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By: R Chandrakala on January 08, 2018

Xavier Aptitude Test was held on January 7, 2018. XAT Examination for the first time was held in a Computer-Based mode. Although XAT Exam giving mode changed, the exam pattern remained as the same in the previous year, except for a few changes in terms of marking scheme and question count. 

The XAT Difficulty level was of a level that ranged from being moderate to tough. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section were known to be the toughest of all sections. Decision-Making Section was known to be the easiest of the sections. Some major operational issues were reported from Gurgaon, Pune and Kolkata owing to XAT may be rescheduled at these exam centers.

XAT Exam pattern

 

The XAT Exam Analysis given below is on the basis of the feedback taken by the examinees.

Changes were introduced in the conduct of XAT 2018 which are mentioned as below:

  1. The Mode of Test changed from paper pencil based on computer-based
  2. Essay writing section would be held in the offline mode.
  3. The Total count of questions in Paper 1 was 74. The Total count of questions in the previous year was 72.
  4. The number of unattempted questions which would not be negatively marked have been reduced to 8 from 12.

The XAT 2018 Section-wise analysis is detailed as below:

Verbal and Logical Ability

This section carried 26 questions of easy to moderate level of difficulty. There was an equal division of questions among both the Verbal and Logical sections. There were about 17 Reading Comprehension sections. The Reading Comprehension questions from passages and poems. The other questions were on Vocabulary, Grammar, usage and Verbal Reasoning.

The following topics and question count are as detailed as below :

  1. Reading Comprehension:  8-9 Precise Attempts
  2. Poem Comprehension: 1 Precise Attempt
  3. Grammar Sentence Correction: 1 Precise Attempt
  4. Para-Jumbles and FIB: 1-2 Precise Attempts

Decision Making

Being an easy section this year, the total number of questions asked was 21. Seven Caselets were asked in the examination.

  1. Situational - 13-14 good attempts
  2. Mathematical+Analytical Reasoning - 2-3 good attempts

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

This section had a maximum number of questions in XAT, to a count of 27. Most of the questions were asked of Quantitative Ability.  Questions were asked on the following topics:

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Modern Maths

General Knowledge

This section consisted of a total of 25 questions wherein 15 were from Static GK and 10 were from Current Affairs. The topics from Static GK asked were: History, Geography, Invention, National capital, Books and Authors. Current Affairs included topics like economics, ecosystem and diversity.

Essay Writing

The essay question that was asked was "Ethical Practices and their Sustainability - Do they coexist?". This topic was noted to be easy for most of the candidates.

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