30 Days to XAT 2013: Expert tips on preparation strategy
XAT 2013, the MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, is just 30 days away. This article describes section-wise preparation guidance as shared by experts.
Apart from the change in pattern which will be functional from the year 2013, XAT has three sections – Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making.
First let us have a look at the first section, Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability.
The common topics of the section are functions, trigonometry, geometry, coordinate geometry, equations, maxima & minima, permutation & combination, number system, series, logs, clocks & calendars, data sufficiency, probability, compound interest, progression, integration & differentiation, etc. The topics of the Data Interpretation section include tables, pie-charts, line graphs, bar graphs and case-lets.
According to Charlton D’Costa, XAT preparation head, IMS Learning, “You should practise higher math questions and go through previous years’ XAT questions. The preparation must be conceptual rather than calculation based. Maintain a high level of accuracy while solving the actual paper.”
He said, “XAT is heavily reasoning based, hence, you must try to practise such types of questions. There is reasoning involved in all sections of XAT.”
The Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section generally contains four RC passages with three to seven questions each. The rest of the questions are on Verbal Ability (critical reasoning, vocabulary, fill in the blanks, PFQs, analogies, grammar, jumbled sentences and sentence correction). “Sometimes this section also asks questions on the figures of speech,” D’Costa said.
As per the past years’ analysis of XAT paper, the Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions are on the tougher side. The passages can be long and complex. D’Costa suggests, “Read from different sources and across topics. You need to understand the nuances of different words and understand the tone and central idea of the passage quickly. Usually there are subtle differences in the answer options in XAT Verbal section. Making choices is tough since almost all the questions require the use of inferential/
Last year, XAT did not have any Analytical Reasoning questions. There were only Data Sufficiency questions. The questions were quite tough. There were 25 questions for 30 marks. Candidates had to be careful while choosing questions and attempt only those in which they are comfortable in. “The key while solving the paper is not to try to attempt all the questions rather quickly decide on which to solve and which not to solve,” says D’Costa.
According to Prof Vishwa Ballabh, admission chairperson, XLRI, there will be 85-90 questions in the above mentioned sections in XAT 2013, the other two areas in the second part will be essay writing and general awareness. The duration of both the parts would be 20 minutes. The General Awareness section will have 20 to 25 questions.
Questions in general awareness will be from business, economics and politics related to business environment. “If you read the pink papers such as The Economic Times, the Business Standard, the Mint, the Business Week, the Hindu Business Line, etc, you should be able to answer the questions. You need to have an aptitude on the current political and economic scenario of the country and the world,” Prof. Ballabh said.
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XAT 2013 to have 85-95 questions: XLRI admission chief (http://www.mbauniverse.com/