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Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 11 Aug, 2021 18:30

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XAT 2022 Exam Analysis

XAT 2022 will be conducted on January 2, 2022 in a single shift from 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm. XAT 2022 is expected to be a Moderate to Difficult exam based on previous year trends. Last year, the question paper was reported to be one of the most difficult seen in the history of the XAT exam. Students can assume that they will have to ramp up their preparation to get a good score in XAT this year as well.

XAT 2022 Expected Difficulty Level

SectionNo. of QuestionsExpected Difficulty Level
Verbal and Logical Ability26Moderate
Decision Making21Moderate
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28Difficult
General Knowledge25Moderate
OVERALL100Moderate - Difficult

A detailed question paper analysis of XAT 2022 will be updated here soon after the exam is conducted. Check the section-wise analysis, difficulty level, good score etc. here.

XAT 2021 Exam Analysis

XAT 2021 was conducted on January 3, 2021, and the shift got over at 12.30 pm. The XAT 2021 detailed section-wise analysis is now available. Check the XAT 2021 Exam Analysis provided here to know the difficulty level as well as sectional analysis of XAT 2021 exam. 

XAT 2021 Exam and Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Solutions

XAT 2021 Exam Analysis Highlights

Candidates must keep the following important details in mind for XAT 2021.

  • Essay Writing Question Removed: The descriptive-type essay writing question has been removed from this year's XAT. Earlier, candidates had to answer 1 essay type question in the exam.
  • Negative Marking for Unanswered Questions: Candidates are allowed to leave just 8 questions unanswered in the exam. Any questions left unanswered over 8 carry a negative marking of -0.10 marks per question.
  • NAT Questions: Candidates will also have to face the NAT (Numerical Answer Type) questions in the XAT 2021 question paper.
  • There is no negative marking for the General Knowledge questions and the marks scored in that section are not considered in percentile calculation.
  • The XAT 2021 difficulty level was reported to be more than last year. 
  • There were 3 DI sets in the exam this year. In previous year exams, there were 2 DI sets.

XAT 2021 Number of Questions and Difficulty Level

There are 75 questions in Part A and 25 questions in Part B of XAT. Given below are the section-wise number of questions and difficulty level of XAT 2021.

PartSectionNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
AVerbal and Logical Ability26Moderate to Difficult
Decision Making21Moderate
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28Difficult
BGeneral Knowledge25Moderate
OVERALL--100Moderate - Difficult

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

One of the most important national-level management entrance exams, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 has been successfully conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, on 5th January 2020 from 09:30 am till 12:30 pm across various exam centers in order to shortlist appropriate candidates for management education. More than 150 institutes accept XAT scores for admission of the candidates.

Based on the overall difficulty level of the entrance examination, reviews and responses received from the test-takers, a detailed section-wise and overall exam analysis of the XAT 2020 has been prepared by CollegeDekho experts. 

According to the inputs received from the test-takers, this year, XAT was moderately difficult as compared with the previous years. Most of the candidates found Decision Making and Quantitative section of XAT 2020 a bit tricky and ambiguous. Considering the overall difficulty level of the exam, the cutoff of XAT 2020 may also remain low this year.

Highlights of XAT 2020 Paper Analysis

Now that the exam has concluded, let us glance through some of the major highlights of XAT 2020:

  • XAT 2020 was conducted on a single day and a single session in MCQ format.

  • The question paper of XAT 2020 had two parts Part-A and Part -B.  

  • Part-A had three sections namely, Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR),Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI),

  • Part -B only had General Knowledge section. 

  • Considering the past year trends, the overall difficulty level of the question paper was difficult/high.

  • From this year onwards, some major changes have also been introduced by XLRI in the XAT 2020 exam patternsuch as inclusion of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions, an increased penalty for un-attempted questions, extra time given for visually impaired candidates etc.

Question Paper Pattern of XAT 2020

Take a look at the below table to know the overall paper pattern of XAT 2020 conducted on 5th January 2020.

Parts

Sections 

Total Number of Questions 

Total Marks Allotted

Time Duration

Part A

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

165 Minutes

Decision Making

21

21

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

28

Part B

General Knowledge

25

25

15 Minutes

Section-Wise Analysis of XAT 2020

Find out what is the detailed section-wise analysis of XAT 2020 in the pointers listed below:

Part A

XAT 2020 Verbal and Logical Ability Section Analysis:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability Section consisted of a total of 26 questions. 

  • Considering the difficulty level of this section, most of the candidates found Verbal and Logical Ability of XAT 2020 tough. From this section, Reading Comprehension was difficult to attempt.

  • The overall difficulty of this section was high this year.

