XAT 2019 Analysis by CL, TIME, IMS, Bullseye: Moderate to Difficult Exam; Cut offs Not to Go High

XAT 2019 Analysis by CL, TIME, IMS, Bullseye
Sunday, January 06 2019, 07:05 PM
XAT 2019 exam analysis by experts at CL, TIME, IMS, Bullseye is much sought after by the XAT test takers. All these XAT preparation institutes will publish their detailed XAT 2019 exam analysis late in the evening on the XAT exam day. So far Career Launcher has released its first impression on XAT anlaysis as shared below. MBAUniverse.com will publish the XAT 2019 analysis by CL, TIME, IMS once the same is released in detail by them

MBAUniverse.com shares below the XAT 2019 Analysis with expected cut offs as shared by top XAT preparation institutes – Career Launcher, T.I.M.E., IMS.

CAT 2019 Analysis by TIME

Following is the XAT 2019 analysis by leading CAT Coaching institute TIME.


Section 1: Verbal and Logical Ability
The Verbal and Logical Ability section was a mixed bag of easy, moderately easy/difficult and difficult questions. The Vocab-based questions were not challenging, RC passages were not difficult to follow, but the RC questions were largely based on critical thinking apart from the exclusive Critical Reasoning questions. The cut-off is expected to be between 7 and 8 marks.

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Section 2: Decision Making
There were 21 questions in this section, from seven sets - Two sets of two questions each, two sets of four questions each and three sets of three questions each. The sets were simple and easy to comprehend. The easier part, however, ended there. The questions were subjective and the answers choices were not too easy to eliminate. As compared to last year, this year’s DM section is a shade tougher, mainly for the reason that the questions that needed one to rank the statements had very close choices. Careful reading was required for all the sets to avoid mistakes. By spending about 30 to 35 minutes one would be able to attempt about 15 questions with 80% accuracy.

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Section 3 : Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
The section had a mix of few easy and mostly moderate-difficult questions. There were quite a number of questions which were tricky and required a thorough understanding of concepts; few others required intensive calculations also. The section was overall similar in difficulty level compared to last year’s Quant section. There were six questions from two DI sets. In one of the sets involving a Pie-chart, the data on two angles in the chart was missing. The other DI set was relatively time-consuming. With the section being very similar in terms of difficulty as compared to last year’s, the number of attempts is bound to remain nearly the same. An attempt of 18-20 with an accuracy of about 80% can be considered to be a good bet. The cut-off is expected to be 11-12 in this section.

General Knowledge
The GK section in XAT 2019 had a mix of questions from various areas, including history, geography, sports, business and Indian constitution. As the section is not used for shortlisting, there will be no cut-off requirement for this section. However, those who attempted 13-15 with about 80% accuracy can consider themselves to have done well.

XAT 2019 Cutoffs by TIME

  • Verbal and Logical Ability: 7-8
  • Decision Making: 6-7
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: 11-12

XLRI BM: 32 - 34
XLRI HRM: 29 - 31

XAT 2019 Analysis & Expected Cut offs by Career Launcher

First Impression
Overall, XAT 2019 was similar to Last year’s paper. Contrary to expectations there were no Numerical Answer Type (Non-MCQ) questions.

The XAT 2019 paper was divided into two parts that is Part A and Part B. Part A consisting of 3 sections viz. Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Part B consisting of General Knowledge section. The total duration for Part A and Part B was 165 minutes and 15 minutes respectively.

Each question in Part A, carried 1 mark each and drew -0.25 marks for every incorrect attempt. Part B had no negative marking . Furthermore, from this year the penalty for unattempted questions beyond 8 such questions had been doubled to -0.10 from -0.05 marks.

The difficulty level of the paper was similar to slightly difficult compared to the previous year. We expect overall cut-off for XLRI BM to remain the same at 29, QA and DI section was similar to 2018 expected cut-off at a score of 11.3. VA and LR section was slightly difficult and expected cutoff is 7 a fall of 0.5 from the previous year, DM was similar to last year and the expected cut-off is 8.5.

There was no major surprise in GK, 25 questions carried no negative mark and was of same difficulty level as last year.

No of Questions
Part A
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
Decision Making
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Part B
General Knowledge

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
XAT 2019 exam analysis by T.I.M.E. is yet to be published. The XAT analysis will be published after the same is released by this XAT preparation institute. Following details however, have been shared by T.I.M.E. now:

XAT is the second most popular management entrance examination after CAT. XAT is conducted by XLRI,Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes.

Apart from XLRI,the XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes across India. XAT score is one of the selection criteria for admission into management programmes offered by XLRI. Candidates have to first register online on the XAT website and later, have to apply separately to the each of the participating institutes including XLRI.

Short listed candidates will be put through GD and or Interview processes.

XAT 2019 Analysis by IMS

IMS will release the XAT 2019 exam analysis with expected cut offs shortly. At present IMS has published following XAT 2019 analysis.

All about XAT 2019 Test Analysis, expected cut-offs* and what after XAT!

Xavier’s Admission Test (XAT) is one of the most popular Indian B-School Entrance tests other than CAT. This year the XAT 2019 continues as a computer based exam which will be conducted only in English. The overall pattern remains same as last year but NO ESSAY. All the 99 questions will be the MCQ type questions including 5 options with 1 correct option.

