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XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

XAT 2018 is organized in pen and paper mode. The exam checks the quantitative, decision making and logical and verbal ability of applicants. Those who successfully clear the exam can proceed with group discussion and personal interview rounds.

  • Medium of the paper is English
  • ORS (Optical Response Sheet) will be given for recording the responses.
  • The paper will be divided into 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2
  • Part 1 will comprise 72 questions from Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making
  • Part 2 will comprise 25 questions from General Knowledge and an essay
  • All 3 sections will have to be completed in 210 minutes
  • The score in GK will be used only for the final selection and not for shortlisting for the interview round.
  • Every correct answer will gain 1 mark and every incorrect answer will result in ¼ mark deduction
  • Unattempted questions will result in a loss of 0.05 marks after a maximum of 12 unattempted questions.

XAT  (Xavier Aptitude Test ) is organized by XLRI on behalf of XAMI. It acts as a gateway to admission in management courses. Given below is the complete information about exam pattern and syllabus and recommended books for XAT 2018.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

Given below are the important highlights of XAT 2018 Exam Pattern. The question paper will be conducted in the English language in pen and paper mode only.

Exam modePen and Paper mode
Number of PapersPaper 1 and Paper 2
Exam duration for Paper 1170 minutes
Exam duration for Paper 235 minutes
Number of questions in Paper 172 questions
Number of question in Paper 225 questions
Negative Marking0.25 marks will be deducted for wrong answer
Unattempt questionDeduction of 0.05 marks (after 12 unattempt question)
Each question carry1 mark

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

XAT 2018 consists of two parts i.e. Part 1 and Part 2. There are 3 sections A, B and C in part 1 of 26, 23 and 29 question respectively. The question paper consists of quantitative ability, verbal and logical ability, decision making and general knowledge as the topics. One question will be from essay writing.

SectionDurationMarksNumber of Questions
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation60 Minutes2929
Verbal and Logical Ability55 Minutes2626
Decision Making55 Minutes2323
General Knowledge20 Minutes2525
Essay15 Minutes-1

Marking Scheme

Each question carries equal marks in XAT 2018 question paper. There is one-fourth negative marking for every incorrect answer. Candidates have a choice for not attempting 12 questions only. Beyond this, if any question is left unattempted marks will be deducted. Given below is the pattern of marking in the question paper:

  • For every correct answer, candidate will get 1 mark
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer
  • An unattempted question will result in the deduction of 0.05 marks after 12 unattempted ones.

XAT 2018 Syllabus

Candidates should check the important topics under XAT Syllabus for a better understanding of the question paper:

Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Reading Comprehension
  • CR
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Decision-Making Decision Making

Quantitative Ability

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Compound interest
  • Geometry 
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Arithmetic sequence
  • Mixtures
  • Relative speed
  • Tables Chart
  • Multiple Graph
  • Profit, Loss, and Discount
  • Statistics 
  • Directions 
  • Interest 
  • Percentage 
  • Trigonometry 

XAT 2018 Recommended Books 

Books play an important role in the life of students. It is very important to choose the right books for proper preparation. Given below are some recommended books for candidates preparing for XAT 2018:


Book nameAuthor
Verbal Ability and Comprehension for XAT (2nd ed.)Bharat Patodi

Quantitative Ability

Book nameAuthor
Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XATDeepak Agarwal
Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude exams (Old Edition)Gajendra Kumar

Logical Reasoning

Book nameAuthor
Koncepts of LR – Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, CMAT, Bank PO & Other Aptitude TestsGajendra Kumar
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT (Box Set)Gajendra Kumar

Recommended Magazines

  • Competition Success
  • India Today
  • Business World
  • Business Line by the Hindu Group

Use of Optical Response Sheet

Optical response sheet is very helpful in evaluating the result faster than any other mode. Given below are the uses of ORS:

  • ORS is a machine readable sheet which helps in faster evaluation of answer sheet.
  • Every question will have 5 alternatives to mark from.
  • Candidates need to darken the appropriate bubble.
  • It is necessary to use black/ blue ball point pen for shading the bubbles
  • Do not tamper your Optical Response Sheet

Important Instructions

Given below are the important instruction for XAT 2018 candidates should read to avoid any mistake:

  • Candidate should reach the exam center 1 hour prior to the commencement of exam
  • It is compulsory to bring admit card, without XAT 2018 Admit Card, entry would be prohibited.
  • No electronic item will be allowed in the examination hall which is considered as a subject of cheating.
  • No extra rough sheet is allowed in the examination hall. A margin will be given to do rough work in the test booklet.
  • Do not open the test booklet without permission.
  • Fill the required details in the answer sheet. The result may not be evaluated if the details are not entered or entered correctly.
  • An answer should be marked properly by darkening the circle in the OMR sheet.
  • Use the ORS cautiously as an incorrect marking is irreversible.
  • It is not allowed to clarify doubts on any item in test booklet from the invigilator.
  • Failure to follow instruction written in the examination will lead to disqualification. 



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