Ability (26 questions – 12 EU/Vocab/Grammar/Reasoning 14 RC spread over 4 passages) Difficulty level : Tough to Very Tough The questions, no doubt were brilliantly designed, however whether they serve the purpose of an apttitude test designed to check the language skills of a management aspirant is a different question altogether.
To solve the language part one needed to be - could be considered as easy.
This is something we have stressed upon in all our Percentile Booster Sessions also.
One minor surprise element was the number of questions in geometry increased. The good part in this section was that identifying the speed breakers was easy. Spotting the easy ones and attempting them in the first round is very important.
The RC passages – four in number – were from themes as diverse as “The best means of communication”, “Markets and economic theories”, “Ayn Rand on objectivism”, and “Science, Philosophy and Truth”.
As one can see, these are not easy themes that anyone can attempt off the shelf.Knowledge of the world map would have been very important to answer some questions.All the questions were related to the happenings of 2015.The section this year had a good number of mathematical questions too.Many questions reflected the happenings in our corporate and national life, in recent times.It build your confidence as you move through the section. You should get at least 12 to 14 correct in this section to stand a fair chance at XLRI. Included General Awareness / GK / Current Affairs Difficulty level : Moderate No senseless questions asked.The DI questions were long and complex and were very conceptual in nature. Every question had a direct link with your future career and what you really must be reading these days. There were three question focussing on the middle east.Hence take an extra ten seconds before jumping to conclusions.The questions clearly prove that you need to prepare for 12 months prior to the exam, with a daily reading of at least two English newspapers, under expert supervision.They were made more tough due to the level of abstruseness in the passage, the indirect questions and the very closely aligned options. The XAT repeatedly reminds its candidates that if you have not been serious with learning the language over several years, you won’t get through the portals easily.In all, 14 questions in RC raised the toughness of the language section beyond the mundane.