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Analysis: XAT 2011
XAT 2011 was difficult than last year's XAT papers. This year the different questions in different sections were allotted different marks which made the paper more difficult. There were questions of 1,2,3,4 and 5 marks. Students found it difficult to devise any strategy to attempt the paper. Right selection of questions will play an important role in clearing the cutoffs.
Overview of the paper:
There were 101 questions (3 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 2hrs. The three sections were as follows:
  • Verbal and logical ability
  • Quantitative ability& DI
  • Analytical reasoning and decision making
Overview of the XAT 2011 Paper
Time allotted 2Hrs. + 20 Minutes for paragraph
Total no. of questions 101
Marking Scheme Different for different questions
Sections 3
Number of choices 5
Negative Marking 1/3 One fourth of the mark(s)allotted for each question
Expected cut-offs* A score of 68+ can expect a call from XLRI
63+ can expect a call from XIMB
55+ can expect a call from GIM/BIM/LIBA
45+ can expect a call from XIME/XISS
Overview of Different Sections
Sr. No. Sections No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1. Verbal and logical ability 34 Moderate
2. Quantitative ability& DI 43 Tough
3. Analytical reasoning and decision making 24 Moderate to Tough
SECTION I: Verbal & Logical Abilities
Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
1. Verbal & Logical Abilities RC 8 Moderate to Tough
CR 15 Moderate to Tough
Sentence Completion 5 Easy to Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 2 Moderate to Tough
Analogies /vocabulary/odd man out 4 Easy
Evaluation: Overall section was moderate to tough.this section contained 34questions.The verbal section was of 69 marks. There were 13 questions of 1 mark each, 8 questions of 2 marks each,12 questions of 3 marks each,1 question of 4marks. The paper was dominated by critical Reasoning, followed by RCs, based questions etc. There were 2 RCs which were moderate in length butcontained highly inferential questions / Critical Thinking based questions.One poetry based question also made a comeback this year. Critical Reasoning questions were tough to reason out.. Rest of the verbal section was moderate.overall the verbal section can be termed as difficult in comparison to previous year's XAT.
Comfortable Attempt: A score totalling to 26+
Achievable Score: 16+ was an achievable score.
SECTION II: Quantitative ability & DI
Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Question
1. Quantitative ability& DI Line Graph 6
BAR graph 3
Functions 2
Number System 5
Average 1
Table 8
Geometry 6
Trigmometry 3
Probability 2
Games 1
DS 2
Sets 2
Coordinate Geometry 1
Misc. 1
Evaluation: There were 7 question of 1 mark each, 14 questions of 2 marks each, 14 question of 3 marks and 8 question of 5 marks each. So this section had (1 × 7 + 2 × 14 + 3 × 14 + 5 × 8 = 117) 117 as maximum marks. The DI question were comparitively easier. Four questions of line graph were easy and should have been attempted. One 5 marks question (a77 of : prime number based) was esey. Geometry questions were tough and should have been avoided.
Comfortable Attempt: A score totalling to 20+
Achievable Score: 14+ was an achievable score.
Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Question
1. Analytical reasoning and decision making AR block 14
Decision making 10
Evaluation: There were 1 question of 1 mark, 8 question of 2 marks each, 12 question of 3 marks each, 1 question of 4 marks and 2 queston 5 marks each. The section had 67 as the maximum marks. This section was a fair mix of AR and decision making question. Decision making questions required thorough and repeated reading. Choices were very close. One should have attempted this section with much caution.
Comfortable Attempt: A score totalling to 26+
Achievable Score: 15+ was an achievable score.
This year the pattern of giving essay topic also changed i.e. an argument was given and test taker was asked to present his/ her judgment/views along with the justifications and examples in approximately 250 words.
*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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