Generally, candidates start preparing for XAT after the conduction of CAT. You will have approximately 40 days to prepare for Xavier Aptitude Test. Thus, candidates wonder if the preparation of CAT is enough for XAT. The first question that comes to your mind must be “Is XAT more difficult than CAT?” Yes, if we see the difficulty level and type of questions in XAT, we can say that XAT is difficult in its own terms. Thus, you should not take it lightly and prepare for it as soon as possible.
The Decision-making section is the main hurdle to cross in XAT. Moreover, the type of questions is also different in XAT. The questions are generally complex in the paper. In, XAT you may even find poems in reading comprehension. Even Data interpretation is quite tricky and calculation intensive. Thus, after considering all these factors you must give appropriate time for XAT preparation.
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How to prepare for Xavier Aptitude Test?
The only preparation you need to do for XAT is the decision making and the general awareness section. Rest of the sections are more or less similar to CAT. In terms of attempting the question paper, there is no sectional limit in XAT when compared to CAT. So, you can attempt your strong section first and then move forward for other sections.
|Part||Section||Total Questions||Time Duration|
|Part A||English Language and Logical Reasoning||72||170 min|
|Part B||General Knowledge||25||35 min|
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How to Prepare for XAT English Language and Logical Reasoning?
Most of the questions in this section are mostly inference based. The passage questions are quite tricky as well and options are very to each other. The major topics in this section are
- Para Completion
- Fill in the Blanks
- Error Correction
- Critical Reasoning
- Para Jumble
- Reading Comprehensions
- Vocabulary etc
To prepare for this section, improve your passage reading and grasping speed. Improve your vocabulary and grammar. Questions in vocabulary are also very confusing, you must know the difference between synonyms, homophones etc in terms of their contextual usage. Read grammar basics of phrasal verbs, tenses thoroughly.
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How to Prepare for XAT Decision Making?
The key to crack this section is to understand the passage carefully. Understand it and then start attempting questions. While doing a question, think about what would you do if you are in a place of a manager. You need to answer by considering the ethical value also. In calculation based questions, find a feasible solution to all the stakeholders mentioned in the question.
- Case Sets
- Data Arrangement Sets
- Analytical Reasoning
Moreover, the best way to practice for this section is the previous year question papers. Even if you practice last 8 year papers, then you will get the basic idea of how to attempt the decision making questions. You will not find as such books on DM for practice in market.
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How to Prepare for XAT Quantitative Ability?
The questions in XAT quant are little tricky. For this section, improve your basics to attempt quantitative ability questions. If you have prepared for CAT quant questions then it will be easy for you attempt questions in XAT.
The Data Interpretation in XAT is also calculation intensive. You can guess the difficulty level similar to IIFT questions.
- Speed and Distance
- Profit and Loss
- Statistics and CAT Topics
Practice for XAT from previous year question papers. It will help you to know the difficulty level of questions papers. Give mocks regularly and increase the frequency with time. In the exam, focus more on accuracy and try to maintain of 90% to score good percentile in XAT.
How to Prepare for XAT General Knowledge?
The questions in this section are mostly one-liners. You can attempt atleast 50% of them if you are updated with current affairs of last 9 months. Keep track of the latest happening nationally and internationally. You must read topics from politics, sports, awards, Filmfare, Oscars, economy, technology, business etc. Also prepare for static GK from books like Arihant, Lucent etc.
- Nation and States
- International Relations
- Awards and Recognitions
- Merger and Acquisitions etc.
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How to Prepare for XAT Essay Writing?
For this, you must practice writing essays on the variety of topics. Moreover, write on a desktop or laptop only. As slow writing speed can also consume your time in the exam. Read a variety of topics and pick one topic daily and write on it. With time you will know how to gather the ideas and present your views. Try to bring a perspective of all the stakeholders in a situation or a problem. For example Social, Political, Economic, Law, Technology etc impact.
XAT Previous Year Essay Topics
- Can ethical values and sustainability coexist?
- Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist!
- Technology and nature are natural enemies.
- Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply. The most beautiful things in life can not be seen or touched with hands; they can only be felt with the heart.
- Corruption is the root cause of the economic slowdown in India.
- Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed need.
- The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of riches; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
- The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery.
- Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.
- India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.
- More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities.
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