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XAT 2012 Exam Analysis

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    XAT 2012 Exam Analysis
    XAT 2012 Exam Analysis

    XAT 2012 Exam Analysis- Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was held on  January 8, 2012. After the exam was conducted, various coaching institutes and their experts released analysis of XAT 2012 exam. According to the XAT 2012 exam analysis, the overall difficulty level of the exam was tough compared to previous year. As per the XAT 2012 exam analysis, the exam had three sections namely Quantitative Ability (QA), Decision Making and Verbal Ability (VA). 

    The main idea behind the analysis of XAT 2012 exam was to help test takers gauge their performance in XAT 2012 exam and hence assess their scores.

    About XAT

    XAT is conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Studies (XAMI). It is one of the most popular management entrance tests after CAT. Over 90,000 appear for the XAT exam; it is a gateway to premier league B-schools in India. More than 150 B-schools spread across India accept XAT scores. In 2012 the XAT exam was conducted in paper-pen mode and currently the exam is held in online mode only. The entrance exam is conducted for admission to management programmes such as MBA and PGDM into various B-schools in the country.


    Here we bring to you detailed information pertaining to the analysis of XAT 2012 exam including its overall and sectional overview.

    XAT 2012 Exam Analysis

    XAT2012 exam consisted of 3 sections, Section-I, Section-II and Section-III. The total number of questions was 101. And the second part comprised of Essay Writing separately.

    XAT Exam Analysis 2012: OVERVIEW

    Total Time Allotted

    120 Minutes + 20 additional minutes for Essay Writing.

    Total No. Of questions


    Marking Scheme

    Variable for variable questions . One fourth negative.

    Total No.of Sections


    No. of choices/Alternatives


    Expected Cut-Offs *

    Score of 68+ expected call from XLRI,

    Score of 63+ expected call from GIM/XIMB,

    Score of 55+ expected call from LIBA/BIM,

    Score of 45+ expected call from XIME/XISS.


    XAT 2012 Exam Analysis: Sectional Overview




    Verbal & Logical Ability



    Quantitative Ability & DI



    Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making



    DETAILED SECTIONAL XAT 2012 Exam Analysis



    This comprised of 4 Sub-Sections:

    a) Reading Comprehension- 22 questions- Moderate to Tough.
    b) Verbal Reasoning- 3 questions- Easy to Moderate.
    c) Grammar- 6 questions- Easy.
    d) Sentence Rearrangement- 3 questions- Moderate.

    If the section were taken as a whole, it was tough. It contained total 34 questions. In total it was of 69 marks. The paper was driven by Critical Reasoning and Reading comprehension based questions. One question was based on poetry.


    This time the section covered following 14 basic areas:-

    a. Geometry & Mensuration (4 questions)
    b. Miscellaneous (2 questions)
    c. Number System (6 questions)
    d. Multiple Graphs (4 questions)
    e. Percentage (2 questions)
    f. Time, Speed & Distance (6 questions)
    g. Functions (2 questions)
    h. Averages (1 question)
    i. Probability (1 question)
    j. Table(3 questions)
    k. Sets (1 question)
    l. Percentage (2 questions)
    m. Line Graphs (3 questions)
    n. Simple Interest (1 question)


    • 7 questions of 1 mark each.
    • 14 questions of 2 mark each.
    • 14 questions of 3 mark each.
    • 8 questions of 5 mark each.
    • Total maximum marks on this section were 117.
    • All questions were easy except for the Geometry Questions. They were tough.
    • The questions carrying 1 mark each were comparatively easier than other questions in the section.


    This section consisted of 2 basic areas:

    a. Analytical Reasoning block comprised of 14 questions.
    b. Decision Making accounted for 10 questions.


    • 1 question of 1 mark.
    • 8 questions of 2 mark each.
    • 12 questions of 3 mark each.
    • 1 question of 4 marks.
    • 2 questions of 5 mark each.
    • Total maximum marks= 67.


    The model of writing also shuffled this year where students were asked to present their respective views on a given Argument along with justification and examples in 250 words.

    Summarized XAT 2012 Exam Analysis:

    Overall the paper seemed to be tougher in comparison to the last year’s paper. The requirement was to answer questions from all sections evenly and maximize the score.

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