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XAT-17 Analysis

XAT 2017 Analysis

One more year with a format of 3.5 hours.

Test paper was divided into two parts:

Part I: Quant + DI + Verbal Ability + Decision Making: 170 minutes

Part II: GK + Essay Writing: 35 minutes

Part I was divided into 3 sections.

Section wise details are as described below

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability (27 Questions)

The section comprised of 17 questions of Quant, 8 questions of Data Interpretation and 2 questions of Caselet with Data Sufficiency.

With just 17 questions of Quant, it was not possible to do justice with all areas of Quant. It was unusual to see that there was just one question of Numbers. Two questions on algebra and one question of Profit and Loss were there from arithmetic section. Ratio related chapters had a limited share of just two questions with 1-1 each from Time and Work and Time Speed Distance. Geometry and trigonometry had a usual share of 4 questions most of which were difficult. Apart from some random questions, there was one question each on Probability, Progression and Set Theory. Overall, Quant was easy to moderate.

There were two sets of DI of four questions each. One of them was a typical table chart and another was a yearly doze of a typical “XAT”-type DI set which was difficult to comprehend. Overall, DI was Moderate to Difficult.

Suggested time for this section would be 60 minutes. Approximately 20 attempts with a score of 14 can be a 98%ile equivalent score.

Verbal and Logical Ability (24 Questions)

The section comprised of two parts: 12 questions of Reading Comprehension and 12 questions of other verbal ability based questions.

The biggest passage of approx 550 words was followed by 3 questions. There were two passages with an approximate length of 450 words with 3 or 4 questions at the end. A small paragraph of 250 words was the fourth RC having 2 questions at the end. Overall the RCs were moderate to difficult because most of the questions were inference based.

Interestingly there were two Poem-based questions in this test paper, both of which needed a test taker to identify gist of the poems. Two Parajumbles, One Analogy, Two Grammar based questions and two Fill in the Blanks discussing Usages of word were also there in the test.  Remaining three questions were from Critical Reasoning.

Overall, the section was of moderate difficulty level. In a suggested time of 55 minutes, 18 attempts and a score of 11 can be called a 98%ile equivalent performance.

Decision Making (21 Questions)

This section was a mix of 6 Logical Reasoning based questions, 4 business decision related questions, 3 questions testing ethics of a test taker and 8 questions on random decision making.

Logical Reasoning part was divided into two sets of 3-3 questions each. They were moderate to difficult. Decision Making portion was made of many caselets of 1 or 2 or 3 questions.

Overall, this section was of moderate difficulty level. In a suggested time of 55 minutes, 17 attempts and a score of 10 can be called a 98%ile equivalent performance.

Part II comprised of 25 General Knowledge Questions and an Essay.

General Knowledge (25 Questions)

This section was a good mix of Geography, TV, Movies, Business, History, Personalities and current affair based GK questions. A score of 8-10 can be termed as a Good Score.


Topic: Globalization and Jingoism always coexist!

Although this was a very good topic to check an aspirant’s thought process, many aspirants could not attempt it because they could not understand the meaning of “Jingoism”. 


Good Score/ Cut Off



No. of Questions

Suggested Time

Good Attempt

Good Score

Level of Difficulty

Cut off for XLRI

Quant + DI


60 minutes



Quant: Easy to moderate
DI: Moderate to Difficult




55 minutes





Decision Making


55 minutes







170 minutes




Estimated Cut off for:

XLRI – 34

XIM-B – 29

IMT-G – 29

GIM – 24

LIBA - 20 




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