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XAT Exam Analysis

XAT Exam Analysis

The XAT 2018 exam was conducted on 7th 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

Section-Wise 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
3-d 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 9 400-450 belief & thought; labor & capital; science & consciousness tough
prose 1 4 550-600 history tough
poem 1 2 12-14 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 - 150-300
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

  1. The topic given was – Ethical Practice & Sustainability – Can they co-exist?
  2. A candidate should have ideally spent 30 minutes on it.
  3. There was no negative marking.

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