XLRI, Jamshedpur has released the mock test for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT). Candidates who have applied for XAT 2019 can attempt the mock test to know the type of questions that could appear in the examination. XAT mock is a 30 minutes test having 5 questions each from English, Decision Making, and Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability section.
With the availability of mock test and exam instructions, candidates can check the exam guidelines and change in the exam pattern. Previously, Essay Writing section was removed from the exam due to some technical glitches occurred last year. Now, there are changes in the type of questions and the negative marking.
As per the mock test, there are instructions for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in the exam. They are similar to TITA or Non-MCQ questions in the other national level examinations. Though no such questions are there in the mock test. So, they may or may not appear in the XAT 2019 Examination.
Next, the negative marking for unattempted questions has been increased to 0.10 from 0.05. Also, the minimum unattempted questions for which there is no negative marking is now 8 instead of 12 (as compared to last year). So, candidates must now attempt questions in the exam accordingly.
Last Minute Preparation Tips
XAT can be easily cracked if there is a balance between time management and a number of questions selected. Out of 74 questions, if a candidate is able to score around 37 marks, then there are higher chances of getting 99 percentile. As there is no sectional limit, candidates can toggle between sections and score high in their best-prepared sections.
For the English section, candidates may find articles based on Sociology, Psychology etc. So, read the passage carefully and for the conclusion based questions, try to adopt the option-elimination strategy. Also, revise grammar rules, the figure of speech etc.
The Decision-Making section can have tricky questions. As this section is a distinguishing element, candidates must be selective in these questions. While reading the questions, stick to the given facts. Also, choose an option which is fair and ethical. Candidates can also refer to the previous year papers to practice DM questions.
For Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability, revise formulas and concepts. As questions can be tricky and lengthy, focus on accuracy rather the number of attempts. Preparing for CAT level questions can help to solve problems in XAT.
The last section is the General Awareness section, questions in this section can be based on current affairs and static gk. So, in this short period of time, just revise the last 9-12 months important events, awards, famous personalities etc. The performance in GK sections is not considered in the final percentile.
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