XAT Exam Preparation Strategy for last 30 days – Srinivasan Rao, XLRI

Well, myself an engineer and more over working as a Scientific Officer with Nuclear Power comes with more responsibilities, more research work with less time to spare. And you will be surprised to know that scientist’s minds are always occupied with research work and new thesis. So just to summarize, preparing for a competitive exam was tougher for me as compare to any graduates.

During my stay at XLRI, Jamshedpur, I interacted with many students and came to know about many tricks or XAT Exam Preparation strategies which people apply for XAT preparation. It is a well known fact that XAT is being conducted always in January and gives ample time after writing CAT paper. Most of the candidates who write XAT actually also appear for CAT. And after CAT, most of the candidates dedicate one month of full time only for XAT preparation and to realize their XLRI dream.

Writing a competitive exam requires gaining knowledge into subject areas. But more importantly, one has to understand physical state of his mind and psychological factors. Some people are energetic in early morning hours and some in the night time. We need to analyze our selves how to utilize our energetic time for focusing on weak areas. When we are somber and dull, we can work on strong areas. Since we are already good in that area, we get involved automatically in dull time.

It is essential that you divide and organize your time efficiently to be well prepared for this XAT Exam Preparation. The syllabus for this examination can be broadly classified into 5 sections, namely:

  1. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI) :Geometry, Mensuration – 2D and 3D, Probability, Algebra Functions, Profit and Loss, Interest, Percentage, Speed & Distance, Statistics, Table, Trigonometry, Graphs, Arithmetic, Heights and Distance, Mixtures, Direction, Time, Clock, Table, Combination
  2. Decision Making: Pure Logic, Financial Issues, Managerial Issues, Ethical Dilemmas
  3. Verbal and Logical Ability: Grammar, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Para Jumble, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Arguments
  4. General Knowledge:Politics, Nation and states, History, Literature, Sports, Awards and Recognitions, Business, Economics, International Relations, Society, Merger and Acquisitions
  5. Essay Writing

Here is an ideal 30 day schedule that I will  recommended to follow in order to render your preparation into a success in the XAT examination:

Day 30:

Each day of this particular month should be divided into 4 slots of 2 to 3 hours each depending on your comfort, so that you can segregate your topics and methods of preparation, and emphasize on your priorities, strengthen what you excel at and improve on the skills that you lack.Name these 4 slots A, B, C, and D for your own comprehension. It is recommended that you allot 2 slots to quantum ability and data interpretation as it encompasses a majority of the syllabus and requires maximum practice. Hence, assign slot A and B to quantum practice on day 30. Select any 3 topics mentioned in the quantum section and solve 50 to 60 problems under each topic. Read up on some general knowledge from one of the sections mentioned above in slot C, and devote slot D to some Grammar practice.

Day 29, 28 and 27:

The same method of studying should be followed for day 29, 28 and 27. Slot A and B should be dedicated to solving the next 3 topics under the quantum section, which should be followed by reading up on some General Knowledge of the next topic in slot C. Slot D should alternatively be scheduled for Verbal ability and reading and Decision Making problems.

Day 26:

Day 26 should be divided into 2 sections, wherein slots A and B are for quantum ability practice and slots C and D are for General knowledge. General Knowledge being a vast topic to explore would be more time consuming and hence it requires some more concentration and heavy reading.

Day 25:

QA and DI contain 20 topics, GK comprises of 11 topics, VA contains 7 topics and DM comprises of 4 topics. By day 25 you should analyse what you find easy and what you consider challenging. Utilise day 25 Make a table and equally divide your work load on the basis of the topics under each section and categorise these topics in the order of difficulty according to you. Accordingly, balance out slots A and B with challenging and easy problems respectively, so that you will improve and revise simultaneously. Similarly, balance out A,B and C, D in terms of difficulty so that you would not be stressed out and the easy problems would equalise your stress and result in a positive revision of the same.

Day 24:

By day 24 you would have had a fair idea of the quantum ability section has you would have practiced, on an average, 18 sections which amounts to almost the entire syllabus under the mathematics category. Hence, dedicate slot A, B, C and D to a rigorous revision and practice of the quantum ability and data interpretation section.

Day 23:

This is the day wherein you would be comfortable and well acquainted with the QA and DI section. Use day 23 to solve 3 to 4 mock tests of all the 20 chapters falling under QA and DI. Check your answers and study where you need more practice and improvement.

Day 22:

Take a break from Mathematics on Day 22.  Assign slots A, B and C to General Knowledge. You could revise what you have read previously and start up on a new section. By this day, out of the 11 topics under GK, you should be well read on at least 3 to 4 topics. Slot D could be used for verbal ability wherein you should focus on 3 to 4 topics and refer to the types of questions asked in that domain through the past question papers.

Day 21:

Allot slot A to solve a mock paper for QA and DI followed by one topic of GK for slots B and C, and divide slot D for Verbal ability and Decision making.

Day 20:

As mentioned earlier, General Knowledge is a vast section and requires constant reading. Hence, devote slots A and B to reading and polishing your general knowledge. Try to club similar or overlapping topics coming under GK, for instance Nation and states,and Politics and Business.  All these three topics have the overlapping concepts. It is thus advisable that you read up on similar topics rather than contrasting ones as it will help you logically link facts and names in a better fashion. Use slots C and D for Verbal ability and Decision making respectively.

