XAT 2017 First Cut AnalysisAnisha Mukhija
XAT has always known to be a difficult exam with tricky questions and time consuming unlike CAT. However the paper was easier than always. The number of questions being reduced was good for the students to have better have attempts, as XAT has always been an exam to be tested with the skill of leaving out the difficult questions and focusing on High Accuracy.
Good attempts with 85-90% accuracy would enable to meet XLRI Expected Cut-Offs
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation:
The overall section was moderate to difficult with basic questions of Arithmetic and modern maths like progressions, time speed distance and Geometry. Definitely easier that last few years.
Data Interpretation had 2 sets only; but they were difficult one being tricky the other being calculation intensive.
Easier than usual, the Reading comprehensions were shorter with 2-3 questions, only one RC was lengthy and was meant to be left. People who did not invest time in these road blocker questions have done well.
Grammar easy questions from spot the error, to vocab usage in fill in the blanks were easy.
Parajumbles was little time consuming but manageable
This is always the trick area with close answer options making the students life difficult. However this time there were 2 different sets one being Table based and one being Calculation based on data.
The typical ethical and case scenario questions were Moderate to Difficult.
Overall summarizing the paper, we witnessed happy faces post the exam as most students fear XAT most when it comes to MBA entrance examinations.
Good Attempts: 40-42 with 85-90% accuracy
XLRI Cutoffs: BM 33-35 and HR 30-32
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