XAT 2020 Xavier Aptitude Test
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XAT 2020 Preparation Tips

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on September 30, 2019

XAT Exam is not tougher than CAT, it's almost same as CAT.

Here are some of the quick Preparation Tips: 

  • XAT is not a tougher exam than CAT, it simply requires a different mindset.
  • Keep the different sections of the exam in mind and check the XAT Selection Procedure properly.
  • It is a pen and paper test, there are no individual section time limits. Make sure you give enough time to your core strength areas so that you can score more.
  • Do not spend excessive time on GK questions and be ready to leave the questions you are unsure about. Guesswork in this area can be risky.
  • XAT Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning is the toughest part of the paper.
  • The kind of questions that are asked is Ethical Dilemmas, Financial Case Studies, and General Management Circumstances.
  • The answers should be well-thought out logically, without favoring anyone and no bias can be incorporated at arriving at a decision.
  • The Important Areas for Quantitative Ability are Geometry, Number Systems, Probability and Functions.
  • General Knowledge was initially introduced in 2013. Out of 30 Questions, 12 were on Current Affairs and 18 on Static General Knowledge.
  • XAT 2020 is being conducted on 5th January 2020.

Know more about XAT Syllabus

The main objective of the XAT Examination has been to test the comprehension skills of the candidate, logical reasoning and also the capacity to make the right decisions. XAT Examination would be conducted in an online mode. The total duration of the examination for a total of 215 minutes. (3 hours and 35 minutes). XAT Examination would be divided into 2 parts – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Paper 1 comprises of 3 sections namely:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

Paper 2, on contrary, consists of one section:

  • General Knowledge

In Paper 1, only Multiple Choice based questions are asked while every question carries 1 mark. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks shall be deducted.

The section-wise XAT Preparation Tips are as below:

Verbal Ability section tests the candidates on their English comprehension skills. The questions would be based on the following type of questions:

  1. Analogies
  2. Correction of Sentence
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Para Jumble

Some of the tips mentioned below can be followed by the candidate to prepare for XAT.

Vocabulary Skills

  • A strong vocabulary always makes it easy for candidates to prepare for any section of the XAT.
  • The candidates can begin their reading habit from articles in the newspaper and magazines.
  • They can later then move on to reading columns, editorials and non-fiction work.

Reading Skills

  • Candidates should work on becoming an avid reader.
  • In the event of a fixed time schedule with less scope to spend on deliberation, good reading speed will enable them to understand and comprehend subjects in a better way.

Grammatical Errors

  • A lot of questions in this section, would be related to the identification of grammatical errors and correcting them.
  • It is always important for a candidate to know the exam rules and solve the questions right.

Know more about XAT Exam Pattern

XAT 2020 Preparation Tips for QA and DI:

In this section, candidates would be tested on their numerical ability. The questions would be asked from topics like – Probability, Statistics, Graphs, Speed and Distance.  The useful tips are some of them are as listed below:

Beginning with the basics

  • For competence in the QA and DI section, the candidates should be sound in the basic concepts for the XAT examination.
  • Prior to moving to advanced questions, basic and simple questions are required to be practiced by them.

Consistent Practice

  • Consistent Practice is what always works in the case of sections involving numbers.
  • The candidate gets more familiar and comfortable with solving questions pertaining to numerous concepts and also improves his comprehending ability in the event of facing lengthy questions.

Shortcut Formulae

  • By learning shortcut formulae or subjects like Vedic Maths, a candidate essentially becomes more rapid at calculations that can save a significant amount of time in attempting the paper and increase his rate of attempts.
  • People good at numbers over a longer period of time owing to exposure and practice always have that competitive advantage.

XAT 2020 Preparation Tips for Decision Making:

Herein, usually, a case study is presented to students on the basis of which candidates would be required to answer questions on the same. Some useful tips for the same are detailed below:

  1. Logic: While Logical Ability is purely centered on applying practical logic, true to its name, Decision making differs in the context of making a candidate apply logic in a given circumstance. The information should be logically interpreted by candidates to arrive at a good decision.
  2. Question Type: The questions in the section can be passages with single or multiple questions. A keen student doing this section would ideally be looking through the sets and identifying the one he is most familiar with. He would then start working on the same with immediate effect.
  3. Previous Year Question Papers: Practice of mock and previous year question papers always improve the ability of the candidates to understand the pattern of the exam in a better way and attempt the same. The thinking approach required for the Decision-making section can be bettered only by constant practice.

XAT 2020 Syllabus

XAT exam is a pen and paper based examination. XAT exam pattern has four important sections. The sections are: Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK and Essay

It is crucial that aspirants are well aware of the complete syllabus to prepare strategically and obtain a good score. Here is section- wise topics and subtopics that need to be prepared for each section:

Quantitative Ability:-

  • Elementary Mathematics 
  • Arithmetic: - Number System, Ratio, and Proportion
  • Additional Topic in Arithmetic: - Problems on Trains, Clock and Calendar, and Mixtures and Allegation
  • Unitary Method: - Time and Distance
  • Commercial Maths: - Profit and Loss, Interest
  • Geometry: - Triangles, Circles
  • Mensuration 
  • Algebra: - Permutation and Combinations, Sequence And Series
  • Trigonometry: - Heights and Distance
  • Linear Programming 
  • Coordinate Geometry: - Cartesian Plane and lines
  • Probability 

Data Interpretation:-

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

XAT is an online test consisting of two papers

Paper I: It is an objective type paper covering three sections- Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making.

Paper II: This paper comprises of General Knowledge and Essay writing questions.

Sections Time Allotted

Paper 1: Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making

 170 Minutes

Paper 2: General Knowledge and Essay Writing

 35 Minutes

XAT Exam pattern

The time duration for completing the three sections and general knowledge is 210 minutes

Details on the marking scheme:

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