Xavier Aptitude Test - XAT - Previous Year Paper Analysis

2020

Section

Total Question

MCQ

Level of difficulty

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

Moderate

Decision-Making Ability

21

21

Moderate to Difficult

Quantitative Ability

28

28

Moderate to Difficult

General Knowledge

25

25

Easy

Verbal Ability: 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.

Area

No of
Questions

Difficulty
Level

Spot the Error

1

Easy

Choose the correct grammatical
sentence

1

Moderate

Poem – “Fire & Ice”

2

Difficult

Parajumbles

2

Difficult

Critical Reasoning

6

Moderate to difficult

Paracompletion

2

Moderate

RC Passage

12

Moderate to Difficult

Decision Making: 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
Set

No of Questions

Difficulty
Level

Spring Water Packaging

3

Moderate

Vanrajya

3

Difficult

Shifting govt job to private job

3

Moderate to Difficult

Internship

3

Easy

Cotton Pillow Covers: e-commerce
feedback

3

Moderate

Setting up Bakery – Eggless Cake

3

Moderate

Computer hardware shop

3

Easy

Quantitative Ability: 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

Area

No of
Questions

Difficulty
Level

Distance, Speed & Time

1

Difficult

Time & Work

1

Difficult

Geometry

4

Moderate to Difficult

Progression

1

Moderate to Difficult

Maximisation-Minimisation

1

Moderate

Probability

1

Moderate

DI Sets

3

Easy

Percentage

2

Easy to Moderate

Ratio Proportion & Variation

2

Easy to Moderate

Numbers

2

Moderate

Mensuration

3

Moderate to Difficult

Operator Based question

1

Easy

Special Equations

1

Moderate

Venn Diagrams

2

Moderate to Difficult

Reasoning Based Set

3

Difficult

General Knowledge: The GK section consisted of questions on Budget, static GK, and few sports-related questions

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2019

Section

Total
Question

MCQ

Level of
difficulty

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

Moderate to Tough

Decision-Making Ability

21

21

Moderate to Difficult

Quantitative Ability

27

27

Moderate to Tough

General Knowledge

25

25

Difficult

Verbal Ability: 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.

Area

No of
Questions

Difficulty
Level

Logical Ability

1

Moderate

Antonym

1

Moderate

Poem – “Crossing the Water”

2

Difficult

Analogy & Fill in the blanks

2

Difficult

Critical Reasoning

4

Moderate to difficult

Paracompletion

2

Moderate

RC Passage

12

Moderate to Difficult

Cloze Passage

2

Easy to Moderate

Decision Making: 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
Set

No of Questions

Difficulty
Level

Launch of Limo cars in China

2

Moderate

Need of good doctors in Sanchit
Hospital

3

Difficult

Racket players and Drug Testing Code

3

Moderate to Difficult

Role of HR manager

4

Moderate

Utilisation of budget by PR
departement

2

Moderate

Ice cream franchisee

4

Moderate

Schools and children

3

Easy

Quantitative Ability: 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.

Area

No of Questions

Difficulty
Level

DI Set

6

Moderate

Geometry and Mensuration

6

Moderate to Difficult

Co-ordinate Geometry

2

Moderate

Statistics

1

Moderate

Profit and Loss

1

Easy

Logarithm

1

Easy

Quadratic Equations

1

Moderate

Percentages

1

Moderate

Simple & Compound Interest

1

Moderate

Indices and Surds

1

Easy

Inequalities

1

Moderate

Ratio, Proportions & Variations

1

Easy

Numbers

1

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

2

Difficult

Miscellaneous

1

Difficult

General Knowledge: The questions were from different areas, including History, Geography, Culture, Sports, Space and Technology, and the Indian Constitution.

 

2018

The 2018 exam structure was completely different than the 2019 and 2020 pattern. The exam duration was 170 minutes for Part I and 40 minutes for Part II. Part II also has an Essay Writing section.

Section

Total
Question

MCQ

Level of
difficulty

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

Moderate

Decision-Making Ability

21

21

Moderate

Quantitative Ability

27

27

Moderate to Tough

General Knowledge

25

25

Moderate

Essay Writing

1

Verbal Ability: 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.

Area

No of
Questions

Difficulty
Level

Vocabulary

2

Moderate

Poetry

2

Difficult

Grammar

2

Moderate

Critical Reasoning

5

Moderate to difficult

Paraformation

2

Moderate

RC Passage

13

Moderate to Difficult

Decision Making: A total of eight sets were present. 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
Set

No of Questions

Difficulty
Level

Courier Service

2

Easy

Lal & Sons

3

Difficult

Microfinance

3

Moderate to Difficult

Ava CEO

2

Moderate

Four Kingdoms

3

Moderate

Others

8

Moderate 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: 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.

Area

No of Questions

Difficulty
Level

DI Set

6

Moderate

Geometry and Mensuration

4

Moderate to Difficult

Time & Distance

2

Moderate

Simple Equations

1

Easy

Profit and Loss

1

Easy

Trigonometry

1

Difficult

Quadratic Equations

1

Moderate

Number Series

1

Moderate

Probability

1

Difficult

Percentages

1

Moderate

Averages & Mixtures

1

Moderate

Inequalities

1

Moderate

Ratio, Proportions & Variations

1

Easy

Numbers

2

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

2

Difficult

Time & Work

1

Difficult

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:

Score

Percentile

28

89

30

91

32

93

36

95+

40.5

99+

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