XAT 2019 – Detailed Section Wise Analysis

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.

Sectional division

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
Essay writing No Yes

Sectional cut off required for the XAT 2019

Sections in XAT exam 2019Percentage 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.

Quantitative ability

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.

General knowledge

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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IIM Bangalore Shortlist & Admissions 2019-21

CAT 2018 Results were announced @iimcat.ac.in on January 5, 2019. The link CAT 2018 Results is made live on the official website of IIM. A ticker running on the website says ‘CAT 2018 Score Card is live and available for download. Reportedly, IIM Bangalore calls have already been released, with students already receiving calls from other IIMs. 

IIM Bangalore has a selection process for admission of the students in their Admission Programme 2019-21. This time around, the process seems to be more liberal as it focuses on the overall profile of the candidate, has a relaxed percentile cut-off and admission criteria. Alternatively, it has increased weightage for PI-WAT score in preparing the final merit list.

Another major criteria involves assessing the performances of the aspirants in the previous graduate programs and at the school level as well. Besides all this, the scores in the CAT exam play a major role followed by the marks in the personal interview.

However, the selection process of IIM Bangalore keeps on changing and upgrading. The faculty of IIMB refines the process and the system is formed to select the best students. It is indispensable for candidates seeking an admission to IIMB for the 2019-2021 session to apply for the CAT 2018 exam by September 19, 2018 and appear for the same on November 25, 2018. The Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) of IIM Bangalore is a Master’s level programme, and from this batch onwards would be awarding an MBA degree and not the PGDM degree like before. 

IIM Admissions 2019-21: About the Programme

The two year, full-time, residential programme PGP 2019-21 is designed to carve out leaders who can go on and thrive in the corporate world. Therefore, in order to train them perfectly, the programme spans six semesters within two years including a summer internship/project as well. The PGP programme at IIMB is highly sought-after because of its’ sustained placement records.

Click here to know about CAT 2018 Cutoffs

IIM Bangalore Admissions 2019-21: Eligibility Criteria

  • The basic eligibility criteria to secure an admission into this programme is to possess a Bachelors’ degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% in the same or an equivalent CGPA. For reserved categories (SC/ST/Pwd) the required aggregate is 45%.
  • The candidate must have appeared for the CAT 2018 exam and should have secured the minimum sectional and overall score to be shortlisted for an admission to IIMB.
  • Students in the final year of their Bachelors’ degree are also eligible to apply for CAT 2018 and subsequently gain admission into IIMB, provided that they have scored no less than 50% in their graduate programme and can produce a certificate from the Principal/HOD/Registrar of the institution they are studying in. 
  • IIM Bangalore further states that the admission of a candidate to the said institution will stand canceled unless he/she submits a certificate of proof from the Principal/HOD/Registrar of the institution they are studying in, stating that they have submitted all the necessary documents earliest by 30th June 2019. 
  • A final year student would be granted a provisional admission to IIMB unless they submit the final year marksheet and degree certificate of the Bachelors’ degree they were pursuing earlier. The last date to submit the same would be December 31, 2019.

IIM Bangalore Admissions 2019-21: Admission Criteria  

It is a two-step process. The shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT are 40% for CAT 2018 score, and 50% to Academics, while the final admission criteria give only 25% weightage to CAT 2018 score. 

IIMB has several parameters, based on its’ experience with good students from their previous PGP programmes,  viz; consistently good academic performance at higher and secondary school level, and in graduation as well, and a good score on the CAT 2018 exam. This is enough for them to gauge a candidates’ suitability to study and fit in in their institution. 

IIM Bangalore Admissions 2019-21: Selection Process 

There are two phases of the selection process, viz; 

  • Shortlisting candidates for PI-WAT on the basis of their respective CAT scores. Given below are the minimum scores required for every student to crack IIMB, section-wise, and category-wise: 
  • For PI, the candidate will be thoroughly assessed on the basis of his/her academic background, work experience and other personal attributes.
  • For WAT, there would be a thirty-minute essay writing test on several topics ranging from socio-political scenarios, economics, business, sports etc.
Category VARC DI/LR QA Aggregate
General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
SC 70 65 65 75
ST 60 60 60 70
PWD 50 50 50 60
  • Final selection round comprises of evaluating the academic performance and work experience of the candidate.
Parameters Weightage
CAT 2018 40
Class 10th Board 20
Class 12th Board 10
Bachelors’ degree 20
Gender diversity 2
Work experience 8
Aggregate 100

CAT 2018’s weightage can further be broken down into the following parts:

Subject Weightage
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 16
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) 14
Quantitative Aptitude (QA 10
Total 40

IIM Bangalore Admissions 2019-2021: Admission Process

Since the process involves assessing both the academic performance of the students alongside the CAT score and prior work experience, the following steps are then taken to further admit the candidate into the said institution:

  • To attend the screening process, the candidate must have scored the minimum sectional score and percentile in CAT 2018.
  • Candidates are short-listed for PI and WAT from amongst the other candidates who also satisfy the eligibility criteria.
  • Notably, IIM Bangalore will give precedence to candidates in the PI round who have both an excellent academic record and work experience but have not managed to score high in CAT 2018, over students who have a high CAT score but a poor academic profile and unsatisfactory work experience.
  • After the PI-WAT rounds, admission offers are then made by the IIMB to successful candidates. The final selection relies on the performance of the candidate in PI-WAT, previous academic record, CAT 2018 score, relevant work experience among others.
  • For IIMB, the final admission offer would be extended to the qualifying candidates in the last week of April 2019, after taking into due consideration their final score and weightage of all components. 

IIM Bangalore Admissions 2019-21: Fee Structure

Since the programme would stretch for two years and would be a full-time residential one, it is deemed to have certain expenses.

Have a look at the detailed free structure below:

Fee Component Fee amount (INR) Points to remember
PGP Programme fee (2 years) INR 21,00,000 Excluding taxes
Caution money (General) INR 15,000 To be paid one time
Caution money (Hostel) INR 5,000 To be paid one time
Mess charges INR 25,000 To be paid at the beginning of the semester

IIM Bangalore Admissions 2019-21 – Student intake

The general student intake at IIMB is 400 students. There is a high likelihood of this number going up for the session 2019-21.


