XAT Exam Analysis: Xavier Aptitude Test is scheduled for January 2022 in online (CBT) mode. MBA aspirants must go through detailed XAT Exam Analysis to familiarize themselved with the XAT test pattern, important topics and questions type.
Latest: XAT 2021 was conducted on January 3 in a single session. Students claimed that Reading Comprehension and Reasoning questions were a little tricky in Verbal Ability section, while Quantitative and Data Interpretation section was moderately difficult. The paper was conducted in 2 parts over 3-hour duration. Part 1 was divided in 3 sections while Part 2 comprised of 1 section. Candidates who will be qualifying XAT 2021 Cut off will take part in further XLRI selection process. Check Expected XAT 2021 Cut Off
XAT 2022 Exam Analysis
Based on xat paper analysis of previous years, the paper pattern for the upcoming session can be predicted. Here are the key takeways:
- Number of questions: 100
- Total Questions: 300
- Negative Marking: 0.25 Marks will be deducted after 8 unanswered questions.
- Total Time: 3 hours.
- Type of questions: Objective
XAT 2021 Exam Analysis
Here are some highlights about the XAT 2021 Exam held on 3rd January, 2021 -
- Candidates found the Overall Difficulty Level to be Moderate to Difficult
- The Decision Making Section was found to be the easiest to solve.
- However, the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section was the most difficult section to solve.
- The Data Interpretation questions were lengthy and took extra time to solve.
- Here is a sectional breakdown of the sections for XAT 2021 -
|Section Name||No of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Verbal and Logical Ability||26||Easy|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||28||Difficult|
XAT 2021 Verbal and Logical Ability Analysis
- There were a total of 26 questions in the XAT VA section. The questions were similar to that of last year; inferential and application based.
- There were 17 RC questions from 6 passages and 1 poem. Passages were about 150 to 350 words.
- This section was found to be significantly more difficult than last year.
- The expected cut off for the Verbal Ability section would be around 9 to 10 marks according to various reports.
- The options were similar in nature which could have been confusing for some canidates.
|Question Topics||Total Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Fill in the blanks (4 blanks)||1||Medium|
|Critical Reasoning||3||Medium to Difficult|
|Passage 1||3||2 Easy, 1 Medium|
|Passage 4||3||Medium to Difficult|
|Passage 7||3||Medium to Difficult|
XAT 2021 Decision Making Analysis
Given below are the major takeaways from XAT 2021 Decision Making -
- There were a total of 21 questions in the DM Section. Zero questions came from quant.
- Most of the questions were short and understandable, whereas some questions were tricky and ambiguous.
- Most of the questions were Business Related in nature.
- The overall difficulty level of this section was found to be moderately difficult.
- Various reports suggest that the sectional cut off for this section would be around 8-9 marks.
- Overall, questions were harder compaerd to previous year.
|Question Topics||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Business Decision||3||Medium to Difficult|
|Business Decision||3||Medium to Difficult|
|Decision on Business||3||Medium to Difficult|
|Ethical Dilemma||3||Medium to Difficult|
XAT 2021 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Analysis
- There were around 28 questions from this section.
- This section was found to be the most difficult in the XAT 2021 paper.
- Most of the questions came from the Quant Section(22 questions), out of which 20 were standalone.
- The Data Interpretation section consisted of 6 questions.
- The DI section had 3 sets with 3 questions each.
- The DI Section was very time consuming.
- Various sources suggest that the sectional cut off for this section would be around 10 to 12 marks.
- Here is the breakdown for the XAT 2021 QA/DI section:
XAT 2021 General Knowledge Analysis
- There were a total of 25 questions to be attempted within 15 minutes.
- This section was moderate in difficulty.
- Most of the questions were based on Static General Knowledge questions.
- Static GK Questions were asked from the following topics -
- National Parks
|Section||No. of questions|
|Economy & Business||4|
|Personality & Awards||2|
|Science & Tech||0|
|Books & Authors||1|
XAT 2020 Exam Analysis
Previous Year Question Papers are the best guide to prepare for XAT 2021 exam. The section-wise detailed paper analysis of the previous is given below.
XAT 2020 Verbal and Logical Ability Analysis
|Chapter||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level||Ideal Attempt|
|Reading Comprehension||4 passage with 3 questions each||Moderate to Difficult||7|
|CR||5||Moderate to Difficult||3|
|Fill in the Blanks||3||Difficult||1-2|
Key Highlights of XAT 2020 Verbal and Logical Ability Analysis:
- The section had overall 26 questions with difficulty level a notch up than 2019 session.
- Reading comprehension were coving arts, psychology and social issues.
- XLRI focusses quite a lot on Verbal and language comprehension skills of a candidate. Thus this section is of prime importance.
- There was 1 poem which was moderate-difficult. 2 para jumble questions were moderate.
