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XAT 2019 Paper Analysis: Check Section-Wise Analysis Here

XAT 2019 has been successfully conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm. This was the 2nd time when the exam was conducted in online mode. Unlike the former years, where the exam was for 3 hours 35 minutes, this year it was a 3-hour test. According to XAT analysis, it was overall a little difficult exam. Because the paper was tough, it is expected that XAT cut off will remain low or same as previous year.

Highlights of XAT

  • It was a difficult examination as compared to previous years
  • Exam time was reduced by 30 minutes
  • There is no essay writing in XAT 2019
  • NAT- Numerical Answer Type introduced in XAT 2019
  • Visually impaired candidates get scribe facility and 25 minutes extra
  • There is no sectional time limit, however Part A should be completed within 165 minutes
  • You can only move to Part B after completing 165 minutes of Part A
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NAT- Numerical Answer Type

This is a new type of question introduced in XAT 2019. There is a different way of answering NAT questions. As per XAT analysis, introduction of this section has made the exam more difficult. To answer a NAT question, you need to virtual numeric keypad that appears below every question.

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT is an all online examination which has questions in the MCQ format. Every question has 5 options, from which you need to select 1 option as the correct response. XAT 2019 is divided into 2 parts- Part A and Part B with total 99 questions. There are namely 4 areas of assessment in the exam-

  1. Verbal and Logical Reasoning
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
  4. General Knowledge

Part A has total 74 MCQs which you need to complete within 165 minutes. There is no sectional time limit. Part B only has General Knowledge question which you must complete within 15 minutes.  Here is the section-wise question distribution for XAT-

Section Total questions (99)
Part A 74 (Total)
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Analysis and Data Interpretation 27
Part 2 25 (Total)
General Knowledge 25

Note- You can move to Part B only after completing 165 minutes of Part A.

XAT Marking Scheme

As per the marking scheme of XAT, for every correct answer, you will get 1 mark and for every incorrect answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions upto 8 questions. Beyond 8 unattempted questions, 0.10 marks will be deducted for each question that you leave unanswered. There is no negative marking in Part B, hence do not leave any question unanswered.

XAT Analysis

XAT Analysis

Because of the reduced exam duration, aspirants were pressurized to complete 99 questions within 3 hours. Overall the exam was a difficult one because some sections were extremely time-consuming. It is expected that XAT 2019 cut off will remain low because of the high difficulty level in the exam. To get a better understanding of XAT, here is the sectional analysis for each section-

XAT Analysis- Verbal and Logical Ability

There are total 26 questions in this section and majority questions from this section were from Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. It was overall a tough section and the vague reasoning in Reading Comprehension added to the difficulty. While most questions of Critical Reasoning questions were doable, some were really difficult.

Here is a table which will give you a clear picture of this section-

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Reading Comprehension 13 Moderate – Difficult 8-9
CR 5 Difficult 3-4
Poem Comprehension 2 (1 poem) Bizarre 1
Grammar – Correct the sentence 1 Easy 1
Para-jumble – 5 sentence 2 Moderate 1-2
FIB – 3 blanks 3 Difficult 1-2

XAT Analysis- Decision Making and Analytic Reasoning

This was an easier section in comparison to previous year Decision Making Section. The passages were shorter to read, hence, it was not time-consuming. There were only 3 questions from Mathematical/analytical Reasoning. The table below will give you a clear bifurcation of questions-

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Situational 18 Moderate 13-14
Mathematical + Analytical Reasoning 3 Moderate 2-3

XAT Analysis- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

As per XAT analysis, this was an easier section as compared to the last year. In QA section, most questions were from Geometry and Algebra. Of these 2, candidates found Algebra questions quite tough whereas Geometry was an easier section. Attempting around 14-16 quant questions and 4-6 DI questions is considered a good attempt.

The table below will give you an in-depth understanding of the various sections that made up this section-

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic 4 Easy
Algebra 6 Easy
Modern Maths 2 Easy
Geometry 4 Easy-Moderate
Number System 3 Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency 2 Easy
DI (Game based) 3 Easy
DI (Mixed Graph) 3 Easy-moderate
Total 11 Easy-moderate

XAT Analysis- General Knowledge

General Knowledge questions comprise Part B of XAT. Most of the questions in this section were 1 liners. However, there were a few questions with more than 1 correct option. In this section, if you attempt 12-14 questions, it is considered a good number.

The table mentioned below will give you a brief about the number of questions from each section-

Section No. of questions Difficulty Level
History 2 Difficult
Geography 3 Moderate-Difficult
Economy & Business 6 Moderate-Difficult
Current Affairs 3 Moderate
Personality & Awards 4 Moderate
Science & Tech 2 Easy
Polity 1 Difficult
Miscellaneous 2 Moderate-Difficult
Sports 2 Easy-Moderate
Total 25 Moderate- Difficult

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