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XAT Exam Analysis 2024 by IMS Learning - Check Here

XAT Exam Analysis 2024 by IMS Learning - Check Here

Edited By Abhimanyu Ravi C R | Updated on Jul 14, 2023 12:27 PM IST | #XAT

XAT 2024 Exam Analysis by IMS Learning - XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct XAT 2024 on the 7th January 2024. The application process for XAT 2024 will start tomorrow, July 15, 2023. After the XAT exam is over, the XAT exam analysis will be released by IMS Learning and other coaching institutes. The exam analysis of XAT will be based on candidates' reaction and will contain the difficulty level, type of questions, and expected cutoff for XLRI.

XAT 2024 is a computer-based test likely to be held in 79 exam cities spread across India. The entrance exam will be of 3 hours 10 minutes and there will be a single slot, starting from 2 PM to 5:10 PM. Students who appear in the XAT entrance exam will be able to check their results by the last week of January 2024 on the official website. The scorecard of XAT 2024 will mention the candidate’s sectional as well as the overall score. Check this complete article to know the XAT 2024 analysis by IMS Learning.

XAT 2024 analysis by IMS Learning

The XAT exam pattern 2024 will likely remain the same as last year. There will be an essay section that was reintroduced in 2022. Candidates should note that the essay of only shortlisted candidates will be evaluated.

The structure of the XAT 2023 test along with suggested time allocation, good attempts, and estimated cut-offs based on the feedback from IMS students and experts are in the table below:

XAT Analysis 2023 by IMS Learning

SectionNo. of QuestionsMarks per questionTotal marksSuggested time allocationGood Attempts
PART – A (175 minutes) No Sectional Timing within Part – A
Verbal and Logical Ability2612655-6013-14
Decision Making2212250-5511-12
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation2812855-6017-18

PART – B (5 minutes) Keyboard check
PART – C (30 minutes) No Negative Marks
General Awareness25125No Negative Marks12
EssayThe essay will be assessed if the candidate is shortlisted for the interview.

XAT 2022 Analysis by IMS Learning (Previous Year's)

The Question Paper consisted of two time-bound parts.


No. of Questions

Marks per question

Total marks

Suggested time allocation

Good Attempts

PART – I (165 minutes) No Sectional Timing within Part - I

Verbal and Logical Ability






Decision Making






Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation









PART – II (15 minutes) No Negative Marks

General Awareness




No Negative Marks


Part A questions invited negative marks of – 0.25 for each incorrect response. In addition, there was a penalty of -0.1 mark for every un-attempted question after 8 un-attempted questions.


Overall, XAT 2023 was similar in difficulty level to XAT 2022. The DM section was on par with the same last year with a few questions in DM being difficult. The VALR section was slightly more challenging than the same section in XAT 2022. The QA-DI section was slightly easier compared with XAT 2022.

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  • Overall, XAT 2022 was similar in difficulty level to XAT 2021. The DM Section was on par with the same last year with a few questions in DM being difficult. The VALR section was slightly more challenging than the same section in XAT 2021.
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Based on the inputs received from students and IMS mentors who appeared for the test and based on the actual cut-offs over the last two years, the following cut-offs for XLRI BM and HRM programs were estimated:

XLRI BM Program

GenderVARC sectionDM sectionQA-DI sectionOverall
Male candidates6-75-69-1030-32
Female candidates5-64-58-928-30

XLRI HRM Program

GenderVARC sectionDM sectionQA-DI sectionOverall
Male candidates (Engineers)7-85-68-929-31
Female candidates (Engineers)6-74-57-827-29
Male candidates (Non-Engineers)7-85-67-827-29
Female candidates (Non-Engineers)6-74-56-726-28

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XAT Sectional Analysis - Part-I

1. Verbal and Logical Ability Section (26 questions)

The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2022 was at par with XAT 2021 exam paper. There were 14 Reading Comprehension questions and 12 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. The Verbal ability/Verbal Reasoning questions were a fair mix of grammar, vocabulary, and reasoning- based questions (Critical Reasoning, Correct/Incorrect statements and Jumbled Paragraphs). The 14 RC questions were distributed among four passages and one poem. The poem-based RC was an abstract one and had 11 lines. The remaining four passages were of 300 - 450 words each approximately; they had a mixture of mostly medium to difficult questions. Many of the questions were inferential and application-based. The options were close and the directions emphasized choosing the ‘best’ one among them.

Number of questionsLevel of difficulty
Verbal Ability / Reasoning
Grammatically incorrect sentence22 Medium
Grammatically incorrect sentence11 Easy
Grammatically incorrect sentence11 Medium
Grammatically incorrect sentence22 Medium
Grammatically incorrect sentence43 Medium, 1 Difficult
Grammatically incorrect sentence11 Medium
Grammatically incorrect sentence11 Medium
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1 (How lying differs from bullshitting - 300 words)3Medium

Passage 2 (A psychologically rich life can be a good life - 450 words )

Passage 3 ( Stupidity as a cognitive failing - 350 words)3Medium

Passage 4 (Publicness is as important to progress as sociability or privacy - 350 words)

Passage 5 (Poem - Immigrant by Tabish Khair)2Difficult
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An attempt of about 13-14 questions in this section in about 55-60 minutes, with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered a good attempt.

