XAT 2019 Analysis

XAT 2019 Exam Analysis 2019 will be published by MBAUniverse.com immediately after the XAT 2019 exam is over on January 6, 2019. The XAT exam analysis will reflect the XAT exam pattern, key changes in XAT 2019 and ideal attempts to improve your scores. Since last year XAT has changed its exam pattern by switching over to computer based test from paper based test and has also changed number of questions, the XAT analysis 2019 will highlight such changes and the difficulty level in XAT 2019 exam. It is expected that the  XAT exam analysis 2019 will see a changed difficulty level and twisted type of questions among other things in XAT exam.

 

Alongwith the XAT Exam 2019 Analysis , the cut offs based on XAT Percentile Vs Marks from experts will also be published. Besides, the XAT paper analysis by Career Launcher and other prominent XAT coaching centres will be published.

 

For the first time in 2018 Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was conducted in Online Mode in 314 centres across 49 cities including Dubai and Kathmandu on 7th January, 2018. The XAT analysis revealed that at 2 centres the exam couldn’t be conducted due to server related technical issues. As such Re-examination was conducted at these centres for the affected students.

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XAT Analysis last 3 years

XAT Exam Year
2018
2017
2016
Total Questions
100
98
104
Exam Duration
3 hours, 35 minutes
3 hours, 35 minutes (Includes 5 minutes Turn around time)
3 hours, 35 minutes (Included 5 minutes Turn around Time)
Exam Format
Online Computer Based
Paper-Pen Based
Paper-Pen based
Marking Pattern
+1 for each correct answer
+3 For Essay Writing Test
+1 for each correct answer
+3 For Essay Writing Test
+1 for 3 sections; +2 for Reasoning section
+3 For Essay Writing Test
Negative Marking
-25% for each wrong answer
-No Negative Marking for GK & Essay Writing Test
-25% for each wrong answer
-No Negative Marking for GK & Essay Writing Test
-25% for each wrong answer
-No Negative Marking for GK & Essay Writing Test
Type of Questions
MCQs + Descriptive Essay
MCQs + Descriptive Essay
MCQs + Descriptive Essay
Answer options
5
5
5
Difficulty Level
Moderate to High
Moderate to High
High
Number of Sections
3+2
3+2
3+2
Name of Sections with Number of Questions
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning -26
Decision Making-21
Quant & DI-27
GK-25
Essay Writing-1
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning -24
Decision Making-21
Quant & DI-27
GK-25
Essay Writing-1
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning -26
Decision Making-23
Quant & DI-29
GK-25
Essay Writing-1
Special Feature
If more than 8 questions left unattempted, a penalty of 0.05 mark for every unattempted question is applied.
If more than 12 questions left unattempted, a penalty of 0.05 mark for every unattempted question is applied
If more than 13 questions left unattempted, a penalty of 0.05 mark for every unattempted question is applied

 

XAT Exam Analysis 2018
XAT 2018 exam had 100 questions divided in 5 sections. Out of 92000 candidates who registered for XAT 2018, around 85000 appeared in XAT 2018 held on January 7, 2018 from 10AM to 1.35PM.  XAT 2018 remained a bit difficult exam but has been rated moderate overall and almost at the same level as last year. Students have found XAT 2018 a bit more lengthy but not a very difficult exam except that the questions in Decision Making section were rated more difficult.

 

XAT Paper Analysis revealed that XAT 2018 was the first online computer based test and as such it also faced some technical glitches. Official Spokesperson of XLRI – Xavier School of Management said on this issue, ‘This year, for the first time Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was conducted in Online Mode in 314 centres across 49 cities including Dubai and Kathmandu on 7th January, 2018. However, at 2 centres due to server related technical issues, the exam couldn’t be conducted. Re-examination will be conducted at these centres for the affected students. The new date will be will be announced very soon and communicated to the affected students.’ 

