The Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT was conducted today on January 6, 2019 across several cities in India. Let us now have an in-depth understanding of XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E., Career Launcher, IMS and BullsEye. 

XAT 2019 Exam was conducted by the XLRI Jamshedpur. The exam took place between 10 am-1 pm on January 6, 2019.

XAT 2019 Analysis

This time, the Essay Writing section was scrapped and the time duration was reduced to 120 minutes. According to the new XAT 2019 Exam Pattern, there were 100 questions from only 4 subjects: Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data  Interpretation, General Knowledge.

XAT 2019 Exam Pattern


Number of questions

Decision Making 21
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Quantitative Ability & Data  Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 25
Total 99

XAT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E.

Section A – Verbal and Logical Ability

This section was said to be a ‘mixed bag’ of easy, moderately easy, moderately easy/difficult and difficult questions. RC passages were not difficult but largely based on critical thinking. Vocabulary questions didn’t pose a challenge. There were questions on Critical Reasoning as well.

The breakup of the topics is as below:

Topic No. of Questions
RC based on Mood disorder & Creativity 3
RC based on Art & how it is perceived by common people 3
RC based on Women’s speech and perceptions on the same 3
RC based on ‘Elevation’ of the human mind 3
Poetry-based Comprehension (Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath) 2
Logical Ability 1
CR 4
Para Formation (5 sentences) 2
Antonym (context-based) 1
Analogy 1
FIB (4 blanks) 1
Cloze passage (3 blanks) 1
Cloze passage (4 blanks) 1
Total 26
  • The RC on Mood and Creativity tested critical thinking skills.
  • Questions included ‘what would undermine…’, ‘all options can be inferred except’, ‘which choice would make the author’s contention fallacious.’
  • The RC based on Art and how… had relatively easier questions.
  • The RC based on Women’s speech… eloquence had equally challenging questions with external/hypothetical scenarios.
  • The RC based on ‘Elevation…’ had fairly direct questions, when compared to the other RCs.
  • Poem-based questions were challenging. 
  • Out of all RC questions, 7-8 carefully selected questions could be done.
  • In Critical Reasoning, 2 can be attempted for sure. 
  • Two Para Formation, one was easy and the other relatively challenging. 
  • The Vocab-based questions – one each of antonym (context based) and analogy were easy.
  • The two Cloze passages could be attempted with the help of the thought flow of the context itself without going wrong.
  • The Logic-based question had no context and had five different situations as answer options. Students had to choose the ‘least fallacious’ one. It was an easy level question.
  • The cut-off is expected to be between 7 and 8 marks.

Section B: Decision Making

There were 21 questions in this section, from 7 sets . 2 sets of two questions each, 2 sets of four questions each and 3 sets of 3 questions each.

Description of set No. of questions Comments
1) Set on Limo cars launched in China, not yet launched in India 2 One question of ranking of strategies and one direct course of action question.
2) Set on HR manager’s role in HR department 4 One direct action step question. Three questions with four options to be arranged in decreasing order of effectiveness
3) Set on Sanchit Hospitals that wanted good doctors to mentor others 3 All three questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)
4) Set on Icecream Franchisees to be started 4 All four questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)
5) Set on imposition of Drug Testing Code (DTC) on Racket players 3 One question had additional data and was followed by 5 choices. Two questions were based on the information in the main set and had five choices (i.e. no ranking of statements for these 3 questions also)
6) Set on budget utilization by PR department 2 Both questions had five options, out of which one was correct (i.e. no ranking of statements)
7) Set on a School where poor children were studying along with affluent children 3 The questions in this set had five choices and were doable.
  • You can attempt 15 questions in 30-35 minutes. 
  • The Cutoff in this section should be around 6-7.
  • The sets were simple and easy to comprehend. The questions, however, were subjective in nature and not too easy to eliminate.
  • As compared to XAT 2018, this year’s DM section was a notch higher in difficulty, because the questions had very close choices. Careful reading was required for all the sets to avoid mistakes.

