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

Thursday, January 03 2019, 04:00 PM
XAT Analysis and Expected Cutoff
XAT 2018 held on January 6, 2019 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.

XAT 2019 Exam Analysis 2019 will be published at 1.15 PM by MBAUniverse.com immediately after the XAT 2019 exam is over on January 6, 2019. XAT 2019 exam duration has been reduced from three and half hours to 3 hours. The XAT analysis and expected cut offs will be based on various factors in XAT exam this year. XAT cut offs marks will include the XAT sectional cut offs as well as overall XAT cut off score. 

XAT 2018 Exam Analysis - Live Check your XAT Score & Percentile

XAT 2019 Analysis reflects the following:

  • XAT exam pattern and key changes in XAT 2019 
  • Ideal attempts to clear the XAT overall cut offs with overall XAT analysis
  • Ideal attempts to clear XAT sectional cut offs with XAT sectional analysis
  • XAT 2019 difficulty level

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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.

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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