XAT Exam is scheduled to take place in January 2017. The XAT Exam will have the similar paper format as earlier years’. A few questions are tricky in the all the sections. Aspirants should go via the XAT Exam Format cautiously to identify the important topics and plan their preparation accordingly. Detailed XAT Exam paper analysis shows that the questions fall under easy to difficult range depending on the exercise.

XAT Exam will have 2 major sections. Questions in XAT 2017 are formulated to analyze aspirant’s verbal and logical ability. Section 1 will test the aspirant’s logical and quantitative apprehension and Section 2 is constructed to judge aspirant’s general awareness. The various subsections in which XAT 2017 Section 1 is divided are: Section 1 is aimed at testing the aspirant’s ability to read, recreate and resolve the problem.


  1. Verbal Ability
  2. Quantitative ability and data interpretation
  3. Judgement making

The total time period for the exam is 170 minutes. The XAT 2017 exam will be divided into two parts. Aspirants need to pay extra attention to the topics of Section I and Section II as well. An essay on a generic topic will also be asked to test aspirant’s word building and thought procedure. There will be a total of around 75-85 questions in Section I and 25-30 questions in Section II of General Awareness.

XAT Paper Analysis 2016

XAT had the same structure as expected in XAT 2015. There was the total of 78 questions asked in Section I and 25 questions in Section II. Aspirants are advised to stay updated with the basic sciences and present events to score well in General Awareness section of XAT 2017 Exam. However, Marks scored in General Awareness and Essay is not comprised in percentile calculation at the first stage.

Verbal & Logical Ability

The Verbal Ability Section was comparably tougher from the other sections. Reading comprehension section was based on Communication, Economic theory, Objectivism, and approximation philosophy. Prior to XAT 2016, no question on grammar was asked in this section. There was plenty of variety in the types of questions was observed in this section.

Aspirants are advised to pay extra attention to questions based on reading comprehension. Comprehensions on the philosophy of approximation and Communication was asked with the maximum number of questions from them. Aspirants are suggested to exercise and focus on these type of questions a bit more.

TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty
Reading comprehension14Difficult

Judgement Making & Analytical Reasoning

The judgment making section had a similar difficulty level as earlier year papers. This gave the students a chance to score higher marks. The only difference was that the passage given for reading and interpretation was smaller in size. Detailed analysis of Questions in Judgement Making & Analytical Reasoning is mentioned below.

TopicTotal Questions in XAT 2016Difficulty level in XAT 2016
Mathematical + Analytical reasoning53-Easy 2-Difficult

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

This section experienced the maximum number of accurate attempts than any other section. The questions were mainly asked from Algebra, Geometry and Number systems. Quantitative Ability of XAT 2016 was easier as compared to earlier year exams. The cutoff of this section went high because of maximum accurate attempts from the section.

XAT 2016 DI questions had 2 sets, the total number of questions were 7. A participant could easily attempt 2-4 DI questions in 20-25 minutes.

The XAT 2016 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section breakup are mentioned below. Aspirants are advised to check the section breakup to understand the subject areas from where the questions were asked.

TopicQuestions in XAT 2016Difficulty level
P & L2Easy-Moderate
TSD, Work2Easy-Moderate
Number System2Easy-Moderate
Geometry, Mensuration8Moderate-Difficult
Set Theory1Moderate
DI- Table based3Difficult

XAT 2016 Part B

General Awareness

XAT 2016 GA Section had questions mainly from Economy, Geography, Science, and Technology. An attempt of 10-11 questions was considered good. Most of the questions were statement based. The knowledge of present affairs was tested mainly via Business economics. The overall difficulty level can be said as “moderate-difficult”. Questions with more than one accurate responses were also asked.

Essay Writing

The topic for the essay was “Technology and Nature are natural enemies”. The topic allowed aspirants to share their own perspective. The topic was philosophical and abstract at the same time. Aspirants can take reference from the following earlier year papers.

XATEssay Topic
XAT 2015Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refuse reply
XAT 2014The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt.
XAT 2013Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India

Paper Analysis XAT 2015

The XAT 2015 exam had 3 sections in part I of the exam. The time period for part II of the exam was 40 minutes. The part I was MCQ based exam. Part II of the XAT 2015 exam had 2 sections. The total time period for a part I was 140 minutes. The aspirant had to choose a response from the five options given for each question.

 Section Name XAT 2015No. of Questions XAT 2015Optimal time per section XATDifficulty levelGood attempts
Part 1Verbal Ability2830Moderate-difficult14
Quantitative Ability3365Moderate- difficult14
Judgement making2345Moderate-difficult14
Part 2General Awareness3040Easy-Moderate15

XAT 2015 Part A

Verbal and Logical ability

The logical ability section was relatively tough in XAT 2015 exam. There were 2 questions each from Para- Jumbles and Para- Completion. The format was similar to earlier year exam for this section. In XAT 2015 there was no Grammar question. So there was a total of 17 questions in Reading Comprehension section. The 2 questions out of 3 questions of Critical Reasoning were difficult. The section had 5 Reading comprehension passages. Also, 1 question from Vocabulary based cloze test, 1 question from sentence completion and 2 questions from Vocabulary. The 10 questions in the section were easy and could be attempted with nearly 80% accuracy.

