Probable Essay Topics For Xat 2014

XAT essay topics list consists of XAT essays which appeared in XAT paper based or online computer based test. Essay topics for XAT in 2019 will have to be written in changed pattern on computer screen. The key changes introduced by XLRI in XAT Essay Writing Test are:

  1. Essay Writing test in XAT 2019 is online computer based test
  2. Maximum 3 marks will be awarded for the correct, coherent and well worded essay in XAT 2019
  3. Test taker will have to complete essay writing in 20 minutes or less
  4. No extra time for Essay writing test is assigned in online computer based XAT 2019. Complete the essay writing test within the overall time limit
  5. 200 words is the maximum limit for essay writing on computer screen in XAT  
  6. No negative marking is there on essay writing
  7. Essay writing in XAT 2019 is the 98th question

Past 15 years XAT Essay Topics
With effect from 2018, XAT essay writing has become computer based test. Before that candidates had to write the essay on a given topic in XAT exam on paper.

Essay topics for XAT are mostly abstract ones or Social topics or are based on current affairs but are twisted to make them look like abstract topics. XAT Essays are to be written mostly on the topics touching the lives of common people.

To write such type of essays, candidates need good concentration and well practiced preparation to write a good essay. With the reduced word limit for essay writing, now the expression and meaningful writing skill is put to test in XAT essay writing. Top 15 Essay Topics for XAT are detailed below:

XAT exam year

Essay topic in XAT exam

2018

Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?

2017

Globalization and Jingoism always coexist

2016

Technology and Nature are natural enemies

2015

Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.

2014

The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt

2013

Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India

2012
(Option to choose one of the two topics)

Government is not addressing the root cause of poverty

Or,

Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of poverty

2011
(Long and thought provoking topic made the candidates think more before beginning to write)

The statesman who would attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a 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 a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.

2010

Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody's need but not everybody's greed

2009

The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery  

2008

Gender Imbalance would lead to Third World War

2007

Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality

2006

India has one of the largest pools of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products

2005

More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities

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"

2003

To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity

10 Important Essay topics for XAT 2019
On any essay topic in XAT 2019 the writing of essay will be like a long paragraph of not more than 200 words on computer screen. So make sure whatever you write is meaningful and is non repetitive in content. The probable essay topics in XAT 2019 are:

  1. Unity in Diversity is more relevant now in India
  2. Blues of Demonetization still haunt the economic growth
  3. Unless Agriculture is practiced as business, it will not improve the face of Rural India
  4. Sensitivity of Sensex has nothing to do with economic growth
  5. Society bears the burn of terrorism which has no religion
  6. Democracy will lose meaning without social activism
  7. GST is no magic band to push faster economic growth
  8. Home buyers remain homeless, no teeth given to RERA
  9. Making business lobbying legal can reduce corruption
  10. Political interests and Uniform civil code cannot go hand in hand   

5 Key skills for XAT Essay Writing

  1. Subject knowledge
  2. Clarity of thought
  3. Flow of ideas
  4. Examples based on facts   
  5. Correct usage of Grammar & Vocabulary

10 tips for XAT Essay writing   

  1. Make sure to write in paragraphs
  2. Each paragraph should express different idea that contributes to the main idea
  3. Paragraph should contain - (i)  Topic Sentence: it is the 1st sentence expressing the main idea of the paragraph- Say what you are going to say; (ii)  Supporting Sentences: they expand the main idea expressed in the topic sentence; (iii) Concluding Sentence: rounding off what has been said or a logical conclusion of the idea in the topic sentence
  4. Flow of paragraphs is must with words used with precise meanings without ambiguity
  5. The first paragraph should be an introduction to the subject matter
  6. Expansion/ support/ refutation of the idea must follow in subsequent paragraphs
  7. The last paragraph must have a conclusion of the main idea
  8. You can choose either Deductive or Inductive form of essay writing
  9. Read the directions carefully and focus on the issue rather than peripheries
  10. Recognize action words- analyse, discuss, evaluate, argue, comment  

 5 Important don’ts

  1. Do not use Jargon or Slang
  2. Do not use Cliché
  3. Do not use Abbreviations
  4. Do not use Quotations without acknowledgments
  5. Make tentative statements; avoid definitive statements- it leaves a scope for further discussion

How to improve Essay Writing skill in XAT: 5 preparation tips

  1. Regularly read Newspaper editorials
  2. Read Top articles in News papers
  3. Check and read News websites
  4. Read Non-fiction
  5. Indulge in meaningful discussions with friends and family

XAT Essay Sample: Solved XAT Essay topic of XAT 2017

Latest XAT essay topic which appeared in XAT exam in 2017 is also an important essay topic. Although the XAT essay topic ‘Globalization and Jingoism always coexist’ appears an abstract Essay topic, in fact it is a current affairs topic for essay writing. The importance of this essay topic can be understood by the fact that it has gained international relevance post the United States’ President elections. The solved XAT essay topics is shared below

Solved topic: Globalization and Jingoism always coexist
The last decade of 20th century began with the concept of Globalization especially the developing economies taking steps to leap from Jingoism – the too aggressive protectionism at national level to spread wings in order to reap benefits of competitive Global markets.

