XAT 2020 Analysis by Bulls Eye
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XAT 2020 Analysis by Bulls Eye - One of the most eminent coaching centres Bulls Eye released its XAT 2020 analysis just after the exam. XLRI, Jamshedpu conducted XAT 2020 on January 5 in computer-based mode. XAT 2020 analysis by Bulls Eye. The analysis by Bulls Eye on XAT 2020 will include the difficulty level of the question paper, section wise analysis, expected cutoff for XAT 2020 and so on.The level of XAT 2020 was slightly easier than that of XAT 2019 as this time’ Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation’ was manageable. The major surprise this year was that many questions in a few sections and a complete section of Decision Making did not have negative marking. However this aspect was not clearly mentioned in the main instructions and therefore lot of students were not able to take the advantage of this feature. This year the number, of questions, was 75. Total time for this section was 165 minutes. There was penalty for un-attempted questions (after 8 questions) and it was only of 0.10 marks. However this feature is not going to affect the overall score significantly. This year XAT excluded essay writing as announced. There were no NON-MCQ (TITA) questions as speculated before the exam. XAT is conducted for admission to management programmes of the various participating institutes. XAT 2020 exam centres will be spread across 71 cities. Read this article by Careers360 to know about the expected cutoff as per Bulls Eye, difficulty level of the question paper, an overview of the exam and section wise analysis of XAT 2020.
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XAT 2020 - Overview

Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Conducting body

XLRI Jamshedpur

Exam type

National Level Post-Graduate exam

Purpose of Test

Qualifying Test for admission to XLRI and 150+ B-schools

Mode of the Exam

Online (Computer-based)

Duration of the Exam

3 hours

Exam Pattern

Objective and Subjective questions

Negative Marking

Yes (0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks for each wrong answer)

XAT Exam Pattern 2020

The exam pattern of XAT 2020 consisted of the following sections:

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  • Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • General Knowledge

Time allotted

165 Minutes + 15 Minutes for GK

Total no. of questions

75 + 25 (for GK)

Marking Scheme

All questions carried equal marks



Number of choices


Negative Marking

One fourth of a mark& for un-attempted questions if more than 8 questions are skipped, a negative marking of 0.1 per question is applied (there were around 14 questions in verbal, 6 questions in quant, & entire section of 21 questions on DM which did not have negative marking.)

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XAT Analysis 2020 by Bulls Eye

Overview of Different Sections


Total Marks


Verbal and Logical Reasoning



Decision Making



Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



XAT Analysis 2020

Bulls Eye, one of the prominent coaching institutes which released the XAT 2020 analysis. Candidates who appeared for XAT 2020 can check the detailed analysisof XAT by Bulls Eye.

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Bulls Eye XAT Analysis - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Difficulty level of Quant and DI was moderate. In DI, there were two sets; one was based on revenue of four companies and it was doable. The other one was based on the GDP of different countries it was a little bit calculative. There was a set of 3 questions on Venn diagram and it was of moderate level. In Quant, the major focus was on Geometry with 6 questions on this topic which were of moderate type. The doable questions were from topics Percentage, Functions, TSD & Ratio etc. There were 2 questions based on Algebra and they were relatively easy. The overall feel of this section was moderate.

Number of Questions in QA-DI (2020)


No. of Questions

Algebra and Functions


Number System




Time, Speed & Distance


Tables Chart


Venn diagram






Time & work




Good Attempt: 18 - 22

Verbal and Logical Ability

Verbal and logical ability section was moderately difficult as per the analysis by Bulls Eye’s experts.

The Verbal section was moderate to tough. The surprise was that RC questions did not have negative marking. Questions were based on various areas such as Reading Comprehension, Critical reasoning, Sentence Rearrangement, & grammar. The length of the passages was moderate. The RCs were based on “Knowledge becoming commodity”, and one was based on pointless jobs not reducing inspite of market economies. There was one RC based on a poem about “fire & ice by Robert Frost”. One RC was based on ‘unnatural sources of pleasure and habituation leading to emptiness’. The one was based on ‘terms like refugees/exile treated as non-negatives. The options were very close in reading comprehension section and therefore it was time consuming. Almost half of the questions in RCs were critical reasoning based. In order to answer the questions correctly it was imperative for the candidates to identify the traps set by the examiners.

As per the analysis by Bulls Eye experts for XAT 2020, attempting 18 to 22 questions will be comfortable. Refer the table below to know the number of questions that were asked from various areas:

Number of Questions in Verbal and Logical Ability (2020)


No. of Questions





Sentence Rearrangement


Sentence Completion




General Awareness

Bulls Eye experts suggested the general awareness section to be moderately tough and attempting 7 questions was sufficient and comfortable. There were 25 questions in general awareness consisting of Static GK based questions covering Books, , Geography, art forms of states , History etc. and Current Questions based on Science and Technology, Economic Data and General terms etc. The level of this section was moderate. Since there was no negative marking in this section so by using guesswork or by elimination of options, one could have got 3-4 questions correct in addition to what one knew actually.

Decision Making and Analytical Thinking

As per the analysis by Bulls Eye, questions in this section were a little tricky and the difficulty level was moderate.All Decision Making questions carried equal marks. This time DM also did not have negative marking. There were no questions based on analytical reasoning in this section. Decision Making consisted of 21 Questions based on contexts. Most questions were quite tricky and options were too close. The questions were based on Caselets and Case Studies taken from various areas like business organization, small business units, Ethical Dilemmas, and context based problem and solution The cases touched many diverse areas like pollution, profitability, e-commerce, supply chain, business expansion. Overall difficulty level of the section was moderate.:

Expected Cutoff for XAT 2020 by Bulls Eye

The expected cutoff for XAT 2020 has been given by Bulls Eye. Students can estimate the expected cutoff for XAT 2020 participating institutes.

