XAT 2018 Question Paper, Analysis, Answer Key & Cut off

Last Updated - January 11 2018

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was successfully organized by XLRI Jamshedpur on January 7, 2018. Students who appeared for XAT 2018 can download the response key from the official website from January 19 onwards. The expected XAT Cut off for HRM course is 92.55%, 96% for Business Management and 22 marks & above for GMP.

  • Over 150 institutes accept XAT scores to provide admissions to their MBA programs. Check XAT Colleges
  • XAT 2018 Result with score card and percentile are expected to be announced on January 31, 2018.
  • Questions on poetry would have been challenging for a student who is not adept at finding hidden meanings. Check XAT Paper Analysis (Detailed)
  • Aspirants qualifying in XAT will be called for GD/PI rounds. Read XAT Selection Process.
  • In Gk, Majority questions were based on international events/topics.
  • This year, questions on Quantitative Ability were dominated by Geometry, Modern Mathematics and Arithmetic. The set on Table was fairly calculation intensive but doable.
Read  Earlier Year XAT Exam Analysis

Response Key for 

Response key will be available for all sets in PDF pattern. With the help of response key, students can calculate their marks and evaluate their performance. Marking scheme help students to calculate probable marks. For accurate responses, 1 mark will be assign and for wrong responses, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Following steps help students to download the XAT response key:

  • After clicking on the link, the response key will be displayed on the screen in the PDF pattern.
  • Visit the official website of XAT i.e. xatonline.net.in
  • Students are advised to download and take the printout of response key for future reference.
  • Click on the link indicating XAT 2018 Response Key.
  • Login via XAT 2018 credentials i.e. User ID and Password

XAT 2018 Paper Analysis

XAT Paper is divided into two parts i.e. Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is further divided into three sections i.e. A, B and C. Questions in part 1 were responseed in 170 minutes and Part B questions were to be responseed in 35 minutes. Section A consists of 24 questions, section B included of 27 questions and Section C had 21 questions.

  • Apart from being difficult, the paper was bit lengthy.
  • Verbal Ability and Judgement-Making sections are more difficult than usual.
  • As per the students appeared in the exam, XAT 2018 was difficult.

Section A: Verbal and Logical Ability

This section focuses on student’s hold on language and implementation. It tests the student’s critical reasoning skills. Questions in this section were of methodrate difficulty level. This section has 4 reading comprehension passages. According to the student’s reviews, Para-jumble questions were time-consuming.

The following table shows the types of questions asked in the paper:

DescriptionNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Cloze Test1Difficult
Statements- Assumption, Contradiction, Understanding, and Drawing Conclusions3Methodrate
Para Jumble2Easy-Methodrate
Reading Comprehension14Difficult

Section B: Judgement Making

This section focuses on student’s ability to analyze the situation by applying their common sense, logic and keen observation. The types of questions asked in this paper are:

TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Mathematical + Analytical Reasoning53 – Easy, 2 - Difficult

Section C: Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

This section was toughest.   So, for completeing this section with good marks, students obligatory a better understanding of concepts. Mostly questions in the paper were of methodrate to difficult.

Following are the type of questions asked in the paper:

TopicNo. Of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Data Interpretation - Tables4Difficult
Data Interpretation - Grids and Histograms4Difficult
Geometry and Mensuration4Methodrate-Difficult
Time, Speed, Distance, Work2Easy-Methodrate
Case let2Methodrate
P and L1Easy-Methodrate
Number System1Easy-Methodrate
Set Theory1Methodrate

Part 2: General Knowledge

Marks scored by the students in GK are not added in the final result and merit list. These scores are used for the student’s final selection. There were 25 questions asked in this section and 35 minutes are issueted to clear this section.

Following are the topics from which questions asked in this section:

TopicsNo. of questions
Economy and Business5
Present Affairs3
Individuality and Awards3
Science and Technology2

XAT 2018 Cut off

XAT cut off marks are the at least marks scored by the aspirant in order to qualify the exam. After the declaration of examination result, XAT Cut off will be announced. On the basis of cut off marks, students will be further shortlisted for Group Discussion, Individual Interview and Essay Writing round.

XAT 2018 cut off will be declared in the first week of February 2018. Along with the participating institutes, cut off marks will also be declared by different coaching institutes. Cut off will be declared section-wise and institute-wise.

XAT 2018 Cut off Section wise

SectionBusiness Management (BM)Human Resource Management (HRM)Global Management Program
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning79.4679.675 and above
Judgement Making (DM)76.8471.6285 and above
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)88.770.076 and above
Overall9692.5522 and above

XAT 2018 Cut off – Institute wise

Institutes NamesXAT 2018 Cut off
XIM Bhubaneswar95+ percentile
LIBA Chennai90+ percentile
XISS Ranchi85+ percentile
XIME Bangalore80+ percentile
XIM Jabalpur80+ percentile
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi80+ percentile
BIMTECH, Greater Noida75+ percentile
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa90+ percentile
IFMR, Chennai85+ percentile

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