10 Tips to Crack XAT

XAT is an entrance test that is accepted across 100 institutes in the country apart from XLRI that conducts it every year. It is a paper-based test conducted on the first Sunday of the year . The pen-paper exam gets its edge through the section that’s not common to the rest of the entrance exams: Decision Making. The approach to excel in this exam needs to be a little different but the essence of it is more or less the same.

1) The verbal and logical ability section has since always, been majorly dominated by critical reasoning and reading comprehension. Hence, quick reading and comprehension skills need to be developed, which can be done only through practice.

2) For decision making and analytical judgement, you just need to ensure that the decision that you are taking is unbiased. It should not favour one particular party which means that it needs to be ethical and balanced; keeping the perspective of all stakeholders involved in mind.

3) For the aforementioned section, it is also important for you to not lose objectivity in the entire process and to not let your own biases cloud your judgement.

4) Quantitative ability and data interpretation require what they need in any other entrance exam; strong conceptual base and good application orientation.

5) Environment plays an important role in XAT because the general knowledge section is majorly based on economics and business related facts of the current time. Apart from current events from past 6 months, it is essential to brush up knowledge on books, prizes and awards.

6) The second additional section that XAT has, that CAT doesn’t have, is the essay writing section. Historically, XAT topics have evolved from abstract dimensions; maybe a phrase or a poem with a deep psychological connotation attached to it. Read newspapers like The Hindu to become comfortable with a gamut of topics which could come for the XAT essay writing section.

7) Unlike MICAT where creativity is analysed, for XAT, the ability to provide logical arguments overpowers anything else. It is important for you to develop coherence of thoughts by reading and practising.

8) Speed and accuracy form a major part of any entrance exam that is testing your managerial skills. Ensure both.

9) Time Management and Prioritisation are the key contributors to success. Hence,they should be developed accordingly, both while preparation and while giving the test.

10) Practice so well to figure out how much time you need to clear cutoffs of every section. Because ultimately that’s what matters.

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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.


Strategy for XAT

XAT or the Xavier Aptitude Test is organized by XLRI (Jamshedpur), every year. XAT scores are applicable to the admission processes of around 100+ colleges.

In terms of difficulty levels, XAT is considered to be the toughest of all MBA Entrance exams.


Students, who have studied for CAT, might find XAT to be along similar lines. Like CAT, you need not be a mathematical wizard, or an expert in English, to crack XAT.



XAT 2016- Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, is one of the biggest national level MBA entrance exam aspired by majority of the MBA aspirants. The Xavier Aptitude Test is an all-India test conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) as an entrance exam for admission to the post graduate programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India. For more than 60 years XLRI has been conducting Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) at all India level to select the most appropriate candidates for management education. The test score is being used by more than 100 institutes in the country for the admission.