Topics

Overall Difficulty Level

Total Number of questions

Reading Comprehension

Moderate-Difficult

12 (4 passages of 3 questions each)

CR

Moderate-Difficult

6

Poem Comprehension

Easy-Moderate

2 (1 poem)

Para-jumble (5 sentences)

Moderate

2

FIB - 3 Blanks

Difficult

3

 XAT 2020 Decision Making Section Analysis:

  • Decision-Making Section of XAT 2020 had 21 questions.

  • Most of the XAT 2020 test takers found the questions tricky and ambiguous to understand. Overall, this section of XAT 2020 was moderate to tough on the difficulty scale as per the inputs received from the test-takers.

Topic

Overall Difficulty Level

Total Number of Questions

Situational

Difficult

21

XAT 2020 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Analysis:

  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section of XAT 2020 had 28 questions in total from various topics.

  • Many candidates found this section easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level.

Topic

Difficulty Level

Total No. of Questions

Arithmetic

Moderate

8

Algebra

Easy to Moderate

3

Co-ordinate Geometry + Trigonometry

Moderate

1

Geometry

Moderate to Difficult

5

Modern MathsDifficult1
Number SystemEasy2

DI (Set Theory)

Moderate

2

DI (Bar Graph)

Moderate

3

DI (Table Based)Easy to Moderate3

Total

Easy to Moderate

28

Part B

XAT 2020 General Knowledge Analysis:

  • General Knowledge section of XAT 2020 had a total of 25 questions, which the candidates had to answer in MCQ format.

  • Overall this section of XAT 2020 was moderately difficult to attempt.

Topic

Overall Difficulty Level

Total Number of Questions

History

Moderate

4

Current Affairs

Easy

3

Economy & Business

Easy-Moderate

4

Sports

Easy-Moderate

0

Personality & Awards

Moderate

2

Polity

Easy

1

Books & Authors/Miscellaneous

Moderate-Difficult

1

Science & Tech

Moderate

5

Geography

Moderate-Difficult

5

Total

Moderate

25

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XAT 2019 Exam Analysis

The XAT 2019 exam concluded at 1 PM on 6th January 2019. Overall, the exam was on the same lines as that of last year's paper. In terms of difficulty level, it was on the higher side and, therefore, turned out to be toughest MBA exam of the season. In the paper, there were no Non-MCQ questions, which was quite contrary to what aspirants had expected. There weren't really any surprises in the paper, apart from some tricky Verbal questions and some really difficult DM questions. This year, the paper had no Essay writing section as well.

The XAT 2019 paper was divided into two parts i.e. Part A consisting of 3 sections including Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Part B, on the other had, comprises a single section on General Knowledge. 

While Part A had to be taken within the duration of 165 minutes, Part B had a time limit of 15 minutes.

In Part A, every question had a weightage of 1 mark and there was a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer. There was no negative marking in Part B. The penalty for not attempting more than 8 questions has been increased from 0.05 marks to 0.10 for every such question. 

Part B, which comprised of GK had 25 questions. There was no change or negative marking in this section. The level of difficulty was the same as last year.

Overall XAT 2019 Analysis

SectionNumber of QuestionsIdeal Time Level of DifficultyGood Attempts
Part AVerbal Ability and Logical Reasoning2650 minutesTough16-18
Decision Making2145 minutesMedium 16-17
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation2770- minutesMedium17-18
Total74Medium to Tough54-55
Part BGeneral Knowledge2515 minutesMedium to Tough12-14

Section-wise XAT Exam Analysis 2019

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

This section was more difficult in comparison with the previous year's paper, perhaps due to Verbal section. Reading Comprehension dominated the section with 4 passages followed by 3 questions each. The passages were from areas of Psychology, Art and Social issues. There was a Poem Comprehension as well and it had 2 questions, which were quite tricky. There were 2 para jumble questions, which were quite easy. The Fill in the Blanks questions were tough and some of the CR questions were really tricky. Since this was a time-consuming section, it could  have taken around 50 minutes for students to answer this section.

A candidate could have attempted 16-18 questions with 70% accuracy. 

Topic

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

No. of Good Attempts

Reading Comprehension

12 (4 passages followed by 3 questions each)

Medium to Tough

7-8

CR

5

Medium to Tough

3

1 Poem Comprehension

Tough

-

Analogy

1

Tough

-

Antonym

1

Medium

1

Para-jumble

2

Medium

1-2

Fill in the Blanks

3

Tough

1-2

Total

26

Tough

16-18

Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

The diffiulty level of the Decision Making section was the same as the previous year's paper. The section was dominated by situational decision making and it had 18 questions. No questions were asked from Mathematical/Analytical Reasoning, thus candidates might have tried to answer 2-3 more questions. However, sequencing questions were more in number, which caused the students to attempt lesser number of questions. There were 3 caselets (Raket, Limo, ice-cream = music), which turned out to be the same as in papers of previous years. There were no singlets and, therefore, it was easier for students to read.

