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XAT Preparation Tips by Prajeev Kumar

Last Updated - October 06, 2016

Priyajeev Kumar got 99.82 percentile in XAT 2013. He took admission in XLRI Jamshedpur. He appeared for 2 GDs and 2 PIs which are conducted as part of the selection process for 2 courses offered at XLRI- BM and HRM courses. He also gave CAT and SP Jain Management Exam. He discussed his strategies which were stated for preparing various sections for XAT:


Verbal and Logical Ability: This section can only be mastered with regular practice and undertaking a lots of sample tests.
Verbal Section has a number of reading comprehensions and so one should have a good habit of reading and comprehending articles from various fields.
Quantitative Aptitude: The Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude section is basic mathematics of class X. But the problems here test the basic concepts involved. The best strategy should be to pick the right questions. One should not target to solve all the problems rather pick the ones which he is confident of solving or are from his strong areas.
Mocks play a vital role and more time should be devoted in analyzing the solution of these problems.


General Awareness: A MBA aspirant must be aware of the latest happening in field of business. One should subscribe to online websites which provide latest news. This helps in being updated with the latest developments in the field of business. At the same time other areas should also be followed to tackle this section. Also usually the cut off for this section is quite low and so students must not attempt unsure questions resulting in negative scores.

Essay: Essay has become more important over the year in XAT. One should take this section seriously as well and not just write anything in the essay. Although they may not have weight in deciding the cut off but may play a vital role in the final selection of the candidates. So a proper structure must be followed in writing the essays with emphasis on the content.

We had a fruitful discussion with her that would help all XAT Aspirants students in different prospects of exam. We have tried our best to entertain all your queries.


Ques. How was your experience in Interviews?

Ans. Interview experience was quite nice. It covered a wide range of areas from subject related topics to technology to general MBA related questions to politics etc
As I had prior work experience so there were many questions related to my work like how does a smart phone work, what is the technology behind capacitive and resistive touches.
Other general questions asked were - Why MBA, Why Now, Why from XLRI etc.


Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?

Coaching ClassesNCERT text booksOnline Study MaterialCoaching Study MaterialMock & Sample Test PapersStudy GroupsSubject Wise ClassesSelf-Study
ModerateModerateHighModerateVery HighVery HighHighVery High

Ques. Name the Coaching Institute you joined and its Role in your Story?

Ans. As I was a working professional I did not join a classroom program. I subscribed to test series from Times group. My most of the preparation was done online.

Ques. Rate the Role of you Coaching Institute (Classroom or Online) in cracking XAT?

Ans. 8

Ques. How did you manage your XAT preparation along with your Graduation studies/working hours?

Ans. I prepared for the XAT exam during my work. Most of the preparation was done online. There are plenty of resources which are available for free on the internet. Online test series also played a vital role during the preparation

Ques. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?

Ans. I faced issues of accuracy in Quants section. Practice is the only way to improve accuracy as the syllabus of MBA entrance exam is quite of elementary level.
Another area of concern was the decision making section as the questions here are quite subjective and one is never sure of the answers. But again a lot of practice papers can make it easier to crack this section.


Ques. What is your Five Point Rule to excel XAT 2016?

Ans. 1) Practice and Practice lots of mock papers
2) Do not try to answer all the questions, Accuracy is more important
3) Select the right questions
4) Time Management as every section has a cutoff
5) Do not panic if the paper is tough as it is for everyone

Ques. What Mock Papers did you take?

Ans. I practiced mock papers from Time test Series. There are many online free Mocks available on various websites.


Ques. Websites you followed regularly for practicing sample papers and get updates?

Ans. I only followed Test Funda, Times and Carrier launcher.

Ques. Share your thoughts on the Strategy for the aspirant who is starting two months before the exam.

Ans. 2 months for preparation is a very less time but you can compete in this much time also. Firstly, it is very important to brush up the strong areas and if still the time remains then move to the weaker part. Take as many as mock tests as possible. Giving mock tests will give you the confidence and prepare you well for the exam.


Ques. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

Ans. I am more than happy to have graduated from a college of the repute of XLRI.

Although there is always a scope for improvement and in my case, it would have been trying to improve accuracy in the quants section.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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



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