Strategy for XAT Decision MakingRahul Singh
XAT stands for Xavier’s Aptitude Test. This is a national-level entrance examination which is conducted by XLRI every year and gives an opportunity for a student who is interested in the management area. Additionally, this score can be used for admission in various other 100 institutes for admission to their management programs through the XAT score. It is conducted on the first Sunday of the year when the program starts and is an online format-based exam. The next exam will also be conducted on the first Sunday of 2019. XAT exam consists of four sections Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Ability; XAT Decision Making & General knowledge.
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XAT Exam Pattern
XAT exam pattern is quite different from other MBA exams as it consists of a section called Decision making. This area checks the management aptitude by presenting different situations and cases and asks you to identify the correct decision in these situations by an individual. The candidate gets 165 minutes to solve the paper and the candidate can shift through sections at any time in the paper.
The paper can be divided into three parts: concept-driven, practice intensive and environmentally sensitive. Concept-driven includes Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and some areas of Verbal & Logical Ability; Practice Intensive includes Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning as it can be mastered only when practised nicely and General Knowledge is environment sensitive. In this article, we will discuss the strategy for XAT decision-making section and how to tackle its questions
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XAT Decision Making
In the past few years, XAT has seen an increase in the number of questions on Decision Making. This makes Decision Making an important factor in clearing percentile cut-offs. Unfortunately, a lot of students don’t know how to prepare for this section and end up with low scores for this section. Lack of Knowledge and a lack of time invested in preparing, are the reasons for low scores in Decision Making.
The following guidelines will help you to build your preparation strategy for Decision Making:
1) Identify the question: Questions asked in Decision Making usually ask you to choose the correct decision. A situation will be given to you that will involve a number of situations and factors. Your job is to evaluate all the situations and factors, and based on this, take the appropriate decision.
Another type of question is where you will have to choose the appropriate reason that led to a particular situation.
XAT decision-making question types
- What led him/her to do this?
- What would you choose if ___ happened?
- Which of the following is the best option?
- What would be the most ethical option?
2) XAT decision-making syllabus: The passages/sets that are asked in this section can be broadly grouped into types.
- Business/Financial situations
- Situations involving strategies
- Situations related to Corporate/Human Resources
- Analytical Reasoning
Most of the sets will belong to any of the above-mentioned types.
3) Approaching the set: Any activity done with the right approach will bear fruits. The same holds true for decision-making questions. You have to follow a logical approach while making a decision for a particular question. DO NOT make EMOTIONAL decisions.
Remember, XAT is an exam that is attempted by students who will eventually go on to become future business leaders. Therefore, like any business leader, you have to make decisions based on logic (and sometimes, ethics) and not on your feelings/emotions.
4) Approaching the options: As mentioned earlier, a lot of questions will have options that are pretty close to each other. A lot of students get confused between two or more options.
Now, here is where, again, the way you approach the answers, comes into play. Instead of trying to find the right answer, focus on eliminating the wrong ones. The quicker you eliminate options, the faster you can zero in on the correct choice.
So, when practising, focus on eliminating the wrong/incorrect options.
5) Past Papers: Practice Makes Perfect. And the best material to practice for Decision Making is the previous years’ papers for XAT. Get your hands on the questions and solutions of previous years’ papers on XAT. Try out the decision-making questions from XAT 2019 question paper. You will get a good idea about how the questions are asked. These question papers have all the XAT solutions required.
Link for XAT Past Question Papers
Also, the difficulty levels of the set/questions vary. Attempting past papers will give you good exposure to the different levels of complexity in the decision-making section.
6) Practice: The final tip will be practice. Practice all the mock questions and previous years’ questions. The more you solve, the better you’ll get at tackling Decision Making questions.
Do follow the above guidelines while preparing for Decision Making. They will make the preparation for this section, a lot less cumbersome. Many students give up on this section as they fail to take the above-mentioned tips into account while preparing. As a result, they approach this section with pretty low levels of confidence.
How to tackle XAT decision-making questions
Identify the people associated with the event:
1. Pick up a holistic approach:
2. Benefit of most people:
3. Say “No to self-opinion”:
4. Belief in the good ethical way:
5. Just diagnose why the other options don’t match:
6. Ask yourself key questions:
XAT decision-making question 1
Which of the following could be the most serious issue that Mrs Biswas might face with her decision?
- The job might have travel requirements that might pose a challenge for females.
- Females have an intrinsic understanding of the use of cosmetics that men do not have.
- It is not necessary that females wish to take up these roles.
- Men are better at sales than females.
- Both 2 and 4
Answer: option 1
XAT decision-making question 2
What should you do in the given scenario?
- Ask Sanjeev to leave.
- Provide another training to Sanjeev.
- Find another job for Sanjeev
- Change the job role of Sanjeev.
- Both 1 and 3
Answer: option 4
XAT decision-making question 3
What should you do in the given case?
- Ask the slum dwellers to move.
- Allow the slum dwellers to stay in the winter months.
- Introduce a cleanliness drive in the area and ask those slum dwellers to leave immediately who do not follow the instruction.
- Try partial transfer of slum residents and shift some of the dwellers to permanent low income housing (depending upon availability).
- Both 3 and 4
Answer: option 5
The above guidelines give you the right info and approach, which is needed before beginning your preparation. Follow these tips and crack this section.
All the Best!!
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