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» Women empowerment is hollow if gender bias is still an issue.

“Think of women empowerment and the names of Indra Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Hillary Clinton and Sunita Williams strike our minds instantly. In a ‘man’s world’, these women have struggled, fought for their rights and established themselves in the world.”Read More


» Talent is Never Enough. With Few Exceptions The Best Players Are The Hardest Workers.

“It is rightly said that ‘Champions are not born, they are made.’ If talent alone could guarantee success over a long period of time, all talented sports persons would not waste their sweat, training hard to be the best and keep improving. ”Read More


» Success Is Dependent Upon The Sweat Glands

“Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sachin Tendulkar and Tiger Woods have become successful not by luck or destiny but by sheer hard work and the will to be the best. All successful people are ordinary beginners with some talent. They work hard on their talents over a period of time before they taste success.”Read More


» You Get Lazy, You Get Sad. Start Givin' Up. Plain And Simple.

“The road to success is not smooth but fraught with hurdles, unpredictability, dangers and risk. The high risk of failure, especially with new initiatives, can dishearten the most spirited of people. As a result, people tend to lose their interest and focus and ultimately quit.”Read More


» A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.

“History is replete with examples such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and others who have changed the course of world history with their vision and actions. They, unlike the cynics, refusedto accept the things as they were and, instead, chose to look at the great potential that lay ahead of them and their countries.”Read More


» Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

“Talent is undeniably an important factor in success. Without any talent, an individual might start at a disadvantage. However, for talent to translate into results, a suitable environment along with intelligence is necessary.”Read More


» Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.

“By definition, patriotism is a feeling that fills a person’s heart with pride when he/she thinks of the nation; it’s a feeling which results from a sense of belongingness to one’s country.”Read More


» To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen.

“History is replete with examples such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and others who have changed the course of world history with their vision and actions. They, unlike the cynics, refusedto accept the things as they were and, instead, chose to look at the great potential that lay ahead of them and their countries.”Read More


» Competition is not a struggle but a war which has to be won in an ethical way.

“It is widely believed that the ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give. Our biggest competitor should be our own self.”Read More


» Positive hope is good but that has to be established from one's present.

“Hope entered the dark chambers of our childish hearts, and has ever since been the sun of our existence, shining day and night, never dark, never extinguished. Hope joined us in the cradle, and will be with us at the last.”   Read More


» Crime against females continues to happen, laws are amended but it may not be sufficient till civic society weeds out thinking out of dirty minds!

“One important and basic way in which it can be done is through education and the inculcation of the virtue of the equality of the sexes from within the family structure. Definitions of manhood need to be revamped too.”Read More


» Discussing Corruption is the favorite party time subject with a habit of breaking laws routinely but a passion to be proud of Mother India might get us free of this virus!

“Corruption is measured not just in the billions of dollars of squandered or stolen government resources, but most poignantly in the absence of hospitals, schools, clean water, roads and bridges that would have changed families and communities.”Read More


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Nishtha Khanna, an engineer wanted to equip herself with the skill-set that would instil a new sense of wisdom. She prepared and appeared for XAT 2015 and secured a high percentile of 99.88, and took admission in XLRI Jamshedpur.

According to Nishtha, one of the crucial factors to crack XAT is Time Management, and to improve on the same she took a lot of Mock tests.  She tried to read the questions quickly and assess whether or not to attempt a particular question and select the set of questions to attempt.


While preparing for the test she focused on essay writing section and used to write one essay per day which helped her get in the flow of writing. Besides writing, Nishtha used to take feedbacks on these essays from my friends and family, and tried to improvise on the same by incorporating those feedbacks.


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Careers360: What were your initial thoughts behind pursuing MBA?

Nishtha: Engineering and my career at Accenture had instilled a liking in me for the corporate world where new challenges, both technical and managerial, keep life busy and going. With an MBA, I intended to equip myself with the required skill-set that would instil in me a new sense of wisdom. I wanted to channelize my abilities for achieving leadership roles in the corporate world where I wish to manage large teams, instil a sense of direction, take right business decisions and be an indispensable asset to the organization.


Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for the different sections separately?

Nishtha: I realized much in advance that I was weak in QA and strong in VA. I focused more on the QA section and studied rigorously for it. However, I practiced a lot of problems to prepare for Decision Making too. A lot of reading is essential in order to write brief and effective essays for the Essay writing section, I used to read newspaper daily to stay in touch with the world. However, just reading doesn't help. I also used to write one essay per day. It helped me get in the flow of writing. I used to get feedback on these essays from my friends and family, and tried to improve my writing by incorporating those feedbacks.


Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the XAT?

Nishtha: XAT has a lot of questions to be solved in a very less time. Time Management becomes very crucial in this exam. I think taking a lot of Mock exams really helps in managing time. I tried to read the questions very quickly and assess whether or not to attempt a particular question. To avoid negative marking as well as to save time, I only attempted questions that I was absolutely sure about. Also, it's a good strategy to begin with your stronger section first. It helps in boosting the confidence level in the early stages of the exam. I started with VA as I believed I was stronger in that section. 


Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the exam?

Nishtha: My strong areas were VA and DM, while my weak area was QA. I tackled QA in the exam by carefully assessing which questions to attempt. It's very important to minimize negative marks in the exam.

Careers360:After the exam, how you prepared for the PI-WAT rounds?

Nishtha: Again, a lot of reading is required for effective preparation. I made it a point to read newspapers daily. I tried to cover all current and trending topics, and develop my point of view for each one of them. I practiced a lot. I had joined the GD-PI-WAT sessions at an institute, and gave a lot of mock GDs and interviews. I tried to incorporate each and every feedback given by the mentors.

Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structured your write up?

Nishtha: My WAT Topic was "Listening is a dying art." Since the space for writing was very limited, I structured my write up into three paragraphs. I started off with introduction, setting the context for the essay. Next, I wrote the body of the essay, where I penned the points on how listening to others is important. I ended with the conclusion. 

Careers360: Your message to this year XAT aspirants?

Nishtha: One advice that I want to give to all MBA aspirants is that please do join a test series of a reputed institute, at least 4 months prior to the exams. Taking up a lot of mock tests, really helps in the preparation. All types of questions must be practiced, keeping the structure of the exam and time limit in mind. All the Best!


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