XAT Analysis 2020 by IMS Learning
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XAT Analysis 2020 by IMS Learning - XLRI, Jamshedpur successfully conducted the national level management entrance exam, XAT 2020 on January 5, 2020 (Sunday). The exam was held in computer-based (online) mode. We, now bring you the complete XAT 2020 Analysis by IMS Learning, a reputed management preparation institute. XAT 2020 was conducted across 71 test centres in India. As per the IMS experts' analysis, XAT 2020 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. As per the overall and sectional analysis of XAT 2020 as featured by the experts of IMS Learning, the test had the same structure as last year with 1 additional question in the QA and DI Section. The structure is given below along with suggested time allocation, good attempts and estimated cut-off based on the feedback from IMS students and experts.
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XAT 2020 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 (75 Questions) and Part 2 consisted of one section - (i) General Knowledge (25 Questions).

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The following table provides the XAT 2020 break-up of the XAT 2020 online exam. According to the exam pattern of XAT 2020 time allotted to Part 1 was 165 minutes and Part 2 was 15 minutes.

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Number of Questions

The Question Paper consisted of two time-bound parts.

Section

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

26

1

26

55

16-18

Decision Making

21

1

21

55

14-15

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

28

1

28

55

17-18

Total

75


75



PART – II (15 minutes) No Negative Marks

General Awareness

25

1

25

No Negative Marks

15


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VERDICT

According to the XAT Analysis 2020 by IMS overall, XAT-2020 was more or less the same as last year in difficulty level. VARC and DM Sections were on par with last year with a few questions in DM being difficult. The cut-offs are likely to be a bit lower compared to last year.

Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses, we expect the overall cut-off (for the Males in the general category) for the second round of admission for the XLRI BM program at 33-35 and for XLRI-HRM program at 31-33

Last year the sectional and overall cut offs 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 cut offs for female candidates to be a bit lower.


XAT 2020 Marking Scheme -At the time of preparing this analysis there are conflicting reports about the negative marks in the test. Students have reported that while the Main Instructions page specified +1 and -0.25 for all questions, the individual questions in Part I showed negative marks for only a few questions in each VARC, DM, and QA-DI.

XAT Analysis 2020 by IMS Learning - Part 1

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability (26 questions)

The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2020 was marginally easier compared to last year. 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 and Jumbled Paragraphs).

The 14 RC questions were distributed among four passages and one poem. The poem was a short one (like last year), but was relatively less abstract/difficult. The remaining four passages were of 250-300 words each; they had a mixture of medium to difficult questions. Nearly all the questions were inferential. The options were close and the directions emphasised to choose the ‘best’ one among them.

XAT Analysis by IMS Learning - Verbal and Logical Ability


Area/Questions

No. of Qs.

Level of Difficulty

Verbal Ability / Reasoning

Grammatically correct sentence

2

2 Medium

Fill in the blanks (3/4 blanks)

2

2 Medium

Jumbled Paragraphs

2

1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Critical Reasoning

6

1 Easy, 3 Medium, 2 Difficult

Reading Comprehension

Passage 1 (Sustaining Pleasure in today’s world)

2

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 2 (Knowledge has become a product)

3

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 3 (Capitalism and Meaningless Jobs)

3

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 4 (Increase in Cultural Exiles)

3

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 5 (Poem - Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice)

3

2 Difficult



Note - An attempt of about 16-18 questions in this section in about 55 minutes, with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered a good attempt. Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses, we expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category-males) to be around 8-9 for XLRI -BM and 9-10 for the XLRI-HRM programs

Section B – Decision Making (21 questions)

This section consisted of 21 questions, and like last year, none of the questions were quantitative.

This section consisted of 7 sets of 3 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 Qs.

Question Type

Level of Difficulty

Case 1

3

Ethical Dilemma

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 2

3

Ethical Dilemma

1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 3

3

Business Decision

1 Easy, 2 Medium

Case 4

3

Business Decisions

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 5

3

Business Decisions

2 Easy, 1 Medium

Case 6

3

Ethical Dilemma

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 7

3

Ethical Dilemma

1 Medium, 2 Difficult



Note - In about 55 minutes, an attempt of about 14-15 questions with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered to be good . Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses,we expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category-males) to be 7.5-8.5 for the XLRI -BM program and 6.5-7.5 for XLRI-HRM program.

