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XAT Essay 2013

Updated October 10, 2012

XAT essay is an important part of the XAT examination. Essay writing has been a part of the XAT exam for many years. After a small gap of 10 minutes after the written exam, 20 minutes time is allotted to the candidates for writing a small essay on the given topic. There is no word limit mentioned, but an essay of 350-400 words is more than sufficient. Anyways its not about the length of the essay, but about the quality of content.

How to Write a Good XAT Essay

Candidates taking the XAT exam often have queries about what kind of essay is expected by the examiners. While the general perception is that the essay writing is all about testing a candidates writing skills and hold on the English language, the reality may be far from this. Definitely, decent writing skills are expected, but more than writing skills and testing the English or grammar, XAT essay writing round is to test how well a particular candidate is able to comprehend and make sense of his/her surroundings.

XAT essay tests the candidates on their awareness and understanding of the world current affairs. It tests the comprehension of the things and the ability to make sense and analyze different aspects to everything happening around. More than structuring the points and examiner is looking for a candidates ability and skill to structure his/her thoughts and opinions. A candidate should be able to put across strong and powerful points and justify his or her opinion with good real life examples.

Tips for Writing a Good XAT Essay

Always read the instructions carefully before starting with essay writing.
  1. Understand the topic and take a minute to jot down the points you want to touch upon.
  2. Do not work with all the ideas together, take up each point one by one.
  3. Allot time for each point to be covered.
  4. Keep your explanations simple, crisp and clear. Avoid explaining too much.
  5. Re-emphasize your points with relevant and well known examples. This would further prove your ability to comprehend and relate things happening around you.
  6. Justify all that you say, clearly and properly.
  7. Do not make the essay too lengthy or verbose. Be simple as far as possible.
  8. Try to bring up different, but relevant points.
  9. The examiner would evaluate a number of articles with similar points, try to be experimental with the tone of the essay.
  10. Making a list of pointers is helpful in making the important points easily visible and also makes the presentation neat.

XAT Essay Topics

Topics for XAT essay have been broadly of two kinds. One is the topics related to the current affairs. Such topics need candidates to be updated on current affairs and happening around the world. For such essay topics candidates also need to understand various aspects of the topic.

The other kind of topics is abstract. Such topics need a candidate to put the topic in different contexts and bring forward relevant and important points. Here is a list of previous years XAT essay topics for a better idea.

  • 96: There is no right way of doing a wrong thing.
  • 97: By the third or fourth week of the term, business school had succeeded in afflicting me with a variation of the Stockholm syndrome, named after the incident in which a hostage in a Stockholm bank robbery fell in love with one of her captors.
  • 98: Max Weber, a German Sociologist, defined state as an entity that has a monopoly over legal violence. India proves that the converse is also true; if criminals cannot be punished by the law, its effect they become the state.
  • 99: That is what a Television really is; it is another eye so you can see anywhere; another part of your heart so you can feel and care about things you never felt and cared about before; another ear to hear strange music the first and only International language.
  • 2000: Ships in harbor are safe; but that is not what they are built for.
  • 2001: Economic Growth without distributive justice can only lead to violence
  • 2002: Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era.
  • 2003: To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity.
  • 2004: Asked 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
  • 2005: More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities.
  • 2006: India has one of the largest pools of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.
  • 2007: Economic Growth without environmental damage“ a mirage or a reality
  • 2008: Gender imbalance will lead to Third world war.