XAT 2019 AnalysisCATKing
The XAT 2019 did not show much surprises this year, whereas talking of the difficulty level for a student whose prepared well for CAT and done well would not have found it difficult, it was pretty doable. But overall when compared to previous years Decision Making did have some tricky questions. Though a lot of people predicted even XAT would incorporate TITA or Non MCQ Questions , it didn’t have any such change.
The test was divided into two parts. The first part was the Objective Aptitude XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. As stated by the XAT authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 165 minutes. The second part consisted of General Awareness questions. The total time allotted to this section was 15 minutes.
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 while the paper focused on Algebra and Geometry. Geometry also included questions from coordinate Geometry and Trigonometry. Data Interpretation had one set which was tricky, rest doable infact data sufficiency was pretty easy.
Was slightly difficult than the usual Verbal Section, the Reading comprehensions dominated the paper, though the areas of RC were familiar psychology, social sciences and arts based, despite that it was difficult especially the Poem comprehension posed a lot of concerns for the students. Critical Reasoning and the Fill in the Blanks also were difficult whereas the parajumbles were easier. People who did not invest time in these road blocker questions have done well.
Vocab usage questions were a relief and not too difficult in the form of antonyms and analogy.
This is always the trick area with close answer options making the students life difficult. But this time this indeed was not difficult as compared to previous year. The situational conventional type of decision making questions dominated the section, best part is there were no mathematical calculative questions, nor any singlets all caselets which made the time utilization well balanced.
The GK was fairly doable with a major focus on economic and business GK. This is considered only for XLRI.
Overall summarizing the paper, we witnessed happy faces post the exam unlike always as there were some questions on lines of the previous XAT papers most students fear XAT most when it comes to MBA entrance examinations.
Good Attempts: 50-56 with 85-90% accuracy
XLRI Cutoffs: BM 33-35 and HR 30-32
XIMB BM 29-31 and HR 28-30
Sp Jain 32-34
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- Harvard Business School (SPNM)
- MBA :SP Jain Institute of Management & Research
- Master of Information Technology, Virginia Tech
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