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XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is the next most popular exam to CAT among MBA aspirants. It is regarded as one of the toughest MBA entrance exams. XAT 2016 will consist of 78 questions, to be attempted in 170 minutes. Compared to last year, the number of questions has been reduced by 6 and time allocated has been increased by 30 minutes. Besides, the level of difficulty of the test will be lower. This is aimed to increase the number of attempts by the test takers. At the same time, to reduce the number of un-attempted questions, negative marking of 0.05 has been introduced for every un-attempted question beyond the limit of 13 questions allowed to be left out.

The exam has several sections, like Essay Writing, General Awareness and Decision Making, which are different from question types in other MBA entrance exams, such as CAT, IIFT, NMAT and SNAP. So, the exam taking strategy to obtain a good score is slightly different.

Letís focus on the various strategies that you should keep in mind while preparing for XAT

• Focus on the Exclusive Areas - Apart from the Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness questions, which occur in most of the MBA entrance exams, there are certain sections which require dedicated preparation. Decision Making and Essay Writing need proper focus and special preparation strategy. These sections are a big help for non-engineers as these give them a chance to score well in the exam.

• Practice Essay Writing- XAT provides a section for essay writing, which is evaluated if you clear the main test. The section plays a major role in helping the candidate to get a call for interview. General evaluation parameters in essay writing are language skills, spectrum of ideas, thought process of the candidate and knowledge regarding the topic. Reading editorial section of the newspaper daily will give a major advantage to the candidates.

• Choose the Areas to Prepare Wisely- XAT covers topics from diverse areas in the exam. They also combine several topics in a single question. Also the difficulty level of the questions is relatively high. Therefore, while preparing, one needs to keep in mind the topics covered. Effort should be to achieve high level of proficiency in a particular topic, rather than low level of proficiency in several topics.

• Attempt XAT Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers- Solving previous year papers will help you to understand the question types. Youíll have a better idea on what to expect and how to prepare. Also by taking well simulated mock tests, you will gain insight into several segments of XAT, such as question selection and time management.

Keep the above tips handy and be on the way to ace XAT.

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