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XAT 2008 - Analysis
 
     
 

Executive Summary
In a nutshell, the XAT 2008 paper failed to live up to the promise of XAT 2007. The three sections continued to be largely lengthy, providing the test-taker with no respite at all. A few problems in the Quant/DI section were quite ambiguous. Also, the DI questions with conventional, bulky charts were monotonous. The problems in the AR/DM section were not very exciting, either. The DM cases were simple, though some of the questions could have ambiguous explanations. By and large, the RC passages in the English section entailed time-consuming reading. However, many of the questions were easy. In contrast, the sentence completion questions were fairly simplistic. The paper had its share of critical reasoning questions, and, even here, the language of the questions was often vague and unclear.

Overall, the cut-offs can be expected to be close to last year’s level though the paper was nowhere near to being as exciting as last year’s.

Section

Topics Number of questions Suggested time Possible Attempts XLRI BM Cut-offs
1 EU and RC 38 40 minutes 21+ 11 - 12
2 AR and Decision Making 38 40 minutes 14+ 7-7.5
3 QA & DI 44 40 minutes 14+ 7.5-8
  Total 120 120 minutes 49+ 32-33

Likely Cut-Offs for other institutes:

Institute Cut-off
Expected cut-off XLRI – PMIR 30-31
Expected cut-off SP Jain 29-30
Expected cut-off XIMB 29-30
Expected cut-off GIM/BIM 25-26
Expected cut-off LIBA 22-23

Disclaimer: These cut-offs are decided by our expert faculty, who have attempted the XAT 2008 paper and might not be the actual XAT cut-offs. These calculations are based on our experience and expertise.

Comparison with Last 3 year’s XAT:

Parameter

XAT 2008 XAT 2007 XAT 2006 XAT 2005
Number of sections 3 3 3 3
Number of questions 120 130 127 175
Difficulty level (Overall) Difficult Difficult Difficult Average
Expected cut-off (BMD) 32-33 35+ 32+ 70+
Expected cut-off (PMIR) 30-31 33+ 28+ 65-68
 
 

Section-wise Analysis

Section I: English Usage & Reading Comprehension
There were 38 questions, to be attempted in 40 minutes. The questions ranged between average and high in terms of difficulty level.  Surprisingly, grammar was not tested. Critical reasoning questions were in the form of case lets. There was an increase in the number of these questions, as compared to the past XAT papers.  The Para- jumbles should have been best left alone. A good command over homophones would have been required to tackle the contextual vocabulary questions.

Reading Comprehension
A good mix of passages! Two passages, viz. the ones on Psychology and Science, were difficult to read and the questions in these, being mostly inferential, would have given one a tough time. The relief was provided in the form of direct vocabulary and fact-based question in the remaining two passages.  
Overall, an attempt of 21 questions & a score of 12+ was definitely possible.

Topic-wise breakup

Type of question No. of questions Difficulty level No. of possible attempts
Four sentence Para jumbles 3 High 2
Critical Reasoning (Case lets) 10 Average 6
Grammar 0

 

 

Reading Comprehension
[4 passages]
20 Average to Difficult 8-9
Contextual Vocab (fill in the blanks) 5 Average 3

 

38

 

21  attempts
 
 

Comparison with last 3 year’s XAT :

Topic

XAT 2008 XAT 2007 XAT 2006 XAT 2005
Overall 38 41 40 65
English Usage 18 18 16 22
Vocabulary: Synonyms 0 3 0 5
Vocabulary: Antonyms/ Inappropriate Usage 0 2 0 7
Vocabulary: Analogies 0 0 0 0
Vocabulary: Usage-based 0 0 6 0
Fill in the blanks 5 0 3 0
Para Jumbles 3 4 3 4
Critical Reasoning 10 5 4 6
Sentence Correction 0 4 0 0
Reading Comprehension 4 passages
(20 Qs)
4 passages + 1 poem
(23 Qs)
5 passages
(24 Qs)
6 passages
(31 Qs)
Phrenology 0 0 0 7
Taxonomy 0 0 0 4
Sociology 0 5 (1 Passage) 6 0
Philosophy/ psychology (1 passage each) 11 4+ 4 (1 Poem, 1, Passage) 6 0
Science & Research 3 4 (1 Passage) 3 0
Business/Economics/Management 6 6 (1 Passage) 7 0

 
     
 

Section II: Analytical  Reasoning and Decision Making Ability

Total No of questions: 38
(Decision Making: 10, Individual Reasoning Qs: 2 and AR: 26)


Summary:
This time it was XAT’s turn to test your logical skills. In this section of 38 questions, 28 were on Analytical Reasoning and 10 on Decision Making Ability. Some of the AR sets were very time consuming. On the other hand, the Decision Making Ability questions were relatively less time taking. Overall, the section had a high difficulty level. 13-14 attempts with an investment of 40 minutes would have been ideal. 8 seems to be a good net score.

