XAT Exam Pattern 2018


XAT Exam Pattern 2018XAT Exam Pattern 2018 – MBA aspirants who are planning to appear for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) on 7th January 2018, must gain an understanding of the XAT exam pattern 2018. This year, for the first time, XAT will be held in online mode. Conducted by the XLRI, XAT is counted among the most competitive management entrance exams in India. As per XAT exam pattern 2018, the total duration of XAT 2018 exam will be 3 hours and 35 minutes. The exam will be divided into 2 parts – Paper 1 and Paper 2. There will be 3 sections in Paper 1 – Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. In Paper 2, there will be two sections – General Knowledge and Essay Writing. Gaining a thorough understanding of XAT exam pattern 2018 will help the candidates kick start their exam preparations on the right note. In this article, the candidates can find the complete information on exam pattern of XAT 2018 including the number of sections, duration of the exam and marking scheme. 
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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

As per XAT exam pattern 2018, this section comprises 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 NameNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Verbal and Logical Ability2424
Decision Making2121
Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)2727

In the Verbal Section, the 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, 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 make 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 of the exam.

XAT Paper 2

As per XAT exam pattern 2018, this section comprises two sections –

  • General Knowledge
  • Essay Writing

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 asked is 72. Each question carries one mark. 

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 non – attempted. If they do, 0.5 mark 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 Exam Pattern 2018 – Duration

The total duration of the XAT exam is 215 minutes (3 hours and 35 minutes). The duration of the exam has increased by 5 minutes this year (last year the exam duration was 3 hours & 30 minutes). The candidates must complete the exam within the specified time duration. 

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.

YearNo. of Questions (Part A)Marks

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 come 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 has gone online this year.
  • 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.

About XAT 2018

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