XAT 2017 Analysis, Key & Score Calculator

XAT 2017, conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to their Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes, was conducted successfully today, Jan 08, 2017. XAT score is used by many reputed institutes such as SP Jain, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhuvaneshwar, GIM Goa, etc. as a part of their admission process

XAT 2017, as far as the pattern goes, was a little different in terms of the number of questions as compared to the last year’s paper. The total number of questions this year was 72 as against 78 last year. The paper had five sections (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (iv) General Knowledge and v) Essay. The marks of General Knowledge and Essay will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at the first stage of selection.

Part I of the test comprised three sections viz., Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation. Part II had questions from General Knowledge and an Essay to be written. The overall duration of the test was 170 minutes for the first part and 35 minutes for the second.

All questions carried equal marks with negative marking (one fourth of a mark for a wrong answer). There was a negative marking of 0.05 for un-attempted questions, for such questions over and above 12. The negative marks would be deducted proportionately across the three sections.

The section on General Knowledge did not have any negative marking. General Awareness and Essay writing will be used for evaluation only after the initial screening, i.e., these will not be used for the short listing of candidates for the GDPI round.

The following is a snapshot of the question distribution:
  Section No of Qns
Suggested time (min)
Part I     A - Verbal and Logical Ability 24 50
B - Decision Making Ability 21 60
C - Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability 27 60
Part II General Knowledge 25 10

Topic: Globalization and Jingoism can coexist!

Section-wise Analysis

Part I Section A : Verbal and Logical Ability

The Verbal and Logical Ability section was as challenging as the ones in XAT papers seen in the recent years. This is, as always , due to the sheer complexity of some of the passages. Also, some of the non-RC questions had very close answer-choices.

The breakup of the topics is as below
Type No. of Qs
Poetry and Grammar 2 and 2 respectively
Vocab 3
CR 3
Para Formation 2
300 word RC based on a writing instrument 2
650 word RC based on technology ( upgradation ) 3
650 word RC based on Psychology (Compassion vs Empathy ) 3
600 word RC based on Philosophy ( Existentialism vs Libertarianism ) 4

The questions on poetry would have been challenging for a student who is not adept at finding hidden meanings; while the poems , per se, were nor challenging, the options were very close indeed.

The Critical Reasoning questions were followed by very close options and they might have tested the reasoning ability of the best of students! The questions on "Herbalife" and on "tomato production" were followed by extremely close options.

Of the 2 Para Formation questions, the one on Russia's Wild West was really close with the other one on periodic table being relatively more straight-forward.

The 3 Vocab questions were challenging too except that the one on affect vs effect could have been cracked relatively more easily even by a student with moderate to good grip on language.

Of the 2 grammar questions , the one on MBA was relatively simpler.

The RC on the writing instrument was by far the easiest and a well-prepared student might have got both the questions right. The passage on technology made for good reading and getting 2 of the 3 questions right can be regarded as respectable.

The passages on psychology and philosophy were challenging not only because they were more complex, but also because the answer choices were very , very close making eliminating choices very , very difficult.

12-14 attempts can be considered to be good in this section.

Section B : Decision Making Ability

The DM section had 21 questions. All the questions were on decision-making and none were from LR. This was the trend seen in the recent XATs, since 2009. Except for one set (the set on Sabzi-Puri), the rest of the sets had very simple and easily comprehensible data. On the other hand the simplicity also led to lack of much-needed info, which made answering the questions tricky.

Students who tried to answer the questions by eliminating the answer choices would have arrived at the answer faster than those who tried to pick an answer.

The sets based on "firing a waitress" and "Vimala- the domestic help" were the easier ones among the lot. The set on "Shooting, Cricket and Snakes & Ladders" actually had nothing to do with the data given. It had to be answered keeping the nature of the game in view. This was also among the easier sets. "Mr. Biswas – Construction of house" was another easy set, which should have been definitely attempted..

The answer choices in the questions "Genius Consulting', "Girirajan – Tamil Food Restaurant", "College Campus – parking space" and "BINK Management School" were very close. These sets also had many loose ends (lack of clear/specific information), forcing the student to go through the answer choices and the given information very critically. Many of the candidates would have avoided these sets entirely or would have answered only selected questions within them.

The "Puri-Sabji" set involves calculation and is complicated. Those who had attempted this set would have answered one question with ease and either wasted a lot of time on the remaining two or skipped them altogether.

In all, this section is a tad easier as compared to last year. 12 to 13 attempts is good in this section, within a time of 60 minutes.

Section C : Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The set was a mix of mostly easy and a few moderate-difficult questions. There were questions which were tricky and required a thorough understanding of concepts.

The section was overall similar in difficulty level to last year’s Quant section. There were 8 questions from DI in 2 sets and both these sets were tough to crack. The set on Statistics (various plots) had thoroughly confusing graphs. The set on production of Kurtas was calculation-intensive.

The must-attempt questions in this section were the ones on Seq/Series, Min value of sum of P/Q/R/S/T (Cubes from Numbers), Length of segment (Circles), Question on throwing a die twice (Probability), Question based on Profit & Loss.

Area Sub-Area No of Questions Difficulty
Numbers Cubes 1 Easy
Algebra Sequence & Series 1 Easy

Max/Min 1 Moderate-Difficult

Simple Equations 2 Moderate-Difficult
Geometry Circles 1 Moderate

Parallel Lines/Quadrilateral 1 Difficult

Quadrilateral/Triangles 1 Difficult
Mensuration 3-D/Pyramid 1 Moderate

Pure Maths
Trigonometry 1 Moderate

Probability 1 Easy

Functions 1 Moderate
Arithmetic Speed, Distance, Time 1 Easy-Moderate

Time & Work 1 Easy-Moderate

Profit, Loss, Discount 1 Easy
Miscellaneous - 2 Moderate-Difficult
Data Sufficiency - 2 Moderate-Difficult
DI Set 1 Statistics 4 Difficult
DI Set 2 Production of Kurtas 4 Moderate-Difficult

Part II General Knowledge

The GK section in XAT 2017 was on familiar lines – a mix of national/international based questions focusing on brands, days, geography, science etc.

The split of the questions in this section were as below

Area No. of Qs
Current affairs 3
Science & Technology 3
Entertainment 2
Geography/Culture 6
Awards 1
Important persons/Days 2
International Organisations 3
History 1
Business 3
Currencies 1

As the section is not used for shortlisting, there will be no cut-off requirement for this section. However, those who scored over 10-12 can consider themselves to have done well.


The topic for the essay was "Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist!".

The topic needed the students to contrast people and services moving across the globe making the world a much smaller and unified space, with people who root for their nation with extreme fervour. With about 25 minutes available on hand after the GK section, students were expected to spend around 5-8 minutes gathering their thoughts and the remaining time writing the essay.

Estimated Cutoffs

The overall cutoff for XLRI-BM is expected to increase slightly to around 32-34.

The cutoff for the PMIR program is also expected to be slightly higher, at around 30-32.

Be sure to make use of the score calculator to know your possible score.

All the best!!