| 05 Jan 2017 0158 IST
Significant aspirant friendly changes have been announced by XLRI in XAT 2017 paper leading it on slightly softer side and giving the opportunity to score high
3˝ hours to solve fewer and not so difficult questions can make you score 99 percentile by maximising your attempts with judicious time management
XAT 2017 is proposed to be on softer side as significant aspirant friendly changes have been announced by XLRI before the exam. Not only number of questions in XAT 2017 have been further reduced from 78 to 72 to determine your percentile score but they also are not going to be so difficult as sued to be in earlier XAT papers. So better to practice more questions and aim to score high in the exam. Take XAT 2017 Mock to assess your preparation in revised XAT 2017 exam pattern with reduced number of questions.
XAT 2017 on January 8, 2017 will be paper pen based test and you need to practice the exam using dummy OMR sheets to improve your speed. Next 3 days to XAT 2017 could be crucial and testing for you to get ready for the exam.
In view of Prof S K Agarwal, expert on Verbal Ability and mentor on XAT 2017 preparation the significant aspirant friendly changes brought about in XAT 2017 giving 3½ hours to solve fewer and not so difficult questions can make you score 99 percentile by maximising your attempts with judicious time management.
According to Prof S K Agarwal to achieve the goal of securing high percentile to get into XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB or other top B-school, you need to strategically approach the paper-pen based test in order to maximise your scores.
Diarise the key changes for D-day
How to score high in revised pattern
Since not more than 50% questions were attempted in past XAT exams, XLRI has decided to reduce the level of difficulty in XAT 2017 to attract candidates to attempt more number of questions. Accordingly, in order to enable students to attempt as many questions as possible and encourage them to demonstrate all-round skills, the difficulty level of the questions has been brought down. Attempt previous XAT test papers
The main objective to introduce this change according to XLRI is that the examination would avoid 2 possible errors: low range of scores and excellent students not getting enough opportunities to showcase their ability because of too easy a question paper.
Now XAT 2017 in its revised pattern and reduced difficulty level offers more opportunities to score higher than ever before. XAT 2017 aspirants are advised to use the opportunity to score high in the exam.
Ensure correct answering on OMR sheet
Candidates will have to use separate OMR answer sheet to answer the questions except for essay writing test which will require descriptive writing.
Quickly revisit Key topics
In next 3 days, revise whatever you have learnt and follow the tips to solve the questions based on various topics instead of going for something new. The need is to pay attention on the analysis of practice exercises that you have solved. Follow the expert tips given in analysis as they are meant to guide you in sorting the problem out.
What to focus on Verbal Ability…
Syllabus for Verbal Ability in XAT 2017 is vast and extensive. You might have covered a lot but have you covered all the relevant topics to score a high percentile? Learn from Prof. S.K. Agarwal, Verbal Ability expert, what else you could do to improve your percentile by quickly revisiting a few important topics and questions on Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension in next 4 days.
Half of Verbal Ability section consists of questions on this part of English language. Concentrate on Reading Comprehension. Three or four passages in XAT 2017 are expected to be shorter say about 500-700 words than appeared in CAT 2016 although they have rich and literary language.
Questions are more direct and are based on information available in the passages. When you go on reading a passage, make it mandatory to write down the core sentences and difficult words on a piece of paper, their contextual usage should be understood. By the time you finish reading the passage you will have understood the greater part of it and this will save your time on answering the questions.
You may find 3 questions in XAT 2017 on Jumbled paragraphs which are not very long but are little tricky. Tips to solve them are to find out the connectors to sentences e.g. conjunctions, personal or relative pronouns (He/ she/ it /they /their /who / whose/that/which etc.) as they indicate that they must have been used in place of some nouns. So find the link between the sentences and practice more.
