XAT Exam Pattern 2018

Dec. 18, 2017 14184 anangsha

XAT Exam Pattern 2018XAT Exam Pattern 2018: The exam pattern of XAT helps candidates to understand the overall structure of exam like marking scheme, total marks, time duration, number of questions and sections. XAT exam pattern 2018 has been prescribed by the examination authority. XAT 2018 will be conducted online on January 7. According to XAT exam pattern 2018, the exam shall consists of questions from Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK and Essay sections. The question paper will be divided into two parts. The Part 1 as per XAT exam pattern consists 3 sections - Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making carrying around 72 questions. The Part 2 consists of General Knowledge and Essay. There will be total 25 GK and an essay question in this part. The test will be held for total 3 hour 30 minute duration as per XAT exam pattern 2018. According to XAT marking scheme, all questions in the exam carries equal marks, ¼ marks will be deducted for wrong answers. The marks of General Knowledge sections as per XAT exam pattern will not be counted for final selection and interview/GD. Candidates can read below for more details on XAT exam pattern.



Highlights of XAT exam pattern 2018

XAT 2018 is a national level management entrance exam conducted for admission to postgraduate management programmes at more than 150 business schools across India. The exam will be conducted on January 7, 2018 across 47 cities in India and 2 abroad. The test evaluates a candidate’s quantitative, qualitative, verbal, data interpretive and decision-making abilities.Candidates appearing in XAT 2018 can check below the exam pattern to understand the overall structure of the exam.

Mode of exam: XAT 2018 will conducted be online this year. Until last year, the exam was held in pen and paper mode. This is the only major change in XAT 2018 exam pattern.

Number of sections: XAT 2018 comprises two parts– Part 1 and 2. The part 1 consists of Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making. Part 2 comprises General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

Nature of questions: Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and General Knowledge carries objective type multiple choice questions. Essay Writing Test will carry subjective type questions.

Number of questions: The numbers of questions vary year to year in XAT. Last year, there were 72 questions in Part 1. The general knowledge and essay section in Part 2 carried 25 and one question respectively.

Language of paper: All the question in XAT 2018 will be in the English language.

Exam duartion: XAT 2018 will be of 3 hours 30 minute duration. Candidates have to answer the first three sections- Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making within 170 minutes. While candidates have to answer general knowledge section within 30 minutes.

Negative marks: All questions in XAT 2018 paper will carry equal marks. One-fourth marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.

Total marks: The total marks of XAT have not been mentioned by the examination authority. 

Structure of XAT 2018

Candidates can check the table below for the structure of XAT 2018 based on last year’s paper.

Part 1
Name of sections
Number of questions
Section 1
English Language and Logical Reasoning
Section 2
Decision Making
Section 3
Quantitative Ability
72 ques
Part 2
General Knowledge
Essay Writing
1 topic


XAT exam pattern 2018 – Section-wise

XAT exam pattern 2018 as per section is given below in details.

Decision Making: This section will carry 21 questions and maximum mark allotted is 21. Questions in decision making section are asked in the form of caselets. Candidates should prepare topics such as Arithmetic, Analytical Reasoning and Situational.

English and Logical Reasoning: The verbal and logical ability section will have 24 questions and carries 24 marks. The question in this section is asked from Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy based on vocabulary, Sentence correction, Grammar etc.

Quantitative Ability: This section carries 27 questions from topics such as Arithmetic, Algebra and Data Interpretation. The marks of candidates in this section will be calculated out of 27.

General Knowledge (GK): General Knowledge section comprises of 25 questions from static GK and current affairs.

Essay writing: In essay writing, candidates have to write an essay on a given topic. This test assess the candidates writing ability.

XAT Marking Scheme 2018

In XAT all the questions carry equal marks. There will be total 72 questions in Paper 1 and each carries 1 mark as per XAT marking scheme. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. Besides, candidates cannot leave more than 12 questions non – attempted. If they do, 0.5 marks will be deducted for each non – attempted question. For leaving up to 12 questions non – attempted, no marks will be deducted. The negative marks for non – attempted questions will be deducted proportionately across the 3 sections. XAT percentile and merit list will be calculated on the basis of Part 1 of XAT exam pattern.

XAT exam pattern of last seven years

Over the past seven years, XAT exam pattern changed several times in terms of the number of questions, marking scheme and time duration. In the table below, it can be seen that the number of questions has decreased over the years. From 104 in the year 2009, the number has come down to 72 in 2017. Therefore, it can be expected that In XAT 2018 too, number of questions may vary.

Previous years’ XAT exam pattern

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


How to mark answers in XAT 2018?

XAT is conducted online, therefore, all the answers have to be marked using mouse. Before answering questions candidates must read the instructions carefully.

XAT syllabus 2018

XAT syllabus outlines the chapters and topics that candidates should prepare for each section. The examination authority has not defined any syllabus for XAT 2018. However, analysing previous years’ question papers experts have suggested topics that candidates can prepare to ace the exam. In the Verbal Section, questions are mainly asked from the topics like sentence correction, fill in the blanks, para jumbles, critical reasoning, and reading comprehension. In Quantitative Ability Section, topics from which questions are asked are 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 available information and make productive decisions.

About XAT 2018

XAT exam is one of the most popular management entrance exams in India. XAT score card is 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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