XAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
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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.
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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 -

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  • 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

Part

Section

Number of Questions

Duration

Part 1

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

26

165 minutes


Decision Making

21


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

27


Total

74

Part 2

General Knowledge

25

15 minutes


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.

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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

Area

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Error Identification in 6 sentences (Identify the incorrect sentences)

1

Easy

Grammatically correct sentence

1

Moderate

Paracompletion (Cloze Test) with 3 blanks

2

Moderate

Critical Reasoning

6

Moderate Difficult

Parajumbles

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 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.

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. 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

Comments

1) Set on Natural Spring water packaging

3

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

2) Set on internship

3

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

3

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

3

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

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 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:

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 general category is expected to be around 11 marks for BM (Male candidates).

XAT 2020 Analysis by TIME - Part II

General Knowledge

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

Area

No. of Questions

Author

3

Art & Culture

1

Space & Technology

1

Cimate 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, analysis are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E.


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How should I prepare for XAT ? How much time should I devote to it apart from my course studies ?

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Hello Aspirant,

Here are some preparation tips to prepare for XAT, You can follow given below.

You require strong analytical application to handle reasoning based questions. You need to handle the test challenges more confidently for Preparing the decision making section and the essay writing. Do practise as much you can & join Mock test. Overall you need to focus more on time management, prioritization and striking a right balance between speed and accuracy.

The books you can prefer

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You can also prefer Career Launcher, T.I.M.E & IMS material for the preparation.

Good Luck!

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