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XAT 2020 Exam Analysis by IMS - More or less the same as last year in difficulty level

Read the XAT 2020 Exam Analysis by the experts at IMS Learning Resource. Find out the difficulty level of each section, overall analysis and the XAT 2020 exam cut-off.

Jan 6, 2020 10:53 IST
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XAT 2020 Exam Analysis
XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) 2020 was conducted online on January 5, 2020 between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. Here is the complete exam analysis by the experts from IMS Learning Resource. Find out all about the difficulty level of the exam and each section, expected cut-off for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur this year and other important details of the XAT exam.

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

XAT 2020 had the same structure as last year with 1 additional question in the QA and DI Section. The structure is given below along with suggested time allocation, good attempts and estimated cut-off based on the feedback from IMS students and experts.

XAT 2020 Negative Marks: At the time of preparing this analysis there are conflicting reports about the negative marks in the test. Students have reported that while the Main Instructions page specified +1 and -0.25 for all questions, the individual questions in Part I showed negative marks for only a few questions in each VARC, DM, and QA-DI. We await clarification from XAT authorities.

In view of the above, the estimate of cut-offs mentioned in this analysis assumes negative marks of -0.25 for all questions in Section I.   

The Question Paper consisted of two time-bound parts.

Section

No. of Questions

Marks per question

Total marks

Suggested time allocation

Good Attempts

PART – I (165 minutes) No Sectional Timing within  Part - I

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

1

26

55

16-18

Decision Making

21

1

21

55

14-15

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

28

1

28

55

17-18

Total

75

 

75

 

 

PART – II  (15 minutes)  No Negative Marks

General Awareness 

25

1

25

No Negative Marks

15

 XAT 2020 Overall Verdict 

Overall, XAT-2020 was more or less the same as last year in difficulty level. VARC and DM Sections were on par with last year with a few questions in DM being difficult. The cut-offs are  likely to be a bit lower compared to  last year.

Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses, we expect the overall cut-off (for the Males in the general category) for the second round of admission for the XLRI BM program  at 33-35  and for XLRI-HRM program  at  31-33

Last year the sectional and overall cut offs in the general category for female candidates for both the XLRI -BM program and the XLRI -HRM program were marginally lower. This year too we expect the  cut offs for  female candidates to be a bit lower.

XAT 2020 SECTIONAL ANALYSIS

Part-I

XAT 2020 VARC Analysis 

Verbal and Logical Ability Section (26 questions)

The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2020 was marginally easier compared to last year. There were 14 Reading Comprehension questions and 12 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. The Verbal ability/Verbal Reasoning questions were a fair mix of grammar, vocabulary and reasoning based questions(Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs). The 14 RC questions were distributed among four passages and one poem. The poem was a short one (like last year), but was relatively less abstract/difficult. The remaining four passages were of 250-300 words each; they had a mixture of medium to difficult questions. Nearly all the questions were inferential. The options were close and the directions emphasised to choose the ‘best’ one among them.

Area/Questions

No. of Qs.

Level of Difficulty

Verbal Ability / Reasoning

Grammatically correct sentence

2

2 Medium

Fill in the blanks (3/4 blanks)

2

2 Medium

Jumbled Paragraphs

2

1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Critical Reasoning

6

1 Easy, 3 Medium, 2 Difficult

Reading Comprehension

Passage 1 (Sustaining Pleasure in today’s world)

2

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 2 (Knowledge has become a product)

3

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 3 (Capitalism and Meaningless Jobs)

3

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 4 (Increase in Cultural Exiles)

3

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Passage 5 (Poem - Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice)

3

2 Difficult

 An attempt  of about 16-18 questions in this section in about 55 minutes, with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered a good attempt. Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses, we expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category-males) to be around 8-9 for XLRI -BM and 9-10 for the XLRI-HRM programs

XAT 2020 Decision Making Analysis

(21 questions)

This section consisted of 21 questions, and like last year, none of the questions were quantitative. 

This section consisted of 7 sets of 3 questions each. Most of the passages were short and easy to read. As usual, some questions had a fair deal of ambiguity – in that either no answer seemed correct or s more than one option appeared correct. Overall, the questions were of medium difficulty. Therefore, the choice of sets/questions to attempt would have depended mainly on your personal preferences and strengths. Overall the section was more difficult compared to last year's test.

Area/Questions

No. of Qs.

Question Type

Level of Difficulty

Case 1

3

Ethical Dilemma

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 2

3

Ethical Dilemma

1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 3

3

Business Decision

1 Easy, 2 Medium

Case 4

3

Business Decisions

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 5

3

Business Decisions

2 Easy, 1 Medium

Case 6

3

Ethical Dilemma

2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Case 7

3

Ethical Dilemma

1 Medium, 2 Difficult

In about 55 minutes, an attempt of  about 14-15 questions with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered to be  good . Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses,we expect the cut-off for this section (for the general category-males) to be 7.5-8.5 for the XLRI -BM  program and 6.5-7.5 for XLRI-HRM program.

XAT 2020 QA and DI Analysis

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (28 questions)

This section was of moderate level of difficulty, slightly more difficult than that in XAT-2019. Out of the 28 questions in the section, 22 were on Quantitative Ability and 6 were on Data Interpretation.

There were two sets on Data Interpretation with three questions each. Both sets were easy to medium in terms of Level of Difficulty. One set involved a Table while the other set had multiple graphs. The set on multiple graphs also had slight logical angle to it.

Out of 22 questions on Quantitative Ability, 20 were standalone questions and 2 questions were in the form of a set on Venn Diagrams. The questions on Quantitative Ability in this section consisted of a few sitters as well as a few really lengthy questions. As a result, selection of right questions to attempt was very important. Some questions, especially the questions on Geometry involving circles and quadrilaterals were on difficult side. However, option elimination could have been effectively used to answer these questions.

This section was dominated by questions on Arithmetic (7 questions), followed by Geometry (6 questions).   

Following is the break-up of the questions in the section: 

Quantitative Ability (22 questions)

 

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Arithmetic

2

3

2

7

Geometry

1

2

3

6

Modern Maths

2

3

0

5

Algebra

0

1

1

2

Numbers

0

2

0

2

Data Interpretation (6 questions)

 Table

3

0

0

3

Multiple graphs

1

2

0

3

Total

9

13

6

28

An attempt of about 17-18 questions (with about 80 percent accuracy) in about 55 minutes  would be considered a good attempt. Assuming that there are negative marks of -0.25 for all incorrect responses, we expect the cut-off for this  section (for the general category male candidates) at 11-12 for the XLRI -BM  program and 7-7.5 for XLRI - HRM program.  

Part-II

There was no break between Part-I and Part-II.

XAT 2020 General Knowledge

The 25 GK questions comprised 5 current affairs questions and 20 static GK questions. Overall the GK  section was easier than last year’s test. 18 questions were based on national events, 5 questions were based on international events and 2 questions were general. As usual, the questions covered a wide range of ares and gave no special advantage to specialists in any one area. The topics were diverse - Science, History, Geography, Business, Economy, names of political personalities, etc.

As there was no negative marking in this section, all questions should have been attempted. A score of 7 - 8  would be a good score in this section.

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