The next big thing in the world of Indian MBA entrance exams after the CAT is Xavier Aptitude Test, or the XAT. If you are seeking admission to the Xavier Labour Research Institute (XLRI), XAT is the exam that you must appear for. Apart from XLRI, several other premier B-schools of India such as SPJIMR and TAPMI also accept the XAT score for admission to MBA programmes. So, let’s find out all there is to know about the XAT MBA entrance exam including eligibility, exam pattern as well as preparation tips for the exam.
What is the XAT?
The XAT is conducted by XLRI on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). The XAT exam score is accepted by more than 150 B-schools.Approximately 1 lakh students appear for the XAT every year. The exam is conducted in an online mode, in the month of January every year.
Why should you take the XAT?
There are two big reasons as to why the XAT is a must-appear exam for MBA aspirants seeking admissions to the top MBA colleges of India. The first is the acceptability of the XAT score. The exam allows you to apply to more than 150 institutes for admission to MBA programmes. To name a few, renowned MBA institutes such as XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, LIBA, TAPMI accept the XAT score.
The second reason for the popularity of the XAT is that it gives MBA aspirants a backup plan, in case they don’t perform well in the CAT. This savesa year for the candidates and gives them an opportunity to seek admission to B-schools which accept the XAT score.
Who can appear for the XAT?
In order to appear for the XAT, you must hold a bachelor’s degreeinany discipline. The final year students who are expecting their results can also apply and appear for the XAT. Aspirants pursuing professional courses such as CA, CS or ICWA can also register for the XAT. Surprisingly, age is no bar when it comes to the XAT.
How to register for the XAT?
XAT follows an online registration process, which means that the application process has to be completed through the online mode. In order to complete the online registration process, you will need a scanned copy of your passport size photograph, signatures, and academic documents along with personal, academic and work experience related details.
To apply for the XAT, you can visit the official website of XLRI i.e. www.xatonline.in and click on the ‘Register’ option. Follow the steps mentioned on the websiteto complete the registration process. You mustprovide only true information as filling wrong or incorrect information can lead to your disqualification from the admission process.
What is the format of the XAT?
The XAT is a three and half hours exam that is conducted in two parts. In the first part, aspirants face questions from three sections i.e. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal and Logical Ability section, and Decision Making. In part one generally, 75 questions are asked, although the proportion of questions may vary in each section. Exam takers are expected to complete this section in atime span of 170 minutes.
The part 2 of the XAT consists of general knowledge questions and essay writing which needs to be completed in 35 minutes. For essay writing, candidates have to draft an essay on a given topic, while for the GK section, 25 additional MCQs are to be answered.
As far as the marking scheme is concerned, one mark is awarded for every correct answer, and one-fourth of a mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
How to prepare for the XAT?
Compared to the other MBA entrance exams, the XAT requires a little more effort as far as preparation is concerned. It is because you have to be well-versed with the essay writing section in which topic from any genre ranging from politics, economy, abstract, national, sports or any other can be asked. Apart from this, you also need to prepare for respective sections which include Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Decision Making and General Knowledge.
In Quantitative Ability, questions from topics such as Arithmetic, Algebra and Data Interpretation are asked. The Verbal Ability section comprises of questions from Reading Comprehension, Analogy and Sentence correction. In the decision making section, you will be provided with a general problem from any topic such as Situational Decision Making or Analytical Reasoning. All the questions from the aforementioned sections are in the MCQ format.
So that was all about the XAT! Provided that you put in the required amount of effort in preparing for the exam by brushing up your theoretical concepts and taking sufficient number of mocks, you should be well poised for a good score on the XAT. For more such informative videos on XAT and other MBA exams, stay tuned to jagranjosh.com.