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XAT Exam analysis: 2013

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Sep 9, 2014 17:11 IST
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XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a National Level aptitude test conducted every year by XLRI, Jamshedpur, which is a Top and reputed B-School in Jharkhand. This test is conducted for admissions in management programs in XLRI and various other reputed colleges including Xavier Institute of Management and Goa Institute of Management programmes.



XAT-2013 was slightly easier as compared to the previous year’s paper.

                                      OVERVIEW OF THE PAPER

XAT-2013 Paper consisted of 3 sections, Section-I, Section-II and Section-III.The total No. Of questions were 85 that was reduced from 101 questions in 2012. Section-I- Decision Making consisted of 25 questions, Section-II - Quantitative Ability & D.I was having 28 questions & Section-III- English Language Ability & Decision Making carried 32 questions. Then the second part comprised of Essay Writing separately.

Total Time Allotted

120 Minutes + 20 additional minutes for Essay Writing.

Total No. Of questions

85

Marking Scheme

Variable for variable questions. One fourth negative.

Total No. of Sections

                                              3

No. Of choices/Alternatives

                                              5

Expected Cut-Offs *

Score of 36+ expected call from XLRI,

Score of 32+ expected call from GIM/XIMB,

Score of 26+ expected call from LIBA/BIM,

Score of 18+ expected call from XIME/XISS.

 

                               OVERVIEW OF THE SECTION

SECTION

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

NO. OF QUESTIONS

English Language Ability & Logical Reasoning

Easy-Moderate

32

Decision Making

Moderate - Tough

25

Quantitative Ability & DI

Tough-Moderate

28

                             DETAILED SECTIONAL ANALYSIS


PART-I

SECTION-I: DECISION MAKING:


This was a single area covering a total of 25 Decision Making questions in the paper. It comprised of :

a) 16 Questions of 1 mark each.
b) 8 Questions of 1.5 marks each.
c) 1 Question of 2 marks.
d) Total maximum marks for the section were 30.
e) Some of the questions were tough and needed much reading, much attention & much precise calculations.
f) Achievable score +9.


SECTION-II: QUANTITATIVE ABILITY:

This time the section comprised of following 11 basic areas :-

a. Geometry (5 questions)
b. Miscellaneous (5 questions)
c. Number System (3 questions)
d. BAR Graph (3 questions)
e. Percentage (3 questions)
f. Time, Speed & Distance (3 questions)
g. Profit & Loss (3 questions)
h. Mixtures & Partnerships(2 question)
i. Pie Chart (2 questions)
j. Trigonometry (1 question)
k. Sets (1 question)


STRUCTURE OF QUESTIONS :

  • 19 questions of 1 mark each.
  • 4 questions of 1.5 marks each.
  • 5 questions of 2 marks each.
  • Total maximum marks on this section was 35.
  • There were no Higher Maths questions this year.
  • The questions carrying 1 marks each were comparatively easier than other questions in the section.


SECTION-III : ENGLISH LANGUAGE ABILITY & LOGICAL REASONING:

This section consisted of 6 basic areas :

a) Reading Comprehension (13 questions)- They were moderate to tough.
b) Critical Reasoning (6 questions)
c) Sentence Rearrangement (3 questions)
d) Analogies/vocabulary/odd man out (7 questions)
e) Grammar (2 questions)
f) Syllogism (1 question)

Of course, being dominated by Reading Comprehension & critical reasoning questions this section if taken on a whole was easy. The comfort level of attempt was observed to be 20+ marks.

ESSAY WRITING:

Other than this, the candidates had also to write an essay of not more than 200 words on any one of the two topics given -

“ Government is not addressing the root cause of Poverty.”

OR

“ Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of Povert.”

SUMMARIZED ANALYSIS:


Overall the paper seemed to be easy 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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