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XAT 2017 Exam Analysis

Last Updated - September 27, 2017

XAT 2017 Exam took place in single slot on January 08, 2017 across multiple centres. The Paper was divided into two papers viz. Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 comprised Verbal & logical Ability, Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability. The Second Paper comprised General Knowledge and Essay Writing. The level of difficulty of the XAT Paper ranged from moderate to high.

While the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate, the paper 1 and paper 2 has different difficulty level. While the questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard, the verbal ability section was slightly easier than the previous years.

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XAT 2017 Highlights

The Paper 1 constituted Objective Type Questions from Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability. The Structure of the paper was as mentioned earlier.

SectionsQuestionsDifficulty Level
Verbal & Logical Ability24Low to Moderate
Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning21Moderate to High
Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability27High

The Paper 2 of XAT 2017 constituted General Knowledge and Essay. The Structure of Paper 2 was

General Knowledge25
EssayGlobalisation & Jingoism always co-exist

The duration of XAT 2017 was 170 minutes for paper 1 and 40 minutes for paper 2. Total number of questions in paper 1 was 72 and total number of questions in general Knowledge of Paper 2 was 25. The topic for essay question of Paper 2 was ‘Globalisation & Jingoism always co-exist.”

XAT 2017 Verbal Ability Analysis

Total Number of Questions: 12

Difficulty Level: Easy

The Verbal Ability had a total of 12 sections that included Para jumbles, Word usage (vocabulary based question), Grammar Usage and questions based on inferences from the given paragraph. The difficulty level of Verbal Ability ranged from medium to difficult. The section was easier in comparison to previous years’. The most number of questions in the section were from Critical Reasoning. The table below mentions topics asked in the section.

Vocabulary Based1
Fill in the blanks2
Correct Grammar usage2
Critical Reasoning5

The Section had 4 sets of Reading Comprehension. The difficulty level of the Reading Comprehensions and related questions was low. Out of the 4 set of RCs, one set was of Psychology. The questions if paid attention at, could have been solved very easily. An average attempt of 16-18 questions can be considered as a good attempt.

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XAT 2017 Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning

Total Number of Questions: 21

Difficulty Level: Moderate

With a total of 21 questions in total, there were 18 situational based questions in Decision-making and another set comprising 3 questions based on Mathematical calculations. The overall difficulty level of Decision Making ranged from moderate to high. The difficulty level
of the section was at par with the previous years’ and candidates who took help from the previous year papers did not have much problem in the section.

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XAT 2017 Quantitative Ability

Total Number of Questions: 17

Difficulty Level: Moderate to High

There were in total 17 questions in quantitative ability sections. The majority of the questions were from Geometry & Arithmetic. However, the other sections of which the questions were encountered were: Sequence and Series, Algebra, Probability and P&C, Sets and trigonometry.

Sequence & Series1
Probability and P&C2
Set Theory1

XAT 2017 General Knowledge & Essay

There were in total 25 questions in the General Knowledge Section. The majority of questions were from static GK and only 4-5 questions were from current GK. The section was quite difficult to be attempted. The topic for the essay this year was – ‘Globalization and Jingoism always coexist’

Overall analysis: The level of difficulty of the paper was easier in comparison to the last year’s paper. The overall cutoff is expected to be around 32-34.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.



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