How many attempts to get 99+ percentile in XAT 2018

By N Shiva Guru|Updated : April 25th, 2017

XAT 2018 is 9 months away. XAT is an exam not very unlike CAT. However, the strategies to score are very different as opposed to CAT. This is because excellence in XAT heavily depends on question selection. Also, there are a few interesting changes in XAT. 

Interesting Subtle Pattern Changes in XAT

  • General Awareness would not be considered for initial shortlisting
  • Only during the Interview process will it be considered
  • You can only have a maximum of 12 unattempted questions
  • Beyond the 12th question, each unanswered question carries a negative marking of -0.05
  • The verbal part in XAT 2017 appeared easier than that of the previous years

XAT Exam Pattern

Total Number of Sections5
Total Duration210 minutes
Paper 1(Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making) Duration170 minutes, 78-86 Questions
Paper 2(GK and Essay Writing Duration)35 minutes, 25 questions

How many questions will get you 99+

A net of 1/3rd of the marks is sure to help you clear the cut-off. The cut-offs for each section (approx. value) is given below:


CUT-OFF (Estimated based on Past Exam Data)

Verbal Ability + Logical Ability

8.5-9 for HRM, 7-7.5 for BM

Quantitative Ability + Data Interpretation

6-7 for HRM, 9 for BM


8-8.5+ for HRM, BM


24.5 for HRM, 25 for BM

Why is General Awareness Section not included?

XLRI has stopped evaluating the General Awareness section for shortlisting. It is, however, taken into consideration in the Personal Interview Round. 

GK and Essay Writing Section

  • Time given: 35 Minutes
  • Questions: 25 GK questions and an Essay
  • No negative marks in the GK Section

Important Strategy to Clear XAT 2018 Cut-Off

  • Attempt 12 questions in each section
  • Attempt with 90% accuracy at least
  • In short, get a net of 1/3rd of the questions correct

All the Best,

Team Gradeup!!

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Priyanka Kumari
Will I get call from XLRI after clearing XAT if I have not opted for XLRI courses in XAT application form; if i get the required percentile desired by XLRI?
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NitishDec 12, 2017

You need to achieve 90+ percentile  for HRM and 95+ for BM in XLRI
Samim Khan

Samim KhanJan 6, 2018

Sir ,for unattemptting of 12 questions this belongs to all 4 sec or only 3 sec which incl. QA, ENG, DM or QA, ENG, DM and GK. PL tell me fast sir
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