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XAT 2016 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - September 07, 2016

XAT is conducted in Pen Paper based format since its inception. XAT would remain the same. XAT is three hour duration exam which consists both objective and subjective parts. XAT is divided into two parts- First part is of 2 hour and 20 minutes duration which contains four sections with multiple choice questions and second part is of 40 minutes consisting Essay Writing and General Awareness. XAT Exam conducting body never follow a strict pattern however there are some changes in the question paper almost every year. In this article we will share the detailed Exam pattern of XAT.

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XAT 2016 is going to be held on January 03, 2016. XAT Application process has been started since September 04, 2015 and last date to apply is November 30, 2015. XAT Admit card will be available from December 20, 2015

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XAT Exam Pattern

XAT is basically divided into two papers. Paper 1 of XAT 2016 will be the objective type having multiple choice questions from 3 sections – Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making which has duration of 2 hours 20 minutes. Paper 2 consists of Essay Writing and General Knowledge and time allotted for this part is 40 minutes. Total time duration of XAT is 3 hours.

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Paper 1Quantitative Ability English Language & Logical Reasoning Decision Making2 hour 20 minutes
Paper 2Essay writing (Subjective) General Awareness (Objective)40 minutes
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Number of Questions Asked in XAT

Number of questions asked in XAT varies every year and so does the marks. This year in XAT 2015, paper 1 contained 84 questions and general awareness section had 20 questions. General awareness section always carries 20 questions since major changes in exam pattern from 2013. Following table shows variation in number of questions asked in Part 1 during last three years:

PaperNo. of questionsMarks
XAT 20139191
XAT 20148383
XAT 20158484
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Marking scheme in XAT

Each question contains 1 mark and there is also Negative marking. For every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. Multiple choice questions have five number options to choose from. General Awareness section is only qualifying; it means no marks will be considered in merit or cutoff from this section. Essay writing part carries 30 marks but it is evaluated during interview. XAT papers contains differential marking, so candidates must read the instructions carefully.

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Difficulty Level of XAT

XAT maintains its difficulty level since it was started. Sometimes it is a moderate exam and sometimes it tends to be tough. There are some sections and parameters that make it tough than other exams sometimes. Essay writing and general knowledge may require extra attention sometimes. In XAT 2015 QA and DI section was said to be very tough.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Does XAT pattern change every year? What was the pattern of last years’ XAT?

Ans. XAT is being conducted in the same pattern since 2013, only the number of questions varies. However before 2013 it was different, general knowledge section was introduced in 2013. XAT 2015 has 84 questions in part 1 and 20 questions were from general knowledge and one essay in part 2.

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Ques. Is XAT really a tough exam than CAT?

Ans. These both are the same level exams. Although sometimes XAT is considered tougher than CAT because of its extra sections i.e. essay and GK and also QA part in XAT is sometimes tougher than CAT and other exams. But overall it all depends on your preparation and caliber, and which exam you are mainly focusing.

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Ques.  What is marking scheme? Does each question carry equal marks? What about essay writing?

Ans.  XAT paper has differential marking scheme, it means marks allotted to each question will be given next to them. Although objective type questions contain only 1 mark each. Essay writing carries 30 marks however Essay writing is evaluated during interview.

Ques. Is sectional cutoff considered in XAT?

Ans. Some top institutes like XLRI, XIMB and SP Jain consider both sectional and total cutoff for final selection. All other b schools only consider total cut off for the selection.

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Ques.  How many questions are asked form Quantitative Aptitude/Verbal and Logical Ability/ Decision Making?

A. Following is the section wise number of questions asked since last three years-

SectionsNo of Questions in XAT 2015No of Questions in XAT 2014No of questions in XAT 2013
Quantitative Ability333136
Verbal and Logical Ability282828
Decision Making232425
General Knowledge302030

Ques. Does marks in GK section and Essay writing matter while selection?

Ans. XLRI considers essay writing and general knowledge during interview. If you have scored very well in all sections but a poor essay writing and general knowledge may lead you to rejection. Some institutes don’t even consider essay writing while final selection.

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