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • This section had a mix of few easy and mostly moderate-difficult questions. Some questions were tricky and required a thorough understanding of concepts. Few others needed intensive calculations.
  • The section was overall similar in difficulty level compared to XAT 2018’s Quant section. There were six questions from two DI sets. In one of the sets involving a Pie-chart, the data on two angles in the chart was missing. The other DI set was relatively time-consuming.
  • The topic wise break-up of the questions is as below:
Topics No of Questions
Statistics 1
Geometry & Mensuration 6
Profit & Loss 1
Coordinate Geometry 2
Quadratic Equations 1
Logarithms 1
Indices and Surds 1
Percentages 1
Simple Interest – Compound Interest 1
Inequalities 1
Ratio, Proportion and Variation 1
Numbers 1
Data Sufficiency 2
Miscellaneous 1
Graduates, different cities (DI Set) 3
Train travelling between different time zones (DI Set) 3
Total 27

An attempt of 18-20 with an accuracy of about 80% can be considered to be a good bet. The cut-off is expected to be 11-12 in this section.

Section D: General Knowledge

The GK section in XAT 2019 had a mix of questions from various areas, including history, geography, sports, business and Indian constitution.

Area No. of Questions
Author 1
Technology 1
Art & Culture 2
Space & Technology 1
Climate change 2
Stock Exchange (Finance) 1
Geography 3
International Polity 2
Trade & Commerce 1
Polity & Constitution 2
Sports 2
Banking 1
Media 1
Science 2
Current Affairs 2
History 1
Total 25

XAT 2019 Analysis by Career Launcher

XAT 2019, keeping up with the tradition, turned out to be the toughest exam of the season. There were not many surprises besides some very difficult Verbal questions and very tricky DM ones. One huge curveball was that no non-MCQ questions were given, even though the sample paper was released 3 days ago.

Section A – Verbal and Logical Ability

  • This section had 26 questions, same as last year. This time, it was tougher than last year, mainly due to the Verbal section.
  • The Rc passages came from familiar areas like Psychology, Art and Social issues. It was dominated by Rc with 4 passages of 3 questions each.
  • There was 1 very difficult poem of 2 questions. FIB and CR questions were very difficult, while 2 para jumble questions were easy. The vague reasoning in some RC questions proved to be extremely challenging for the students.
  • A serious candidate could have attempted 16-18 questions with 70% accuracy.
  • It was a time-consuming section and a student could have taken around 50 minutes to complete it.

Here is a breakup of the section: 

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Reading Comprehension 12(4 passages of 3 questions each) Moderate – Difficult 7-8
CR 5 Moderate – Difficult 3
Poem Comprehension 2 (1 poem) Bizarre
Analogy 1 Difficult
Antonym 1 Moderate 1
Para-jumble – 5 sentence 2 Moderate 1-2
FIB – 3 blanks 3 Difficult 1-2
Total 26 Difficult 16-18

Section B: Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

  • The level of this section was same as last year.
  • There were no singlets, hence, the task of reading it became easier. Situational Decision making dominated the section with 18 questions.
  • There were no questions from Mathematical/Analytical Reasoning, thus students might have attempted 2-3 more questions. However, there were more sequencing questions which lead to lesser attempts.
  • There were 3 caselets (Raket, Limo, ice-cream = music) which were similar to those that were there in previous year papers.

The breakup is as follows:

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Situational 21 Moderate 16-17

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • This section was slightly tougher than last year.
  • One of the DI Sets was tricky. 
  • There were 21 questions of QA and most of them were from Geometry and Algebra (including coordinate and Trigonometry).
  • Questions from Arithmetic were doable whereas the ones on Geometry were difficult. 
  • In DI, there were 2 sets comprising 6 questions in total. Few questions were ambiguous.
  • 1 DI question on the proportion of Economists and that of Engineers was incorrect.
  • 1 Quant question on roots was incorrect since x was mentioned in the root.
  • Students could have attempted 2-3 DI questions and 13-15 Quant questions in about 65-70 minutes.

