Despite change in test mode, XAT to be conducted in single seating, says XAT 2018 Convenor Fr Antony Uvari
XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test has taken a major shift in terms of its testing mode where it has turned computer-based. Breaking the traditional norm of paper-pencil based mode that it followed for over 60 years, XLRI Jamshedpur has now introduced XAT in computer-based mode while still continuing the essay part in paper-pencil mode. The test, however, will be conducted in single seating only.
In this exclusive interview with Careers360, XAT 2018 Convenor Fr Antony Uvari talks the factors that led XAT to turn in CBT mode. He also clarifies that despite the change in the mode of the test, XAT exam pattern will remain same as XAT is tried and tested method of assessing candidates’ ability. Fr Uvari is a faculty member of Organizational Behaviour at XLRI Jamshedpur.
Read the full interview of XAT 2018 Convenor Fr Antony Uvari below:
Careers360: What are the factors which led you to decide to conduct XAT in computer-based mode?
Fr Uvari: The CBT eco-system has grown in the country in last two to three years. It has reached the level where it is possible for us to conduct XAT in a single seating.
Careers360: Which testing agency will administer computer-based XAT 2018?
Fr Uvari: The test administration will be done by SIFY but the question paper will be designed by XLRI. The test will be designed by in-house team of XLRI.
Careers360: Will there be any change in XAT 2018 in terms of exam pattern or sectional time duration for XAT?
Fr Uvari: The exam pattern will remain similar to the previous XAT, with some changes. The sectionals and timings of the sections will remain similar to XAT-2017. The marking scheme will also remain same as last year, i.e. one mark for each correct answer and 0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer. Beyond 12 un-attempted questions, test takers will be penalised with 0.05 marks.
Careers360: Will candidates have to type the essay on the keyboard or a virtual keyboard will be provided for them?
Fr Uvari: Although XAT 2018 will be conducted in computer-based mode, candidates have to write the essay on paper. The final decision has not been taken on this.
Careers360: What is the last date to apply with late application fee?
Fr Uvari: Last date to submit XAT application form without late fee is November 30, 2017. Candidates can apply after the aforementioned date until December 15, 2017, with late fee of Rs. 2000.
Careers360: Apart from the change in the mode of the test, what are the other changes in exam pattern which candidates can expect?
Fr Uvari: Apart from changing the mode of test, we have not introduced any other major changes. XAT is tried and tested method of assessing candidates’ ability.
Careers360: The application form for XAT 2018 is available from August 16. How has been the application trend so far?
Fr Uvari: It is too early to say. Though, initial numbers look better than last year.
Careers360: What was the XAT 2017 application number vis a vis actual number of test takers?
Fr Uvari: The total number of applications received for XAT 2017 was89,000, out of which 79,500 candidates had appeared for the test.
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Questions related to XAT
xat score accepting clg, and there average pacement
Hi! To answer the first part, the list of all colleges accepting the XAT score is given in the following link-
Now, there are various colleges which you can go for using the XAT scores. Taking example of Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, the average placements in 2020 was around Rs. 15.42 Lakh Per Annum. As for the previous year 2019 the average package for XLRI went Rs. 14.31 Lakh Per Annum
Hope this helps!
average package of placement from xat clg
Hello there, hope you are doing good!
I would like to tell you that the average packages of Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, in the current year 2020 went Rs. 24.30 Lakh Per Annum. As for the previous year 2019 the average package for XLRI went Rs. 22.35 Lakh Per Annum.
Hope you found this answer helpful.
Good luck for your future!
I have 93% in 10th , 93% in state board; 55%in graduation(math). What percrntile in cat or xat will ensure me a good college ?
It depends, for IIMS you have to score minimum 99 percentile. It is the basic eligibility criteria for iims also they will see your previous marks and then only you are eligible for the further process.
If you want b school than you have to score above 80 or 85 percentile to get admissions in good and reputated institution .
Many college also go for group discussion to eliminate students.
Feel free to ask
what if i attempt only verbal ,lr and decision-making sections leaving quants in XAT.will be able to score 80 percentile.if yes ,please let me let me know the number of questions i should attempt in these sections.
Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that if you are targetting top colleges accepting XAT score. Then, it is mandatory to clear sectional cutoffs. You need to score well in each section. Moreover, considering past year XAT scores, you should score approximately 26-27.5 score in order to fetch 80-85 percentile in XAT. You can attempt the questions based on accuracy accordingly.
I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.
xat andGMAT are different or same
Hope you are doing well.
See xat stands for Xavier Aptitude Test . It is held by XLRI, Jamshedpur for MBA or PGDM programs. To know more about xat you can check this site:
Whereaz GMAT stands for The General Management Admission Test which is held globally across nations for MBA.
To know more about GMAT use this link:
Have a brighter future ahead.