XAT 2023 Analysis & Review (Available): Get detailed Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff Here!

Xavier Aptitude Test 2023 ( XAT )

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Updated on Jan 8, 2023 20:58 IST

XAT 2023 analysis is now available. The question paper was of moderate difficulty with QA-DI being tough and V-LR, Decision Making easy. The GK section was moderate as usual. The topics od Essay Writing were also doable. As per the XAT 2023 review, an overall score of 35+ can be considered a good score in XAT 2023. 

The XAT exam analysis 2023 includes indepth discussion of sectional difficulty level, topic wise weightage, types of questions, number of good attempts and expected XAT cut offs for XLRI admission. This will help XAT candidates in assessing their performance and evaluating chances of getting into XLRI Jamshedpur or other desired B-school. Check below XAT 2023 review and analysis.

XAT 2023 Review and Paper Analysis: Highlights

  • XAT 2023 question paper  had 105 questions in MCQ format.
  • QA-DI was tough and dominated by Arithmetic
  • Verbal and Logical Ability was easy to moderate
  • Decision Making was easy to moderate
  • GK was moderate with current affairs and static GK question
  • Essay topics were abstract in nature but doable
  • Verbal and Logical Ability section had four RC passages and one poems.

XAT 2023 Analysis: Sectional Weightage

There are three parts and five sections in XAT. The first part of the paper comprises Decision Making, Verbal and Quants sections whereas the second part includes GK section only. Check below, section wise weightage of the XAT question paper:

XAT Sections

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Decision Making

22

22

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

28

General Knowledge

25

25

Essay Writing (250 words)

1

To be evaluated after PI shortlisting

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XAT 2023 Marking Scheme

There is no change in the marking scheme of XAT this year. Check the details below:

  • +1 mark for correct answer
  • - 0.25 marks for incorrect answer
  • - 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted questions
  • No negative marking in GK section

XAT 2023 Analysis: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

The XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section was easy and had 26 questions. The section was dominated by RC questions. This year, there was only one poem which was easy. About 16-18 attempts will be good in XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Check the sectonal composition of XAT VALR section below:

Type of Questions

No. of Questions

Doable

RC 

4 sets with 3 questions

8

Poem

1 set with 2 questions

1

Fill in the Blanks

1

1

Critical Reasoning

7

3

Grammar/ Punctuation

3

2

Para completion

1

1

Total

26

16-18

XAT 2023 Analysis: Decision Making

The total number of Decision Making questions in XAT 2023 was 22, one more than last year. The questions were easy except for one set which was modelled on old DI type decision making questions. About 15-17 attempts will be good in this section:

Check the sectional composition of XAT Decision Making section below:

Type of Questions

No. of Questions

Doable

2 Question Sets

4

2

3 Question Sets

15

2

3 Question DI Type Set

3

3

Total

22

15 - 17

XAT 2023 Analysis: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

This year, the XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section was was dominated by Arithmetic and slightly tougher than last year. About 16-18 attempts will be considered good in this section. Check out the sectional composition of XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section below:

Type of Questions

No. of Questions

Doable

Arithmetic

8

5

Numbers

4

3

Algebra

4

3

Geometry

3

1

DI 1 -Economic activity & subjective well being

3

2

Trigonometry

1

2

Data Sufficiency

2

2

investment

2

1

Probability

1

0

Total

28

16 - 18

XAT 2023 Analysis: General Knowledge & Essay

The XAT General Knowledge section as usual comprised 25 questions with a fine between current affairs and static GK. A good score in this section would be 10+.

In the Essay section, the candidates had three topics to choose one frm which were as follows:

  • Decarbonisation by India is hampering the Indian industries
  • People with less IQ are more successful
  • Taking risks in life

Expected XAT 2023 Cutoffs

Given below is the estimation of XAT cut offs 2023 for admission to XLRI’s Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes.

XAT sections

XAT cut offs ( raw scores)

VALR

9+

DM

6.5+

QADI

9+

Overall

BMD - 31- 32

HRM - 29 - 30

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XAT 2022 Analysis

XAT 2022 analysis indicates that the exam was easier than CAT 2021. Re-introduction of Essay Writing did pose difficutly to some students but the exam was overall doable. The Decision Making and Verbal Ability sections were easy to attempt, whereas Quantitative Aptitude was slightly more difficult than other sections due to lengthiness of some questions. GK section was also moderate. 

XAT exam was conducted on January 2 in online mode at various exam centres from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The question paper as told by test takers and experts, was moderate to high difficulty level. 

Sectional XAT 2022 Analysis

Section-wise, the highlight of XAT 2022 included easy Decision Making passages, two poems in VARC and DI oriented QADI section. Given below is the table indicating sectional-dificulty levels of XAT 2022:

XAT Sections

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Level of Difficulty

Decision Making

21

21

Moderate

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

Moderate

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

28

Tough

General Knowledge

25

25

Tough

Essay Writing

1

To be evaluated after shortlisting

Moderate

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FAQs Related to XAT 2023 Exam Analysis

Q: What is the difficulty level of XAT exam?