The break-up is as follows:

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty Attemptable
Arithmetic 4 Easy 3
Algebra 7 Easy-Moderate 4-5
Co-ordinate Geometry + Trigo 4 Moderate 2-3
Geometry 4 Moderate-Difficult 2
Data Sufficiency 2 Moderate 1
DI (Time Zone) 3 Moderate-Difficult 1
DI (Mixed Graph) 3 Easy-moderate 2
Total 27 Easy-moderate 17-18

Section D: General Awareness

  • The level of difficulty for this section was similar to last year.
  • This section comprised 25 questions.
  • Most of the questions were single-statement based.
  • Some of the questions having multiple-statements had more than one correct statement. The key areas from where the questions were asked were static GK (Economy, Geography, Science and Technology) and Current GK (Business economy, personalities, awards, sports and miscellaneous).
  • Overall the difficulty level of the GK section lies in the “moderate-difficult” range. An attempt of 12-14 questions fetching a score of 7-8 can be considered good.
Section No. of questions Difficulty Level
History 1 Moderate
Geography 4 Moderate-Difficult
Economy & Business 7 Easy-Moderate
Current Affairs 2 Easy
Personality & Awards 3 Moderate
Science & Tech 2 Moderate
Polity 2 Easy
Miscellaneous 2 Moderate-Difficult
Sports 2 Easy-Moderate
Total 25 Moderate

XAT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning

As per IMS, XAT-2019, conducted on 6 January 2019 was overall a smooth affair without any technical glitches.  

  • The test-structure was the same as that of last year and was in two parts: Part-1 and Part-2.
  • Part-1 consisted of 26 questions in Verbal and Logical Ability, 21 questions in Decision Making and 27 questions in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (Total 74 questions).
  • Questions in Part 1 carried 1 mark each, and negative marks of 0.25 for each incorrect response.
  • Unattempted questions beyond 8 questions attracted a negative marking of 0.1 mark.The questions in Part-1 were to be attempted in 165 minutes without any sectional timings. One move between the different sections freely.
  • Part-2 consisted of 25 questions on General Knowledge to be attempted in 15 minutes.The negative marking did not apply for Part-2 (General Knowledge section). XAT-2019 did not have an essay, unlike previous years.
  • Each question had 5 options.
  • Contrary to reports prior to the test, there were no Non-MCQs or the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in the test. 

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability

  • This section was reported to be difficult. While this is generally the case in XAT exam, this time it was even tougher than previous years.
  • There were 14 Reading Comprehension questions and 12 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. 
  • The Verbal ability/Verbal Reasoning questions were predominantly reasoning-based (Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs); there were four vocabulary & usage-based questions (Fill in the Blanks). While these were mostly of medium difficulty, there were a few challenging Critical Reasoning questions which required one to identify fallacious arguments.
  • 14 RC questions were distributed among 5 passages. One passage was a short poem and was particularly difficult.
  • The remaining 4 passages had a mixture of medium to difficult questions. Nearly all the questions were of an inferential nature.
  • An attempt of 14-16 questions in 55 minutes with 75%-80% of accuracy is a good attempt.
  • Cut off for this section (General) should be around 7 for XLRI -BM and XLRI-HRM programmes.
Area/Questions No. of Qs. Question Type Level of Difficulty
Verbal Ability / Reasoning
Antonym 1 Vocabulary-based 1 Medium
Fill in the blanks (3/4 blanks) 3 Vocabulary-based 3 Medium
Jumbled Paragraphs 2 Reasoning-based 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Analogy 1 Reasoning-based 1 Difficult
Critical Reasoning 5 Reasoning-based 1 Easy, 1 Medium, 3 Difficult
Reading Comprehension
Passage 1 – Poem – Black lake 2 All were Inferential 2 Difficult
Passage 2 – Creativity & Mood disorder 3 All were Inferential 1 Medium, 2 Difficult
Passage 3 – Women’s speech 3 All were inferential 1 Medium, 2 Difficult
Passage 4 – Elevating emotions 3 All were inferential 1 Medium, 2 Difficult
Passage 5 – Art appreciation 3 All were inferential 2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Section B – Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

