How to Prepare for XAT 2024: Tips from Toppers

Xavier Aptitude Test 2024 ( XAT )

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XAT preparation has to be mix of concept driven, practice intensive and time sensitive. You need to have complete knowledge of XAT syllabus and be able to solve all types of questions. Know here some topper tips to prepare for XAT 2024.

XAT preparation 2024

XAT preparation is all about understanding the concepts. Once your concepts are clear, a few mock tests will be enough to prepare you for the exam. Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is considered one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India, at par with CAT. It can be described as a mix of concept driven, practice intensive and environment sensitive questions. The unconventionality of the XAT question paper, its unique marking scheme and the number of applicants make it a tough exam to crack. The key to excel in the XAT exam is not only studying from XAT preparation books but also thoroughly understanding the question paper and choosing questions wisely during the test. Read this article for toppers tips on how to prepare for XAT 2024 exam.

How to Prepare for XAT 2024?

XAT 2024 exam will be held on January 7, 2024 so the practice sessions should not be delayed anymore. For cracking XAT exam, it is important to know the fundamentals. Get the hang of XAT syllabus and pattern. There are several topics in the XAT syllabus that you may have studied in school or college. Brush up on the fundamentals of those topics.

But first, let’s understand the exam pattern. The XAT exam pattern is prescribed XLRI Jamshedpur. The question paper is divided into five sections including an essay. Check the sectional break up and marking scheme of XAT below:

XAT sections

Number of questions

Marking Scheme

Decision Making

22

1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

-0.10 marks will be deducted for more than 8 unanswered questions.

Verbal & Logical Ability

26

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

27

General Knowledge

25

Essay Writing

1 (to be evaluated at the time of PI shortlisting)

Total

100

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XAT Exam Preparation 2024

Given below is the brief description of every section of XAT question paper for candidates to have a basic understanding of each. To make a XAT preparation plan, it is important that they know the basics first. 

  • XAT 2024: Decision Making

Decision making section is the most unique section of XAT. It is practise intensive and requires business aptitude for solving ethical dilemmas, financial issues, general management scenarios, company management issues, etc. To prepare for this section, one needs to practice a variety of sample questions. 

Also read: How to Prepare for XAT Decision Making

  • XAT 2024: Verbal & Logical Ability

Reading Comprehension has historically dominated the Verbal section of XAT. The major part of this section is about reasoning skills, RC and vocabulary-based questions, thus requires quick reading and ample mock-test practice to keep up with time and speed.

Also read: How to prepare for XAT Verbal & Logical Ability

  • XAT 2024: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Focus areas in Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section of XAT syllabus are, Geometry, Number Systems, P&C, Probability and Functions. The key here is getting the concepts right, building upon it and applying them accurately. 

Also read: How to prepare for XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

  • XAT 2024: General Knowledge

A lot of stress is on Current Affairs too. The questions range from economics and politics to sports and literature. Reading newspaper regularly and a brushing up of Static GK will help you sail through this section of XAT 2024 exam.

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How to prepare for XAT Exam 2024: Tips from Toppers

Let’s first understand what is the difference between XAT and other MBA entrance exams?

XAT is more inclined towards application than rote learning. XAT exam has a section which is not there in other management exams – Decision Making. This section brings in a measure of creativity and test the knowledge one has built over time and not by cramming. The Verbal Ability section too, has unique type of Reading Comprehension passages including a poem.

Now, let's look at key tips from previous years' XAT toppers.

Siddharth Lilani, XAT 2023, 99.64 percentile

"I believe that every candidate is different and there is no formula to crack any exam or interview. Working hard is definitely essential and so is consistency. But in the end, results matter and how they come becomes less relevant (unless they come from unfair means). So, every candidate must work on developing a process that works well for them - physically, psychologically, and intellectually." Read full interview

Farzan Shaikh, XAT 2021, 99.95 percentile

"I started preparing on my own (thought NITians don’t need help), quants from books like Arun Sharma, Sarvesh Sharma. I solved DM questions in XAT using past year papers. I Solved 3-4 DILR sets daily. Actively read and summarised articles, books and essays from Aeon, The Economist, WSJ, etc. in my own language to improve my reading comprehension." Read full interview

Suresh Jadia, XAT 2020, 99.31 percentile

"I started XAT preparation seriously by mid-August or September and realised that there wasn’t enough time to go through the entire syllabus thoroughly … so I went for the mock analysis approach which means I gave as many mock as I could and invested even more time in analysing those mock."

