision Making can become the most scoring section, if you answer the questions with an ethical viewpoint. To master this section, Preetam practiced a lot and said that he tried to understand the explanation of each incorrect question he did.

While QA and DM were more of a cake walk for him, VA was always his weakness. For this section, he had pre-decided to target only specific areas and prepared himself to keep calm during the exam.

Preetam started in September and had appeared for CAT as well. His CAT Result was also a commendable one, a 99.46 percentile.

Reeka Choudhary, 99.85 percentile

Being a fresher, Reeka Choudhary appeared in XAT 2017 with her complete preparation and secured a 99.85 percentile in the exam, and successfully secured a seat in XLRI.

Reeka’s preparation plan was simple yet effective. She solved as much as past XAT Question Papers as she could, to expose herself to all possible types of questions. While verbal was her strength, she did not find Decision Making simple as she had no work experience and thus zero exposure to such real life situations. For QA and DI, she says that practice is the key. She put in a lot of hardwork and practice for these two subjects, to ace XAT.

As part of her exam attempting strategy, she says that she started with the section that consumed maximum amount of time. After going through this, she answered the other sections with good amount of confidence. To prepare for GK section, she read newspapers daily, to make sure that she stays in touch with what is happening around the world.

Read XAT 2018 General Awareness Preparation Tips

Akshit Soni, 99.9 Percentile

Starting his preparation in December, Akshit scores a scintillating 99.9 percentile in XAT 2016, to get admission in his desired business school XLRI. Let us read his preparation plan –

Before directly moving on to learning concepts, Akshit went through the past year papers to have some familiarity with the questions. He was strong in quants, so it was not much of a worry for him. On the other hand, he was weak in English. For this section, he tried to focus more on non-RC questions, like Statement conclusion and parajumbles. For decision making, Akshit suggests that no single source is enough. In this section, he did not target too much of attempts, as his focus was more on accuracy.

As far as his attempting strategy is concerned, he started with quant and spent 50-55 minutes on it. After spending similar amount of time on DM and LR, he kept 45 minutes for VARC section. Again, as mentioned above, he first targeted non-RC questions, then move on to shorter passages, and tackles the larger passages in the end.

In the end, he says that keeping cool always remains important. Selection of questions is more important than having extensive knowledge. He calls this an attitude test, rather than an aptitude test.

All the XAT Toppers mentioned above had a strategy of their own, but one thing that is common to all is their calm and composure on the exam day. After all the hardwork you put-in for several months, make sure that you do not mess up things on final day. To avoid such things, mocks and practice are best sources. Prepare well and get your dream b-school through XAT 2018. Good Luck!

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.



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