XAT 2021 PREVIOUS YEAR EXAM ANALYSIS
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XAT 2020 was conducted on January 5 in a single session. As per the students, there were some difficult Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning questions and some tricky Decision Making questions. Overall the difficulty level of XAT 2020 was moderate to difficult. The exam includes multiple-choice question types with 5 choices. The paper is divided into 4 sections that are Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA/LA), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA/DI), and General Knowledge (GK). You are allowed to submit test papers after 30 minutes of the test commencement time. No negative marking will be there for the GK section. You will also a choice of not attempting 8 questions, instead of 12 questions and after that, for any unattempted question 0.05 mark will be deducted. Check XAT Exam Pattern
Previous Year Question Papers are the best guide to prepare for the exam. The section-wise detailed paper analysis of the previous is given below.
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 candidate. Thus this section is of prime importance.
An ideal attempt ws considered covering 16 to 18 questions with 70% accuracy.
|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|
Decision making section was similar to previous years. 21 Situation decison making questions were put up,
In comparison to XAT 2019 quants was comparitively difficult to attempt in 2020. There were a total of 27 questions out of which 21 questions were prominentkly covered by Algebra and Geometry section.
One question was found to be incorrect and candidates werealloted buffer marks for that section. An ideal attemp considered was 2-3 DI questions and 13-15 questions on quants.
|Chapter||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Co ordinate Geometry||4||Moderate|
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 optuons for one question. Attempting 12-14 questions with accuracy is considered good attempt.
|Aspect||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Personality and Awards||3||Moderate|
|Science and Technology||2||Moderate|
|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|
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. 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.
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.
|Topic||No. of Ques.||Good Attempts||Difficulty|
|Situational Decision Making||21||16 -17||Moderate|
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.
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.
The chart below gives a fair idea about the Topic-wise distribution of the General Awareness section for the XAT 2019 exam.
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:
The below tables describes the XAT Cutoff required for different programs of XLRI:
|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|
A detailed XAT Previous Year analysis is tabulated below for XAT exam from the past three years. From 2018 onwards the exam is being conducted in an online mode.
|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 2017 Exam took place in the single slot on January 08, 2017 across multiple centers. 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.
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:
|Verbal & Logical Ability|
|Low to Moderate|
|Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning||22||Moderate to High|
|Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability||27||High|
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XAT previous year paper analysis reveals that XAT exam pattern is more or less similar from the past years. In 2015, there was a total of 78 questions asked in Section I and 25 questions in Section II. Candidates are advised to stay updated with the basic sciences and current events to score well in the General Awareness section of XAT 2017 Exam. However, Marks scored in General Awareness is not included in percentile calculation at the first stage. XAT previous year analysis for 2015 is given below.
The Verbal Ability Section was comparably tougher than the other sections. There was plenty of variety in the types of questions was observed in this section. Prior to XAT 2016, no question on grammar was asked in this section. The reading comprehension section was based on Communication, Economic theory, Objectivism, and approximation philosophy.
Candidates are advised to pay extra attention to questions based on reading comprehension. Comprehensions on the philosophy of approximation and Communication was asked with a maximum number of questions from them. Candidates are suggested to practice and focus on these types of questions a bit more. XAT Previous year analysis for 2015 shows that Reading Comprehension dominates the Verbal Section.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Difficulty|
The decision making section had a similar difficulty level as previous year papers. The only difference was that the passage given for reading and interpretation was smaller in size. This gave the students a chance to score higher marks. Detailed analysis of Questions in Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning is provided below.
|Topic||Total Questions in XAT 2016||Difficulty level in XAT 2016|
|Mathematical + Analytical reasoning||5||3-Easy 2-Difficult|
This section experienced a maximum number of correct attempts than any other section. XAT Quantitative Ability of 2016 was easier as compared to previous year exams. The questions were mainly asked from Algebra, Geometry and Number systems. The cutoff of this section went high because of maximum correct attempts from the section.
XAT 2016 Paper had 2 sets of DI questions, the total number of questions were 7. An applicant could easily attempt 2-4 DI questions in 20-25 minutes.
The XAT Quantitative Ability and XAT Data Interpretation of 2016 section breakup are mentioned below. Candidates are advised to check the section breakup to understand the subject areas from where the questions were asked. XAT Previous Year topic wise analysis is given below:
|Topic||Questions in XAT 2016||Difficulty level|
|P & L||2||Easy-Moderate|
|DI- Table based||3||Difficult|
XAT 2016 GA Section had questions mainly from Economy, Geography, Science, and Technology. The knowledge of current affairs was tested mainly through Business economics. Most of the questions were statement based. Questions with more than one correct answers were also asked. The overall difficulty level can be stated as “moderate-difficult”. An attempt of 10-11 questions was considered good.
The XAT 2015 exam had 3 sections in part I of the exam. Part II of the XAT 2015 exam had 2 sections. The part I was MCQ based exam. The candidate had to choose an answer from the five options given for each question. The total time duration for the part I was 140 minutes. The time duration for part II of the exam was 40 minutes.
|Section Name XAT 2015||No. of Questions XAT 2015||Optimal time per section XAT||Difficulty level||Good attempts|
|Part 1||Verbal Ability||28||30||Moderate-difficult||14|
|Quantitative Ability||33||65||Moderate- difficult||14|
|Part 2||General Awareness||30||40||Easy-Moderate||15|
The logical ability section was relatively tough in XAT 2015 exam. In XAT 2015 there was no Grammar question. The pattern was similar to the previous year exam for this section. The section had 5 Reading comprehension passages. So there was a total of 17 questions in the Reading Comprehension section. Also, 1 question from Vocabulary based cloze test, 1 question from sentence completion and 2 questions from Vocabulary. There were 2 questions each from Para- Jumbles and Para- Completion. The 2 questions out of 3 questions of Critical Reasoning were difficult. The 10 questions in the section were easy and could be attempted with almost 80% accuracy.
The questions from decision making were quite difficult and complex to solve. Though the level of questions was relatively simpler than the previous year, candidates found it tough to solve the Decision-making problems. Analytical Ability section was designed to test the candidates’ rational thinking and to judge them on their ability to solve problems over such a topic.
Quantitative Ability section in XAT paper demands the candidates to solve the problems efficiently and quickly. There were 25 questions in this section in XAT 2015. The questions from Arithmetic were easy and that from Geometry and Algebra were difficult. Problems on directions were also difficult to work with. A candidate on an average could attempt 9-11 questions. The time of 35-40 minutes was assumed sufficient.
The DI section had 2 sets in which there were 4 questions each. The graphical question was easy while the table based question required intensive calculation. In the time duration of 20-25 minutes, 3-5 DI questions could be done easily.
The GK section of XAT 2015 was difficult as compared to XAT 2014. There were 30 questions in the section consisting of two questions from History and 6 from Geography. There were 6 questions on Economy which were difficult. There were 7 questions based on Current Affairs and 4 questions on Sports. Five questions with moderate difficulty level were asked. An attempt of 12-14 questions could get an applicant a score of 8-10 questions.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College