XAT 2018: Crack Decision Making (DM) in 2 simple ways; 1st person account by Lovish Soien, XAT topper with 99.49 percentile and student at XLRI

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Thursday, December 07 2017, 08:53 AM
To help XAT 2018 aspirants, Lovish Soien, student from XLRI with a DM percentile of 94+ and an overall percentile of 99.49 in XAT shares first person account and step by step process with 2 simple ways how to crack the DM section in XAT exam.
“Before answering a question you need to first analyse the situation from the different perspectives, i.e., the economic as well as the social perspective” Lovish Soien, XAT topper with 99.49 percentile

­­XLRI-XAT 2018 exam will have one key percentile determiner which is not present in other MBA entrance exams. Decision making (DM) section makes XAT exam a different MBA entrance test. Many candidates who crack other key sections in XAT exam find it difficult to score even reasonably well in decision making section and don’t get admission to their dream B-school – XLRI Jamshedpur.

To help XAT 2018 aspirants, Lovish Soien, student from XLRI with a DM percentile of 94+ and an overall percentile of 99.49 in XAT shares first person account and step by step process with 2 simple ways how to crack the DM section in XAT exam.

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What does DM test you for in XAT?
When I started my preparation for the entrance tests I had only a vague idea of what concepts different exams test. As I researched I was exposed to the vagaries of all the tests, and one thing that really amazed me was the Decision Making (DM) section in Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT). It tests you not on your ability to learn concepts or remember formulas, but on your ability to holistically view a situation and propose a solution to a problem.

Why DM section is there in XAT exam?
Before I get down to explaining how to crack DM in XAT, let us first understand why XAT has this section. The motto of the college is ‘for the greater good’, and it believes in inspiring world leaders. A leader will be exposed to various challenges and will be required to make decisions, and not only take decisions only for his corporations’ benefit but also for the greater good. As a result, DM also tests you on your ethical standing and asks you to take a decision in a conflicting situation. This allows the college to differentiate leaders from managers and has been an important component in every year’s test.

Different types of questions in DM section
The DM section can be divided into the different types of questions that may be asked:

  • Firstly, where there will be data given and the answer is to be based on analyses of the data,
  • Secondly, a scenario wherein you will be tested on your ethical standing,
  • Thirdly, a mixture of both of the above.

Analyse the situation first
Understanding the motives behind the test will help you align your thinking process with the expectations of the test setter. Thus before answering a question you need to first analyse the situation from the different perspectives, i.e., the economic as well as the social perspective.

Now that we understand the scope and purview of the DM section, let’s get down to the techniques that to answer the questions accurately.

Two different ways to answer
Again there are two different ways in which this can be done.

  1. Frame the answer in your mind

The basic necessity is to read, understand and try to gauge the motive behind the question. Once you have done this try to frame the answer within your mind without looking at the options, as sometimes the options can be misleading and lead you to a different outcome.

Thus framing the expected solution in your mind is necessary to start with. Once, you have framed the answer, match your answer with the options given. Most often, if you have used proper reasoning, you will be able to match your answer with one of the options and arrive at the correct solution. However, there will be certain questions in which you may be stuck with two options that look similar in almost every regard. The key now is to break down each option and understand the different outcome each option refers this will help you to decide which option is the closest to your answer.

  1. Elimination of incorrect options

Alternatively, what you can do is to eliminate the incorrect options. The questions in XAT till last year had five options for each question. In each question, not all the five options are relevant. So, after a basic reading of the question you can start eliminating the options and in most cases, you would be able to eliminate at least two options.

Once, you have eliminated these two options, the next step would be to reason why each of the remaining option will be the correct answer, and the option that convinces you the most shall in most cases be the correct answer.

Practice more to save time
All this may seem to take a lot of time, and it actually will if you do not practice solving these types of questions beforehand. Also, it is important both the techniques of solving the questions to understand which one works better for you.

Still unable to solve: Follow your intuition
I would end it with something that my mentor once told me in my job “there is no right or wrong decision, every decision depends on the data that you use. And if you are confused which decision to take always follow your intuition”.

XAT 2018 will an online computer based test divided in 3 important sections. The scores of these three sections will be taken into account to arrive at the percentile score and merit position of the test takers. The exam will be held on January 7, 2018 in a single session of 3 hours 35 minutes from 10AM to 1.35 PM in 47 test cities.

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XLRI – XAT 2018
Application to XAT is open till November 30 without late fee and till December 15 with late fee
Application last date to IMNU is open till January 9, 2018
BIM Tiruchirappalli
Application last date to BIM Trichy is open till January 31, 2018
IMI New Delhi
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at IMI New Delhi is open till December 4, 2017
IRMA Anand (Gujarat)
Application for PGDRM at IRMA is open till December 31, 2017
TAPMI Manipal
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at TAPMI is open till January 16, 2018
XIM Bhubaneshwar
Application for MBA 2018-20 at XIM Bhubaneswar is open till December 8, 2017
SCMHRD, Pune – SNAP 2017
SNAP 2017 registration is open till November 24, 2017
Great Lakes Chennai and Gurgaon
The application for 2 years PGDM 2018-20 is open till Feb 25, 2018
Application for 1 year PGPM 2018-19 is open till Nov 30, 2017
KJ SIMSR Mumbai
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at K J Somaiya is open till January 31, 2018
GIM Goa
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at GIM Goa is open till January 3, 2018
LIBA Chennai
Online Application for PGDM 2018-20 at LIBA is open till January 31, 2018 at a cost of Rs.1500/-
IBSAT 2017
Application to IBSAT 2017 is open till December 12, 2017
CIMP Patna
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at CIMP is open till March 2nd week, 2018
SIBM Hyderabad – SNAP 2017
To apply to SIBM Hyderabad, apply to SNAP 2017 on Dec 17 and also apply to SIBM-H in the SNAP Form
SIBM Bengaluru
To apply to SIBM Bengaluru, apply to SNAP 2017 on Dec 17 and also apply to SIBM-B in the SNAP Form