Xavier Aptitude Test, commonly known as the XAT exam is a national level entrance exam held for students aiming to pursue management courses for their post-graduation. The exam is conducted in the first week of JanuaryI and is organized by Xavier Labour Relations Institute, popularly known as XLRI on behalf of Xavier Association Management Institute or XAMI.

Every year approximately 90,000 candidates apply for the XAT Exam to secure admissions in the prestigious Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) of Jamshedpur or 150 other popular B-schools across the country. Notably, in 2018, the XAT exam went online for the first time in 19 years.

XAT 2020 is a direct gateway to secure an admission into XLRI Jamshedpur, one of India’s leading management institutes. To ace XAT 2020, you must first be aware of the syllabus and exam pattern of the exam.

XAT 2020 is basically a computer-based test which can be divided into two parts:

  • PART – A: This part consists of MCQ questions. The topics covered in this part are English Language and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative Analysis.
  • PART – B: This part is all about General Knowledge.

The marks are distributed among each section as follows

Quantitative Ability and Data interpretation271 mark for each correct answer.

-0.25 marks for any wrong answer.

-0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions.

Verbal Ability and Logical reasoning26
Decision Making21
General Knowledge25

XAT exam, though, is a more difficult exam than the CAT exam, however, a good preparation and hard work makes all things possible! Here, we make it all the more easy for you by sharing with you 10 magical tips to help you ace the XAT 2020 exam.

1) Firstly, let us take a look at the Quantitative Ability section. In this part the questions have mathematical approach. To crack them you need to work on your Arithmetic, Number System, Algebra, Geometry and mathematical Reasoning. For practicing, you can refer to your CAT 2019 Study Material or Test Gym Adaptive. Or you can pick your old math companions which are your 10th and 12th math books. Just try not going beyond the advanced level.

2) For your DI or Data Interpretation, there are 15 topics of 27 marks. The difficulty level of this section is generally high, and an accuracy of 70% is considered good.

3) In Verbal Reasoning and Logical Ability, the questions are mainly from Critical Reasoning, Para Jumbles, Sentence Completion, Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension or unseen passages. The passages given are not lengthy but have few complicated words which are difficult to understand. To tackle the same, all you need to do is strengthen your vocabulary and this can be done by reading more and more effective books, newspapers and editorials, because the more you read the more your vocabulary will improve which will aid you in clearing this section with ease.

4) When attempting this section, it will be easy for you if you follow a sequence, like first attempt Para Jumbles, then Sentence Completion, then vocabulary and then you can move to time consuming parts like Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction. This will help you manage your time and you can spare this remaining time for the difficult ones.

5) There will be 26 questions in this section; you should aim for attempting at least 20. And if you are good at English then you have a plus point here as you can attempt all 26.

6) The Decision-making section comprises of some behavioral and mathematical decision making questions. In the behavioral part you will be given a passage. In this, the character will be confused between the choices and you have to make one for it. It is just like the poem ‘the road not taken’. Basically in this area, the examiner wants to check your decision making skills. The best way to answer this question is by elimination method. Eliminate the options which you think is not doing justice to the passage.

7) The mathematical decisions have same solving tricks as those of DI. The questions asked in this part are similar to those of DI or mathematical reasoning. These are time consuming, and therefore you should keep them for last. There are total 21 questions in this area and one should aim for attempting at least 18 of them.

8) Last but not the least comes our General Knowledge. For this section, you need to strengthen your general knowledge and current affairs. For this you can buy GK compendiums, question banks, GK videos. For current affairs, read daily newspapers or nowadays you can even subscribe it in your cellphones, which will take you only 2 minutes to go through what is going around the present scenario.

9) Now this last tip is most important. Stay calm, have faith in your self and answer the questions confidently. Sort the paper according to their time consumption and your knowledge and don’t panic or worry about the result while solving.

10) Last but not the least, success if not final and failure is not fatal. Therefore, you should neither be in the lure for success nor in the fear of failure. Like the famous quote from the movie ‘Nemo’, says ‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!’