Xat Essay Weight Age Dictionary

Aspirants seeking the admission to coveted B schools must gear up without wasting any time further and begin their preparation for GD PI WAT. Out of above three, WAT is the most important as it forms the basis of questions in your Personal Interview round also. Besides those who are also preparing for XAT 2014, to be conducted on January 5, 2014 will have to encounter a 20 minutes’ Essay Writing Test which will form the part of main XAT examination. Whether it is WAT or Essay Writing Test both are similar with a difference that XAT has included it with the written examination and CAT associated management colleges conduct it after the declaration of written test round.

CAT 2013 concluded on November 6, 2013 and probably aspirants must have been giving some serious thought on WAT preparation. MBAUniverse.com provided an insight article that number of IIMs and other leading B schools are either gradually substituting GD by WAT or concurrently holding both the rounds i.e. WAT as well as GD.

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Now learn the important aspects on WAT and essay writing from Prof. S.K. Agarwal, expert in preparation of WAT and PI 

How important is WAT in IIMs or Essay Writing in XLRI

CAT 2013 written test result is going to be declared on January 14, 2014 and immediately after that successful candidates will be called for the next round of admission, the WAT. If this Writing Ability Test is casually taken by any aspirant, there is no way he or she can expect some miracle. The weightage is more than anticipated.

While CAT has tested your skills in quantitative aptitude, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, what remains to be tested is your writing and communication skill.  One may be an expert in a particular subject or topic but it is not necessary that he will have the same skill set while writing down coherently with a clear and relevant flow of thoughts. It therefore, needs to be tested in the writing ability test where the candidate will have to write extempore on a given hot topic in a few minutes’ time.

Accomplished and well worded writing skill always makes good managers who reach the top corporate positions. Realizing this fact, the top Management B-schools such as IIMs, XLRI, IIFT, that earlier focused on Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI), have substituted the Group discussion with Essay Writing and some of them have added this feature for admission to their various Management programmes.

MCQs don’t require you to go on writing with a goal to communicate your thoughts but the writing ability test does.

Need for WAT        

Why is such a change of focus so much needed in the second or final admission round to the most coveted B-schools?  The need is obvious. GD although gives an opportunity to discuss pros and cons of a topic, it, during the course becomes a free for all “fish market” where it is difficult to understand anything in the ‘din’. This leaves a bad impression and the moderator has to intervene sometimes. Even if you have the ability to express your ideas in an effective manner, some ‘bully’ in the group may deprive you of the opportunity. This is one of the major reasons of substituting GD by WAT which brings out your inherent qualities of thought expression.

Future managers must be aware of the importance of error free writing without ambiguity of thought and to make it clear, the top business schools have been resorting to conduct Writing Ability Test, before granting admission to the world renowned MBA programmes.

How and what to prepare

The essay writing by the aspirant is a firm display of his coherent flow of ideas as well as manifestation of his skill and aptitude. It checks the thought process, communication skills of the aspirant. Besides it conveys whether the aspirant is free from biases and is able to understand the things without prejudice.

Those with positive attitude always pour down better thoughts. Whether it is a case let; situation analysis, current affairs, national/ international, controversial, abstract or some grim topic with negative appeal – Writing Ability Test aims to take the best out of you. With positive writing one can turn the tables in his favor and can interlink the personal experiences which become the best part of writing ability test.

You are supposed to prepare on numerous topics and the clue is to go for versatile reading.  Read the articles, editorials, letters to editor and pick out any topic, begin writing on it say for 15 minutes or so.  After completion, check how many spelling mistakes, mistakes of sentence formation, punctuation, grammar, subject verb agreement you have made.  Write again this time more cautiously, your mistakes will be reduced by more than half.

One is supposed to practice it every day and 7 days a week without any gap, if one really wishes to get into your desired B school.  

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Key topics

Concentrate on topics based on

i)  current affairs- like Mission to Mars, Inclusion of indigeneously built fighter air craft, Rise of common man as a political force,
ii) Social-  How safe are women, social media, social activism, Lokpal Bill; corruption-how to address it; Rising gap in the society; Is MBA necessary to become a good Manager  
iii) Business and Economics- Policies to curb inflation, Policies by New RBI Governor, Economic development-causes of slow growth rate; Will India remain way behind China; CHOGM summit in SriLanka, FDI in multi retail business;
iv) Political- Recent rise of Aam Aadmi Party-will it define future of the country; crumbling or revising democracy in India; State sponsored Terrorism or Terrorism is a subjective thought; The type of Government India needs; Should pre election opinion polls be banned
v) Environmental-Global warming; Himalayan Tsunami; Developing countries are more concerned on environmental issues than the developed ones.

 The topic can be anything under the Sun. Please improve your reading and writing skills to be successful in essay writing or WAT.   

The Evaluation of WAT
It is expected that the candidate should be able to express his ideas in a clear, logical and coherent manner. In fact, most of the candidates have been practicing and working on electronic devices like desktops and laptops, leaving, the writing skills behind in the process. The mind, as we read more and more becomes a Jungle of wandering thoughts, difficult to be interlinked.  A person who knows very less can cook up good stories with an empty brain but a learned mind, full of rich thoughts needs to be the store house of organised expressions.

