XAT 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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XAT Exam Pattern is officially announced by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) each year. It details out the complete paper pattern, marking scheme, weightage of questions, important questions, etc. The overall XAT Exam Pattern has been revised frequently over the past years. The current format of XAT Exam Pattern is same as that of last year.
Here are some key points about XAT Exam Pattern:
XAT 2017 was successfully conducted on January 8, 2017. The questions in the paper appeared as per XAT Syllabus and pattern only, giving a sign of relief to all examinees. The level of difficulty of XAT 2017 ranged from moderate to high. While questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard, the verbal ability section was slightly easier than the previous years’. Check complete XAT 2017 Exam Analysis
|XAT 2017 Exam Date||January 8, 2017|
|Number of Papers||2|
|Number of sections|
Paper 1- 3 (Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation)
Paper 2- 2 (General Knowledge and Essay Writing)
|Duration of exam|
Paper 1- 170 minutes
Paper 2- 35 minutes
|Number of questions|
Paper 1- 72
Paper 2- 25
|Language of paper||English|
|Number of answer choices||5|
|Mode of examination||Offline|
Paper 1- +1 marks for correct answer; -0.25 marks for incorrect answer
Paper 2- No negative marking
|Part||Section Name||Number of Questions|
|A||Verbal and Logical||26|
|B||Ability Decision Making||23|
|C||Quantitative Ability & data Interpretation||29|
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|Part||Section Name||Duration (approx.)|
|A||Verbal and Logical||56 minutes|
|B||Ability Decision Making||50 minutes|
|C||Quantitative Ability & data Interpretation||63 minutes|
A candidate can leave out 12 questions unattempted, beyond which there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.
The distribution of questions in both parts of Paper 2 vary. Check them below:
|Part||Section Name||Number of Questions|
According to the marking scheme, there is no negative marking for Paper 2 in XAT.
It is essential to be thorough with XAT Syllabus before sitting for the exam. This is to avaoid any surprises in the actual paper. XAT Syllabus helps cover all topics and sub-toopics from all the sections of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Here is the section-wise XAT Syllabus for your reference:
Variation; Time and Work; Time, Speed and Distance; Linear and Quadratics Equations; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Logarithms; Numbers; Mensuration and Geometry, etc; Tables and Caselets; Probability; Critical Path; Averages and Partnerships; Alligations and Mixtures; Algebra; Percentage; Profit and Loss; Ratio
|English Language and Logical Reasoning|
Grammar questions; Para Completion and inference; Reading Comprehension; Verbal Logic; Parajumbles.
Decision making; Sets; Logical reasoning
|Government and Politics; Science; Famous Personalities; History; Geography; Awards and winners; Business; Economy; Current affairs; Important happenings around the World; Static GK
|Essay Writing||Essay is an impromptu test of candidate’s ability to perform under pressure.This section has no fixed syllabus. The topic of the essay questions can vary from any general awareness questions to something very abstract. Candidates must understand and identify what the question is actually asking.|
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XAT 2017 was successfully conducted on January 8, 2017. Its exam pattern was similar to what was decided last year. XAT 2017 Exam contained a number of tricky questions in all its sections. This year, the level of difficulty of XAT ranged from moderate to high.
While the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate, the paper 1 and paper 2 has different difficulty level. While the questions in quantitative ability were comparably hard, the verbal ability section was slightly easier than the previous years’.
Here is the section-wise XAT 2017 Exam Analysis:
|Verbal & Logical Ability||24||Low to Moderate|
|Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning||21||Moderate to High|
|Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability||27||High|
|General Knowledge||25||Moderate to tough|
|Essay||1 (Globalisation & Jingoism always co-exist)||Moderate|
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XAT is an exam that evaluates a candidate on his speed and accuracy. It is always advisable to solve as many XAT Sample Papers as possible, before you actually sit for the exam. They help you give fair idea of XAT Exam Pattern and what questions to expect. Regular practice is especially important for sections such as VA, LR and DI. Also, you get to learn about which section is eating up your maximum time. So, you prepare accordingly.