XAT Analysis 2018 by IMS Learning
Ranjini Basu, 07 Jan 2018, #XAT

XAT Analysis 2018 by IMS Learning- The national level management entrance exam, XAT 2018 has been successfully conducted on January 7, 2018 (Sunday). For the first time, XAT 2018 was conducted online unlike past years wherein it used to be conducted in pen and paper-based format. We shall bring you the complete XAT 2018 Analysis by IMS Learning, a reputed management preparation institute as soon as they release the XAT 2018 Analysis. In this article, Careers360 will project the overall and sectional analysis of XAT 2018 by IMS Learning experts. XAT 2018 was held across 47 test centres in India and two international centres. According to the experts, the test is expected to maintain the standard of the difficulty level this year as well. Candidates can check the previous year's XAT analysis 2018 by IMS Learning to get a brief idea about one of the most competitive management exams.

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Based on the experience of the preceding years, it can be stated that XAT 2018 will have two parts. Part 1 will consist of three sections, namely (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation to be attempted in 170 minutes, and Part 2 will consist of two sections - (i) General Knowledge (25 questions) and (ii) Essay Writing (One essay) to be attempted in 35 minutes. Last year, the total number of questions for Part-one was 72.

 

The following table provides the XAT 2017 break-up of the three sections of Part-one. This pattern can be considered as the tentative exam pattern of XAT 2018.

 

XAT Exam Pattern

Section

Section Name

Number of questions

Section-I

Verbal and Logical Ability

24

Section-II

Decision Making

21

Section-III

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

27

 

Total

72

XAT 2018 Marking Scheme- As per 2017, all questions will carry EQUAL marks. ONE-FOURTH OF A MARK may be deducted for each incorrect answer. Leaving a question unattempted may result in a deduction of 0.05 mark. However, this deduction will not apply for a maximum of 8 unattempted questions. The negative marks for unattempted questions shall be deducted proportionately across the three sections.

 

XAT 2018 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by IMS Learning

 

It's expected that the difficulty level of the exam will remain unaltered. The total number of questions might be increased to 75 this year. Expected XAT 2018 cutoff and analysis will be updated here right after the completion of the exam. Let us take a quick look at the previous year's exam analysis of XAT by IMS Learning to get an overall tentative idea about the test this year.

 

XAT Analysis 2018 by IMS Learning - Part I

 

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability

 

The difficulty level of the Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2017 was similar to that of XAT 2016. There were 12 Reading Comprehension questions and 12 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions.

 

XAT Analysis by IMS Learning - Verbal and Logical Ability

Area/Questions

No. of Qs.

Question Type

Level of Difficulty

Vocabulary & Grammar

   

Sentence Correction

2

Choose the correct construct

2 Easy

Fill in the blanks (4 sentences)

1

Vocab-based

Easy

Fill in the blanks (Multiple blanks)

1

Vocab-based

Easy

Analogy

1

Similar relationship

Medium

Verbal Reasoning

   

Para Jumbles

2

1 with 5 sentences, 1 with four sentences

1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Critical Reasoning (poem based)

2

 

Difficult

Critical Reasoning (paragraph based)

3

 

1 Medium, 2 Difficult

Reading Comprehension

   

Passage 1 – Writing

2

1 Inferential 1 meaning based

Easy-Medium

Passage 2 – Up gradation

3

All were inferential

2 Easy, 1 Medium

Passage 3 – Psychopath

3

All were inferential

2 Easy, 1 Medium

Passage 4 – Existentialism

4

1 direct, 3 inferential

2 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult

 

Candidates should be able to attempt 15-17 questions in this section in about 40-45 minutes. About 16 confident attempts (with about 75-80% accuracy) was considered to be a good attempt.