A: XAT is one of the tougher MBA entrance exams. The difficulty level of the XAT question paper is usually moderate to high. The XAT 2023 question paper was of moderate difficulty level. The Quants section was tough but Verbal and Logical Reasoning section was easy. Decision Making and GK sections were moderate.

Q: What is considered a good attempt in XAT exam?

A: Out of 100 questions, about 70-75 attempts with 70 to 80 per cent accuracy is considered a good attempt in the XAT exam. The test takers must strive to attempt 2/3 rd of the total questions in each section for a decent score. In XAT 2023, about 35+ correct attempts can be considered good.

Q: Which section is the toughest to score in XAT?

A: Although, all the sections of XAT are moderate to tough in terms of difficulty level, the Decision Making section often poses challenges as the questions are based on business decision and ethical dilemma, which needs to be answered with deep logic and deliberation. However, the QA-DI section can also turn out to be tough and lengthy.

Q: How much time is allotted to Decision Making section?

A: There is no time limit for solving Decision Making section of XAT. The first part of XAT has time limit of 175 minutes, which includes Decision Making, Quant and Verbal sections. Candidate’s must divide time between these three sections according to their strengths and weaknesses.

Q: What is the marking scheme of XAT 2023 exam?

A: XAT 2023 marking scheme is same as previous years, i.e. one mark for right attempt and -0.25 mark for wrong attempt. For eight consecutive non attempts there is deduction of -0.10 marks. There is no negative marking in GK section.

Q: What type of reading comprehension passages are asked in XAT?

A: The reading comprehension passages of XAT exam are mostly inference based. They are usually from fields such as philosophy, psychology, astronomy, history, art & culture, sociology and literature. In the past few years, we have seen XAT passages in the form of poems.

Q: How many questions are there in XAT and what is the sectional break-up?

A: There are a total of 100 questions in XAT. The Decision Making section has 22 questions, Verbal & Logical Ability has 26 question, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation has 28 questions and GK section has 25 questions.

Q: Is there any change in XAT exam pattern this year?

A: There is no change in the XAT exam pattern this year. In fact, unlike other MBA entrance exams, XLRI has not made any changes in time duration and exam timing despite COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years. However, this year the institute has changed the exam timing. XAT 2023 will be conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. 

Q: Is it necessary to achieve sectional cut off in each section of XAT?

A: Yes, it is necessary to achieve sectional cut off in each section of XAT to be able to get a good overall score and percentile. Moreover, at time of admission XLRI and other top institutes consider sectional scores as well.

Q: How is XAT percentile calculated?

A: Percentile essentially refer to the rank of a candidate with respect to rest of the test takers. The raw score of all the test takers are sorted in descending order and then each candidate’s rank is divided by total number of candidates and multiplied with 100. So, suppose 10,000 students have appeared for the test and your rank is 200. Then, your XAT percentile will be: 10,000-200 (9,800)/10,000 x100 = 98 percentile.

Q: What is the difficulty level of GK questions? Can it be solved in last 10 minutes?

A: The questions in GK section of XAT exam are mostly from static GK. If you have prepared it well, 10 minutes are enough to complete this section in 10 minutes.

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I am 28, I gave MBA entrance this year but was unable to score good marks. Should I worry about age if I decide to try next year?

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Shivam Sagar

Contributor-Level 7

a week ago

If you genuinely want to get into some reputed B school, then you should definitely give it a Shot without worrying at what your age is. Moreover, you can try other MBA entrance exams this year, including CMAT Tissnet's Last date has been extended. You can go for these Exams too & target dece...If you genuinely want to get into some reputed B school, then you should definitely give it a Shot without worrying at what your age is. Moreover, you can try other MBA entrance exams this year, including CMAT Tissnet's Last date has been extended. You can go for these Exams too & target decent colleges like BIMTECH, NIBM, etc.

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What percentile can I expect in XAT '23 with 25.1 marks?

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Rajan kumar

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

No, minimum of 85% is required.

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My son has: NMAT-170, SNAP-27 marks in 2 exams & XAT result awaiting. Which colleges can call me for admission?

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 14

a week ago

You can get call from NMIMS as well as newly opened Symbosis branch colleges.

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I am not able to log in and check response sheet for XAT 2023. What can I do now?

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Vishakha Gupta

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

There can be server error. Be patient.

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I had scored 84 percentile in CAT 2022 and I think I will be scoring really less in XAT. Can I expect call from XISS for GDPI?

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Vishakha Gupta

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Dear, do not panic because there is always a way to reach your aim. The cutoff of the CAT was 98 - 100 percentile for the top college. You can expect the college like IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Shillong.

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I forgot my XAT ID. How can I download my admit card?