 

XAT 2018 Exam Difficulty level & topic overview

  • Overall, XAT 2018 was a moderately difficult exam
  • Quant section had 27 questions and was easier compared to last year papers
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning had 26 questions and was slightly more difficult. There was only 1 set of question on logical reasoning.
  • Decision Making section had 21 questions and was trickier than other two sections and was time consuming.
  • GK Section had 25 questions. Almost 50% of questions were based on Current Affairs.
  • Essay Topic was on Ethics and Sustainability. Total limit was 200 words.
  • XAT 2018 XLRI Cut offs is expected to be 33-35​

Technical glitches were also reported from some of the XAT centres as XAT 2018 was the first online XAT exam. At some centres exam started late and at at few other centres test could not get over in time. After sorting out the technical issues, time loss was also compensated and candidates did not suffer due to any technical problem. 

The test was divided into two parts. The first part was the usual XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections Verbal Ability and Logical , Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. As stated by the XAT authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 170 minutes.

The second part consisted of General Awareness questions and a mandatory Essay Writing Section. The total time allotted to this section was 40 minutes.

The Verbal and Logical Ability Section had 26 questions, 2 more than last year. The section on Decision Making comprised 21 questions and the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section had 27 questions. Each question had 5 options and all the questions carried equal marks. There was a penalty of one-fourth marks allotted for every incorrect answer. Also, as mentioned earlier, there was a penalty of 0.05 marks for every un-attempted question after the first 8 such questions. The paper, though slightly easier, was still quite challenging.

 

Exam Pattern

Section
No. of Questions
Optimal Time in Mins
Difficulty Level
Good Attempts
Expected Cutoff
BM
HR
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
26
55
Difficult
17-19
7-7.5
6-6.5
Decision Making
21
45
Moderate
16-17
8.5-9
7.5-8
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
27
70
Moderate
18-19
12-13
9-10
Total
74
 
Moderate - Difficult
54-55
35-36
31-32
 
The detailed analysis of all the sections is as follows:

 

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning:

Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning was tough. The section was dominated by Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. The 2 para jumble questions were easy and so was the lone grammar question. The FIB questions were difficult and some of the CR questions were really difficult. The vague reasoning used in some RC questions made life difficult for the candidates. The RC passages were from familiar areas of Philosophy and Logic.

A serious candidate could have attempted 17-19 questions with 70% accuracy. It was definitely time consuming and a student could have taken around 50-55 minutes for the section.

 

The breakup was as follows:

Topic
Number of questions
Difficulty
Good Attempts
Reading Comprehension
13(4 passages, 3, 3, and 4 )
Moderate - Difficult
8-9
CR
5
Difficult
3-4
Poem Comprehension
2 (1 poem)
Bizarre
1
Grammar – Correct the sentence
1
Easy
1
Para-jumble – 5 sentence
2
Moderate
1-2
FIB – 3 blanks
3
Difficult
1-2

Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning
The level of the Decision Making was slightly easier as compared to last year. There were no singlets and it made the task of reading easier. The length of the caselets was shorter than usual. Hence, the paper seemed to be easier. Situational decision making dominated the section with 18 questions. There were only three questions from Mathematical/Analytical Reasoning. This set on trains and stations was easier than the poor-sabzi set of last year. There were 5 caselets with 3 questions each and 3 caselets with 2 questions each.

 

The breakup was as follows:

Topic
Number of questions
Difficulty
Good Attempts
Situational
18
Moderate
13-14
Mathematical + Analytical Reasoning
3
Moderate
2-3

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation:
The section on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation was slightly easier than last year’s. However, one of the DI sets was slightly tricky. There were 17 questions of QA and most of them were from Geometry and Algebra.  Majority of the questions from Arithmetic were doable whereas the questions on Geometry were difficult in nature. There were two caselet questions based on sports.

In Data Interpretation, there were 2 sets comprising 8 questions in total. There were a few questions which were a little ambiguous.There were 2 DS questions which were slightly complex as well.

 

In a nutshell, one could have attempted 4-6 DI questions and 14-16 Quant questions inabout 65-70 minutes.