Securing an admission into one of the most reputed institutes in India is not easy, but hey, nothing worth having comes easy! Reportedly, the PGP programme at IIMB has ranked among the top 25 in the QS Masters in Management Ranking 2018. This ranking aids prospective students in identifying leading institutes in a specific subject and assesses the institutes based on five diverse metrics such as alumni outcomes, class and faculty diversity, employability, thought leadership, and value for money. Therefore, needless to say, IIMB stands tall amid the other great management institutes and can definitely serve as a golden ticket to a terrific and bright future for its candidates.


CAP 2019: New IIMs Shortlist and Admission Criteria for PGP 2019-21.

The Common Admission Test (CAT)  is the entrance examination to secure admission into the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for the 2-year full-time residential Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA). An entry into any one of the IIMs means assuring oneself of an excellent start in the private sector corporate career. The 5 old IIMs are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kozhikode. Along with the 5 older ones, 15 new IIMs have been established in Udaipur, Indore, Rohtak, Shillong, Ranchi, Trichy and other places for all the MBA aspirants. All the new IIMs follow a common admission process called CAP 2019 for selected and shortlisting of candidates. In this article, we bring to you all that you have to know about CAP 2019. The entry-level exam for all of these IIMs is CAT, which is well-known as one of the most difficult tests in the country.

CAP 2019

Intake for the 2019-2021 batch

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Intake for 2019-2021 batch
IIM Bodhgaya 60
IIM Kashipur 220-260
IIM Raipur 280-320
IIM Ranchi 120-180
IIM Rohtak 240-280
IIM Sambalpur 60
IIM Sirmaur 60
IIM Trichy 180-260
IIM Udaipur 240
IIM Jammu 60
IIM Amritsar 105

Common Admission Procedure (CAP 2019)

The CAP is the sequence taken by the IIMs once the CAT results are announced. It starts from the stage of shortlisting of the candidates who have cleared the CAT test to the allocation of the seat to the candidate in the particular IIM.

It should be noted that clearing of CAT score is just one part of the selection procedure. It does not ensure that the candidate will secure the seat. There are more selection rounds and it is essential to clear all these rounds before the final seat confirmation.

With several new IIMs being established in the years from 2009 to 2016, they have set up their own admission procedure which is based on CAT scores and the CAP 2019.  The top CAT scorers get the call for the top 4 to 5 IIM’s and the rest are assigned to the remaining as per their score.

The CAP 2019 rules for the 9 new IIMs will follow more or less the same rules as was followed for CAP 2018. They can be listed down as follows:

  • The individual IIM’s will prepare the shortlisted names based on certain criteria. The combined list will be sent to IIM Ranchi which will follow the CAP 2019 for all the IIMs. 
  • From this combined list, candidates will be called for the Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI).
  • Admission status is displayed on the Common admission website. Normally this happens in the last week of January.
  • Any change of center request by the candidates is solely on the discretion of IIM Ranchi admission cell committee.
  • The WAT, PI will be conducted by the IIMs combined and on a common mode. (The GD is not applicable for the new IIM’s).
  • Each IIM will combine the following scores i.e. WAT, PI, CAT 2018, Profile of those candidates shortlisted by them and make their individual merit list and after that make the final offers to the candidates.
  • The final list of the candidates will be derived by the particular IIM according to its own criteria and the same will be displayed on its respective websites.
  • Candidates are informed that going through the CAP 2019- WAT &PI is mandatory for all the shortlisted candidates. The scores of the older IIM’s will not in any way be considered.  

It is to be noted that the CAP 2019 dates are normally fixed after a gap of 2 weeks from the CAT 2018 results announcements so that candidates get time to prepare. The shortlisted candidates will get the confirmation dates on their emails. The exam centers for CAP 2019 are Mumbai, Delhi, Banglore, Kolkata, and Chennai.  

Know more about IIM Admission Shortlist 2019.

CAT 2018 Results

The IIM CAT 2018 results has been announced on 5th January 2019. The list of shortlisted candidates for  Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion(GD) and Personal Interview (PI) will be announced in the last week of January 2019.

Components of New IIMs CAP 2019

Common Admission Process (CAP) 2019 for 9 or 11 new IIMs will consist of two components as the final selection round called the final admission stage. The shortlisted candidates for CAP 2019 will be required to appear for the following:

  1. Common Written Analysis Test (WAT)
  2. Personal Interview (PI)

All the 9 or 11 CAP participating new IIMs have similar shortlisting criteria but will announce their shortlisting criteria independent of others and despite going for Common Admission Process (CAP 2019), final merit list will be generated by each of them separately in their official website.

Key Steps in CAP 2019

  • Shortlisting by the Individual IIMs.
  • Each IIM sends the shortlist to CAP 2019 Coordinator – IIM Ranchi.
  • IIM Ranchi creates the Final List of Shortlisted Candidates for CAP 2019 Calls.
  • Candidates take part in the PI & WAT Process. 
  • CAP 2019 Scores will be sent by IIM Ranchi to participating IIMs.
  • All the IIMs prepare their own Final Admission List.

CAP 2019 Centres

The CAP 2019 comprising of Personal Interview and Written Analysis Test will be conducted at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata. The exact date for PI & WAT will be communicated to the short-listed candidates by IIM Ranchi which is Co-ordinating CAP 2019 for the new IIMs.


Preparing for the IIMs is certainly extremely difficult, to say the least. But the toil is worth every bit since the IIMs are among the best business schools in the world. So here’s wishing all the aspirants the very best for their endeavors in becoming the top managers in the future.

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Counselling Process For The New IIMs

The Common Admission Test is almost a month away. Everyone who takes the exam dreams of securing a seat in one of the IIMs. It is a well-known fact that the old IIMs especially the ABC trip is a tough nut to crack, but in the span of 5 years, 13 new IIMs have been opened all over the country. Though it is not easy to get into them, yet the admission process is relatively easier than that of the old IIMs.

