XAT Analysis 2019 by IMS Learning
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XAT Analysis 2019 by IMS Learning - XLRI, Jamshedpur has successfully conducted the national level management entrance exam, XAT 2019 on January 6, 2019 (Sunday). The exam was held in computer-based (online) mode. We, now bring you the complete XAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning, a reputed management preparation institute. XAT 2019 was conducted across 46 test centres in India. As per the IMS experts' analysis, XAT 2019 was overall a smooth affair without any technical glitches. XAT is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to its Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes. XAT score will be accepted by over 150 B-schools Pan India. In this article by Careers360, test takers and prospective candidates will be able to view the overall and sectional analysis of XAT 2019 as featured by the experts of IMS Learning. 

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XAT 2019 consisted of two parts. Part 1 consisted of three sections, namely (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (74 Questions) and Part 2 consisted of one section - (i) General Knowledge (25 Questions).

The following table provides the XAT 2019 break-up of the XAT 2019 online exam. XAT 2019 was administered abiding by the new exam pattern of XAT 2019. Time allotted to Part 1 was 165 minutes and Part 2 was 15 minutes.

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XAT 2019 Exam Pattern and Number of Questions

Section Name (Part 1 and Part 2)

Number of questions

PART 1 - Verbal and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR)

26

PART 1 -Decision Making (DM)

21

PART 1 -Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

27

PART 2 - General Knowledge (GK)25

XAT 2019 Marking Scheme - Questions in Part 1 carried 1 mark each, and negative marks of 0.25 for each incorrect response. Further, unattempted questions beyond 8 questions attracted a negative marking of 0.1 mark.

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XAT 2019 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by IMS Learning

The test-structure was similar to that of last year and was divided into two parts: Part-1 and Part-2. Part-1 consisted of 26 questions in Verbal and Logical Ability, 21 questions in Decision Making and 27 questions in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (Total 74 questions). Questions in Part 1 carried 1 mark each, and negative marks of 0.25 for each incorrect response.  Further, unattempted questions beyond 8 questions attracted a negative marking of 0.1 mark. The questions in Part-1 were to be attempted in 165 minutes without any sectional timings. One move between the different sections freely. 

Part-2 consisted of 25 questions on General Knowledge to be attempted in 15 minutes. The negative marking did not apply for Part-2 (General Knowledge section). XAT-2019 did not have an essay, unlike previous years.

Each question had five (5) options. Contrary to reports prior to the test, there were no Non-MCQs or the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in the test. Expected XAT 2019 cutoff and analysis as analysed by IMS Learning experts are given below-

XAT Analysis 2019 by IMS Learning - Part 1

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability (26 questions)

The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2019 was reported to be difficult. While this is usually the case in XAT, this time, the section was even tougher in comparison to the previous years. There were 14 Reading Comprehension questions and 12 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. 

The Verbal ability/Verbal Reasoning questions were predominantly reasoning-based (Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs); there were four vocabulary & usage-based questions (Fill in the Blanks). While these were mostly of medium difficulty, there were a few challenging Critical Reasoning questions which required one to identify fallacious arguments.

The 14 RC questions were distributed among five passages. One of the passages was a short poem and was particularly difficult. The remaining four passages had a mixture of medium to difficult questions. Nearly all the questions were of an inferential nature.

XAT Analysis by IMS Learning - Verbal and Logical Ability

Area/Questions

No. of Qs.

Question Type

Level of Difficulty

Verbal Ability / Reasoning

   

Antonym

1

Vocabulary-based

1 Medium

Fill in the blanks (3/4 blanks)

3

Vocabulary-based

3 Medium

Jumbled Paragraphs

2

Reasoning-based

1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Analogy

1

Reasoning-based

1 Difficult

Critical Reasoning5Reasoning-based1 Easy, 1 Medium, 3 Difficult

Reading Comprehension

   

Passage 1 – Poem – Black lake

2

All were Inferential

2 Difficult

Passage 2 – Creativity & Mood disorder

3

All were Inferential

1 Medium, 2 Difficult

Passage 3 – Women’s speech

3

All were Inferential

1 Medium, 2 Difficult

Passage 4 – Elevating emotions

3

All were Inferential

 1 Medium, 2 Difficult

Passage 5 – Art appreciation3All were Inferential2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Note - An attempt of around 14-16 questions in this section in about 55 minutes, with about 75-80 percent accuracy would be considered a good attempt. We expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category) to be around 6-7 for XLRI -BM and XLRI-HRM programs

Section B – Decision Making (21 questions)

This section comprised 21 questions, and unlike last year, none of the questions was quantitative. This section consisted of 7 sets of 2-4 questions each. Most of 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 s 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 more difficult compared to last year's test.

