XAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - XAT 2018 is around the corner. The much-awaited national level management entrance exam will be conducted on January 7, 2018 (Sunday). Once the exam is concluded, we'll bring you the complete XAT 2018 analysis by T.I.M.E., a renowned management preparation institute. In this article, Careers360 will present to you the overall and sectional analysis of XAT 2018 by T.I.M.E. experts. XAT 2018 will be held across 47 test centres in India and two international centres. According to the experts, the test is expected to keep the standard of the difficulty level this year too. Candidates can check the previous year's XAT analysis by T.I.M.E. to get an idea about one of the most competitive management exams.
XAT 2018 will be divided into two parts. Part 1 will have three sections - (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Part 2 will have 2 sections - (i) General Knowledge and (ii) Essay Writing. The total number of questions will be 75. The following table brings to you the exam pattern of XAT 2018.
XAT 2018 Exam Pattern
No. Of Questions
Verbal and Logical Ability
Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)
XAT 2018 Marking Scheme - The exam has negative marking. 0.25 marks will be deducted each incorrect answer and 0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions. There is no negative marking for GK and Essay writing part.
XAT 2018 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by TIME
It's expected that the difficulty level of the exam will remain on the previous year's line. The total number of questions are increased this year. XAT analysis and expected cutoff 2018 will be updated here right after the exam. Let us take a look at the previous year's exam analysis of XAT by T.I.M.E. to get an overall idea about the test this year.
XAT 2018 Analysis by TIME - Part I
Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability
The Verbal Ability section was on the tougher side. While tougher VA sections are expected in XAT, this year there was some additional variety as well. One of the questions was based on a poem. There were no grammar based questions.
XAT Analysis - Topics and Number of Questions
No. of Qs
Poetry and Grammar
2 and 2 respectively
300 word RC based on a writing instrument
650 word RC based on technology ( upgradation )
650 word RC based on Psychology (Compassion vs Empathy )
600 word RC based on Philosophy ( Existentialism vs Libertarianism )
12-14 attempt was a good number. The ideal time for this section was 50 minutes.
Section B: Decision Making
The Decision Making section, one of its kind in the MBA entrances, continues to be a real tough nut to crack for many, including the very well prepared. This is due to inherent nature of the questions which require the students to factor in multiple parameters while answering these questions. One needs to critically analyse the given situation and apply logic, make sure that all the factors have been taken into consideration – many of them not directly jumping out from the data- and then try to answer these questions. This section is expected to be the trump card in making or breaking the XAT dream for many.
The marked variation from last year was that there were two sets which had more of DI than Decision making, and hence the section can be said to be a tad more doable.
Ideal time allocation for the section would be around 60 min.
Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
The set was a mix of doable and difficult questions. There were questions which were tricky as well and there were some which could have done with slightly better clarity (the tiles question and the question on pipes). The questions required a thorough understanding of concepts.
XAT Analysis - Distribution of topics
No of Questions
Sequence & Series
Speed, Distance, Time
Time & Work
Profit, Loss, Discount
DI Set 1
DI Set 2
Production of Kurtas
Ideal time distribution for the section was around 50 minutes.
XAT 2018 Analysis by TIME - Part II
Last year The GK section in XAT was on familiar lines – a mix of national/international based questions focusing on brands, days, geography, science etc.
XAT Analysis - Topics covered in GK section
No. of Qs
Science & Technology
Essay topic: Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist!
The topic needed the students to contrast people and services moving across the globe making the world a much smaller and unified space, with people who root for their nation with extreme fervour. With about 25 minutes available on hand after the GK section, students were expected to spend around 5-8 minutes gathering their thoughts and the remaining time writing the essay.
XAT 2018 Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E
XAT expected cutoff 2018 would be released by T.I.M.E on the exam day. It'll help the candidates to know about their estimated score and what are their chance of entering the selection process ahead. The official XAT 2018 cutoff will be declared after the result of the exam is announced. XAT 2018 result will be announced on January 31, 2018. Based on the cutoff, the institute will shortlist the candidates. The cutoff will be updated here as soon as it's announced. Let's have a look at the previous year's XAT cutoff and expected cutoff by TIME.
XAT 2017 Official Cutoff
Last year, as per the TIME, an overall score of 34-36 was good to secure a call for the BM programme and the score of around 31-33 was good for PMIR programme.
Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E.