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XAT Exam 2021 - Last 7 days Preparation and Revision Strategy

Result Date : January 18, 2021

XAT Exam 2021 - Last 7 days Preparation and Revision Strategy

XAT Exam 2021 is just 7 days away. Since it is one of most crucial exams for MBA aspirants, you need to step up the preparation. Smart preparation will give you better scores.

Important things to keep in mind about XAT 2021:

  • You can now download your XAT 2021 Admit Card at https://xatonline.in/
  • It is a speed based test.
  • You can choose the order of attempting the sections.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.

To get 90+ percentile in XAT 2021, you must focus on all four sections equally. Look below at the section-wise mark distribution: 

Sections

Number of Questions

Total Marks

 

Target Marks

Decision Making

21

21

17-19

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

20-22

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

28

22-25

General Knowledge

25

25

20-23

Total

100

100

87-95

 Note: 100 questions are to be answered in 180 minutes.

  • Pre-plan your strategy – the order in which you will attempt the four sections.
  • You have to work on your reading and understanding speed.
  • If you see yourself getting stuck at a particular question - move on! Skip what needs to be skipped.
  • Do not get affected by the ‘time elapsed’. This can cause confusion and add on to nervousness.
  • Go with the mindset that it is the first and final attempt. Do not be complacent.

With just two weeks away, the following preparation and revision strategy could be opted:

Sectional Approach

Decision Making:

  • Make sure you time yourself while solving this section.
  • Do not spend more than 40 minutes in this section.
  • Try attempting at least 8-10 sample questions every day till the exam.

Verbal and Logical Ability:

  • Verbal reasoning questions comprise of topics like strengthening/weakening of arguments, conclusions/inferences, assumptions and analogies
  • This section can be a little challenging. It is advisable to skip the tough questions. Try to attempt the simpler and smaller questions.
  • Make sure you time yourself while solving this section.
  • Do not spend more than 50 minutes in this section.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation:

  • Time yourself while practicing individual DI sets
  • Arithmetic based questions are definitely asked and can act as percentile boosters.
  • Keep your calculation shortcuts handy.
  • Anytime you find yourself spending more than 2-3 minutes on a question, move on
  • Arithmetic topics like R&P, %ages, Profit Loss, SI/CI, TSD, Mixtures and Time & Work are also very popular. Prepare them well.
  • Make sure you time yourself while solving this section.
  • Do not spend more than 40 minutes in this section.

General Knowledge:

  • Try to attempt at least 15 sectional mocks before exam day.
  • Make a separate list of dates and events.
  • Go through various educational videos/books that provide general knowledge.
  • Do not spend more than 30 minutes in this section.

Overall Approach

  • If the above time distribution for each section is followed, then you are left with an extra 10 minutes to revise the answers.
  • Know which subjects/areas you are good at, and in where all improvement is needed. Keep revising the subjects even when you are done with it.
  • Be open for discussions and debates always, this will help you in public speaking and have a command on language and ideas. You can also check tips on taking lead in gd
  • Do not detach yourself from the world. Keep your eyes and ears always open to news updates and pop culture around. You can also check general awareness topics.
  • Hard work along with confidence helps you overcome the obstacles, but overconfidence can be a problem.

MBA Rendezvous wishes all the MBA Aspirants all the best of luck for XAT 2021.