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XAT 2018: Exam Analysis; tricky paper to keep cut-offs low

Jan 8, 2018 12:49 IST
    XAT 2018: Exam Analysis; tricky paper to keep cut-offs low
    XAT 2018: Exam Analysis; tricky paper to keep cut-offs low

    XLRI conducted XAT 2018 on January 07 (i.e. Sunday) across 47 test cities in India and 2 cities abroad. This year 85,000 aspirants appeared in the exam that was conducted from 10AM to 1.35PM.

    As per the reviews of the exam takers, the questions paper was divided in five sections. This year, XAT exam has 98 questions to test the aptitude of the aspirants. Technical glitches were also reported this year. One of the exam centres, i.e. BM Group of Institutions at Farukhnagar Gurgaon did not conduct the exam due to technical glitches. Candidates were allowed to submit test paper after 30 minutes of the test commencement time although they were not allowed to leave the examination hall.

    Let us take a look at the key aspects of XAT Exam conducted by XLRI:

    Difficulty Level

    Moderate to difficult

    Negative marking

    -0.25 for each wrong choice

    Total number of Questions


    MCQ Questions


    Non-MCQ questions


    Exam duration

    3.5 hours i.e. 210 minutes

    It was the first time that XLRI conducted XAT exam through online mode. XAT exam made it mandatory for the candidates to submit the essay writing question too through online mode.

    XAT Exam: Sectional analysis of the paper

    All questions carry equal marks in the exam. 1 mark was rewarded for each correct answer for MCQs and 3 marks for essay writing. Out of 98 questions in the exam, 25 questions from the GK section were exempted from negative marking. Take a look at the sectional division of the questions that was provided in the exam for the aspirants.


    No. of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning



    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



    Decision Making



    General Knowledge



    Essay Writing






    XAT 2018: Key changes in the exam pattern and no. of questions

    Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Section

    With 24 MCQ in this section, it was a moderately difficult section and has a few questions that were difficult to answer. Reading comprehension and verbal ability had 20 questions and rest 4 questions were from logical reasoning section. A decent attempt of 12-16 questions can help an aspirant fetch score of 7 in this section.

    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

    XAT exam had 27 questions in this section. Quant was moderately difficult this year. Questions hailed form arithmetic, geometry, coordinate geometry, mensuration, number system. Many aspirants found this section manageable. A decent attempt of 18-20 questions can get you a score of no less than 11 to 12 marks in the exam.

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    Decision Making

    Decision Making section comprised of 21 questions. This year it was a very tricky section and it cannot be commented if the section was moderately or highly difficult. But yes, it was indeed time consuming. The caselets in this section were too tricky to manage within the given time. A few candidates couldn’t manage to solve some of them. If you have attempted 10-12 questions with accuracy, then you can expect a score of 7 marks in this section

    General Knowledge

    This section was a treat to the XAT Exam takers. With 50 per cent questions from the current affairs section, GK was moderately easy to glide through the rest of the exam paper. This section even didn’t invite any negative marking for the aspirants. Whereas a few questions were quite difficult to answer!

    Essay Writing

    In the essay writing, all the aspirants were required to write on the topic “Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they Coexist”. The word limit for completing the essay was 200 words. Candidates will be allotted maximum 3 marks for writing a precise and impressive XAT Essay.

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