IIMs and MBA

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is the premier full-time MBA & PGDBA institutes of the country. Getting an MBA admission into the IIM’s is a high turn point of the career. It is the sure ticket to lucrative and promising corporate positions. The starting salaries itself is more than the annual pay scale of those who have around six years of core job experience. The students who are keen to get into IIM start their preparation well before their final year graduation through online mock written tests and interviews. The IIM MBA combination is a bright career spot.

There are a total of 20 IIM’s in India. This includes the older IIM’s – the most famous in the older IIM’s are Ahmedabad, Bangalore & Kolkata.  They have the best of campus placements, and cream job offers for their pass outs. The selection procedure is stringent and competitive with only the best-securing seats. This does not mean in any way that selection criteria for other IIM’s are relaxed. Based upon the CAT entrance exam score, candidates would get selected to various IIM’s.

From 2009 to 2013, there are 13 new IIM’s which have opened across India. The IIM Rohtak was first of the lot in 2009, and IIM Jammu the last one in 2016. This has helped the increasing number of candidates to get due recognition for their efforts and aspirations. The doubling up of IIM’s across the country has also led to a stiffer competition among the premier institutes for better and more numbers of placements.

CAT counseling for the IIMs

After the CAT exam results being released, the IIM’s start the CAT counseling procedure. This is not to be mistaken for counseling advice sessions.  

Normally CAT results are announced in January, and the counseling starts immediately afterward. The steps can be briefly listed down as follows –

  • Email is sent by official committee specifying the date of WrittenAbility Test (WAT), Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.
  • Candidates who want to participate in the CAT counseling should verify their documents at the CAT exam counseling helpline center. These include – counseling letter, admit card letter, CAT score sheet, Bank Draft, Academic mark sheets, Graduation certificate, other statutory docs, etc.
  • After documentation verification, the candidate needs to go online and confirm registration on the website of the college and with the choices. The confirmation mail or SMS will be sent.
  • Reach the particular IIM and submit the allotment letter.
  • The particular IIM starts the second round selection process after CAT.
  • Candidates are invited as per CAT score, Academics, work experience if any.
  • The WAT, GD, and Interview are conducted.  However, some of IIM’s have eliminated GD as of latest procedures.
  • The WAT is a test of written and verbal ability. An essay topic on current affairs is given, and candidates have to analyze the same.
  • GD will be between a group of 8 to 10 persons, and it assesses the interpersonal communication skills.
  • The Personal interview will be an assessment of the candidate and their confidence levels.

IIM Trichy

IIM Trichy was set up in the year 2011. It offers the 2-year full-time programme in Post Graduate Programme (PGP) and a two year Post Graduate Programme in Business Management (PGPM) for business graduates. The former is in Tiruchirappalli Campus and the latter in Chennai.

Admission to IIM Trichy is through CAT exams and then the Common Admission Procedure (CAP) which is coordinated by IIM Ranchi for all the new IIM’s. Final Selection is through the WAT and the Personal Interview (PI) as per the CAP.  

The overall scores needed section-wise are as follows

CAT – 50%,

WAT- 14%,

PI – 14%,

Academic Profile – 10%,

Work experience- 2%,

Professional Qualification- 2%,

Gender Diversity – 2% (applicable to females).

CAT Exams

The annual Common Admission Test (CAT) exams are the first level qualifying exams into the IIM’s. The minimum academic criteria to appear for the exam are graduation in any stream with Minimum 50% marks.  Final year students are also eligible to apply. Those awaiting their results are also eligible to give the exams.

The CAT is an online computer test which has a total of 100 questions. Most of the questions have objective type answer marking, i.e. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).  There are three sections to the exam –

  • Verbal and Reading comprehension
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude

Vigorous preparation is required to pass the CAT exam. As a norm, most of the candidates start preparing from the second year of graduation through the mock test of previous papers and taking training help from professional CAT coaching centres.

The CAT exams of 2018 will be held on November 25th, 2018 and the results will be announced in January 2019.

Some of the career benefits of doing MBA from the new IIMs

It is not just subject and technical knowledge and that sets the tone for proper career growth; personality development is also needed and is of great importance to become a successful manager.  Business demands many other skills like customer interaction, public relations, diplomacy, working capital rolling, etc. All round growth is a prerequisite these days. The new IIMs curriculum is designed to address all these needs too.  

The new IIMs are heavily focussing on the branding aspects to market themselves as top-notch institutes at par with the older ones. And they are every inch successful since commencement with brilliant placement records that have shattered all doubts about their credibility, being new in the field (source). Salary packages as high as INR 53.75 lakhs have also been recorded in 2016 (source).

The corporate structure is evolving and changing by the day.  In the present era, it is the frontline manager who takes risks and high pressure, and accordingly, they are rewarded even if their tenure in the organization is very short. An MBA from the new IIMs will gear you up to become the perfect candidate that all top-notch organizations would look for.


CAT 2018: IIMs admission criteria changed, planning to take more non-engineers

If you are a CAT 2018 aspirant, this news will definitely bring a smile on your face. IIMs have decided to include more questions from management studies in order to attract more non-engineering students.
This comes as a hint to CAT 2018 aspirants just a month before the exam. One can easily predict what kind of questions will now dominate the CAT 2018 exam paper.


But why did IIMs decide to focus on different questions?


Because the classrooms in IIM continue to be dominated by men and engineers. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are trying to add diversity to their classrooms.

This will ultimately show up in corporate boardrooms of domestic as well as international companies in the next few years. IIMs do not want the CAT pattern to be biased towards engineering students.

They have realized the need for academic diversity and have thus, acted on it.

Is the CAT 2018 exam pattern also changed?


No. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have decided that the questions will be framed in a manner to create a level field for students from all streams.

It would be equally tough the crack the management entrance exam for all streams – arts, commerce, engineering and management. There is no plan to change the pattern this year.

The CAT examination (CAT 2018) will have same exam paper pattern but will neutralize the engineering bias that the questions used to have.

Is it to promote gender diversity?


