XAT 2020 Detailed Analysis!

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  • Jan 07, 2020

XAT 2020 (2020-2022)

Xavier Labour Research Institute ( XLRI) conducted XAT 2020 on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) on 5th January, 2020 between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM  in a single shift Computer Based Test format. XLRI, one of India’s premier Business Schools for Human Resources Management and Business Management accepts only the XAT score. Apart from XLRI other top Business Schools accepting the XAT include SP Jain Institute of Management Research, Great Lakes Institute of Management, I.M.T. Ghaziabad, M.I.C.A., FORE School of Management & T.A. Pai Manipal Institute, which accept the XAT score as a substitute for the CAT score. This makes XAT 2020 the most important exam of the season after the CAT.

The paper had two Parts –Part A and Part B. Part A had three sections- Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA&LR) which featured 26 questions, Decision Making (DM) which featured 21 questions & Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) which featured 28 questions. Thus total questions in Part A totaled 75 questions.

Part B featured 25 questions of General Knowledge, the score of which is not used for shortlisting by XLRI but has some weightage assigned to it for final selection by XLRI. Other Business Schools do not consider the GK Scores either for shortlisting or final selection.

The overall cut off for XLRI BM is likely to be about 38 marks while that for XLRI HR is likely to be about 34 marks. A good score in GK will be 10-11 marks

XAT 2020 (2020-2022) Detailed Analysis

Part A

Section

No of Qs

Marks/Q

Negative Mark

Total Marks

Estimated Cut Off(BM)

Estimated Cut Off(HRM)

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

26

1

0.25

26

7-8

8-9

Decision Making

21

1

0.25

21

8-9

7-8

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

28

1

0.25

28

10-11

7-8

TOTAL

75

 

 

37-38

33-34

 

This section featured 75 questions to be done over 165 minutes. Each question had 5 choices. 1 mark was awarded for a right answer and 0.25 deducted for a wrong answer. There was a penalty for unattempted questions beyond 8 questions of 0.1 mark per unattempted question beyond 8 questions. There were three sections VA & LR, DM, and QA & LR.

There was no sectional time limit within the paper and one could attempt any section in any order and switch sections also within part A. There were only two minor changes in this Part. Firstly there was an increase in QA& DI questions from 27 to 28. Second the penalty for unattempted questions was increased from 0.05 to 0.1 and the number of unpenalized unattempted questions was reduced from 12 to 8 questions.

Overall the paper was of the same difficulty as last year with QA & DI being slightly easier and VA & LR and DM being of roughly the same difficulty level. A well prepared student could have attempted about 50-55 questions with the cut off for BM being  about 38 marks. The sectional cut offs for BM are likely to be about 7-8 for VA & LR, 8-9 for DM & 10-11 for QA.

The cut off for HRM is likely to be about 34 marks. The sectional cut offs for HRM are likely to be around 8-9 marks for VA, 7-8 for DM and 7-8 for QA & DI.

The cut off for female candidates is likely to be slightly lower overall.

Section Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

This section featured 26 questions and was of moderate to difficult level. There were 4 Passages with 3 questions each and a Poem with 2 questions. There were two questions each of Parajumbles, Vocabulary and Grammar & 6 Critical Reasoning Questions. The RCs were of Moderate to Hard difficult level as XAT RCs always are with the Poem (Fire and Ice by Robert Frost) being quite tricky. The RCs were mostly on the interface between Capitalism and Society with themes being on Sustaining Pleasure in today’s world, Knowledge becoming a Product, Capitalism and Meaningless Jobs and Increase in Cultural Exiles

Verbal Ability was dominated by Critical Reasoning with almost half the questions of VA being CR questions. Grammar, Fill in the Blanks (Vocab) and Parajumbles were also tested with questions being of Moderate to Hard difficulty level. A good student could have attempted 16-20 questions.

Question Type

Number of Questions

Level

Good Attempt

Reading Comprehension(Prose)

12

Moderate-Hard

8+

Reading Comprehension(Poetry)

2

Hard

-

Vocab based

2

Moderate-Hard

1+

Grammar

2

Moderate

1+

Parajumbles

2

Hard

1+

Critical Reasoning

6

Moderate-Hard

4+

OVERALL

 

16+

 

Section Decision Making (DM)

The DM section featured 21 questions. The section was different from the usual DM questions of XAT which have either sociocultural relevance or feature complex ethical dilemmas. There were 7 sets of 3 questions each. Broadly the sets can be classes into two categories. Personal Ethical Dilemmas and Business Cases. Both the question types were departures from typical XAT DM although they still featured difficult choices and unconventional design. A good student could have attempted 16-20 questions.

Set Type

Number of Sets

Questions Per Set

Total Questions

Level

Good Attempt

Ethical Dilemma

4

3

12

Moderate

9+

Business Case

3

3

9

Moderate

7+

OVERALL

 

16+

 

Section Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation(QA & DI)

The section featured 28 questions which was one more than the number asked in XAT 2019. The section had 20 questions of QA and 8 of DI. Geometry and Arithmetic dominated with 8 questions from Arithmetic and 6 from Geometry. There were 2-3 questions each from Modern Maths, Number Systems and Algebra. DI & LR was easy with 8 questions distributed across 3 sets. The section was easier than usual with quite a few questions that were doable. A good student could have attempted 18-20 questions.

Question Type

Number of

Questions

Level

Good Attempt

Arithmetic

8

Moderate

5+

Geometry

6

Moderate

4+

Modern Maths

1

Hard

-NA-

Number Systems

2

Moderate-Hard

1+

Algebra

3

Easy-Moderate

2+

Bar Graph

3

Moderate

2+

Table

3

Easy-Moderate

2+

DI(Sets)

2

Moderate

2

OVERALL

 

18+


  Part B

 General Knowledge (GK)

The GK Section featured 25 questions including both current and static questions to be done in 15 minutes. Each question was of 1 mark with there being no negative marking.

There was a focus on Static GK with almost 19-20 questions being from Static GK as opposed to 5-6 questions from Current Affairs. A well prepared student could have attempted around 12-14 questions and a good score would be around 10-12 marks.

There is no sectional cut off for GK.

 Overall: The paper was of moderate- hard difficulty as has always been the case with XAT. A well prepared student could have scored 40-42 marks. The cut off for getting a call from XLRI-BM is likely to be around 37-38 marks while the cut off for XLRI HRM is likely to be around 33-34 marks. Female candidates are likely to have a slightly lower cutoff for each course.

The cut off for SP Jain is likely to be in the 35-36 marks range.

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Team AnkGanit

Disclaimer: Analysis and Answer keys were provided to you by Team AnkGanit and Expected cut off marks decided by Ankit Gaur & Hriday G Sarat.

*Actual cutoff marks may be slightly different.

Ankit Gaur is a CAT Expert and serial CAT Taker from CAT 2007. CAT 2019 was his 13th consecutive CAT. He is a B.Sc(Hons) Mathematics and M.Sc. Maths, Serial XAT topper and CAT 99.99%iler in Quant & DI.

Hriday G Sarat is an MBA from FMS Delhi batch of 2009. He is also the All India Rank 2 holder of an exam conducted by UPSC. He served Government of India as an Assistant Commissioner for 18 months. He is an expert trainer for CAT and MBA Entrances. He scored 99.90 percentile in XAT 2019.

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