XAT Exam Pattern

Full form XAT is Xavier Aptitude Test.  Before starting the preparation for the XAT exam, it is advised to understand the XAT exam pattern and syllabus, Because unlike other exams, XAT has a different section which is decision making. XAT is the computer-based exam for admission in management colleges that come under the Xavier Association of Management Institute (XAMI), and XAT exam is conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labor Relations Institute).

As per XAT 2020 notification, XAT 2020 exam will be conducted on 5 January 2020 in an online mode.

What is XAT Exam?

XAT Exam is a computer-based aptitude test that is conducted by XLRI on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institute (XAMI) for admission to various colleges that come under the management association.
XLRI-Jamshedpur, Human Resource (HR) course is considered to be one of the best among all other private or government-based management colleges and is ranked as one of the best HR programs in Asia.
Till 2017, XAT exam was used to be a pen-paper based exam, but after 2017 XLRI conducts the XAT exam through online mode.

Apart from XLRI, many other management colleges that come under XAMI accepts the XAT Exam Score. Some of the top B-School in the country also accepts the XAT score. Apart from XLRI Jamshedpur, Some prominent institutes accepting XAT score are:

S.No.College Name
1SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
2Xavier university, Bhubaneswar
3Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
4TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
5Institute of Rural Management, Anand
6Goa Institute of Management, Goa
7Institute of Finance and International Management, Bangalore

Many other colleges accept the XAT exam score; candidates can get admission into these colleges if their score in XAT exam is above the cutoff score that will be released by the respective colleges after the XAT exam. For instance, if we analyze the cut off from last year to get a call from XLRI, one needs to have a percentile around 96.

Moving ahead, in this article, we will be discussing what the exam pattern of XAT is and what should be the strategy one should have to tackle this with ease.
This exam has seen many changes in the past few years, some of which are:

  • Till 2017, mode of paper was pen paper-based, from 2018 onwards the exam is conducted in a computer-based online mode.
  • Earlier there used to be an essay writing section, however, from 2019 XAT essay writing section was removed from the exam.

Salient features of the XAT Exam

  • XAT exam has four sections, namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Knowledge. VA RC, Decision Making and Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation comprises of part 1 and is used to calculate the percentile in the XAT exam. Part 2 of the exam is comprised of General Knowledge Section. Marks in the General Knowledge section are not taken into consideration while calculating the XAT score and percentile.
  • There is negative marking in the exam which is equal to (1/4th) of the marks allotted to the question. However, there is no negative marking in the General Knowledge Section.
    In the XAT exam you also get penalized for leaving the question un-attempted, there is a choice of leaving eight questions in the whole examination, but after that, there is a penalty of 0.10 marks per question left un-attempted. For example, if you leave equal to or less than 8 questions, then there is no penalty for the unattempted question. But if you leave 13 questions in total then you will be penalized (0.10*(13-8))=-0.50. These -0.50 marks will be deducted equally in the 3 sections of part 1.

XAT Exam Overview

XAT Exam Overview
Total Questions74 (Part 1)+ 25 (Part 2)
Part 1: VA RC, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Part 2: General Knowledge
Time Allotted165 mins for Part 1 and 15 Minutes for Part 2
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of options in each MCQ5
Mode of ExamOnline Computer Based
Marks Allotted for Correct Answer+1
Negative Marking0.25 for incorrect responses and additional -0.10 per question for leaving more than eight questions un-attempted
Number of SectionsPart-1
Section-1 Verbal and Logical Skills
Section-2 Decision Making
Section-3 Quantitative Ability &Data Interpretation
Part-2
Section-1 General Knowledge
Sectional Time Limit165 mins for Part 1 and 15 Minutes for Part 2. No sectional time limit in Part 1

XAT exam fee

XAT Application Fee
XAT 2020 Registration feeXLRI program registration fee per program
Without Late Submission
November 30, 2019
1700300
With Late Submission
December 7, 2019
2000500

The mode of payment can be made via credit or debit card or by net banking option.

XAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

XAT exam pattern is divided into two parts. Total exam duration is of 180 minutes, of which 165 minutes are for Part 1 and 15 minutes are for Part 2. These sections appear in a similar order that is Part 1, followed by Part 2. All questions in Part 1 and Part 2 are of MCQ type.
Part 1 comprises of 3 Sections; Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. Part 1 consists of a total of 74 questions with 26 questions in VA RC, 21 questions in Decision Making and 27 questions in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. There is no sectional time limit that is you can attempt any section in part 1 during the first 165 minutes. +1 marks are awarded for each correct answer and -0.25 marks are deducted for each incorrect response. You also get penalized for leaving the questions un-attempted, that is there is a negative marking of -0.10 marks for each question left un-attempted after eight un-attempted questions. For example, if you leave equal to or less than eight questions, then there is no penalty for the unattempted question. But if you leave 13 questions in total then you will be penalized (0.10*(13-8))=-0.50. These -0.50 marks will be deducted equally in the three sections of part 1. Only part 1 is used to calculate the XAT percentile.
Part 2 comprises of General Knowledge Section. In total there are 25 questions with a time limit of 15 mins. This part will begin after you have submitted part 1 and you cannot switch back to part 1 after starting part 2. Note there is no negative marking in part 2. Below is the tabulated XAT Pattern.

XAT 2020 SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks for Correct AnswerNegative MarksTime Duration
Part-174 Total MCQs165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability26+10.25 for incorrect responses and additional -0.10 per question for leaving more than eight questions un-attemptedNo Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making21+1
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation27+1
Part-225 Total MCQs15 Minutes
General Knowledge25+1No Negative Marking
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)99180 Minutes

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