 

Section B – Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

 

The non-mathematical part of this section (15 questions) consisted of 8 sets of 1-3 questions each. Most of the passages were quite long although they were easy to read and as usual some questions had a fair deal of ambiguity – in that either no answer seemed correct or there was more than one correct answer. Overall, the questions were of medium level of difficulty. Therefore, the choice of sets/questions to attempt would have depended mainly on your personal preferences and strengths. The set on Tamil food was difficult and best avoided. The mathematical part of this section (6 questions) was characterized by medium to difficult level of difficulty. There were two sets in the mathematical part of the section (both sets with 3 questions). The set on scheduling (Puri-Bhaji stall) was somewhat confusing and it was best left. The other set on players also caught the candidates by surprise.

 

XAT Analysis by IMS Learning - Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

Area/Questions

No. of Questions

Question Type

Level of Difficulty

Case 1 – Pastor and restaurant

2

Ethical nature of questions

1 Easy, 1 Difficult

Case 2 – Domestic Help

2

Ethical nature of questions

2 Easy

Case 3 – Genius Consulting

1

Business decision

1 Medium

Case 4 – Constructing house in Kerala

3

Business type of decisions

2 Easy, 1 Difficult

Case 5 – New Tamil food business in Singapore

3

Business decisions

1 Easy, 2 Difficult

Case 6 – Parking in College Campus

2

Decisions were both ethical and business based

1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 7 – IT company

1

Ethical decision

1 Easy

Case 8 – Anonymous mail to management college

1

Ethical Decision

1 Easy

Case 9 – A set on Team Formation in 3 sports

3

 

3 Medium

Case 10 – A set on Scheduling

3

 

3 Difficult

In 40-45 minutes, students should have solved about 10-12 questions confidently (about 75-80% accuracy), out of the 21 questions.

 

Section C – Quantitative Ability

 

The Quantitative Ability-Data Interpretation section was a bit easier than XAT-2016. Questions on Quantitative Ability were dominated by Geometry, Modern Mathematics and Arithmetic problems. There was one Data Sufficiency set with two questions. Unlike in XAT-2016, no questions were confusing and/or incorrect.

There were two Data Interpretation sets, with four questions in each set. The set on Table was fairly calculation intensive but doable. The other set on Tables and Scatter Plot were very complicated in terms of the representation of the data. This set tested the concepts in statistics. Students, who were familiar with the concepts such as correlation, mode etc. would have found the set manageable. This set should have been best left.

Overall, the level of difficulty of the section was slightly lower as compared to XAT-2016. In 60 minutes, about 15-17 attempts with 80% accuracy was considered a good attempt.

 

XAT Analysis by IMS Learning - Quantitative Ability

Row Labels

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Geometry (Total 5 questions)

Circles

1

  

1

Mensuration

  

1

1

Quadrilaterals

 

2

 

2

Trigonometry

  

1

1

Modern Maths (Total 4 questions)

AP-GP

1

  

1

Functions

 

1

 

1

Probability

 

1

 

1

Venn Diagram

  

1

1

Algebra (Total 3 questions)

Maxima-Minima

 

1

 

1

Simple equations

1

1

 

2

Arithmetic (Total 2 questions)

Time-Speed-Distance

 

1

 

1

Work, Pipe & Cisterns

1

  

1

Numbers (Total 2 questions)

Pigeonhole principle

 

1

 

1

Surds & Indices

1

 

 

1

Data Sufficiency (Total 2 questions)

Logical

 

1

1

2

Miscellaneous (Total 1 question)

Logical

  

1

1

Data Interpretation (Total 8 questions)

Table

 

4

 

4

Table & Scatter Plot

 

 

4

8

Total

5

13

9

27

 

XAT Analysis 2018 by IMS Learning - Part II

 

General Knowledge

 

The 25 General Knowledge questions contained a distribution of seven current and 18 static questions. The questions were mostly based on international events/topics. The section was such that it required the student to possess sound knowledge on the subject as well as the ability in comprehending multiple areas to be able to score well. The topics of the questions were very diverse encompassing subjects such as History, Geography, Business and Economy, names of political personalities etc.

 

Students should have spent 15-20 minutes on General Knowledge(GK), and as there was no negative marking, all questions should have been attempted without fail. A score of 8-10 would be a good score in this section.

 

Essay Writing

 

Essay Topic was on Globalisation and Jingoism.

 

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

 

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