XAT 2015 Exam Pattern
Sreetama Datta, 20 Aug 2014, #XAT
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XAT 2015 Exam Pattern: XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is an objective type multiple choice exam of 3 hours duration. The XAT 2015 Exam Pattern is dynamic as the exam conducting body does not follow a strict pattern every year and there are some or the other change in the question paper in almost every year. This article will share the details of the XAT 2015 Exam Pattern.

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Mode of XAT 2015 exam

XAT 2015 is a paper-pencil based test comprising 2 papers.

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Sections and Duration

The exam pattern, which has undergone major changes in XAT 2013 and XAT 2014. The exam will be divided in two papers, objective and subjective. The total duration of XAT 2015 will be 3 hours.

Paper 1 will be the objective, multiple choice question type, containing 3 sections – Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making with duration of 2 hours 20 minutes.


Paper 2 will comprise General Awareness and Essay Writing sections. The duration of this section will be 40 minutes.


Last year, the exam pattern was changed. Earlier, General Awareness and Essay Writing were included in Paper 2 but in XAT 2014, General Awareness was made a part of Paper 1 making it completely objective and Paper 2 consisted only of Essay Writing question.


Number of Questions

Though not fixed, the total number of questions in XAT 2015 is expected to be around 80 to 90. The General Awareness section will have 20 questions.

Last year, the total number of questions was 103. The Verbal Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Aptitude had 83 questions and 20 questions were asked in the General Awareness section.


Marking scheme

Each question contains 1 mark and each wrong answer will get a negative marking of 0.25 marks.


XAT 2015 will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2015. The application window is open from Tuesday, August 12, 2014 till Saturday, November 22, 2014.


XAT is the MBA entrance exam for XLRI and over 100 B-schools across the country, is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT is known to be the toughest MBA entrance exams. Apart from being a pen and paper exam, XAT is considered to be one of the toughest B-School entrance exams to crack.  The student appearing for XAT need to focus on General Awareness and should be well-versed with decision making. The students must have good writing skill as they have to write essay along with solving the objective-type questions.


Last year, the exam was taken by around 90,000 candidates. After CAT, XAT is the second most popular MBA entrance exam. Owing to the high level of difficulty level and competition, the XAT 2015 cutoff is also expected to remain on the higher side. The XAT 2015 result is expected to be declared by Saturday, January 15, 2015.


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