The XAT 2019 has 4 sections, however, only 3 sections are considered while determining the percentile and cutoff for interview selection process:
- Decision Making (DM)
- Verbal & Logical Ability (VA) Used to determine percentile & cutoff
- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA,DI)
- General Knowledge (GK)
‘Decision Making’ section is unique to XAT and is the key to crack it successfully.
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Here is all you need to know about the Decision Making section in XAT 2019 exam.
What is Decision Making?
Decision Making is the process of making a choice out of the presented options in any given situation. Here are 6 steps you need to take in order to arrive at any decision when you are presented with a case:
Read the case thoroughly.
- Gather all the facts and figures.
- Identify the concerned and/or impacted parties (or stakeholders)
- Form the problem statement.
- Analyze the options available.
- Come to a feasible, ethical and optimum decision.
What is the history of DM section in XAT?
Questions on decision making have been a regular feature in the XAT exam all these years. In the last 10 years the number has increased from 10 to 24. There was a significant rise in the number of questions to 25, in 2012. Since then the section has a minimum of 20+
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What is the purpose of DM section in XAT?
Unlike the other sections like QA, DI, and VA that test a candidate’s knowledge, aptitude and speed, the DM section tests seven crucial qualities:
- Logical/Analytical reasoning skills
- Reading comprehension skills
- Business acumen
- Decision making ability
- Ethical virtues
- Understanding of basic business terminology
- Analyzing the importance of each stakeholder involved
What are the types of questions asked in DM section?
The type of questions can be classified into 3S - Structure, Subject Matter and Situation Structure Type. The students are presented with a situation in the form of a case - study. The structure of the questions could be:
- Cases with individual question
- Cases with multiple ( 2-6) questions
Subject Matter Type
The students have to make decisions based on four main subjects:
- Decisions based on logic
- Decisions based on managerial conflicts
- Decisions based on financial issues
- Decisions based on ethical virtues - individual, social, and organizational level
The questions or Caselets are based on following types of situations:
- Real - life business scenarios related to IT, Production & Manufacturing, HR, and Finance.
- Ethical dilemmas - individual, social, and organizational level.
- Regarding revenue and resources of an organization.
- Data analysis & critical reasoning.
What should be the approach while preparing for DM section?
DM section is all about practice. Make sure you do the following:
- Solve previous year XAT DM questions. The DM questions for last 10 years are available online.
- Write as many mock tests as you can.
- Read various case-studies available online and analyze them
What should be the approach while attempting the DM section?
Follow the below approach while attempting the questions under the DM section:
- Read the case details thoroughly.
- List down all the information - facts and figures - related to the case provided.
- Identify the stakeholders and all the concerned parties involved and/or impacted.
- Form the problem statement/issue which is often hidden in the question itself.
- Analyze the options or alternatives presented as part of multiple choices available.
- Eliminate options which are:
- Ethically incorrect
- Emotionally motivated
- Do not do well for an individual or society or the organization.
7.Choose an answer which is:
- Ethically correct
- Profitable on a long-term basis (or short-term based on the problem statement)
- Justifies your role (as presented in the question)
- Logically & rationally correct
What is the score v/s percentile for the DM section?
A raw score between 6 to 8 marks can fetch you a percentile between 80 and 90+.
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