XAT Analysis by IMS Learning - Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

Area/Questions

No. of Questions

Question Type

Level of Difficulty

Case 1 – Principal Bhalla

3

Ethical Dilemma

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 2 – Minister Raja Thakur

3

Ethical Dilemma

1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 3 – PR Manager/Agency

2

Business decision

1 Easy, 1 Medium

Case 4 – HR Manager

4

Business decisions

2 Medium, 2 Difficult

Case 5 – Ice-Cream Franchise

4

Business decisions

2 Easy, 2 Medium

Case 6 – Sanchit Hospitals

3

Ethical Dilemma

1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 7 – Electro Auto

2

1 Business Decision & 1 Ethical Dilemma

2 Difficult

Note - In about 55 minutes, an attempt of about 13-14 questions with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered to be good. We expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category) to be 7-8 for the XLRI -BM  program and 6-7 for XLRI-HRM program.

Section C – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Section (27 questions)

This section was easy to moderate level of difficulty, like in XAT-2018. Out of the 27 questions in the section, 21 were on Quantitative Ability and 6 were on Data Interpretation. This section was dominated by questions on Geometry (8 questions), followed by Arithmetic (5 questions). As per the feedback received from students, there was a confusion between square root and pi sign on the screen. As a result, students had to be extra vigilant. This section had a few sitters, which should not have been left. Some questions were difficult with close options. As per the feedback received from students, one question in one DI set could not be answered because of inadequate/ambiguous data. 

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

XAT Analysis 2019 by IMS Learning - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Section

 

Row Labels

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Geometry (Total 8 questions)

Circles


 1 

1

Mensuration

 1 


1

Coordinate Geometry

 

2

 

2

Trigonometry

 1 

1

2

Triangles-Quadrilaterals
1
1
Triangles1

1

Modern Maths (Total 2 questions)

AP-GP

1

  

1

Logarithms

 

1

 

1

Algebra (Total 3 questions)

Polynomials

 

2

 

2

Inequalities



 1

1

Arithmetic (Total 5 questions)

Averages (also included the concept of median)

 1


 

1

Percentages 1

1

Ratio-Proportion

1

  

1

Profit & Loss1

1
Simple & Compound Interest

11

Numbers (Total 3 questions)

Divisibility

 1


 

1

Data Sufficiency

2

 

 

2

Data Interpretation (Total 6 questions)

Pie chart + Bar chart (Calculations)

 3


 

3

Table

 3

 


3

Total

17

7

3

27

Note - An attempt of about 18-19 questions (with about 80 percent accuracy) in about 55 minutes would be considered a good attempt. We expect the cut-off for this  section (for the general category) at 9-10 for the XLRI -BM  program and 6-7 for XLRI - HRM program

XAT Analysis 2019 by IMS Learning - Part 2

There was NO break between Part I and Part II.

General Knowledge 

The 25 GK questions comprised 7 current affairs questions and 18 static GK questions. Overall the GK  section was difficult. 15 questions were based on national events, 8 questions were based on international events and 2 questions were general. As usual, the questions covered a wide range of areas and gave no special advantage to specialists in any one area. The topics were diverse - Science, History, Geography, Business, Economy, names of political personalities, etc.

As there was no negative marking in this section, all questions should have been attempted. A score of 6 - 7 would be a good score in this section.

Expected Cutoff XAT 2019 

Overall, XAT-2019 was one notch more difficult than XAT-2018, mainly due to difficult Verbal and Decision-Making sections. 

We expect the overall cut-off (for the general category) for the second round of admission for the XLRI BM program at 28-30 and for XLRI-HRM program at 26-28. 

Last year the sectional cutoffs in the general category for female candidates for both the XLRI -BM program and the XLRI -HRM program were marginally lower. This year too we expect the sectional cut offs for female candidates to be a bit lower.

Disclaimer: All XAT related information and analysis are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by IMS Learning. 

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