The Question Paper consists of 2 time bound parts;

  • Part I (165 Minutes)
    • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) (26 questions)
    • Decision Making (DM) (21 questions)
    • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) (27 questions)
  • Part II (15 Minutes)
    • General Knowledge (GK) (25 questions)

Marking Pattern: Each correct answer carries 1 mark and each wrong answer carries -0.25. Each un-attempted question beyond 8 carries -0.10.
Negative marking does not apply for General Knowledge section.

This makes it interesting and more challenging as XAT doesnot have any sectional time-limit as well! IMS experts shall take XAT 2019 and provide detailed section wise and overall XAT analysis with expected cut-offs. Stay tuned to get all the latest update about XAT 2019.

XAT 2019 Analysis by Bullseye

XAT 2019 – Important Information
Following changes have been made in the pattern for XAT 2019

  • Essay writing section has been discontinued
  • Total allotted time has been reduced to 3 hours (180 minutes) from 3.5 hours
  • In XAT-2019, un-attempted questions beyond 12 will carry the negative mark of 0.05.
  • The negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer will continue.

Since XAT 2019 has not been conducted yet, it is advisable for you to go through the detailed analysis of XAT 2018 available on our website in order to have an understanding of the exam pattern, level of difficulty of the questions, types of questions asked and the expected score.

It is recommended that you check the XAT 2018 Analysis and the Answer Key as it will address your doubts, if any, and also give you an indication of your XAT 2019 test score.

Tips and Strategies for XAT- 2019

In-depth coverage of the exam It is time for the last major entrance exam of the season: Xavier's Aptitude Test (XAT). A number of top B-schools in the country, such as S.P. Jain, GIM, TAPMI, IMT etc. accept XAT scores, to go along with CAT scores.

XAT is generally looked upon as a tough entrance exam, and ~ 90000 students took the exam last year. The exam is markedly different from the other entrance exams in the country as it features a section on Decision Making, an area which checks your management aptitude by presenting different situations and cases, and asks you to identify the correct recourse in these situations. It’s very important for you to know the intricacies of the exam. A good starting point can be exploring previous year papers for the exam.

XAT: Sectional Inputs
It is important to look at individual sections of the exam and keep in mind the following for performing well in different areas of the exam.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation:
In the previous XAT exams, majority of the questions featured in this area were from Algebra, Arithmetic and Data Interpretation. Keep in mind that Data Interpretation is not a separate section in the exam and like CAT, is merged with the Quantitative portion of the exam. The various areas that have been probed in the exam last year are: Geometry, Base Conversion, Number System, Algebra and Functions, Pipes and Cisterns, Set Theory, Time, Speed and Distance, Bar Graph, etc. Make sure you revise every topic thoroughly as you never know when the exam pattern might change.

As far as the answer to the question, how many attempts is concerned, the answer depends on the fact whether this is a strength area for you. In case you are strong in this section, you should solve around 20-25 questions, in about 45 to 50 minutes. An average student can target around 15 questions. You should spot the easy questions in this section, and there are plenty of those waiting to be solved.

Verbal and Logical Ability:
In 2018, the Verbal section was moderately difficult and it tested the basic knowledge of the candidates. The questions were asked on various concepts like Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, Verbal Analogies, Sentence Rearrangement, Contextual understanding and also on the pronunciation skills. In order to answer the questions well, the identification of the traps by the examiners was imperative. An attempt of 12+ questions was comfortable.

For XAT 2019, you should attempt about 16 to 18 questions in this section. Generally, XAT questions are well-reasoned and you should make sure you are aware of the same before selecting any particular answer. You should only mark the answer if you are sure, as in the Verbal section there is a general habit of marking answers even when one is not sure of the exact answer.

General Awareness:
In 2017, a total of 25 questions appeared in general awareness. There were Static GK based questions covering Books Awards, Geography, History, etc. and Current Questions Based on Sports, Politics, Science and Technology, Economics Data and General terms etc. The level of difficulty was tough and a comfortable attempt was 7 questions. Make sure you are abreast with the major happenings of last six months.

Decision Making and Analytical Thinking:
Decision making forms the most unique part of the XAT exam. Consisting of various businesses and everyday situations, you are meant to establish what the stakeholders should do in various situations given. In general, the situations given in these questions set up interesting dilemmas for the parties involved, and most of the choices involve an analysis of the possible gains and losses with each course of action adopted. The different types of questions probed in these areas include: ethical dilemmas, financial issues involving sales, revenues etc. for a company, employee management issues and general management scenarios.

In general, it can be said that these questions are a mix of critical reasoning and RC. The two key skills required to do well in this area are: reading skill (ability to identify the relevant pieces of data and facts) and reasoning prowess (ability to logically figure out a given situation).

As far as what kind of decisions you should make, make sure that the decision taken is unbiased and does not favor one particular party, ethical, balanced and is from the perspective of all stakeholders involved. Do not lose your objectivity in the entire process and do not let your own biases cloud your judgment. 

We shall publish the detailed XAT 2019 exam analysis after the same are released by them.

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