It is true that the IIMs are concerned about the problem of gender diversity. According to a report published by The Economic Times on 3rd August, 2018, the percentage of women at IIMs has gone down a little this year. The report says- ‘Women constitute 26% of the class of 2018-20 at IIMs Ahmedabad, Kozhikode and Calcutta, compared with 30% in the previous batch. At IIM-Bangalore, their share has remained unchanged at about 28% for three years now. The only outlier among top IIMs is Indore, where women comprise 39% of the new batch, but that too is down from last year’s 41%’.


Percentage of women in IIMs A,B, and C

Courtesy- Factly


What kind of questions will now come in CAT 2018?


This year, CAT exam will be conducted by IIM Calcutta. CAT 2018 convener and IIM Calcutta professor Sumanta Basu has confirmed that broad pattern of CAT exam will remain same.

Like previous years, CAT 2018 exam will also have three sections – Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Data interpretation and logical reasoning, and Quantitative ability.

However, the type of questions asked in each of these sections will differ. There will be some change, as IIM Calcutta is working in framing the right kind of questions.

The focus of all questions asked in CAT 2018 will be on testing the fundamentals of a candidate. This would extend equal opportunities to all candidates.

How were the previous year’s CAT exam questions?


If one goes by the analysis of top CAT institutes and scorers, there has been a great favoritism towards testing reasoning and analytical ability. Less attention has been given to testing grammar and vocabulary of a candidate.

This is why engineers used to have the upper hand in the CAT exam since past few years. In all 20 IIMs in India, the majority of the students are bachelors.

What else is IIM Calcutta doing to minimize the engineering bias?


There is a change in the selection process of IIMs too. This change is also a result of IIMs’ decision to add academic diversity to their business schools.

IIM Calcutta allots only 15 points to CAT percentile score (out of 50) in selection process. The rest 35 points are distributed as 24 points for the personal interview (PI) and 5 points for written ability test (WAT).

Clearly, a candidate who can write well on a given topic has a higher chance of getting through IIM Calcutta. On the other hand, someone who is good in analysis but has poor writing and communication skills will not survive.

What about the engineers?


It is evident that IIMs want to take more non-engineers. But, this does not imply that engineering students cannot qualify CAT 2018.

If you have a good grammar and vocabulary, i.e. you have good analytical and English skills, nobody can stop you from getting into an IIM. No matter what, the IIMs would not compromise on the quality of students they take.

Here is some data depicting the percentage of students from engineering and non-engineering backgrounds at IIM A.



As you can see, almost 70% of the students are from engineering colleges. Around 52% are from the top engineering colleges such as the IITs, NITs, and BITS.




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An effective guide to excel in CAT 2018 exam

CAT or the Common Admission Test, is one of the most difficult entrance examinations in the country. The exam is conducted by the IIMs, which is the autonomous body for management education in India. A high score on the CAT exam significantly increases your chances of getting a call from any of the 20 IIMs of the country.

CAT features a vast syllabus divided into sections. More than the difficulty level of the exam, it is the high number of students who take it every year that makes this exam one of the toughest to crack. In 2018, 2.41 lakh students took the exam. Hence, as you can see, it is a highly competitive exam.

CAT 2018 how to attempt the exam

CAT 2018 will be held on 25 November 2018. Here are a few things you should know while attempting the exam:

CAT 2018 Pattern: Sectional Composition


Section Name    Total Questions Total MCQs (with negative marking) TITA Questions with no negative marking Total Maximum Marks
VA/RC 34 24 to 27 7 to 10 102
DI/LR 32 24 to 27 8 to 10 96
Quant 34 23 to 27 7 to 11 102

CAT 2018 Examination – Detailed Strategy


Given below are some important strategies which you should adopt to ensure your success in the said examination. These strategies can help you to finish the paper and extensively revise it in the examination hall.

1. Cat 2018: Read the question paper properly

CAT is an online test wherein you have to select the ‘Question Paper’ tab. You will be able to go through all the questions belonging to the particular section. The aforementioned tab will be visible on the right-side top of the screen. Begin with the questions you are most sure of. Remember to select some more questions for backup. These may help you to clear your cut-off for the CAT 2018 exam.

You should always select the answers in a speed that you can spare some time for revision.

2. Start the test with the questions you are most comfortable in

The only choice you can make while giving CAT  2018 exam is choosing either of the two sets of questions available in the sets. You can either choose the section of Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability or the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section. The first section comprises of 34 questions and the second one consists of 32 questions. As it is a test which has pre-determined sections, you cannot randomly select the questions. You should always select your best-known questions to boost your confidence right from the beginning.

3. For CAT 2018, try not investing too much time on one question

When appearing for the CAT 2018 exam, you should always be mindful of the amount of time devoted to each question as this is a time-bound examination. Therefore, you should answer the easiest questions on priority basis, which you can answer in a heartbeat and within a couple of minutes. Moreover, you should consider preventing a situation where you have a large number of questions left for very little time. Try completing the questions related to Quantitative Ability first as they consume more time than the other sections.

4. Resort to the Mark for Review option

You may face a situation where some tricky questions may come, no matter how carefully you have selected the questions. These questions can consume much of your time, so, in such a case you should always go for the Mark for Review tool. This tool allows you to come back to a question if you skip it anyway, or mark it to be solved later. The review system also helps you to do a complete revision of the paper once you have finished it. You should always use this tool in case of the examinations of the IIMs.

5. Time Management is key to cracking CAT 2018

Time management is one of the most important aspects you should keep in mind while appearing for an exam like CAT. You have to consider each set of the CAT exam to be a separate one. A section wise time-management plan can always help you to easily complete the question paper once you have selected the most convenient set of questions. The approximated time management is given below.

  • Quantitative Ability Test- The two rounds may need 35 minutes and 23 minutes respectively.
  • Data Interpretation section– You must not need more than 7.5 minutes to solve each set. So, you need a total time of 30 minutes to complete the paper.
  • Logical Reasoning section– Same as Data Interpretation, you should consider the same needs as the above.
  • Verbal Ability section– You should devote no more than 18 minutes to complete this paper in the CAT 2018 test.

