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XAT 2018: 30 Days Preparation Tips and Strategies

Updated On - October 5th 2017

Xavier Aptitude Test ( XAT)  conducted by  Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) every year  as an entrance examination  for admission to various   post graduate programs in management  in a number of reputed management institutes all over the country. It is considered as the next big examination MBA aspirants. The preparation for XAT 2018 is almost same as that for IIFT, CAT, CMAT and NMAT etc .However there are some exclusive sections in XAT which h are to be focused in particular to get a good score. These sections are Essay Writing, Decision Making and General Awareness . Proper strategy and clear concepts is the key to crack XAT 2018. If a student has the hold of the basic concepts, a proper and thorough study of 30 days is sufficient to score good in the test. Given below are the 30 days preparation tips and strategies for XAT 2018.

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30 days preparation tips and strategies for XAT 2018

The candidates who have  already prepared well for CAT/CMAT and other similar exams  and  have good  hold of the basics ,need  a preparation of month only  before the conduction  XAT. Given below are the expert tips and strategies to crack XAT 2018:

 Clear and brush up the basic concepts – The clear concepts and practice is the key to crack the XAT 2018.Candidates must brush up the basics of Quantitative Analysis, Verbal, and Logical Reasoning etc. If the candidate has already appeared in the various MBA entrance exams like CAT, IIFT, NMAT etc, he/she must already be well versed with this sections. 

Extra focus on the exclusive sections – In XAT paper there are some exclusive areas apart from the English Language & Logical Reasoning, QA and General Knowledge sections. The exclusive sections in the XAT paper are Decision Making and Essay Writing. Candidate needs extra efforts and a special preparation strategy for these two sections. 

Practice Essay Writing - This part needs to be prepared well. Candidate is suggested to read the newspapers regularly and follow the current trends. Candidate should practice writing the essays within time limit. This section mainly focuses on the language skills, thought process involved, the spectrum of ideas, and the knowledge of the candidate pertaining to the topic. Having a good knowledge about all the contemporary issues will give you an edge over other candidates.  Therefore, reading newspapers, particularly the editorial columns, is highly recommended.

Solve and analyse the previous year’s XAT question papers and appear in the mock tests: Candidates can appear in the online /offline mock test series and know about their preparation status. Solving the mock test series ensures time-management in the exam and helps in the confidence boosting to crack the exam. Candidates are also suggested to go through the previous year’s question papers / sample papers of XAT exam. Doing this will be quite beneficial to the candidate. Her/She will get to know the question paper pattern, level of difficulty in different sections of the examination and all the important concepts that are asked in the examination. Candidates

Refresh your Mathematical skills: Candidates are advised to keep a good hold of the Higher Math topics like Calculus, Functions etc.  From the analysis of the XAT papers, it has been deduced that the XAT is also becoming more logical test like the CMAT and CAT. However, there are some topics such as Geometry and Number Theory, Remainder Theorem and Conversion of Base System, Data Interpretation etc in which the level of difficulty of the questions is quite higher than that in the CAT.


Note: Check your Preparation with XAT 2018 Sample Papers

Section wise preparation tips for XAT 2018

There are five sections in the XAT paper. Each section needs focus and balanced preparation to crack the XAT 2018. The section wise preparation tips are given below:

Quantitative Ability 

  • The main key to beat this section is the practice.
  • Candidate should go through the basic mathematics topics which they have studied from class 5 to 1o.
  • Solve 20 Quantitative questions in at least 5 sets a day.
  • Find your problem areas and determine the areas that need to be worked upon. Solve the questions on those topics till the topic is clear to you. 

English Language & Logical Reasoning 

  • Reading and practicing is the main key to score well in this section.
  • Vocabulary areas & the Reading Comprehension questions are weighing more and are mostly inference based. Therefore to perform well in this section  focus on improving your vocabulary skills .This can be done by reading books like Barron’s Dictionary to name a few, Word Power by Norman Lewis, etc.
  • For Reading Comprehension, keep reading the different writing pieces like, news or article, fiction or non-fiction stories etc.
  • For mastering the Verbal Ability area, start reading the standard blogs and sites .Candidate is suggested to read   one business and national news   blog daily.
  • Student ought to make sure to read the things which interest him/her.
  •  For Logical Reasoning aspirant should try to develop an analytical thought process and thorough practice.
Note: Check XAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

Decision Making 

This is the unique section in the XAT paper. This section needs extra emphasis. The preparation tips for this section are given below:

  • Candidate must have great reading speed to solve the questions in this section.
  •  Candidate should have a good logical approach and a clear view & understanding of the situation to solve this section.
  •  Therefore a candidate having a combination skill of Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning tend to perform well in this   section.

General Knowledge 

  • Candidate should have the knowledge of current issues of Business, Economy, Sports, Politics, Trade and International Bodies etc.
  • Candidate should follow the top happening stories. 
  • Candidates can enhance their general knowledge by reading the newspapers and magazines.


For this section, candidate will be given a separate paper and time duration of 20 minutes duration. The essay should be of 200 - 300 words only .The tips to score well in this section are enlisted:

  • Candidate is suggested to read the newspapers regularly (mainly the editorial column) and follow the current trends.
  • Candidate should practice writing the essays within time limit.
  • Candidate should have affair knowledge about all the important and latest happenings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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



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