The unique feature of XAT this year was that
for each questions there were 5 options to select the correct answer
from. In total there were 130 questions and an Essay to be
written in 120 minutes for the 130 questions and another 20 minutes for
the essay. The 130 questions were divided into 3 sections and there was
no sectional time limits. The negative marking scheme was similar to
that of last year with 1/3 negative marking for first 5 wrong answers
in each section and it increased to ½ negative marking
after that for any further wrong answer in that section.
The three sections were :
English Usage : 41 questions
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation : 49 questions
Reasoning and decision making : 40 questions.
ENGLISH USAGE :
Out of the 41 questions in this section 23 questions were based on
reading comprehension. There were 5 passages in total with 4 to 6
questions based on each , this included one RC based on two
poems. The other four passages were on Economics, Historical event,
Science ( Bayesian Theory) and one on Socialism. The passages
were of mixed difficulty level, with some of the questions could be
answered by just one reading of the passage while some questions were
difficult and inferential in nature.
The remaining 18 questions in this section were based on Jumbled
sentences (6 sentence type), sentence corrections, synonyms, antonyms,
punctuations and vocabulary .
QUANTITATIVE ABILITY and DATA INTERPRETATION : There were 49 questions in total with 34 questions based on Quantitative Ability and remaining on Data Interpretation.
QA section : There were around 5 questions each based
on Number system, Functions, Sequence & Series, Arithmetic,
Geometry, Puzzles, Equations & In-equations.
The Data Interpretation questions were based on tables , graphs, and
bar diagrams. 4 questions were based on data sufficiency too.
A score of 12 is a good score in this section.
REASONING AND DECISION MAKING : There were 40 questions most of them grouped in set of 3 to 5 questions and there were few individual questions .
There were 4 Reasoning cases with 5 or 6 questions based on it.
The reasoning cases were based on single direction arrangement , multi
In the decision making section, there were 4 business cases
related to typical corporate situations to check the decision
making ability of candidates. There were 3 to 5 questions based
on each case. There was a case based on traveling
arrangement, one case based on personnel department policies, one cased
was based on a company’s plan to launch a new product in
different cities and one based in decision implementation of
A good score in this section will be 12.
After the test, a one-page essay on “Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality. “ was to written in 20
minutes. This passage will not be used for selection of short listing
for GD/PI but will be used during the interview stage.
EXPECTED CUT OFF BY URPERCENTILE :
XLRI –BM : A total score of 37 with 11 to 12 in each section.
XLRI – PMIR : A total score of 36 with 10 to 12 in each section.
SP JAIN : A total score of 26 to 33. If you have a very good work experience, can get calls at 26.
XIMB : A total score of 32 with 9 or 10 in each section.
GIM / BIM : 27
XIME : 22
LIBA : 20
XISS : 18
Comments By UrPercentile Subscribers:
Som : XAT,
the Xavier's Admission Test is the entrance test conducted by
XLRI,Jamshedpur for admission to the Post Graduate Business Management
Program in one of the most pretigious business schools of India,XLRI
XAT,it is considered to be one of the toughest B-school entrance
test.It can be considered as tough as CAT since the pattern for the
test changes almost every year just like CAT.Till 2005 there was a
separate section for GK in XAT but it was removed from XAT 2006 which
was conducted on 8th January 2006.Candidates sitting for XAT have to
write an essay separately after they have completed filling up the
answers for XAT question paper.The time alloted to this 20 minutes.This
essay is taken into account only if the candidate makes it to the GD/PI
session and it has got nothing to do with the candidate being
short-listed for GD/PI.Generally speaking the questions asked in XAT
tests the candidate's basic skill level in any section whether it be
Quantitive Ability or Data Interpretation/Data Sufficiency/Logical
Reasoning or English Usage/Reading Comprehension which are apparently
the three sections in XAT.
What one really needs to do during the XAT,just like the CAT is to spot
questions which he/she thinks she can do completely.Though there are a
lot of questions but it is the accuracy of the candidate rather than
speed which matters the most.
Its of no use if you stick to a relatively difficult question and waste your time in solving it till the end.
So as is the case in CAT,its the concepts which matters the most in XAT.