Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is conducted by XLRI School of Business and Human Resources for their business management and human resource management courses. XAT scores are also used by many other B-Schools of the country for providing admissions to management courses.
XAT is scheduled for Sunday, January 8, 2012. You must have started your last minute revision till now. Minglebox will help you revise the paper pattern of XAT once more:-
XAT Paper Pattern:
XAT is a paper-pencil test of 2 hours duration. XAT 2011 had 101 questions as compared to XAT 2010 which had 104.The question paper consists of 3 sections followed by a 20 minute open ended question on a topic, with topics ranging from those of social relevance to abstract topics. The three sections are:
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability
Analytical Reasoning and Decision making
There is a negative marking system where 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer, 0.20 marks are deducted for first 5 wrong answers and 0.25 marks are deducted for subsequent wrong answers.
Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR):
This section is very much similar to verbal ability section of CAT however difficulty level for XAT exam is considered to be higher. This is because of the complex language, confusing topics for reading comprehensions and surplus questions based on inferences and verbal reasoning.
Quantitative analysis (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI):
The difficulty level of this section is moderate; however QA and DI section 2011 proved to be full of surprises for XAT applicants. Students need to practice various data representation forms. Even though this section consists of tough questions, there are enough easy to moderately difficult questions for students to attempt. The only task is to find them.
Logical Reasoning (LR) and Decision Making (DM):
Decision making section is one of the unique sections of XAT. The decision making questions in XAT are relatively easier and can be easily attempted. The section is meant to test the business insight of students and decision making abilities on ethical and professional front. Students can expect real life business case studies. You need to know the common business terms and application of reasoning in complex business situations in order to answer the questions. The paper may consist of some of the most difficult questions so the students are suggested to be very alert while making the choice of questions.
Open Ended Question:
This is an essay type question. The essay topic in XAT 2010 was, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs but not every man's greed” whereas in 2011 the extract given was "wealth of nations". Students are required to give relevant and logical answers by quoting examples from professional or business world if required. Students should spend couple of minutes in framing their answers before jotting it down.
Last Minute Tips:
Practice: Practice, Practice and Practice are the only key to success. Students are suggested to practice XAT papers of atleast last 5 years in real time situations. This is surely going to help you in main XAT exam.
Analyze your performance: After practicing the mock test papers you should do a SWOT analysis where you analyze your strong areas, weak areas, areas which required more time to solve, high time consuming but could not be solved. This will help you to plan a proper strategy and study accordingly and also improve your time management.
Reading habit: In order to attempt the open ended question, students should indulge in reading diverse topics daily. The topics can be related to philosophy, economics, psychology, political science, law, life sciences and anthropology. This will also help you to enhance your reading speed. Also go through the financial reports, business articles and blogs. This will help you to solve DI and DM case lets in short span of time.
Stay Healthy: A healthy mind delivers healthy thoughts. So do not over strain yourself because stress and nervousness can spoil your hard work. Have confidence in yourself and give your best in the examination hall.
Wish you good luck!!