The move of Globalization has been viewed as the step taken to bring the world closer, get the benefits of advanced economies, make the economy of the home country grow on the lines of Global growth, know and spread the culture of one another. However, since Globalization without the touch and feel of domestic requirements will lose the relevance at national level, both the concepts have coexisted and will continue to co-exist.

Globalization: Concept is not new

Globalization is the new name for Laissez-faire – a French term that came up in 17th century calling for minimum Government intervention and allowing free movement of goods and services offering healthy competition to the local economy to enable it to improve its quality and standard.

Given the fact that many countries which remained under the control of foreign powers for hundreds of years and could not compete Globally after they were freed and apart from the moving on the path of growth in accordance with Global trends, they had to protect their home industries by imposing import restrictions, high tariffs, custom restrictions, quotas on certain imported goods to protect and enable home industries to grow. To inculcate the feeling of nationalism the use of domestic made products has been promoted.

Thus, the Globalization with Jingoism has continued to co-exist for centuries to help the under developed countries to become developed and become one of the strong economies with high per capita income in the world.

Earlier the developed economies like United Kingdom, United States of America and other countries also aggressively practiced Globalization with jingoism but placed no tough restriction on employment to the skilled technical personnel and other human resources coming for employment from other countries. The outsourcing of services in low per capita income countries was also freely permitted to increase profit margin in home countries.

No restriction on imports, exports of goods and services by the developed countries like USA was imposed earlier. 

Quite recently, Jingoism-the national patriotism to somewhat extreme level has again started overpowering the Globalization even in developed countries. This could also result in isolation due to too much protectionism. 

More Developed countries practicing Jingoism
Recently elected President of America Mr Donald Trump has fuelled the Jingoism more while announcing number of restrictions on free import of various goods, issuing the Visa to foreign nationals and foreign skilled professionals coming for employment in USA.

USA has recently announced a hefty increase in import tariff on Aluminium and steel. The Jingoist action has been criticized by Europe, China and World Trade Organization alike and is viewed as a step to stop spread of Globalization. Any counter reaction by Europe on other imports from USA may become a deterrent on spread of Global Trade that could become prosperity.

Similarly, the President of USA has put the arrival of professionals from certain Islamic countries under a tough scan by announcing certain restrictions. This has irked the targeted Islamic countries. But on the similar grounds US President has also announced liberal aids to many countries and has stopped the major chunk of aid to the countries like Pakistan who give shelter to the terrorists. This move is appreciated worldwide as the spread of Global Trade is not possible without elimination of fear of terrorism.

Brexit is another example of Jingoism to protect home economy against Globalization. Brexit refers to the Britain moving out of the European Union with the objective to put a check on immigration by tightening its visa norms deviating from the European Union norms.

No going back: Co-existence is easier now
Internet, Social media, easy Global movements, have made it easier to get in touch any part of the world, buy any product from any part of the world, move and set up a business abroad.

This has given rise to Global networking and views are instantly expressed on any Global happening or event. It has also become possible to promote the native product, culture and make it more prominent while competing with cultures and practices of other countries. It however depends how well both are practiced and not taken to either of the two extremes on Globalization or Jingoism.

Fear of loss giving rise to Jingoism
Countries are opening up now. More people study and search employment in foreign countries than earlier. Many of them migrate to other countries for good and settle there. This has given rise to the fear among the natives that their jobs might be taken away as people are coming at lower remuneration, outsourcing by industries in low cost countries could result in loss of employment in home country and so on.

However, since it is the Globalization that is spreading business, it is very much possible that with the expansion of trade, home country will reap more benefits resulting in more employment for natives in the expansion phase.

The fear of losing the native culture, indigenous arts, cottage industry among others also give rise to Jingoism, making it a hindrance in spread of Globalization.

Thus, with the greater Globalization, more fear of loss will be there giving rise to more Jingoism. Hence, both will coexist unless the countries become confined to isolated homes without making any Global trade which is not possible for the future of world economy.