Judgement Making and Analytical Ability

The questions from judgment making were quite difficult and complex to solve. Though the level of questions was relatively simpler than the earlier year, aspirants establish it tough to solve the Judgement making problems. Analytical Ability section was designed to test the aspirants’ rational thinking and to judge them on their ability to solve problems over such topic.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Quantitative Ability section in XAT paper demands the aspirants to solve the problems efficiently and quickly. There were 25 questions in this section in XAT 2015. The time of 35-40 minutes was assumed sufficient. Problems on directions were also difficult to work with. The questions from Arithmetic were easy and that from Geometry and Algebra were difficult. An aspirant on an average could attempt 9-11 questions.

The DI section had 2 sets of which there were 4 questions each. The graphical question was easy while the table based question needs intensive calculation. In the time period of 20-25 minutes, 3-5 DI questions could be done easily.

XAT 2015 Part B

General Knowledge

The GK section of XAT 2015 was difficult as compared to XAT 2014. There were 30 questions in the section consisting of two questions from History and 6 from Geography. There were 6 questions about Economy which were difficult. Five questions with moderate difficulty level were asked. There were 7 questions based on Present Affairs and 4 questions on Sports. An attempt at 12-14 questions could get a participant a score of 8-10 questions.

Essay writing

This time the question was “Listening is a dying art. We only listen to refuse reply.” We hardly listen to understand.

Paper Analysis XAT 2014

The XAT 2014 exam turned out to be difficult from its earlier edition. In 140 minutes the aspirant could clear the 3 main sections and in last 10 minutes the GK section. The total number of questions was 83 in XAT 2014 and the total time issued to attempt the questions was 150 minutes. Additional 20 minutes was offered to clear the essay part. There was a decrease in the number of questions that were given.

A format shift was observed in XAT 2014 which was followed in later on in XAT 2015 and XAT 2016. XAT 2017 exam is also supposed to be organized on the same lines.

XAT 2014 PapersSection name XAT 2014Number of Questions XAT 2014Difficulty level
Paper 1Verbal Ability28Moderate
Judgement making24Moderate to tough
Quantitative Ability31Tough
Paper 2General Awareness20Easy-Moderate

XAT 2014 Part A

Verbal Ability

There was total of 28 questions of moderate- tough difficulty level partly due to the subject matter. The vocabulary was tested via Fill in The Blanks type of questions. The new type of questions was introduced with the main objective to test the fundamental understanding of aspirant’s critical reasoning.

Questions on Grammar were also asked, which were rather simple as compared to the rest of the paper. Reading Comprehension passages were set and designed to test aspirants’ ability to reason and infer from the matter in the subject.

Sectional Analysis of Verbal Ability is mentioned below

VA Question description / TopicNo. of Questions
Sentence Rearrangement2
Sentence completion5

Judgement making

The Judgement making section had 24 questions in total. Aspirant’s with logical reasoning aptitude scored well in this section. At least 14 questions were easy enough to be attempted and a score of 9 marks was easy to obtain.

Quantitative Ability

The section was difficult with very moderate questions. There were no direct problems and aspirants had a tough time doing it. The graphs were also very difficult. A lot of calculation based questions were seen in the section. Most of the questions from this section need the sound knowledge of the topic. Sectional analysis of Quantitative Ability is mentioned below.

Quantitative Ability TopicsNo. of Questions
Algebra and Functions2
Number System5
Arithmetic sequence1
Ratio and proportion1
Line Graphs3

The good attempts for the section came around 8 and the achievable score was 6. An aspirant with more exercise could score more.

XAT 2014 Part B

General Awareness

The GK section in XAT 2014 was little difficult. Apart from this questions came from world Geography and history. Questions on national and international awards were asked. The questions were random in nature and came from various topics. A well-read person would be able to attempt minimum 10-12 questions easily. Stats based questions were also asked.

XAT 2017 Important Topics

Aspirants appearing for XAT 2017 are advised to pay more attention to quantitative ability section as it is expected to be one of the deciding factors in the final marks scored by aspirants. Aspirants need to write a brief and concise essay because the word limit makes it quite a tricky job. The essay comes on a very general topic with the word limit of 200. A good knowledge of Situational Reasoning will also help aspirants score well in XAT 2017.

Judgement Making is also one of the important sections in XAT 2017. Participants should only attempt those question whose response they are sure of. Aspirants are advised to exercise Vocabulary for XAT 2017 as aspirants with good vocabulary strength are considered to have scored a better rank than the other aspirants.

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