Topic XAT 2008 XAT 2007
AR+Decision Making 38 40
AR-sets 26 (7sets) 22(4 sets)
Individual AR questions 2 3
Decision Making 10(2 sets) 15(4 sets)
 
     
  Section III: Quantitative Ability +DI

Summary
Total number of questions: 44 (30 QA, 2 DS, 12 DI)
2 DS questions in this section were of mixed level of difficulty.
Keeping in mind the risk of committing more than 6 mistakes in the section, an intelligent investment of 40 minutes would have yielded 14-15 attempts. Cut-off will most probably hover around 8.

Topic-wise breakup
Topic

XAT 2008 XAT 2007 XAT 2006 XAT 2005
Overall 44 36 44 75
Number System 2 5 2 11
Arithmetic 3 5 3 3
Simple calculations of fractions etc 0 0 0 0
Average, %ge, SI-CI, PLD 1 2 1+1 1
Ratio proportion, Average 1 1 0 2
Speed Time Distance, Work 1 2 1 0
Algebra 13 14 20 14
Equations & Inequalities 2 3 6 6
Functions 3 4 7 2
Maxima minima 1 2 5 3
Series, sequences & progressions 2 4 2 3
Graph 1 1 0 0
Misc Type 4 0 0 0
Geometry 6 4 3 8
Plane geometry 5 3 3 4
Mensuration 0 0 0 2
Co-ordinate geometry 1 1 0 2
Permutation & Combination 1 0 1 1
Probability 0 1 3 1
Mathematical reasoning 3 2 2 1
Set Theory 2 1 4 0
Higher Math (Limit, differentiation Integration) 0 0 2 8
Data Sufficiency 2 4 4 3
 
     
 

Data Interpretation

There were 3 DI sets—2 sets on Tables and 1 on Line diagram—with moderate difficulty level.

Topic

XAT 2008 XAT 2007 XAT 2006 XAT 2005
Data Interpretation 12 13 18 25
Table 9(2 sets) 11 (3 Sets) 13 (3 sets) 10 (3 sets)
Pie Chart 0 0 5 5
Line Chart 3 0 0 6
Table + Bar Diagram 0 2 (1 Set) 0 4
 
     
 

Essay
XAT also tests you on essay-writing and 20 min is stipulated at the end of the 2 hour test period to write a page-long essay. The topic for this year was:
“The consequence of gender imbalance – The Third World War.”

 
 

What is gender imbalance?

    1. Gender imbalance is defined as the unfavorable status accorded to women in society, vis-à-vis men
    2. Examples of gender imbalance – lack of opportunities for education, career, human and legal rights (to vote; to own property) and other rights as equal citizens

History of gender imbalance

    1. Most societies practised gender discrimination, well into the 19th century
    2. The Age of Enlightenment in Europe and America saw shackles being removed and women being gradually considered as equal citizens through imparting the right to education, jobs, vote etc.
    3. In India, too, we witnessed correction of gender imbalance through moves such as permission of remarriage for widows, education for women etc.   Therefore, one hallmark of a modern society has been correction of gender imbalance   

Gender imbalance – where it exists today

    1. Exists in several underdeveloped parts of the world, viz. Middle-east and sub-Saharan Africa
    2. Even today, women in these countries are denied basic rights to education, careers and legal recourse for securing their rights
    3. These are countries which typically suffer from poverty, lack of intellectually capable manpower, absence of basic education and health care resources
    4. These countries are typically marked by repressive and reactionary governments, often dominated by antiquated theocracies  

The danger to the world

    1. The gender imbalance in these countries is symptomatic of the broader malaise affecting these nations
    2. These countries are typically populated by troubled and aggrieved citizens
    3. These are also often havens for disgruntled, and even terrorist elements
    4. Modern societies are clearly polarized against these backward states which pose a grave threat to world security
Unless these societies are allowed to modernize and aspects like gender imbalance corrected these will seethe with unrest. Since many of these countries have nuclear weapons, the destabilizing forces could cause eruption of violence and war against developed nations which could escalate to a global conflict.
 
     
 

All the best!

Career Launcher Team

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