XAT Exam Pattern 2018


XAT Exam Pattern 2018XAT Exam Pattern 2018 – Every year, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is conducted by XLRI for admissions in MBA programmes offered by XLRI and other management institutes. XAT 2018 is counted among the most difficult management entrance exams in India. XAT exam is divided into 2 parts – Paper 1 and Paper 2. The Paper 1 comprises of 3 sections – Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The Paper 2, on the other hand, comprises of two sections – General Knowledge and Essay Writing. XAT exam is conducted in pen and paper mode. The candidates who are planning to appear in the XAT exam need to gain a thorough understanding of XAT exam pattern 2018. This will help the candidates kickstart their exam preparations on the right note. In this article, the candidates can find the complete information on XAT 2018 exam pattern including the number of sections, duration of the exam and marking scheme. It must be noted that there may be slight variations in the exam pattern this year. Here, the candidates can find the latest updates on the same.
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XAT Exam Pattern 2018

As mentioned above, XAT exam is divided into 2 parts – Paper 1 and Paper 2. It is mandatory for the candidates to attempt both the papers. Given below is an overview of both the sections –

XAT Paper 1

It comprises of three sections –

  • Verbal & Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The total number of questions asked in this section is 72. Each question carries 1 mark. All the questions in Paper 1 are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The table given below gives a section-wise break-up of the questions asked in the exam –

Section Name No. of Questions Total Marks
Verbal and Logical Ability 24 24
Decision Making 21 21
Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) 27 27

In the Verbal Section, the questions are mainly asked from the topics like sentence correction, fill in the blanks, para jumbles, critcal reasoning, and reading comprehension. In Quantitative Ability Section, the topics from which the questions are asked include percentages, time & distance, polynomials, progressions, geometry, mensuration, trigonometry, venn diagram, probability, data sufficiency, permutations & combinations etc. The questions in the Decision Making Section test the candidates’ ability to process the information available and take productive decisions. In some of the questions, certain data is provided and the candidates are required to analyse the same. This is one of the most challenging sections in the exam.

XAT Paper 2

It comprises of two sections –

  • General Knowledge
  • EssayWriting

General Knowledge section comprises of 25 questions of 1 mark each. In essay writing, the students are required to write an essay on a topic given in the question paper.

It must be noted that the information given above is based on previous year XAT exam. The number of questions in these sections may change in XAT 2018. This table will be updated as and when more information is available.

XAT Exam Pattern 2018 – Marking Scheme

The candidates must have a clear understanding of the marking scheme followed by XLRI for the evaluation of XAT 2018 papers. In XAT exam, each question carries one mark. In Paper 1, the total number of questions as well as the total marks is 72.

The students must keep in mind that there is negative marking in XAT exam. The following points give information on XAT negative marking –

  • For every wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted.
  • The candidates can not leave more than 12 questions unattempted. If they do, 0.5 mark will be deducted for each unattempted question. For leaving up to 12 questions unattempted, no marks will be deducted.
  • The negative marks for unattempted questions will be deducted proportionately across the 3 sections.

XAT Exam Pattern 2018 – Duration

The total duration of the XAT exam is 210 minutes (3.5 hours). While the Paper 1 is of 170 minutes, the Paper 2 is of 35 minutes. The duration of the exam is likely to remain the same this year. However, the possibility of a change in the total duration or sectional duration cannot be ruled out.

XAT Exam Pattern Analysis of Past Few Years

The table below provides the analysis of XAT Exam Pattern (Part A) for the past few years.

Year No. of Questions (Part A) Marks
2017 72 72
2016 78 78
2015 84 84
2014 83 83
2013 91 91
2012 85 100
2011 101 253
2010 101 101
2009 104 104

It can be seen in the above table, that the number of questions has decreased over the years. From 104 in the year 2009, the number has came down to 72 in 2017. The marking scheme has also changed over the years. In XAT 2018 too, the number of questions may vary.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern – Things to Know

  • XAT is an offline exam and the students need to mark their answers on the OMR sheets.
  • XLRI will not consider the score of XAT Paper 2 for shortlisting the candidates for GD/ PI. However, Paper 2 score will be taken into consideration for shortlisting the candidates final admissions.
  • There are slight variations in the exam pattern of XAT every year.
  • In paper 1, the questions asked are objective, multiple choice type. In paper 2, there is a mix of objective and subjective questions.

XAT exam is one of the most popular management entrance exams in India. XAT scores are considered by XLRI, Jamshedpur and several other management entrance exams across the country. There are around 150 management colleges in India that accept XAT result for selecting students for MBA programmes. The candidates who are preparing for XAT 2018 are advised to visit this page regularly for latest updates on XAT exam pattern 2018.


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