 

The break-up was as follows:

Topic
Number of questions
Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic
4
Easy
Algebra
6
Easy
Modern maths
2
Easy
Geometry
4
Easy-Moderate
Number System
3
Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency
2
Easy
DI (Game based)
3
Easy
DI (Mixed Graph)
3
Easy-moderate
Total
11
Easy-moderate
 
General Knowledge:
The level of difficulty of the General Knowledge section was slightly higher than last year. This section comprised 25 questions. Most of the questions were single-statement based. Some of the questions having multiple-statements had more than one correct statement. The key areas from where the questions were asked were static GK (Economy, Geography, Science and Technology) and Current GK (Business economy, personalities, awards, sports and miscellaneous). Overall the difficulty level of the GK section lies in the “moderate-difficult” range. An attempt of 12-14 questions fetching a score of 9-10 can be considered good.
Section
No. of questions
Difficulty Level
History
2
Difficult
Geography
3
Moderate-Difficult
Economy & Business
6
Moderate-Difficult
Current Affairs
3
Moderate
Personality & Awards
4
Moderate
Science & Tech
2
Easy
Polity
1
Difficult
Miscellaneous
2
Moderate-Difficult
Sports
2
Easy-Moderate
Total
25
Moderate- Difficult

Essay Writing
The essay topic was : Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?

The topic was from a familiar area. The question of profit vs. moral values has assumed a tremendous significance in the recent days. So, the student was supposed to be ready with the topic. It was definitely expected

 

Cut offs by CL

 
XLRI
XIMB
SP Jain
GIM
IMT
Great Lakes
Topic
BM
HRM
GMP
BM
HRM
VA
7+
(80%ile)
6.5+
(77%ile)
-
6.25+
(75%ile)
6.25+
(75%ile)
-
-
-
DM
7.5+
(77%ile)
7+
(70%ile)
-
7.25+
(75%ile)
7.25+
(75%ile)
-
-
-
QA
12+
(88%ile)
9+
(72%ile)
-
9.25+
(75%ile)
9.25+
(75%ile)
-
-
-
Total
35+
(96+ile)
31+
(92.5+ile)
20+
(70+ %ile)
30+
(90%ile)
29+
(88%ile)
32+
(93%ile)
27+
(85%ile)
30+
(90%ile)
24+
(80%ile)

 

XAT Analysis 2017
XAT 2017 was held on January 8, 2017. XAT this year was not a very difficult exam as compared to last year exam. As promised by XLRI significant changes were brought about this year in the XAT exam. 72 questions in Part – I of XAT 2017 were not so difficult as that of last year. Your low score of 33 could lead you to XLRI-BM and score of 31 could lead you to XLRI-HR. You can  Check your XAT 2018 percentile 

 

XAT 2017 was divided in 3 sections of Verbal & Logical Ability with 24 questions, Decision Making with 21 questions and Quant & DI with 27 questions. The first section of Verbal and Logical Ability had high difficulty level although questions in Decision Making and Quant sections were a bit moderate.

 

XAT 2017 exam began on time at 10 AM and was over at 1.30 PM. The 72 questions in the first part of the exam had to be solved in 170 minutes and the Part-2 of the exam comprising GK and Essay Writing had to be attempted in 35 minutes. Negative marking of one fourth mark for wrong answer was applied while a penalty of 0.05 mark per question was applied in case the test taker left more than 12 questions unattempted.

 

The composition of the questions in XAT 2017 was more or less same as predicted by MBAUniverse.com earlier. Number of questions placed in XAT 2017 were also 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 trends and didn’t appear earlier, appeared in XAT 2017 marking their presence in various sections.

 

Those who could attempt around 15 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.

Sectional division of questions & good attempts

Section No. of Questions Attempt Time LoD GoodAttempts
Verbal Ability 24 55 Minutes Moderate 15
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 60 minutes Moderate 15
Decision Making 21 55 minutes Difficult 14
Total 72 170 Difficult 44

 

Assessment
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 55 to 60 questions with not more than 6-7 incorrect may expect a call from leading B schools like XLRI, XIME.

 

XAT 2017 is the gateway to top rated B schools and it is a good opportunity for those who expect not so high percentile in CAT 2016 to improve their percentile and explore admission possibility in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, LIBA, TAPMI and other more than 100 B schools.