XAT Analysis: Tricky Decision Making, difficult Verbal to keep cut offs low; 1st CBT faces technical issues

XAT Analysis
Sunday, January 07 2018, 04:00 PM
XAT 2018 held today on January 7, 2018 has got over with tricky decision making and slightly more difficult English Language section. Going by the trend, XAT has remained a bit difficult exam. According to the experts, the XAT Cut offs for top B-schools may go down as compared to last year.
XLRI may shortlist you at an overall raw score of 34 marks out of maximum 72 marks.

XAT 2018 held today on January 7, 2018 has got over at 1.35 PM today across the country. XAT has remained a bit difficult exam but has been rated moderate to difficult overall and almost at the same level as last year. Tricky decision making and slightly more difficult English Language section may bring down the XAT Cut offs for XLRI programmes as  compared to last year.

According to the experts, the XAT Cut offs for top B-schools may be slightly lower than the last year’s level. XLRI may shortlist you at an overall raw score of 34 marks out of maximum 72 marks.

XAT 2018 Exam Analysis - Live Check your XAT Score & Percentile
XAT Analysis: Technical glitches reported, Gurgaon exam rescheduled; Moderately difficult paper

Out of 92000 candidates who registered for XAT 2018, around 85000 appeared in XAT 2018 on first online XAT exam on January 7, 2018 from 10AM to 1.35PM. XAT Exam was not free from technical glitches as several candidates at many centres found their exam getting stopped abruptly.

XAT 2018 exam did not take place at BM Group of Institutions at Farukhnagar Gurgaon centre due to technical glitches. The exam will be rescheduled. Regretting the technical problems in conduct of exam, XLRI has sent the message to the XAT test takers, “Dear Candidate we regret the inconvenience caused due to technical glitch. Exam will be rescheduled and date will be communicated shortly.”

XAT 2018 test paper: Composition
Despite being an online computer based test, XAT 2018 question paper was similar on the last year pattern with the exception that no turn-around time of 5 minutes between the part-1 with 3 main sections having negative marking and part-2 with 2 sections without negative marking was missing.

The first 3 sections on English Language & Logical Ability; Decision Making; and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation will be taken towards calculation of PERCENTILE in XAT 2018. This percentile is used for shortlisting by all institutes that take the XAT scores.

The next two sections consisting of General Knowledge Section (no negative marks) and an Essay section are qualifying in nature and will be considered mainly by XLRI at the time of the Interview and final selection.

Total questions
98
Overall difficulty level
Moderate to Difficult
Total number of MCQs
97
Non-MCQ
Essay writing on ‘Ethical Practices and Sustainability : Do they Coexist’ 
Answer options
5 for each MCQ
MCQs with negative marking
72
MCQs without negative marking
25
XAT exam time duration
3½ hours
Total maximum marks
100
Scoring pattern
+1 for correct answer
+ 3 for Essay writing
Negative marking
-0.25 mark for each MCQ
Sectional cut off
Applicable

Candidates were allowed to submit their test after 30 minutes from the commencement of XAT exam. But they were not allowed to leave the testing hall.

Analysis: English Language and Logical Reasoning
The section was termed as bit more difficult especially the Reading comprehension was found slightly more difficult. Detailed analysis and expected cut off in this section is shared below:

Total questions
24 (All in MCQ format)
Overall difficulty level
Moderate to Difficult
Questions on Verbal and RC
20
Questions on LR
4 (1 set of LR questions)
Answer options
5
Total maximum marks
24
Scoring pattern
+1 for correct answer
Negative marking
-0.25 mark
Sectional cut off
7 marks

Analysis: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
QA & DI section was termed as easier than last year. DI was found much easier. Quant part had more questions on Arithmetic. Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Mensuration, Number system were major topics on which questions were framed.  The cut off in this section is expected to go higher than last year. Detailed analysis and expected cut off in this section is shared below:

Total questions
27 (All in MCQ format)
Overall difficulty level
Moderate
Answer options
5
Total maximum marks
27
Scoring pattern
+1 for correct answer
Negative marking
-0.25 mark
Sectional cut off
11 to 12 marks

Analysis: Decision Making (DM) Section
Decision Making was reported as more tricky than other 2 sections in XAT. The caselets in Decision Making consumed more time of the candidates to solve and the candidates could not solve as many questions as they could. The cut off in this section is expected to remain on last year’s level. Detailed analysis and expected cut off in DM section is shared below:

Total questions
21 (All in MCQ format)
Overall difficulty level
Tricky (Moderate to difficult)
Answer options
5
Total maximum marks
21
Scoring pattern
+1 for correct answer
Negative marking
-0.25 mark
Sectional cut off
7

Analysis GK section
General Awareness (GK) was reported at the same level as last year XAT exam. Half of the GK section had questions based on current affairs. A few of the questions were quite difficult. Detailed analysis is shared below:

Total questions
25 (All in MCQ format)
Overall difficulty level
Moderate
Answer options
5
Total maximum marks
25
Scoring pattern
+1 for correct answer
Negative marking
No negative marking for GK section
Sectional cut off
No cut off as the section is not counted for percentile calculation

Essay Writing: Descriptive test with 3 marks
The essay writing test in XAT 2018 had different pattern. Key changes and brief analysis of Essay writing is detailed below:

Essay writing topic:  Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they Coexist’ 

Word limit for the essay writing test: 200

Maximum Marks: 3

Negative marking: Nil

Format of essay writing: Online computer based

XAT 2018 remained a single session exam without any change in sectional composition of questions. The exam was held in 47 test cities in India and 2 cities abroad as an online computer based test.

Section-wise Good attempts
Scores in following three sections would determine the percentile in XAT 2018. Good attempts in these sections are detailed below:

Section
No. of Questions
Attempt Time
LoD
Good Attempts
Verbal Ability
24
55 Minutes
Moderate
16
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
27
60 minutes
Moderate
18
Decision Making
21
55 minutes
Difficult
12
Total
72
170
Difficult
46

Section 4 on General Awareness with 25 questions followed by descriptive Essay writing test were the components of Part-2 in XAT 2018 exam. Both these sections are not counted in percentile calculation.

Assessment
The composition of the questions in XAT 2018 was more or less same as predicted by MBAUniverse.com earlier. Number of questions placed in XAT 2018 were from forgotten topics.  MBAUniverse.com forewarned the aspirants to watch out for the same. The aspirants who paid heed to the suggestions and tips shared with them definitely did better in the test.

Questions on number of forgotten topics with higher level of difficulty, increased number of passages, questions which had different trend and didn’t appear earlier, appeared in XAT 2018 marking their presence in various sections.

Those who could attempt around 16 questions with accuracy in each of the 3 sections can expect a call from XLRI and other top rated B-schools like SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB among others.

Overall examination was moderate to difficult and those who attempted the test with judicious time management may expect to get through with a high percentile.   A fair attempt of around 48 questions with not more than 6-7 incorrect may expect a call from leading B schools like XLRI, XIMB, IMT, SPJIMR.

Overall Cutoff
XLRI has three programs, the BM, the HRM, and the Global MBA Program. The expected cut offs for these programmes are:

 
VA & LA
DM
QA &DI
Total
XLRI (HRM)
7.5
7
10
31
XLRI (BM)
8
7
13
34
XLRI (Global)
6.5
7
10
30
XIMB
6.5
7
10
30

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