"I focused more on Verbal Ability and Decision Making for which I developed more of an intuitive approach where in, in RC passages and Decision Making the answers should come from one’s own inference."

Sarthak Kumar, XAT 2019, 99.95 percentile

"My strategy was to solve as many questions as possible and give as many mocks as possible. One thing I always believed was to stick to my strength which was Quantitative Ability. So I focused more on that but at the same time made sure not to neglect the decision making and verbal sections."

"To prepare for Decision Making section, my strategy was to focus on previous years’ XAT questions, I would match the answers with their answer keys and understand the rationale behind those answers."

Aditya Ganesh, XAT 2018, 99.4 percentile

"I decided to take the test quite late so I had two months to prepare, so I decided that I really have to focus on my strengths. I first strategised and covered all the concepts that were necessary for the examination. After that, I focused mainly on practicing as many questions as I could. I created a conducive environment at my home so that I could take a lot of XAT mock tests and using this I could figure out my strengths and weaknesses."

"In decision making you need to think of solutions which are practical from business sense and ethical," he added.

"On exam day strategy, Aditya said, "In a competitive exam like XAT, you need to ensure that you convert all the questions that you know. By maximising all the questions that you know, you can ensure that you can get a good percentile."

Neha Jaggannath, XAT 2017, 98.76 percentile

Verbal Ability section

"For Verbal Ability section, you need to acquaint yourself with reading of variety of articles. Secondly, you could familiarise yourself with basics of Grammar like figures of speech, root words etc. Apart from that solving questions from sample papers or mock tests will suffice."

Decision Making

"Since you don’t have any precedent to follow viz. this section, the key to crack this section of XAT exam is solve as many previous years papers and mock test series as you can, because these will help you familiarise yourself with the kind of questions that are asked which are mostly common sense based."

Quantitative Ability

"Improving your calculation speed is always the key, because it helps in the examination and also improves you mental agility in general. Other than that, keep a note of the important formulae. During the exam, it is important to know which formula to use for which question."

General Knowledge

"I brushed up on my current affairs knowledge. I made sure to keep reading newspapers and apps on a regular basis. Apart from this, there are certain key points about our nation or international world that aren’t really current affairs but topics you should be knowing. So brushing up on some static GK also helps."

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Rajas Yotikar, XAT 2017, 99.98 percentile

“In the last month, there is not much left to prepare. You just have to get in the zone and keep solving the mocks. You don’t have to do anything special in the last one month. In the last month, I stopped solving questions on subjects and switched to mock tests.”

Priyadarshi Dasgupta, XAT 2017, 99.72 percentile

“For the Quant section, my strategy was to read through all the questions once and figure out which questions will take a larger amount of time and which questions I could do quickly. So I would target the questions that I could do quickly first, because that would give me a chance to maximise my score and I would come to questions that required more time.”

“My strategy for Verbal Ability section was to attempt the questions as quickly as possible after one reading then re-read my questions. I found this useful as there were many details that I might have missed in my first reading. So I read them a number of times to catch these details."

"Decision Making is unique to the XAT exam and there isn’t a lot of material to prepare from, so I gave a lot of mock tests in which they would give him sectional cut offs so that he would know my strong and weak areas."

"Keeping in touch with current affairs helped me a lot in GK section as most of the questions were from current affairs."

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Best Books for XAT Preparation 2024

Below listed are some of the best books for XAT exam preparation:

XAT Books

Author Name

XAT XLRI – MBA Entrance exam A/4

Chandresh Agarwal

Target XAT Simplified

Disha Experts

Jabbing the XAT with Solved Papers

RK Jha

Koncepts of Numbers in Quantitative Aptitude for XAT and Other Quantitative Exams

Gajendra Kumar

Solved Papers for XAT

Gautam Puri

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha, Arihant Expert (Author)

Also Read: Best Study Material for XAT preparation

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