XAT 2017 Paper Analysis: Live from the Exam Centre

Sarika Rana updated on : 08 Jan 2017

HTCampus’ XAT 2017 paper analysis on the day of the exam straight from the XAT exam centre. Check what other candidates have to say!

XAT 2017 Paper Analysis

The Xaviers Aptitude Test (XAT) was successfully conducted on Sunday (January 8, 2017) in 47 test centres across India and 2 international centres in Dubai and Kathmandu. HTCampus caught up with a few test takers right after the examination to get the real time XAT paper analysis 2017.
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an all India level test that Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur conducts for admission to MBA programme. Apart from XLRI, XAT scores are accepted by various B-schools across India. XAT 2017 was conducted on January 8, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm in various centres.

The paper’s difficulty level turned out to be ‘easy’ as compared to that of last year. The changes in XAT 2016 paper have brought relaxation among candidates.

XAT 2017: Students’ Reaction

HTCampus received a mixed reaction from the XAT 2017 test takers. While some candidates found the paper easy, some found it to be moderate. According to Manan Mehra, "XAT 2017 paper was easier as compared to the last year. The questions were reduced to 72 this year giving us lots of time to think and perform better." On the other hand, Abhishek exclaimed, " the paper was easy; however, Decision Making and English section was a bit tough." Many candidates also told HTCampus that the paper was much easier as compared to last year and was not lengthy at all.

According to Meghana, Verbal and Logical Ability was a little lengthy as well as difficult, otherwise the paper was moderate. The topic in the essay section was generic. 

XAT 2017 Paper Analysis

Section Difficulty level
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Moderate
Verbal and Logical Ability Moderate
Decision Making Ability Difficult
General Knowledge Easy
Essay Moderate

The toughest section of all was the decision making ability section and easiest was General Knowledge. 

XAT 2017 Changes

The changes that were made in the year 2016 were carried forward in XAT 2017 paper. The following were the changes made this year too-

  1. The number of questions brought down from more than a 100 to 72 and time duration remains 210 minutes (170 minutes for Paper1 and 35 minutes for Paper 2).
  2. The test gave candidates a choice of leaving 13 questions unattempted. Beyond this, any question left unattempted will have 0.05 of negative marking; whereas 0.25 marks will be deducted for any wrong answer.
  3. The difficulty level of the examination brought down to let students not to worry about the timing, perform their best and demonstrate their all-around skills.
  4. Questions in the General Knowledge section reduced to 25.

XAT 2017 Exam Pattern


Name of the Section

Number of Questions

Time Allotted

Section 1

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



Verbal and Logical Ability


Decision-Making Ability


Section 2

General Knowledge



Essay Writing


For XAT 2017 Exam pattern and the changes made in 2016, click here!

XAT 2017 Results

XAT 2017 results are expected to be declared on January 31, 2017. Candidates will be able to check their results online and download the scorecards by logging into your respective accounts. Hard copy of the scorecard will be sent via post to the candidates. The result will furnish the sectional as well as total percentage/percentile of all the sections. However, the percentage of General Knowledge section will be calculated independently and will not be included in the calculation of total percentile. The highest scores in XAT 2016 were 51.75.

XAT 2017 Expected Cutoffs

XLRI will release the cutoffs in the last week of January 2017 for admission to various courses. Apart from XLRI, all XAT participating institutes will release the cutoff. 

Check more about XAT 2017 Results here!

Let us take a look at XAT 2016 paper’s cut-off-





















Colleges Accepting XAT 2017 scores

Institute Name VA-LR QA DM OVERALL
Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur (XLRI) - BM 70 90 80 95
Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar - Core MBA 80 65 65 93
Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur (XLRI) - HRM 75 80 80 90
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad - - - 90
Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad - - - 70
Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar - HRM 50 50 50 87
Goa Institute of Management, Goa - - - 85
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai 70 70 70 85
Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur - - - 85
TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal - - - 80
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai - - - 85
FORE, Delhi - - - 80
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai - - - 85
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research  Mumbai - - - 80
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore - - - 70
XISS Ranchi - - - 60
BIMTECH Noida - - - 75
Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar - Rural Management 50 50 50 70
Vanguard Business School, Bangalore - - - 60
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore - - - 65

HTCampus wishes all the XAT 2017 test takers all the very best for XAT Results! 

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