XAT 2018 PREVIOUS YEAR EXAM ANALYSIS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
XAT 2018 Exam was conducted on January 7 in online mode. We saw a number of changes in XAT 2018 exam pattern and structure. The exam was of moderate difficulty level.
Considering XAT 2018 Exam was held in online mode for the first time, it was marred by a number of connectivity issues. Thus, in an official statement by XLRI, the exam is rescheduled for two of its exam centres (Kolkata & Gurgaon). The new exam dates will be notified soon. Check XAT 2018 Analysis, Answer Key, Question Paper and Cut off
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The below tables describes the percentage required for different programs of XLRI:
|Program Offered||Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning||Decision Making||Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||Overall (Percentage/ Marks)|
|Human Resource Management||79.67%||71.628%||70.07%||92.55%|
|Global Management Programme||5 marks and above||5 marks and above||6 marks above||22 marks and above|
Check Expected XAT 2018 Cutoff
XAT 2017 Exam took place in single slot on January 08, 2017 across multiple centres. The Paper was divided into two papers viz. Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 comprised Verbal & logical Ability, Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability. The Second Paper comprised General Knowledge and Essay Writing. The level of difficulty of the XAT Paper ranged from moderate to high.
While the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate, the paper 1 and paper 2 had different difficulty level. Questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard and verbal ability section was slightly easier than the previous years.
|Verbal & Logical Ability||24||Low to Moderate|
|Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning||21||Moderate to High|
|Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability||27||High|
Read complete XAT 2017 Analysis
XAT had the same structure as expected in XAT 2015. There were total of 78 questions asked in Section I and 25 questions in Section II. Candidates are advised to stay updated with the basic sciences and current events to score well in General Awareness section of XAT 2017 Exam. However, Marks scored in General Awareness and Essay is not included in percentile calculation at the first stage.
The Verbal Ability Section was comparably tougher from the other sections. There was plenty of variety in the types of questions was observed in this section. Prior to XAT 2016, no question on grammar was asked in this section. Reading comprehension section was based upon Communication, Economic theory, Objectivism, and approximation philosophy.
Candidates are advised to pay extra attention to questions based on reading comprehension. Comprehensions on philosophy of approximation and Communication was asked with maximum number of questions from them. Candidates are suggested to practice and focus on these type of questions a bit more.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Difficulty|
The decision making section had a similar difficulty level as previous year papers. The only difference was that the passage given for reading and interpretation was smaller in size. This gave the students a chance to score higher marks. Detailed analysis of Questions in Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning is mentioned below.
|Topic||Total Questions in XAT 2016||Difficulty level in XAT 2016|
|Mathematical + Analytical reasoning||5||3-Easy 2-Difficult|
This section experienced maximum number of correct attempts than any other section. Quantitative Ability of XAT 2016 was easier as compared to previous year exams. The questions were mainly asked from Algebra, Geometry and Number systems. Cutoff of this section went high because of maximum correct attempts from the section.
XAT 2016 DI questions had 2 sets, the total number of questions were 7. An applicant could easily attempt 2-4 DI questions in 20-25 minutes.
The XAT 2016 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section breakup is mentioned below. Candidates are advised to check the section breakup to understand the subject areas from where the questions were asked.
|Topic||Questions in XAT 2016||Difficulty level|
|P & L||2||Easy- Moderate|
|TSD, Work||2||Easy- Moderate|
|Number System||2||Easy- Moderate|
|Geometry, Mensuration||8||Moderate –Difficult|
|DI- Table based||3||Difficult|
XAT 2016 Part B
XAT 2016 GA Section had questions mainly from Economy, Geography, Science, and Technology. The knowledge of current affairs was tested mainly through Business economics. Most of the questions were statement based. Questions with more than one correct answers were also asked. The overall difficulty level can be stated as “moderate-difficult”. An attempt of 10-11 questions was considered good.
The topic for the essay was “Technology and Nature are natural enemies”. The topic allowed candidates to share their own perspective. The topic was philosophical and abstract at the same time. Candidates can take reference from the following previous year papers.
|XAT 2015||Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refuse reply|
|XAT 2014||The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt.|
|XAT 2013||Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India|
The XAT 2015 exam had 3 sections in part I of the exam. Part II of the XAT 2015 exam had 2 sections. The part I was MCQ based exam. The candidate had to choose an answer from the five options given for each question. The total time duration for part I was 140 minutes. The time duration for part II of the exam was 40 minutes.
|Section Name XAT 2015||No. of Questions XAT 2015||Optimal time per section XAT||Difficulty level||Good attempts|
|Part 1||Verbal Ability||28||30||Moderate-difficult||14|
|Quantitative Ability||33||65||Moderate- difficult||14|
|Part 2||General Awareness||30||40||Easy-Moderate||15|
XAT 2015 Part A
The logical ability section was relatively tough in XAT 2015 exam. In XAT 2015 there was no Grammar question. The pattern was similar to previous year exam for this section. The section had 5 Reading comprehension passages. So there was total of 17 questions in Reading Comprehension section. Also, 1 question from Vocabulary based cloze test, 1 question from sentence completion and 2 questions from Vocabulary. There were 2 questions each from Para- Jumbles and Para- Completion. The 2 questions out of 3 questions of Critical Reasoning were difficult. The 10 questions in the section were easy and could be attempted with almost 80% accuracy.
