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XAT 2019 Analysis

What is XAT?

XAT 2019 Analysis: Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for more than 70 years now. XAT is one of the most prominent entrance exams in India which is taken by thousands of aspirants every year who aim to get admitted into various top colleges who accept XAT scores. Some of the top colleges apart from XLRI Jamshedpur who accept XAT are, Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) Bhubaneshwar, MICA, BITS Pilani, TAPMI, IMT Ghaziabad and 150 others. In terms of difficulty, XAT is considered to be the toughest of all MBA entrance exams. Even tougher than CAT.

There is a negative marking for every incorrect answer and a penalty of 0.10 marks after 8 un-attempted questions. The part 2 of XAT, however, does not have any penalty.

XAT 2019 Paper Analysis:

XAT 2019 again proved itself to be the toughest MBA entrance exam of the year. There were some difficult Verbal questions and tricky Decision-Making questions. XAT 2019 also eliminated the Essay Writing section. Also, NAT questions were introduced. The procedure of answering NAT questions was to type in the numerical value in the given answer box.

The XAT 2019 exam was conducted on 6th January 2019 and the duration was for 3 hours. The highlight of the paper is given below:

SectionTotal QuestionMCQLevel of difficulty
Verbal and Logical Ability2626Moderate to Tough
Decision-Making Ability2121ModeratetoDifficult
Quantitative Ability2727Moderate to Tough
General Knowledge2525Difficult

XAT 2019: Section wise analysis:

The section wise analysis of XAT 2019 is given below.

Verbal Ability:

“Verbal section accounted for 26 questions in total. An attempt of 10-11 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 7-8 marks.

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Logical Ability1Moderate
Poem – “Crossing the Water”2Difficult
Analogy & Fill in the blanks2Difficult
Critical Reasoning4Moderate to difficult
RC Passage12ModeratetoDifficult
Cloze Passage2Easy toModerate

Decision Making:

A good attempt of 10-11 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 6-7 marks.

Topic of the SetNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Launch of Limo cars in China2Moderate
Need of good doctors in Sanchit Hospital3Difficult
Racket players and Drug Testing Code3Moderate to Difficult
Role of HR manager4Moderate
Utilisation of budget by PR department2Moderate
Ice cream franchisee4Moderate
Schools and children3Easy

Quantitative Ability:

“An attempt of around” 14-15 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 11-12 marks.

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
DI Set6Moderate
Geometry and Mensuration6Moderate to Difficult
Co-ordinate Geometry2Moderate
Profit and Loss1Easy
Quadratic Equations1Moderate
Simple & Compound Interest1Moderate
Indices and Surds1Easy
Ratio, Proportions & Variations1Easy
Data Sufficiency2Difficult

General Knowledge:

The questions for “XAT GK” were from different areas, including History, Geography, Culture, Sports, Space and Technology, and the Indian Constitution.

Expected Score vs Percentile relation

Based on the previous year analysis, this is the expected score vs percentile relation:


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