Written By: Smriti Gupta
PLAN B, PLAN C are equally important after PLAN A – Which plan XAT is for you?
The MBA fever, all throughout the year, be it any season, is always high for those who aspire to get into the best of the B-Schools. These aspirants pass through four important stages once they have decided upon doing this course: selecting the target institutes, timely registrations for the entrances, intensive preparations and finally taking up the exams. There would be hardly anyone who relies on a single entrance test. Going for multiple entrances not only puts one on a safer side but also opens more options. CAT and XAT are the two most sought after entrances and cracking them well is a dream of all MBA aspirants.
While CAT usually gets over in the month of November, candidates focus shift on the next biggie- XAT – Xavier’s Aptitude Test, which usually held in the month of January. There is a gap of complete two months between the two tests but there are a lot many things happening during these months which might serve as hindrances in the preparation. Firstly, it had been the festive season which tends to bring the holiday mood into our minds. Secondly, those in the final years of their graduations have to shift focus from entrances to their academics and prepare for their semesters. Also, many of the other MBA entrances like SNAP, MAT and IIFT happen to occur at this time. And lastly, the mindset of aspirants settles with the fact that a yearlong preparation for CAT would be adequate for XAT as well. All these put together results in loosening the grip and concentration over the preparation for XAT. When asked about preparations for XAT, Anjali Agrawal (a B.Tech student from NIT- Raipur) states “Right now I’m concentrating on my semesters and giving lesser time to practicing for competitive exams. I’ve already prepared for CAT and that should help me with XAT as well.” This is the view of most of them and is partially right for them to say.
The pupils must be totally active during this course of time. It should be remembered that XAT is considered as one of the toughest entrances and it has a different pattern from CAT. Therefore a good CAT readiness might only help or support but will not be sufficient to crack XAT. The time should be utilised to the fullest and those areas that do not appear in CAT should be practised well, like, decision making, general awareness and essay.
XAT includes 3 sections namely Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability.
The number of candidates taking up the tests is so big that it cannot be ignored. Hence the extent of competition is taken to the next level. In such a scenario, putting all eggs in a single basket would be the worst thing to do. To undergo a quality post graduate management course, one must reach to a quality B-School. Thus it is important to consider each entrance individually and give it our best shot. “Let not the institute choose you, let yourself choose the institute”.