6. Make an extensive use of the rough worksheets

In the examination hall, rough sheets and pencils will be delivered to you prior to the examination. You must always write each procedure of the various problems in the rough sheet. The exam officials for the CAT exam do desire to view the rough work based on the question, in order to understand your method of deducing the same. You should perfectly work out the problem before deducing the answers. Always avoid answering the questions without mentioning the rough work. Remember, CAT 2018 is no cakewalk and assesses your meticulousness as well.

CAT 2018 gives you an opportunity to select questions as per your individual choice. It is always better for you if you attempt a constant amount of questions from each section. Most of the IIMs look for the candidates who are perfect in all the papers. You can reduce your chances at cracking the examination if you ignore selecting enough number of questions from a particular section. This is a good strategy which you should always remember while appearing for the examination.

7. Staying calm is essential for cracking CAT 2018

You should try being stressed or pressured in the examination hall. It is quite natural that you may lack a bit of confidence on the first instance of reading the question paper, and there might be questions that you do not know the answers of that might tend to upset you.  In such a situation, calm your mind down and try reading all the questions as you may feel confident while selecting the questions. It is advisable to not go for last minute revisions. Fellow candidates might distract you the most in the name of last minute revisions. Be sure of your abilities and preparation and rest assured, CAT 2018 examination would be a smooth sail for you, regardless of if you crack it or not.

8. Use calculator extensively in CAT 2018

Non-scientific calculators are lately allowed in case of the CAT  2018 examination as per the change of the norms. You can easily use the calculators in case of doing the rough work., though aspirants are of the opinion that the speed math technique trumps the usage of calculators. In case of Data Interpretation section for CAT 2018, these calculators prove to be beneficial.

Summing up, CAT 2018 is an aptitude test which requires effective time-management and a clear head to navigate through each section properly. One must stay positive during the exam and remember that this exam, like any other, is all about what you know rather than what you don’t. Therefore, focus on your strengths and try and attempt the exam as best as possible and do not forget, there is always a next time!


XAT 2019 Decision Making Preparation Strategy

What is XAT 2019?

XAT is known as the Xavier Aptitude Test. It is a national level entrance examination and the second largest MBA entrance exam to seek admission into PGDM programs in XLRI, IMT, XIMB and over 140 reputed management institutes. XAT 2019 will be conducted on January 6, 2019, and will be conducted in an online mode by XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Features of XAT 2019

1. It is a single day and single session exam. After 60 years, it will be conducted in an online mode rather than offline mode.

2. XAT 2019 will not be having an Essay Writing Test.

3. The time duration for XAT 2019 will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4. XAT 2019 process is online. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers would help in filling out the XAT Application Form.

XAT 2019 Exam Pattern: Highlights

Mode of Exam Online
Duration 3 hours
Number of questions 100 questions
Sections 4
Type of questions Objective and Subjective
Medium of examination English

XAT 2019: Exam Pattern

The paper is divided into four sections viz; Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

Name of the Section Number of Questions
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 22
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 25

XAT 2019: Marking Scheme 

Each correct answer will have one mark and each wrong question will have 0.25 marks deducted as negative marking. After twelve unattempted questions, there will be a negative marking of 0.05 marks for every unattempted question.

XAT 2019: The Decision-Making section

Out of the aforementioned sections, Decision Making is considered one of the toughest among all the sections. The number of expected questions for this section would be 20-25 questions. XLRI has always conducted the XAT exam. But this section was introduced only in 2012. Before that around 8-10Decision-Makingg questions would feature in the Logical Ability section. After 2012, XAT decided to dedicate an entire section to these questions. Now the XAT exam features a separate section for Decision Making.

The syllabus includes Analytical Reasoning, Case lets, Situational, Data Arrangement Sets.

Here is a table represents the XAT Percentile cut-off for XLRI PGDM and HRM courses.

Section Number of Questions Total marks Cut-off (percentile) for PGDM Cut-off (percentile) for PGDM HR
Verbal and Logical Reasoning 26 26 79.46 (M), 75 (F) 79.66 (M), 75 (F)
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 27 88.7 (M), 80 (F) 70.07 (F), 65 (F)
Decision Making 21 21 76.84 (M), 75 (F) 71.62 (M), 70 (F)
Total 74 74 94 (M), 92 (F) 92 (M), 92 (F)

XAT 2019: Types of Decision Making questions 

As you can see, Decision Making has played a significant role in boosting your percentile. Therefore, this trend will continue in XAT 2019 as well. 

Since 2012, there has been observed a considerable increase in the importance of this section.

The questions are Multiple- choice Questions framed in groups. A particular situation relating to a business or day-to-day activities is given, followed by either one or multiple questions. They are all in the MCQ format.  XAT 2019 will follow the same format. 

XAT 2018: All about the Decision-Making section

The XAT syllabus consists of four wide sections, as already mentioned earlier. Among them, this section of Decision Making is a unique one. Therefore, if you master it properly, it can be a serious percentile booster.

No other exam in India has a section on Decision Making. The main objective behind including this section is to analyze the reasoning ability of a candidate.

The points below lists the main objectives of including this section:

1. It is to see whether the candidate is able to take ethical and/or unbiased decisions in times of need.

2. To test your capability in understanding a particular situation and balancing ethics with practicality.

3. To assess the ability to comprehend the situation that may have multiple dimensions to consider.

4. Lastly, to understand the various ethical dimensions of any question and then choose the most suitable answer.

Here is a topic-wise break up of Decision Making questions in XAT 2018. Enroll in our XAT Decision Making Course.

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Situational 18 Moderate 13-24
Mathematical+ Analytical Reasoning 3 Moderate 2-3

How to prepare for the XAT 2019 Decision-Making section

XAT 2019 lays a lot of emphasis on this section. Hence, it can be crucial to your score and percentile. You need to focus properly on this section.

XAT Decision Making

The best, as well as the toughest part, is that this section has no fixed syllabus. Therefore, you need to be very thorough and only enough practice can help you ace it. 

Additionally, the following points will help you in preparing the section well and acing it in XAT 2019.

