XAT 2019 Exam Analysis

XAT 2019 Exam Analysis

XAT 2019 – Last of the lot (well almost) for many out there. And it truly was the show stopper. If we compare it with the other top-notch exams of this season, XAT 2019 clearly takes away the award for being the toughest of the lot. With a few surprises thrown in for the candidates, it was also by far a “no technical glitches” kind of exam.

 

The top 10 highlights of the XAT 2019 exam were:

  1. It was conducted on 6th Jan 2019, 10 AM to 1 PM
  2. The overall difficulty was high but there few repetitions in the DM section
  3. There was a total of 99 questions
  4. There was no sectional time limit, although 15 minutes were awarded for GK section
  5. There was negative marking of -0.25 marks in for Part-1 (QADI, VLR and DM)
  6. There was no negative marking in Part-2 (GK)
  7.  There was negative marking of -0.1 for more than eight un-attempted questions. This was increased from -0.05 from last year
  8. The overall break section-wise is as below:

XAT 2019 Exam Section

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Verbal and Logical Reasoning

26

Difficult

Decision Making

21

Moderate

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

27

Moderate to Difficult

General Knowledge

25

Moderate to Difficult

  1. An overall attempt of 53 to 55 questions can be considered good
  2. A score of 33 to 35 can be considered good

 

 

 Let’s take a sneak peek into each section in detail.

 

Section Name: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

No. of Questions: 26

Ideal Time to Spend: 45 – 50 Minutes

Sectional Break Up:  Here is detail breakup of questions asked in this section

Area

Questions

Details

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

12

Passages - 4; Q per head – 3; Words 550 to 600; Areas: Psychology, Art and Social issues, Women Empowerment

Moderate to Difficult

CR

5

Could be attempted

Easy to Moderate

Poem

2

Tough and Uncanny. Ideally should not have been attempted

Weird

Analogy

1

It was a tricky question

Difficult

Antonyms

1

It was a tricky question

Moderate

PJs

2

5 sentences

Moderate

Fill in the Blanks

3

Could be attempted

Difficult

Total

26

Time Consuming Overall

Difficult

 

Ideal Attempts: 17 to 18

Good Score: 11 to 12

 

Section Name: Decision Making

No. of Questions: 21

Ideal Time to Spend: 45 – 50 Minutes

Sectional Break Up:  Here is detail breakup of questions asked in this section

 

Area

Questions

Details

Difficulty Level

Situational

21

Surprise 1: There were three repetitions from previous years. Students should have been able to attempt these caselets without any challenge

Surprise 2: There were no Analytical Reasoning 

Moderate

 

Ideal Attempts: 15 - 18

Good Score: 11 to 12

 

Section Name: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, and Data Sufficiency

No. of Questions: 27

Ideal Time to Spend: 65 – 70 Minutes

Sectional Break Up:  Here is detail breakup of questions asked in this section

 

Area

Questions

Details

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Ability

19

 Arithmetic – All 4 questions were easy and based out of topics like R&P and Profit Loss

Algebra – The questions were from surds, polynomials, and functions

Geometry – This was tricky with questions from Trigonometry, and Co-ordinate Geometry were bouncers. Remaining were mensuration, triangles, and circles.

Difficult

Data interpretation

6

There were 2 types – Time Zone and Mixed Graph

Moderate to Difficult

Data Sufficiency

2

Doable questions

Moderate

Total

27

It was a mix of time-consuming, difficult, easy and tricky questions. Candidates should have chosen the less time-consuming questions

Moderate to Difficult

 

Ideal Attempts: 17 – 19

Good Score: 12 to 14

 

Section Name: General Knowledge

No. of Questions: 25

Time Limit: 15 Minutes

Catch: No Negative Marking

Sectional Break Up:  Here is detail breakup of questions asked in this section

 

Area

Questions

Details

Difficulty Level

Current Affairs

2

 

 

 

 

 

A candidate who has bee regular in reading the newspapers can solve it easily.

Easy 

Economics and Business

7

Easy to Moderate  

Geography

4

 Moderate to Difficult

History

1

 Moderate

Miscellaneous

2

 Moderate to Difficult

Personality Awards

3

 Moderate

Polity

2

 Easy

Science & Technology

2

 Moderate

Sports

2

 Easy to Moderate

Total

25

Moderate

 

Ideal Attempts: 13 - 15

Good Score: 8 to 10

 

 

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