- Fill in the blanks questions were difficult CR questions were quite difficult.
- An ideal attempt was considered covering 16 to 18 questions with 70% accuracy.
XAT 2020 Decision Making Analysis
Decision making section was similar to previous years. 21 Situation decision making questions were to be answered.
- Level of difficulty fo situational questions was moderate.
- There were no singlets thus it was easy to attempt decision making.
- No questions were asked from mathematical or analytical reasoning
- Decision making section in 2020 was rather boring according to students.
- Many students avoided sequence questions.
- 16-17 attempts is considered good for clearing the sectional cutoff.
XAT 2020 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Analysis
|Chapter||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level|
Key Highlights of XAT 2020 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Analysis:
- In comparison to XAT 2019 quants was comparatively difficult to attempt in 2020.
- There were a total of 27 questions out of which 21 questions were prominently covered by Algebra and Geometry section.
- DI questions consisted of tables, graphs, and sets.
- One question was found to be incorrect and candidates were allotted buffer marks for that section.
- An ideal attempt considered was 2-3 DI questions and 13-15 questions on quants.
XAT 2020 General Knowledge Analysis
|Aspect||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Personality and Awards||3||Moderate|
|Science and Technology||2||Moderate|
Key Highlights of XAT Decision Making Paper Analysis:
- General knowledge nerve lies in good time management as candidates have to attempt a total of 25 questions in 15 minutes.
- Questions are asked from current affairs and static general knowledge.
- At times there are multiple correct options for one question. Level of difficulty was not more or less compared to 2019.
- Attempting 12-14 questions with accuracy is considered good attempt.
XAT Exam Analysis 2019
|Section||Max. Questions||Good Attempts||Difficulty Level|
|Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning||26||16 – 18||Difficult|
|Decision Making||21||16 – 17||Moderate|
|Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation||27||17 – 18||Moderate|
|General Awareness||25||12 – 14||Moderate|
XAT Exam Analysis 2019: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
A brief about XAT Previous year paper for 2019 for the Verbal & Reasoning section is that the section had a total of 26 questions.
- This section was tougher than the last year, mainly because of questions from the Verbal section.
- The section was dominated by Reading Comprehensions, having real time-consuming questions.
- RC passages consisted of questions from art, psychology, and social problems.
- Other questions were from topics like critical reasoning, poem comprehension, analogy, antonym, para-jumbles, fill in the blanks, etc.
- A well-prepared student could have attempted 16 – 18 questions with 65% accuracy.
Topic-wise distribution of the XAT VA & LR section for the 2019 exam:
XAT Exam Analysis 2019: Decision Marking & Analytical Reasoning
Previous Year analysis for XAT Decision Making tests helps you to get an idea that how prepared you are for a management level course.
- The difficulty level of this section was again similar to last year. Decision Making questions dominated the section with 18 questions.
- There were no questions from Mathematical/ Analytical Reasoning.
- There were 3 questions that were similar to those that were there in the previous year’s papers.
- All questions were of moderate level.
|Topic||No. of Ques.||Good Attempts||Difficulty|
|Situational Decision Making||21||16 -17||Moderate|
XAT Exam Analysis 2019: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
The section was slightly tougher than last year’s.
- A few questions were tricky and few of them were a little ambiguous.
- Questions were mainly asked from Arithmetic, Algebra, Coordinate geometry, Trignometry, DI Time zone, etc.
- A good attempt would be 17-18 with an accuracy of 70%.
- An ideal time to attempt this section would be about 65 – 70 minutes.
- Questions were a mix of easy, moderate, and difficult questions.
The chart gives the topic-wise distribution of XAT Quantitative Ability & XAT Data Interpretation section for 2019:
Previous Years Exam Analysis XAT General Awareness 2019
Most of the questions were a single statement based. Some of the questions had more than one seemingly correct statement. The questions were mainly asked from sub-topics like Economy & Business, History, Geography, Sports, polity, etc. If you keep yourself updated with all these topics then you can easily score well in this section. There were 25 questions in total.
The chart below gives a fair idea about the Topic-wise distribution of the General Awareness section for the XAT 2019 exam.
XAT Exam Analysis 2018
Considering XAT 2018 was held in online mode, it was marred by a number of connectivity issues. Thus, in an official statement by XLRI, the exam was rescheduled for two of its exam centers (Kolkata & Gurgaon). The exam was of moderate difficulty level. XAT Previous Year topic wise analysis for 2018 is given below:
Section-wise XAT Analysis 2018
- Quantitative Ability: This section had 27 questions of easy level.
- Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning: This section had 26 questions of a moderate level.
- Decision Making: This section had 22 questions that were tricky and time-consuming.
- General Knowledge: This section had 25. About 50% were from current affairs.
