Venkidesh shares his experience about the Do’s and Dont’s for XAT Preparation [IFMR]

The dream of doing a postgraduate degree in management was there from my engineering days. Before doing my MBA, I wanted to have an exposure on the working culture and business strategies of an organisation. So I have worked in an MNC after my engineering for around 3 years. In March 2017, I have decided to write the XAT exam and there were 9 months to prepare for the exam. XAT is one of the difficult exams and requires serious efforts to be put for getting a good percentile.

Below are the strategies I followed for preparing for the exam,

  1. Join a coaching Centre

The first thing that I did after deciding to write XAT was to join a coaching centre. The main reason behind this was to brush up my math concepts and to know more about the tricks and tips that can be used in the exam.

  1. Prepare a schedule

The most important factor that determines a good percentile in XAT is the effort we put in. The next thing I did was to find a balance between work and study. For this, I have prepared a schedule on a weekly basis based on the topics to study and the amount of office work that had to be completed. I have always tried to complete the studies as per the schedule.

  1. Write Mock tests

After attending a few classes, I have started to write Mock tests. Initially, I was not able to perform well in the mock tests and my score was very less. Gradually my scores kept on rising as I wrote more and more tests

  1. Understand the weak areas

After attending each mock tests, I used to spend some time on analyzing the mistakes that I made in the tests. This has helped me to understand my weak and strong areas and to allocate more time on my weak areas. After every new mock test, I checked whether my performance was improved or not. Based on that I updated my schedule accordingly.

The last stage was to perform in the actual XAT exam. Before the exam date, I had gone through the important things that I learned. It was just to jog up my memory. Also, I have gone through the previous XAT papers. On the day of the exam, I kept my mind calm, confident and refreshed and wrote the exams.

These strategies really helped me to perform well in the exam and I was able to get into one of the premier B-school in India on my first try itself.


Author- Venkidesh H

System Engineer , TCS,Banglore