XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
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XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), the national level management entrance exam was conducted on January 6, 2018 (Sunday). We bring to you the complete XAT 2019 analysis by T.I.M.E., a renowned management preparation institute after the exam. In this article, Careers360 projects the overall and sectional analysis of XAT 2019 by T.I.M.E. expert Ramnath Kanakadandi. According to the XAT 2019 analysis by T.I.M.E., the exam was similar to that of last year in terms of structure. The overall difficulty level was termed as moderate to difficult by the T.I.M.E. expert. Test takers can check the complete XAT analysis 2019 by T.I.M.E. to get an estimate about how much they're going to score. XAT is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to its Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes. XAT score is accepted by over 150 B-schools across India. Some reputed institutes which accept XAT score are SP Jain, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhuvaneshwar, GIM Goa, etc.

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  • Test Duration- XAT 2019 will be conducted in three hours duration. Until last year the exam duration was 3:35 hours.
  • Exam Pattern- Essay Writing section has been removed and XAT will now have four sections only, instead of five. They are Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI), General Knowledge (GK).

XAT 2019 examination will be divided into four sections - 

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 
  • General Knowledge

The following table displays the exam pattern of XAT 2019-

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern



Number of Questions


Part 1

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning


165 minutes

Decision Making


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation




Part 2

General Knowledge


15 minutes

XAT 2018 Marking Scheme - All questions carried equal marks with negative marking (one-fourth of a mark for a wrong answer). There was negative marking of 0.1 for un-attempted questions, for such questions over and above 8.


XAT 2019 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E.

Let us take a look at the exam analysis of XAT by T.I.M.E. 

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Part I 

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability 

According to T.I.M.E., the VA&LR section was a mixed bag of easy, moderate and difficult questions. The Reading Comprehension questions and Critical Reasoning questions were tough. Although the RC passages were not difficult to comprehend. The vocabulary questions were also easy. 

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics and Number of Questions of VALR section


No. of Questions

RC based on Mood disorder and creativity


RC based on Art and how it is perceived by common people


RC based on Women's speech and perceptions of the same


RC based on the Elevation of the human mind


Poetry based Comprehension (Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath)           2

Logical Ability




Para Formation (5 sentences)


Antonym (Context-based)




FIB (4 blanks)           1
Cloze passage (3 blanks)           1
Cloze passage (4 blanks)           1
Total         26

According to the XAT 2019 analysis by T.I.M.E. for the VALR section, the RC based on Mood disorder and Creativity questions were based on critical thinking skills which posed challenges to the test takers. The RC questions based on Art and how…were relatively easier. The RC based on Women’s speech…eloquence had questions which were equally challenging and ambiguous. The RC based on ‘Elevation…’ had direct questions, hence easier than other RC questions. The poem-based questions were challenging which tested one’s understanding of specific parts of the poem.

Out of the four Critical Reasoning questions, two were very easy.

The two Para Formation questions were easy, yet lengthy. "It was relatively challenging to spot the logical connections between the sentences. One of the two should have been surely attempted without going wrong," stated Kanakadandi.

The Vocabulary questions were easy. Both the Cloze passages could be solved with the help of the thought flow of the context. The Logic-based question was easy. "It did not give any context and had five different situations as answer options from which the candidates had to choose the 'least fallacious' one," mentions the expert. 

Section B: Decision Making

There were 21 questions in this section from seven sets -  Two sets of two questions each, two sets of four questions each and three sets of three questions each. 

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics and Number of Questions of DM section

Description of Set

Number of Questions


Set on Limo cars launched in China, not yet launched in India


One question of ranking of strategies and one direct course of action question.

Set on HR manager’s role in HR department


One direct action step question. Three questions with four options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness

Set on Sanchit Hospitals that wanted good doctors to mentor others


All three questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

Set on Icecream Franchisees to be started


All four questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

Set on imposition of Drug Testing Code (DTC) on Racket players


One question had additional data and was followed by 5 choices. Two questions were based on the information in the main set and had five choices (i.e. no ranking of statements for these 3 questions also)

Set on budget utilization by PR department


Both questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

Set on a School where poor children were studying along with affluent children


The questions in this set had five choices and were doable.

Although the sets were easy to comprehend, some of the questions were challenging owing to the close options. "As compared to last year, this year’s DM section is a shade tougher, mainly for the reason that the questions that needed one to rank the statements had very close choices. Careful reading was required for all the sets to avoid mistakes," mentions Kanakadandi.

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The section had few easy and mostly moderate-difficult questions. Most of the questions were tricky and needed conceptual understanding. Some of the questions were calculation intensive.

The section was overall similar in difficulty level compared to last year’s Quant section. There were six questions from two DI sets and both these sets were of moderate difficulty level. In one of the sets involving a Pie-chart, the data on two angles in the chart was missing. The other DI set was relatively time-consuming.

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics and Number of Questions of QA&DI section


No. of Questions

Statistics         1



Geometry & Mensuration


Coordinate Geometry         2

Profit & Loss


Quadratic Equations


Logarithms         1
Indices & Surds         1
Percentage         1
Simple Interest and Compound Interest         1

Time & Distance




Ratio, Proportion and Variation


Data Sufficiency


DI Set


Miscelleneous          1

XAT 2018 Analysis by TIME - Part II

General Knowledge

The GK section in XAT had a mix of questions from various areas, including history, geography, sports, business and Indian constitution.

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics covered in GK section


No. of Questions

Author                 1





Space & Technology                 1
Climate Change                 2
Stock Exchange/Finance                 1
Geography                 3
International Polity                 2
Sports                 2
Banking                  1
Media                 1

Art & Culture


Current Affairs




As the section is not used for shortlisting, there will be no cut-off requirement for this section. However, those who attempted over 13-15 with about 80% accuracy can consider themselves to have done well.

XAT 2019 Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E

The official XAT 2019 cutoff will be declared after the result of the exam is announced. XAT 2019 result will be announced on January 31, 2019. Based on the cutoff, the institute will shortlist the candidates. Let's have a look at the cutoff scores of XAT predicted by T.I.M.E.

XAT 2018 Official Cutoff 

Overall cutoff




Overall cutoff



XAT 2019 Cutoff by T.I.M.E.


Verbal and Logical Ability: 7-8

Decision Making: 6-7

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: 11-12 


XLRI BM: 32-34

XLRI HRM: 29-31

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E.


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