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XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

What is XAT?

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis: Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur every year, 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 unattempted questions. The part 2 of XAT, however, does not have any penalty.

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis:

“XAT 2020 was held by XLRI, Jamshedpur on 5th January 2020. Just like previous year, XAT 2020 was conducted in computer-based format across various cities in India. The exam had the same number of questions as last year. The highlights are given as below:

SectionTotal QuestionMCQLevel of difficulty
Verbal and Logical Ability2626Moderate
Decision-Making Ability2121Moderate to Difficult
Quantitative Ability2828Moderate to Difficult
General Knowledge2525Easy

XAT 2020: Section Wise Analysis:

The section wise analysis of XAT 2020 is given below. The Verbal and Logical Ability section was the toughest of all. Quants and GK were comparatively easy. Here’s a in detail analysis below.

Verbal Ability:

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis: “The Verbal Ability section had a mix of Grammar, Para jumbles, Comprehensions, Critical reasoning.” 10-12 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 9-10 marks. “The in- depth area wise analysis is given in the table below.”

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Spot the Error1Easy
Choose the correct grammatical sentence1Moderate
Poem – “Fire & Ice”2Difficult
Critical Reasoning6Moderate to difficult
RC Passage12Moderate to Difficult

Decision Making:

This section comprises of 21 questions.” 12-13 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 8-9 marks.

Topic of the SetNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Spring Water Packaging3Moderate
Shifting govt job to private job3Moderate to Difficult
Cotton Pillow Covers: e-commerce
Setting up Bakery – Eggless Cake3Moderate
Computer hardware shop3Easy

Quantitative Ability:

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis: The Quant section in XAT 2020 was dominated by questions from Geometry, Mensuration and DI sets. About 15-16 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 10-11 marks

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Distance, Speed & Time1Difficult
Time & Work1Difficult
Geometry4Moderate to Difficult
Progression1Moderate to Difficult
Maximisation – Minimisation1Moderate
DI Sets3Easy
Percentage2Easy to Moderate
Ratio Proportion & Variation2Easy to Moderate
Mensuration3Moderate to Difficult
Operator Based question1Easy
Special Equations1Moderate
Venn Diagrams2Moderate to Difficult
Reasoning Based Set3Difficult

General Knowledge:

The XAT GK section consisted of questions on Budget, static GK, and few sports- related questions. The overall difficulty level in XAT 2020 was the same as last year.

Expected Cutoff for XAT this year:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability: 9 – 10 marks.
  • Decision Making: 8 – 9 marks.
  • Quantitative Ability: 10 – 11 marks.

Expected Score vs Percentile relation

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


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