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XAT Exam Analysis 2018

What is XAT?

XAT Exam Analysis 2018: 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 (1/4th mark) for every incorrect answer and a penalty of 0.05 marks after 8 un attempted questions. The part 2 of XAT, however, does not have any penalty. 

XAT Exam Analysis 2018:

XAT Exam Analysis 2018: XAT 2018 was completely different than the 2019 and 2020 pattern. The total number of questions in XAT 2018 was 72 instead of 72. The first part of XAT 2018 pattern had a time limit of 170 minutes whereas the second part had a time limit of 40 minutes. The section of General Knowledge did not have any negative marking. General Knowledge and Essay Writing will be used for evaluation only after the initial screening.

The XAT 2018 exam was conducted on 7th January 2018 and the duration was for 210 minutes. The highlight of the paper is given below

XAT 2018: Section Wise Analysis:

The section wise analysis of XAT 2018 is given below.

MCQLevel of
Verbal and Logical Ability2626Moderate
Decision-Making Ability2121Moderate
Quantitative Ability2727Moderate to Tough
General Knowledge2525Moderate
Essay Writing1

Verbal Ability:

“An attempt of” 11-12 questions with an efficiency of 90% could be considered as a good attempt in 50-60 minutes. The sectional cut-off was around 7.5-8.5 marks.

AreaNo of
Critical Reasoning5Moderate to difficult
Para formation2Moderate
RC Passage13Moderate to Difficult

Decision Making:

A total of eight sets were present “in the XAT Exam”. Five sets with 3 questions each and three sets with 2 questions each were present. The set on courier service was slightly easier while the other sets were a bit tougher. The language used was easy to comprehend but the subjectivity of questions made it a bit difficult section.

Topic of the
No of QuestionsDifficulty
Courier Service2Easy
Lal & Sons3Difficult
Microfinance3Moderate to Difficult
Ava CEO2Moderate
Four Kingdoms3Moderate
Others8Moderate to Difficult

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.

Quantitative Ability:

XAT Exam Analysis 2018: 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 12-13 marks.

AreaNo of QuestionsDifficulty
DI Set6Moderate
Geometry and Mensuration4Moderate to Difficult
Time & Distance2Moderate
Simple Equations1Easy
Profit and Loss1Easy
Quadratic Equations1Moderate
Number Series1Moderate
Averages & Mixtures1Moderate
Ratio, Proportions & Variations1Easy
Data Sufficiency2Difficult
Time & Work1Difficult

General Knowledge:

The GK section had questions on History and Culture, Sports, Business, Awards, and miscellaneous.

Essay Writing:

The topic for the Essay was, “Can ethical values and sustainability coexist?”

Expected Score vs Percentile relation

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


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