The essay that has balanced and systematic approach gets better rating than the one with unorganised or repetitive thoughts. Writing beside the point, in an ambiguous manner or criss-crossing the ideas, even if with lot of reflected knowledge will not bring the desired result. Hence the need is to communicate effectively and put forth the view point in an impressive manner.       

Time Management in WAT and essay writing

An essay of 200 words in 15 minutes to an essay of 400 words in 30 minutes may be considered good enough, provided it is concise, to the point and meaningful else it will be a futile exercise and may become the cause of volley of troublesome questions in PI round.  It is advisable to adhere to time limit and write coherently only that much which you can explain.

WAT is all about writing in a different but interesting manner to make your point home and not deviating from the thought process than that on the crux of the topic.

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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is scheduled to be conducted on January 7, 2018. Candidates should fasten-up their belts and formulate preparation strategies. To achieve the best in the examination it is a must for all the candidates to start their preparation strategically and as early as possible.

For the first time this year XAT 2018 will be conducted in computer based mode.

Given below is the complete examination pattern and marking scheme to get familiar with and make a better preparation strategy.

XAT Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

PaperSection NameNo. Of QuestionsTotal MarksTotal TimeNegative Marking
Paper 1Decision Making2424170 Mins0.25 for any wrong answer, 0.05 for more than 13 unattempted questions
Verbal and Logical Ability2121
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation2727
Paper 2General Knowledge252540 MinsNo Negative Marking
Essay Writing1 essayNo Negative Marking

Each question carries one mark and for each wrong answer there is negative marking of 1/4 marks. After 12 questions that have not been attempted there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.

Except the Essay Writing section, the other 4 sections in XAT question paper contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) while Essay Writing in XAT is of descriptive nature.

Paper- 1- XAT Paper 1 consists 3 sections that have multiple choice objective type questions. Below are given the tips to solve the different sections-

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section holds the highest weightage in the XAT Exam. 2017 XAT had 72 Questions. The sectional difficulty is expected to be tough. The important topics that need to be prepared on the higher priority are Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, and Number System.

The Quant Section is not about speed, it is more a concern of accuracy. Due to which, it is the most time taking and a tricky section of the XAT Exam.

To prepare for this section, you can refer to the books or study material for CAT or XAT

Conceptual clarity is required more to solve the questions. Hence, if you are weak in this section then it is recommended to prepare important topics with perfection rather that preparing the complete syllabus.

In comparison to Quant section, Data Interpretation is much simpler. The question will be asked in sets on various topics that include Bar Chart, Tables, Line Graphs, Pie Chart, and others. To brush up your skills, regular practice is required.

Verbal and Logical Ability

The Verbal Ability section is further divided into English Usage and Reading Comprehension. The section carries 21 questions and the second highest weightage. Besides Reading Comprehension, the other areas consist Critical Reasoning, Vocabulary based Analogy, Statement and Assumptions, Para Completion and Para Jumbles.

  • If you think that you are not good in verbal ability then it is recommended to solve at least 2 reading comprehension passages every day to get good marks in this section.
  • Solving past years’ question papers helps you to practice the other English Usage topics.
  • To improve your vocabulary, you can refer to the books like Barron’s Dictionary, Word Power by Norman Lewis, and many more. Learn at least 10 new words every day by using Flash Cards.

Coming to the Logical Ability section, Critical Reasoning comprises one of the vital topics. The questions are asked in the form of caselets. Logical reasoning requires more practice than theoretical studies. So, it is better to practice as much you can to get good marks in this section.

Decision Making

Another important section is Decision Making, which is exclusive for XAT. The best method to get through this section is build good analytical knowledge that can be gained only by regular practice. Solve previous years’ question papers as much you can.

This section is the high scoring section. It can help you in increasing overall marks. To have a firm grip on this section and to improve your knowledge, you can go through the sample cases of the Harvard Business Review website.

All questions are asked in the Caselet structure followed by a set of questions. The case defines a situation with generally two questions types:

  • What would be the ideal method to solve the given situation?
  • What is the reason that lead to this situation?


Paper Two

The part two of the exam comprises of two sections – Essay Writing and General Knowledge. Herein you will encounter both subjective and objective questions.

General Knowledge

The GK section contains 25 questions and the topics will be similar with the other MBA Exams like CAT and IIFT. GK has been recently added to the paper and the difficulty level is quite high. Apart from current affairs, the questions will also be asked from Geography, History, Science & Technology and more.

Hence, just reading newspapers is not enough to get good marks in this section, you should also have a holistic knowledge on different topics. There will be no negative marking in this section and no sectional percentile will be considered to shortlist the eligible candidates. However, attaining good marks in this section is utmost important as low score can decrease your chance to get admission.

Essay Writing

Only regular practice can help you in cracking this section. Candidates will have 20 minutes to write the essay for which topic will be provided to you. The best way to write an essay is first make points of whatever comes to your mind. This will help you in increasing the writing speed.

The example of topics are “Technology and nature are natural enemies”, or “Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand, we only listen to refute or reply”.

This section will depict the thought clarity on the current issue. Make sure you write relevant and logical thoughts rather than just filling up the paper.

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