How to Prepare and Crack XAT 2018 in 3 Months?

Rajat updated on : 10 Oct 2017

XAT 2018 is going to be conducted on January 7 2018. It's time when the candidates should brace themselves up. Read this article to know how to develop an action plan for 90 days XAT 2018 preparation strategy?

How to Prepare and Crack XAT 2018 in 90 Days?

XLRI Jamshedpur is going to conducte Xavier’s Aptitude Test 2018 on 7th January 2018. The institute conducts XAT 2018 every year in order to shortlist candidates for admission to its management courses. This is a national level examination and there are more than 100 B – schools which accept the scores of XAT. With less time left in hands for preparation of XAT 2018, candidates now need to brace themselves and start preparing hard in order to crack XAT 2018 in 3 months. As XAT syllabus 2018 is very wide and covers many topics, candidates need to divide their days as per the preparation strategy in order to score well in XAT 2018 in 90 days. Now, it is the time when the candidates should follow a schedule of 90 days XAT 2018 preparation strategy. As per the previous exam trends of XAT, it has been observed that every year there are some changes in the exam pattern of XAT. If we talk about XAT 2015 and XAT 2015, they differed from each other. Though, XAT 2016 pattern was followed same in XAT 2017, there are possibilities of some changes in terms of total questions.

The total time duration of XAT 2018 is 210 minute. Candidates have to do 78 questions which are sectioned in four parts. Every correct question will carry one single mark. The four sections of XAT 2018 are listed below:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Decision Making
  • English Language and Logical Reasoning
  • General Knowledge and Essay

If we talk about other competitive entrance examinations such as SNAP, CAT or CMAT, there is no essay and Decision Making section. This section contains the questions which are based on the case studies and situations where in the candidates need to answer their most logical opinion. XAT is considered more difficult than other exam if talked about the difficulty level of Xavier’s Aptitude Test.

Read - How do Toppers Prepare for XAT?

As around three months are left only, candidates need to strategize a smart action plan for XAT 2018 preparation in 90 days. Three months are good enough time for preparation; hence there is no need to getting panicked. A right strategy and right action plan is all you need to perform well in XAT 2018 in 3 months.

Talking about XAT preparation in 90 days, there are generally three basic tools which can be the best factors in XAT preparation in such a short time.

  • Pick XAT Exam Papers: You should pick the previous years’ sample papers of XAT so that you can have an idea of exam setting. Also you will come to know about the frequently asked questions.
  • XAT Mock Tests: Mock tests are the best way to prepare for any examination. XAT mock tests will give you an experience of real exam and you will overcome several challenges.
  • Pick Best Books to Prepare for XAT: You will find several books in the market. XLRI hasn’t prescribed any definite syllabus or books for preparation. Hence, you need to pick the best book for XAT preparation. Books by Arun Sharma, Nishit Sinha etc. are the best.

XAT 2018 is an all-round test which evaluates your intellectual level checking your level of critical thinking, language skills and reasoning abilities. You need to be confident and determined to crack XAT 2018 in 3 months. Let us first break down XAT 2018 syllabus for better simplification.

As per the exam syllabus of XAT 2018, you divide the entire syllabus in to three sections

  • Logical and Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Decision Making
  • General Knowledge
  • Essay

The following table contains the major topics in the sections mentioned in the first point:

Sr. No.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Decision Making

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning


Number System

Family Tree

Verbal Critical Reasoning



Blood Relations

Analogies, Reserve Analogies


Time, Distance and Speed

Logical Matching

Para Jumbles


Work and Time


Questions based on Summary


Height and Distance

Seating Arrangement

Sentence Correction



Coding and Decoding



Ratio and Proportion

Statement Conclusions

English Usage/Grammar


Linear Equations

Bar Graphs

Fill in the Blanks


Surds and Indices

Pie Chart

Logical Completion of Idea




Jumbled Paragraph






Quadratic Equations





Line Charts




Numeric Grid




Venn Diagram



Permutation and Combination












Binomial Theorem








Co – ordinate Geometry




Set Theory












Mixtures and Allegations








Complex Numbers








Data Interpretation – Web Diagram



General Knowledge Section

This section is very wide as there is no definite shape of the topics covered in this section. Though this section resembles with other MBA entrance examinations, hence we have listed the main topics below which are covered in this section. You can pick up books of GK for SNAP or IIFT exam.

  • Politics
  • History, Culture and Geography
  • Personalities in News
  • Sports News
  • Literature
  • Nation and States
  • Science in Everyday Life
  • Current events in National and International Economy
  • Indian Constitution

Action Plan of Preparation XAT 2018 in 90 Days

The very first step is to invest at least five hours of study with full concentration is a must. Every day go through the editorial section of newspapers such as The Economist, The Hindu, The Wall Street Journal etc.

Mark your days as per the followings:

The schedule of October Months should look like as follows:

Days  - October Month


Monday to Tuesday

QA – 2 Hours

VA – 1 Hours

DM – 2 Hours

Wednesday to Thursday

QA – 2 Hours

DM – 1 Hours

VA – 2 hours

Friday to Saturday

QA – 2 Hours

DM – 2 Hours

GK – 1 Hours


Revise the Week Preparation

Solve Questions from the Topics
GK – 2 Hours

For November, you can go on repeating the action plan October in November as well.

Action plan of December – When December comes, you should be prepared enough to start mock tests and should analyze your strong and weak areas.

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday

Mock Tests

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Work on Weak Areas



Once you start taking XAT Mocks, it is very important to analyze them. Once you finish one mock test, analyze your score and performance in accordance with every question, check if you started with suitable approach or not to solve the questions. Check which were the questions you left unanswered. This way, you can easily identify your weaker areas. While it comes to preparing XAT 2018 in three months, you should always implement the ‘time vs. target’ concept, which means to complete any topic in a given time limit. And for this, you need to stick with the action plan so that you can score well in XAT 2018 in 90 days.

You aren’t required to do all the questions but at the same time, you have to maximize the correct attempts, minimizing your incorrect attempts. You should know that even if you attempt half of the questions correctly, you can reach somewhere around 97 to 98 percentile. It is always better to prepare smartly rather studying round the clock. XAT preparation in 90 days needs intelligent approach so that you can achieve good marks in short time. 

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