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XAT Exam Pattern 2018

Updated On - October 12th 2017 by SOUMYA SEHGAL
xat exam pattern 2018

XAT 2018 is all set to be conducted on January 7 by XLRI Jamshedpur. In a first, the Xavier Aptitude Test will be conducted in online mode. Nearly 90,000 candidates are expected to appear for the exam. 

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  • The paper of XAT is divided into 2 Parts (A & B). In total, there are 72 questions in Part A and 26 questions in Part B.
    • Part A contains 3 sections – Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
    • Part B contains questions on General Knowledge and an Essay writing question. Check XAT Question Paper
  • Questions in Part A are all objective, while there is a mix of objective and subjective questions in Part B.
  • Duration of XAT Exam is 3.5 hours.
  • XAT Syllabus has been prepared in order to check the quantitative, decision making and logical and verbal ability of applicants.
  • Every correct answer will fetch you +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 2018 is expected to be conducted in 49 cities. Check all  XAT Exam Centers
  • As per XAT Paper Analysis, the paper is generally of moderate difficulty level.
Check Here: Latest Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2018

Candidates who qualify the entrance exam and also clear XAT Cutoff will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. These selection rounds will be held in February 2018.


Highlights of XAT 2018 Exam Pattern 

Exam ModeOnline
Number of Papers2
Duration for Paper 1170 minutes
Duration for Paper 235 minutes
Number of Questions in Paper 172 questions
Number of Question in Paper 225 questions
SectionsPart A- Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Part B- General Knowledge and Essay Writing
Nature of QuestionPart A- Objective Part B- Objective and Subjective
XAT Marking Scheme+1 for correct answer -0.25 marks for incorrect answer -0.05 marks for unattempted question
Medium of ExamEnglish

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Change in XAT Exam Pattern 2017

  • One of the most surprising changes notified this year is definitely the change in exam mode. For the past 60 years, XAT was being conducted in offline mode. However, from this year, the exam will be conducted in online mode. There has not been any other change announced as yet.
  • 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.

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XAT 2018 Exam Pattern for Paper 1

  • As mentioned above, the paper is divided into 2 main sections.
  • Part A consists of 72 multiple choice questions.
  • It is further divided into 3 sections viz. Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.
  • The total time given to solve this section is 170 minutes.
  • Read below the quick highlights of XAT Paper 1:
PARTSECTION NAMENO. OF QUESTIONSTOTAL TIMENEGATIVE MARKING
Part AVerbal and Logical Ability24170 minutes-0.25 for each incorrect answer -0.05 marks for unattempted question
Decision Making21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation27

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XAT Marking Scheme

Each question carries equal marks in XAT 2018 question paper. 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 Syllabus 2018 for Paper 1

SubjectImportant Topics
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trignometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions
Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Situational, Case lets, Data Arrangement Tets

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XAT Preparation 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:

English Books

XAT English Preparation Books
Book nameAuthor
Verbal Ability and Comprehension for XAT (2nd ed.)Bharat Patodi
MBA (XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, CMAT)Gautam Puri

Read  XAT 2018 Verbal Ability Preparation Tips

Quantitative Ability

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

Read  How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for XAT?

Logical Reasoning

XAT Logical Resoning Books
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

Read  XAT 2018 Logical Reasoning Preparation Tips

Recommended Magazines

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

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern for Paper 2

  • Part B consists of 26 questions.
  • Questions are of both objective and subjective format.
  • It is further divided into 2 sections viz. General Knowledge and Essay Writing.
  • The total time given to solve this section is 35 minutes.
  • There is no negative marking in the paper.
  • Read below the quick highlights of XAT Paper 2:
PARTSECTION NAMENO. OF QUESTIONSTOTAL TIMENEGATIVE MARKING
Part BGeneral Knowledge2535 minutesNo negative marking
Essay Writing1 essay

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XAT Syllabus 2018 for Paper 2

Important topics for GK in XAT
PoliticsNation and States
HistoryLiterature
SportsAwards and Recognitions
BusinessEconomics
International RelationsSociety
Merger & Acquisitions--
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XAT Essay Topics

  1. There is no right way of doing a wrong thing.
  2. Ships are safer in the harbour. But they are not meant for the same.
  3. Economic Growth without distributive justice can only lead to violence
  4. Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era.
  5. To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity.
  6. Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.
  7. India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.

Read  XAT 2018 Essay Preparation Tips

XAT Preparation 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:

XAT Preparation Books
Book nameAuthor
General Knowledge 2017Arihant
IIFT & XAT (GK Compendium) 2016-17Career Launcher
Target XAT 2018 (Past Papers 2005 - 2017 + 5 Mock Tests)Disha
XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 Career Launcher
Jabbing The XATR.K Jha

XAT Exam Pattern Analysis

We see an ever-evolving nature of XAT Exam Pattern in the below table. There has been a change in the number of questions and time duration, giving minor surprises each year.

This year, it has been notified that XAT 2018 will be conducted in online mode. This is happening for the first time even since the inception of XAT Exam. With this, a varying pattern is also expected. However, no notification on the same has been notified. 

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Read the below table to have a fair idea about XAT Exam Pattern 2018:

YearTotal questions & time durationSection-wise division of questionsXAT Marking SchemePercentile calculationLevel of difficulty
XAT 2014113 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3 hours duration
VARC-28
DM-24
Quant-31
GK-30
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative markingScore on 83 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to difficult
XAT 2015114 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3 hours duration
VARC-28
DM-23
Quant-33
GK-30
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative markingScore on 84 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to highly difficult
XAT 2016103 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½ hours duration
VARC-26
DM-23
Quant-29
GK-25
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking for each wrong answer; penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 13 questions left unattemptedScore on 78 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to highly difficult
XAT 201797 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½ hours duration
VARC-24
DM-21
Quant-27
GK-25
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking for each wrong answer; penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions left unattemptedScore on 72 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to difficult

XAT 2018 Model Paper

XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of XAT 2018 has released an official model paper on its website. The questions it includes give a fair idea about what can be expected in XAT 2018. The sections include A. Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and B. General Knowledge and an Essay writing. 

Practice  XAT 2018 Model Paper

Practicing XAT 2018 Model Paper, along with the sample papers, will help you enhance your speed and accuracy. They will help you manage your time properly since there is a sectional time-limit of 170 minutes and 40 minutes respectively. 

xat 2018 model paper

We hope this article was helpful during your XAT Preparation. Once you are thorough with the exam pattern and syllabus, the preparation journey becomes a smooth-sail. We wish you luck for the exam which is scheduled on January 7. 


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