About XAT Exam 2020

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an online MBA entrance test conducted at an All-India Level. XAT MBA entrance exam attracts the cream of talent in India. The best talent of country aspires for XAT accepting colleges.

Ideal XAT Score:

  • Based on Previous Years’ scores, a score of 30 and above would get you a 90+

percentile while 35+ would get you a 95 percentile.

Important Dates:
XAT Event Date
Admit Card Available 20th December ’19 – 3rd January ’20
XAT 2020 5th January ’20
Results Announced 31st January ’20

Exam Pattern:

  • For each correct answer, +1 marks will be recorded while 0.25 will be deducted for each wrong answer. For GK Questions, wrong answers will be free from negative marking
  • Essay Questions have been removed from this year’s XAT 2020 paper
Section No. Of Questions (MCQs) Time Duration
Part – 1
Verbal & Logical Ability 26     No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation   27
Part 1 Total 74 165 Minutes
Part – 2
General Knowledge 25 15 Minutes
Total (Part 1+2) 99 3 Hours

The Decision Making Section

Decision Making (DM) is a section unique to XAT and is often considered to be the toughest of all sections. It consists of a mix of behavioural, managerial and mathematical questions. Decision Making is not really a test of theoretical knowledge but challenges the basic assumptions of your thinking and whether you are able to understand real-world problems that are presented as cases in these questions.

The Mathematical Decision-Making questions can be regarded as Data Interpretation or Logical Reasoning sets that can be solved using the techniques adopted for these areas. Keep in mind that these questions are generally very data-intensive and require in-depth analysis. Make sure that you quickly scan through the problem and only solve them if they appear to be manageable within a decent amount of time.

The Behavioural and Managerial questions in the section are the interesting ones. Generally, you are provided a situation in which multiple courses of action arise or there are multiple fallouts of a particular action, and you are supposed to identify the correct path/analysis. Majority of the time, the questions pose ethical/management/ human resource related dilemmas that you are expected to address and solve.

Effectively, you can view these questions as a combination of critical reasoning and reading comprehension questions.

7 Strategic Steps Needed For Cracking XAT 2020 – Decision Making Section

1.  Establish Stakeholders in the given problem

Every situation that you are given generally has multiple stakeholders, people or parties for which that information is relevant. Make sure you make a mental list of all of these.

2.  Analysis of Problems Holistically: From the Perspective of Each Stakeholder

For the stakeholders that you have analysed, make sure you are able to analyse the problem from the viewpoint of every stakeholder. Do not adopt viewpoints that neglect one side of the story.

3.  Take the Viewpoint that Maximises Benefit and Minimises Damage from a complete Angle

In decision-making questions, you are supposed to select the option that maximises the benefit for the majority, and at times, this might mean selecting a course of action that might be completely risk-free.

4.  Avoid Personal Opinions

Also, do not favour any one side in any particular case. It is a common tendency of students to adopt an approach based on your own value system (for example: an anti-business or anti-worker’s approach in a dispute between management and workers). Do not allow personal opinions to cloud your judgment.

5.  Do not adopt unethical practices

Options that present shortcuts or unethical ways of solving a problem need to be instantly rejected. These can never be the answer.

6.  Do Not select Options that Pronounce Unsubstantiated Judgments

Many of the options that present extreme scenarios are actually nothing else but cleverly concealed opinions. Remember, these opinions appeal to emotion and can tempt you to select them. Be careful about them and make sure you do not get enticed by this trap

7.  Question Yourself and make sure you are not missing anything

Majority of the time, you are faced with intricate scenarios where you miss one element or the other while solving a problem. Make sure you question yourself about these assumptions and ensure that you have not missed some vital piece of data.

Along with the above, one critical thing that you need to do is to practice all previous year XAT decision making questions.

XAT – Decision Making Section Examples

Q1. Ms. Deelipa has asked you to conduct a Non Teaching Staff Induction Training. You are to call for a tender from various agencies with specifications that include the contents, duration, experience, budget and other relevant information. You then need to shortlist five agencies from the list of 20 and make a presentation within two days.

Review the following responses:
  1. Rate all 20 agencies on a scale of 1 to 5 on information available and select the top 5
  2. Select the five lowest bids based on the price quoted
  3. Seek selection criteria from Deelipa and the HR Director and shortlist the bidders accordingly
  4. Follow the advice of a person who has completed a similar task
Select the best of the following responses in descending order of effectiveness?

A. 4 , 1 , 3

B. 1 , 3 , 4

C. 3 , 2 , 4

D. 1 , 2 , 3

E. 3 , 1 , 2

Q2. The Vikash Trust has recently been plagued by a high turnover of teaching assistants with many looking for higher salary and better facilities. You have been asked to design and run a campaign to attract and appoint 10 teaching assistants. One of your measures of success will be the retention of the new recruits. You have 4 weeks for the interview.

 Review the following:
  1. Shortlist apt candidates who reflect values of the Trust from among respondents to your wide advertisement campaign
  • Design an ad that attracts candidates with values that matches the Trust’s, release it at an appropriate time and re-validate the candidates’ credentials at the time of shortlisting
  • Repeat the process that was followed by the Trust last time
  • Seek expert advice on drafting an attractive advertisement
Select the best of the following responses in descending order of effectiveness?

A. 4, 1, 2

B. 2, 1, 3

C. 4, 3, 1

D. 1, 2, 3

E. 2, 3, 4

Q3. You are a part of a leading FMCG company. You have recently been pulled up the Food Authority of India and the instant noodles of your company have been banned as they contain some harmful substances. This was the main product of your company and this had led to massive losses for your company. The company has been forced to pull back the product and the company has been asked to submit the noodles to new tests. Your boss has instructed you to approach the testing agency and make sure that the noodles are approved by them. Your boss wants you to make sure of this at any cost. You know that sufficient work has not been done on the noodles and these still might have some issues.

What should you do in the given case?
  1. You should refuse to follow the instructions of your boss.
  2. You should try to persuade your boss to act otherwise.
  3. You should consider leaving the given company.
  4. You should try to persuade your boss to act otherwise
  5. You should consider leaving the given company.

Pick the right answer from below questions



C.IV & V

D.I & V

E. I I& V

Answer Key:

Q1. E Q2. B Q3. D

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