XAT-2018, conducted on 7 January 2018 was an online test for the first time. There were quite a few issues and technical glitches that were reported from the various venues. This is the analysis of the test that was conducted as scheduled, which a majority of the students took without glitches
The overall structure of XAT-2018 underwent minor changes compared to XAT-2017. XAT-2017 consisted of 2 Parts. Part 1 had sections having 24 (VA), 21 (DM) and 27 (QA) questions (Total 72 questions) which had to be attempted in 170 minutes . XAT-2018 consisted of total 74 questions in Part 1 with two additional questions in VA. Part 2 of XAT 2018 remained the same as XAT-2017with 25 GK questions and one essay-writing exercise, to be attempted in 35 minutes.
The break-up of the sections of Part 1 of XAT 2018 is as follows:
|Section||Section Name||Number of questions|
|Section-I||Verbal and Logical Ability||26|
|Section-III||Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||27|
The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2018 was on the difficult side. While this is usually the case in XAT, this time, the section was even slightly tougher in comparison to the previous years. There were 15 Reading Comprehension questions and 11 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions.
The VA/VR questions were predominantly reasoning-based (Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs types); there were three vocabulary & usage-based questions (Fill in the Blanks types) and only one grammar-based question (Sentence Correction type). While these were mostly of medium difficulty, there were some rather challenging ones, such as the Critical Reasoning question on identifying logical fallacies in arguments, or the Fill in the Blanks question which had words such as 'philippic', 'insouciance' and 'ennui'.
The 15 RC questions were distributed among five passages. One of the passages in particular would have proved to be something of a challenge to the students, as it was a short poem. The remaining four passages had a mixture of medium to difficult questions. Nearly all the questions were of an inferential nature.
|Area/Questions||No. of Qs.||Question Type||Level of Difficulty|
|Verbal Ability / Reasoning|
|Sentence Correction||1||Grammar-based||1 Medium|
|Fill in the blanks (4/5 blanks)||3||Vocabulary-based||2 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Jumbled Paragraphs||2||Reasoning-based||1 Easy, 1 Difficult|
|Critical Reasoning||5||Reasoning-based||1 Easy, 3 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Passage 1 – Poem||2||All were Inferential||2 Difficult|
|Passage 2 – Doubts and Beliefs||4||All were Inferential||1 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Passage 3 – Why study history?||3||All were inferential||2 Easy, 1 Difficult|
|Passage 4 – Problem of consciousness||3||All were inferential||2 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Passage 5 – Labour and capital||3||2 direct, 1 inferential||2 Medium, 1 Difficult|
A student should be able to attempt 15-16 questions in this section in about 55 minutes, with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered good. We expect the cut-off for this section to be around 6-7 for BM, and for HRM 5-6.
|Area/Questions||No. of Qs.||Question Type||Level of Difficulty|
|Case 1 – Collection officers||3||Ethical nature of questions||1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Case 2 – Three company business||3||Ethical nature of questions||2 Easy, 1 Medium|
|Case 3 – Four neighbouring kingdoms||3||Business decision||1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Case 4 – Nephew of CEO||3||Business decisions||1 Easy, 2 Difficult|
|Case 5 – Three people living on one hill||2||Business decisions||1 Easy, 1 Difficult|
|Case 6 – Dead employee's family||2||Ethical decision||1 Medium, 1 Difficult|
|Case 7 – Apartment lock||2||Ethical decision||1 Easy, 1 Medium|
|Case 8 – Train timetables and delivery persons||3||Mathematical question||3 Easy|
In 50-55 minutes, students should have solved about 14-15 questions confidently (about 75-80% accuracy), out of the 21 questions. We expect the cut-off for this section to be 7 to 8 for BM and 6-7 for HRM.
The questions on Quantitative Ability were dominated by Geometry, Numbers and Arithmetic. There were two Data Sufficiency questions. One question on Data Sufficiency also had reference to concepts in Statistics.
Students have reported that at least 2 questions (one each on Progressions and Circles) were ambiguous.
There were two Data Interpretation sets, with 3 questions each. One set was a logical Data Interpretation based on a hockey tournament, which was rather simple. The other set consisted of as many as 4 graphs with multiple datasets. That set should have been attempted only after attempting other questions if time permitted.
|Numbers (Total 6 questions)|
|Question based on Fibonnaci series||1||1|
|Question based on units place of a power||1||1|
|Miscellaneous questions on properties of numbers||2||2|
|Arithmetic (Total 6 questions)|
|Time & Work||1||1|
|Algebra(Total 2 questions)|
|Geometry (Total 2 questions)|
|Modern Maths (Total 2 questions)|
|Data Interpretation (Total 6 questions)|
|A logical DI set containing Table||3||3|
|An observation-Calculation based DI set containing 4 graphs||3||3|
* Student have reported that they found these questions ambiguous.
Overall, the level of difficulty of the section was slightly lower than that of XAT-2017. In 60 minutes, about 19-20 attempts with 80%-85% accuracy will be considered good. We expect the cut-off for the section to be around 10-11 for BM and 8-9 for HRM.
There was a short break between Part I and Part II.
Students should have spent 10-15 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.
XAT 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 Results
According to XAT 2018 results, a total percentage of 59.12 was equivalent to 99.896 percentile, a total percentage of 53.041 was equivalent to 99.5 percentile, a total percentage of 48.78 was equivalent to 98.78 percentile, a total percentage of 45.068 was equivalent to 97.3 percentile, a total percentage of 44.06 was equivalent to 96.857 percentile.
The XAT 2018 cut-offs for XLRI programs along with sectional cut-offs are mentioned below: (as published on XAT 2018 website)
CUT-OFFS FOR DIFFERENT PROGRAMS OF XLRI BASED ON GMAT
For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned 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)
|XLRI-GMP||5 & above||5 & above||6 & above||22 & above marks|
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|
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: