Saturday 3 January 2015

XAT 2015 Analysis | Answer Key & Solution

                          XAT 2015 Analysis 

The XAT is one of the most keenly awaited MBA admission tests and ranks only next to the CAT in terms of relative popularity. The XAT opens the gates to several prestigious MBA institutes in India, including the XLRI, XIMB, XISS, XIME and LIBA.

The just-concluded XAT 2015 question paper featured quantitative ability, verbal skills, data interpretation, decision making and general awareness. Your performance in General Awareness will not go towards determining the cut-off scores, but will be given due weightage by XLRI during the final admission process. Other institutes have the discretion to use the score in this part during the final selection process.

The just-concluded XAT consisted of two parts: Part I and Part II. Part 1 was an MCQ type test and contained questions on Verbal Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. Paper 2 in the XAT was descriptive as it had a question on Essay Writing. The XAT started making some changes by including General Awareness and Essay in Paper-2 in 2013. This year, the weight age for different questions was the same, unlike in the earlier XATs. 

Part I had three sections comprising questions on Verbal Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Aptitude while Part II featured General knowledge questions. The total time allowed for completing the entire test was 150 minutes. One was expected to answer the first three sections in 140 minutes and General knowledge in 10 minutes. The three sections were as follows:

XAT 2015- Overview

Sections                               Difficulty Level
Verbal Ability                     Moderate
Decision Making               Moderate to Tough
Quantitative Ability         Tough


SECTION I: Verbal Ability
Areas featured- Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Grammar, Sentence Rearrangement, and Sentence Completion. Many questions were fairly long and required extensive calculation work.

SECTION II: Decision Making
Area featured - Combination of Decision Making and Caselet-based reasoning questions.  The questions featured included ethical dilemmas, financial issues involving sales, revenues etc. for a company, employee management issues and general management scenarios. These questions were a mix of critical reasoning and RC, which require a mix of reading skills and reasoning prowess.

SECTION III: Quantitative Ability
Areas featured - Algebra and Functions, Number System, Geometry, Average, Arithmetic sequence, Ratio and proportion, Probability, Tables, Line Graph, Logarithm, Graphs

SECTION IV: General Awareness
20 questions in all.
Areas featured- Awards, Geography, History, Economics, Books, Corporate developments, International affairs, Nobel Honours and constitution etc.

XAT 2015 Essay Topic
The candidates had to compose an essay, not exceeding 200 words, on an abstract topic.

Expected cut-offs –XAT 2015

28+(approx. 95+%ile) : Expect a call from XLRI(BM)
26+(approx. 92+%ile): Expect a call from XLRI(HR)
22+(approx. 85+%ile): Expect a call from GIM/XIMB
19+(approx. 80+%ile): Expect a call from LIBA/BIM
17+(approx. 70+%ile): Expect a call from XIME/XISS

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