XAT 2016 Analysis

The difficulty level of XAT 2016 was almost similar to XAT 2015. This year the number of questions was reduced to 78 from 83(previous year) and on the other hand allotted time was increased, by 30 minutes. Due to these two reasons the cut-offs this year will be slightly higher in comparison to last year's cut-offs. This year another feature was that there was penalty for unattempted questions and it was only of 0.05 marks. However this feature is not going to affect the overall score significantly.
Overview of the Paper:
The paper had two parts: Part I and Part II. Part I was main question paper and Part II was General knowledge and Essay Writing. Part I had three sections A, B and C with 26, 23 and 29 questions respectively, i.e. a total of 78 questions. The three sections of Part I were followed by Part II that had 25 questions on General knowledge and an Essay topic. The time available for completing the three sections and general knowledge and Essay writing was 210 minutes. One was expected to answer first three sections in 210 minutes and General knowledge and Essay writing in 35 minutes. It was required for students to answer questions from all sections and expected to maximize score in each sections. General knowledge and Essay marks would have been used by all institutes at the time of final selection and not for short listing candidates for Interview/GD. The three sections were as follows:
Overview Of Different Sections
SectionsTotal MarksLevel
Verbal and Logical Ability26Tough
Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning23Moderate
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation29Moderate to Tough
Overview of the XAT Paper
Time allotted170 Minutes + 35 Minutes for GK and Essay
Total no. of questions78 + 25 (For GK)
Marking SchemEAll questions carry equal marks
Number of choices5
Negative MarkingOne fourth of a mark (& 0.05 for un-attempted questions)
XAT 2016 Expected Cutoff's
Score of 32+(approx. 95+%ile) :can expect a call from XLRI(BM) ,XIMB
Score of 28+(approx. 90+%ile):can expect a call from XLRI(HR) ,GIM ,LIBA,TAPMI,IFMR.
Score of 24+(approx. 80+%ile):can expect a call from XIME/XISS, Great Lakes , Welingkars
Score of 21+(approx. 70+%ile):can expect a call from Kirloskar, ISBM etc.
SECTION I: Verbal and Logical Ability
DescriptionNo. of Questions
Sentence Rearrangement2
Contextual Understanding4
Verbal Reasoning2
The Verbal section was moderately difficult and tested the candidates on their knowledge of the basics. Questions were asked on various concepts like Reading Comprehension.
The Verbal section was moderately difficult and tested the candidates on their knowledge of the basics. Questions were asked on various concepts like Reading Comprehension, verbal reasoning, Critical reasoning, verbal analogies, sentence rearrangement, contextual understanding and one question was based on pronunciation skills as well. In order to answer the questions well, it was imperative for the candidates to identify the traps set by the examiners.
Comfortable Attempt: 12+
Achievable Score: around 8
SECTION II: Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning
DescriptionNo. of Questions
Decision Making18
Analytical Reasoning5
All Decision Making questions carried equal marks. The Decision Making consisted of 23 Questions; including 5 Table based reasoning questions. The questions were relatively easier than the previous years, as most of them were easy to moderate, with very few difficult questions. They were based on Caselets and Case Studies taken from various areas - politics, district administration, business organization, small business units and retail shops -dealing with HR issues, Ethical Dilemma, Customer retention, Personal decisions. The length of the passages was shorter than those of the past few years. There were 2 sets on Analytical Reasoning. 1st set based on Simsys real estate project was of moderate level while the 2nd set based on Crop rotation was difficult to arrange. Overall the feel of the section was moderate to tough.
Comfortable Attempt: 14
Achievable Score: 8
SECTION III: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
DescriptionNo. of Questions
Algebra and Functions2
Number System3
Arithmetic sequence1
Pipes & Cisterns1
Bar Graph4
Tables Chart3
Base conversion1
Profit and Loss1
Data Sufficiency2
Time, Speed & Distance1
Set Theory1
SECTION III: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
The feel of this section was moderate to tough. Except 2-3 direct questions, all others were molded to form difficult questions. In DI also, the graphs were moderate to interpret but the questions required intensive understanding to answer them correctly.
Comfortable Attempt: 14+
Achievable Score: 8+
General Awareness
There were 25 questions in general awareness consisting of Static GK based questions covering Books Awards, Geography, History etc and Current Questions Based on Sports, Politics, Science and Technology, Economics Data and General terms etc. The difficulty level was tough.
Comfortable Attempt: 7
Achievable Score: 4
Essay Topic
"Technology and nature are natural enemies"
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