XAT 2018 to carry 75 questions, unattempted question limit reduces to 8
Sreetama Datta, 29 Dec 2017, #XAT

The number of unattempted questions in XAT 2018 without penalty has been reduced from 12 to eight. In the previous year, i.e. for XAT 2016, the limit of unattempted questions was 13. The negative marking scheme for questions beyond eight is 0.05 and that for the wrong answers is 0.25. XLRI Jamshedpur has shared the informed on XAT 2018 admit card, which was released on December 27, 2017. The total number of questions in XAT 2018 will be 75 instead of 72, as was last year. Apart from the information on negative marking scheme of unattempted questions, XLRI has also released information on the number of questions, marking scheme and the exam day instructions for the computer based XAT.  Let us take a look at the details on XAT 2018 exam pattern and what to expect on the test day here on this article by Careers360.

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XAT 2018 Exam Structure

Total No. of Questions


Marks Allotted

Approximately: 75

Part A (170 Minutes)


Each question carries 1 mark. There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Negative marking of 0.05 marks will be levied for more than 8 unattempted questions

Approximately: 25 plus Essay

Part B (40 Minutes)


No negative for these questions

This is the first time that XAT will be held in computer based mode. Rest of the XAT exam pattern has remained same. XLRI has also shared some guidelines on how to take the computer based XAT 2018.


XAT 2018 Exam Taking Instructions

  • Only one question will be displayed on the computer screen at a time. Test takers have to click on 'Next Question' to go to the next question or on 'Previous Question' button provided at the bottom of the screen to go to the previous question.

  • Candidates have to click on the correct answer option from the five options.

  • The timer is available on the top right-hand corner of the screen; candidates have to keep a tab on it to complete the exam within the allocated time.

  •  Candidates can unmark his/her answer by clicking the 'Erase' button provided at the bottom of the screen.

  •  The questions can be answered in any order.

  •  The list of attempted and un-attempted questions will be shown in the right side of the screen. Candidates can click on any of the attempted ones to revise the answers in case they wish so.

  •  Candidates may bookmark a question in case they want to review it at a later stage by clicking on the 'Tag' button available at the bottom of the screen. The Bookmark on a particular question can be removed by clicking on the 'De-Tag' button provided at the bottom of the screen.

  • The question palette at the right of the screen shows the following status of each of the questions numbered:

[Green] You have answered the question

[Yellow] You have not answered the question and marked for review

[Purple] You have answered the question but marked for review

[White] You have not answered the question


Note: Questions which are attempted and marked for review would be treated as attempted questions only as long as the candidate does not 'Erase' the option selected.

  •  Candidates should use the 'Next Question' OR 'Previous Question' button or click on the question number displayed on the right side of the screen to move back and forth between questions.

  • The answers will be saved whenever the candidate goes to the next question, by clicking on 'Previous Question' OR 'Next Question' button. However, the last question will be saved automatically after answering.

  • If a candidate finishes the paper within the stipulated time, he/she can end the test by clicking the 'Preview Submit' button. However, candidates will not be allowed to leave the test hall until the end of the stipulated time.

  • On the completion of the test duration, even if the candidate does not click on an answer or does not click on the 'Preview Submit' button, the result will be saved automatically by the computer.

XAT 2018 will be conducted on January 7, 2018 from 10 AM to 1.30 PM. The XAT 2018 exam centres are located in 47 cities across India and two international cities, Kathmandu and Dubai. Approximately 90,000 candidates are expected to take the test. XAT 2018 result will be declared on January 31, 2018 followed by the announcement of XAT cutoff 2018 by XLRI Jamshedpur. Officials will release the answer key of XAT 2018 tentatively within 10 days of the conduct of the exam.

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