Day 19:

By day 19, you would have a solved and gone through a fair amount of past question paper and mock papers for Quantum ability and Data interpretation.  Examine the papers and analyse the frequency of questions asked for each topic and rank them in order of frequency and start solving 50-60 questions under each topic as done before. Use the other slots for some GK and Verbal ability.

Day 18:

Dedicate slot A to a new topic under General Knowledge, preferably a smaller topic and dedicate the rest of the slots to verbal ability, reading comprehensions, solving the past papers, and clearing your doubts. Leave the last slot, ie. Slot D for some Essay writing practice. As you would have practiced reading and comprehension, and learnt new vocabulary over time, this ability would refine your essay writing skills.

Day 17, 16 and 15:

Follow the same schedule on days 17, 16 and 15. Dedicate the 3 hour slots to QA and DI, and GK each, and the rest of the slots of Verbal Ability and Decision Making.  In this way you would be exposed to all the topics that would be potentially present in the examination on all the 3 days and you would be able to analyse your performance in each of the sections and gauge the areas that need your attention and some extra studying.Note down the topics where you need improvement and extra practice on day 15.

Day 14:

Commit day 14 solely to your weaknesses and the areas of improvement that you noted on day 15.Rigorously practice and study all those particular topics in all the four slots on day 14.

Day 13:

As you have revised and gone through everything on day 14, use slot A to solve an entire past examination paper. Use slots B and C for Verbal ability, General Knowledge. Divide slot D between Decision Making and Essay writing.

Day 12:

Assign day 12 to Quantum Ability practice and General Knowledge. Make sure you revise all the topics that you studied, practiced and read previously and feel confident about the same. Make flash cards and refine your General Knowledge and keep reiterating the information on various topics.

Day 11:

Use day 11 for Verbal and logical ability, Decision Making and Essay writing practice. Use the last slot for some more General Knowledge.

Day 10:

Divide the 4 sections into the 4 slots and start the revision process. Start with the sections and topics that you find challenging and difficult and emphasize on those topics.

Day 9:

Repeat the same process that you followed on day 10 and revise and emphasise on your strengths. Make sure that you cater to all the sections on Day 10 and 9 in an organised and methodic manner.

Day 8:

A final revision is to be done on day 8 as the entire week to come ie. Day 7 to Day 1 is solely consigned to paper solving. Hence, ensure that you are ready to start solving examination papers and are officially ready and well prepared to appear for the examination.

Day 7 :

Start the day with confidence. Take a Full length XAT Mock test paper and solve it in one go. I mean treat this mock test as real as of coming on 8th January. After solving the XAT Mock test paper in the required time slot, don’t get up, now solve the un attempted problems. After finishing the complete paper, take a break. Now start checking your solutions. How many problems you have solved correctly and how many mistakes you have done, take note all of that and calculate marks scored by you in the mock test paper. If you are scoring good, then ok otherwise you know what to do. Now check the solutions of all the un attempted questions you have solved too. Now learn from your mistakes and revise the formulas. Get a good sleep in the evening.

Day 6

Do the same as of yesterday

Day 5

Repeat as of Day 6

Day 4

Repeat as of Day 5

Day 3

Repeat as of Day 4

Day 2

Revise once all the formulas and check if  you are familiar with all the necessary formulas

Day 1: So its day before the D Day. So have confidence, just solve a full length mock XAT paper once again and check the answers. Don’ bother too much. You have prepared all the chapters and have solved enough mock papers. So be relaxed. Now its action time on tomorrow. Be stress free and do not think much about tomorrow. Take a sound sleep and have a fresh mind on you D-Day.


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Day 30 QA & DI GK VLA
Day 29 QA & DI GK DM
Day 28 QA & DI GK VLA
Day 27 QA & DI GK DM
Day 26 QA & DI GK
Day 25 Mock-up Exam – Full test
Day 24 QA & DI Practise
Day 23 Mock-up Exam – QA & DI
Day 22 GK VLA
Day 21 QA & DI GK VLA
Day 20 GK VLA DM
Day 19 QA & DI VLA DM
Day 18 GK VLA EW
Day 17 QA & DI GK VLA DM
Day 16 QA & DI GK VLA DM
Day 15 QA & DI GK VLA DM
Day 14 Focus on Weak Areas
Day 13 Mock-up Test VLA GK DM/ EW
Day 12 QA & DI GK
Day 10 Revise all topics
Day 9 Revise all topics
Day 8 Revise all topics
Day 7 Mock-up Exam – Full test
Day 6 Mock-up Exam – Full test
Day 5 Mock-up Exam – Full test
Day 4 Mock-up Exam – Full test
Day 3 Mock-up Exam – Full test
Day 2 Revise all topics
Day 1 Revise all topics
DAY 0 XAT 2017

About the Author

Mr. Srinivasan Siva Rao is an XLRI Alumni and works as Business Development Partner  with Synclovis Systems Pvt. Ltd. Prior to joininguntitled

XLRI, he was working with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd as Scientific Officer. He likes to spend time with students community and always ready to help them for any issue related to education or career.

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