XAT Cutoff for Different XLRI Programs
|Program Offered||Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning||Decision Making||Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||Overall (Percentage/ Marks)|
|Human Resource Management||79.67%||71.628%||70.07%||92.55%|
|Global Management Programme||5 marks and above||5 marks and above||6 marks above||22 marks and above|
XAT Previous Year Exam Analysis (2018/2017/2016)
|Duration||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours|
|Mode of Exam||Online||Offline||Offline|
|Type of Questions||MCQs + Descriptive||MCQs + Descriptive||MCQs + Descriptive|
|Level of Difficulty||Moderate to High||Moderate to High||High|
|Distribution of Questions|| |
VALR - 26
DM - 22
NA & DI - 27
GK - 25
VALR - 24
DM - 21
NA & DI - 27
GK - 25
VALR - 26
DM - 23
NA & DI - 29
GK - 25
|Special Case||0.05 marks per question if more than 8 questions were un-attempted||0.05 marks per question if more than 12 questions were un-attempted||0.05 marks per question if more than 13 questions were un-attempted|
XAT Exam Analysis 2017
XAT 2017 Exam took place in the single slot on January 08, 2017 across multiple centres. The Paper was divided into 4 sections - Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning, Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, and General Knowledge. The level of difficulty of the XAT Paper ranged from moderate to high. The exam was held in offline mode.
While the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate. Questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard and the verbal ability section was slightly easier than the previous years. XAT Previous Year topic wise analysis is given below:
Section-wise XAT 2017 Analysis
|Verbal & Logical Ability|| |
|Low to Moderate|
|Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning||22||Moderate to High|
|Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability||27||High|
Verbal & Logical Ability: Multiple questions could have been easily attempted as RC passages were not very difficult. Para jumbles, however, were time consuming. Critical reasoning was moderately difficult.
Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning: Unlike previous year, there were no long passages on DM. Question on cricket, snake, and ladder were confusing.
Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability: DI sets were quite tricky and geometry was also not easy. Few questions were ambiguous.
GK: Most questions this year were single statement based. Maximum questions were from economics, geography, science, technology.
XAT vs CAT vs SNAP
|Conducting Body||IIMs||Symbiosis International Deemed University||XLRI|
|Exam Mode||Computer-Based Test||Computer-Based Test||Computer-Based Test|
|Frequency of Exam||Once a Year||Once a Year||Once a Year|
|Duration||3 Hours (180 Minutes)||1 Hour (60 Minutes)||3 Hours (180 Minutes)|
|Number of Sections||03||03||04|
|Sectional Time Limit||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 60 Minutes Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 60 Minutes Quantitative Ability – 60 Minutes||No sectional Time||Part 1 - 165 mins Part 2- 15 mins|
|Types of Question Format||72-75 questions are MCQs, rest Non-MCQs.||60 MCQs||100 MCQs|
|Option to Choose Order of Sections||Candidates are not allowed to switch between sections||Candidate can answer questions in any section||Candidates can switch sections in part 1.|
|Negative Marking for Incorrect Answer||-33%||-25%||-25%|
|Difficulty Level||Moderate to Difficult||Easy to Moderate||Moderate to Difficult|
|Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score||20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, IITs, TAPMI, XIMB and hundreds of other B-schools – Other Institutes||SIBM Pune, SCMHRD Pune, SIIB Pune, SIBM Bangalore & all other Symbiosis institutes – Check more||XLRI Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubaneswar, IMT Ghaziabad, MICA Ahmedabad, Great Lakes, TAPMI Manipal, GIM Goa, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai, FORE New Delhi|
|Exam date||November 29, 2020||December 20, 2020 | January 6 & 9, 2021||January 3, 2021|
XAT Paper Analysis FAQs
Ques. Can you name a few B-schools that accept XAT scores?
Ans. This is the list of top B-schools that accept XAT score:
XLRI Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubaneswar, XIM Bhubaneswar, MICA Ahmedabad, Great Lakes, TAPMI Manipal, GIM Goa, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai, FORE New Delhi, IRMA Anand.
Ques. What is the difference between BM and HRM offered by XLRI?
Ans. Business Management (BM) is similar to MBA offered by IIMs that focus on skill future business managers in key areas such as Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Production, Operations and Decision Sciences and Strategic Management.
Human Resource Management (HRM) solely focuses on Human Resource studies that includes Human Resource Planning, Human Resource Information Systems, Selection, Performance Management, Training and Development, Compensation Administration and developing harmonious Employer-Employee relations..
Ques. What are the topics in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation of XAT?
Ans. The topics under Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation are Arithmetic, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Data sufficiency, DI- Time Zone, DI- mixed graphs
Ques. Does XLRI follow policy of reservation of seats?
Ans. No, XLRI follows no reservation policy of seats
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.