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HOW TO PREPARE FOR XAT
- August 13, 2021
- Posted by: elanwp
- Category: MBA Entrance Exam Blogs
XAT 2021 exam is scheduled for January 3, 2021, in a computer-based test mode. With exactly a month to go for the XAT exam, it is time to focus on the last month’s preparation. By now XAT 2021 aspirants must have completed the syllabus and must be feeling confident about conceptual clarity viz. every topic of Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. In this last month, spend time practicing XAT mock tests, revising key topics, and memorizing static GK. Read this article to get tips on XAT 2021 preparation in the remaining time.
There will be four sections in XAT 2021 i.e. Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. The preparation strategy for XAT 2021 in the last month should be based on how the XAT syllabus have you covered so far.
MBA aspirants must also be appearing for other MBA entrance exams which are scheduled around XAT 2021 such as CAT, SNAP, IIFT exam, etc. If yes, then all you need to do is make XAT specific study plan but if you are appearing for only the XAT exam and haven’t started preparation yet, you need to start now. Each minute is valuable for you. Here we have mentioned tips to prepare for XAT 2021 in one month.
Key Focus on XAT 2021 Exam Pattern
XAT is mainly a test of decision-making skills, calculative skills, cognitive ability, language comprehension, and general knowledge. XAT has a unique section – Decision Making. Since not must study material is available for this particular section, preparation for this section is based on past year question papers only.
XAT does not have a sectional time limit. However, the slightly unconventional marking scheme of XAT makes it difficult to score well in the exam.
XAT 2021 Exam Pattern
|Sections||Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge|
|Test duration||180 minutes (flexible for all sections)|
|Questions||Decision Making: 22Verbal and Logical Ability: 26Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: 27General Knowledge: 25|
|Marking scheme||One mark allotted for each right attempt in all sections every wrong attempt, there is a deduction of 0.25 marks there is a deduction of 0.05 marks for a group of 8 unanswered questions there is no negative marking in the GK section|
XAT Preparation for GK and Decision Making
Decision Making and General Knowledge are exclusive to XAT. Thus, candidates who are also appearing for other MBA entrance exams need to focus specifically on the preparation of these two sections. Other sections i.e. Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation are common to CAT/MAT/SNAP/CMAT/IIFT. Read some key tips for Decision Making and General Knowledge preparation:
General Knowledge: For the GK section, stay updated with current affairs. Read news around International affairs, politics, economy, sports, trade as well as Science, Sociology, etc. daily. If you are not preparing for this section thoroughly or on a monthly basis then it is better to catch up with major events and achievements in the last month before XAT 2021. Give preference to annual or bi-annual business magazines of GK yearbooks. In the XAT exam, the GK section is the easiest and least time-consuming. It carries 25 questions and not more than 15 minutes should be allotted to solve this section. Aim for at least attempting three questions or more in a minute to save maximum time.
Decision Making: This section is based on different situations and logical reasoning. To score maximum marks in this section, without wasting much time, it is advised to put all data in the most logical and ethical manner, including CSR, transparency, legal and other aspects of corporate principles. To excel in this section, it is advised to take up business case studies and previous years’ XAT questions papers for this section. The section comprises 22 questions based on paragraphs and passages with multiple options and candidates have to decide the correct answer based on the situation. Most of the questions are related to business decisions. Study all about business terms, types of markets as well as about business authors, corporate books, theories, and practices to ace this section.
Revision and XAT Mock Tests
The last month of XAT 2021 preparation should be utilized with maximum focus on revisions, mock tests, working on strengths and weaknesses. Just because Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Logical Ability are common sections in all MBA entrance exams, candidates must not risk losing marks in these sections due to lack of practice. The more you practice sample questions and mock tests, the more the chances of developing speed and accuracy. Maximize your scoring in all four sections to achieve a good overall XAT percentile. Taking XAT mock tests regularly will gradually help in understanding and interpreting complex questions of Decision Making, Data Interpretation, and Logical Ability effortlessly. With XAT mock tests, candidates will learn tricks to attempt questions, evaluate the time spent on each section. They will gain confidence when mock test scores will show improvement. It is a way to get a real-time exam experience.
Helpful Tips to Prepare for XAT 2021
Remain calm and stress-free because if you put yourself under any stress due to lack of practice or competition then it can hamper your self-esteem and test-taking skills.
It is best if you practice all previous years’ questions papers, to sharpen your skills for each section. Time management is the key and you can focus on managing time for each section and also, consider not falling into the trap of tricky questions and ending up wasting time. If any question takes more than the ideal time then skip the question even during the mock test (only then you’ll actually be preparing for XAT 2021). There will be a deduction of 0.05 marks for a bracket of eight unanswered questions, therefore do not risk your valuable time for tricky questions.