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Analysis: XAT over the last 5 years

This article presents to you all the information on XAT and also brings to you an analysis of the XAT exam over the last 5 years, including this year's exam.

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The XLRI Admission Test, popularly known as XAT, is a well-known exam that is renowned for its difficulty level. The exam has been rated tougher than the CAT entrance exam.

If your dream is enter the campuses of XLRI, XIMB, then this is the right time to start preparing for the exam that will now be held in 2012. This article presents to you all the information on XAT and also brings to you an analysis of the XAT exam over the last 5 years, including this year’s exam.

XAT, the MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, is differentiated from the other exams due to the presence of a question on Essay Writing. XAT paper asks the candidates to write an essay of 20 minutes duration. This 20 minutes is excluding the 120 minutes of the paper.

XAT comprises of following sections (excluding the Essay Writing):
-- Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability
-- Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making
-- Verbal Ability & Logical Ability

XAT is usually scheduled for the first Sunday of January.  XAT aspirants are never sure what to expect out of the paper. Some of the recent surprises have been: 

-- 5 answer options, instead of 4 options for each question
--Introduction of 'Management Decision Making' questions involving Case studies
--Certain questions in the Logical Reasoning section having true/false statements, which effectively removed the elimination process

 

XAT analysis: Over the last 5 years

Year

Sections

No. of Questions

 Difficulty Level

2007

Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability

Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

130

Difficult

2008

Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability

Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

120

Difficult

2009

Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability

Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

104

Difficult

2010

Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability

Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

101

Difficult

2011

Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability

Analytical Reasoning & Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

101

Difficult

 

 XAT 2011 Analysis
XAT 2011 was held on Sunday, January 2, 2011. Rated as the toughest of all MBA entrance exams, this year’s XAT was held across various test centers across India. There were 101 questions among the three sections. The surprise element of this paper was the Analytical Caselet (earlier called Essay Writing) to be analyzed in the additional 20 minutes, which was provided at the end of the main exam.

There was no progressive negative marking. There was ¼ negative marking this time. There was differential marking system for each question which demanded the candidates to look at the marks of each of the questions. Marks per question ranged from one to five. Most of the questions were time consuming and difficult in nature. Hence, selection of the question was important.

The Verbal Ability section had questions on Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and English Usage.

The Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making section had questions on caselet and decision making. The topics of the questions were Linear, Matrix and Circular Arrangements, Codes, Puzzles, Directions etc.

The questions on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section had questions on the topics of Percentage, Ratio, Geometry, Modern Math etc. Data Interpretation questions were on Tables, Line Graph and Bar Graph.

In the Analytical Caselet section, there was a statement given and one had to make a judgement on it. The test taker had to write a word analysis on the given argument in 250 words.

XAT Eligibility
Candidates must have a bachelors degree under 10+2+3 system from a recognized university or a deemed university. Candidates completing final year examination are also eligible to apply.

XAT Application
The candidates would first have to wait for the XAT Bulletin which is generally released in September every year. To apply for XAT, a candidate has to first register for XAT at the XAT website, www.xlri.net.in, and then only the candidate can purchase the XAT Application Form to proceed further. The Vouchers containing application form are available at various branches of banks across different cities of India.

Participating Institutes
There are more than 70 plus B-schools that select students on the basis of XAT scores. The top B-schools under the XAT umbrella are: Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur; Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) Bhubaneswar; Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME) Bangalore; Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies (XIDAS) Jabalpur; Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) Ranchi; Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai; SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai; Goa Institute of Management (GIM) Goa, to name a few.