XAT 2018: Being together Your CAT Preparation with XAT Exam

Last Updated - March 10 2018

XAT which is prominently known as Xavier Aptitude Test is scheduled to take place on January 08, 2018, right after CAT, which is scheduled to take place on December 4, 2017. XAT Exam is the second largest national level management entrance test after CAT. Management candidates striving to get admission in top B schools can target XAT to get admission in XLRI and other top 140 B-schools. This will not only help the aspirant to improve his/her CAT Score but will also improve your XAT Results.  Since, both the exams have a gap of just one month, management candidates are suggested to prepare for both in a synchronization.

XAT is a national level examination, which will be organized by XLRI Jamshedpur. It is a traditional paper-pencil based test. XAT examination provides admission to the selected aspirants in the post-graduation courses of management studies.

Comparative Analysis of CAT 2017 and XAT 2018

This year for CAT Registration, the number went up to around 1.5 Lakh which is assumed to be followed by XAT Registration to be around 1 Lakh. XAT Exam Format will have a time period of three and a half hours with a lesser amount of questions to solve whereas CAT Exam Format will be of three hours period with more number of questions to be attempted by the aspirants. If we compare both exams, XAT 2018 has an upper hand, as XAT has more to provide against CAT, this year. Recently, XAT has introduced more aspirant friendly changes in the traditional paper pen-based exam and some changes were also introduced in its exam content, to make XAT Exam Format, more student friendly. Also, there is a number of B-schools accepting XAT Scores than the number of B-schools accepting CAT Scores.

There are different top management schools which accept both CAT and XAT scores. However, aspirants who are ready to get admission in top B schools are preparing for both exams so that they do not skip the chance to get a high score in either of the exams.  B-schools like SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, BIMTECH are few of them which accept scores of both exams.

XAT 2018 Syllabus

The aspirant must know the XAT Syllabus before attempting XAT Exam. The entrance exam consists of two papers. Also, the exam is held in one session for which the period is 3.5 hours. Below is the bifurcation of both papers, which an aspirant can consider: XAT will consist 5 sections in two papers.

Paper 1: XAT Paper 1 constitutes objective type questions based on the English Language, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Judgment Making. Paper 1 of XAT is allotted 3 hours for attempting these multiple choice questions.

Paper 2: XAT Paper 2 consists of general awareness questions. There is no negative marking in this section. There will be a total of 30 questions with half an hour of time allotted to this paper. Unlike Paper 1, Paper 2 is a subjective paper. This paper generally comprises of two sections namely General Awareness and Essay writing.

Read More About XAT Earlier Year Exam Analysis

Common Preparation Topics for XAT and CAT

In the hustle bustle of getting admission in top management schools, aspirants often tend to forget that while preparing for CAT, they can simultaneously prepare for XAT exam too. In accordance with expertsโ€™ remark, if an aspirant analyzes the expected performance in CAT and then appear for the mock tests of XAT, the aspirant can ensure good score in XAT Exercise Papers. The planned preparation strategy to attempt CAT Exam will certainly boost up your morale to take XAT 2018. And, believe us, you don't have to get out of your way to prepare for XAT as preparation topics for CAT and XAT are nearly same.

What an aspirant needs to do is judicially utilize the opportunity and keep in sync the stock of preparation. This will increase the aspirant's preparation by scoring well in both exams.

Topics like Quant, Verbal, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are common to both exams. Preparing for these topics strategically can do wonders and will help you score maximum in both the exams. Recently, after the introduction of Non-MCQ's in CAT, which will not be a part of XAT exam format can also ensure a high percentile in XAT 2018. You should be handy with these preparation topics as only these can help you to increase your performance level for both exams. If an aspirant analyses himself to get 70 on a scale of 100 in CAT exam, then an aspirant can surely score 100 in XAT, considering the changed XAT Exam Format. The right approach and proper amount of preparation is the key.

But, the additional sections which are certainly not a part of CAT exam and demands your extra attention for XAT exam are Judgment Making and Essay writing sections. The scores in section, namely, verbal and Logical Ability, Judgment Making & Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability; will be used to prepare the merit list for shortlisting the aspirants at XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME, Great Lakes, LIBA among other highly ranked B-schools. All the questions in these sections will be in MCQ pattern.

The similar type of questions in all the above sections mentioned, which an aspirant will attempt in XAT can also be attempted in CAT, by providing an edge to management candidates who are planning to attempt both the exams.

Though we told you about the sections which are similar in both XAT and CAT exams, now we will give you some tips on attempting sections which are not in sync with CAT exam. XAT exam has two additional sections namely, Judgment making and Essay writing, which an aspirant required to ponder on while preparing for XAT exam. Below are the tips and tricks to crack both sections, wisely

Decision-Making Section

Tips for Preparing Judgment Making Section

Judgment making section comprises various categories, namely:

  • Number System
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Probability
  • Mixtures
  • Geometry
  • Arithmetic Sequence

How you can attemptJudgment Making Section:

For judgment making a section, candidates are advised to exercise their judgment making skills comprehensively. Fickle minded nature of yours may land you in a problem. The section will comprise an amalgamation of various questions based on Tables, Caselets, Probability, Linear arrangements, Blocks, Puzzles and sequential arrangements. This is the easiest section out of all the sections. The aspirant can score well in this section by using common sense. So, a complete and dynamic approach is essential.

Essay Writing Section

Tips for Preparing Essay Writing Section

Essay writing is something which we have learned and been practicing from our school times. If you are a pro at writing, then you donโ€™t require to worry about this section as this section will give you brownie points only, but if you are not that good at writing, we will help you with some guidelines which will certainly give you an edge over other to complete XAT 2018.

How you can attempt Essay Writing Section:

The topic for this section are basically abstract or are based on a common phrase or an idiom. For further helping, the participant is offered with an implied philosophical hint, which serves as the base for building your essay. No proper guidelines can help you to crack this section, but an aspirant can work on his/her thought procedure by writing them down on paper. This will surely help the aspirant to attempt essay writing section with a proper attitude. 


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