XAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye
Ranjini Basu, 07 Jan 2018, #XAT

XAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 was conducted on January 7, 2018 (Sunday). For the first time, XAT 2018 was conducted in online mode unlike past few years wherein it used to be conducted in pen and paper-based format. Careers360 will bring XAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye, one of the renowned management preparation institutions. Organized by Xavier Labor Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, it is considered to be one of the most important as well as challenging MBA entrance exams in the country. XAT is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission in XLRI and many other top-tier management institutes of India. Careers360 projects here the overall and sectional XAT 2018 analysis by Bulls Eye experts. According to preliminary observation by the experts, the test maintained the standard of the difficulty level this year as well and the number of questions increased from 72 to 74 (unlike 75, as was expected).

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Overview of the Paper:


XAT 2018 paper was divided into two parts: Part I and Part II. Part I was the main question paper and Part II included General Knowledge and Essay Writing. In 2017, Part I had three sections A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively, i.e. a total of 72 questions. The three sections of Part I were followed by Part II that had 25 questions on General knowledge and an Essay topic. The time available for completing the three sections and general knowledge and Essay writing was 210 minutes. One was expected to answer first three sections in 170 minutes and General knowledge and Essay writing in 35 minutes. It was required for candidates to answer questions from all the mentioned sections and expected to maximize score in each sections. General Knowledge and Essay marks can also be used by selective institutes at the time final selection. These scores will not be used for short listing candidates for Interview/GD.


XAT 2018 Highlights

Time allotted

170 Minutes + 35 Minutes for GK and Essay

Total no. of questions

75 + 25 (For GK)

Marking Scheme

All questions carry equal marks



Number of choices


Negative Marking

One fourth of a mark (& 0.05 for un-attempted questions)

The following table provides the XAT 2017 break-up of the three sections and difficulty level related to Part-one. This pattern can be considered as the tentative exam pattern of XAT 2018.


XAT Exam Pattern


Total Marks


Verbal and Logical Ability



Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning



Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


Moderate to Tough

XAT 2018 Marking Scheme- As per 2017, all questions carried EQUAL marks. One Fourth of a mark may be deducted for each incorrect answer. Leaving a question unattempted may result in a deduction of 0.05 mark. However, this deduction will not apply for a maximum of 8 unattempted questions. The negative marks for unattempted questions shall be deducted proportionately across the three sections.


XAT 2018 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by Bulls Eye


The difficulty level of the exam is expected to remain unchanged. The total number of questions might be increased to 75 this year. Expected XAT 2018 cutoff and analysis will be updated here right after the completion of the exam. Let us take a quick look at the previous year's exam analysis of XAT by Bulls Eye to get an overall tentative idea about the test this year.


XAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye- Part I


XAT Analysis 2018 by Bulls Eye critically evaluates all the sections for the better understanding of the present as well as the prospective candidates.


SECTION I: Verbal and Logical Ability


No. of Questions





Sentence Rearrangement


Verbal Reasoning




Sentence Completion






The Verbal section was moderately difficult and tested the candidates on their knowledge of the basic concepts. Questions were asked on various concepts like Reading Comprehension, verbal reasoning, Critical reasoning, verbal analogies, sentence rearrangement, contextual understanding and two questions were based on knowledge of Grammar as well. The options were very close. In order to answer the questions well, it was imperative for the candidates to identify the traps set by the examiners.


Expected cutoff: 7


SECTION II: Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning


No. of Questions

Decision Making


Analytical Reasoning




All the Decision Making questions carried identical scores. It consisted of 21 questions; including 5 table based reasoning questions. Most of the questions were quite convoluted. They were based on Caselets and Case Studies taken from various areas like administration, business organization, small business units, HR issues, Ethical Dilemma, Customer retention, Personal decisions. The length of the passages was moderate. There was one set of Analytical Reasoning (Puri Bhaji) which was difficult and was time-consuming. Overall difficulty level of the section was moderate to tough.


Expected cutoff: 7


SECTION III: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


No. of Questions

Algebra and Functions


Number System






Pipes & Cisterns


Tables Chart


Venn Diagram


Profit and Loss


Data Sufficiency


Time, Speed & Distance


Multiple Graph




Permutation and Combination




The difficulty level of this section was marked as moderate to tough. Quant was moderate while DI was on the tougher side. Except 2-3 direct questions of quant, all others were molded to form difficult questions. A set of 2 questions on Data Sufficiency was of moderate to high difficulty level. In DI also, the tabular set was more calculation intensive while the other set containing correlation values / scatter graphs was difficult to interpret but these questions required more understanding of mean, median and mode to answer them accurately.


Expected cutoff: 8


XAT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye- Part II


General Awareness


Altogether, there were 25 questions in general awareness consisting of Static General Knowledge questions covering Books Awards, Geography, History etc and Current Affairs pertaining to Science and Technology, Economics Data and General terms. The difficulty level was tough. Since there was no negative marking in this section so by guessing the right option or by elimination of options, one could get 3-4 questions correct in addition to what one knew actually.


Essay Topic


The essay topic which was given to write was-


"Globalization and jingoism always coexist!"


Expected Percentile & Cutoffs (As was anticipated in XAT 2017 Exam)


Expected Score & Percentile (XAT 2017)

Expected Score

Expected Percentile









Institutional Cutoffs (XAT 2017)

Score of 34+(approx. 96+%ile) :


Score of 32+(approx. 94+%ile) :


Score of 28+(approx. 90+%ile):


Score of 24+(approx. 80+%ile):

XIME/XISS, Great Lakes , Welingkar

Score of 21+(approx. 70+%ile):

Kirloskar, ISBM etc.

* Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs.


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