Topic

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

No. of Good Attempts

Situational

21

Medium

16-17

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

This section was slightly on the tougher side as compared to XAT 2018. However, one of the DI sets turned out to be quite difficult. There were 21 QA questions and majority of them were based on Geometry and Algebra (including co-ordinate and Trigonometry). Most of Arithmetic questions were doable whereas Geometry questions were quite tough to attempt. There were 2 sets comprising 6 questions in total in Data Interpretation. A few questions in DI seemed ambiguous.

Topic

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

No. of Good Attempts

Arithmetic

4

Easy

3

Algebra

7

Easy-Medium

4-5

Co-ordinate Geometry + Trigo

4

Medium

2-3

Geometry

4

Medium to Tough

2

Data Sufficiency

2

Medium

1

DI (Time Zone)

3

Medium to Tough

1

DI (Mixed Graph)

3

Easy to Medium

2

Total

27

Easy to Medium

17-18

General Knowledge

General Knowledge section was on the same lines as last year as far as the difficulty level is concerned. Out the total 25 questions, majority of the questions were single-statement based. Some of the multiple-statements based questions had more than one correct statement. Static GK (Economy, Geography, Science and Technology) and Current GK (Business economy, personalities, awards, and sports) were the key areas from where the questions were asked in the paper. A good attempt in this section could be 12-14 questions fetching a score of 7-8.

Section

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

History

1

Medium

Geography

4

Medium to Tough

Economy & Business

7

Easy to Medium

Current Affairs

2

Easy

Personality & Awards

3

Medium

Science & Tech

2

Medium

Polity

2

Easy

Miscellaneous

2

Medium to Tough

Sports

2

Easy to Medium

Total

25

Medium

XAT 2019 Expected Cut-off

Section

Expected Cutoff for BM

Expected Cutoff for HR

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

6 - 6.5

6.5 - 7

Decision Making

8 - 8.5

7.5 - 8

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

9.5 - 10

5.5 - 6

Total

27.5 - 2925.5 - 27

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.

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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

SectionNo. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelGoof AttemptGood ScoreExpected Cut-off
Verbal & Logical Ability26Moderate to Difficult16 to 1812 to 159-10
Decision Making21Moderate to Difficult13 to 1512 to 148-9

Quantitative & Data Interpretation

27Difficult15 to 1711 to 148-9
Total74

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.

Assessment:

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.

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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

SectionNo. of QuestionsOptimal Time in MinsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
Verbal Ability 2450Moderate to Tough16-18
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation2765Moderate17-19
Decision Making2155Moderate to Tough14-16
Total72170Tough50-55

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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FAQs about XAT Exam Analysis

What are the topics in the Verbal Ability section of XAT?

Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Critical Reasoning, Poem Comprehension, Fill In the Blanks etc. are some of the main topics of the Verbal Ability section in XAT.

What kind of questions are asked in the Decision Making section of XAT?

Decision Making sections contain questions that test the logical thinking as well as the behavioural and management skills of a candidate.

Is XAT difficult for non-engineering students?

Students with less experience with mathematics may face difficulty in attempting XAT. However, XAT also tests a candidate's communication ability, decision making skills and analytical ability apart from their Numerical skills. Hence, non-engineering students can also crack the exam with proper preparation.

Is it possible to crack XAT in 2 months?

A candidate who has prior experience and knowledge with MBA exams can crack XAT in 2 months. Start practising questions from Day 1 and ensure that you are solving Mock Tests and Sample Papers on a regular basis to build up speed and accuracy. Make notes of important points and keep them concise for easy revision.

Which is the most difficult section in XAT?

Students find the Verbal Ability and Decision Making sections in XAT to be difficult. Both of these require thorough preparation to score good marks.

How do I answer the NAT questions in XAT?

NAT questions in XAT are answered with the use of an on-screen keyboard in the exam window.

What kind of questions are asked in the General Knowledge section of XAT?

The General Knowledge section of XAT contains questions related to Current Affairs, Science, Geography, Economy, Business, History etc.

Is the General Knowledge section of XAT difficult?

The General Knowledge section of XAT is of Easy to Moderate difficulty.

Is XAT more difficult than CAT?

The difficulty level of XAT and CAT are considered to be similar. The main difference between the two exams is that XAT has an additional General Knowledge section.

Is XAT a difficult exam?

Yes, objectively speaking, XAT is considered to be a tough exam by many students. However, it can be cracked easily with a proper study plan and regular preparation.

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