XAT 2021 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
XAT 2020 Exam was held online on January 5, 2020, from 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. The test had, almost, the same structure as the last year with only 1 additional question in the DI and QA Section. While the instructions on the Main Page mentioned +1 and -0.25 for all questions, the individual questions in Part I showed negative marking to be present only for a few questions in each of the DM, VARC, and QA-DI sections.
The Question Paper comprised of two sections where time-limitation came into play.
|Section||Number of Questions||Marks per Question||Total Marks||Good Attempt|
|Part I - No Sectional Timing|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||28||1||28||17-18|
|Verbal & Logical Ability||26||1||26||16-18|
|Part II - No Negative Marking|
Overall, the exam of XAT 2020 was pretty much the same as the last year in terms of difficulty level. The sections of VARC and DM were on par with the last year with some of the questions in DM being somewhat difficult. The cutoffs are likely to be a bit lower compared to last year.
The overall cutoff (for the Males in the general category) for the second round of admission for the XLRI BM program is expected to be around 33-35 and 31-33 for the XLRI-HRM program.
The sectional, as well as, overall cutoffs for female candidates in the general category, last year, were marginally lower for both the XLRI-BM program and the XLRI-HRM program. This year, too, the cutoffs for female candidates are expected to be a bit lower.
The XAT 2020 Verbal and Logical Ability section was marginally easier compared to last year. Nearly all the questions were inferential. The options were close enough and the directions emphasized the candidates to choose the ‘best’ one among them.
Attempting around 16-18 problems in this segment within almost 55 minutes and with a 75-80% precision would be viewed as a decent effort. Accepting that there are negative marking of - 0.25 for every inaccurate answer, the cut-off for this segment (for the general category of male aspirants) is expected to be 8-9 for XLRI - BM and 9-10 for the XLRI-HRM programs.
This section consisted of 21 questions, and just like 2019, none of the questions were based on quants.
In around 55 minutes, attempting 14-15 questions with around 75-80% precision would be considered great. Accepting that there are negative signs of - 0.25 for all incorrect answers, the cut-off for this segment (for the general classification of male aspirants) is expected to be 7.5-8.5 for the XLRI - BM program and 6.5-7.5 for XLRI-HRM program.
This section was of moderate difficulty level, slightly more difficult than that XAT 2019. The questions were predominantly on Arithmetic Problems (7 questions), followed by Geometry (6 questions).
Attempting almost 17-18 questions (with around 80 percent exactness) in around 55 minutes would be viewed as a decent endeavor. Accepting that there are negative characteristics of - 0.25 for every single inaccurate reaction, the cut-off for this segment (for the general male applicants) is expected to be at 11-12 for the XLRI - BM program and 7-7.5 for XLRI - HRM program.
The 25 GK questions comprised of 20 static GK questions and 5 current affairs questions. As there was no negative marking in this section, all questions could have been easily attempted. A score of 7-8 would be considered a good one in this segment.
There was not any time permitted in between Part I of DI, VA & QA and Part II of GK & GA.