XAT 2017 First Cut Analysis



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

Sectional Analysis:

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.

Verbal ability:

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

Decision Making:

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

All the Best to all MBA Aspirants! Punch in your thoughts and concerns and we shall sort you up.


Strategy for CET

Maharashtra-CET (MH-CET) is the state-level entrance test conducted for admissions to MBA and MMS Programs, offered by management colleges in Maharashtra. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra conducts the MH-CET every year.

The syllabus of CET covers most of the usual topics that appear in an MBA entrance exam, save for GK.


Strategy for CMAT

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is conducted by AICTE, for admissions to MBA & other Post Graduate Diploma courses in Management. CMAT scores are accepted by various B-schools, all over the country.

The exam has 4 sections. Now, there is no specific formula that will ensure that you crack a particular exam. However, forming a strategy to prepare for it, will ensure a high probability of clearing the admission cut-offs.


Strategy for Logical Reasoning

A lot of people find Logical Reasoning (LR) tough; especially for exams like CAT, XAT, etc. However, the right approach towards your preparation can help you master this section.

Logical Reasoning is a section that requires two things; practice, and familiarity. Sections like Quants and Verbal Ability contain a lot of questions that require you to know certain concepts like mathematical formulas or grammatical rules, beforehand. However, logical reasoning hardly has any questions that need you to know important concepts beforehand.


Strategy for XAT – Decision Making

Decision Making has been a regular part of XAT in recent years. It is asked in the form of passages that are followed by one or more questions pertaining to it. The answer options to these questions are pretty close and you will be compelled to think twice, before answering the question.

In the past few years, XAT has seen an increase in the number of questions on Decision Making. This makes Decision Making an important factor in clearing percentile cut-offs. Unfortunately, a lot of students don’t know how to prepare for this section, and end up with low scores for this section. Lack of Knowledge and a lack of time invested in preparing, are the reasons for low scores in Decision Making.


Strategy for Arithmetic

Here is a quick strategy for studying Arithmetic, which is a part of the syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude for MBA entrance exams.

1)      Percentages: This topic is one of the foundations with which you should build your preparation for Quant. It is a basic topic where you will learn how to remove percentages of numbers and values. You will also learn how to convert percentage values to fractions and vice-versa.