The difficulty level that was present in XAT 2021 was a little more difficult contrast the level of XAT 2020 .This time , the 'Quantitative Ability' section and Interpretation of Data" proved moderately to difficult. The RCs in the verbal section like usual, offered an option close to. There was nothing new this time as the test was built on standard lines. The number, of questions of questions was 75.Total length of this segment was about 165 minutes. There was a penalty for not trying questions (after eight questions) but it was only 0.10 marks. But this isn't likely to affect the overall score in any way. There were no non-MCQ (TITA) issues this year either. Overall, the feel of the exam was moderate to difficult.
The paper was divided into two parts Part I, and Part II. Part I was the main paper for questions, while Part II was based on general knowledge. Part I was comprised of three sections: A B, C and A, with 26, 21 , and 28 questions each, totalling with 75 marks. Three sections from Part I later followed by Part II with 25 questions on General Knowledge. The time for completion of the three sections as well as General Knowledge was 180 minutes. Students were expected to complete the questions in the first three sections within about 165 minutes and General Knowledge within 15 minutes. Students were expected to answer every section and to get the best score possible in each section. General knowledge marks may be used by certain institutes during the final selection. These marks will not be used for short-listing candidates for interview/GD. These three parts were:
and Logical Reasoning||26||Moderate|
Ability and Data Interpretation||28||Moderate to Tough|
Overview of the XAT Paper
|Time allotted||165 Minutes + 15 Minutes for GK|
|Total no. of questions||75 + 25 (for GK)|
|Marking Scheme||All questions carried equal marks|
|Number of choices||5|
|Negative Marking||One fourth of a mark& for un-attempted questions if more than 8 questions are skipped, a negative marking of 0.1 per question is applied.|
|Score of 31.5+ (approx. 98%ile):||XLRI (BM)|
|Score of 30+ (approx. 96%ile):||XLRI(HR)|
|Score of 28+(approx. 94%ile)||XIMB|
|Score of 25+ (approx. 85%ile):||Great Lakes, TAPMI, IMT-G|
|Score of 22+ (approx. 80%ile):||GIM, LIBA, IFMR, XIM Jabalpur, BULMIM|
|Score of 18+ (approx. 75%ile):||XIME Bengaluru, BIMTECH, SCMS|
SECTION I: Verbal & Logical Reasoning
|Description||No. of Questions|
In the Verbal portion, it was moderately to difficult. The test was focused on Reading Comprehension, Critical reasoning as well as Sentence Rearrangement and grammar. They were of a length that tests was moderate. Some of the RCs were built on "number crunching" while another was inspired by 'gender inequities. There was a RC inspired by the poem. One of the RCs was built on'multitasking' and speed. The choices were extremely similar to the reading comprehension section, which made it lengthy. Nearly half of the problems in RCs were based on critical reasoning. To answer the questions correctly, it was essential for candidates to recognize the traps that were set by examiners. The test was mostly focused on critically reasoning and comprehension of reading. Grammar questions were based on basic concepts. The overall tone of the section was moderate since the options were too close and complicated.
Section II: Decision Making
Evaluation: All Decision Making questions carried equal marks. Decision Making was comprised of 21 questions that were that were based on the contexts. The majority of the questions were complicated and options were close. The questions were built on Caselets or Case Studies taken from various fields like business administration small business units, Ethical Dilemmas and contextually based problems and solutions. Overall difficulty for the segment was medium.
Section III The Quantitative ability and data interpretation
|Description||No. of Questions|
|Algebra and Functions||5|
|DI||3 sets of each 3 questions|
Assessment: The level of Quant and DI was moderate to difficult. In DI there three sets of the same three-question set. Three of them could be completed. There was a set of three questions based on Venn diagram, and it was difficult. The set that was based on female and male workers was time-consuming. In Quant the emphasis is in Algebra & Geometry with 5 questions per. The questions that were attainable were based on topics such as simple interest/compound interest (ISD), TSD, and Ratio, among others. The overall feeling for this portion was moderate to hard.
Good Try 16-18
It was a total of 25, on general awareness that comprised of Static GK questions that cover Books Geography, geography, state art and History. and Contemporary Questions that were based on Science and Technology, Economic Data and General phrases and more. The difficulty level in these questions was moderate. Because there was no negative markings in this section, making guesses or a list of possible answers it is possible to get seven questions correctly and that's not counting what one could have known about.