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The Strong and Tough War: XAT score vs Percentile

Xavier aptitude test (XAT) is a national level MBA entrance test conducted by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur on the behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institute (XAMI). XAT score is accepted in 160 institutions offering a variety of management programs. Candidates have to attempt the Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by these for admission. Before proceeding to the main topic i.e. XAT score vs percentile, let us see some highlights about the XAT exam. 

XAT full form- Xavier aptitude test

XAT conducted body- XLRI (Xavier school of management, Jamshedpur)

XAT application form- Online only

XAT exam mode- Online mode

Counselling- Yes

Courses offered- MBA/ PGDM/ Executive Diploma

Total intake- 180 seats

Number of attempts- No restriction

In order to understand XAT score vs percentile, we first have to understand what XAT percentile exactly is! 

The XAT percentile is basically the rank of the candidates among all the test takers. It can also be described as the total percentage of candidates who scored less than or equal to a particular candidate. The formula to calculate XAT percentile is the same as that of other MBA entrance exams i.e. Number of candidates- Rank of candidates/ Number of candidates.

XAT score vs percentile- the difference:

xat score vs percentile

Understanding the relationship between XAT score and percentile is not only complex but also confusing. XAT results are published in percentile format, and students make a note of the same. In simple words, XAT percentile indicates the candidate position among all the other candidates who have appeared for the XAT examination. 

Candidates look for the XAT score vs percentile analysis every year as it helps them to understand the cutoff bar for the XAT examination. The cutoff is usually never low. Also, the score and percentile values are two completely different concepts in the XAT exam.

XAT score vs percentile 2018- An Overall Review:

XAT 2018 was conducted on January 7,2018 from 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m. The test was divided into two parts. The first part was the usual XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections, Verbal Ability and Logical reasoning, Decision making and Quantitative ability and Data interpretation. As stated by the XAT authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 170 minutes. 

The second part consisted of General awareness questions and a mandatory essay writing section. The total time allotted to this section was 40 minutes. The Verbal and Logical Ability section had 26 questions, 2 more than last year. The section on decision making comprised 21 questions and the quantitative ability and Data interpretation section had 27 questions. Each question had 5 options and all the questions carried equal marks. There was a penalty of one-fourth marks alloted for every incorrect answer. Also, as mentioned earlier, there was a penalty of 0.05 for every unattempted question after the first 8 questions. The paper was slightly easier, yet quite challenging!

XAT 2017 score vs percentile- An Overall Review:

XAT 2017 was conducted on January 8, 2017 from 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m. The test was divided into four parts. The first part was the usual XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision making and Quantitative ability and Data interpretation. As stated by Xat authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 170 minutes. The second part consisted of General awareness questions and a mandatory essay writing section. The total time allotted to this section was 35 minutes.

The detailed analysis of all the sections is as follows:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability

As compared to 2018, the overall difficulty level of English section was comparable to that of 2015. One could attempt many questions using elimination. The questions from RC passages were of moderate level difficulty. The Parajumbles questions were difficult and time-consuming. Critical reasoning questions in the paper were few with moderate difficulty level.

  • Decision making and analytical reasoning:

The level of decision making was trickier than last year’s paper. Like last year, this year also there were no long passages and which was a great relief. 

  • Quantitative ability and Data interpretation:

The section on Quantitative ability and Data interpretation was slightly easier than last year. However, one of the DI sets was quite tricky. There were 17 questions of QA and most of them were from Geometry and Algebra. Majority of the questions from Arithmetic were doable whereas the questions from geometry were difficult. There were also 2 questions based on sports. 

  • General Knowledge:

The level of difficulty of the GK section was more or less similar to last year. This section comprised 25 questions. Most of the questions were single statement based. Some of the questions having multiple statements had more than one correct statement. There were no questions from the sports and polity section. 

  • Essay writing:

This part of the exam consisted of an essay. The topic was ‘Globalization and jingoism always coexist’. Like every year, XAT came up with a very interesting topic yet again, on which students could ponder and bring out various perspectives but unlike past years the level of difficulty of the topic was higher. 

XAT 2019 score vs percentile- An Overall Review:

XAT 2019 was conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. The test was divided into two parts. The first part was the usual XAT paper which had questions divided into three sections Verbal Ability and Logical reasoning, Decision making and Quantitative ability and Data interpretation. As stated by the XAT authorities earlier, the total time allotted for attempting these questions was 165 minutes. The second part consisted of General awareness questions. The total time allotted to this section was 15 minutes. 

Analysis of each section for this year:

  • Verbal ability and Logical reasoning:

This section was tougher than last year, basically the verbal section. The section was dominated by RC with 4 passages of 3 questions each. There was one poem of 2 questions which was difficult. Parajumbles were easy. The RC passages were from the familiar areas of psychology, art and social issues. It was definitely time consuming and candidates would have taken around 50 minutes to complete the section.

  • Decision making and analytical reasoning:

The level of decision making was similar to the previous year. There were no singlets and it made the task of reading easier. Situational decision making dominated the section with 18 questions. There were no questions from Mathematical/ Analytical reasoning, thus students might have attempted 2-3 more questions. However, there were more sequencing questions which lead to lesser attempts.

  • Quantitative ability and Data interpretation:

The section on Quantitative ability and Data interpretation was slightly tougher than last year. One of the DI sets was tricky. There were 21 questions of QA and most of them were from Geometry and Algebra. In DI, there were two sets comprising 6 questions in total. There were a few questions which were a little ambiguous. 

  • General knowledge:

The level of difficulty of the GK section was similar to last year. This section comprised 25 questions. Most of the questions were single statement based. Some of the questions having multiple statements had more than one correct statement. The key areas from where the questions were asked were static GK (economy, geography, science and technology) and current GK (Business economy, personalities, award, sports and miscellaneous). 

Final Words:

We hope that we have made XAT score vs percentile clear through this article. It is very important to know the difference between XAT percentile vs score. It is advisable to go through the difference between XAT score vs percentile because it will be easier to understand your results and hence, your admission procedure will be less hectic! So, research about the exam before you go for giving XAT as your entrance exam for MBA!

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