Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is the entrance exam conducted by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. However, it is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission in XLRI and 100 other top tier management B Schools of India. XLRI application has been embedded with XAT application. Candidates applying for XLRI do not have to fill up two separate forms. It is considered to be one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India. XAT 2018 will be conducted in January 2018.

Exam Pattern

  • The exam pattern of XAT undergoes some change or other every year. The number of questions in Paper 1 varies every year. Paper 2 is a mix of both objective as well as subjective questions, General Knowledge and Essay Writing.
  • The test will have 2 Parts: Part I and Part II.
  • Part I will have 3 sections A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively, i.e. a total of 72 questions.
  • After Part 1 there will be Part II with 25 GK questions and an essay. This section will be of 35 minutes with no negative marking.
  • The total time will be 210 minutes.

Exam Structure

The exam shall consist of the following sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability; Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK
  • Essay

Verbal Ability; Logical Reasoning

This section has two types of questions, Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability or English Usage. This section also contains logical, critical and analytical reasoning questions. The English Usage questions are on grammar and vocabulary.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation  

The topics of the questions in this section are as follows:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Permutation Combination
  • Higher Math
  • Decision Making

The questions of this section appear in caselets and test your interpretative, calculative and logical skills.

General Awareness

You can expect the following topics for the General Awareness section:

  • Business
  • Sports
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Trade
  • International bodies

The above mentioned topics are not exhaustive, but inclusive of all the plausible areas under the broad areas of politics, economy and society.

Paper Section No. of Questions


Paper 1

Decision Making 24
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27
Verbal & Logical Ability 21
Paper 2 General Knowledge 25
Essay 1 topic

Marking Scheme

  • Each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks.
  • A candidate can leave out 13 questions unattempted, beyond which there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.
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Pattern of TISSNET

TATA Institute of Social Sciences conducts its national level post graduate management entrance test- TISSNET usually in January month. The test is conducted for admissions to Masters in Social Work and other 56 related programs across its four main campuses. The TISSNET scores are accepted by TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and other campuses.

Exam Pattern

  • Exam will be conducted in online mode
  • The test duration will be of 1 hour 40 minutes
  • 100 question will be asked in the test
  • English Proficiency will consist of 30 marks, General Awareness 40 marks, Maths and Logical Reasoning – 30 marks.

Syllabus of Exam

Social Sensitivity section

This section will have questions related to general awareness and current affairs. It is likely that this section will be of moderate difficulty level. The topics on which you can expect the questions are as follows:

  • Social Activities and Movements
  • Meaning of terms
  • Recent social issues
  • History
  • Current affairs

Analytical and Numerical Ability section

Difficulty of this level will be of moderate level, and will have questions related to Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and mathematics. The common topics that appear in this section are as follows:

  • Ratio
  • Square Root
  • Time & Distance
  • HCF, LCM
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Time & Work
  • Percentage
  • Average

Verbal Ability section

The topics that might come under this section are:

  • Acronyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Analogy
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms & Antonyms

Logical Reasoning section

The questions of this section is expected to appear in the form of caselets. The topics would be similar to that of other MBA entrance exams. Some of the areas which will be covered under this section are:

  • Puzzles
  • Family tree/blood relations
  • Calendar and Clocks
  • Arrangement
  • Venn Diagram
  • Syllogism
  • Binary Logic

Selection Process

The selection of candidates for different programmes happens in two stages and has three components of assessment. All candidates appear for the National entrance test (TISS NET). Based on the performance in the TISS NET examination, only short listed candidates are called for the Pre Interview Test and Personal Interview.(PIT/PI)

The final selection is based on the following parameters

Parameter Weightage
Entrance Test ( TISS-NET ) 100 marks
Pre- Interview Test/GD 50 marks
Personal Interview

75 marks


225 marks

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Posted by Tanisha Narang, Monday, May 22, 2017    12:30:00PM

Schemes Launched by Government of India which You must know

In today’s fast moving world, to be in competition there is need to stay updated with all the happening around us. If you are preparing for any of the competitive exam, Bank/PO, CSE, CAT, GMAT, XAT, SNAP, given below are the schemes you must know:

  • Details And Significance Of Farmer Centric Schemes
  • Acquire The Information Regarding Financial Inclusion Schemes
  • Urban Reforms: Smart Cities Mission And AMRUT Mission
  • Urban Reforms: HRIDAY, PRASAD, Swadesh Darshan, Rurban Schemes
  • Government Flagship Programs: Make In India And Digital India
  • Government Flagship Programs: Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Innovation And Entrepreneurship Schemes: Startup India Standup India And Atal Innovation Mission
  • Government Flagship Programmes: Skill India Mission
  • Women Related Schemes: Beti Bachao Beti Padhao And Sukanya Samridhi Yojna
  • Women Related Schemes: One Stop Centres, SWADHAR, STEP And Ujjwala
  • Infrastructure Related Schemes : Sagarmala Project, Bharat Mala Project, Setu Bharatam
  • Infrastructure Related Schemes : Green Highways Policy Of 2016
  • Miscellaneous Schemes : MUDRA & Gold Monetization Scheme
  • Features & Advantages Of Labor Reforms
  • Challenges Of Banking Sector Along With Indradhanush Plan
  • Banking Reforms : Understanding NPA’s


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Answer to the frequently asked question: Why MBA?

