How do I crack XAT exam and what are the list of resources:

Apr 13, 2019 by


XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national level entrance exam organized by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admissions to management programmes at XLRI and other XAT participating institutes. It is an online exam. The XAT exam is going to be held on January 5, 2020.

Exam pattern:

The aggregate marks in XAT exam are 99 for 99 questions divided into four sections. The correct answer will be awarded +1 mark each and for each wrong answer -0.25 marks will be deducted. The duration of XAT 2020 is 3 hours.

Sections Number of questions Overall time duration
Part 1 MCQs 74 questions 165 minutes
Verbal and logical ability 26 No time limit
Decision making 21 No time limit
Quantitative ability and data interpretation 27 No time limit
Part 2 MCQs 25 questions 15 minutes
General Knowledge 25
Total questions part 1 and 2 99

Preparation tips:

The XAT exam can be cracked by following the tips given below:

  • The candidates should first familiar with the exam pattern, like the number of sections, topics covered in the sections, type of questions, etc.
  • In verbal and logical ability section, reading comprehension and critical reasoning are the important ones.
  • The Verbal and logical ability section is designed to test the candidate’s comprehensive skills and use of appropriate words in the context.
  • The candidates have to build the word power and understand the use of them in the proper context.
  • Read newspapers, magazines, novels for improving language skills.
  • Practice reading passages quickly focusing on the important words and phrases.
  • Solve the grammar questions and arrange the lines logically.
  • Decision making, is one of the key skills in B-schools for testing students testing potential.
  • Decision making and analytical skills are tested by this section. It’s a mix of behavioural, mathematics, and managerial questions.
  • Solve many problems in the DM section to without been biased
  • In general awareness or GK section, the candidate’s awareness of the current situations is tested.
  • Read newspapers daily and take a note of it.
  • Know about the national and international events relating to business.
  • In quantitative aptitude, the candidate’s ability to solve mathematical problems and to get insight from bars, charts, graphs, etc.
  • First start preparing the easier sections, and then move on to the weaker sections.
  • Time-management is probably the most important aspect. One should keep up the time and practice a lot.
  • Learn the short-cut techniques to solve the problems faster.
  • Make note of the formulas and revise them often.
  • Don’t learn any new topics at the last minute.
  • Take mock tests often to analyze how far you have studied.

List of resources:

Books for references for the XAT exam:

Books for quantitative aptitude XAT:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Exam by Arun Sharma.
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT for admissions into IIMs by Sharvesh K Verma.
  • Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams by Abhijit Guha.

Books for verbal ability and logical reasoning XAT:

  • Logical reasoning for CAT by Nishit K Sinha.
  • How to prepare for logical reasoning for CAT exams by Arun Sharma.
  • Logical reasoning and verbal ability for CAT exam by Nishit K Sinha.
  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal.
  • Logical reasoning and verbal ability for CAT and other MBA exams by TIME.
  • Barrons dictionary.
  • Word power by Norman Lewis.
  • Composition and high school English grammar by wren and martin.
  • 30 days to a more influential or powerful vocabulary by Norman Lewis and Wilfred Funk.

Books for data interpretation XAT:

  • Data interpretation for CAT exam by Arun Sharma.
  • Data interpretation for CAT exam by Nishit K Sinha.

Sample papers and e-books are also available for XAT exam preparation. Section-wise preparation strategy and topic-wise preparation will be extremely helpful and it will give an idea of what to focus on.

Check also blogs and apps for the preparation as online materials are available abundant and easily accessible. The XAT apps are available in all androids and IOS platforms. It will be very useful for the candidates to crack the exam in the first go.

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