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XAT 2015
, has been concluded at 1:30 pm on Sunday, January 4, with no surprise element reported by the test takers. The second biggest MBA entrance exam, in which about 90,000 candidates appeared at 49 test centres across India, followed the prescribed structure and was moderate to tough in overall difficulty level.

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XAT 2015- Duration: 3 hours

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate to Tough

As per the exam pattern, the 3-hour-long test was divided in two papers – Paper 1, which was multiple choice objective type test, and Paper 2, which was  partly objective and partly subjective. Although there was no major change faced by the students in XAT 2015. The exam was slightly tougher than recently held big entrance exams like CAT. According to test-takers, XAT 2015 was moderate to tough in difficulty level.

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Paper 1 (Duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes)


Difficulty Level: Moderate to Tough

Easy Reasoning, Moderate Decision Making and English, Tough Quant


Paper 1 contained multiple choice objective type questions, containing three sections – Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making. The overall difficulty level of this paper was reported to be moderate to tough.

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“For me, Quant was the toughest section. Overall difficulty level of the exam was between moderate and tough.”


“XAT was slightly tougher than CAT and MAT. Quant was tough. Out-of-the-box questions were asked in Reasoning. Questions were difficult and different from expected. English was good. I am not expecting much on score part.”

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“Overall XAT 2015 was a good experience. Decision Making, Logical Reasoning and English sections were easy. Overall, it was moderate in difficulty level.”


“Quant section was toughest and General Awareness was easiest. Overall, the paper was moderate. My exam was good but I cannot expect score at the moment.”


“My exam was good. It was an average level exam, not so tough in difficulty level. Quant was easy for me. This section included DI, Draft and Geometry. Other sections were also not so tough”

Paper 2 (Duration: 40 minutes)


Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Moderate General Awareness and Easy Essay Writing


Paper 2, which comprised General Awareness and Essay Writing section, was easy to moderate in difficulty level. The Essay Writing topic was ‘Listening is a Dying Art: we hardly listen to understand, we only listen to refute or reply’. Students found General Awareness easy to moderate. In Essay Writing, students had a lot to write as the topic was unexpectedly easier.


“Essay Writing topic was easy and there was too much to write. It was easily done. GK was moderate. Overall, XAT 2015 was not so tough.”


General Awareness was fine and easy. Essay topic was quite easy and generic. This section was easy for me. Overall, it was a moderate level exam.”

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If I apply with my CAT and XAT score, do they consider the better of the two or the average?

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 12th Dec, 2019


CAT is a National level Common Admission Test to get admission in IIM's and Some Business Schools to pursue Post Graduation in Management i,e PGDM/MBA. XAT is also another National level exam Conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM Course. Some Business Schools offers CAT and some other XAT. I suggest you to apply CAT exam because you can get admission in IIM's through CAT but not XAT. If you have written Same exams, and the College accepts both you can apply through only One particular exam Score which is better.


Hello, my academic records is not at par. my 10th was 64 percent, 12th was 50 percent and grad ia 40 percent! 2nd division. i have very good profesional records in private sector with muktiole awards and associated with NGOs. could u tell me that if I prepare for XAT am i b able to get into XLRI?

Munish Chopra Expert 11th Dec, 2019

Hi Rishi,

For admission in XLRI  PGDM (BM) and PGDM (HRM), there is no minimum percentage of marks in graduation.

However, PGDM in General management requires a bachelor's degree and five years of managerial experience.

Fyi, last date to apply was December 10, 2019.


could you provide a link for last 5 year xat questions with answer key?

Pachigolla Hemanth 9th Dec, 2019

Hello Vindya Kumari,

Total time for exam is 180 mins and it contains Verbal and Logical Ability , Decision Making ,Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and General Knowledge (GK) questions and there is negative marks for very wrong answer i.e 0.25 and also 0.05 marks for very 8 unanswered questions.Below link gives the previous questions with answers ,you can download it.


Hope this helps you..


I have 59% in my 10th boards, but that was from other board, that was IGCSE(international board of England), then I got 60.04% in my 12th boards, and it was from CBSE, and in my engineering graduation, I get in my 60s aggregate, and now I am in third year, will I be eligible to sit for xat exam?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019


xat stands for xaviours apptitude test, and there is no minimum marks criteria for appear in xat exam. a candidate need to have a bachelors degree or appearing in final year of bachelor degree program can apply for xat exam. the graduation degree duration should be atleast of 3 years course study in any discipline from a recognized university.

hope it would help.

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What is the cutoff for OBC in CAT & XAT for IRMA ? What is the good percentile to get converted in IRMA for OBC NCL?

rishabh5978@gmail.com 5th Dec, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that the cutoff varies every year. There are several factors determining the cutoff such as:-

  • Number of candidates appearing in IRMASAT 2020 exam.
  • Level of difficulty of  IRMASAT exam.
  • Number of candidates passing IRMASAT 2020

However, based on previous years cutoffs, it is expected that the Cat and XAT cutoff for OBC NCL candidates will be somewhere around 70 percentile. For your reference, I am sharing a link with you which consists of all the necessary information of the exam along with the expected cutoff.


I hope you found this answer helpful. God luck for your future.

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