Analysis of XAT 2018 XAT 2018 was held online and connectivity issues & technical glitches stood out as the main reason for the hue and cry. XAT 2018 was conducted across 314 centres and around 70000 students took this exam. XAT 2018 continued to maintain its reputation of being the toughest paper of APTITUDE with questions pitched at a very high level. The difficulty level of the paper was almost same as XAT 2017. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT 2018) was conducted on first Sunday of January; January 7, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
The XAT 2018 was conducted in two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A was the usual XAT paper which had a total of 74 questions divided into three sections; Verbal Ability and Reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. All questions were numbered Question 1 to Question 74 and the total time allotted for attempting these 74 questions was 170 minutes. The candidate had the freedom to choose his time allocation across sections, thus one could compensate for one’s weak areas by doing stronger sections slightly faster. Each question carried equal marks and each question had 5 options. Each right answer carried an award of 1 mark and there was also a penalty of one-fourth of a mark for a wrong answer. Also, as mentioned earlier, you could leave upto 8 questions but after that there was a penalty of 0.05 marks for every unattempted question. Part B consisted of 25 GK questions and an Essay Writing question. The total time allotted for part B was 40 minutes. There was no negative marking in this section. In the essay writing section, you had to click on ‘save answer’ in the essay writing section.
In detail Analysis: The following is the detailed analysis of both Part A and Part B of the Paper. Part A: Three sections; Verbal Ability and Reasoning (VA RC), Decision Making (DM), and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA DI).
Section 1, VA RC Section: The VA RC Section had 26 questions. The level of this section was slightly higher as compared to last year (XAT 2017). The section consisted of questions from all possible areas; Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Poetry and Parajumbles. The break up was as follows: 1) Parajumbles - 2 Questions 2) Poetry based RC (1 set) - 2 Questions 3) Fill in the Blanks - 2 Questions 4) Grammar - 1 Question 5) CR / Inference based - 5 Questions 6) Vocabulary - 1 Question 7) 4 Prose RC’s were there - 3,3,3 and 4 Questions Para jumble questions and Grammar question were easy. CR questions were average to difficult. Fill in the Blanks questions were difficult also. The RC passages were from areas of Philosophy and Logic. Some RC questions was very difficult. Overall, this section was moderate to difficult. A well prepared student could attempt 14-15 questions in around 60 minutes. Section 2, Decision Making: The Decision Making Section had 21 questions. The level of Decision Making was slightly easier as compared to last year (XAT 2017) and the reason was the length of caselets. The length of the caselets in XAT 2018 was shorter than previous year XAT papers. There were 4 caselets with 3 questions each and 3 caselets with 2 questions each based upon situations. There was only one set of three questions based upon Mathematical Reasoning. Overall, this section was average to moderate. A well prepared student could attempt 16-17 questions in around 45 minutes.
Section 3, QA DI section: The QA DI Section had 27 questions. The level of QA DI section was slightly easier as compared to last year. The section consisted of questions from all possible areas; Geometry, Arithmetic, Number System, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Modern Mathematics. There were two Data Interpretation sets, with 3 questions each. The break up was as follows: (1) Quantitative Aptitude: (19 Questions) 5 Questions from Arithmetic. 4 Questions from Geometry. 2 questions from Trigonometry. 3 questions from Number System. 1 question from Probability. 1 question from Set theory. 3 question from Algebra. (2) Data Sufficiency: (2 Questions) 1 question from Average, Prime numbers and Standard Deviation 1 question from Number System. (3) Data Interpretation: (6 Questions) 1 set of 3 questions from comparison based DI set with 4 graphs of bar graph and line chart. 1 set of 3 questions from game or tournament type. Over all this section was average. A well prepared student could attempt 15-16 questions in around 60 minutes.
Part B: General Knowledge & Essay The GK Section had 25 questions. The GK section consisted of questions from different areas; History, Article 35, Books, Awards, Geography, Science and Technology and General old terms like Hundi etc and current GK. The level of GK questions was on the tougher side. The good thing was that there was no negative marking in this section. Essay topic was “Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?” In essay writing section, you had to click on save answer in the easy writing section. This section needed to be done in 40 Minutes.
Expected cutoffs**: For getting a call from XLRI BM programme, you have to score around 35 marks and for XLRI HR programme, your score should be around 32 marks out of 74 marks of part A. **Analysis was provided to you by Team AnkGanit and Expected marks v/s Percentile mapping decided by Ankit Gaur & Hriday G Sarat. **Actual cutoffs may be different. Ankit Gaur is a XAT Expert and serial XAT Taker from XAT 2009. XAT 2018 was his 10th consecutive XAT. He is a B.Sc (Hons) Mathematics and M.Sc. Maths, Serial XAT topper (3 times) and CAT 99.99%iler in Quant & DI. Hriday G Sarat is an MBA from FMS Delhi. He is also the all India Rank 2 holder of an exam conducted by UPSC. He served government of India as Assistant Commissioner for 18 months. He is an expert trainer for CAT and MBA Entrances.