XAT 2012 was different from XAT 2011 in terms of difficulty level as well as in number of questions. The number of questions were reduced from 101 to 85. The difficulty level was comparatively easier than last year’s paper. There was differential marking scheme like last year. There were questions of 1, 1.5 and 2 marks.

Overview of XAT 2012 Paper

There were 85 questions divided in 3 Sections and the time allotted was 2 hours. The three sections were:

  1. Decision Making
  2. Quantitative Ability
  3. English Language Ability & Logical Reasoning

Duration

2 hours + 20 minutes for essay

Questions

85

Marking Scheme

Different for different questions

Sections

3

Number of choices

5

Negative Marking

One fourth of the marks allotted for each question

Overview of Different Sections

Sections

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Decision making

25

Moderate to Tough

Quantitative ability

28

Moderate

English Language ability & Logical Reasoning

32

Easy to Moderate

Section I: Decision Making

There were 16 questions of 1 mark each, 8 questions of 1.5 marks each and 1 question of 2 marks each. Thus, this section had 30 as the maximum marks. Last year Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning section were combined while this year decision making section was made separate. 

Section II: Quantitative Ability

Topic

No. of Questions

Bar Graph

3

Percentage

2

Number System

3

Time, Speed & Distance

3

Mixtures and Partnership

2

Geometry

5

Trigonometry

1

Profit & Loss

1

Pie Chart

2

Sets

1

Misc.

5

There were 19 question of 1 mark each, 4 questions of 1.5 marks each and 5 question of 2 marks each. So this section had 35 as maximum marks.

Section III: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Topic

No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension

13

Critical Reasoning

6

Grammar

2

Sentence Rearrangement

3

Analogies / vocabulary

7

Syllogism

1

Verbal section consisted of mainly critical reasoning and reading comprehension along with few questions on vocabulary, grammar, parajumbles, etc.

Essay Topic

  1. Government is not addressing the root cause of poverty.
  2. Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of poverty.

Candidates were to select one of the statements and were asked to present their judgment or views along with justifications and examples in approximately 250 words.