Finally XAT 2002 was conducted. Although this
time there was nothing like the paper being cancelled etc. the complete
exercise was conducted the way it should have been done at XLRI.
Students were excited … a few nervous also … obviously this was one
of the last few good tests remaining … and with the results of the
IIMs out, the stakes were high.
The paper was THE TYPICAL – XAT type,
with three sections, sectional time limits, different colour papers for
different sections of the question paper.
This year also the total number of
questions in the test was 200. The section on Quantitative areas was
tough. Topics like Function, Sets, Permutations and Combinations were
predominantly asked. Although there was relatively less emphasis on
Vocabulary, a couple of tough Reading Comprehension passages appeared.
The Essay topic this time was relatively easy as compared to the last
year’s topic. This year also the topic tested students on three areas
viz. expression, knowledge and clarity of thought. The G.K. section was
again, of moderate difficulty level, and covered a whole range of
There was a
clearly stated negative marking of 1/3 per wrong question.
I : Verbal ability
The English section as it should have been was
based on the typical XLRI pattern – Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies etc.
– No questions on Sentence correction, Para formation etc.
Total number of questions in the section was 80. Total maximum time allowed for the section was 40 min.
Question Types :
Synonyms : The questions here were asked in the typical XLRI format -
two passages (each containing 10 underlined words) were given and
students were required to choose the correct synonym for each of the
Antonyms : Direct questions … words given …
followed by options. Total number of questions was 10
Fill in the blanks : In all 15
questions were asked on this topic. The same were based on the story of
a man and his sons.
Analogies : These typical relational questions
had a lot of weightage this time also. Questions like Pint : Quart
etc. were asked. This set did require a lot of usage of hardcore
vocabulary. Not many questions from the daily usage vocabulary, but the
student who would have revised vocabulary before the tests … would
definitely have benefited.
Reading Comprehension Passages : 3 (total) – 20 Questions in all
1. XLRI, its
evolution and the unique features of the institute – 8 Questions
2. Article from
3. Extract from -
Shakespeare’s “King Henry” (tough one).
Analysis: Overall the section was an easy one. There was no major
deviation in the types of questions. A relatively easy section. Most of
the students were able to attempt around 60 – 70 questions.
II: Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
This section was
definitely a nightmare for the students, obviously it will create the
real differentiator. The section in all had 6 sets of data on ‘Counting’ (permutations & combinations on rolling of four
differentiable dice), ‘Sets’,
‘Functions’, ‘Number series’, ‘Matrices’
and finally ‘Word Formation’.
The questions on
Functions and the ones on Counting were both manageable, the others were
A few sample
questions are as :
based on Functions were of the following type:
It is given that
f(x) = q
f(x) = b+c – cx + f(x-1)
f(x) = 2bx + f(-x)
Find f(19), f (10), f (9), f (7),and f (21)
Analysis: The difficulty level here can be
described as tough. The questions were not direct and it was difficult
to solve even 2/3rd’s of the questions in the stipulated
time. Most of the students were able to solve questions in the range of
30 – 40.
Section III: General knowledge and Awareness
The GK Section was not very focused in terms of the area of questioning. It had questions from History, Geography, thermodynamics, Archimedes’s principle, Economics, Current affairs, Books and Authors, reason for inflation etc. – but none concerning actual Facts and Figures etc. A total of 60 questions were asked and obviously the time limit of 30 minutes was more than sufficient. Luckily … like the last year, this year too, the GK section did not have any questions on Labour Laws. The paper was of moderate level of difficulty and an attempt of 40 can be considered to be good. Some questions asked were:
Analysis: The difficulty level here can be
described as moderate. A good attempt can be around 30 – 40 Questions.
: One Topic
The topic given was
“Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era”. Time allowed was 20
minutes. The space provided in the paper was however, limited and small
as compared to the topic. Thus one was expected to express his opinion
in the best possible manner in the given space.
Analysis : The general
knowledge section was manageable. Other sections can be put as
moderately tough. The cut off’s could look like :
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Disclaimer: All these questions have been memorised by PT students. We are merely reproducing a few of them here in fragments to ensure that the huge community of students eagerly waiting to see an objective comparison of their performance gets the right picture.