Aspiring to join the top B-School in India? What about Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) in Jamshedpur? Of course, the XLRI is counted as one of the oldest and leading business schools, not only in India but worldwide that makes it a top choice among MBA aspirants. Offering a variety of management courses for students, the institute gives admission to students through its entrance examination, commonly known as XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test).
Just like CAT, the XAT is also a national level entrance examination for admission to MBA courses at the XLRI, the Xavier Association Management Institute (XAMI), XAMI member institutes and other associated institutes.
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XAT – Understanding its whereabouts
Operating since 1949, the XLRI – Xavier School of Management holds a long history of producing outstanding managers and leaders over the years. On behalf of the XAMI, the XLRI conducts the annual XAT examination for students at national level. Here are the few important facts about the examination that every student must know –
The XAT examination is conducted in the first week of January every year. For this year, the examination was held on January 7, 2018 across 47 test centres in India and 2 international test centres.
It is an online examination comprising both objective and subjective questions.
There are two papers for the examination.
The first paper comprises 72 objective type questions of decision making, quantitative ability and data interpretation and logical and verbal ability that should be answered within a maximum time duration of 170 minutes.
The second paper comprises 25 objective type question of general knowledge and one subjective question of essay writing to be answered in the maximum time duration of 35 minutes.
While there is a provision for negative marking in the first paper, the second paper is free from any such restrictions.
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Strategies to crack XAT
While most of the students are preparing for the XAT entrance examination, here are few tips to help them with the process of preparation –
Study in a structured manner
An outstanding student always follows a well-planned and structured approach towards study. This is not just a tip, but a fact that can tremendously transform the lives of students. Prepare a study plan to follow, based on the availability of time and the syllabus to cover. This will help students cover every aspect of the syllabus with ease.
Prefer sectional study
Since the students are well aware of the sections they are required to prepare, they are advised to divide their study time to each and every section based on their individual competencies.
Get the best out of internet
The Internet is also a crucial source of learning for students if utilised in a positive way. A number of online courses and programmes are available for XAT preparation that can significantly help students in acquiring an edge over others.
Keep on self-evaluating
To hold a command on both the accuracy as well as speed for attempting the exam, self-evaluation plays a crucial role. It not only helps students in identifying their strong and weak areas but also helps them in gaining clarity over basic concepts. Thus, attempting regular mock tests is advisable for students.