It is high time that you understood and practiced the Vocabulary words in right context. An aspirant may have good stock of vocabulary words but their correct synonyms, antonyms with understanding of contextual use are very much required. All the mugging will be irrelevant if correct usage are not known or the confusion still persists where to place the said word
Figures of speech and phrases
These are highly probable topics for XAT 2017. There is very high probability that you may have 3-4 questions to identify various figures of speech in Verbal Ability. It is suggested to go through at least a few important ones like Simile, metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, Oxymoron, apostrophe, euphemism, alliteration. Practice a little to understand the difference among them.
Expected questions of this type in Verbal Ability section may be 3 to 5. Articles, prepositions, subject verb agreement and conditionals are a few core topics which need quick revision. Please remember there are sentences with four-five blanks in each question. You are supposed to have a good knowledge on usage of the same.
Decision Making: Sharpen your skill
The 21 questions in Decision making would be in sets. A passage with certain information is followed by a set of 3-4 questions. Each of the questions is again followed by 4-5 close decision making answer options. The questions may be on what should be the decision in the given situation, how it should be taken, why it should be taken-factors influencing the decision or who should take it.
It is never suggested that you should immediately jump to solve the different types of problems. Study the situation, learn to analyse all the pros and cons and then arrive at most appropriate decision. The 4 step strategy to score more in Decision making section should be-
27 MCQs on Quant & DI: Check your preparation
This section needs your attention in accordance with your strengths. There are short MCQs on Quant and questions on DI problems could be in sets as well as individual ones. You need to practice a bit and should further strengthen your strong areas in this section.
XAT 2017 does not propose to throw very difficult questions in this section, but they will not be a cake-walk either. Therefore, you need to practice a little more on this section. The questions need calculation and application of formula. Hence a little more time may be required to solve 29 questions in this section. Favourite areas on Quant in XAT are Percentage, Time speed & distance, Algebra, Probability, Geometry, Mensuration, Number system, PnC among others.
Data Interpretation questions in XAT are usually placed in 2 sets but they are a bit more difficult and time consuming. The section was more difficult compared to earlier years. More time was required to solve the 33 questions comprising Quant and DI topics.
You will need better time management for this section as it needs more time to solve but devoting too much time only on it can deprive you from scoring a high percentile in other sections. Make sure that you keep balance among the sections.
Part-II: GK & Essay Writing
Part-2 in XAT 2017 will have 2 sections – General Knowledge and Essay Writing. There will be 25 MCQs on GK and an essay will have to be written on the given topic. Both these sections will have to be completed in 35 minutes.
This part is one of the neglected but most important at least for those who wish to get admission in XLRI and other top B-schools. Although evaluation of GK and essay writing is not accounted for in calculation of percentile immediately after written examination, questions on your writing piece will be asked in the personal interview round which is the final selection round. And if you do not qualify the GK section, you may not be considered for admission by XLRI.
Accordingly, whatever GK you have gone through needs to be revisited to refresh your memory. But you do not need to go for something new as the test paper has already been prepared.
You are supposed to write a well worded, coherent, meaningful essay in 25 minutes. There is no word limit but 350 to 300 words will be sufficient to express your ideas on a given topic. It is better to be brief but clear. Your points should not criss-cross the ideas stated for the topic, this is a very important thing to remember.
Take 2 Mocks in next 3 days
There is no need to go for mocks every day but to brush up your practice, preparation level, judgement on time to be devoted to each section, nothing could be better but to take 2 Mock tests as per the revised pattern of XAT 2017. Get the outcome analysed and whatever errors you find, avoid their recurrence. Take XAT 2017 Mock to assess your preparation in revised XAT 2017 exam pattern with reduced number of questions.
It is advisable not to attempt the confusing or any such question from the unknown topic even in Mock test as it may flummox you and unnecessarily bring in the unwarranted feeling of anxiety.
XAT toppers of last year also suggest to best utilize the XAT Mocks and past papers to crack XAT 2017 with high score. Read what toppers advise on How to extract most from Mocks
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