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 current format of XAT Exam Pattern is same as that of last year but the number of questions might vary.
Here are some key points about XAT Exam Pattern:
XAT 2018 will be scheduled in January 2018. It is suggested to be thorough with XAT Syllabus, as it informs all candidates with the important topics that one must cover.
Last year, the level of difficulty of XAT 2017 was observed to be ranging 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 Exam Date||January 2018|
|Number of Papers||2|
|Number of sections|
Paper 1: 3 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & 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 i.e. Pen Paper based exam|
Paper 1- +1 marks for correct answer; -0.25 marks for incorrect answer
Paper 2- No negative marking
Paper 1 consists 3 sections namely:
Major facts about XAT Paper 1:
Number of Questions: According to XAT Exam Pattern, candidates have to attempt 72 questions in Paper 1. The following table indicates the section-wise distribution of questions:
|Part||Section Name||Number of Questions|
|A||Verbal and Logical Ability||24|
|C||Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation||27|
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XAT Time Duration: Participants of XAT 2018 will have a total of 170 minutes i.e. 2 hours and 50 minutes to solve Paper 1. Since there are 72 questions, candidates must take an average 2 minutes and 17 seconds to solve each question.
Here is the section-wise time duration for Paper 1 of XAT:
|Part||Section Name||Duration (approx.)|
|A||Verbal and Logical Ability||56 minutes|
|B||Decision Making||50 minutes|
|C||Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation||63 minutes|
XAT Marking Scheme:
A candidate can leave out 12 questions unattempted, beyond which there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.
XAT Number of Questions: The distribution of questions in both parts of Paper 2 vary. Check them below:
|Part||Section Name||Number of Questions|
XAT Time Duration: According to the pattern, the time allotted to Paper 2 is 35 minutes. Thus, candidates have to attempt a total of 26 questions including essay in this time frame. Since essay writing requires more time as compared to the GK questions, we suggest candidates o allocate around 10 minutes for the essay and 15 minutes to solve the GK questions. The time management for this section rests entirely in the hands of candidates.
XAT Marking Scheme: 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 avoid any surprises in the actual paper. The syllabus helps cover all topics and sub-topics from all the sections of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Here is the section-wise syllabus for your reference:
Data Interpretation Important Topics:
|Variation||Time and Work||Time, Speed and Distance|
|Linear and Quadratics Equations||Surds and Indices||Inequalities|
|Logarithms||Mensuration and Geometry||Tables and Case lets|
|Probability/ Profit or Loss||Critical Path||Averages and Partnerships|
|Alligations and Mixtures||Algebra||Percentage|
XAT Preparation Books for Data Interpretation
|Book name||Publisher / Author|
|Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Nitish K.Sinha|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Nitish K. Sinha|
|CAT 2017 Quantitative Aptitude||Gautam Puri|
|Wiley's ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)||Wiley India (Author)|
|Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers||R K Jha|
Verbal and Logical Ability Important Topics:
|Grammar Questions||Para Completion and inference||Reading Comprehension|
|Verbal Logic||Para Jumbles||Arguments|
XAT Preparation Books for Verbal and Logical Ability
|Book name||Publisher/ Author|
Study Notes Material On XAT Paperback – 2017
Sourav Sir's classes
Verbal Ability Comprehension for CAT/ XAT/ IIFT/ CMAT/ MAT/ Bank PO/ SSC 2nd Edition
Bharta Patodi and Aditya Choudhary
Decision Making Important Topics:
|Situational||Conditions and Grouping Test|
|Data Arrangement Test||Reading Comprehension|
|Case lets||Decision Making in a situation|
XAT Preparation Books for DM
XAT 2016 Decision Making Online Coaching by Ravi Handa (Voucher)
Target XAT 2017 (Past Papers 2005 - 2016 + 5 Mock Tests)
XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 with Full-Length Model Papers Essay Writing & Practice Essays Decision Making
|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 08, 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 Exam Pattern has undergone a lot of changes from the past few years. Listed below are the changes in the following fields:
Tabulated below is the analysis of XAT Exam Pattern for Paper 1 for past few years.
|Year||No. of Questions (Paper 1)|
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 a 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.
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