The CAT fever is over, and now is the time for the other top MBA qualifying exams. XAT after CAT is one of the toughest qualifying exams in India. This year XAT has twisted their exam pattern a little bit. More number of question propped up and some old forgotten topics were ventured into.
“We want to increase reliability of GK assessment. Thirty questions give us a little more reliability than twenty questions” – Professor Munish Thakur, convener of XAT 2015 and Admission Chairperson XLRI
With the increase number of GK questions from 20 to 30 the possibility of increase in time wasn’t seen. However marks of general knowledge would not be used to determine the percentile and cut off at the first stage of section; only XLRI and few other institutes would use it to at the time of final selection process.
This time XAT 2015 has surpassed the difficulty level of CAT. It ranged between moderate to high. The exam pattern is such that the paper is divided into two parts. The first part consists of verbal and logical ability, decision making and quantitative ability and data interpretation. The second part consists of general knowledge and essay writing.
The verbal ability section composed of 11 questions on verbal ability and 17 questions on reading comprehension. While reading comprehension was easy and not time consuming, verbal ability had plethora of mix questions of par jumbles, logical continuations, vocabulary and critical reasoning.
Decision marking and Analytical Reasoning section bought in a pleasant surprise for students; as there was no question from the Analytical Reasoning making this section entirely on decision making. But this surprise was not long lasting. This section proved to be extremely difficult and all the sets were quite time consuming.
Data interpretation was slightly easier than previous year and quantitative ability also ranged between easy to moderately difficult level. This set was more oriented towards Arithmetic.
General knowledge section was dominated by current affairs. They covered various national and international issues, business and economy along with a bit of geography, history and sports.
The essay was the easiest bit in the entire paper. The topic “Listening is a dying art” gave the opportunity to students to write on an extremely diverse topic.
Almost 90,000 aspirants had registered themselves for this exam. Qualifying XAT means that you are not only eligible for institutes like XLRI, XIMB but also various top business schools in India. This one of the few entrance exams that are being held by paper and pen; that ensures that all students are tested on the same set of questions and not a variety of sets.
The result would be available on 31st January 2015. Applicants who have attempted the test with due diligence and time management are expected to get a high percentile. A fair attempt of 65-70 questions with not more that 6-7 incorrect answers should expect a call from the leading B schools like XLRI, XIMB etc.
It is a dream that many foster – to get selected into the top B Schools in India. But only a few chosen applicants get to see their dream come true. With 90% of it being hard work – which 10% luck sometimes makes it happen.
So now all you can do is waiting till 31st of Jan, till then don’t miss out on applying to various other B schools like TAPMI Manipal, DMS IIT Delhi, DMS IIT Roorkee, CIMP Patna, BIMTECH Noida, Great Lakes Chennai etc. All of these are some of the top business schools in India. They accept scores from CAT, XAT or GMAT.
So even if you are not shortlisted into the IIM’s or Xavier Institutes; there are still plethora of options to choose from.