XAT 2016 Student Reactions
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XAT has been conducted on Sunday, January 3 from 10 am to 1.30 pm. Approximately 90,000 candidates have appeared for the exam which was conducted across 49 test cities. Each test taker has different perspectives regarding the test, be it on the preparation level or the difficulty level of the test. This article of Careers360 brings to you the XAT 2016 student reactions.

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This year, XAT has undergone several changes in terms of exam pattern. The duration has been increased to 3.5 hours from the erstwhile 3 hours. The total number of questions has been reduced from 84 to 78. The negative marking scheme has also undergone change related to un-attempted questions. Beyond 13 un-attempted questions, there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.

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Let us have a look at what the students have to share on XAT 2016.


Pre Exam Reactions:

Gautam: For me preparing quant was easiest and decision making was toughest for XAT 2016. I also have appeared in CAT and SNAP and will try my best to get admission in XLRI, Jamshedpur.


Puneet: I have appeared in CAT, SNAP and MAT as SNAP 2016 was gone well for me so my preparation for XAT is average. Preparing quant was toughest and LR & Di preparation was easiest for XAT 2016

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Goldie: Current Affairs was very tiough to prepare whereas being an engineer, quant was easy to prepare for me. I have gone through the previous year papers to prepare well for the exam.


Parth: My preparation for the exam is of average level; changes in the exam are good and Mathematicas was toughest to prepare for XAT 2016


Vinayak:I have not prepared very well for the exam. The most sought after college foe me is XLRI, Jamshedpur. Verbal Aptitude was easiest and Quant was toughest  to prepare for XAT


Post Exam Reactions:

Sadeep: According to him, exam was easier than the last year. Overall difficulty level of question paper was moderate.


Pranjali:  For her, Quant section of XAT 2016 was geometry approached, english was tricky,in GK more questions were from business. Exam was as expected, changed pattern of negative marking didn't affect much.


Mahendra: According to him overall difficulty level was of moderate level. He nfounds english as toughest and the new pattern of negative marking didn't affect much in attempting the questions.


Nalin: For Nalin, XAT 2016 is ttougher than the CAT and the changed pattern doesn't make a difference at all.


Tushar: He said that XAT 2016 is of same level as that of CAT 2015. Maths section of the question paper was doable, Decision making was easy and English was of good level. Changed pattern didn't affect much.


Vikram: Question Paper was of moderate level. Quant section was easier to attempt and the verbal ability section was tougher.


Deep: XAT 2016 was of moderate level but tougher than CAT 2015. Verbal ability, GK and essay topics were easier whereas Quant was a little tough. Changed pattern of the question paper doesn't make a big difference.


Arpit: He said that the question paper was of below average level for a well prepared student though it was tougher than the CAT 2015. Quant was a Challenging section but Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Decision making were easy.


Sneha: According to her the changed pattern made it easier to attempt and the overall difficulty level was of moderate level.


Shruti: She finds XAT 2016 aquestion paper easier than the last year but tougher than the CAT 2015. Decision Making, Quant and Verbal Ability sections were easier than last year. She also saitd that the sound knowledge of subjects will make the question paper easier to attempt and the more time allotment in changed pattern was good.


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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.


how can I get a mba scholarships based on xat and mat entrance exams

Pranav Mishra 3rd Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

You can easily get a scholarship if you get good marks in XAT and MAT exams from different colleges, As they offer scholarship in the form of fees reduction to those students who have got a good marks in different management entrance exam for example college like BIMTECH GREATER NOIDA offers scholarship to students who got more than 85 percentile in CAT, So you start finding those colleges who provides this scholarship than apply to that college and than should ask for the scholarship according to your marks or percentile.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.

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