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|
|Time and Work||1||Difficult|
|Probability + Numbers||1||Moderate-Difficulty|
|Table-based DI Set (DI)||3||Easy|
|Reasoning-based Set involving 9 countries (DI)||3||Difficult|
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).