Expected XAT 2020 Cutoff

Expected Cutoff Participating Institute

Score of 42+ (approx. 96%ile) :


Score of 40+ (approx. 94%ile) :


Score of 36+ (approx. 85%ile):

Great Lakes, TAPMI, IMT-G

Score of 32+ (approx. 80%ile):


Score of 24+ (approx. 75%ile):


Note - The above expected cutoff provided is solely as per the experts of Bulls Eye and it has nothing to do with the original cutoff of XAT 2020.

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My xat percentile is 76.77% and I m belong to obc category.. So can I get call from welingkar and kj somaiya nd great lakes, fore ximb colleges?

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
The following are the cutoffs for XAT released by all the colleges you've mentioned above ( these colleges don't have separate cutoffs for separate categories)
  • Welingkar Mumbai (80 percentile)
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (85 percentile)
  • Great Lakes Chennai (90 percentile)
  • FORE School of Management (88 percentile)
  • XIM Bhubaneshwar (94 percentile)

You may not get a call from these colleges but you can still get some good colleges like
  • IIFM Bhopal
  • Praxis Kolkata
  • XIME Bangalore
  • Alliance University Bangalore
  • Christ University Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon
  • IMT Hyderabad
  • NDIM New Delhi and others

These are also pretty decent colleges with good reputation among industries and you can easily bag a good job with an average compensation package of around 6-7 lakhs. The ROI offered is also good.

Good Luck

I have scored 87 percentile and 91.90 percentile in cat and xat exam respectively besides 2-3 years of work experience in two companies mainly Earnest n young (16 months experience). 10 th, 12 th and graduate score is more than 90 percent. can i get a call from spjain

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
The minimum cutoff required by SPJIMR for both CAT and XAT this year is 85 percentile (for profile based shortlisting process). Since you have performed really well in both the exams and have a percentile above the required one and considering your profile you can definitely get a call from SPJIMR during their profile based shortlisting process. Since your XAT scores and better then you may get a call through XAT. But you can get other colleges also based on your scores like
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research
  • Great Lakes Chennai
  • IMT Ghaziabad
  • GIM Goa
  • TAPMI Manipal and other colleges.

Good Luck

with 84 .114 %tile what are the chances of getting a call from goa institute ...as xat 2019 cutoff was 81%tile ...

Sudarshan kumar 21st Jan, 2020

Hi Janesha,

Yes there is a chance of getting call from GIM Goa by the reference of XAT score as the cut off for 2019 was 80+ percentile.So,there is a chance.You can also see for colleges like:-

  • XIME Bangalore
  • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies
  • NDIM New Delhi
  • BIMTECH Noida
  • IFIM Business School Bangalore.

Hope this will help please feel free to ask if you have any further queries.

Thank You.


will Soil accepts 72 percentile in Xat for Admission ??? if not , suggest me some better college with higher sal package!

Sampriti Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020
With your XAT percentile you may not get a call from SOIL Gurgaon as they require a minimum of 80 percentile. But you can surely check out these colleges with your XAT scores
  • XIME Bangalore
  • XISS Ranchi
  • Praxis Kolkata
  • Alliance University Bangalore
  • Christ University Bangalore
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Hyderabad
  • ITM Navi Mumbai

These are pretty decent colleges and you can easily get a good job in a reputed organization with an average compensation package of nearly 6-7 lakhs.

Good Luck

chances of bits pilani mba at xat 77.35 percentile

Soumya Kanta Sarkar 21st Jan, 2020

Hi Don Dev,

Congratulations on securing such a decent percentile in XAT, which is considered to be one of the toughest exams in India when it comes to management entrances. To answer your query, the cut off percentile of Bits Pilani (MBA) lies somewhat in the range of 75-80 percentile and it changes depending upon the number of applications and the relative percentile of the candidates. Depending on the trends, you have a high chance of getting a call for their GD/PI process which happens at the Pilani campus every year.

Now, there is something that you should know. Getting a call doesn’t ensure your admission into the college. Your chances of admission depends on the following factors:

  • CAT/XAT/GMAT score
  • Academic Profile
  • Relevant Work experience
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Extracurricular achievements
  • Your performance in the Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview

Now, the eligibility conditions to apply for an MBA in BITS, Pilani are:

  • Candidates should possess a BE/BTech degree or Masters Degree in engineering from any of the recognised universities or any integrated first degree of BITS
  • Should have minimum 60 percent marks in the qualifying degree
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination in the year 2020
  • Students in final year of Degree should share in the form their percentage up to the Second Year/Last completed semester
  • All candidates should have taken either CAT 2019; XAT 2020 or GMAT exam
  • In addition to these exams, they must buy the application form for applying into the college for a fee of Rs 3150 from BITS, Pilani website

Important dates that you should keep in mind are:



Start of application


End of application


GD/WAT/PI shortlist


GD/WAT/PI process

3 rd week of March-1 st week of April

Admission offer roll out

10-14 th April 2020

The placements statistics for the year 2019 is as follows:

  • Highest Package(in lakhs per annum)-17
  • Average Package(in lakhs per annum)-10
  • Companies visited for placements-36

I hope I have been able to solve your query. Do write to us in case of any doubts and we would be happy to help. All the best!!!

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