Tuesday, May 22, 2012

XAT 2012 Analysis

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XAT 2012 pattern was full of changes. The total number of questions in XAT 2012 was 85 as compared to 101 the previous year XAT 2011. This time in XAT 2012 candidness had to use an OMR sheet. Some students who have been following XAT paper say that it was an easier paper as compared to previous years. Verbal ability and Quantitative ability was manageable however Data Interpretation was time consuming and had higher level of difficulty. The questions had differential marking of 1, 1.5 and 2 marks. Let us analyse XAT exam 2012.

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XAT Exam Sections 2012
Time Allotted
Section A
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
Section B
Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making
Section C
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

XAT Exam Pattern 

Total Duration of XAT
120 minutes + 20 minutes for essay
Total Questions
85 (28-QA/ 32 – VA & LR/ 25 – DM)
Total Sections
Number of choices per question
Marks per Question
Mentioned on each question
Negative Marking

Section A: XAT 2012 quantitative ability and data interpretation 

A good score could have been 10+ with 20 questions in 40 minutes.

xat 2012 quantitative aptitude
XAT 2012 Verbal Ability Paper Analysis 

Section B: XAT verbal ability and logical reasoning 2012 

English section was easier and than quantitative ability. Grammar was quite doable. Reading comprehensions were as follows:

Total 3 Reading Comprehensions  
Number of Questions
The increasing number of SEZs in India
‘Agency aspect’ and ‘well-being aspect’ of a person
Theory of technological evolution

XAT VA and LR 2012

XAT 2012 Verbal Ability and Logical reasoning
XAT 2012 Paper Analysis 

A good attempt was of 15 marks with 20-22 questions in 30 minutes.


Analytical Reasoning questions were not there at all. Entire case studies had to be read to solve the questions as questions were totally on decision making. Characteristics of this section were tricky, lengthy, difficult, ambitious etc. 

A good attempt was 10+ marks in 14-15 questions in about 50 minutes

XAT essay writing topics

  • Poverty is a big menace in India. Due to its complexity and magnitude, most of the government initiatives fail.
  • Poverty is a consequence of failure of government policies due to the governments not targeting the root causes.
You had to write on one topic and justify it. Time allotted was 20 minutes. 

XAT 2012 Cut off 2012 

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