The XAT exam is one of the toughest exams in the MBA admissions season every year. In 2021, the XAT exam presented a moderate to tough level of difficulty, with candidates finding the QA section to be the toughest of the lot, while the DM and VA sections were relatively more doable. So what will be the cut-offs this year that you'll need to meet to get a call from XLRI Jamshedpur? Here's what TIME, IMS and Career Launcher predict.
XAT 2021 - Predicted Cut Offs For XLRI Jamshedpur
The following are the predicted cut-offs for XLRI's Business Management and Human Resource Management programs. The predicted cut-offs are for male candidates. The overall and sectional cut-offs for female candidates is expected to be lower.
|Verbal & Logical Ability||Decision Making||Quantiative Ability & Data Interpretation||Overall|
TIME predicts that an overall score in the range of 31-32 marks would be sufficient for a BM interview call, while a score of 29-30 would be enough for an HRM interview call. IMS has also put out a similar cut-off range for both programs. Career Launcher, however, has set the overall cut-off a tad bit higher, predicting that a score in the range of 32.5 to 33.5 marks would be enough for the BM program, while a score in the 30-31 marks range would be enough for the HRM program.
In terms of sectional cut-offs, there is a significant difference in predictions made by TIME and IMS, and predictions made by Career Launcher.
How was your XAT 2021 attempt? Share your assessment and attempts here.
XAT 2021 Analysis By TIME
The Verbal and Logical Ability section was a mixed bag of moderate, difficult and quite difficult questions, primarily because so many of the RC questions could be differentiated more on the basis of syntax than semantics. Interestingly, there were 2 questions based on a poem somewhat on the lines of 'Put your work aside and let us have a chat'. Surprisingly, there were no vocabulary-based questions at all. RC passages were not difficult to follow and they were of moderate length. But RC questions incorporated a significant number of critical reasoning questions with very close choices.
The Decision Making sets were simple and easy to comprehend. The easier part, however, ended there. The questions were subjective, and the answers choices were not too easy to eliminate. This year's DM section was more difficult as compared to it was last year. The questions that needed ranking the statements had very close choices. Careful reading was required for all the sets to avoid mistakes.
The section had most of the questions falling under moderate-difficult level. The questions on Probability, Mensuration, Geometry (courier agent), the three DI sets (Table, Scatter Plot, Caselet/Venn Diagram), etc. were the ones that added extra spice to the section that was already hot to handle! The QA-DI section was both higher in difficulty level and lengthier compared to the last year's section.
XAT 2021 Analysis By IMS
The Verbal and Logical Ability section of XAT 2021 was at par with last year’s paper. The Verbal ability/Verbal Reasoning questions were a fair mix of grammar, vocabulary and reasoning based questions (Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs). Nearly all the questions were inferential and application-based. The options were close and the directions emphasized to choose the ‘best’ one among them. An attempt of about 14-15 questions in this section in about 55-60 minutes, with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered a good attempt.
In the Decision Making section most of the passages were short and easy to read. As usual, some questions had a fair deal of ambiguity – in that either no answer seemed correct or more than one option appeared correct. Overall, the questions were of medium difficulty. Therefore, the choice of sets/questions to attempt would have depended mainly on your personal preferences and strengths. Overall, the section was more difficult compared to last year. In about 50-55 minutes, an attempt of about 12-13 questions with about 75-80% accuracy would be considered to be good.
This section was of moderate level of difficulty, at par with XAT-2020. There were a few sitters which should not have been missed. The section also had a number of time consuming questions. One DI set was especially time consuming. Therefore, selection of questions was the key. An attempt of about 17-19 questions (with about 80 percent accuracy) in about 55-60 minutes would be considered a good attempt.
XAT 2021 Analysis By Career Launcher
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning was similar in types of questions and level of difficulty to that of the VALR section in XAT 2019. Good students would have attempted anything between 20 to 24 questions. Since XAT has ample time (165 total minutes and one can solve any section in any order without time limits), many students would have attempted closer to the 25-26 mark. This is also due to the fact that un-attempted questions beyond 8 would attract a negative mark of -0.1.
The level of the Decision Making was again similar to that of the DM section of XAT 2019/XAT 2018. Decision Making sections in XAT have usually been extremely interesting to solve purely because of the cases that come in the section. There were no singlets and it made the task of reading and solving easier. There were no questions from Mathematical/Analytical Reasoning too. While the certainty of answers when one has Analytical reasoning would have been higher, the time utilized would be lesser in this year’s paper as all questions were simple situations requiring some decision making.
The section on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation was marginally easier than last year’s QADI section. There were 19 questions of QA and the remaining 9 questions were from DI. With 7 Arithmetic questions and a few Numbers and Algebra questions, the section had enough questions to attempt for a non-quant oriented student also. In Data Interpretation, there were 3 sets comprising 9 questions in total - 1 based on scatter plot, 1 logic based, and the last one based on Ratio and proportion. In a nutshell, one could have attempted 4-5 DI questions and 16-17 Quant questions in about 65-70 minutes.
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