1. Understand the XAT Decision Making section

Most students tend to neglect this section because it does not come with a fixed syllabus. However, that should not be the case. This section also requires equal effort and dedication in order to excel in it as the others. Reiterating here that it can boost your percentile. And, a single point percentile makes a great difference in the process of selection. Thus, you need to take this Decision-Making section seriously in XAT 2019.

2. Take XAT Mock Tests regularly

Take XAT mock tests regularly in order to assess your preparation before the exam. Mock Tests help you understand your weaknesses and strong points before the D-day.

3. Practice XAT Decision Making previous years’ questions

The more you solve Decision-Making questions, the better grip you get on this section. Thus, it is advisable that you solve previous year papers too. These questions will give you a fair idea of the kind of Decision Making questions asked over the years.

4. Give sufficient time to this section

The XAT syllabus is a vast one and most often, candidates are so engrossed in preparing the QA and VA sections that they ignore Decision Making. Nevertheless, it is not too late to start working on this section if you haven’t started already. In the last weeks, make sure that you solve as many questions as you can. You should dedicate a few hours every day solely to this section if you wish to get a proper knack of it. 

5. Learn to sift through data 

One should definitely enhance the mental calculation that is crucial to excel in this section and try to learn juggling with information. One should know how to sift through the given data and extract the required information from it. Learning tabular and tick-cross methods would also prove to be helpful. 


XAT is anyway a low scoring exam. Therefore, you can not afford to ignore the Decision-Making section for XAT 2019. If you want to ace it, then a proper study of the same is necessary. Do not let the lack of syllabus dissuade you from giving proper attention to this section. A smart approach and a solid presence of mind backed by rigorous practice is the key to crack this section.


Preparation strategy for XAT 2019 Decision Making

XAT has been asking questions on decision making for a few years now. It is one of the most important sections of the XAT 2019 exam. The importance of XAT 2019 Decision Making has gone up drastically after 2012. Earlier there were only 8-10 questions in this section, and it was covered under Analytical Reasoning. Now, it has become a section of its own.

XAT Decision making questions over the years

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Decision Making 10 8 10 12 25 25 21 24 23 21 21
Total 120 104 104 101 85 91 83 84 103 97 97

More about the XAT 2019 Decision-Making section

This section is unique to the XAT exam. XAT lays a lot of emphasis on this section. It, in fact, if mastered properly, this section could be your secret to getting a high percentile in XAT. It is the most unique aspect of XAT. No other MBA exam in India features this section. The idea behind this section was to analyze the ability of the candidates to make ethical and unbiased decisions.

Decision Making is a unique section to XAT and this section comprises of mix managerial, mathematical and behavioral oriented questions. This is not the part that tests your theoretical knowledge but it challenges the basic assumptions and checks the abilities of your understandings towards the real-world problems depicted in the cases. 

  • Avoid Personal Opinion and never permit personal opinions to cloud your ruling.
  • Many options those present extreme scenarios are in fact cunningly covered opinions. These opinions demand to emotions and attract you to choose them.
  • Question yourself and then make decisions

Essentially, these questions are a test of the following:

  • your ability to understand the various ethical dimensions to a question and select an appropriate answer.
  • The way you understand the situation and balance ethics and practicality.
  • your ability to comprehend situations, which might have multiple dimensions to it.

XAT 2019 Decision Making Pattern

Here is a table showing the pattern of the XAT 2019 Decision Making section

Total questions 21 – 25
Type of questions MCQ
Question groups Decision-making problems followed by 2-3 questions each
Difficulty level Moderate to difficult

Preparation strategy for XAT 2019 Decision making

Now, we come to the crucial part of this article. So, how do you ensure that you ace this section and increase your percentile? This section throws various business and everyday situations at you where you are meant to establish what the various stakeholders can do in the situation. It is one of the trickiest section of the XAT exam because it comes with no fixed syllabus. There are no words you can learn, no formula you can cram, that would help you score high on it. So how can you prepare well for this section?

preparation strategy for XAT 2019 Decision Making

  • Don’t neglect.
    This is one of the commonest mistakes that students make. They feel that since this section analyses their ability to think rationally and in a fair manner, they don’t need to practice it beforehand. They think that they would solve it on the spot. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Like any other topic, Decision Making also requires practice and effort if you wish to excel in it. Especially in an exam like XAT, which anyway is a low scoring exam, it would make all the difference between 98%ile and 89%ile. Hence, students are requested to take this section seriously.
  • Take mock tests
    One way to effectively prepare for this section is to take as many mock tests as possible. The more you practice, the more will you grow accustomed to the pattern of this section. This section might look easy, however, it can catch you off-guard. So practice more, in order to be comfortable with the kind of questions asked in this section. Mock tests will also help you understand the pattern of this section. You will solve questions on ethical dilemmas, financial issues involving sales, revenue etc. of a company, employee management issues, and general management scenario.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers
    Since there is no syllabus to give you a clear idea about the kind of questions that are asked on this section, hence it is important that you solve previous years’ question papers to gain familiarity.
  • Spend time on XAT Decision Making
    A lot of students spend a lot of time preparing for Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, and the Verbal Ability sections, however, ignore Decision Making. This could be because these sections are common to all the entrance exams. Decision Making is unique. Only XAT has it. Make sure that you spend the final weeks leading to the exam preparing for this section.
  • Understand the gist of the question
    You should understand what the question demands while solving it. The questions in this section are like case studies. They usually revolve around two things-
    – The situation and the ideal course of action you can take
    – The reason for such a situation to arise
    You need to read the questions with a clear mind, and a logical approach. It requires you to go through predominantly lengthy questions and analyze and interpret the information provided.

XAT 2019 Decision Making is a tough nut to crack. It is tricky and requires a smart approach and presence of mind. Hence, regular practice is the only way to ace this section.

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10 Dos and Don’ts for CAT 2018

Undoubtedly, CAT 2018 is one countdown you must be keeping track of. The final test is on November 25th 2018 and with each passing day, your anxiety level must be rising.

Here we are to help you with the dos and don’ts. It is a great thing to be optimistic about life. Time is really running out and all we have is now.