Section C – Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Section (28 questions)

This section was of moderate level of difficulty, slightly more difficult than that in XAT-2019. Out of the 28 questions in the section, 22 were on Quantitative Ability and 6 were on Data Interpretation.

There were two sets on Data Interpretation with three questions each. Both sets were easy to medium in terms of Level of Difficulty. One set involved a Table while the other set had multiple graphs. The set on multiple graphs also had slight logical angle to it.

Out of 22 questions on Quantitative Ability, 20 were standalone questions and 2 questions were in the form of a set on Venn Diagrams. The questions on Quantitative Ability in this section consisted of a few sitters as well as a few really lengthy questions. As a result, selection of right questions to attempt was very important. Some questions, especially the questions on Geometry involving circles and quadrilaterals were on difficult side. However, option elimination could have been effectively used to answer these questions.

This section was dominated by questions on Arithmetic (7 questions), followed by Geometry (6 questions).

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

XAT Analysis 2020 by IMS Learning - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Section


Quantitative Ability (22 questions)


Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Arithmetic

2

3

2

7

Geometry

1

2

3

6

Modern Maths

2

3

0

5

Algebra

0

1

1

2

Numbers

0

2

0

2

Data Interpretation (6 questions)

Table

3

0

0

3

Multiple graphs

1

2

0

3

Total

9

13

6

28


Note -An attempt of about 17-18 questions (with about 80 percent accuracy) in about 55 minutes would be considered a good attempt. Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses, we expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category male candidates) at 11-12 for the XLRI -BM program and 7-7.5 for XLRI - HRM program.


XAT Analysis 2020 by IMS Learning - Part 2

There was NO break between Part I and Part II.

General Knowledge

The 25 GK questions comprised 5 current affairs questions and 20 static GK questions. Overall the GK section was easier than last year’s test. 18 questions were based on national events, 5 questions were based on international events and 2 questions were general. As usual, the questions covered a wide range of ares 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 7 - 8 would be a good score in this section.

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With 82 percentile in XAT 2020 what are the chances of getting call from Great Lakes, GIM, K J Somaiya, BITS Pilani and Welingkar

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020

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i got 77percentile in XAT. Will i get a call from XIME,SOMAIYYA AND IRMA

NAVNEET PANDEY 20th Jan, 2020

Hello kaveri

Yes you will get a call from XIME as the cutoff percentile for the XIME is 75 percentile and there are less of you getting call from IRMA as the percentile is around 80% for IRMA.

So you have chances in XIME and a very few chances in IRMA.

And same for Somaiya you need 80 above cutoff.

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i have got 55 percentile in xat which college i should appear for?

Sampriti Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020
With your XAT percentile and assuming that you fall in general category you can still get some colleges like
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  • IIRM Jaipur
  • Institute of Public Enterprise Hyderabad
  • NDIM New Delhi
  • International School of Business and Media Pune

These colleges are considered as tier 3 colleges and they'll offer you good ROI. You can easily get a job in a reputed organization with an average compensation package of 4-5 lakhs. But among these colleges also if you get selected in NDIM you should definitely go for it

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I GOT 77% IN XAT.WILL I GET A CALL FROM XIME,SOMAIYA AND IRMA

Sampriti Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020
For KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research the minimum XAT percentile required is 85 and that for IRMA,which  is accepting XAT scores for the first time is 89 percentile.

But you can definitely expect a call from XIME Bangalore as they require a minimum of 70 percentile. XIME is a decent college for marketing only. You can easily get an average compensation package of 6-7 lakhs from there.

Apart from these colleges you can check out other colleges also like
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  • Christ University Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon
  • IMT Hyderabad
  • ITM Navi Mumbai
  • IMDR Pune
  • PUMBA Pune

Among all the colleges mentioned above include XIME  ,if you want to pursue marketing or finance then BIMTECH Noida would be the best option and if you want to go for HR then XISS Ranchi will be the best option for you. Both the colleges offer excellent ROI as good placements in reputed organizations.

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My xat percentile overall is 96.576 and sectionals are 93.88(quant) , 95(va) and 79.2(dm) . which calls should i expect?

Sampriti Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020
You have a pretty good XAT percentile so you can definitely expect a call from the following colleges ( provided that you've applied for them)
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These are pretty good colleges and offer very good placements for all the programs the offer.

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