Alternatively, you can register/login faster using
 
Register Free!
 
XAT 2014 Analysis
 

XAT 2014 Analysis

TestFunda ,  20-Jun-16
XAT 2014 maintained its reputation as the toughest exam of the season. The difficulty level of the overall exam was somewhere between the last two years (which were easier) and 2011 (which was exceptionally difficult). However, unlike last year, GK was a separate section in the main exam. Though there were 10 minutes allocated to GK (officially), it could have been done at any time along with the other sections. Also, unlike earlier XATs, differential marking for questions and progressive (or differential negative marking) were absent. Each question had the same number of marks and negative marking was constant at one-fourth of the marks allotted to each question. 

Summary

 

Paper I

Paper II (GK)

Total Questions

83

20

                 103

Number of Sections

3

1

Options per Question

5

Negative Marking

1/4th of Marks for the Question

Marks per Question

Undisclosed

Expected Overall Cut-offs

24-26


Paper I 

Verbal Ability – 28 questions: 

The Verbal Ability Section in XAT 2014 was tougher than that in XAT 2013 partly due to the subject matter of the questions being more difficult to comprehend. There were new question types introduced which tested the candidate’s fundamental understanding of Critical Reasoning by asking him/her to classify various statements into categories mentioned in the question stem. The Fill in the Blanks questions were at par with last year’s and a student with a good vocabulary could easily use them to boost his/her score. The questions based on Grammar were fairly simple and required a lucid understanding of parts of speech and their usage. 

The Reading Comprehension passages were based on complex subject matter such as The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl Popper, Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and studies on Consumer Behaviour and Rationality. They required some familiarity with the subjects being discussed and would otherwise end up being too time consuming. Certain questions, such as those from the passage on Consumer Passion contained additional information besides what was given in the passage and were on the tougher side. Most of the questions in the Reading Comprehension passages required good ability to reason and infer from the subject matter, even more so with many questions having two extremely close options. Thus, selecting the right questions was of utmost importance in this section and it was better to not attempt questions where one wasn’t certain of the correct answer. 14-17 attempts in this section with at least 8-9 being correct would result in an adequate score in this section for XLRI. The cut-offs for this section are expected to be around 7-8. 

LO

Number of Questions

Reading Comprehension

15

Fill in the Blanks

5

Jumbled Sentences

2

Grammar

2

Critical Reasoning

4


Decision Making – 24 questions:
This section was at par with the 2013 paper. It had 24 questions, out of which 15 were on pure decision making (including two fairly tough questions on Critical Reasoning) and the remaining 9 were based on analytical reasoning. All three sets pertained to contemporary issues and were not tough if solved with diligence. The question set on Apple Inc. was lengthy but easy to understand and solve. The set on Intercontinental Business Management was also on the easier side and could be attempted with ease. The set on Bigmart was tougher than the others as one needed to be very careful while choosing the right sequence of actions. With the question stems being seemingly innocuous, one had to be very mindful while marking the answer to avoid silly mistakes. Among the questions based on analytical reasoning, the set on Krishna Reddy and profits was based on probability and was quite simple. However, one of the questions in this set did not have the correct answer in any of the options. There was a single question on linear arrangements that was a sitter and should definitely have been attempted. The set on the teacher and students was slightly tricky and could have been avoided.  15-16 questions could have been attempted in this section. The cut-offs for this section are expected to be 9-10. 

Question Type

Number of Questions

Decision Making

15

Tables and Caselets

3

Charts and Diagrams

1

Probability

4

Linear Arrangements

1


Quantitative Ability – 31 questions:
This section was of moderate level of difficulty. Most of the QA questions required sound knowledge of the topic. Both the Data Sufficiency questions along with the questions on increasing arithmetic sequence, Absolute value, Ratio and Proportion, Coordinate Geometry, finding length of the diagonal of the quadrilateral, finding number of quizzes (Prof. Suman), finding sum of digits of x(Amitabh and Sashi), finding value of ∑_(i=2)^100▒〖(1/log_i 100!)〗 etc. were manageable and could have attempted. However, the 9 DI questions in the section were trickier. Selection was critical among the DI sets. The table-based set (on tourism) looked calculation-intensive but was probably the easiest of the lot. The set with multiple bar-graphs was observation-based but the graphs were such that even calculating basic values became very difficult. Hence, it should have been partially attempted. The set on democracy and poor-rich was based on regression. A student with a good statistics background could have solved this faster. Approximately 12-14 attempts would be a good performance in this section. The cut-offs for this section are expected to be the lowest at around 6-7.  

LO

Number of Questions

Averages

2

Ratio and Proportion

1

Quadratic and Higher Order Equations

1

Inequalities

1

Linear Equations

1

Number Systems

1

Quadrilaterals and other polygons

3

Coordinate Geometry

1

Trigonometry

1

Circles

1

Mensuration

2

Sequences, Progressions and Series

3

Probability

2

Data Sufficiency

2

Charts and Diagrams

6

Tables and Caselets

3


Paper II

The GK section was given within the main paper but was to be solved separately in the last 10 minutes. However, the way the entire paper was given, one could have even attempted a question or two from the main sections in the time devoted to GK. 
Like IIFT, XAT this year has 5 Match the Column type GK questions (given without the columns). However, these were doable as knowing even a single value helped eliminate some options. The questions were very heavily skewed towards static GK but were from a vast variety of areas including business, politics, social service, finance, geography, history and the Indian Constitution. 
Hence, a well-read person would have been able to attempt at least 8-10 questions easily.  

Other resources by TestFunda
Related Resources on this topic
Report Abuse


 
 
©2008-2017   Enabilon Learning Private Limited. All rights reserved