XAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
XAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), the national level management entrance exam was conducted on January 5, 2020 (Sunday). We bring to you the complete XAT 2020 analysis by T.I.M.E., a renowned management preparation institute after the exam. In this article, Careers360 projects the overall and sectional analysis of XAT 2020 by T.I.M.E. expert Ramnath Kanakadandi. According to the XAT 2020 analysis by T.I.M.E., the exam was similar to that of last year in terms of structure. The overall difficulty level was termed as moderate to difficult by the T.I.M.E. expert. Test takers can check the complete XAT analysis 2020 by T.I.M.E. to get an estimate about how much they're going to score. XAT 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 across India. Some reputed institutes which accept XAT score are SP Jain, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhuvaneshwar, GIM Goa, etc.
Latest: XLRI Jamshedpur released XAT 2020 result on January 16. Know all about XAT 2020 cutoff - check details.
New features related to XAT exam pattern 2020
- Test Duration - XAT 2020 was be conducted in three hours duration. Until last year the exam duration was 3:35 hours.
- Exam Pattern - Essay Writing section has been removed and XAT will now have four sections only, instead of five. They are Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI), General Knowledge (GK).
XAT 2020 examination was divided into four sections -
- Verbal and Logical Ability
- Decision Making
- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
- General Knowledge
The following table displays the exam pattern of XAT 2020
XAT 2020 Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
XAT 2020 Marking Scheme - All questions carried equal marks with negative marking (one-fourth of a mark for a wrong answer). There was negative marking of 0.1 for un-attempted questions, for such questions over and above 8.
XAT 2020 Analysis and Expected Cutoff by T.I.M.E.
Let us take a look at the exam analysis of XAT by T.I.M.E.
XAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - 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 which had appeared in a TIME AIM XAT test for XAT 2020.
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
No. of questions
Error Identification in 6 sentences (Identify the incorrect sentences)
Grammatically correct sentence
Paracompletion (Cloze Test) with 3 blanks
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 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 of having two questions. TIME AIMXAT (OMET1002007) had the same poem verse which appeared in the XAT 2020.
No. of questions
Poem verse from "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
RC Passage on "The more we consume, the hungrier we get"
RC Passage on "Sense of self"
RC Passage on "Meaningless or pointless jobs"
RC Passage on "The Postmodern Condition by Jean-Francois Lyotard"
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. explanation or implication 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 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics and Number of Questions of DM section
Description of set
No. of questions
1) Set on Natural Spring water packaging
No raking questions in this set. Among all the sets, this is least complicated.
2) Set on internship
Two direct action step questions. One questions with five options, out of which three to be picked and arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness
3) Set on Vanarajya
Two direct action step questions. One questions with five options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness
4) Set on cotton pillow covers – e-commerce - feedback
All three questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e., no ranking of statements)
5) Set on setting up bakery – Egg less cakes
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
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
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 answers 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 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 flavour of reasoning too.
XAT 2020 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:
No. of questions
Percentages & Partnerships
Time, Speed and Distance
Time and Work
Probability + Numbers
Table-based DI Set (DI)
Reasoning-based Set involving 9 countries (DI)
With the section being a notch lengthier, the number of attempts is bound to go down marginally.
The cut-off in this section for general category is expected to be around 11 marks for BM (Male candidates).
XAT 2020 Analysis by TIME - Part II
The GK section in XAT 2020 had a mix of questions from various areas including history, geography, sports, business, Indian constitution, etc.
The split of the questions in this section was as below:
XAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Topics covered in GK section
No. of Questions
Art & Culture
Space & Technology
Polity & Constitution
Brands & Logos
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, analysis are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E.
Questions related to XAT
I want the full syllabus of XAT 2021. please help me as soon as possible. thank you
Xavier School of Management has not yet provided an official statement of the syllabus of XAT 2021, so what we can provide is the common syllabus which has been continued in the previous years and will be in the upcoming exams.
Please refer to the below mentioned link to have a detail about different subjects and its syllabus.
I hope it helps.
Out of MAT, CMAT, SNAP, XAT and IIFT, which is the exam whose result is accepted by more B-Schools and which of them should I prepare for, apart from CAT ?
For a Bschool CAT , MAT and CMAT scores are more acceptable by B-school.
If you have a specialisation choosen already than search for colleges those are best with the placement too.
Thanks and regards
can we get admission through cmat xat and mat in pgdm in pr and event management?
In India there are various colleges which offer this course some are given below
National Institute of Event Management
Amity Institute of Event Management
King's institute tourism and hotel management institute
University of Technology and Management
Institute of Integrated Marketing Communication and Management
National Academy of Event Management and Development
So this are the colleges which accept CAT/MAT/XAT
Hope this helps
IF I HAVENT GIVEN ANY EXAM LIKE CAT,MAT,XAT E.T.C THEN , HAVE I ANY CHANCE TO GET A SEAT IN MBA
You can give the May MAT 2020 Entrance exam. Many colleges do accept May MAT Score. You can look for the IILM Lodhi road as one of your options. IILM Lodhi road is the oldest campus located in central Delhi. The alumni base is phenomenal which is a strong strength. The alumni of IILM are placed in a very senior position in the corporates that gives an advantage to the institute both in terms of placement, industry connections and engagement. Senior alumni conducting placement workshops, delivering guest lectures and guiding summer projects could be very useful to students with work experience and industry mentors. There are a lot of foreign partner institutes and semester exchange students from around the world make classes diverse and interesting. Faculty members have got both industry and international exposure which makes classes more interesting and relevant. With a huge alumni base of 12000+ with most of them at senior positions. The faculty-student ratio is the best here, a lot of one-on-one mentoring is provided to develop student personalities, CVs and also prepare them for the selection processes. We have some of the good companies on campus for SIP & placements like Amazon, RB, ICICI, Oppo, HDFC, Loreal, Khimji Ramdas, Modelez, Deloitte etc.
what is the success rate of CAT/XAT?
CAT and XAT exams are conducted every year for admission to MBA courses in IIMs and other top Bussiness schools of the country.
Every year around 2-3 lakh students apply for this exam for admission to premiere institutions of the country.
Sucess rate means the number of students passing the exam per 100 students who appear for it.
For CAT the success rate is around 2% i.e around 2 out of every 100 students who appear clear this examination.
However its better to focus on preparation.
Follow this link for more information on CAT and preparation tips