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XAT 2024 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E. - Check here

XAT 2024 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E. - Check here

Edited By Prerna Goel | Updated on Oct 30, 2023 11:33 AM IST | #XAT

XAT 2024 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is the national-level management entrance exam conducted in CBT mode on January 7, 2024. The application process for XAT 2024 will start tomorrow, July 15, 2023, and will close on December 31, 2023. Candidates who appear for XAT exam can check the XAT 2024 analysis by T.I.M.E. once the exam is conducted.

Exam analysis by T.I.M.E will be helpful for aspiring candidates in understanding the pattern of the questions to be asked in the XAT exam. T.I.M.E. brings the exam analysis after the XAT entrance test. However, candidates can check overall and sectional analysis based last year's XAT analysis by T.I.M.E.

XAT Analysis 2024 by T.I.M.E.

Test takers can check the complete XAT analysis by T.I.M.E. to get an estimate of how much they're going to score once it is issued. XAT 2024 is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to its Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes. XAT score is accepted by over 150 B-schools. SP Jain, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhubaneswar, GIM Goa, etc. are a few names.

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XAT 2024 examination will be divided into four sections (excluding the essay part) -

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge
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The following table displays the exam pattern of XAT 2024

XAT 2024 Exam Pattern

Part

Section

Number of Questions

Duration

Part 1

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

26

165 minutes


Decision Making

21


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

28


Total

75

Part 2

General Knowledge

25

25 minutes


Essay01

XAT Marking Scheme 2024

All questions will carry equal marks with negative markings (one-fourth of a mark for every wrong answer). There will be a negative marking of 0.10 marks for un-attempted questions, for such questions over and above 8. Moreover, there will be no negative marking in the General Knowledge section.

For the purpose of calculating the XAT percentile, only part-1 sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and Decision Making, are taken into consideration. The essay of part 2 will be taken into account during the personal interview round.

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XAT 2023 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E.

The test was slightly different from last year’s with the addition of one question in Decision making and the 5-minute Mock keyboard test. The total number of questions this year was 76 and 25 in Part-I and Part-III respectively.

Part-I comprised three sections:

  1. Verbal and Logical Reasoning
  2. Decision-Making
  3. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

Part-II comprised Mock Keyboard testing and Part-III contained General Knowledge questions

The duration of the test was 175 minutes for the first part and 30 minutes for the second.

All questions carried equal marks with negative marking of 0.25 for a wrong answer. There was a negative marking of 0.1 for un-attempted questions in Part-1, for such questions over and above eight un-attempted questions.

The section on General Knowledge, however, did not have any negative marking and the marks scored in this section would be used for evaluation only after the initial screening i.e., these will not be used for the shortlisting of candidates for the GWPI round.

The break-up of the questions across sections is as below.

SectionNo of Questions
Part-I
Section-1: Verbal and Logical Ability26
Section-2: Decision Making Ability22
Section-3: Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation28
Part-III
General Knowledge25

For the essay, students were to choose from among three topics given to them and write the essay on any one of them. There was a word limit of 250 for the essay. Students had one additional essay to choose from compared to a total of two essays that they had last year.

The topics, reproduced based on feedback from students were as below

  1. Risk is the essential need of soul. The absence of risk produces a kind of boredom which paralyses in a different way from fear but almost as much.
  2. Rapid decarbonisation to fulfil India’s net-zero commitment will have business consequences.
  3. Someone with half your IQ is making 10x as you because they are not smart enough to doubt themselves.

For now, check the previous year's XAT exam analysis by T.I.M.E.

XAT Analysis by T.I.M.E. 2021 - Part I

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability

  • The Verbal and Logical Ability section was a mixed bag of moderately easy/difficult and difficult questions. There were 2 questions based on a poem that had appeared in a TIME AIM XAT test for XAT 2021.
  • The Vocab-based questions were not challenging.
  • RC passages were not difficult to follow and they were of shorter length than those of last year. But the RC questions involved a lot of critical thinking.
  • The breakup of the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension segments is as below:

A) Verbal Ability

The Verbal Ability segment had a total of 11 questions

Area

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Error Identification in 6 sentences (Identify the incorrect sentences)

1

Easy

Grammatically correct sentence

1

Moderate

Para completion (Cloze Test) with 3 blanks

2

Moderate

Critical Reasoning

6

Moderate Difficult

Para jumbles

2

Difficult

  • Of the five Critical Reasoning questions, two could surely be attempted without going wrong.
  • Of the two Para Formation questions, one was easy (the answer options could be used to arrive at the right order) while the other had lengthy sentences and it was relatively challenging to spot the logical connections between the sentences. One of the two should have been surely attempted without going wrong.
  • Both the Cloze passages could be attempted with the help of the thought flow of the context itself without going wrong.
  • The Critical Reasoning questions tested the candidate on "Intent of the speaker", Inferences, and the Relationship between studies. These CR question types on the XAT resembled the GMAT CR question types.

