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XAT 2016 QA & DI Preparation Tips

Last Updated - April 06, 2017

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation is the most important section in XAT. In this article we will provide you the pattern and analysis of XAT Quant section, which is considered tougher than other sections. In quant section, those 30-36 questions cover almost all the areas of mathematics.

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Since 2013 XAT has followed almost the same pattern expect change in no of questions and sections. XAT 2016 is expected to be in the same pattern also. As usual it will be divided into two parts. The first part consists of Quantitative Aptitude & DI, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making.

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PaperSectionNumber of Questions
Paper 1Verbal Ability28
Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning23
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation33
Paper 2General Knowledge30
Essay Writing

The basic motive of this section is to test the numerical/mathematical ability of the students. The quantitative techniques are judged through mathematical conceptual questions. It is wide concept, which can be excelled in, only after persistent practice. Clarity of concepts, formulas is required to score well. Spending enough time on preparation is a must.

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Questions will be based on following topics-

  • Properties of Numbers
  • Divisibility
  • LCM, HCF
  • Remainder theorem and its applications
  • Basic arithmetic, like, calculating simple and compound interest, ratio and proportion.
  • Time-speed based questions
  • Functions
  • Basic Algebra, like, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponents
  • Modern maths, like, Venn diagrams, permutation, probability
  • Number System and Number theory
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • SAT theory
  • Trigonometry
  • Percentages
  • Averages
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Logarithms
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Progressions : A.P, H.P, G.P
  • Binomial Theorem

Analysis of weightage of these topics is presented below, keeping in mind the number of questions asked in previous years. This helps in overall preparation of this particular section.

SectionTopicsNumber of Questions
Quantitative AbilityArithmetic
Averages and Mixtures1
Time and Distance3
Time and Work3
Simple Interest, Compound Interest1
Algebra
Numbers and Number Theory6
Indices, logs, Surds2
Polynomials1
Venn Diagrams1
Maths
Functions and Graphs1
Statistics1
Probability1
Geometry3
Miscellaneous1
Data InterpretationTournaments and Games4
Line Graphs-Railway Train Chart3
Table-GDP and other Parameters3

Question papers from year 2010-2014 have been taken into account while preparing this data.

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Division according to chapter over these years gives a pattern to proper preparation. It is important for students to allot time to preparation according to this analysis in order to have an organized plan to prepare.

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Tips to score well in Quant section:

  • Clarity of concepts: The most pivotal part is know the basic concepts, tricks and fundamentals, to have a strong base.
  • Learn short cuts: Due to time constraints, learning short cuts benefits a lot to aspirants.
  • Understand then memorize: Do not indulge in cramming without understanding. First understand the formulas and then memorize by writing and practicing continuously
  • Avoid negative marking: These competitive exams have strict negative marking rules, avoid attempting the question if you are not sure of the answer.
  • Manage time well: Time management is the key to success when it comes time restricted examination.
  • Read the question properly: Read and re-read the question properly to avoid mistakes.
  • Practice mock papers: Solve multiple mock papers, sample papers to be skilled enough to attempt the exam well.
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An example of sample question is presented below:

XAT QA & DI Preparation

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XAT Preparation for Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation is one of those sections of competitive exams that require observation skills. In data representation, questions are asked in form of charts, table, graphs etc. Interpretation of these figures and seeking solution is the key task. Sufficient practice can make this section easier in terms of scoring. The strategy to score well is to spend more time while practicing and less during the exam to crack the trick.  The illustrations can be in any form graphs, pie-chart, line graphs, combination graphs etc.

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Sample Questions are as follows:

Example 1

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Example 2

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Tips to solve Data-Interpretation questions:

  • Improve your calculations: Having good practice can yield great results if you are skilled in calculations.
  • Solve different type of graphs: The illustrations are usually tricky and complex, solve all possible type of graphs and charts available.
  • Speed-up: Speed can do wonders, the time limitation must be worked out by being quick on calculations and interpretation.

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