XAT Exam

Xavier Aptitude Test Exam

How to Crack XAT

XAT is one of the most difficult entrance examinations. It is different from other B-School tests. XAT aims at testing student's aptitude in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal and Logical Ability, Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making, and General Awareness. The decision making is the aspect that sets XAT exam different from other management entrance exams. Being the most revered test XAT demands the efficient and effective skills to crack. Every year, XAT entrance examination is conducted in the month of January. 


XAT Exam Analysis 2020

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was conducted on 3rd January 2021, from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a computer-based examination which was divided into two parts. The first part consists of sections such as verbal ability & logical reasoning, decision making and quantitative ability & data interpretation. The second part consists of general awareness questions. The organisers of XAT eliminated the essay writing section from this year. 

According to the experts and test takers, XAT 2021 was tougher compared to the previous year. Around 26 questions were asked in the verbal and logical ability sections. It is 21 and 27 questions in decision making and quantitative ability and data interpretation sections, respectively. The negative marking is there only in Part A. However, the penalty for un-attempted questions had been doubled. 

Section No of Questions Optimal Time Difficulty Level Good Attempts  BM Expected Cut-off HRM Expected Cut-off
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 26 50 Difficult  16-18 6 to 6.5 6.5 to 7
Decision Making 21 45 Moderate  16-17 8 to 8.5 7.5 to 8
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 70 Moderate 17-18 9.5 to 10 5.5 to 6
Total 74   Moderate-Difficult  54-55 27.5 to 29 25.5 to 27

XAT Exam Analysis 2020: Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning

This section was tougher compared to last year because of the verbal section. Most of the questions were from the reading comprehension with four passages. The para jumbled questions were easy but the fill in the blanks and poem was very difficult.

Topic No of questions  Good Attempt
Reading Comprehension  12 7 to 8
CR 5 3
Poem Comprehension  2 -
Analogy  1 -
Antonym  1 1
Para-jumbled sentence 2 1 to 2
Fill in the blanks 3 1 to 2
Total 26 16 to 18

XAT Exam Analysis 2020: Decision Making And Analytical Reasoning

The Decision Making was almost similar to last year. Out of 21 decision-making questions, 18 were situational. No decision-making questions were there from mathematical or analytical reasoning. The good attempt of questions is at least 16. 

XAT Exam Analysis 2020: Quantitative Ability And Data Interpretation

The QA and DI were a bit tougher compared to last year. Most of the data interpretation questions were tricky. Many test takers felt that the geometry and algebra questions were too difficult. The DI consists of two sets comprising six questions. 

Topic No of questions  Good Attempt
Arithmetic 4 3
Algebra 7 4 to 5
Co-ordinate Geometry + Trigonometry  4 2 to 3
Geometry 4 2
Data Sufficiency 2 1
DI (time zone) 3 1
DI (mixed graph) 3
Total 27 17 to 18

XAT Exam Analysis 2020: General Knowledge

The general knowledge section was moderate and candidates who are good in statistics will score well. Many questions were single-statement based. 

Topic No of questions  Good Attempt
History 1 -
Geography 4 2 to 3
Economy & Business 7 3 to 4
Current Affairs 2 1
Personality & Awards 3 1 to 2
Science & Tech 2 1
Polity 2 1
Miscellaneous 2 1
Sports 2 1
Total 25 12 to 14

XAT Expected Cut-off 2020

  • XLRI Business Management (BM): 27.5-29
  • XLRI Human Resources Management (HRM): 25.5-27
  • XLRI General Management Program (GMP): 19.25-19.5
  • XIMB Business Management (BM): 26-26.5
  • XIMB Human Resources Management (HRM): 25.5-26
  • SP Jain: 27-27.5
  • GIM: 24.5-25
  • IMT: 26-26.5


5 Tips To Crack XAT Exam

Practise Regularly: Among all the section Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making is one of the difficult section to tackle. It is essential to work regularly on the puzzles and reasoning. Try to solve the mock papers related to the subject. Practising regularly enables you to attempt and solve many of the questions in the stipulated time.

Speed Up Your Math: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation is mainly based on calculations. Questions related to this section are tricky and not to mention the level of difficulty in XAT. Thus, students should always be judicious while solving. Accelerating math skill and concepts can be of an added benefit for students.

Concentrate On The Figure Of Speech: Verbal & Logical Ability section consists of questions pertaining to reading comprehension, sentence correction, vocabulary based questions (words confused), para formation, and logical reasoning question. It is necessary for students to focus on the figure of speech including metaphor, personification, oxymoron, etc to solve the question easily.

Brush Up Your GK: The GK section may not determine your percentile but it is imperative for students to attempt the paper as it is part of your test. While reading ensures to glance facts related to economics, business, current events, books, authors and awards. Manorama and CSR books will a great source to meet all the required information.

Time Allocation: Time-allocation is a key strategy to crack the XAT. Try to maintain balance in all the section. Avoid spending much time on the difficult and tricky question, which you can feel it is difficult to crack. Managing time leads to attempt most of the question, which eventually lands in success.

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