Section 3: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The section had a mix of a few easy and mostly moderate-difficult questions. A few questions (the one on hare and tortoise, the one on time and work involving 3 persons, the question based on probability and a few questions from geometry-mensuration) turned out to be challenging and lengthy and required a thorough understanding of concepts. In contrast to the last year, almost no question in this set required intensive calculations. In a major departure from the pattern that XAT stuck to for the last many years, questions from Data Sufficiency were missing (test takers have become used to seeing 2 DS questions every year in the XAT).

The section was similar in difficulty level compared to last year’s QA-DI section, though the questions were definitely lengthier compared to last year. There were six questions from two DI sets. While the table-based set was very easy, the set involving countries and their GDP was time-consuming and had a strong flavour of reasoning too.

The topic wise break-up of the questions is as below:

Topics No. of questions Difficulty
Percentages & Partnerships 2 Easy-Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Difficult
Ratio-Proportion-Variation 2 Moderate
Time and Work 1 Difficult
Numbers 2 Moderate
Geometry 4 Moderate-Difficult
Mensuration 3 Moderate-Difficult
Progressions 1 Moderate-Difficult
Operator-based Questions 1 Easy
Maximisation-Minimisation 1 Moderate
Special Equations 1 Moderate
Probability + Numbers 1 Moderate-Difficulty
Venn Diagrams 2 Easy-Moderate
Table-based DI Set (DI) 3 Easy
Reasoning-based Set involving 9 countries (DI) 3 Difficult
Total 28  

With the section being a notch lengthier, the number of attempts is bound to go down marginally.

The cut-off in this section for general category is expected to be around 11 marks for BM (Male candidates).