XAT 2016 Exam Pattern: Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT 2016 has been conducted on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The XAT 2016 Exam Pattern was changed this year. As per the changes, Paper 1 now has 78 questions to be completed in 170 minutes, and Paper 2 has 25 questions and Essay Writing to be completed in 35 minutes. Read the details about the changed XAT 2016 Exam Pattern in this article.

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XLRI announced some major changes in the overall exam pattern. Let us have a look at the overall pattern and changes in detail. 


XAT 2016 Exam Pattern

The structure of XAT 2016 has been changed to generic from dynamic. XAT is divided into two Papers, 1 and 2. Paper 1 comprises of VA, Decision Making, and QA &DI. As per the changed pattern, the number of questions in Paper 1 will be 78 to be completed in 170 minutes. Earlier, the total number of questions were not specified and the time to attempt this section was 140 minutes. A majority of the questions will be of objective type but will be subjective type in Paper 2. As per the officials, this section has become easy in terms of difficulty level, giving students an opportunity to solve all the questions within the given duration. 

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The format of Paper 2- GK and Essay is almost similar but has a few changes. The time allotted to answer this paper is now 35 minutes, compared to previous year’s 30 minutes. The number of questions in this section has been reduced to 25 from 30, making this section a bit easier for the students to attempt. This section will judge students risk-taking abilities. 

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XAT 2016 Marking Scheme

In terms of the changes in the marking scheme of XAT 2016, there is a negative marking of 0.05 marks after 13 unattempted questions. Hence, students have to restrain their choice towards the questions they want to un-attempt. “Beyond 13 questions, any unattempted question carries negative mark of 0.05. There is also negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer”, The XAT notification states. 


The following table brings to you the detailed structure for XAT 2016 Exam Pattern.

XAT 2016 Paper

Number of Questions


Paper 1- (Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning)




Total - 78

170 minutes

Paper 2- (General Knowledge, Essay Writing)


35 minutes

According to the marking scheme of the exam, each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks. This year onwards, negative marking scheme has been introduced for unattempted questions, where beyond 13 such questions there will be negative marking of 0.05 mark. Each question will have 5 choices. Test takers have to fill up the circle corresponding to the correct option fully with blue or black ball point pen. Using fountain or gel pen has not been not allowed in XAT 2016 paper.

XAT 2016 has been conducted on January 3 across centers in India. The overall difficulty level of the exam is very tough. Around 90,000 candidates took the test this year. The cutoff for XAT is decided on the basis of the difficulty level of the test. The results will be announced in the form of score cards. Check below the official pdf, showing the first page of the XAT 2016 and the instructions students must follow. It also has a few details about the exam pattern. 


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I dont have CAT, MAT, XAT scorecard. Can I apply MBA at christ university for Phase II?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 17th Mar, 2020


To be eligible to get admission in Christ University you need to appear and qialify in any of CAT/MAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/GRE/ATMA along with 50% or above aggregate in bachelor's degree from a recognized board or university.If you do not have any of the above mentioned exams score then you are not eligible to get admission.

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Now Im studying in B.Tech 3rd year. How can I start preparing for various MBA Entrance exams? I am not taking any Tuition. How can I prepare myself for the exams?

Smrity 15th Mar, 2020


For MBA entrance exams start solving the past year question papers get thorough with the pattern of the paper.

Work on the logical Reasoning and quantitative aptitude as practice makes you perfect and try to grasp the necessary details and current affairs.

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So my situation is this, i have 47% in graduation and got 80 percentile in XAT, so this is limiting my options for admissions in mba colleges. What should i do?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 2nd Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

Yes this will limit your options for admission in MBA colleges as most of these MBA colleges look at past academic performance of the candidate. Your percentage will definitely be a hindrance in your admission into any top IIM college or XLRI.

You can always take admission in tier 2/3 management colleges.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


Can I apply in XISS without XAT score card??/

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Hello candidate,

XISS admissions are ongoing, if you are desirous of seeking admission at Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi will have to appear in an all India level management admission test. XISS, Ranchi considers only the following three admission test scores for shortlisting the candidates i.e. XAT, CAT and CMAT.

If you have not given XAT 2020, you can apply through CAT, CMAT as well.

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