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XAT Topper Tips by Aditi Srivastava

Updated On - August 28th 2019By - Karishma Khatri

Aditi Srivastava, XAT 2018 topper, proves to be a perfect example of someone who fulfilled her dream by believing in herself. In such a little preparation time, Aditi dedicated herself completely to her XAT preparation. Apart from this, Aditi also balanced her preparation with her regular course studies. Aditi gives all the credit of her success to her parents. When it comes to her preparation strategy for XAT, she started her preparation with self study and then joined a coaching institute. Her success in the examination is a motivation for lakhs of XAT 2020 aspirants. Let’s have a look at her journey.

When did she start her preparation for XAT? What was her month-wise preparation strategy?

She started her preparation for XAT from September 2017. In September, she practiced questions based on the subjects of DILR and QA from all the course material and succeeded in finishing all her books in September itself.

In the month of October, she started practicing mock papers and took three to four mock tests daily and devoted the rest of her time to revision.

In November, she revised all her concepts and continued solving mock tests. Just before the examination, she stopped studying and just focused on practicing mock papers.

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What was Aditi’s section- wise preparation strategy for XAT?

She began her preparation for XAT in July 2017 and joined coaching in the month of September 2017. During the process, she dedicated herself completely to her preparation and devoted most of her time to studying and solving question papers. She said that she studied the course material of her coaching and also focused on solving mock tests side by side.

Her section-wise strategy was as follows:

QA – She timed herself for all the questions that she solved from the practice tests and also indulged in solving section-wise mock papers that were available on the official website of the coaching centre.

VA – Her interest in reading helped with the English section of XAT. She solved an ample number of RC questions from almost each and every book.

DILR – This was the section that she struggled with the most. She solved plenty of questions from various books pertaining to Bank PO and MBA preparation. She focused on finding her strong and weak areas and strengthening her weak areas.

How did she balance her preparation with studies?

She was in her last year of college and her semester exams were scheduled for late December, so she had to manage and finish all her syllabus within a month. It was pretty difficult for her but with the help of her classmates and teachers, she managed her studies by studying around 6 to 7 hours a day.

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What was the one thing that she did consistently during her preparation?

Aditi constantly remained in close contact with her family and also focused on giving mock tests on daily basis. She said that her parents kept her motivated at the time of her preparation. Other than this, she regularly gave mock papers without fail and studied regularly.

Study Material Suggested by Aditi Srivastava

The study material suggested by Aditi Srivasava for the preparation of XAT is tabulated below:

Name of the SubjectSuggested Book
Verbal and Logical AbilityWord Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Objective General English by Dr. R.S. Aggarwal and Vikas Aggarwal
High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin
Quantitative Analysis and Data InterpretationQuantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Guha Abhijit
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Arihant
General KnowledgeNewspaper and Magazines, previous year papers etc.

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