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XAT 2017 Test Analysis

The overall structure of XAT-2017 underwent some changes compared to XAT-2016. The exam consisted of 2 Parts and Part 1 consisted of 3 sections having 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively (total 72 questions) to be attempted in 170 minutes. Further, Part 2 contained 25 GK questions and one essay-writing exercise, to be attempted in 35 minutes. The break-up of the sections of Part 1 was as follows:

Section Section Name Number of questions
Section-I Verbal and Logical Ability 24
Section-II Decision Making 21
Section-III Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
  Total 72

PART I

Section A – Verbal and Logical Ability

The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2017 was as difficult as that of XAT 2016. There were 12 Reading Comprehension questions and 12 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. The exact question distribution is as follows:

Area/Questions No. of Qs. Question Type Level of Difficulty
Vocabulary & Grammar
Sentence Correction 2 Choose the correct construct  2 Easy
Fill in the blanks (4 sentences) 1 Vocab-based Easy
Fill in the blanks (Multiple blanks) 1 Vocab-based Easy
Analogy 1 Similar relationship Medium
Verbal Reasoning
Para Jumbles 2 1 with 5 sentences, 1 with four sentences 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Critical Reasoning (poem based) 2 Difficult
Critical Reasoning (paragraph based) 3 1 Medium, 2 Difficult
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1 – Writing 2 1 Inferential 1 meaning based Easy-Medium
Passage 2 – Up gradation 3 All were inferential 2 Easy, 1 Medium
Passage 3 – Psychopath 3 All were inferential 2 Easy, 1 Medium
Passage 4 – Existentialism 4 1 direct, 3 inferential 2 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult

A student should be able to attempt 15-17 questions in this section in about 40-45 minutes. About 16 confident attempts (with about 75-80% accuracy) would be considered good.

Section B – Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

The non-mathematical part of this section (15 questions) consisted of 8 sets of 1-3 questions each. Most of the passages were quite lengthy although they were easy to read and as usual some questions had a fair deal of ambiguity – in that either no answer seemed correct or there was more than one correct answer. Overall, the questions were of medium level of difficulty. Therefore, the choice of sets/questions to attempt would have depended mainly on your personal preferences and strengths. The set on Tamil food was difficult and best avoided. The mathematical part of this section (6 questions) was characterized by medium to difficult level of difficulty. There were two sets in the mathematical part of the section (both sets with 3 questions). The set on scheduling (Puri-Bhaji stall) was somewhat confusing and it was best left. The other set on players also caught the students by surprise.

Area/Questions No. of Qs. Question Type Level of Difficulty
Case 1 – Pastor and restaurant 2 Ethical nature of questions 1 Easy, 1 Difficult
Case 2 – Domestic Help 2 Ethical nature of questions 2 Easy
Case 3 – Genius Consulting 1 Business decision 1 Medium
Case 4 – Constructing house in Kerala 3 Business type of decisions 2 Easy, 1 Difficult
Case 5 – New Tamil food business in Singapore 3 Business decisions 1 Easy, 2 Difficult
Case 6 – Parking in College Campus 2 Decisions were both ethical and business based 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Case 7 – IT company 1 Ethical decision 1 Easy
Case 8 – Anonymous mail to management college 1 Ethical Decision 1 Easy
Case 9 – A set on Team Formation in 3 sports 3 3 Medium
Case 10 – A set on Scheduling 3 3 Difficult

In 40-45 minutes, students should have solved about 10-12 questions confidently (about 75-80% accuracy), out of the 21 questions.

Section C – Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Ability-Data Interpretation section was slightly easier than XAT-2016. Questions on Quantitative Ability were dominated by Geometry, Modern Mathematics and Arithmetic. There was one Data Sufficiency set with two questions. Unlike in XAT-2016, no questions were confusing and/or incorrect.