  • This section had 21 questions.
  • Unlike last year, no questions were quantitative.  
  • This section consisted of 7 sets of 2-4 questions each.
  • Most passages were short and easy to read.
  • Some questions had a fair deal of ambiguity
  • Overall, the questions were of medium difficulty. Therefore, the choice of sets/questions to attempt would have depended mainly on your personal preferences and strengths.
  • Overall the section was more difficult compared to last year’s test.
Area/Questions No. of Qs. Question Type Level of Difficulty
Case 1 – Principal Bhalla 3 Ethical Dilemma 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Case 2 – Minister Raja Thakur 3 Ethical Dilemma 1 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Case 3 – PR Manager/Agency 2 Business Decision 1 Easy, 1 Medium
Case 4 – HR Manager 4 Business Decisions 2 Medium, 2 Difficult
Case 5 – Ice-Cream Franchise 4 Business Decisions 2 Easy, 2 Medium
Case 6 – Sanchit Hospitals 3 Ethical Dilemma 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Case 7 – Electro Auto 2 1 Business Decision & 1 Ethical Dilemma 2 Difficult
  • An attempt of about 13-14 questions with about 75-80% accuracy in 55 minutes would be considered to be good.
  • Cut-off for this section (for the general category) to be 7-8 for the XLRI -BM  program and 6-7 for XLRI-HRM programme.

Section C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section

  • This section was easy to moderate level of difficulty, like in XAT-2018.
  • Out of the 27 questions in the section, 21 were on QA and 6 were on Data Interpretation.
  • This section was dominated by questions on Geometry (8 questions), followed by Arithmetic (5 questions).
  • As per students, there was a confusion between square root and pi sign on the screen. As a result, students had to be extra vigilant.
  • This section had a few sitters, which should not have been left. Some questions were difficult with close options. 
  • 1 question in one DI set could not be answered because of inadequate/ambiguous data, as per students’ feedback. 
  • An attempt of about 18-19 questions (with about 80 percent accuracy) in about 55 minutes  would be considered a good attempt.
  • Cut-off for this section (for the general category) at 9-10 for the XLRI -BM  program and 6-7 for XLRI – HRM programme.

Section D: General Knowledge

  • There was no break between Part 1 and Part 2.
  • The 25 GK questions comprised 7 current affairs questions and 18 static GK questions.
  • The GK section was overall difficult.
  • 15 questions were based on national events, 8 questions were based on international events and 2 questions were general.
  • The questions, as usual, covered a wide range of areas and gave no special advantage to specialists in any one area. The topics were diverse – Science, History, Geography, Business, Economy, names of political personalities, etc.
  • Since there was no negative marking in this section, all questions should have been attempted. A score of 6 – 7 would be a good score in this section. 

Overall, XAT-2019 was one notch more difficult than XAT-2018, mainly due to difficult Verbal and Decision-Making sections. Expected overall cutoff (for the general category) for the second round of admission for the XLRI BM programme at 28-30 and for XLRI-HRM programme at 26-28. Cutoffs for females in general category was marginally lower. The same is expected this year as well.

XAT 2019 Analysis by BullsEye

Section A: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section

  • The difficulty level of this question was moderate.
  • There were 2 tricky questions on Data Sufficiency.
  • In DI, there were two sets. One was doable and the other had 1 sitter question best remaining untouched.
  • Doable questions came from Percentage, Profit/Loss, Functions, Indices etc. 

Section B: Verbal and Logical Ability

  • This section was moderate.
  • Questions came from areas like RC, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Rearrangement among others.
  • RCs were based on Gender equality, Perception and Understanding of Art by People.
  • One RC was based on a Sylvia Plath poem, ‘Crossing the water.’
  • It was a time-consuming section.
  • A good score would be 7+.

Section C: General Awareness

  • There were 25 questions in total.
  • Most questions were static GK questions covering Books, History, Geography, Awards, etc.
  • Level of the section was more on the tougher side. 

Section D: Decision Making and Analytical Thinking

  • This section consisted of 21 questions.
  • No analytical questions were asked.
  • Most questions were tricky.
  • Questions were based on caselets, case studies, business units, ethical dilemma.
  • Overall difficulty level was moderate.
  • A good score would be 8+.
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