Let us have a look at the ‘dos for the CAT 2018 exam’ first.

CAT 2018 exam pattern

Section  No. of Questions Total marks Duration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 102 60 minutes
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 96 60 minutes
Quantitative Ability 34 102 60 minutes
Total 100 300  180 minutes


Do’s for CAT 2018

  • Do regular reading: Every CAT aspirant must inculcate a regular reading habit. Reading improves your verbal ability section. It also helps in increasing the overall speed of attempting CAT exam. The faster you are able to read questions and understand them, the faster you can answer them. Thus, CAT 2018 will be answered easily.
  • Do take up diagnostic mock tests: Yes. When you are just a month away from writing CAT 2018 exam, you must take up diagnostic mock tests. Wondering what it is? Well, a diagnostic mock test is one which lists out your weaknesses so that you can work on them. The sole purpose of taking the test should be knowing and acknowledging mistakes. You must not underestimate the scores of mock tests. They speak volumes. Career Anna’s online mock tests cover all the aspects of the CAT exam.
  • Do revisions of prepared topics: Thoroughly revise all formulas, concepts and topics at least once before the CAT exam. In the process of revision, you will realize what is slipping out of your memory. Brush those topics again. You are fully prepared only when you have gone through all the prepared topics. The best is having full command of everything prepared. You should be completely confident about all those sections. 
  • Do time yourself for accuracy: CAT exam has negative marking for wrong answers. So, it is pretty important ‘do thing’ for CAT aspirants to keep a note of accuracy. This includes the filtering of questions from unprepared topics and prioritizing sections. You must be able to answer CAT 2018 questions correctly in a specified period of time.
  • Do take sufficient rest before exam: Exhausting your energy in extensive studies or practice before CAT 2018 exam is not advised. Take proper rest and keep our mind relaxed before CAT. Get sufficient sleep so that you are not tired. Eat healthy food and maintain good health. Ultimately, this is what will help in scoring well.

These are 5 dos for CAT exam. Likewise, there are many things that form the ‘don’ts for CAT exam’.

Don’t for CAT 2018

  • Don’t practice using pen and paper: Refrain from practising offline mock tests.These are not present online, but the actual exam is. You need to be well versed with online mode of examination. You need to understand and be comfortable with the online pattern. Career Anna’s online mock tests for CAT 2018 provide a good practice.
  • Don’t sit back to prepare a totally new topic: This is a big blunder that many CAT aspirants do. At the last moment, sitting back and preparing a totally new topic will be dangerous to your CAT 2018 score. Instead, you should focus on revising previous topics. Do not think that last moment things will work.
  • Don’t sleep in the timings of CAT exam: At the eleventh hour, you must ensure that you don’t feel sleepy while writing the main exam. The CAT score will not spare you for this. You are responsible for all your actions while writing CAT 2018 exam. Your mind should be completely alert during those unforgettable 3 hours of CAT exam.
  • Don’t underestimate plan and strategy: If you meet CAT toppers, all will advise you to have a plan and strategy. It is cleverly said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It is important to strategize before entering the CAT testing room. Do not bank upon your peer’s strategy because everyone has different capabilities. Plan something of your own, for yourself, based on your preparation.
  • Don’t miss out on the time boundation: Each section in CAT 2018 exam will have a time boundation. Don’t go to attempt tough questions, which are out of your level. You will not be able to attempt the full section in this way. Look out for the review tab in the CAT exam interface and see what all questions you have answered in that section. If you have answered too few questions in the section, try speeding up and answer some more. Every minute in the CAT 2018 exam is important.

While these are the 10 secrets to scoring well in CAT, we would advise you to be honest to yourself and be consistent.

Nothing was difficult, nothing is. You’ve got this with you. All the best!

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IIFT 2018 Admit card: Important dates and FAQs

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi is going to release the IIFT 2018 admit card on the 26th of November, 2018. The admit card will be on the website. Applicants who are willing to register for the entrance exam must fill up the IIFT Exam form within 24th September 2018. The candidate must fill in their correct name and then register. Upon completion of the form, the candidates are supposed to go for the payment of the application fees. Only then, they can download the IIFT admit card. The admit card must comprise of the necessary documents that will help the applicant to sit for the exam. The examination is scheduled on the 2nd of December,2018. The absence of the IIFT Admit card will ensure direct cancellation of the candidates from appearing for the exam. 

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Furthermore, the candidates are going to receive all the important details related to IIFT 2018 admit card, like, the procedure to download the form, the details all on the website. Have a look at the important dates.


Events Dates
IIFT 2018 Registration Commences August 6, 2018
Last date of application for all categories September 24
Admit Card November 16
IIFT 2018 exam December 2, 2018

Wondering How Can You Download the IIFT Admit Card 2018?


  • Applicants are expected to visit the official website and click on the link that will help them download the admit card. This is how your screen would look



  • The redirecting page from the website will seek for the applicant’s name and application number.
  • Click on the submit button after filling the form. 
  • Next, the page with your admit card would appear.
  • Download and get a print out of the IIFT hall ticket for the entrance examination.

The link will be available here as soon as the admit card is set to release. Keep a check on the website regularly.

After the candidates are done with downloading the IIFT 2018 Admit Card, they are strictly advised to go through the admit card and check all the personal information carefully. Such as name, photograph, signature, address etc. In case, the candidate finds any mistake, it is necessary to notify the exam officials instantly and get it corrected.

Information Required To Fill Up The Form

The IIFT 2018 Exam admit card contains all the below-mentioned information essential for you to sit in the test.

  • The name of the candidate
  • Signature of the candidate
  • Recent image of the candidate
  • Correct Roll Number and Application number of the Candidate
  • Name and address of the center of the Exam Hall
  • Date and Time for Reporting
  • The instructions you should follow during the exam

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Important Documents For IIFT 2018

The applicants for the IIFT Exam must carry a photo identity proof on the day of the examination. The absence of photo ID will lead to cancellation of the application. Along with Photo ID, you have to carry the below-mentioned documents for verification.

