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Dipintika Kumar tells you which exam was tougher!

These days entrance exams come up with the most unpredictable paper patterns, perhaps to assess on-the-spot decision making abilities rather than the preparation level of a student. And the two most notorious exams in this regard are CAT and XAT.

While CAT has gone online, XAT prefers to continue with its paper-based, single day exam pattern. The only change being a consistent decline in the number of questions over the past 5 years.

What primarily distinguishes XAT from CAT is its 20 minutes essay writing assessment, which increases the risk of being rejected in the first stage itself. Further, this year the Analytical Writing part was based on a passage which was very confusing and has left everyone dissatisfied.

This year while CAT followed the usual pattern of assigning equal weightage to all questions, XAT came up with an unequal distribution of marks. The scheme of negative marking also remains in force. Thus the number of questions attempted seems to have fallen to 40-55 from a total of 101.

In general, this year XAT has dampened students’ expectations with its high difficulty level and strict marking parameters. Personally, I am keeping my fingers crossed as maximizing the overall score and clearing the sectional cut-offs in this kind of paper is a difficult task.

Though CAT was the undoubted winner last year when it went online,this year XAT surely seems to be have taken the ‘unpredictability’ crown.

– Dipintika Kumar

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