B) Reading Comprehension

  • There were four RC passages, each having three questions.
  • There was a poem with two questions. TIME AIMXAT (OMET1002007) had the same poem verse which appeared in the XAT 2021.

Area

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Poem verse from "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

2

Moderate

RC Passage on "The more we consume, the hungrier we get"

3

Difficult

RC Passage on "Sense of self"

3

Difficult

RC Passage on "Meaningless or pointless jobs"

3

Difficult

RC Passage on "The Postmodern Condition by Jean-Francois Lyotard"

3

Very Difficult

  • The poem posed an Inference question. The second question based on the poem was "Which will not serve as a title to the poem?"
  • Three of the RC passages had mainly inference-based questions and vocabulary-based questions i.e. explanations or implications of a term.
  • One of the passages "Sense of self" had a further application question in addition to inference questions.
  • The cut-off in this section is expected to be around 8 marks for XLRI Bm (Male candidates)

Section B: Decision Making

There were 21 questions in this section, from seven sets – Each set is of three questions.

XAT Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics and Number of Questions of DM section

Description of set

No. of questions

Comments

1) Set on Natural Spring water packaging

3

No raking questions in this set. Among all the sets, this is the least complicated.

2) Set on internship

3

Two direct action step questions. One question with five options, out of which three to be picked and arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness

3) Set on Vanarajya

3

Two direct action step questions. One question with five options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness

4) Set on cotton pillow covers – e-commerce - feedback

3

All three questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e., no ranking of statements)

5) Set on setting up a bakery – Eggless cakes

3

One direct action step question. Two questions with five options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness

6) Set on shifting government job (SPCIL) to private job G & A- Bribery

3

One direct action step question. Two questions with five options and another with four options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness

7) Set on Small Shop selling computer peripherals

3

All three questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)

  • The sets were simple and easy to comprehend. The easier part, however, ended there. The questions were subjective and the answer choices were not too easy to eliminate.
  • This year’s DM section is as difficult as it was last year. The questions that needed ranking the statements had very close choices. Careful reading was required for all the sets to avoid mistakes.
  • By spending about 30 to 35 minutes one would be able to attempt about 15 questions with 80% accuracy.
  • We expect the cutoff in this section to be around 8 marks for the BM programme (Male candidates).

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The section had a mix of a few easy and mostly moderate-difficult questions. A few questions (the one on hare and tortoise, the one on time and work involving 3 persons, the question based on probability, and a few questions from geometry-mensuration) turned out to be challenging and lengthy and required a thorough understanding of concepts.

In contrast to the last year, almost no question in this set required intensive calculations. In a major departure from the pattern that XAT stuck to for the last many years, questions from Data Sufficiency were missing (test takers have become used to seeing 2 DS questions every year in the XAT).

The section was similar in difficulty level compared to last year’s QA-DI section, though the questions were definitely lengthier compared to last year. There were six questions from two DI sets. While the table-based set was very easy, the set involving countries and their GDP was time-consuming and had a strong flavor of reasoning too.

Know more;

XAT Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics and Number of Questions of QA & DI section

The topic-wise break-up of the questions is as below:

Topics

No. of questions

Difficulty

Percentages & Partnerships

2

Easy-Moderate

Time, Speed, and Distance

1

Difficult

Ratio-Proportion-Variation

2

Moderate

Time and Work

1

Difficult

Numbers

2

Moderate

Geometry

4

Moderate-Difficult

Mensuration

3

Moderate-Difficult

Progressions

1

Moderate-Difficult

Operator-based Questions

1

Easy

Maximisation-Minimisation

1

Moderate

Special Equations

1

Moderate

Probability + Numbers

1

Moderate-Difficulty

Venn Diagrams

2

Easy-Moderate

Table-based DI Set (DI)

3

Easy

Reasoning-based Set involving 9 countries (DI)

3

Difficult

Total

28


  • With the section being a notch lengthier, the number of attempts is bound to go down marginally.
  • The cut-off in this section for the general category is expected to be around 11 marks for BM (Male candidates).

XAT Analysis by TIME 2021 - Part II

General Knowledge

  • The GK section in XAT 2021 had a mix of questions from various areas including history, geography, sports, business, the Indian constitution, etc.
  • The split of the questions in this section was as below:

XAT Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics covered in the GK section

Area

No. of Questions

Author

3

Art & Culture

1

Space & Technology

1

Climate change

4

Geography

5

Polity & Constitution

2

Sports

1

Banking

1

Brands & Logos

2

Business World

1

Medical Science

1

Awards

1

History

2

Total

25

As the section is not used for shortlisting, there will be no cut-off requirement for this section. However, those who attempted 12-13 with about 80% accuracy can consider themselves to have done well.

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, and analysis are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E.

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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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Hello Aspirant

Congratulations on your score, There are many good B schools at 80-85%ile in CAT and XAT
1)Great Lakes, Chennai
2)IRMA
3) Goa Institute of Management
4) NIBM
5) TAPMI
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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