Personal Interview is the final selection round in which interviewer filter out the desired candidate for the B Schools. In the Personal Interview round of the B Schools, the question which is asked frequently is Why MBA? There is no particular answer to this question or we can say any answer accordingly, but this is the question which can increase or can kill your chances to get selected in B schools.

Some tips to answer this question while giving interview for B Schools are:

Why MBA? : What to say

You can mention many reasons- the most impactful will be your post MBA goals. Just think about what you will do with the MBA degree after graduation.

Some popular reasons can be:

  • A change of industry / role /  geography
  • Picking up new skills that would be relevant for those new jobs
  • Finding business partners (for a business idea that you already have in mind)
  • Building a strong network that can help you many years after you have graduated

These are all reasons for the big ‘Why MBA‘ question, but they can’t be the most appropriate reasons. If your ‘Why MBA’ answer begins and ends at any of these reasons, it’s more likely to be considered as being apparent reasons.

Answer which you must not give:

Informally, most MBA applicants answer that they are opting MBA for higher salary. Others might reply that they are bored and tired of their current roles. Some don’t have interest in their industry. Some dislike their boss. Some want a bigger brand MNC name on their CV. So they are planning to escape from it and move to the top B Schools.

NOTE- These answers must not be presented during the PI’s as it will surely nullify       your chances of getting selected.             

Nowadays, you can’t just focus on cracking the entrance exam (CAT, GMAT) and keep aside your post-MBA career plans for the next 2 years.

Most applicants who get called for the personal interview have got high CAT scores and impressive profiles to begin with. Think about the additional insights you can share with the interviewer that’ll help you knock out the competition and get in.

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Posted by Tanisha Narang, Wednesday, May 17, 2017    10:35:00AM


Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management (PGPSM):IIM Lucknow

IIM Lucknow, at its Noida Campus, is conducting a 2 year full time Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management. This programme help students to build an ethos on environment and social responsibility of business. The programme is inter-connecting the economic with social as well as environment system.

Objectives of the Programme:

  • Understand societal development from multiple perspectives
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in functional areas of business management
  • Actively participate in the growing world-wide debate on the purposes and responsibilities of business
  • Become informed, self-aware and socially and environmentally responsible individuals, contributing to social change
  • Challenge the status quo and suggest new and innovative opportunities for businesses to grow without compromising social and environmental responsibilities

Need of Sustainable Management

Businesses today are increasingly being driven by sustainability concerns. Results of surveys conducted by many leading consulting and media houses such as Forbes and Fortune indicate that no business can survive in future without incorporating sustainability principles and practices in its operations. However, this is easier said than done. Here in lies the role of Sustainable Management.

While in the past, ‘sustainability’ as a term was often associated and limited to environmental and social concerns, a hard realization has set-in in the recent years that businesses cannot separate themselves from society and environment. An unstable social and environmental ecology will inadvertently hurt the profit bottom line of business by making the conduct of business expensive. Hence, the only way to deal with the threat of negative environmental and sociological impact of business is to convert them into opportunities of improvements and excellence.


If we talk about the summer placement of the second batch of the programme, 100% placement recorded with 26 offers to 19 students. 13 recruiters visited the campus.

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Posted by Tanisha Narang, Sunday, May 14, 2017 03:00:00PM

Tips To Read- The Hindu

If you are preparing for Competitive exams like CAT or Civil Services exam the most important part is to stay updated with the events happening around the world. Then it comes into the mind Which newspaper to read? What to read? How to read?

The answer to the first question is to read -The Hindu Newspaper.

The answer to the next questions is given below:

  • Make concise notes while reading
  • Try to complete the newspaper within 80 minutes and then decrease it to 60 minutes
  • Don’t waste time on reading the irrelevant news
  • Understand the type of news to be read according to the topics covered in IAS Prelims and mains exam
  • Avoid news on the topics like, Local news, cooking, lifestyle, fashion, advertisement, sports news, open page etc.
  • Sections to be read carefully is Editorial
  • Make the notes of the important points
  • Read news on International issues like relationships of countries, summits, conferences etc.
  • Read Economy section carefully
  • Science & technology section is also important

Hope this will help you out to sought out the queries in your mind.

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Next 5 months Plan for CAT’17 Preparation

Many students have started preparation for CAT’17 and many will start after their semester exams are over. Only 5 months are left for CAT’17 preparation. The main problem for many students will be: How to plan these 5 months to score good in CAT’17? The answer to this question is to plan out strategically and give your best efforts. The plan for  next 5 months which you can follow is given below.

