LATEST TEST PATTERNS AND ANALYSIS 2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011 2009-2010
XAT (Xavier's Aptitude Test)
IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)
SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)
Analysis: XAT 2013
The difficulty level of XAT 2013 was almost similar to the difficulty level of XAT 2012. The number of questions was increased to 91 from 85 while the time was also increased by 20 minutes. Keeping in mind all the facts, cutoffs will be slightly more than last year's cutoff's.
Overview of the paper :
There were 91 questions (3 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 140minutes. The three sections were as follows:
  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
Overview of the XAT 2013 Paper
Time allotted 140 Minutes + 40 Minutes for (GK & Essay)
Total no. of questions 91
Marking Scheme All questions carry equal marks
Sections 3
Number of choices 5
Negative Marking One fourth of a mark
Expected cut-offs* A score of 40+ can expect a call from XLRI (BM)
37+ can except a call from XLRI (PMIR)
33+ can expect a call from XIMB

26+ can expect a call from GIM/BIM/LIBA
21+ can expect a call from XIME/XISS
Overview of Different Sections
Sr. No. Sections No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1. Verbal & Logical Ability 30 Moderate to Tough
2. Decision Making 25 Moderate
3. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 36 Easy to Moderate
SECTION I: Verbal & Logical Ability
Area Tested Description No. of Question Difficulty Level /Remarks
Verbal & Logical Ability RC 18 Moderate to Tough
VR 3 Easy to Moderate
Grammar 6 Easy
Sentence Rearrangement 3 Moderate
Evaluation:Verbal section predominately consisted of Reading Comprehension along with few questions on grammar, parajumbles and verbal reasoning etc. Overall feel of the section was moderate.
Comfortable Attempt: 16+
Achievable Score: 11+
SECTION II: Decision Making
Area Tested Description No. of Question
Decision Making Decision making 25
Evaluation: Unlike last year, this year Decision Making questions carried equal marks and was a combination of Decision Making and Caselet based reasoning questions. Overall the feel of the section was easy.
Comfortable Attempt: 16+
Achievable Score: 11+
SECTION III: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
Area Tested Description No. of Question
Quantitative ability & DI
Percentage & Base Notation
Number System
Time, Speed & Distance
Time & Work
Geometry & Mensuration
Multiple Graph
Line Graph
Simple Interest
Evaluation: There were 36 question in this section. DI question were tougher as compared to quant questions. Except one DI Block (Chart of Railway time table), rest were tough and calculative. There were few quant questions which could have been easily solved with the help of choices and estimation. Overall the feel of the section was tough.
Comfortable Attempt: 16+
Achievable Score: 13+
General Awareness & Essay
Evaluation: There were 30 questions in general awareness section mostly from international affairs, economic and current affair. The difficulty level was moderate.
Comfortable Attempt: 15+
Achievable Score: 12+ was an achievable score.

A part from this student had to write an essay, in not more than 200words, on the following topic.

*Disclaimer:  All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factor have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs.
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