XAT stands for Xavier Aptitude Test which is conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), a business school in Jamshedpur, India. It is an all-India based test which opens the doors to some of the most reputed b-schools of India like XIM [Xavier Institute of Management] Bhubaneswar, LIBA [Loyola Institute of Business Administration], Chennai.
Now, before talking about the preparation lets see that what is its examination pattern like. XAT usually comprises 3 Objective type Multiple Choice sections and an essay writing section.
1. Verbal Reasoning (English) - (Objective Type Multiple Choice)
2. Quantitative Ability and Reasoning (Math) - (Objective Type Multiple Choice)
3. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - (Objective Type Multiple Choice)
4. And an essay writing section
XAT Test contains Questions on three abilities or skills, Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability. The duration of the test is 120 minutes for the objective type section and an additional 15 minutes is provided at the end of the 2 hours for the essay writing section.
The RC passages in XAT are usually based on offbeat topics (one of the passages in XAT 2010 was in the form of a conversation from the film – Matrix). The passages, though short, will be quite difficult to comprehend. Thus, it is advisable for you to revise concepts pertaining to RC, sentence correction; vocabulary-based questions (words confused), para formation, Logical reasoning questions (especially on FIJs and inference based questions). Also, you should focus on figures of speech, as there have been questions on identifying the metaphor, personification, oxymoron, etc in the XAT papers earlier.
The easiest way of systematic preparation of XAT is to divide Lessons into categories of Easy & Difficult. Since XAT is considered one of the toughest papers of MBA it is quite important for you. Chapters under these categories would be different for different individuals. This will give you a clearer picture of chapters that need more focus and the ones that need expertise.
It is also important to mention here that the paper of XAT is designed to have some element that is new. The whole idea behind having something different about the paper each year is to have an idea of the candidate’s ability to manage change. Thus, be prepared for that new element and have a strategy that has room for last minute changes. After all your strategies, finally, make sure to take All India mock XAT to boost preparation. These mock tests also let you know that where your preparation stands so that you can prepare accordingly.
Overall, while most of the areas tested are similar to CAT, the difficulty levels of all the three sections have traditionally been tougher. So you really have to buck up your studies. However, the XAT exam is scheduled to be on January 8, 2012.