Focus on Completing Syllabus till August 2017

This time your priority must be to complete the syllabus till August 2017. You have to build command on each and every subject till August 2017 because the pattern is changed and you have only 1 hour to attempt each section. So, each section score will be considered in the overall CAT score. Don’t miss any subtopic of any subject while preparing.

Make concise 1-2 page notes (formulas, shortcuts,etc)for every topic, so that it is easy for you to refer and revise at the last moment. You must give at least 3-4 hours for self study.

Revision Time from 1-15 September 2017  

Give 15 days for the revision of every subject topics and it’s sub-topics. Give the sectional or topic wise test as much as you can to improve your subjects. If you are weak at any subject than give more topic wise test of that subject so that you can improve on your weakness.

15 September-Till CAT’17 Exam date

During the last two months, all you have to do is give practice test as much as you can. Just devote this 2 months period to full length mock tests. This will tell you your preparation level and your improvement areas. Track your progress during your preparation because this only will help you scoring good percentile in the CAT’17

All The Best For Preparation

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Ways to get most out of Practice Test while preparing for CAT’17

Just preparing theory for any competitive exam is not always enough. The true picture of your preparation is shown by the Practice test, commonly known as Mock tests. Practice test is always a necessary part of preparation. Hence, you should have a systematic approach for these mock tests as well.

Use Actual Practice Test

You shouldn’t waste time on different practice test of different exams with the same syllabi. Many students who are preparing for CAT waste their precious time in practicing papers from the internet which are of Bank/PO exam, SSC exam etc. It is the sheer wastage of time. All you need to focus on the practice test based on the CAT latest pattern only.

Find the right location

Always choose the peaceful and quiet place to give practice test. This will help you in concentrating on the test as well as you can measure the proper timing of the test also. When you are giving a test without any disturbance this will help you in focusing more on the test and generates better results.

Improve your timings

Whenever you are doing any practice test, you should focus on improving your timing also. As CAT exam is all about time management. You have to record your timing of each and every test and also try to improve it by keeping the time limit in mind. This will help in increasing your speed of solving questions and also achieve a good score.

Take as many practice test as you can

Practicing 2-3 practice test is not enough. You have to practice as much practice test as you can. It doesn’t mean that you leave your topics and just give practice papers. You must practice upto 20-30 mock test before going to give exam. This will improve your weak areas as well as build your strength area also. This will improve your score as well as time performance. Overall it will improve your CAT score.

Review your test papers

After giving each test review your weak areas. Check yourself where you are lagging and which topic you have to work upon. Practice more of the topic in which you are lagging before giving the next exam. When you will give the next practice test by improving the weak areas you will get an improved score for sure.

Track your progress

Keep a track of your score of each and every practice test you are giving. Maintain the track sectional wise as well as overall. This is the necessary part of the preparation as this only will guide whether you are on the right track of your preparation or not.

All the Best for the preparation

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Posted by Tanisha Narang, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 01:55:00PM

An Overview of Selection Procedure of B Schools

The criteria for shortlist for all the B schools is based on the entrance exam score and the profile of the candidate. After the shortlist, the final selection is heavily dependent of the Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, Personal Interview conducted by the particular institute. Many institutes are conducting only WAT and Personal interviews, and have stopped conducting Group discussions.

The most important qualities which are tested throughout the selection procedure are your confidence, leadership skills, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, etc.

Given below is an overview of all the three procedures.

Group Discussion

In a GD, the panel generally looks for the quality and quantity of relevant content, Communication skills, Group Dynamics and leadership quality. The duration of GD is between 10 to 15 mins, with around 8 – 12 members. After the GD topic is explained by the panel, about  1 to 2 mins to think over a topic. It is important to use this time wisely, and note down all the points that you can think of about the topic. The topics are mostly based on the current affairs.

Some of the B schools which conducted GD in 2016 are: IIM Kozhikode, IIM Shillong, All New IIMs, XLRI, SP Jain, FMS, MDI, NITIE, IIFT etc.

Written  Ability Test

Written Ability Test is a test in which you have to write on the topic given to you.

In a WAT, the panel tests is your Creativity, knowledge, Writing skills, analytical ability, etc. Some of the topics of the WAT are: “Mission to Mars, Redefining Democracy, Relevance of exit polls, Demonetisation in India:Decision is more appreciated than criticized”.

Some of the names of B schools conducting WAT are: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Calcutta, SJMSOM-IIT Bombay, VGSOM-IIT Kharagpur.

Personal Interview

The overall result depends heavily on the Personal Interview round. The body language of the candidates is the first quality which is considered when he enters into the Interview room. The qualities which are considered during PI are: Confidence, Communication skills, Body language, Etiquettes, Knowledge, Skill, Aptitude, Spontaneity, Clarity of thought, Approach,Personal details-Motivation, Passion, Strengths, Weakness, Interests, Hobbies, Extra-curricular activities, etc.

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