Here are the eligibility criteria for XAT 2017:
- Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline.
- Final year students can also (completing final examination by June 10, 2017) can also apply.
The eligibilty for XLRI programmes like Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management (BM) is similar. Candidates with three years of work experience will be given preference in Global Business Management.
NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT scores.
Note: There’s no specific age limit for XAT exam.
Registrations for XAT 2017 ended on November 30, 2016. Those who missed it, can apply till December 11, 2016 with late fee.
To register for XAT, candidates need to visit the official website, click on Register and create a new account with personal email id. After that, candidates will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link.
One needs to click on the link and create their own password for future logins.
Post that, candidates will be guided through a few more steps to complete registration.
XLRI Jamshedpur offers the following management programmes:
- Business Management (BM)
- Human Resource Management (HRM)
- Global Business Management(GBM)
- General Management Programme (GMP).
“Candidates not interested in any of the XLRI programmes can skip this step,” informed the official website.
XAT exam is a pen and paper based examination. The idea behind conducting XAT in written mode is to ensure that candidates from all backgrounds are at par. It also ensures that XAT aspirants are tested on exactly the same set of questions.
XAT exam pattern has four important sections. The sections are:
- Quantitative Ability
- English Language & Logical Reasoning
- Decision Making
- GK & Essay
XAT exam pattern is one of the most difficult management entrance exams to crack. It is important to select the right balance of questions since the beginning of the exam. Here are some tips for XAT exam preparation.
The total number of questions in the main part (VA, DI, DM) has been brought down to 78 and the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. The candidates would have 170 minutes to answer the questions. Students can choose have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any unattempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. There would also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer. The number of questions in the GK has been reduced to twenty-five and there would be no negative marking in this section.
XAT is a pen and paper-based exam. The test is famous for its high difficulty level. XAT syllabus consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing. Here are some syllabus details, based from last year’s XAT paper pattern.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)
In XAT, there are three sets of DI questions. Quant has similar sections like CAT exam. Here are some of the quant topics that are covered in the exam:
- Profit and Loss
- Time and Work
- Time, Speed and Distance
- Tables and Caselets
- Critical Path
- Averages and Partnerships
- Alligations and Mixtures
- Linear and Quadratics Equations
- Surds and Indices
- Mensuration and Geometry, etc
English Language & Logical Reasoning
Topics in this section include:
- Fill in the blanks (vocab and grammar based)
- Grammar questions
- Para Completion and inference
- Reading Comprehension
- Verbal Logic
Topics under this section includes:
- Decision making
- Logical reasoning
The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topis:
- Awards and winners
- Government and Politics
- Famous Personalities
- Current affairs
- Important happenings around the World
- Static GK
XAT GK section is dominated by current affairs and news, with around seven questions related to international on-going issues like Syrian crisis, Crimean referendum, Boko Haram.
Essay section has no fixed subject. Essay topic could vary from general affairs to abstract subject. The idea to present your chain of thoughts on the subject in an order.
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