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XAT 2019: Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off MBA XAT 

XAT 2019: Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off

XAT 2019, conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to their Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes, was conducted today on Jan 06th 2019. XAT score is also used by many reputed institutes such as SP Jain, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhubaneshwar, GIM Goa, etc. as a part of their admission process.

Just like the previous year, XAT 2019 was also conducted in the computer-based format. The test experience was smooth and free from any glitches. Unlike last year, the essay writing part was removed as a part of the exam this year.

Structure of the Exam

XAT 2019, in terms of the pattern, was exactly similar to the last year’s paper. The total number of questions this year was 74. The paper had two parts viz., Part-I and Part-II.

Part-I comprised three sections:

(i)                  Verbal and Logical Ability

(ii)                Decision Making Ability

(iii)               Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Part-II comprised only General Knowledge

The overall duration of the test was 165 minutes for the first part and 15 minutes for the second.

All questions carried equal marks with negative marking (one-fourth of a mark for a wrong answer). There was a negative marking of 0.1 for un-attempted questions, for such questions over and above 8.

The section on General Knowledge did not have any negative marking and the marks scored in this section would be used for evaluation only after the initial screening, i.e., these will not be used for the shortlisting of candidates for the GWPI round.

The following is a snapshot of the question distribution:

Section

No of Questions

Part-I

Section-1: Verbal and Logical Ability

26

Section-2: Decision Making Ability

21

Section-3: Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

27

Part-II

General Knowledge

25

Part-I

Section 1: Verbal and Logical Ability

The Verbal and Logical Ability section was a mixed bag of easy, moderately easy/difficult and difficult questions. The Vocab-based questions were not challenging, RC passages were not difficult to follow, but the RC questions were largely based on critical thinking apart from the exclusive Critical Reasoning questions.

The breakup of the topics is as below:

Topic

No. of Questions

RC based on Mood disorder & Creativity

3

RC based on Art & how it is perceived by common people

3

RC based on Women’s speech and perceptions on the same

3

RC based on ‘Elevation’ of the human mind

3

Poetry-based Comprehension (Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath)

2

Logical Ability

1

CR

4

Para Formation (5 sentences)

2

Antonym (context-based)

1

Analogy

1

FIB (4 blanks)

1

Cloze passage (3 blanks)

1

Cloze passage (4 blanks)

1

Total

26

The RC based on Mood disorder and Creativity had questions testing critical thinking skills. Questions asked include: ‘what would undermine…’, ‘all options can be inferred except’, ‘which choice would make the author’s contention fallacious’.

The RC based on Art and how… had questions which were relatively easier. Questions were: ‘how would the author react to a young man walking into an art exhibition and commenting that it didn’t make much sense to him…’, ‘prerequisite to appreciate art’, and about identifying the mood of the author on a statement from the passage.

The RC based on Women’s speech…eloquence had questions which were equally challenging with external/hypothetical scenarios that needed to be understood from the context of the entire passage.

The RC based on ‘Elevation…’ had questions which were fairly direct when compared to the other RCs.

The poem-based questions were challenging which tested one’s understanding of specific parts of the poem.

Since the questions following the RC passages were challenging because they were followed by very close options, the right thing to do would have been to attempt only 6 or 7 carefully selected questions.

Of the four Critical Reasoning questions, two could surely be attempted without going wrong.

Of the two Para Formation questions, one was easy (the answer options could be used to arrive at the right order) while the other had lengthy sentences and it was relatively challenging to spot the logical connections between the sentences. One of the two should have been surely attempted without going wrong.

The Vocab-based questions – one each of antonym (context based) and analogy were easy.

Both the Cloze passages could be attempted with the help of the thought flow of the context itself without going wrong.

The Logic-based question did not give any context and had five different situations as answer options from which the student had to choose the ‘least fallacious’ one. It was an easy level question.

The cut-off is expected to be between 7 and 8 marks.

Section 2: Decision Making

There were 21 questions in this section, from seven sets – Two sets of two questions each, two sets of four questions each and three sets of three questions each.

Set Description

No. of Questions

Comments

1) Set on Limo cars launched in China, not yet launched in India

2

One question of ranking of strategies and one direct course of action question.

2) Set on HR manager’s role in HR department

4

One direct action step question. Three questions with four options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness

3) Set on Sanchit Hospitals that wanted good doctors to mentor others

3

All three questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

4) Set on Icecream Franchisees to be started

4

All four questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

5) Set on imposition of Drug Testing Code (DTC) on Racket players

3

One question had additional data and was followed by 5 choices. Two questions were based on the information in the main set and had five choices (i.e. no ranking of statements for these 3 questions also)

6) Set on budget utilization by PR department

2

Both questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

7) Set on a School where poor children were studying along with affluent children

3

The questions in this set had five choices and were doable.

The sets were simple and easy to comprehend. The easier part, however, ended there. The questions were subjective and the answers choices were not too easy to eliminate.

As compared to last year, this year’s DM section is a shade tougher, mainly for the reason that the questions that needed one to rank the statements had very close choices. Careful reading was required for all the sets to avoid mistakes.

By spending about 30 to 35 minutes one would be able to attempt about 15 questions with 80% accuracy.

We expect the cutoff in this section to be around 6-7.

Part II

General Knowledge

The GK section in XAT 2019 had a mix of questions from various areas, including history, geography, sports, business and Indian constitution.

The split of the questions in this section was as below:

Area

No. of Questions

Author

1

Technology

1

Art & Culture

2

Space & Technology

1

Cimate change

2

Stock Exchange (Finance)

1

Geography

3

International Polity

2

Trade & Commerce

1

Polity & Constitution

2

Sports

2

Banking

1

Media

1

Science

2

Current Affairs

2

History

1

Total

25

As the section is not used for shortlisting, there will be no cut-off requirement for this section. However, those who attempted 13-15 with about 80% accuracy can consider themselves to have done well.

XAT 2019 Expected Cutoffs

Expected Sectional Cutoffs

  • Verbal and Logical Ability: 7-8
  • Decision Making: 6-7
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: 11-12
  • XLRI BM: 32 – 34
  • XLRI HRM: 29 – 31
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