XAT 2018 Question Paper Analysis and Expected Cut Off

Published on:9th January 2018

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 was conducted on 7 January 2018 from 10 AM to 01:30 PM. This year, the exam was conducted online for the first time. XAT is among the most popular and competitive MBA entrance exams. It is the only major MBA entrance exam including essay writing before the short-listing stage and is considered as one of the toughest management entrance examinations in India.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern: Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018

Mode of the Exam

Computer Based Test (first time)

Total Questions

100

  • Number of MCQs

99 (with 5 answer options)

  • Number of Non-MCQs

1 (Essay Writing)

Total Marks

100

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

Negative marking

0.25 marks to be deducted for wrong answers

MCQs with negative marking

74

MCQs without negative marking

25 (no negative marking for G.K. section)

Duration

3 ½ Hours

XAT 2018: Important Changes

  • XAT 2018 is the first online XAT exam.
  • Essay writing question was also computer based.
  • Maximum word limit for the essay question was 200 words.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The online question paper for XAT was divided into two parts:

  • Part I: It was divided into three sections –
    • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
    • Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning
    • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • Part II: This part consisted of –
    • General Awareness
    • Essay Writing

Here is the section-wise analysis for complete XAT 2018 question paper:

PART I

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Questions from Reading Comprehension (RC) and Critical Reasoning (CR) were major part of the question paper. Here is the detailed breakup of questions:

TOPIC

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Reading Comprehension

13

Difficult and Moderate

Critical Reasoning

5

Difficult

Para Jumble

2

Moderate

Poem Comprehension

2

Bizarre

Fill in the blanks (FIB)

3

Difficult

Grammar (correct the sentence)

1

Easy

TOTAL

26

 

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Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

The overall difficulty level of this section was easy. The questions were asked in the form of caselets.

TOPIC

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Situational

18

Moderate

Mathematical + Analytical Reasoning

3

Moderate

TOTAL

21

 

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Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

TOPIC

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Algebra

6

Easy

Arithmetic

4

Easy

Geometry

4

Easy-Moderate

Number System

3

Easy-Moderate

DI (Game based)

3

Easy

DI (Mixed Graph)

3

Easy-Moderate

Modern Math

2

Easy

Data Sufficiency

2

Easy

TOTAL

27

 

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PART II

General Knowledge

TOPIC

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Economy & Business

6

Moderate-Difficult

Personality & Awards

4

Moderate

Geography

3

Moderate-Difficult

Current Affairs

3

Moderate

History

2

Difficult

Science & Tech

2

Easy

Miscellaneous

2

Moderate-Difficult

Sports

2

Easy-Moderate

Polity

1

Difficult

TOTAL

25

 

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Essay Writing

Candidates were required to attempt the essay writing section online where they have to type on the notepad. The topic for the essay was:

“Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?”

Most of the candidates found the topic easy.

XAT 2018 Expected Cut Off

XAT cut off refers to the minimum percentile that candidates need to secure for getting shortlisted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other participating institutes. You can check out the expected cut off for XAT 2018 here - 

https://www.examsplanner.in/news/xat-exam-2018-cut-off-post-exam-score-analysis/

Technical Glitches

XAT was held online for the first time. Some students faced various issues during the computer based test. Most common complaint was that of the test getting reset unsaved. XAT 2018 was not conducted at BM Group of Institutions at Farukhnagar, Gurgaon due to technical issues. Students have shared their complaints through social media platforms.

XLRI has rescheduled the exam for two centres. Candidates have also received SMS regarding the same.

“Dear Candidate we regret the inconvenience caused due to technical glitch. Exam will be rescheduled and date will be communicated shortly.

Check out the complete details about XAT 2018 re-exam. 


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