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XAT 2018 Essay Preparation Tips

Last Updated - October 12, 2017

Essay Writing in XAT is an important section and it is the section which makes this test unique. Essay writing will gain you maximum of 20 marks if you prepare well for that along with the rest of the sections. Usually you have to write on a given topic 200 words count within 20 minutes. It may seem to be easy for most of us to write an essay on some random topic however the topics asked in previous XAT exam is not that easy to be written about. You have to really enhance your writing skills along with latest topics to score well in this section. 

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XAT is another hope for MBA aspirants to get admission in good B school. XAT 2018 is going to held on January 07, 2018. XAT Application Process has been strated for XAT and the last date for applying is November 30, 2017. XAT is a pen paper based exam and its pattern remains same. Question paper will consist of Quant section, verbal ability section and General Knowledge and essay writing section. 

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The essay writing part in XAT will basically judge the following traits of the candidates:-

  • Writing skills in predefined timing constraints- how well you can write on a given topic with the word and time limits.
  • Flow of Ideas- How efficiently you can portray your ideas in written format.
  • Clarity of thoughts- How clear and confident you are about your perception on a given topic
  • Usage of Grammar- How accurately you can form the sentences which are grammatically correct.
  • Subjective Knowledge- How much information you have on the asked theme
  • Facts and Data- Are you able to incarnate your arguments with facts and data.
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Now let’s have a look on previously asked topics in XAT-

YearTopic
2000Ships are safer in the arbor. But they are not meant for the same
2001Economic Growth without distributive justice can only lead to violence
2002Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era
2003To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity
2004Asked at the age of 83, as to which of his project would he choose as his master piece, Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect answered, The next one
2005More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities
2006India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products
2007Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality
2008Gender Bias: Cause of Third World War
2009The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery
2010Earth provide enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed need
2011The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals would not only load himself with most unnecessary attention but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of man who has folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it
2012Poverty is a big menace in India. Due to its complexity and magnitude, most of the government initiatives fail. Poverty is a consequence of failure of government policies due to the fact that governments do not target the root causes
2013Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India
2014The most beautiful things in the world cannot be touched or seen but are only felt with the heart

From above data it is clear that the themes asked are usually topics from socio economics to political to international issues recently. Keep yourself updated with recent happenings and issues. For this you can read newspapers on daily basics to get a touch up of going on issues.

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Useful tips for XAT Essay Section

You can also follow the tips mentioned below while attempting this section:-

  • Do not make one single paragraph
  • Avoid using jargons or slangs
  • Highlight the important points by mentioning them in bullets
  • Always make the first paragraph as your introduction of the topic.it should be a summary of your whole essay. You can use the inverted pyramid style
  • Avoid using abbreviations , Use full words like television instead of TV
  • Form grammatically correct sentences. Use of punctuations ,
  • Maintain the proper structure of essay. Keep following guidelines in mind while writing-
  1. To keep the word count of your essay within the prescribed limits. Since you have to stick to the word count try writing in such a manner that your do not miss the important information while limiting to the word limits
  2. Correlate your ideas and your topic logically. Do not write something out of nowhere.
  3. Use a good vocabulary, it will definitely increase your chances to score well in this section.
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Below mentioned are some good Essay Writing books which can help you prepare for the latest topics that can be asked in the entrance test and how to attempt them.

Book NameAuthor’s NameISBN
101 essays Current Essays for Competitive examinationsMaple Press9788183555395
Latest Probable EssaysS. Rajinder Dhillon8186651225
Modern EssaysUma kant Singh9351769275
151 Supreme EssaysRPH Editorial Board8178125943

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