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How many questions to attempt to get a good percentile in XAT 2018

Dec 12, 2017 09:25 IST
    XAT 2018
    XAT 2018

    While preparing for CAT exam we all want that ‘99 percentile’ and a call from IIM but there is no harm in considering other good colleges like XLRI, FMS, IIFT etc. These prestigious institutes offer a bright career growth to the MBA Aspirants with a good placement package depending upon the skills and capablities of the candidate.

    XLRI conducts Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) every year to grant admission to MBA aspirants in their MBA programme. The XAT 2018 will be conducted on 7 January 2018. Before you get ready to appear for the next big MBA entrance exam, take a look at the ideal number of questions that you should attempt to score a good percentile. If not CAT, then do not lose hope on XAT 2018. It is one of the most sought after management entrance test of India that gives to an opportunity to interact with the best faculty and alumni.  

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    Scoring 99+ % percentile is not required in XAT…95+ does the job

    Since XAT exam is just 3 months are left, all we need to do is make a strategy to score as much as we can and brush up our knowledge. XAT exam includes:


    Section Name

    No. Of Questions

    Total Marks

    Total Time

    Negative Marking

    Paper 1

    Decision Making



    170 Mins

    0.25 for any wrong answer, 0.05 for more than 13 unattempted questions

    Verbal and Logical Ability



    Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)



    Paper 2

    General Knowledge



    35 Mins

    No Negative Marking




    Essay Writing

    1 essay


    No Negative Marking

    Paper 2 contains both objective and subjective questions. The total duration of the exam is 3.5 hours. Marking scheme for XAT is slightly different from that of CAT and in this exam students have liberty to not attend 13 questions and after 13 each un-attempted question will get you a negative score of 0.05.

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    XAT also considers sectional cutoff so you need to focus on each and every area of the syllabus as being good in English will not save you from the aptitude and scoring good in reasoning cannot compensate for your English score here.

    40-45+ marks can be regarded safe to get you 95+ percentile, but, since percentile depends on the test taken it will vary accordingly

    Key areas to score maximum percentile in XAT Exam are:

    1. Practice more and more mock test to increase speed and accuracy as striking a right balance between speed and accuracy is all that matters to score good in XAT
    2. All sections are equally important so clearing sectional cutoff is mandatory
    3. One should practice critical reasoning and reading comprehensions as they can get you more marks.. do not under estimate this area
    4. Geometry, Number system, Probability and DI is a key to crack QA and DI section
    5. Prepare for static and current affairs for the past 6 months and revise them so that you can retain at that very moment

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    XAT is entirely different from other top MBA Exams. So make sure to prepare with the appropriate strategy. XAT challenges and questions your logic at each and every level. You will find questions with very close options to make your job more difficult to choose the appropriate answer. If you have a clear mindset and can think logically this is one of the easiest exams to crack.

    Attempting 16-18 questions in each section with great accuracy will get you a good percentile in the exam. We hope that these tips will land you up with a finest score in the XAT 2018 attempt that will further help you get admission in XLRI.

    Wish you Good Luck for XAT 2018

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