There were two Data Interpretation sets, with 4 questions each. The set on Table was fairly calculation intensive but doable. The other set on Tables and Scatter Plot was very complicated in terms of the representation of the data. This set tested the concepts in statistics. Students, who were familiar with the concepts such as correlation, mode etc. would have found the set manageable. This set should have been best left. 

Overall, the level of difficulty of the section was slightly lower as compared to XAT-2016. In 60 minutes, about 15-17 attempts with 80% accuracy will be considered good.

Row Labels Easy Medium Difficult Total
Geometry (Total 5 questions)
Circles 1 1
Mensuration 1 1
Quadrilaterals 2 2
Trigonometry 1 1
Modern Maths (Total 4 questions)
AP-GP 1 1
Functions 1 1
Probability 1 1
Venn Diagram 1 1
Algebra (Total 3 questions)
Maxima-Minima 1 1
Simple equations 1 1 2
Arithmetic (Total 2 questions)
Time-Speed-Distance 1 1
Work, Pipe & Cisterns 1 1
Numbers (Total 2 questions)
Pigeonhole principle   1   1
Surds & Indices 1     1
Data Sufficiency (Total 2 questions)
Logical 1 1 2
Miscellaneous (Total 1 question)
Logical 1 1
Data Interpretation (Total 8 questions)
Table 4 4
Table & Scatter Plot     4 8
Total 5 13 9 27

PART II

General Knowledge

The 25 GK questions contained a distribution of 7 current and 18 static questions. Majority questions were based on international events/topics. The section was such that it required the student to possess extremely good general knowledge ability in multiple areas to be able to score well. The topics of the questions were very diverse encompassing subjects such as History, Geography, Business and Economy, names of political personalities etc.

Students should have spent 15-20 minutes on GK, and as there was no negative marking, all questions should have been attempted without fail. A score of 8-10 would be a good score in this section.

Essay Writing

Essay Topic was on Globalisation and Jingoism.

XAT 2017, 2016 and 2015 Results

According to XAT 2017 results, a total percentage of 67.01 was equivalent to 99.952 percentile, a total percentage of 59.03 was equivalent to 99.53 percentile, a total percentage of 54.86 was equivalent to 98.76 percentile, a total percentage of 50.83 was equivalent to 97.317 percentile, a total percentage of 49.65 was equivalent to 96.672 percentile.

The XAT 2017 cut-offs for XLRI programs along with sectional cut-offs are mentioned below: (as published on XAT 2017 website)

  VA DM QA Overall
XLRI-BM 79.46 76.84 88.7 96
XLRI-HRM 79.69 71.628 70.07 92.55
XLRI-GMP 5 & above 5 & above 6 & above 22 & above marks

For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned XAT 2016 and 2015 results.

According to XAT 2016 results, a total percentage of 51.28 was equivalent to 99.751 percentile, a total percentage of 47.12 was equivalent to 99.278 percentile, a total percentage of 45.64 was equivalent to 98.896 percentile, a total percentage of 42.82 was equivalent to 97.891 percentile, a total percentage of 40.83 was equivalent to 96.842 percentile.

The XAT 2016 cut-offs for XLRI programs along with sectional cut-offs are mentioned below: (as published on XAT 2016 website)

  VA & LR DM QA & DI Overall
XLRI-BM 77.47 78.042 88.60 96
XLRI-HRM 69.128 68.978 69.00 94.4
XLRI-GMP - - - 69

According to XAT 2015 results, a total percentage of 41.67 was equivalent to 99.62 percentile, a total percentage of 38.69 was equivalent to 99.12 percentile, a total percentage of 37.5 was equivalent to 98.81 percentile, a total percentage of 34.23 was equivalent to 97.31 percentile and a total percentage of 31.25 was equivalent to 94.88 percentile.

The XAT 2015 cut-offs for XLRI programs along with sectional cut-offs are mentioned below:

  Score Overall
XLRI-BM ~30% 94.23
XLRI-HRM 27.68% 90.04
XLRI-GMP ~19% 67.98

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