10 Days to XAT – Section-Wise Strategy


Rahul Singh

Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension amp; Logical Reasoning

Major topics covered in XAT syllabus for VARC amp; LR are – Vocabulary based questions ndash; fill in the blanks with correct words; synonyms / antonyms; contextual usage on vocabulary words

Jumbled Paragraphs; Correction of errors in sentences; Completion of paragraph; RC passages are based on abstract topics, Literature, Social and Economic issues; Science amp; Culture; history amp; fiction among others.

There are few critical reasoning and a few LR based questions in XAT exam. All questions are of MCQ type. Topics covered on which LR questions are based, are Analogy, Clocks, calendars, Fact, Inference, Judgement, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion among others.

Decision Making

XAT Syllabus on Decision Making is unique as neither CAT nor any other national-level exam has Decision Making as one of its exam sections.

Decision Making is the problem or case solving expertise of a candidate. Broadly the decision making questions are based on Conditions and Grouping Test; Data Arrangement Test; Complex Arrangement; Decision Making in a situation; Case lets

Quantitative Ability amp; Data Interpretation

Quant questions are based on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trignometry.

Number of questions in Arithmetic: 10 to 12. Major topics are LCM and HCF; Percentages; Profit and Loss; Interest (Simple and Compound); Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others

Other important topics are: Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Progressions; Binomial Theorem; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Permutation and Combination; Probability Functions; Set Theory; Mixtures and Alligations; Geometry; Co-ordinate Geometry; Trigonometry; Mensuration

Data Interpretation (DI)

Questions in Data Interpretation part in XAT exam are in sets in most cases. Sometimes individual questions are also asked. Topics on which DI questions are based, are – Data Tables, Data charts, bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison among others. All the questions are of MCQ type.

DI questions in XAT exam are in the set of 4 questions. Questions on interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, are asked.

Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs. In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.

General Knowledge

As per the changed pattern of XAT exam, there would be 25 questions of Multiple Choice type in XAT 2018 exam.

Economics, finance, national and international current affairs are a few of the many topics on which questions are placed in this section in the XAT exam. Questions are also based on conventional GK. In-depth and regular reading of GK helps more as sometimes a few GK questions in XAT appear more tricky and need intensive reading.

Essay Writing

Essay writing in XAT will be the test of writing skill. This section needs a well worded essay on the contemporary issue of will be an abstract topic. Test taker has to write essay on one topic but sometimes there is a choice to choose between 2 topics and sometimes there is no choice at all.

The test taker is supposed to write after giving a thought and produce a better piece of writing in 20-25 minutes. Ideal size of essay in XAT exam is around 300-400 words. Essay in XAT plays important role in the final selection PI round as questions are based on it.

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