XAT: En­joy the jour­ney

An XLRI alum­nus sug­gests some dos and don’ts

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Su­vro Ray­chaud­huri

XAT has a dif­fer­ent pat­tern, and a sim­ple Googling will re­veal that. Con­ducted by XLRI Jamshedpur and ap­pli­ca­ble for ad­mis­sions to a set of other in­sti­tutes as well, the na­tional-level XAT re­mains a clas­si­cal pa­per-pen­cil based test.

It is im­por­tant to re­alise a few things: 1) Be aware of your strong ar­eas to play on: There will be ques­tions which will pos­si­bly be ‘derail­ers’ — shed the ego and per­ceived sub­ject-areaprox­im­ity and fo­cus on a ben­e­fit-anal­y­sis of what brings max­i­mum scores. For ex­am­ple, you may not have been a phi­los­o­phy per­son ever, but it may be that ap­par­ently very dif­fi­cult com­pre­hen­sion pas­sage on a school of phi­los­o­phy that ac­tu­ally may have the eas­i­est ques­tions! 2) Brush up on fun­da­men­tals: The can­di­dates that get through usu­ally have their fun­da­men­tals right, and ap­ply it tac­ti­cally. For ex­am­ple, ap­pli­ca­tion of tran­si­tive verbs, in­fini­tives, gerunds and par­tici­ples, ele­men­tary maths, ra­tio and pro­por­tions, work-prob­lems, clocks and cal­en­dars, etc. 3) Be ef­fec­tive: Time solv­ing the model pa­pers and scan back and forth for ar­eas of strength (this comes at the cost of wast­ing time, but do not for­get that ‘derail­ers’ may be placed right at the front). 4) Do not get over­whelmed: En­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­yond a point, it does not mat­ter what num­ber of can­di­dates ap­peared, how many friends scored a neat 40 out of 50 on most sec­tions, etc. At the end of the day, XAT is both a marathon run and a sprint — you need to switch be­tween mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent com­pe­ten­cies for crack­ing this test. 5) Prac­tise, but do not ‘lose it’: Keep a steady prac­tice/pace on spe­cific ar­eas on a timed ba­sis. But do not over-do it. 6) Look back: En­gage in deep anal­y­sis of fail­ure points (from prac­tice tests), rather than do more of them. 7) Make sure your test pa­per on the day of the exam has cor­rect data, cor­rect mark­ings, etc - sounds silly, but a sub­stan­tial num­ber of stu­dents make mis­takes there.

Though dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain what is it that is looked for in XAT’s es­say­based sec­tion, some fun­da­men­tals are checked, for sure – con­sis­tency of thoughts, pre­sen­ta­tion of per­spec­tives, unique­ness of ideas, us­age of vo­cab­u­lary, ap­pli­ca­tion of dif­fer­ent sub­ject/knowl­edge ar­eas (pol­i­tics, sci­ence, re­cent events, etc) gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tions and in­den­ta­tions, etc.

Wish you all the best.

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