XAT 2015 Test Pattern and Analysis
XAT 2015 Paper Pattern
There were no surprises in XAT 2015. As usual it was administered as two parts. The first part consisting of English, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & DI constitute the first part. As has been informed by XAT administration and XLRI, ONLY the first part is taken towards calculation of PERCENTILE. This percentile is used for shortlisting by all institutes which take the XAT scores.
The Second part which contains the General Knowledge section and an Essay is used mainly by XLRI at the time of the Interview and final selection.
No of Questions : 84
Time available : 140 minutes
No of Marks : 84
No of Sections : 3 (Cutoffs exist) + GK (used at time of final selection)
Marking : All questions carry equal marks
Negative marking : ¼ th of the mark (may be deducted)
Part II General Knowledge and Essay
Time Available : 40 minutes
Part A : General Awareness
Part B : Essay – To be written in NOT more than 200 words
"Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.”
XAT 2015 Analysis
One look at the XAT 2015 paper and most students would have heaved a sigh of relief. It was definitely not as tough as the XAT 2014 paper. Having said that, parts of Decision Making and parts of Quant and Verbal were difficult (as they usually are). For students who have written CAT 2014 in November, XAT would decidedly be tougher. However, as we always maintain, the relative performance of the students matter and hence the cutoffs and marks required to get into the top institutes under XAT (XLRI, XIMB, GIM, LIBA etc) would definitely be less.
XAT is also an important exam and probably the last of the important exams for the admission to 2015 academic year.
Analysis of Sections in XAT 2015
Verbal and Logical Ability
While the section heading says it is Verbal and Logical ability, the section was surfeit with critical reasoning and verbal logic. Even the fill-in-the-blanks were given with more than 3 words to be identified correctly to arrive at an answer. The Para Jumbles and Para Completion (logical completion of the passages) were not very difficult but required one to spend couple of minutes on each question.
While the Reading Comprehension sets were not long, the questions required a lot of inference from the passages and critical reasoning abilities.
The section can be termed as a medium to high level of difficulty section.
A good student could have attempted around 15 to 18 questions in about 35 minutes in this section.
Cutoff for the section – 7 (80 percentile) & 8.25 (85 percentile)
Without undermining any other entrance exam for MBAs, it is but imperative to mention that the Decision Making section of XAT stands out commendably, every year. In fact, it is this section that makes the XAT exam extremely interesting and a paper to crack.
Decision Making has been a regular feature of XAT for quite a number of years now.
The composition of the section included 8 sets with 23 questions in total. Four of these with 3 questions, Two with 4 four questions, One with 2 questions and One other with just 1 question.
All the eight sets were quite interesting to answer and did not include any problem solving or probability set which is the wont of XAT.
A good student would have attempted around 5 to 6 sets and around 15 to 18 questions from among the 23 questions.
Cutoff for the section - 8 (80 percentile)
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
The QA and DI section was definitely doable. While Numbers and Geometry accounted for 4 questions each, the total in Arithmetic of 7 questions would leave some leeway for non-engineers to solve this section.
The questions on Graphs and Functions were not very difficult to solve for a student who has some understanding of the same.
As has been the case, there was one question on Statistics.
Data Interpretation sets were lengthy but not difficult to calculate. The first set on Tables was very easy to understand but decidedly lengthy to calculate in an exam setting. The set on Spider graph and scatter plots was a very good set probably for a DI connoisseur. However, once the student understands the set, the questions were pretty simple to solve. However, given the stress in an exam, DI can be pronounced as Difficult.
Cutoff for this section – 6 (70 percentile) & 9 ( 90 percentile)
XLRI has three programs, the HRM ,the BM program and the Global MBA Program. The HRM
The General Knowledge section is always a nightmare for lot of students who hardly read newspapers. But the nightmare this year was real even for people who have good reading habits. The GK Section in XAT this time was more difficult than the CSAT (Civil Services) paper which is traditionally very difficulty.
The cutoff could be hardly 5 marks out of the 30 questions given.