Alternatively, you can register/login faster using
 
Register Free!
 
XAT 2016 Analysis
 

XAT 2016 Analysis

gaurav.dave ,  03-Jan-16

XAT 2016 maintained its reputation as the toughest exam of the season. The difficulty level of the overall exam was at par with the exam last year but with a new rule, more than 13 unattempted questions would ensure negative marks. These 13 questions were to be proportionately allocated among the three sections. Also, the total number of questions and number of questions per section were announced in advance, unlike earlier years. Like last year, GK (along with essay) was a separate section in the main exam but the difference was that 35 minutes were separately allocated to this section while the main test was for 2 hours and 50 minutes. In lines with the announcement made by the XAT authorities, the paper seemed to be less intimidating to non-engineers compared to earlier years due to a slightly easier QA section. Continuing the recent trend in XAT, each question had the same number of marks and constant one-fourth negative marking.


Summary

 

Paper I

Paper II (GK)

Total Questions

78

25

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

28-30

 

Paper I

1. Verbal Ability – 26 questions:

The Verbal Ability section was at par with the typical difficulty level expected from XAT and was also the toughest section of this test. It was a mix of relatively easier questions with others that were so difficult as to be best left alone.

The RC passages on Ayn Rand and Laws of Nature were the toughest of the four passages and should have been left alone. They were dense with a combination of difficult questions and tough to understand options. In contrast, the other two passages on economics and communication were less time consuming and should have definitely been attempted. On the whole, the RC questions were inferential, analytical or asked for analogous arguments.

Verbal Ability questions were a mixed bag with standard question types like jumbled sentences, critical reasoning and paragraph completion coupled with unusual questions like a poem from Jalaluddin Rumi and a question on correct pronunciation.

Overall, selecting the right questions was of utmost importance. It would have been better to not attempt questions (and lose 0.05 marks) rather than get the wrong answer and lose 0.25 marks.

16-18 attempts in this section would be a good performance. The cut-offs for this section are expected to be around 8-9 for BM and 7-8 for HRM. 

LO

Number of Questions

Reading Comprehension

13

Analogies

1

Jumbled Sentences

2

Paragraph Completion

1

Word Usage

1

Critical Reasoning

8

  

2. Decision Making – 23 questions:

This section was similar to last year in terms of passages and data being short and less number-intensive for the pure DM questions. Like last year, there were tricky question on prioritizing decisions.

Only 5 (the sets on real estate projects and crop scheduling) of the 23 questions were purely logical reasoning based. The set on real estate projects was conceptually very easy but the student had to be careful to avoid silly mistakes. On the other hand, the set on crops required creating schedules satisfying various parameters and was tricky as well as time consuming.

The sets on taxi drivers in Yashmund, Purshottam’s sweet shop and Crunchy Chips  were the easiest of the lot and should have been definitely attempted.

The sets on Chatterjee, research benefits and the three graduates in ABC corporation were on the tougher side.

On the whole, 11-12 questions could have been attempted in this section. The cut-offs for this section are expected to be 8-9 from BM and 7-8 for HRM.

Question Type

Number of Questions

Decision Making

18

Logical Reasoning

5


3. Quantitative Ability – 29 questions:

This was by far the easiest of the three sections. Within this section, the pure QA questions were on the easier side while the DI was slightly tricky.

There were two DI sets with 7 questions in all. The set on median and average salaries was slightly difficult to understand but a couple of questions could be solved very quickly using basic concepts of percentages and averages. The tabular set was based on a number of assumptions and was hence, borderline ambiguous. Both these sets could have been attempted right at the end.

The “should have been attempted” questions were: data sufficiency, venn diagrams on amusement park, both questions on triangles, the question on functions, base systems (which was incorrect), pipes, divisibility by 500, different routes by different people.

On the other hand, the question on two arcs of the circle, trigonometry, sharing of profits between ABC and XYZ were difficult and could potentially have avoided.

On the whole, the questions involved usage of multiple concepts but some of the simplicity this year was because 2-3 options could be eliminated very easily in most questions.

Approximately 13-14 attempts in pure QA and 2-3 attempts in DI (in around 55-60 minutes in all) would be a good performance in this section. The cut-offs for this section are expected to around 9-10 for BM and 8-9 for HRM.  

LO

Number of Questions

Ratio and Proportion

1

Profit, Loss and Discount

1

Time and Distance

2

Time and Work

1

Number Systems

1

Number Theory

1

Algebraic Formulae & Operations

1

Linear Equations

1

Inequalities

1

Triangles

2

Quadrilaterals and other polygons

3

Circles

1

Mensuration

1

Trigonometry

1

Sequences, Progressions and Series

1

Venn Diagrams

1

Functions

1

Data Sufficiency

1

Charts and Diagrams

4

Tables and Caselets

3


Paper II

This year, the GK section and essay were given as a separate question paper with 35 minutes allotted to them.

There was a lot of emphasis on current events. A well-read student would have been able to attempt atleast 12-14 questions.

The essay, like every year, was quite abstract – “Technology and nature are natural enemies”. However, there was no word limit given for the essay.

Click here for XAT Score Calculator - XAT 2016 Set A, set B, set C and set D answer keys available now!

Click here for the GK answer key!

Other resources by gaurav.dave
Related Resources on this topic
Report Abuse


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