XAT 2018 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Preparation Tips

Last Updated - March 24 2018

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation is the most important section in XAT. In this article, we will offer you the format and analysis of XAT Quant section, which is considered tougher than other sections. In quant section, those 30-36 questions cover nearly all the areas of mathematics.

Since 2016 XAT has followed nearly the same pattern expect the change in no of questions and sections. The first part consists of Quantitative Aptitude & DI, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning and Judgment Making. XAT 2018 is expected to be in the same format also. As usual, it will be divided into two parts.


PaperSectionNumber of Questions
Paper 1Verbal Ability28
Judgment Making & Analytical Reasoning23
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation33
Paper 2General Knowledge30
Essay Writing

The basic motive of this section is to test the numerical/mathematical ability of the students. Spending enough time in preparation is a must. The quantitative techniques are judged via mathematical conceptual questions. Clarity of concepts, formulas need to score well. It is a wide concept, which can be excelled in, only after persistent exercise.

Questions will be based on following topics-

  • Logarithms
  • Basic Algebra, like, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponents
  • Statistics
  • Percentages
  • LCM, HCF
  • Divisibility
  • Modern maths, like, Venn diagrams, permutation, the probability
  • Improvmentsions : A.P, H.P, G.P
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Basic arithmetic, like calculating simple and compound interest, ratio and proportion.
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Time-speed based questions
  • SAT theory
  • Properties of Numbers
  • Averages
  • Number System and Number theory
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Remainder theorem and its applications
  • Pipes and Cisterns

Analysis of weight of these topics is presented below, keeping in mind the number of questions asked in earlier years. This helps in overall preparation of this particular section.

SectionTopicsNumber of Questions
Quantitative AbilityArithmetic
Averages and Mixtures1
Time and Distance3
Time and Work3
Simple Interest, Compound Interest1
Numbers and Number Theory6
Indices, logs, Surds2
Venn Diagrams1
Functions and Graphs1
Data InterpretationTournaments and Games4
Line Graphs-Railway Train Chart3
Table-GDP and other Parameters3

Question papers from the year 2010-2014 have been taken into account while preparing this data.

Division according to chapter over these years gives a format to proper preparation. It is important for students to allow time to preparation according to this analysis in order to have a conducted plan to prepare.

Tips to score well in Quant section:

  • Manage time well: Time management is the key to success when it comes time restricted examination.
  • Exercise mock papers: Solve multiple mock papers, sample papers to be skilled enough to attempt the exam well.
  • Read the question properly: Read and re-read the question properly to avoid errors.
  • Learn shortcuts: Due to time constraints, learning shortcuts benefits a lot to candidates.
  • Clarity of concepts: The most pivotal part is knowing the basic concepts, tricks, and fundamentals, to have a strong base.
  • Understand then memorize: Do not indulge in cramming without understanding. First, understand the formulas and then memorize by writing and practicing continuously
  • Avoid negative marking: These competitive exams have strict negative marking rules, avoid attempting the question if you are not sure of the response.

An example of sample question is presented below:

XAT 2018 Preparation for Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation is one of those sections of competitive exams that require observation skills. Interpretation of these figures and want the solution is the key task. In data representation, questions are asked in form of charts, table, graphs etc. The strategy to score well is to spend more time while practicing and less during the exam to crack the trick.  The illustrations can be in any form graphs, pie-chart, line graphs, combination graphs etc. Sufficient exercise can make this section easier in terms of scoring.


Sample Questions are as follows:

Example 1


Example 2

Tips to solve Data-Interpretation questions:

  • Improve your calculations: Having good exercise can yield great results if you are skilled in calculations.
  • Speed-up: Speed can do wonders, the time limit must be worked out by being quick on calculations and interpretation.
  • Solve various type of graphs: The illustrations are usually tricky and complex, solve all possible type of graphs and charts available.

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