Xavier Aptitude Test is conducted by XLRI, is generally conducted in the 1st week of January. Scores of the exam are accepted by around a 100 institutes. The exam is conducted at around 44 centres in India and 2 centres abroad.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR XAT
REGISTRATION START DATE:
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
LAST DATE OF REGISTRATION: Register
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
XAT TEST DATES :
Sunday, 8 January 2017
XAT RESULTS : LINK
To be announced
XAT & ITS HISTORY
XLRI was founded in 1949, by Father Quinn Enright SJ, in the city of Jamshedpur. It was established with a vision to be a partner in the liberation and development journey of the independent India. Father Bill Tome lent a helping hand to Father Quinn Enright in this regards, and both of them together with other members of the Jesuit society brought the idea to fruition. XLRI began with courses for training trade union leaders in management practices in 1949. It introduced a two-year full-time course in Industrial Relations in 1953 and later on Business Management (BM) in 1966. In 1968, a part-time three-year programme in Business Management was introduced. Management Development Programme (MDP), an intensive short term programme for Middle & Senior level executives was introduced in 1969. A two-year full-time course in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (PMIR) was introduced in 1985, which was soon followed by a Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM) in 1989. XLRI has expanded its wings, both nationally as well as internationally in the last decade. In the year 2000, it came up with a Three-year Executive Postgraduate programme in Business Management, in India & Dubai. Post 2002, it ventured into providing training to executives through satellite based live classrooms, in Business management and Human Resource management.
XAT 2016 PATTERN
Total Questions: 103 Duration: 3.5 Hrs.
Section wise break up:
Verbal: Total number of question 28. 15 Question of reading comprehension and 13 question of verbal ability
Quantitative Aptitude: Total Number of question is 38. 15 question of DI and 23 Question of Quant
Decision Making: Total Number of question is 24
General Knowledge: Total number of question is 20
XAT 2016 ANALYSIS
XAT once again stood out with its high quality paper. On one hand where it stood firm on the declared test pattern, unlike CAT where there were hidden surprises, on the other hand where it claimed on easy paper…Hmm…that understandably didn’t happen much. One should note that XAT had already declared the pattern with number of questions, time allotted and negative marking for wrong and not attempted questions. For the fact that CAT was easier and far less intensive, XAT turns out to be a redefinition of an uphill task. Quantitative Aptitude was time consuming, Verbal Ability was tough nut to crack with misleading options and Decision making was only saving grace and if that wasn’t enough, a beautiful essay writing topic and dynamic GK was staring at the aspirants’ face. All in all a welcome to the new year with a paper that made everyone realise the importance of a preparation.
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: -This is one of the doable sections and could have shocked many with some of its really easy questions. Like last year this year too there were 2 sets of Data Interpretation which in total had 7 Qs. In addition to DI there were 20 questions of quant and 2 questions of data sufficiency. Data interpretation was trickier than previous year and a reasonably well prepared aspirant would have left one set considering it calculative . As far as quant is concerned, it was easier compared to XAT standards. Paper comprised of Arithmetic, Geometry and Advance mathematics with 6 questions each. Algebra was almost negligible with 1 question. Nearly all of them were easy to medium. All in all, the difficulty level in comparison to last year is same. Careful selection of questions would have given an above average aspirant around 18+ attempts and a score of 14+ which can be classified as a good score and a good score means a percentile of around 98.
General Knowledge:- This section was dominated by current affairs and news discussed in newspapers of last year. There were about 7 questions related to national and international on-going issues like Syrian politics, Takata Corporation etc. Geography and History had a share of 7 questions. Identifying the recently famous personalities contributed to 5 questions. 4 questions were business or economy related and rest questions were mostly random questions about India. Overall, a well-read aspirant should be able to get a net score of 10+ in this section.
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