XAT Analysis for 2019

By UniversityKart Team, Posted on Jan 24, 2023
The XAT Analysis for 2019

Explore the in-depth section-wise analysis of XAT 2019.

The difficulty in XAT 2019 was somewhat harder than XAT 2018. This year , the total number of questions was at 74. The total time for this portion was approximately 165 minutes. There was a penalty for missed questions (after eight questions) and it was a mere in the range of 0.10 marks. This feature isn't likely to impact the overall score much. This year's XAT was not able to include essay writing, in the manner it was announced. There were no Non-MCQ (TITA) questions that were suggested prior to the exam.

Summary of the paper:

The paper was divided into two parts Part I, and Part II. Part I was the primary exam paper, while Part II was based on general knowledge. Part I was comprised of three sections, A B, C and A with 26-21 and 27 questions each, totalling with a total of 74 questions. These three parts of Part I was 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 the time of 165 minutes, and General Knowledge in just 15 minutes. Students were expected to respond to questions from all sections , and they were expected to score the highest possible marks in all section. General knowledge marks are utilized by select institutes during the final selection. These marks will not be used for short-listing candidates for interview/GD. These three parts were:

Overview of the various sections

Sections Total Marks Level
Logical and Verbal Reasoning 26 Moderate
Decision Making 21 Moderate
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability 27 Moderate

A brief overview of XAT Paper

Allotted time 15 minutes + 165 minutes for GK
Absolutely no. of questions 74 + 25 (For GK)
Marking Scheme All questions carried equal marks
Sections 3
The number of options 5
Negative Marking A fourth of a markis awarded for not-repeated questions. If more than 8 questions are missed the negative marking for .10 per question will be applied.

Cutoffs for XAT

Scores of more than 34 (approx. 96%ile) : XLRI (BM)
Scores of more than 29 (approx. 94%ile) : XLRI(HR) (HR)
Scores of more than 24 (approx. 85%ile): Great Lakes, TAPMI, IMT-G
Scores of over 22 (approx. 80%ile): GIM, LIBA, IFMR, XIM Jabalpur, BULMIM
Scores of more than 20 (approx. 75%ile): XIME Bengaluru, BIMTECH, SCMS

SECTIONAL - Analysis Section I
Section I: Verbal as well as Logical Reasoning

Description No. of Questions
RC 14
CR 5
Sentence Rearrangement 2
Sentence Completion 3
Analogy 1
Contextual Vocabulary 1

In the verbal part, it was moderate. Questions focused on various aspects like Reading Comprehension, Critical reasoning and Sentence Rearrangement, as well as contextual understanding of RCs in RCs and one regarding vocabulary. It was noted that the length of tests was moderate. The RCs were built around "Gender equality, Perception and perception of art by people who are liberal arts" One was a an association between mood swings and being creative. There was a RC that was based on the poem "crossing waters" from Sylvia Plath. The answers were very similar to the reading comprehension section, which made it lengthy. The majority of tests in RCs were based on critical thinking. There was one tonal question as well .In order to be able to answer correctly it was essential for candidates to recognize the traps laid by the examiners.

High Score 7+
Section II: Decision Making
No. of Questions
Decision Making

Evaluation: All Decision-Making questions carried equal marks. There no questions that relied on analytic reasoning within this segment. Decision Making comprised 21 questions Based on the context. Most questions were quite tricky. The questions were built on Caselets as well as Case Studies taken from various subjects like business management and small business units, Ethical Dilemma. The cases' context was focused on the introduction of tests for doping, choosing the right location to begin the business, educating new employees (HR) or a company that is contemplating launching a lower cost version, can paramedics or doctors be made accountable for the satisfaction of patients and so on. The overall difficulty of the segment was moderate.

Good Score 8+
Section III The Quantitative ability and data interpretation

Description No. of Questions
Algebra and Functions 2
Number System 1
Geometry 6
Trigonometry 4
Tables Chart 7
Profit and Loss 2
Data Quality 2
Miscellaneous 3

Review: Difficulty level of Quant and DI was moderate. There were two questions about Data Sufficiency; both were difficult. In DI there were two sets. One consisted of students in various classes, which could be completed with close observation, and the second was based on a train schedules, which included one question for a sitter and was to be left to. In Quant the primary concern is Geometry in addition to Trigonometry and comprised a significant portion of the questions, including questions about coordinate geometry, the inverse. The most attainable questions came related to percentage, profit loss as well as Functions, Indices and more. The overall feeling of the section was moderate.

Good Score 9+
General Awareness

It was a total of 25, on general awareness, which comprised of Static GK that covered Books and Awards, Geography, History etc. and current questions made up of Science and Technology, Economic Data and General phrases as well. The difficulty that this portion was the more difficult part. There was no negative markings in this section, using guesswork or elimination of possibilities the candidate could have gotten three or four questions right and that's not counting what one was aware of.

* Disclaimer: All of the information given above is based on the personal experience of faculty experts. A variety of factors were taken into consideration before deciding on these cut-offs. But, it does not have anything to do with cut-offs from the beginning.

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