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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) conducted on 8th January 2017 in a single slot across multiple centers. The test will be conducted on 47centers in India. Difficulty level of paper is easier than last year. Around 90, 000 candidates have appeared XAT-2017. Candidates give this exam for the admissions in XLRI Jamshedpur. The test was divided into two papers:

Exam Pattern:

Paper-1

Table Contain Shows Exam Pattern for Paper-1

Table Contain Shows Exam Pattern for Paper-1

Sections

Verbal & Logical Ability

Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning

Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability

Number of Questions

24

21

27

Difficulty Level

Medium to Difficult

Medium to Difficult

Medium to Difficult

Verbal & Logical Ability:

  • Level of these questions was of medium to difficult.
  • Difficulty level was low in comparison to the previous year.
  • The distribution of questions was as follows:

Table Contain Shows the distribution of Questions

Table Contain Shows the distribution of Questions

Topics

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Vocab based Analogy

1

Medium

Sentence Correction/Grammar

2

Easy

Fill-in-the-blanks

2

Medium to High

Critical Reasoning/Inference

3

Medium to High

Poems

2

High

Para Jumbles

2

Medium

Reading Comprehension (4 sets)

12

Moderate to High

Total

24

Medium to High

  • There were 4 sets of Reading comprehension.
  • Overall attempt of 16 - 17 questions can be considered as a good attempt.

Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning:

  • 18 situational based and 1 set which comprised of 3 questions was based on Mathematical calculations.
  • In 40 - 45 minutes, students should have solved about 10 - 12 questions confidently out of the 21 questions.

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability:

  • Difficulty level of this section was moderate to hard.
  • 17 questions in Quantitative Ability and 10 questions in Data Interpretation areas.
  • Queant questions included Arithmetic, Venn diagram, Trigonometry, Probability and Algebra.

Table Contain Shows Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

Table Contain Shows Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Arithmetic

4

Equations (in the garb of T&D question)

1

Percentages, P&L

1

Time & Distance

1

Time & Work

1

Algebra/Pure Math

13

Polynomials

1

Numbers

1

Progressions

1

Probability & Permutations, Combinations

2

Geometry

3

Mensuration

1

Functions & Graphs

1

Trigonometry

1

Venn Diagram

1

Miscellaneous

1

Data Interpretation

10

Data Sufficiency

2

Scatter Plots with Bar Charts

4

Table

4

Paper-2

Table Contain Shows Exam Pattern for Paper-2

Table Contain Shows Exam Pattern for Paper-2

Sections

General Knowledge

Essay

Number of Questions/Topic

25

Globalization & Jingoism always Coexist

General Knowledge:

  • Out of 25 questions, 20 were from Static GK and 10 were from Current Affairs.
  • Static GK includes: History, Currency, Invention, Geography, National Capital, Culture, Books & author, Personalities, Important Dates, Film, Science and Business.
  • Current Affairs questions includes: Economics, Film & Television and Ecosystem & Diversity.

Essay Writing:

  • Topic of the essay was ‘Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist’.
  • This topic was found tough by majority of the candidates.

XAT Marking Scheme:

  • Number of unattempt question obtained to 12 from 13
  • Deduction of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.
  • Deduction of 0.05 for more than 12 unattempts questions.
  • No Negative Marking in Paper 2.

Overall analysis:

  • Level of difficulty of the paper was easier in comparison to the last year’s paper.
  • Overall cutoff is expected to be around 32 - 34.

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- Published/Last Modified on: January 19, 2017

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