“The low number of questions in XAT 2017 worked in my favour,” says Vidit Jain, 99.973 percentile holder

The much anticipated Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) results were out on January 25 and since then, PaGaLGuY has been bringing you the success stories of those who’ve fared above 99 percentile. But, here’s Vidit Jain, who with a 99.973 percentile is among the top ten percentile holders of the exam.

Elated with his achievement, Jain said, “I didn’t think I would get a percentile over 99. As the number of questions were less, I guess things turned out in my favour.” In total, the XAT 2017 paper contained 72 questions that the students had to complete within 170 minutes.

Surprising as it may sound, Vidit solved only six mock tests before the exam, which he says, was all that he had prepared. “Given that I am not an engineer and a business studies undergrad, decision making came naturally to me. That is why, I scored quite well in Decision Making – a section that didn’t go quite well for most candidates,” he said.

His sectional percentiles are 99.871 in Quantitative Ability (QA), 99.651 in Verbal Ability (VA) and 96.335 in Data Interpretation (DI) and Decision Making (DM).

A final year Bachelor in Business Studies (BBS) student from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, New Delhi, Jain is in two minds – whether to pursue higher education immediately or gain some work experience. Apart from XAT, he also took GMAT and CAT. With a 99.5 percentile in CAT, he has received calls from all IIMs, except IIM Bangalore and Calcutta. His top MBA college preferences are IIM Ahmedabad, Lucknow or XLRI. “I have also received a couple of job offers, and calls from prestigious institutes. However, with so many options, I’m quite undecided about the road ahead,” he said, adding that if he decides to pursue MBA, he would like to specialise in Finance and pursue a career in Investment Banking.