January 6, 2019, is the date scheduled for the XAT 2019 exam. The level of competition is so high that every year almost one lakh students appear for the test. The candidates who have applied for the test can have an idea about the level of the difficulty from the previous year papers. It would help them to have a clear analysis and they can easily prepare a strategy.
If we talk about the XAT 2019 test, it was an online test conducted in total 314 centres. The total number of cities in which the test was conducted is 49. Kathmandu and Dubai were also two main centres. But there were some technical issues due to which it was rescheduled in two of its centers Kolkata and Gurgaon by XLRI.
XAT 2019 will have four sections:
- Quantitative Ability
- Logical reasoning and verbal ability
- Decision Making
- General Knowledge
Starting with the first section i.e. Quantitative Analysis, it has 27 questions and the level is easy. Then the next logical reasoning and verbal ability consist of 26 questions with moderate level. The third level is full of tricky questions. All 22 questions of this section are quite time-consuming. The last section tests the knowledge about current affairs in 25 questions.
XAT 2019 Vs XAT 2018 paper Pattern
|XAT exam year||XAT 2019||XAT 2018|
|Test duration||3 hours||3 1/2 hours|
|Number of sections||4||5|
|Subjective answer questions||No||Yes|
Sectional cut off required for the XAT 2019
Percentage Breakup of all sections
For different programs offered by XLRI, the percentage of cut off is diverse. The programs available are Business management, human resource management, and global management program. The sectional cut off is in this way:
- The cut off for the verbal ability for business management is 79.46%, for human resource management is 79.67% and for global management program is equal to or more than 5 marks.
- Decision making’s cut off was near about 76.84 in business management and 71.628% in human resource management. Though, the cut off for global management was the same as verbal ability and logical reasoning i.e. 5 marks and above.
- There was an increase in the cutoff of quantitative ability and Data Interpretation. It was 88.7% in business management and equal to or more than 6 marks in the Global Management Program. However, it was comparatively less in human resource management i.e. 70.07%.
The overall percentage of marks will be something like:
- Business management – 96%ile
- Human Resource management – 94%ile
- Global management program – 22 marks and above.
There were two parts of the XAT test. In the first part, there were three major sections i.e. Decision Making, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation. The time slot is 170 minutes to attempt these questions.
The other part contains the questions regarding General awareness. It has a section of Essay Writing as well. The candidates have to attempt this section in 40 minutes.
Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning
This section is expected to be easier than the other sections. It has a total 21 questions out of which 3 questions are mathematical in nature. Out of the other 18 questions, there are 8 sets consisting of 2-3 questions. Passages and other trick questions make the part confusing for the candidates. The tricky part is the number of correct answers that can be more than one. Click here to see our Decision making course
Logical reasoning and verbal ability
It is a tough section. Out of 26, there are 11 verbal ability questions and 15 reading comprehensions. The part is mostly reasoning based on puzzle questions and jumbled sentences or paragraphs. Three of the questions are to check vocabulary while there is only one question related to grammar correction. Some questions related to the correction of spellings are also expected.
There is five number of passages in which 15 questions are asked. The level of these passages is moderate. One of them can be difficult while other can be comparatively easy.
In 2018, this section was easier than previous years. The total number of questions in this section is 27, out of which 6 are from Data Interpretation and rest from quantitative ability. Arithmetic and Geometry seems to dominate the section. Data sufficiency is also expected in 2 questions.
This part is further divided into two sub-parts, static GA and current affairs. Out of 25 questions, 17 questions are from the static part and 8 are from GA. The static general awareness part consists of questions related to national topics and current affairs can be international as well. this part is a combination of easy and complicated questions. The topics can be based on any subject such as Business, Economy, History, Geography, and Politics.
But the good thing is there is no negative marking in this section and the students can attempt all the questions easily.
The above-stated information would help you make a strategy and prepare for the XAT 2019 in a better way. You need to focus on the sections and prepare for the important topics that carry high weight in the exam. Cracking the test is not an impossible task, but it’s all about the timing and preparation.
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