Exam Analysis

Mock Tests – Must know facts for an MBA aspirant

As humans, the things we must learn, we do by practicing them. As it is said, ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, and to learn for securing high percentiles top management entrance exam, aspirants must practice from Mock Tests. Mock test plays a vital role to determine the level of preparation for the actual test. It is practice exam or a revision attempt for the studentto prepare for an upcoming examination. After taking a mock test, a candidate can evaluate his performance and check in which areas requires attention and practice.

 Why Mock Test?

A Mock test is the most effective method of evaluating your current preparation level and re-strategize your future preparation plans. It also makes you familiar with the type of questions which might appear in the actual MBA entrance examination. If you solve past 5 years’ questions of CAT, you have high chances to crack the exam with a good percentile.

Also, If you are taking a mock test in a proctored environment, it will make you familiar to, the exam taking strategy and the time management as required for the exam day. It also will expose you to the stress and exam environment you may be exposed to on the actual D-day.

Therefore, every candidate should expose themselves to full-length mock tests in proctored situation.   After Identifying and rectifying on your weak areas and being fully prepared,one canattempt the exam with confidence. Mock. tests must be an integral part of your preparation strategy. You must start taking them at least 2 months from the test.

Mock tests tell candidates which topics they have already mastered. They can then direct their learning to other areas and spend minimal further time on the topics they already know.

 Give sectional mock tests

Since CAT 2016 will have three sections with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes, it is important to strategize Mock tests in such a way that you complete one section before time. Mock tests will let you check your sectional preparation, and will let you get familiar with the changes.

Analyze your strong and weak sections

Mock test will make you analyze which is your strong and weaker section. By knowing this you will be able to focus more on your weak section. You will also be able to know which section you must attempt first in the actual test, to save time and energy for the difficult section.

Keep buffer time

When you start preparing for an exam through a mock test, it is important that you keep a minimum of 20 minutes’ buffer time to finish the test. Keeping buffer time in the mock test will let you know your time management strategy. Also, practicing the test with a buffer time will give you ample of time to complete the exam on the actual test day.


XAT 2017 First Cut Analysis



XAT has always known to be a difficult exam with tricky questions and time consuming unlike CAT. However the paper was easier than always. The number of questions being reduced was good for the students to have better have attempts, as XAT has always been an exam to be tested with the skill of leaving out the difficult questions and focusing on High Accuracy.


Good attempts with 85-90% accuracy would enable to meet XLRI Expected Cut-Offs

Sectional Analysis:


Strategy for XAT – Decision Making

Decision Making has been a regular part of XAT in recent years. It is asked in the form of passages that are followed by one or more questions pertaining to it. The answer options to these questions are pretty close and you will be compelled to think twice, before answering the question.

In the past few years, XAT has seen an increase in the number of questions on Decision Making. This makes Decision Making an important factor in clearing percentile cut-offs. Unfortunately, a lot of students don’t know how to prepare for this section, and end up with low scores for this section. Lack of Knowledge and a lack of time invested in preparing, are the reasons for low scores in Decision Making.