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Hariprasad Venkatesh

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Step 1 - Visit the official website of XLRI Step 2 - Click on the Login tabStep 3 - Now candidates will have to provide XAT User ID and Date of birth (DOB), after that click on the Login tabStep 4 - Now click on the hall ticket tabStep 5 - The option to download XAT 2023 admit card will be displa...Step 1 - Visit the official website of XLRI
Step 2 - Click on the Login tab
Step 3 - Now candidates will have to provide XAT User ID and Date of birth (DOB), after that click on the Login tab
Step 4 - Now click on the hall ticket tab
Step 5 - The option to download XAT 2023 admit card will be displayed on the computer screen
Step 6 - Click on the download tab and save XAT admit card as a pdf.

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Yesterday, I took a mock test for 3 hours, from 2:50 - 6:15 PM. Where is my result of XAT? What are my scores?

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AAYUSH SHARMA

Beginner-Level 3

3 weeks ago

XLRI will release the XAT Scorecard cum result on 31 January 2023. The candidates who are appearing in the exam on 8 January 2023 can download the XAT Result scorecard results between 31 January - 31 March 2023. 31 January - 31 March 2023: XAT Score Card 2023 can be downloaded.

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How can I prepare for XAT in last one month?

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Archita garg

Contributor-Level 7

a month ago

Given below tips on cracking XAT in one month can be followed by candidates to get good XAT Result 2023. Make a Daily Planner: To start with, first and foremost candidates need to make a daily planner. Check the XAT 2023 syllabus and divide the topics to be covered. Set a time schedule of devotin...Given below tips on cracking XAT in one month can be followed by candidates to get good XAT Result 2023. Make a Daily Planner: To start with, first and foremost candidates need to make a daily planner. Check the XAT 2023 syllabus and divide the topics to be covered. Set a time schedule of devoting two hours each to all four sections. Focus on Strong Areas: candidates should not make haste in studying the whole syllabus. They should calmly go through the syllabus and highlight the topics they are familiar with. Mark the strong topics and lay emphasis on them. Do not cram the sub-topics/ methods/ equations/ formulas just for the sake of giving the exam. Take More Mock Tests:Candidates who are to give XAT 2023 are advised to attempt the mock tests before as well as after their preparation. XAT 2023 mock test will not only provide a simulated environment to understand the exam day pressure but will also help in finding the type of questions that may come up in the D-Day. Aiswarya Padma B Who Scored 96.986 Percentile in XAT 2020 told that the mock of XAT helped her a lot. XLRI Jamshedpur provides the facility of official mock tests. Improve Accuracy by Practice:Since there is a different kind of negative marking scheme in XAT exam 2023, candidates need to be very careful in solving the questions. It is advisable for candidates to leave the question unanswered than answering wrong and losing marks. Solve Previous Question Papers:One of the major tips on how to prepare for XAT in one month is to solve the previous question papers. Experts suggest that solving more and more previous year question papers of XAT 2023 will help candidates in knowing different types of questions.

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 14

a month ago

Study with regularity and appear for some mocks.

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What are the last-month tips for XAT preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The last month is crucial for those preparing for the XAT exam. You need to maintain momentum until the exam day and give a finishing touch to your preparation. Following are some last-month tips for XAT preparation from experts:1. In every mock test, aim for a 90 percentile score. 2. Analyze you...The last month is crucial for those preparing for the XAT exam. You need to maintain momentum until the exam day and give a finishing touch to your preparation. Following are some last-month tips for XAT preparation from experts:
1. In every mock test, aim for a 90 percentile score.
2. Analyze your test scores and the time taken in each section to increase accuracy with speed.
3. Revise important topics if you are consistently having problems or receiving low scores in them.
4. Make short, last-minute revision notes for important topics and formulas.
5. If you have not prepared a topic, you can set aside some time to become acquainted with it.
6. In the last month, you focused on memorizing word meanings and other static data.
7. Focus on your health as well to avoid falling sick before the exam.

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What are the best study materials for XAT preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

The following are some of the top study resources for the XAT exam, according to successful aspirants:1. Syllabus of XAT exam to focus on topic which need to be prepared2. Previous year's compilation to analyze important topics3. RK Jha or Arihant Publications for the Decision Making section4. RS...The following are some of the top study resources for the XAT exam, according to successful aspirants:
1. Syllabus of XAT exam to focus on topic which need to be prepared
2. Previous year's compilation to analyze important topics
3. RK Jha or Arihant Publications for the Decision Making section
4. RS Aggarwal's book Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams
5. Arun Sharma's How to Prepare for Data Interpretation
6. Norman Lewis's Word Power Made Simple for Vocabulary
7. Grammar by Wren & Martin's High School English Grammar & Composition
8. Author RS Aggarwal's book, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
9. Manorama Yearbook's section on GK
10. Newspaper like Financial Express or Business Today.

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