XAT 2017 Analysis And Expected Cutoffs By Career Launcher

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 was conducted on January 7, 2018 from 10 am to 1:30 pm.

The test was divided into two parts. The first part was the usual XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. As stated by the XAT authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 170 minutes.

The second part consisted of General Awareness questions and a mandatory Essay Writing Section. The total time allotted to this section was 40 minutes.

The Verbal and Logical Ability Section had 26 questions, 2 more than last year. The section on Decision Making comprised 21 questions and the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section had 27 questions. Each question had 5 options and all the questions carried equal marks. There was a penalty of one-fourth marks allotted for every incorrect answer. Also, as mentioned earlier, there was a penalty of 0.05 marks for every un-attempted question after the first 8 such questions. The paper, though slightly easier, was still quite challenging.


Exam Pattern


Section No. of Questions Optimal Time in Mins Difficulty Level Good Attempts Expected Cutoff
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 26 55 Difficult 17-19 7-7.5 6-6.5
Decision Making 21 45 Moderate 16-17 8.5-9 7.5-8
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 70 Moderate 18-19 12-13 9-10
Total 74 Moderate – Difficult 54-55 35-36 31-32


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ARKS Srinivas

ARKS Srinivas is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and has been the All India CAT Director at TIME. He is currently the National Head for MBA Prep at Career Launcher.