The questions from decision making were quite difficult and complex to solve. Though, the level of questions were relatively simpler than the previous year, candidates found it tough to solve the Decision making problems. Analytical Ability section was designed to test the candidates’ rational thinking and to judge them on their ability to solve problems over such topic.
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Quantitative Ability section in XAT paper demands the candidates to solve the problems efficiently and quickly. There were 25 questions in this section in XAT 2015. The questions from Arithmetic were easy and that from Geometry and Algebra were difficult. Problems on directions were also difficult to work with. A candidate on an average could attempt 9-11 questions. The time of 35-40 minutes was assumed sufficient.
The DI section had 2 sets in which there were 4 questions each. The graphical question was easy while the table based question required intensive calculation. In the time duration of 20-25 minutes, 3-5 DI questions could be done easily.
XAT 2015 Part B
The GK section of XAT 2015 was difficult as compared to XAT 2014. There were 30 questions in the section consisting of two questions from History and 6 from Geography. There were 6 questions on Economy which were difficult. There were 7 questions based on Current Affairs and 4 questions on Sports. Five questions with moderate difficulty level were asked. An attempt of 12-14 questions could get an applicant a score of 8-10 questions.
This time the question was “Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refuse reply.”
The XAT 2014 exam turned out to be difficult from its previous edition. There was a decrease in the number of questions that were given. The total number of questions was 83 in XAT 2014 and the total time allotted to attempt the questions was 150 minutes. In 140 minutes the candidate could complete the 3 main sections and in last 10 minutes the GK section. Additional 20 minutes was provided to complete the essay part.
A pattern shift was observed in XAT 2014 which was followed in later on in XAT 2015 and XAT 2016. XAT 2017 exam is also supposed to be conducted on the same lines.
|XAT 2014 Papers||Section name XAT 2014||Number of Questions XAT 2014||Difficulty level|
|Paper 1||Verbal Ability||28||Moderate|
|Decision making||24||Moderate to tough|
|Paper 2||General Awareness||20||Easy-Moderate|
XAT 2014 Part A
There were total of 28 questions of moderate- tough difficulty level partly due to subject matter. New type of questions were introduced with a main objective to test the fundamental understanding of candidate’s critical reasoning. Vocabulary was tested through Fill in The Blanks type of questions.
Questions on Grammar were also asked, which were rather simple as compared to the rest of the paper. Reading Comprehension passages were set and designed to test candidates’ ability to reason and infer from the matter in subject.
Sectional Analysis of Verbal Ability is mentioned below
|VA Question description / Topic||No. of Questions|
The Decision making section had 24 questions in total. At least 14 questions were easy enough to be attempted and a score of 9 marks was easy to obtain. Candidate’s with logical reasoning aptitude scored good in this section.
The section was difficult with very moderate questions. There were no direct problems and candidates had a tough time doing it. The graphs were also very difficult. A lot of calculation based questions were seen in the section. Most of the questions from this section required sound knowledge of the topic. Sectional analysis of Quantitative Ability is mentioned below.
|Quantitative Ability Topics||No. of Questions|
|Algebra and Functions||2|
|Ratio and proportion||1|
The good attempts for the section came around 8 and the achievable score was 6. A candidate with more practice could score more.
XAT 2014 Part B
The GK section in XAT 2014 was little difficult. The questions were random in nature and came from different topics. Questions on national and international awards were asked. Apart from this questions came from world Geography and history. Stats based questions were also asked. A well-read person would be able to attempt at least 10-12 questions easily.
Candidates appearing for XAT 2017 are advised to pay more attention to quantitative ability section as it is expected to be one of the deciding factors in the final marks scored by candidates. A good knowledge of Situational Reasoning will also help candidates score well in XAT 2017. Essay comes on a very general topic with word limit of 200. Candidates are required to write a brief and concise essay because the word limit makes it quite a tricky job.
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Decision Making is also one of the important sections in XAT 2017. Applicants should only attempt those question whose answer they are sure of. Candidates are advised to practice Vocabulary for XAT 2017 as candidates with good vocabulary strength are considered to have scored a better rank than the other candidates.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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