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11th Dec 2016

XAT strategy

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Manu Jain, an IMT AlumnusI started preparing for XAT right after I was done with CAT. I prepared thoroughly throughout the month of December. From what I have observed, people have a tendency to relax after writing CAT. They are so exhausted due to CAT preparations that they give themselves a lot of slack. In no time, you see yourself celebrating Christmas, then New year and then all of a sudden you see yourself sitting in the examination hall writing XAT on the first Sunday of the New year. I would strongly suggest you to avoid the trap. XAT requires some extra preparations which does take some time. For Verbal Ability (VA), I focussed a lot on Vocabulary. I believe that Vocab does play an important role directly or indirectly in any MBA entrance exam. You will certainly find yourself in a lot of ease if you have a good Vocab. It took me around 7-8 months of continuous preparations to have a good Vocab which included reading books like Word Power Made Easy, 30 days to good Vocabulary, wordlists, newspaper articles etc. In the last month, all you can do is to start a random wordlist and dedicate half an hour daily to learn some words. It might help. Apart from that, I practised difficult Reading comprehensions majorly from various mocks available for free. Solving previous year XAT papers is a must. For Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning section (DM-AR), I practised questions from previous year XAT papers. Apart from that, I had solved questions from mocks available online. For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section (QA-DI), I focussed on the basics. Practice is the key in this section. Solve as much question as you can from any source. Also, do prepare basics of some higher mathematics as I had mentioned earlier. Sometimes, you might find a sitter in the paper from these sections. Solving previous year question paper is a must for understanding this section. Essay writing section tries to look inside the mind of the aspirant and captures its valuable insights on vario
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