XAT Exam Analysis 2019

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 07 Dec, 2018 16:54 IST

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XAT 2019 Exam Analysis

XAT is the gateway to top rated B Schools in India. Candidates who take the exam can explore admission possibility in colleges like XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, LIBA, TAPMI. There are more B-schools accepting XAT scores than the number of management colleges accepting CAT scores.

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is considered to be one of the most challenging MBA entrance exams in the country. While it is organised by Xavier Labor Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, it is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission in XLRI and many other top-tier management institutes of India.

XAT 2018 Exam Analysis

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018, the second most popular management entrance exam in India, was conducted on January 7, 2018 (Sunday) from 10 am to 1:35 pm in 47 cities across the country along with 2 cities abroad. The exam was held in online mode, instead of offline. While the test-taking mode has changed, there were some changes in the exam pattern as well, including the marking scheme and number of questions. The level of difficulty of XAT 2018 was expected to be on the tough side. 

From our observation of XAT Exam Analysis over the years, it is quite clear that XAT exam introduces some significant changes every year in its paper pattern, which leads to a different analysis for XAT exam year after year. For example, XAT 2017 comprised of 72 questions in total, whereas there were 78 questions in XAT 2016. 

XAT 2018 was almost on the same lines as XAT 2017. For XAT 2018, 92000 candidates had registered out of which around 85000 appeared for the exam. Students taking the XAT 2018 had to face some technical challenges as the exam was getting stopped abruptly at some exam centres. Read: XAT 2018: Re-Examination to be Conducted in Two Centres Due to Technical Glitch. The exam was conducted again on 3rd February 2018 for the centers that faced technical issues on the original day of the exam. 

Detailed XAT 2018 Exam Analysis 

XAT 2018 Question Paper Pattern

PART 1 - There were 74 questions to be solved in 170 minutes

PART 2 - It comprised of GK and Essay Writing having 25 questions to be attempted in 40 minutes.

  • The questions in the three sections for Part 1 were in the MCQ format.
  • There was a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer.
  • There was a penalty of 0.05 mark per unattempted question but the same was not applicable to a maximum of 8 unattempted questions.
  • There was no negative marking for Part 2.

Section-wise Analysis XAT 2018

XAT 2018 – PART 1 was divided into three sections:

  • Verbal & Logical Ability with 26 questions
  • Decision Making with 21 questions
  • Quant & DI with 27 questions

The section of Verbal and Logical Ability and Decision Making was moderate to difficult and more or less similar to the XAT 2017 exam but on the other hand Quantitative and Data Interpretation was difficult.

Part 1 - Sectional Division of Questions & Good Attempts

Section No. of Questions Difficulty Level Goof Attempt Good Score Expected Cut-off
Verbal & Logical Ability 26 Moderate to Difficult 16 to 18 12 to 15 9-10
Decision Making 21 Moderate to Difficult 13 to 15 12 to 14 8-9

Quantitative & Data Interpretation

27 Difficult 15 to 17 11 to 14 8-9
Total 74        

Section A: Verbal & Logical Ability

This section focuses on the students' command on the language and its logical implication and critical skills. This section was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. Questions asked are usually based on the following topics.

  • Analogy
  • Grammar
  • Cloze test
  • Understanding& drawing conclusions
  • Para jumbles
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading Comprehension

Section B: Decision Making

This section focuses mainly to analyse a candidate’s critical assessment of a given situation and apply keen observation, sense and logic to solve a particular problem. It tests a person’s perception and ability to handle adverse situations in a practically best possible way. It also covered mathematical and analytical reasoning. This section was trickier and was easy to moderately difficult.

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

This sections QA was the toughest of the three sections. It was a mixed bag of moderate and difficult questions. Questions were asked from the following topics.

  • Data Interpretation tables
  • Data Interpretation grids and histograms
  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Time, Speed, distance
  • Work, Algebra, Puzzle, Caselet, Profit & Loss, Number System
  • Series, Probability, Trigonometry, Functions, Set Theory

Part II - General Knowledge

Marks scored in GK are not added for the final XAT result and merit list. It may be used for final selection in XLRI Jamshedpur and other top B schools accepting XAT scores. There were 25 questions in all and 40 minutes to complete it. Overall its difficulty level was Moderate to Difficult. The questions asked were from areas such as Geography, Economy, Current Affairs, Personality and Awards, Science and Technology and History.


Overall, the test 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 53 to 58 questions with not more than 6-7 incorrect may expect a call from leading B schools like XLRI, XIME,

XAT 2018 Question Paper

Students who had appeared for the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 can now also check the pattern of 2018 XAT exam. The XAT 2018 Question Paper is now available for download. Students can also check colleges accepting CAT 2018 score, along with their cut-offs. Candidates may download the XAT Question Paper to know the type of questions asked in this year's examination. Also, scroll down further to get XAT 2018 Exam Analysis.

Download XAT 2018 Question Paper

XAT 2017 Exam Analysis

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017 was conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on 8th, 2017 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. The paper consisted of two parts where the first part had three sections – Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The second part comprised of two sections – General Awareness and Essay Writing.

To attempt questions from the first part of the XAT paper, students had a total duration of 170 minutes. While the time allotted to the section section was 35 minutes.

The Verbal and Logical Ability Section comprised of a total of 24 questions, while the Decision Making section had a total of 21 questions. In the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section, students had to attempt 27 questions. Every question 5 options out of which candidates had to choose the right one in order to score marks. As for the marking scheme, all the questions carried equal marks. For every incorrect answer, there was a penalty of one-fourth marks. There was a negative marking of 0.05 marks for every un-attempted question after the first 12 such questions. Overall, the paper was quite challenging for test takers, while some parts were slightly easier.

Analysis of XAT Paper - Part I

Section No. of Questions Optimal Time in Mins Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability  24 50 Moderate to Tough 16-18
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27 65 Moderate 17-19
Decision Making 21 55 Moderate to Tough 14-16
Total 72 170 Tough 50-55

Analysis of XAT Paper - Part II

General Knowledge: The General Knowledge section was more or less on the same lines as the last year's XAT paper. With a total of 25 questions, this section tested candidates' knowledge of Economy, Geography, Science and Technology. Apart from static GK, students had to answer questions based on Business economy, personalities, awards, etc. No questions were asked from Sports or Politics. While most of the questions were a single statement based, some questions had multiple-statements with more than one correct statement. Overall, this section was in the “moderate-difficult” range in terms of difficulty level. Answering 12-14 questions with a score of 9-10 can be considered a good attempt.

Essay Writing: In this section, candidates were given the topic of “Globalization and jingoism always coexist”. The topic for the essay is usually interesting every year and the case was no different for XAT 2017. However, the difficulty level of the topic was slightly higher as compared to topics given in the past years. In the past, students had abstract or philosophical topics, which was not the case with XAT 2017.

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