Know all you can about the XAT test pattern so that you can succeed in the exam!
"The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers." Brian Tracy
The first step towards passing the XAT is to know about the structure of the exam and its the marking guidelines.
In the past, XAT exam pattern underwent some changes, including the essay section returning in the second section of the exam. This is why it is essential for applicants to be aware of the current XAT pattern prior to beginning their preparation.
In this post, we've described in detail the XAT paper pattern , along with the most important points to consider when creating your strategy for preparation.
XAT is a computer-based exam that lasts around 190 minutes. It is composed of five parts designed to assess the ability to manage of applicants. A MBA applicant must be able to make decisions, resolving conflicts and communicating ideas, and understanding information quickly. The XAT test is the most important requirement for gaining admission to several top B-schools. It isn't easy to score a good score without an organized strategy in advance. Therefore, you should be familiar with your XAT pattern and the format.
|Number of Sections||5|
|Sections|| *Part 1: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making; |
*Part 2: General Knowledge, Essay Writing
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Duration of the Test||190 minutes|
|No. of Questions|| Verbal & Logical Ability: 26 Questions |
Decision Making: 21 Questions
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation: 28 Questions
General Knowledge: 25 Questions
Essay: 1 Question
|Marking Scheme|| 1 point is awarded to each answer that is correct.|
0.10 marks are taken off after each 8 attempts to answer.
Negative marking for each incorrect answer will be 0.25 marks.
There isn't a negative marking in Part 2.
Note: There are no sections limits to Part One of XAT 2023. However, the total time allowed in XAT Part 1 is 165 minutes while Part 2 is required to be completed in just 25 minutes. Also, keep in mind that the score you score in Part 2 impacts your MBA admission, even though it's not included in your overall XAT score.
Here are our top suggestions to devise a strategy for the XAT test:
* All sections must be treated with equal importance since it can result in a the highest sectional as well as overall scores. This is due to the fact that you are required to pass each of the general and Sectional cut-offs in order to be admitted into the best B-schools.
* Because the degree of difficulty is quite extremely difficult, you have to determine the duration of every section (of Part I) thoroughly.
* One of the distinctive features of XAT is that it contains the section called Decision-making which assesses a student's ability to pass the MBA by tackling various management-related issues. This section must be handled with care as the answer choices for XAT are generally challenging.
* Regularly practicing Mock Tests is essential for better performance in all sections.
* Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension are the most important areas of the Verbal & Logical ability section. It is suggested to help students develop their vocabulary as well as grammar concepts to be able to master these subjects.
* A solid conceptual foundation in Geometry and Number System Probability, and DI along with a strong application orientation is essential to crack Quantitative Ability as well as the Data Interpretation Section.
* It is essential to keep up to date with the latest and static GK. Planning an agenda of events that have occurred in the last six months is crucial as is focusing on books, awards, authors as well as geography will help keep your focus on static GK. Apart from that, learning about these topics can also assist you in writing better essays.
* Achieving the perfect equilibrium between speed and accuracy is all it takes to be successful in XAT.
Finally, you need to solve the past year's papers for a better knowledge regarding the XAT exam structure and difficulty.
XLRI Jamshedpur runs the XAT for the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT is among the most challenging entrance exams for management and is passed by over 90,000 hopefuls each year. It takes place during the month of the month of January every year. The scores of XAT are accepted to be used for admission into MBA/PGDM programs provided at the 11 XAMI member institutes and 83 associate institutes and 600+ B-schools.