The XAT 2018 exam was conducted on 7^{th} January 2018 across 314 centres in India. Here is a detailed analysis of the XAT 2018 exam.
Overall Exam Breakup
part  sections  number of questions  total time  marking scheme  
name  breakup  individual section  total  correct answer  incorrect answer  
aptitude test  qa & di  quantitative analysis  19  27  170  1  0.25 
data interpretation  8  
va & lr  verbal ability  15  26  
logical reasoning  11  
decision making  logical reasoning  3  21  
caselet  18  
gk & essay  gk  static  14  25  40  1  0 
current  11  
essay writing  1  3  0  
total  100  210  100 
SectionWise Analysis
Part A; Section 1: QA & DI
1. Here is the breakup of the QA section which had 19 questions
area  topic  number of questions  total questions  difficulty level 
arithmetic  numbers  3  10  easy to moderate 
percentage  1  
ratio & proportion  2  
distance & time  2  
time & work  2  
algebra  quadratic equation  1  2  easy to moderate 
inequality  1  
geometry  circles  1  4  moderate to tough 
3d height & distance  1  
mensuration  2  
application of math  probability  1  3  tough 
fibonacci series  1  
word based problem  1  
Overall Questions & Difficulty Level  19  moderate 
2.Here is the breakup of DI and DS section which had 8 questions in all:
section  graph/problem type  number of questions  difficulty level 
data interpretation  bar + line graph  3  moderate 
game related problem  2  
data sufficiency  2  easy  
overall questions & difficulty level  8  easy to moderate 
3. Here is the overall question distribution for QADI Section
4. Here is the overall analysis of the QADI section:
total number of questions  overall difficulty level  ideal time  good attempts  good score 
27  easy to moderate  60 minutes  18 to 20+ questions  15+ 
Part A; Section 2: VA & LR
1. Here is the breakup of VA section which had 5 RC passages and 15 questions in all
passage type  number  questions  word limit  theme  difficulty level 
prose  3  9  400450  belief & thought; labor & capital; science & consciousness  tough 
prose  1  4  550600  history  tough 
poem  1  2  1214 lines  love  moderate 
overall questions & difficulty level  5  15  tough 
2. Here is the breakup of LR section which had 11 questions in all.
area  topic  total questions  difficulty level 
grammar  sentence correction  1  easy 
vocabulary  sentence completion  3  moderate 
critical reasoning    5  moderate to tough 
para jumbles    2  easy 
overall questions & difficulty level  11  easy to moderate 
3. Here is the overall question distribution of the VALR section
4. Here is the overall analysis of the QADI section:
total number of questions  overall difficulty level  ideal time  good attempts  good score 
26  Moderate to Tough  55 minutes  20+ questions  11+ 
Part A; Section 3: DM
1. Here is the breakup of the DM section which had 21 questions
decision making  
problem type  lr  caselet 
set/question details  1 set  3 q  7 sets
4 sets  3 questions
3 sets  2 questions
word limit  150300

difficulty level  easy  moderate to tough 
total number of questions  3  18 
2. Here is the question distribution of the DM section
3. Here is the overall analysis of the DM section. This section is always the deciding factor of the XAT exam
total number of questions  overall difficulty level  ideal time  good attempts  good score 
21  Moderate to Tough  55 minutes  16 to 18+questions  10+ 
Part B; Section 1: GK
1. There were 25 questions and were a mix of Static and Current Affairs. The breakup is as follows:
general awareness  
static  current 
business & economics  awards & recognition 
countries and capitals  crypto currency 
history  space 
politics  sports 
science 
2. Here is the question distribution of the GK section
3. Here is the overall analysis of the GK section. This section did not have negative marking.
total number of questions  overall difficulty level  ideal time  good attempts  good score 
25  Moderate  10 minutes  16 to 18+questions  8+ 
Part B; Section 2: Essay
 The topic given was – Ethical Practice & Sustainability – Can they coexist?
 A candidate should have ideally spent 30 minutes on it.
 There was no negative marking.
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