XAT 2016 - Changes announced in duration and marking scheme
Sreetama Datta, 15 Sep 2015, #XAT
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After announcement of CAT 2015 with major changes, it is time for XAT 2016 to make way for changes. Unlike CAT, the overall pattern is same, but the duration and marking scheme will be different compared to the XAT Exam held last year.

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XLRI Jamshedpur had made the official announcement for XAT 2016 on September 4. The notification had stated the revised duration and the common application procedure for XAT and XLRI. In an exclusive interaction with Careers360, XLRI has shared the details about the changes introduced in XAT 2016. Let us have a look at the changes in detail.

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Duration increased to 3.5 hours from 3 hours

Being a dynamic test, XAT brings in some or the other changes every year. This year, the major change has been the duration of the exam, which is increased to 3.5 hours from the erstwhile 3 hours. The Paper 1, which includes the objective type test of 3 sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making will be of 3 hours duration instead of 2 hours 20 minutes.

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The Paper 2, which is a mix of objective and subjective questions, includes 2 sections, General Awareness and Essay Writing. Till last year, this part of the exam was of 40 minutes duration but this year, the duration will be 30 minutes.

Stating the reason for the increase in the total duration, XAT officials mention, “The increased time has been allowed to help students attempt more questions.  We expect that this would increase the spread of marks among test takers. This step is likely to improve differentiation power of the test. In simple words, institutes using XAT score can be more confident about the difference between a good and bad candidate.”

Negative Marking Scheme likely to change

According to the officials, the negative marking scheme may change this year. This year, negative marking scheme is likely to be introduced for un-attempted questions. The negative marking scheme for wrong answer and un-attempted questions may vary. XAT officials mention, “This step would further help in differentiation among candidates. However, the final decision has yet to taken on it.”

Number of questions likely to decrease

Although the number of questions for XAT is not fixed, it ranges from 80 to 100. The XAT conducting body has mentioned that the number of questions may come down by 5 to 10. The total number of questions in XAT 2015 Paper 1 was 84. The General Awareness section consisted of 30 questions.

Common Application Form for XAT and XLRI

Apart from the pattern wise changes, XLRI has introduced some operational changes as well. In terms of application procedure, this year onwards there would be a common application form for XAT and XLRI. “XLRI application has been embedded with XAT application. Candidates applying to XLRI do not have to fill up two separate forms.”


However, unlike CAT, the application fee would not be the same for XAT and XLRI programmes. Candidates who would be applying only for XAT would have to pay Rs. 1500. They have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 250 for applying to each programme, namely, Business Management, Human Resource Management, General Management Programme and Global Business Management.


The application fee has also increased from last year, which was Rs. 1000.


Increase in number of participating institutes

The total number of participating institutes for XAT 2016 is 141. There are 11 Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) and 130 private institutes. Last year, the total number of participating institutes was 112.


The application procedure has started from September 4 and will end on November 30. The admit cards will be available from December 20 onwards.


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