Having said that, only a high score can get you a call from the institute and that will require you to attempt a majority of the questions. The key is to be accurate. I do not know as of now if going online will lead to a change in the level of difficulty or the pattern of the question paper, but you need to be ready for anything. While most of you will be preparing for CAT at the moment, that should be sufficient at this point of time. Once CAT is over, you need to work exclusively on XAT. Solving previous year’s question papers should be your utmost priority as it will give you an idea of what you are being tested on. Once you are able to identify it, you should be able to crack the XAT on any given day. It is the strategy that you adopt that will determine if you make or lose the cut.
A quick glance through the question paper might be a good strategy that can help you identify questions which you think are easy. Over the past two years there has been a penalty of 0.05 marks for leaving more than 12/13 questions unattempted. It becomes important in such a scenario to play to your strengths. I was good at verbal ability and decision making and I left only one or two questions in these sections combined. Most of the questions I left were in the quant section as I thought it was my weak zone. However, there will be sectional cut-offs for you to cross and this makes it even more challenging. Keep a tab on the number of questions you have left in such a scenario. An online format may make it easier for you to keep count and save you some precious seconds.
So, if you are someone who is not comfortable with the online format, its high time that you invest substantial amount of time, improving your test taking skills. Rest of the institutes may soon follow suite and move online as well. You never know!