XAT Analysis

XAT Analysis 2019

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.

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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 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.

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Verbal ability:

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.

Decision Making:

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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Analysis By:

Rahul Singh ( Director CATKing ) – CATKing is a premier MBA Coaching institute of Maharashtra which  focuses on strategic, engaging and high quality education (www.catking.in)

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  • Harvard Business School (SPNM)
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XAT Analysis 2018

With XAT going Online, it posed a series of glitches at various centers with the exams getting started an hour late and most people stuck with systems hanging, disappointing for the students who already have the fear of XAT with these to top it with technical glitches. 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, however the geometry questions were tricky.

Data Interpretation had 2 sets only; but they were difficult one being tricky the other being calculation intensive.

Verbal Ability:

Was slightly difficult than the usual Verbal Section, the Reading comprehensions dominated the paper, coming from the philosophy section, while the critical reasoning were moderate to do as long as the temperament of the students was calm. 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. But this time this indeed was difficult as compared to previous year. The situational conventional type of decision making questions dominated the section with 18 questions and just 3 based on numerical, analytical approach. This was easy to crack unlike last years calculation intensive set..

The GK was fairly doable with a major focus on economic and business GK. This is considered only for XLRI.

The Essay Topic was: Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?

XAT Analysis 2017

Before analysing XAT 2017 lets take a brief note about what is XAT. XAT has always known to be a difficult exam with tricky questions and time consuming like 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

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XAT Analysis 2016

XAT is conducted every year in January. This is done by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI). A paper-based test, XAT is conducted on a single day. XAT 2016 was conducted on 3rd January 2016, 10:30 A.M. to 13:30 P.M.

XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes for admissions in MBA courses. It is one of the toughest MBA Entrances Tests. Let’s have a look at the analysis of XAT that was conducted this year.

XAT 2016 was different in certain ways as compared to XAT 2015.

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XAT 2016- analysis- 1

Total Time: 170 mins

Number of Options: 5

Negative Marking: Yes. 1/4th of the total marks for a question were deducted.

Note: NO NEGATIVE MARKS for the General Awareness section.

XAT 2016 had a major change as compared to 2015. A penalty of 0.05 was deducted for every question that was left un-attempted after the first 13 un-attempted questions.

XAT Authorities had earlier announced a much simpler paper for XAT 2016. However, a lot of language questions were quite incomprehensible. This came as a surprise for most of the students.

 

 

Verbal Ability & Logical Ability

Pretty Tough

XAT Verbal Ability is usually pretty tough, and this year, it was no different. In fact, Verbal Ability seemed tougher than ever this year. This was despite the fact that it contained fewer questions as compared to last year. The questions were brilliantly designed. One would have had to read the question carefully to accurately decipher what is given, and then proceed by eliminating the options.

 

12 questions – English Usage, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reasoning

14 questions – Reading Comprehension (4 passages)

 

Eliminating options would have been necessary in certain Reading Comprehension questions. This was true for the critical reasoning questions as well. Para-jumbles were moderate and should have been attempted by all. The Reading Comprehension passage on Experimentation was definitely avoidable. This was  due to the difficulty level of the content and the questions. Attempting at least 18 questions with 75-80% accuracy, in 45 mins, was necessary to get a good score. Since, XAT encouraged students to maximize their attempts this year, attempting a few more questions would have helped in the total score.

 

Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning

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Tough

Decision Making section was similar to the previous year. No long passages this year. Question Sets had additional information in the form of sentences and paragraphs. This was a relief for the students. Attempting the sets would have been as per student’s preference. Shorter sets meant that attempts would be higher this year.
Questions demanded students to make practical decisions to select the correct option. The set on HR had a few tricky questions.

 

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Moderate/Tough

This section was slightly easier than last year. Geometry and Arithmetic dominated this section. Arithmetic questions were moderate. Geometry and algebra questions were a bit tough. Overall, this section was easier than Verbal Ability and Decision Making. Students familiar with CAT would have been prepared for this section. There were in total, 4 questions on Numbers. Out of this 1 was incorrect. Logarithms, PnC and Probability were absent in this section, this year. Again, eliminating options would have helped to maximize your score. There was 1 question related to Data Sufficiency. A good attempt would be 15-17 questions in 35-40 mins.

Data interpretation had 7 questions distributed in 2 sets. One could have attempted around two to four questions in DI in a span of 20-25 minutes.

 

 

General Awareness

Moderate/Difficult

General Awareness was difficult as compared to last year. 2-3 questions could be considered easy. Questions contained a balance of national and international events. Most of the questions were single statements. Questions containing multiple statements had more than one correct answer. Students would have had to know each statement independently. Most of the questions dealt with the events and happenings in 2015. A student with good knowledge of multiple areas would have scored well in this section. Options were pretty close to each other. The student had to be careful in selecting them. The topics covered were Geography, Business, Economy, Budget, famous personalities and new inventions. Three questions were concerned with The Middle East. No questions on history, sports and polity. Most of the candidates would have spent 15-20 minutes on this section. A good attempt would be 10-11 questions at the least.

 

 

Essay

Topic: “Technology and Nature are natural enemies”

An interesting Topic. Students had the flexibility in selecting their view point while writing the essay. A good start to the essay would be with a quote. The structure should usually begin with an introduction. This should be followed by two paragraphs discussing the argument. It should then end with a solid conclusion. The topic was easy as compared to previous years, wherein the topic used to be abstract/philosophical. Despite the topic being a bit easy, the quality of the essay would depend on the language in which it was written. A few examples would have helped in increasing the quality.

