Tips for XAT
The XAT (Xavier Aptitude test) is conducted at the national level as an aptitude test by XLRI (formerly Xavier Labor Relations Institute), a business school based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. This entrance test is used by XLRI and other highly reputed institutions that include the Xavier Institute of Management and Goa institute of management. Apart from XLRI, more than 60 other reputed institutes accept XAT scores. The XLRI has about 240 seats in its flagship Business Management (BM) program and Human Resource Management program, it has another 120 seats in the 15 months full time residential General Management Program. The XAT is similar to CAT (Common Admission Test) however candidates taking the XAT were surprised to note the differential marking (1mark to 5 marks and a max of 252), they were also found giving reviews that the XAT was tougher!
XAT is a three hour long exam and is divided into an initial section of two hours and twenty minutes. It consists of multiple choice questions that tests, quantitative ability (mathematics), verbal ability (English), and Data interpretation/ logical reasoning skills and a final section on General Awareness questions and an Essay question. The CAT has no Essay question or General Awareness questions, and this is what makes the XAT different. XAT 2015 is to be held on the January 5 2015 and the latest date to apply was 22nd November, 2014.
TIPS for XAT 2015
XAT exam needs a high level of focus like any other management entrance test, however, I cannot emphasize more on the need for strategic planning. Take the exam as a real test of your management aptitude and the biggest and the first step in management, is planning and strategy. If you do not have a strategy to prepare, then the preparation will not lead to a solid good score, the result will show the lack of planning and focus. XAT is the last management entrance test to take place in the year, which means more often than not, most candidates have already had a flavor of other tests such as the CAT, SNAP, CMAT etc. Use this to your advantage, if you wish to do well at the XAT, make sure you take all the other tests before XAT to get some real practice and experience.
Some tips I would like to share for XAT Success are:
• You need for strategy and stick to it. Don’t lose focus, don’t deviate and please feel free to let friends and family know that you are on a plan and you need their support.
• Don’t go with your mood. Don’t start with sections you wish to start. Analyze your results from other management exams or mock tests to identify your weak areas and start working on those.
• XAT is different from other exams as it has two additional areas, Decision making and Essay writing. DM is not a tough section to score, but you need to practice so getting some. Get old question papers, and get enough practice as this is something you didn’t do in other exams.
• To score in the General Awareness section, you need to make sure you live in the real world, read real news, current affairs, online international and national blogs, see everything that happens in the business world.
• Essay writing may come across as a basic section, however, it is not and needs utmost attention to ensure what you write is crisp, to the point and within the topic. It is easy to get into the essay writing in school mode. Stop yourself and stay focused. Read business essays, subscribe to business news journals and read, read, read. The more you read, the more and better you will have to say.