XAT 2018 to carry 75 questions, unattempted question limit reduces to 8
Sreetama Datta, 29 Dec 2017, #XAT
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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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The following table brings to you the exam structure of XAT 2018.


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.

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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

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[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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i had 6 subjects in 12th how do i calculate the aggregate of 12th class for filling in XAT FORM

ashutosh gupta 8th Nov, 2019

Hi rohhan

Xat is a national level entrance exam. Through xat you can get admission in best business schools of india like xlri jamshedpur, xmb bhubneshwar and ximb banglore.

You can sum up the marks of all the 6 subjects and than you can find out the percentage or the cgpa whatever the case may be and then you can add the information in the form.


Do we need to fill the college forms before appearing for XAT exam? Also if we missed to fill the college form, we can not apply for any college?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

While filling the form candidates will be required to enter their program details which they would like to opt for. Aspirants can choose from the following courses:

  • Business Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • General Management Programme (A minimum of 56 months of work experience is compulsory as on March 31,2020)

  • Fellow Programme in Management

As the candidate will select the programme, the form will ask to fill the first preference of campus for each programme.

So you have to fill the college preference before hand, however there are many other colleges accepting XAT score for whom you do not have to fill the separate forms.

Hope this helps, thanks.


For admission in LIBA 2020, what is the admission process after appearing cat/xat?

ashutosh gupta 9th Nov, 2019

Candidates are short-listed for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the eligible candidates who have a valid entrance exam score and have applied to the programme of LIBA. The GD-PI process will be conducted at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai After the GD-PI round, admission offers are made by LIBA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in entrance exam, performance in PI round, academics, Quality of Work Experience among others.

Last date to apply for admission in LIBA is to close on January 10, 2020. To explore admission opportunity in LIBA, Chennai, the candidates need to apply for admission by using and filling up the online application form. LIBA will accept CAT 2019 and XAT 2020 scores, so you can apply with the CAT scores and also XAT scores. Better of the two scores will be considered. The Application fee for admission to PGDM 2020 at LIBA is Rs.1500/- as was last year.

The number of students that can be admitted to the PGDM 2020-22 batch is 180 at LIB the Total Programme fees payable by PGDM students at LIBA is Rs. 15,26,300 last year.t he Fee includes Admission Fee, Tuition Fee, Library Fee, Computer Fee, Alumni Membership Fee, Insurance, Fee for foundation courses, Alumni


For admission in tapmi 2020 , what is the admission process after appearing cat/xat exam?

ashutosh gupta 9th Nov, 2019
  1. TAPMI eligibility criteria require that the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  2. TAPMI uses CAT/XAT/GMAT scores for shortlisting the candidates for Post-graduate Programmes in Management. Accordingly, the candidate should be registered for CAT 2019/XAT 2020 or Taken GMAT and must score well to become eligible for admission.
  3. If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence to determine PGDM admission eligibility would be based on the equivalence certified by the institution/university from where the bachelor's degree is obtained. In case the institution/university does not have any scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by TAPMI by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the Admission eligibility of the candidate.
  4. A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results is also eligible to apply for TAPMI Admission 2020.
  5. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by TAPMI and offered admission, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor's degree examination latest by the stipulated date as announced by TAPMI

today can I feel this form? I am in last year of graduation, what is the last date of payment of XAT?

ÑÍthesh 1st Nov, 2019

Hello Arjun!!

Last date for filling XAT application form 2020 is 30 November 2019 and end date to register for XAT by paying late fee is December 1 to 7 2019.You can find the more information that you are enquiring about in the link provided below:

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