XAT Exam Analysis

XAT 2017 was held on January 8, 2017. XAT this year was not a very difficult exam as compared to last year exam. As promised by XLRI significant changes were brought about this year in the XAT exam. 72 questions in Part – I of XAT 2017 were not so difficult as that of last year. Your low score of 33 could lead you to XLRI-BM and score of 31 could lead you to XLRI-HR. You can  Check your XAT 2017 percentile 


XAT 2017 was divided in 3 sections of Verbal & Logical Ability with 24 questions, Decision Making with 21 questions and Quant & DI with 27 questions. The first section of Verbal and Logical Ability had high difficulty level although questions in Decision Making and Quant sections were a bit moderate.


XAT 2017 exam began on time at 10 AM and was over at 1.30 PM. The 72 questions in the first part of the exam had to be solved in 170 minutes and the Part-2 of the exam comprising GK and Essay Writing had to be attempted in 35 minutes. Negative marking of one fourth mark for wrong answer was applied while a penalty of 0.05 mark per question was applied in case the test taker left more than 12 questions unattempted.


The composition of the questions in XAT 2017 was more or less same as predicted by MBAUniverse.com earlier. Number of questions placed in XAT 2017 were also from forgotten topics.  MBAUniverse.com forewarned the aspirants to watch out for the same. The aspirants who paid heed to the suggestions and tips shared with them definitely did better in the test. Questions on number of forgotten topics with higher level of difficulty, increased number of passages, questions which had different trends and didn’t appear earlier, appeared in XAT 2017 marking their presence in various sections.


Those who could attempt around 15 questions with accuracy in each of the 3 sections can expect a call from XLRI and other top rated B-schools like SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB among others.


Sectional division of questions & good attempts
Section No. of Questions Attempt Time LoD GoodAttempts
Verbal Ability 24 55 Minutes Moderate 15
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 60 minutes Moderate 15
Decision Making 21 55 minutes Difficult 14
Total 72 170 Difficult 44



Overall examination was moderate to difficult and those who attempted the test with judicious time management may expect to get through with a high percentile.   A fair attempt of 55 to 60 questions with not more than 6-7 incorrect may expect a call from leading B schools like XLRI, XIME.


XAT 2017 is the gateway to top rated B schools and it is a good opportunity for those who expect not so high percentile in CAT 2016 to improve their percentile and explore admission possibility in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, LIBA, TAPMI and other more than 100 B schools.