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XAT Exam Analysis: 2014

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Sep 9, 2014 17:20 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-2014 was slightly tougher as compared to the previous year’s paper.

OVERVIEW OF THE PAPER

XAT-2014 Paper consisted of 2 parts, Part-I and Part-II. Part-I consisted of the main questions and then the Part-II comprised of General Knowledge Questions. The total No. Of questions in Part-I was 83 which was sub-divided into three sections namely Section-A having 28 questions, Section-B having 24 questions & Section-C carrying 31 questions. Then the Part-II comprised of 20 G.K questions separately.

Total Time Allotted

150 Minutes + 20 additional minutes for Essay Writing.

Total No. Of questions

83

Marking Scheme

Equal Marks to all questions. One fourth negative.

Total No.of Sections

3

No. Of choices/Alternatives

5

Expected Cut-Offs *

95-92 + percentile- expected call from XLRI,

85 + percentile- expected call from GIM/XIMB,

80 + percentile- expected call from LIBA/BIM,

70 + percentile- expected call from XIME/XISS.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE SECTION

SECTION

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

NO. OF QUESTIONS

Verbal Ability

Moderate

28

Decision Making

Moderate - Tough

24

Quantitative Ability

Tough

31

DETAILED SECTIONAL ANALYSIS

PART-I

SECTION-A : VERBAL ABILITY:

This section consisted of 5 basic areas :

a) Reading Comprehension (15 questions)
b) Verbal Reasoning (4 questions)
c) Sentence Rearrangement (2 questions)
d) Sentence Completion (5 questions)
e) Grammar (2 questions)

Of course, being dominated by Reading Comprehension & Sentence Completion questions this section if taken on a whole was moderate. The comfort level of attempt was observed to be 14+ questions.

SECTION-B: DECISION MAKING:

This was a single area covering a total of 24 Decision Making questions in the paper. It comprised of caselet based questions in addition to decision making questions. This section was somewhat tougher & the comfortable score attempt was 14+.

SECTION-C : QUANTITATIVE ABILITY:

This section comprised of following 10 basic areas :-

a. Geometry (9 questions)
b. Tables (6 questions)
c. Number System (5 questions)
d. Line Graph (3 questions)
e. Algebra & Function (2 questions)
f. Probability (2 questions)
g. Average (1 question)
h. Ratio & Proportion (1 question)
i. Logarithm (1 question)
j. Average (1 question)

This was the toughest of all the 3 sections. Data Interpretation graphs were a bit tough to manipulate and the calculations were lengthy and tough. Moreover, no direct questions were asked and it required intensive calculative stuff to get past the comfortable attempt score of 7+.

PART-II- GENERAL KNOWLEDGE:

1. The other part was of General Knowledge.
2. It consisted a total of 20 questions.
3. The topics covered were - awards, geography, history, economics, books, constitution etc.
4. It was of moderate level.
5. 12 + questions were easily attainable.

ESSAY WRITING:

Other than this, the candidates had also to write an essay of not more than 200 words on the topic -
“ The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt.”

SUMMARIZED ANALYSIS:

Overall the paper seemed to be tough in comparison to the last year’s paper. The requirement was to answer questions from all sections evenly and maximize the score. The General knowledge marks were not a part of short-listing the candidates for GD/PI but was accounted for final selection by all institutes.

 

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