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XAT 2018 Analysis

XAT Analysis – Detailed analysis of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) will be published here. XAT 2018 Analysis indicates the difficulty level of exam held in the month of Jan 2018. Also, the analysis throws light upon exam pattern, time duration, number of good attempts, expected cut offs. Analysis of XAT 2018 is important primarily before declaration of results of the XAT exam.

What’s new: XAT 2018 will be held in online mode on 07 January 2018.

XAT Analysis and Expected Cut Offs 2018

Name of exam – Xavier Aptitude Test 2018.

Date of exam – 07 Jan 2018

XAT 2018 Cut Offs

The cut off for Xavier Aptitude Test will be decided by XLRI. Percentile will be used to shortlist candidates for GD and PI for 2018-2020 programmes of the institutes. Candidates must note that XAT has sectional cut offs as well. Looking at past year trends, the following is expected to be the cut off for XAT 2018.

Name of college VA DM QA DI Overall
XLRI – BM 7.5 (80 percentile) 7 (80 percentile) 9.5-10 (90 percentile) 32-33.5
XLRI – HRM 8 (90 percentile) 6.5 (80 percentile) 7-7.5 (70 percentile) 30-31.5
XLRI – GMP 26-28
XIMB 6 (75 percentile) 6.5 (75 percentile) 8-8.5 (75 percentile) 26-31
SP Jain 7 (75 percentile) 6.5 (75 percentile) 8-8.5 (75 percentile) 32-33.5
GIM 26-28
IMT 29-31
Great Lakes 26-28

XAT 2017 Analysis

Exam pattern – XAT exam had two parts, Part I, Part II. Part I was divided into three sections A, B, C. Sections A consisted of 24 questions, Section B had 27 questions, and Section C involved 21 questions. Whereas Part I with total 72 questions had to be answered in 170 minutes, Part II including General Knowledge was to be answered in 35 minutes.

Overview of the exam

XAT 2016 Analysis of Exam Held on 3 January, 2016As per students who appeared for the exam, XAT 2017 was difficult. Compared to the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 as well as last year’s XAT exam, it was tougher. The sections on Verbal Ability and also Decision Making seemed more difficult than usual. Apart from questions being difficult, it was also the opinion of some test takers that the paper was a bit lengthy.

Overall difficulty level was Difficult.

Xavier Aptitude Test was based on a new exam pattern. Candidates were already prepared to face the new pattern and they felt that standard of the exam got higher this time. Like last year, Quantitative Ability (QA) seemed to be relatively easier whereas Decision making was tougher.

  • Time allotted: 170 Minutes + 35 Minutes for GK and Essay
  • Total no. of questions: 72 + 25 (For GK)
  • Marking Scheme: All questions carry equal marks
  • Sections: Part I (Sections A, B, C) + Part II
  • Number of choices: 5
  • Negative Marking: One fourth of a mark
Section Marks
Verbal and Logical Ability – Moderate to Tough 24
Decision making and Analytical Reasoning – Moderate to Tough 21
Quantitative ability – Moderate 27

XAT Analysis is published here after the exam. For MBA aspirants who appeared for the exam, analysis is as important as the answer keys (you can check answer keys here). Analysis of the XAT and expected cut offs of Xavier Aptitude Test highlights the following:

  • Types of questions asked,
  • Expected cut offs,
  • Level of difficulty.

Sectional Analysis of XAT exam is given below.

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability

This section focuses on testing the student’s hold on language and implementation of it logically. Largely, it also tests the candidate’s critical reasoning skills. There were 4 reading comprehension passages. Questions based on it ranged from moderate to very difficult. Students should especially be wary of the seemingly short, but tough passages.

Most candidates said that the questions on para jumble were time consuming.

Questions asked were of the following types

Description Number of questions
Analogy 1
Grammar 2
Cloze test 1
Statements – Assumption, contradiction, understanding, drawing conclusions 3
Para jumble 2
Pronounciation 1
Reading comprehension (4) 14
Total 24

The questions from critical reasoning are always exceptionally tricky in XAT. To maximise one’s score, it is advisable to solve those in the end.

Number of questions asked: XAT Verbal and logical ability section’s number of questions was 24.

Good Attempts: 16-18.

Good Score: 8-12.

Expected Cut Off: 7-8.

Section B: Decision making

This particular section differentiates XAT exam from other MBA tests. Focus in Decision Making questions is to analyze a candidate’s critical assessment of a given situation and apply common sense, logic and keen observation to problem solving.

Types of questions asked include, but were not limited to the following types.

  • Cricket, snakes and ladders,
  • Situational problems,
  • Mathematical and analytical reasoning.

In such questions, the recommended approach is to first identify the situations, analyse what various stakeholders should do in a given situation. Key is solving particular dilemmas for the parties involved by weighing the pros and cons of various choices and reach the best course of action.

Number of questions asked: XAT Decision Making section’s number of questions was 21.

Good Attempts: 14-16.

Good Score: 9-10.

Expected Cut Off: 8-10.

Section C: Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation

According to candidates who appeared in test, QA in XAT was as tough as last year. Largely, the questions asked in Xavier Aptitude Test in quantitative ability were a mix of moderate to difficult ones. In order to score more in QA, a thorough understanding of concepts is necessary. Focus should be on approaching the problem correctly and reaching the right choice of answer in the shortest time.

Questions asked were of the following types

Description Number of questions
Data Interpretation – tables 4
Data Interpretation – grids, histograms 4
Geometry and Mensuration 4
Time, Speed, Distance, Work 2
Algebra 2
Puzzle 2
Caselet 2
P and L 1
Number System 1
Series 1
Probability 1
Trigonometry 1
Functions 1
Set Theory 1
Total 27

Number of questions asked: XAT Quantitative ability section’s number of questions was 27.

Good Attempts: 17-19.

Good Score: 9-11.

Expected Cut Off: 8-10

Part II: General Knowledge

Marks scored in GK are not added for the final XAT result and merit list. It may be used for final selection in XLRI Jamshedpur and other top B Schools accepting XAT scores. There were 25 questions in this section and 35 minutes to complete it GK + Essay.

Questions in this section were generally heavily skewed towards static GK, such as from the following areas.

Description Number of questions
Geography 9
Economy and Business 5
Current Affairs 3
Personality and awards 3
Science and technology 2
History 2
Others 1
Total 25

Number of questions asked: XAT GK section’s number of questions was 25.

XAT Essay Topic

Last year The essay topic was: Globalization and jingoism always coexist.

Last year’s essay topic was: Technology and nature are natural enemies.

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