2. Decision Making (21 questions)

This section consisted of 21 questions, and like last year, none of the questions were quantitative. The section consisted of 7 sets of 3 questions each. Most of the questions were on Ethical Dilemma. The passages were short and easy to read. As usual, some questions had a fair deal of ambiguity – in that either no answer seemed correct or more than one option appeared correct. Overall, the questions were of medium difficulty. Therefore, the choice of sets/questions to attempt would have depended mainly on your personal preferences and strengths. Overall, the section was on par with last year's test.

Number of questionsLevel of difficulty

Case 1 - Allotment of accommodation to scientists (of 3 different seniority levels) in a research institute


Case 2 - Regarding an individual’s use of a vehicle (diesel-based) that is non-compliant with pollution rules


Case 3 - Regarding recruitment and confirmation of faculty members in an engineering college

Case 4 - Running a dosa Stall in a hospital; business3Difficult

Case 5 - Regarding school fees payment by financially able parents during the pandemic


Case 6 - Regarding an assignment submission in a management college


Case 7 - Regarding the concerns of residents of an island village about how a proposed new bridge connecting their island to the mainland might impact them, business and ethics


In about 50-55 minutes, an attempt of about 12-13 questions with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered to be good.

3. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (28 questions)

This section was of moderate level of difficulty. As a whole, it was one notch easier than XAT- 2021. Out of the 28 questions in the section, 16 were on Quantitative Ability and 12 were on Data Interpretation. There were four sets of Data Interpretation with 3 questions each. Two sets were somewhat logical in nature- one involved table and the other bar graph. LOD was medium though one question in each set was tricky. The remaining two sets were based on Calculations and Observation. Out of these two sets, one was on candlestick and the other was on Line graph. LOD of these two sets was medium.

Following is the break-up of the questions in the section:

Quantitative Ability (16 Questions)

Modern Math1214
Data Interpretation (12 Questions)
Bar Graph0213
Line Graph0303
Total DI010212
Total QA-DI716528

An attempt of about 16-18 questions (with about 80 percent accuracy) in about 55-60 minutes would be considered a good attempt.

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XAT Sectional Analysis - Part-II

There was no break between Part-I and Part-II.

1. General Knowledge

The 25 GK questions comprised 13 current affairs questions and 12 static GK questions. Overall, the GK section was of the same difficulty as last year’s test. 16 to 17 questions were based on national events, 7-8 questions were based on international events and miscellaneous topics As usual, the questions covered a wide range of areas and gave no special advantage to specialists in any one area.

To maximize the score in this section, one should have attempted 15 questions seriously. Additionally, as there was no negative marking in this section, all the remaining questions should also have been attempted. A score of 6 - 7 would be a good score in this section.

Essay Writing

Two topics were provided. The test-taker had to select one topic and write an essay in around 250 words.

The topics for the essay writing task were:

  1. Capitalism and democracy follow different logics: Unequally distributed property rights on the one hand, equal civic and political rights on the other. debate, compromise and majority decision-making within democratic politics versus hierarchical decision-making by managers and capital owners. Therefore, Capitalism and democracy cannot co-exist.
  2. In management, we do not need people who have never experienced setbacks. Such people are highly risk averse. Because business schools mainly focus on stellar academic achievements during admissions, the selected students turn out to be average managers

Source: IMS Learning Official Website


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Hello Aspirant

Seeing your marks, it is evident you are good in academics. Thus, you can get into a good MBA college but mind you, it won't be easy because there are thousands of students who are as good as you, if not better. MBA colleges do not choose candidates solely based on academic performance, although it has a big weightage in their selection process. They test your presence of mind, intellect, and communication skills through Group Discussions and Interviews.

The safest way to get into a good MBA college is to score 96-97+ percentile and do really well in GD and  PI. Top MBA colleges in India are IIMs, XISS (Ranchi), TISS, Delhi School of Business, and Symbiosis.

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Congratulations on your score, There are many good B schools at 80-85%ile in CAT and XAT
1)Great Lakes, Chennai
3) Goa Institute of Management
Do your research about these colleges as to what is their average package, the roles offered.

Colleges like NIBM specialize in Finance, and IRMA has a lot of sales marketing Roles. So ultimately the choice is yours which specialization you want to pursue.

Hello Aspirant,
Hope you are well

The  XAT cut-offs for IMT Nagpur and Welingkar Institute for their MBA program is between 70-80 percentile. So you have a good chance of getting a call from both institutes. However, the chances of conversion depend on your 10th, 12th, graduation marks.

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