  • Pan Card
  • Adhaar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • Driving License
  • College ID Card
  • Passport

If you changed your name after marriage, then you need to fetch relevant documents to prove it. A document like an affidavit or marriage certificate that is recognized by the govt would do. 

IIFT 2018 Exam – Frequently Asked Questions


  • When will the admit card release?

As per the notification, the admit card will release by November 16.

  • How can I procure the Admit card?

IIFT will release the admit card online. Therefore, you can download it from the website using your login credentials. Verify all the details carefully before taking out a printout.

  • Can there be any change in the Center?

Applicants can mail for the change of center before the 5th of November and talk to the exam officials in case of an emergency. However,  IIFT will charge Rs 1000. There will be no acceptance of requests in the offline mode. Click here to change your center. 

  • How many centers are there all over India?

The exam centers of IIFT 2018 are located in 20 cities across India. Major cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai will be among the IIFT exam centers 2018. 

Note: Do not carry any soft copy of the admit card, an only hard copy of the IIFT 2018 Exam admit card is permitted. Get a print out after downloading the card from the official website.

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How to land an interview call from XLRI Jamshedpur

Students appearing for XAT, 2019 must be targeting XLRI Jamshedpur. It is the most aspired B-school.  If you are also dreaming to get admission in it, we are representing the last year cut offs for your reference.

The cut offs were announced by XLRI after the declaration of XAT test. The selected ones were called for the interview. The main basis of selection is the GMAT scores and the score of XAT. Admission in PGDM-BM program is based on GMAT score. The students who score 720 or more will get chance to study in the prestigious college.

The cut offs in 2018 have been like this:

For PGDM-BM program, the cut off in 2018 was 79.5% in verbal ability, cut off for decision making was 76.2 %. The quantitative ability had higher cut off than other i.e. 88.3%. The overall percentage required to crack the exam was 96.

PGM-HR program

The cut off for verbal ability was near about 79.2% while for Decision making, it was lesser than VA i.e.    71%. In HR, the cut for quantitative ability was comparatively less i.e. 70.5%. the overall cut off was 92%.

Here are the cut offs for GMAT score.

The cut off for PGDM-BM was 720.

PGDM-HR’s cut off was 710.

The cut off for PGDM-GM was relatively less i.e. 630.

As we can see that the cut off for business management program is higher and the general management has the least cut off for almost all the courses.

Here are tables depicting section-wise and overall XAT score Vs percentile

English Language & Logical Reasoning

Raw score Percentile score 
6.5 80
7.5 85
8.00 90+ 


Decision Making

Raw score Percentile score
6.5 80
7.5 85
8 90+

Quant & DI

Raw score Percentile score
8 80
10 85
12 90+


Raw score Percentile score
28 88
30 90+
32 92
34 95

Shortlisting by XLRI

The students are shortlisted as per the trend followed by XLRI Jamshedpur. As the result of XAT 2019 will be declared; the list of students will be announced after a couple of days. The score card is available on the official website of the college and the students can easily get it by logging in to the user id.

If you are selected, there will be a message by the Chairperson congratulating you on your big success. And if not, then it will be a regret message.

The cut offs are different every year for different subjects. But you can have an idea about the graph of their cut offs from past few years. The selection criteria also vary for different program.

The selected students have to go through the GD-PI round. The list based on cut offs is already prepared by XLRI and they wait for the XAT results.

Here is a snapshot of the background of the students in 2017 batch

Batch Snapshot- XLRI

Courtesy- xlri.ac.in

More than 150 colleges accept XAT scores. Here is a list of the top institutes that accept XAT scores and the scores and percentiles they accepted last year.

MBA College
Raw XAT score
XAT percentile
Great Lakes
Chennai, Gurgaon
Anand (Gujarat)
K J Somaiya

Are Product Managers the new Software Engineers? Numbers say yes.

Software engineers have always been the recipients of high paying, cushy jobs in the country. But now their authority has been challenged, rather replaced, by an emerging breed of market geniuses, the product managers. Product management is the newest power nexus in India and globally that has toppled the dominance of software engineering jobs when it comes to high salaries.

So, are product managers the new software engineers? Well, the numbers say a resounding yes. Higher demand is driving higher salaries. More and more companies are growing and evolving, and so is the demand. Stagnancy is nowhere in the picture. There’s no sign of it coming to an end anytime in the near future.

Good PMs are in high demand


According to Payscale.com the average salary of a software engineer is Rs 433,463, while the average salary of a product manager is Rs 1,537,467. An entry-level senior product manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of Rs 1,620,000.  A Senior Product Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of Rs 1,819,000 based. An experienced Senior Product Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of Rs 2,161,000. A Senior Product Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of Rs 2,000,000.

Courtesy- Payscale.com

What does it mean to be a Product Manager


The specific role of a product manager often varies from company to company. It depends on many dynamics-— the size of the company, the type of company, the type of product, the stage of the product, and the culture of the company all dictate the role and influence of the product manager. In some organizations, the strategy/decision making happens without product managers, but by executives. In some companies, a separate group of individuals called project managers take up the day-to-day execution. And in some larger organizations, the user research function sits as its own team. But one thing is for certain, a product manager is a crucial link between the company and its consumers. They translate the needs, demands, and requirements of the consumers for the company to act accordingly. Product managers coordinate with the various teams within the company to come up with a successful product. They also work towards marketing and promoting it successfully. They get their hands dirty on a daily basis, so it is not merely strategizing and planning.

Why do companies cherish product managers?


According to Ken Norton, a former Google product manager, and partner at GV, product management skills are cherished by any company. He argues “in the long run great product management usually makes the difference between winning and losing” . There are examples of companies such as Netflix where smart product management and a go-getter product manager steadily changed the course of the company and drove it to success from bankruptcy.

Will the product management bubble burst anytime soon?


Every company these days is building a product. Even ‘service based’ companies are going digital to stay relevant. No company today can survive without technology. As more and more companies are building ‘products’, the demand for product managers is increasing with each passing day. It has now surpassed the supply and is unlikely to go down anytime soon.  The companies are in need of smart people to manage their products. There is a huge skill gap waiting to be bridged.