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XAT 2019 Analysis by CL: Know the expected Cut-off

Jan 6, 2019 20:51 IST
    XAT 2019 Analysis by CL: Know the expected Cut-off
    XAT 2019 Analysis by CL: Know the expected Cut-off

    XAT continued its tradition to end the MBA exam season (for many candidates) on a low note with the toughest paper of the year. Apart from some difficult Verbal questions and some really tricky DM questions, the exam didn’t throw up any surprises. The new venture XAT took, this year, was eliminating Essay writing section and throwing a curve ball by not introducing non MCQ type of questions even though the sample paper released 3 days before the exam, stated so.

    Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 was conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10 am to 1:00 pm.

    The test was divided into two parts. The first part was the usual XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. As stated by the XAT authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 165 minutes.

    The second part consisted of General Awareness questions. The total time allotted to this section was 15 minutes.

    The Verbal and Logical Ability Section had 26 questions, same as last year. The section on Decision Making comprised 21 questions and the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section had 27 questions. Each question in Part A, carried 1 mark each and attracted -0.25 marks for every incorrect attempt. Part B had no negative marking. Furthermore, from this year the penalty for un-attempted questions went beyond 8 such questions had been doubled to -0.10 from -0.05 marks.

    XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

    Section

    No. of Questions

    Optimal Time in Mins

    Difficulty Level

    Good Attempts

    Expected Cutoff


    BM

    HR

    Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

    26

    50

    Difficult

    16-18

    6-6.5

    6.5-7

    Decision Making

    21

    45

    Moderate

    16-17

    8-8.5

    7.5-8

    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

    27

    70

    Moderate

    17-18

    9.5-10

    5.5-6

    Total

    74


    Moderate - Difficult

    54-55

    27.5-29

    25.5-27

    The detailed analysis of all the sections is as follows:

    XAT 2019 Analysis: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning:

    Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning was tougher than last year, mainly due to Verbal section. The section was dominated by Reading Comprehension with 4 passages of 3 questions each. There was one poem of 2 questions and that was very difficult. The 2 para jumble questions were easy. The FIB questions were difficult and some of the CR questions were really difficult. The vague reasoning used in some RC questions made life difficult for the candidates. The RC passages were from familiar areas of Psychology, Art and Social issues.

    A serious candidate could have attempted 16-18 questions with 70% accuracy. It was definitely time consuming and a student could have taken around 50 minutes for the section.

    The breakup was as follows:

    Topic

    Number of questions

    Difficulty

    Good Attempts

    Reading Comprehension

    12(4 passages of 3 questions each)

    Moderate - Difficult

    07-Aug

    CR

    5

    Moderate - Difficult

    3

    Poem Comprehension

    2 (1 poem)

    Bizarre

    -

    Analogy

    1

    Difficult

    -

    Antonym

    1

    Moderate

    1

    Para-jumble - 5 sentence

    2

    Moderate

    01-Feb

    FIB - 3 blanks

    3

    Difficult

    01-Feb

    Total

    26

    Difficult

    16-18

    XAT 2019 Analysis: Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

    The level of the Decision Making was similar to last year. There were no singlets and it made the task of reading easier. Situational decision making dominated the section with 18 questions. There were no questions from Mathematical/Analytical Reasoning, thus students might have attempted 2-3 more questions. However, there were more sequencing questions which lead to lesser attempts There were 3 caselets (Raket, Limo, ice-cream = music) which were similar to those that were there in previous year papers.

    The breakup was as follows:

    Topic

    Number of questions

    Difficulty

    Good Attempts

    Situational

    21

    Moderate

    16-17

    XAT 2019 Analysis: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation:

    The section on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation was slightly tougher than last year’s. However, one of the DI sets was tricky. There were 21 questions of QA and most of them were from Geometry and Algebra (including co-ordinate and Trigonometry).  Majority of the questions from Arithmetic were doable whereas the questions on Geometry were difficult in nature.

    In Data Interpretation, there were 2 sets comprising 6 questions in total. There were a few questions which were a little ambiguous. 1 DI question on proportion of Economists and that of Engineers was incorrect. 1 Quant question on roots was incorrect since x was mentioned in the root.

    In a nutshell, one could have attempted 2-3 DI questions and 13-15 Quant questions in about 65-70 minutes.

    The break-up was as follows:

    Topic

    Number of questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Attemptable

    Arithmetic

    4

    Easy

    3

    Algebra

    7

    Easy-Moderate

    04-May

    Co-ordinate Geometry + Trigo

    4

    Moderate

    02-Mar

    Geometry

    4

    Moderate-Difficult

    2

    Data Sufficiency

    2

    Moderate

    1

    DI (Time Zone)

    3

    Moderate-Difficult

    1

    DI (Mixed Graph)

    3

    Easy-moderate

    2

    Total

    27

    Easy-moderate

    17-18

    XAT 2019 Analysis: General Knowledge:

    The level of difficulty of the General Knowledge section was similar to last year. This section comprised 25 questions. Most of the questions were single-statement based. Some of the questions having multiple-statements had more than one correct statement. The key areas from where the questions were asked were static GK (Economy, Geography, Science and Technology) and Current GK (Business economy, personalities, awards, sports and miscellaneous). Overall the difficulty level of the GK section lies in the “moderate-difficult” range. An attempt of 12-14 questions fetching a score of 7-8 can be considered good.

    Section

    No. of Questions

    Difficulty Level

    History

    1

    Moderate

    Geography

    4

    Moderate-Difficult

    Economy & Business

    7

    Easy-Moderate

    Current Affairs

    2

    Easy

    Personality & Awards

    3

    Moderate

    Science & Tech

    2

    Moderate

    Polity

    2

    Easy

    Miscellaneous

    2

    Moderate-Difficult

    Sports

    2

    Easy-Moderate

    Total

    25

    Moderate

    Expected Cutoffs





    XIMB


    SP Jain

    GIM

    IMT

    Great Lakes


    XLRI









    Topic

    BM

    HRM

    GMP

    BM

    HRM





    VA

    6-6.5

    6.5-7

    -

    5.75-6


    5.75-6

    -

    -

    -


    (78%ile)

    (80%ile)


    (75%ile)


    (75%ile)




    DM

    8-8.5

    7.5-8

    -

    7.75-8.10


    7.75-8.10

    -

    -

    -


    (77%ile)

    (72%ile)


    (75%ile)


    (75%ile)




    QA

    9.5-10

    5.5-6

    -

    6.5-7


    6.5-7

    -

    -

    -


    (88%ile)

    (70%ile)


    (75%ile)


    (75%ile)




    Total

    27.5-29

    25.5-27

    19.25-19.5

    26-26.5

    25.5-26

    27-27.5

    24.2-24.5

    26-26.50

    22-22.5


    (94+ile)

    (92+ile)

    (70+ %ile)

    (90%ile)

    (88%ile)

    (93%ile)

    (85%ile)

    (90%ile)

    (80%ile)

     

    Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.

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