It is now for the country, understanding among the people how they keep a balance between Globalization and Jingoism.



With most of the MBA exams likeCAT, SNAP, NMAT, TISS-NET, IIFT entranceover now, you must  be focused now on cracking XAT which brings you admission opportunities atmany top B-schoolsincluding XLRI, XIMB,  IMT, TAPMI. In this special column,
Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher guides XAT 2014 aspirants on the exam pattern and shares preparation tips for the coveted exam which is being accepted by over 110 B-schools to shortlist candidates for second stage of admission process. 


Now that CAT is over, XAT is the next big hurdle to cross. The entrance to some of the most revered B-Schools in India, which include XLRI and XIMB, the Xavier’s Aptitude Test or XAT, is a far cry from CAT, and in fact from any entrance examination for that matter.

To prepare for XAT 2014 click here


Apart from being a pen and paper exam (a fast vanishing medium of exam taking), XAT is also one of the most difficult B-School entrance exams to crack.  If a student is appearing for XAT, he/she needs to focus on General Awareness also and he/she should be well-versed with decision making. A student must also hone his writing skills, for he will have to write an essay along with the objective –type questions.

The exam has roughly 90-100 questions on English, Quantitative Aptitude, LR-DI and Decision Making. General Awareness was also included last year. This year, this part is supposed to be completed in 150 minutes. There will be a test on Essay writing also to be done in 20 Minutes. The number of questions is distributed evenly between the sections, with the Quantitative Ability section usually carrying a slightly larger section of the pie. The distribution of questions in last year’s XAT is as follows:

                         SECTION

                NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

   A: Verbal Ability

                           30

   B: Decision Making

                           25

   C:  Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

                           36

The paper has sectional cut-offs decided on the marks scored by all the students. The difficulty level is also at least a few notches higher than that of most exams. And with the inclusion of the General Awareness section this year in the main examination, unlike in the previous year when it was clubbed with the essay section, for which another additional 30 minutes were allotted, the first-timers might feel overwhelmed. Moreover in North India, the winter chill has no intentions of making it any easier for the students.

The marking scheme is most likely to be similar to that of last year, with all questions carrying equal marks and a penalty of 25% of the marks allotted to the question for every wrong answer. Though XAT has gone with a differential marking scheme in the past, there are little chances that it might be repeated this year.

However, the picture is not all that dismal. There are ways to beat the examination blues this winter. For cracking the Quantitative Ability section of XAT, frequently regarded as one of the toughest quantitative ability sections in any B-School entrance examination, it is absolutely vital for you to get familiar with the kind of questions which make their presence felt in XAT.



You need to pick your questions wisely, for unlike some examinations where the imperative is on doing as much as possible, XAT demands you to attempt the question paper as efficiently as possible. Same is the case with the Decision Making and the Verbal Ability sections. Since questions are many and time is of essence, not to mention the hiked difficulty levels, someone completely oblivious to the examination pattern might be caught unawares. So, it is very important that you rigorously solve the actual XAT examination papers at least from the previous five years (one paper in every 3 days including proper analysis of the same). This will improve your ability to adapt to “XAT’s type of questions”. Moreover, it will help if you try to attempt the examination papers with a timed approach, for this will help you gauge the level to which the time constraint multiplies the difficulty, enabling you to make any changes in your approach, if required.

Another way to ensure that you do well in XAT is to lay stress on the Decision Making section, a section unique to XAT. It carries a sectional cut-off and also can be useful in improving the overall score. Apart from looking up questions in the previous years’ papers, you can go to the Harvard Business Review website (http://hbr.org/) and read sample cases to enhance your knowledge and also to arch your thinking in a way to facilitate better reasoning.

Though the General Awareness section will not be included in determining the percentiles and the cut-offs in the first stage of the selection process, it still is paramount. This time, the General Awareness section will eat into your main examination time unlike in the previous years, wherein it was clubbed with the essay section following the main examination and was a separate 30-minute test.  Keeping abreast with the latest happenings in the business world will help your chances of scoring big in this section.

Practicing essays are crucial to doing well in the essay section, for writing a coherent, crisp 200-word essay in 20-30 minutes is by no means a cakewalk. The evaluators not only look for language skills, but also for the thought process involved, the spectrum of ideas, and your knowledge pertaining to the topic at hand. Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give you an edge. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly advised.

To sum up, XAT surely is difficult but not impossible to crack. With only about less than a month to go for the D-day, paucity of time becomes the natural enemy. So, the next 10 odd days will decide who all get left out and who all emerge victorious.

Stay tuned to bschool.careers360.com for more news, updates and expert guidance on XAT.

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