XAT 2015 Analysis

XAT 2015 Analysis

The difficulty level of XAT 2015 was almost similar to XAT 2014. There was a slight increase in the number of question i.e. 84 from 83. Keeping these facts in mind, the cutoffs are likely to be comparable to those of the last year.

Overview of the Paper:

The paper had two parts: Part I and Part II. Part I had three sections A, B and C with 28, 23 and 33 questions, respectively, i.e. a total of 84 questions. The three sections of Part I was followed by Part II that had 30 questions on General Knowledge and an Essay Topic. The time allotted for Part I was 100 minutes and Part II had to be attempted in 40 minutes. All XAT affiliated institutes use general knowledge and essay marks at the time of final selection and not for short-listing candidates for the GD/ PI round. The three sections were as follows:

Overview of the XAT 2015 Paper
Time allotted 140 Minutes (for Part I) + 40 Minutes (for Part II)
Total no. of questions 84 + 30 (For GK)
Marking Scheme All questions were of equal marks
Sections 3
Number of choices 5
Number of choices 1/4
Expected cut-offs * The score of 28+ (approx. 95+%ile): can expect a call from XLRI(BM)
The score of 26+ (approx. 92+%ile): can expect a call from XLRI(HR)
The score of 22+ (approx. 85+%ile): can expect a call from GIM/XIMB
The score of 19+ (approx. 80+%ile): can expect a call from LIBA/BIM
The score of 17+ (approx. 70+%ile): can expect a call from XIME/XISS
Overview of Different Sections
Sections Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability 28 Moderate
Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning 23 Moderate to Tough
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 31 Tough

 

SECTION I: Verbal and Logical Ability

Area Tested Description No. of Questions
Verbal Ability RC 13
CR 9
Vocabulary 2
Sentence Rearrangement 2
Sentence Completion 2

Evaluation:

The verbal section was dominated by Reading Comprehension & Critical Reasoning based questions. There were questions on vocabulary, Para jumbles, and sentence completion and sentence rearrangement. In reading comprehension, a few questions were based on critical reasoning. The overall level of difficulty of the section was moderate to tough.

Comfortable Attempt: 14+

Achievable Score: 8+

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SECTION II: Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

Area Tested Description No. of Questions
Decision Making Decision Making 23

Evaluation:

All Decision Making questions were of equal marks and were a combination of Decision Making and Case-based reasoning questions. Overall, the difficulty level of the section was moderate to tough.

Comfortable Attempt: 14+

Achievable Score: 9+

SECTION III: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionsQuantitative AbilityAlgebra and Functions4Number System4Geometry7Co-ordinate Geometry1Arithmetic sequence1Mixtures1Probability1Tables Chart4Multiple Graph4Profit and Loss1Statistics1Directions1Interest1Percentage1Trigonometry1

Evaluation:

The feel of this section was tough. There were no direct questions asked in this section. In DI also, the graphs were difficult to interpret and the question required intensive calculations.

Comfortable Attempt: 12+

Achievable Score: 8+

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General Awareness

There were 30 questions in general awareness consisting of Static GK based questions covering Books and Awards, Geography, History etc. Current GK questions were from Sports, Politics, Science and Technology, Economics Data etc. The difficulty level was generally high.

Comfortable Attempt: 12+

Achievable Score: 8+

 

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