 

 

XAT 2016 Cut-offs

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Overall cut-offs for some other institutes were as follows:

GIM [26-28]

IMT [29-31]

Great Lakes [26-38]

XAT Analysis 2015

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+

XAT Analysis 2014

Overall exam pattern:

XAT 2014 had same pattern as previous years. It has 83 questions within 150mins & 20 mins for easy writing. Timings had gone up to 170 mins.

There are two parts, Part A & Part B. In part A, there are three sections and Part B covers GK & essay writing.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A Verbal Ability Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out.
B Decision making Bar diagram, Tables, Charts, Graphical and Statistical Representation.
D Quantitative Ability Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmatic, Modern Maths

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Verbal Ability

12

 

 

No. of attempt in this section are about 14.

Decision making

This section mostly contains logical reasoning questions.No. of attempt in this section are about 14 out of 24

Quantitative Ability

13

 

No. of attempt in this section are about 8.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Sections Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability 28 Moderate
Decision Making 24 Moderate to Tough
Quantitative Ability 31 Tough

 GK is based on current affair, business news & socio-economical movement. The essay topic was “the most important things in the world cannot be seen but can be felt by heart.”

XAT Analysis 2013

Overall exam pattern:

XAT 2013 had same pattern as previous years. It has 91 questions within 140mins & 40 mins for easy writing & GK. Timings had gone up to 180 mins.

There are two parts, Part A & Part B. In part A, there are three sections and Part B covers GK & essay writing.

 

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A Verbal Ability Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out.
B Decision making Bar diagram, Tables, Charts, Graphical and Statistical Representation.
D Quantitative Ability Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmatic, Modern Maths

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Verbal Ability

10

No. of attempt in this section are about 18-20.

Decision making

This section mostly contains logical reasoning questions. No. of attempt in this section are about 14-15 out of 25.

Quantitative Ability

11

The good score is of about 15 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Type of Question No of Questions Difficulty Level
Decision Making 25 Moderate to Tough
Quantitative ability& DI 36 Easy to Moderate
English Language ability & Logical Reasoning 30 Easy to Moderate

 GK is based on current affair, business news & socio-economical movement, awards, science and famous personality. The essay topic was “Corruption is the root cause of economics slow down in India”

XAT Analysis 2012

Overall exam pattern:

XAT 2012 had same pattern as previous years. It has 85 questions within 120mins & 20 mins for easy writing. Timings had gone up to 140 mins.

There are two parts, Part A & Part B. In part A, there are three sections and Part B covers GK & essay writing.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A Verbal Ability Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out.
B Decision making Bar diagram, Tables, Charts, Graphical and Statistical Representation.
D Quantitative Ability Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmatic, Modern Maths

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Verbal Ability

8

No. of attempt in this section are about 20.

Decision making

This section mostly contains logical reasoning questions. No. of attempt in this section are about 15 out of 25

Quantitative Ability

9

No. of attempt in this section are about 12.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Type of Question No of Questions Difficulty Level
Decision Making 25 Moderate to Tough
Quantitative ability& DI 28 Moderate
English Language ability & Logical Reasoning 32 Easy to Moderate

GK is based on current affair, business news & socio-economical movement. The essay topic was “Government is not addressing the root cause of poverty.”

XAT Analysis 2011

Overall exam pattern:

XAT 2011 had same pattern as previous years. It has 101 questions within 120 mins & 20 mins for easy writing. Timings had gone up to 140 mins. There was differential marking.

There are two parts, Part A & Part B. In part A, there are three sections and Part B covers GK & essay writing.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A Verbal Ability Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out.
B Decision making Bar diagram, Tables, Charts, Graphical and Statistical Representation.
D Quantitative Ability Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmatic, Modern Maths

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Verbal Ability

6

The good score is about 26 out of 69 marks.

Decision making

This section mostly contains AR and decision making question with maximum marks of 67.A good score is of about 26 marks.

Quantitative Ability

7

The good score is about 20 out of 117 marks.

3. BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

 

Type of Question No of Questions Difficulty Level
Decision Making 25 Moderate to Tough
Quantitative ability& DI 28 Moderate
English Language ability & Logical Reasoning 32 Easy to Moderate

 In Part B, there was a statement given and one had to make a judgment on it, and supply justifications and examples.

XAT Analysis 2010

Overall exam pattern:
XAT 2010 had same pattern as previous years. It has 101 questions within 120mins & 20mins for easy writing. Timings had gone up to 140mins.
There are two parts, Part A & Part B. In part A, there are three sections and Part B covers GK & essay writing.

SR.NO SUBJECT TOPICS COVERED
A Verbal Ability Critical Reasoning, Grammar, ParaJumbles, Odd Sentence Out.
B Decision making Bar diagram, Tables, Charts, Graphical and Statistical Representation.
D Quantitative Ability Algebra, Integer, Geometry, Arithmetic, Modern Maths

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Verbal Ability:1

The good score is about 11 out of 31 marks.

Decision making

This section mostly contains AR and decision making question with maximum marks of 30.A good score is of about 10 marks.

Quantitative Ability

2

The good score is about 11 out of 40 marks.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

Type of Question No of Questions Difficulty Level
Decision Making 30  Tough
Quantitative ability& DI 40 Moderate
English Language ability & Logical Reasoning 31 Tough

 GK is based on current affair, business news & socio-economical movement. The essay topic was “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”.