XAT 2018: Paper based essay writing despite computer based test
Sreetama Datta, 06 Sep 2017, #XAT
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The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), which has been traditionally following a paper-pencil based mode, has taken a major shift and will be computer-based from 2018 onwards. Although the mode of test may have now changed to become computer-based, the exam pattern will remain the same as that of last year. However, the subjective part of the test, Essay Writing, has to be attempted in paper-pencil based mode itself. Talking about this pattern, Fr. Antony Uvari, the XAT 2018 Convenor says, “It will be very similar to the previous XAT. Candidates will also continue to write their essays on paper.”

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XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of XAT, decided to convert the mode of exam to Computer Based Test (CBT) from 2018 onwards. While speaking on the rationale behind changing the mode of the exam, Fr. Uvari states, “The CBT eco-system has grown in the country in last two to three years. It has reached a level where it is possible for us to conduct XAT in a single seating.” SIFY will be the online testing partner for XAT 2018.

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Till last year, XLRI's reason for not holding the test in a CBT mode was given as, “XAT ensures that all the candidates from varying backgrounds are at par. We believe that the paper-pencil mode with the same difficulty level will provide a level-playing field to all the test takers without any discrimination. XAT aims to select the most appropriate candidates who wish to pursue management education.”

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XAT exam pattern to remain same


According to the Convenor, the XAT 2018 exam pattern will remain same as last year. Minor changes may be introduced, but that has not been specified yet. Talking about the continuation of the same exam pattern, Fr. Uvari mentions, “There will be no major changes in terms of exam pattern or structure, as XAT is a tried and tested method of assessing candidates’ ability.”


The following table brings to you XAT 2018 exam pattern which was followed last year.

XAT Exam Pattern



Number of Questions

Total Marks


Negative Marking

Paper 1

Decision Making



170 Min

  • 0.25 for any wrong answer

  • 0.05 for more than 13 unattempted questions

Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)



Paper 2

General Knowledge (GK)






35 Min

  • No Negative Marking

Essay Writing

1 essay



While all the objective-type sections have to be answered by clicking the correct option through the mouse, the essay has to be written on paper which will be provided by the exam authorities.


The three sections of Paper 1 are collectively of 170 minutes or 2 hours and 50 minutes duration. Paper 2 will begin after a break of five minutes. The total duration of Paper 2 is 35 minutes. The marking scheme will also remain the same as last year. The timing of the exam will be from 10 am to 1.30 pm.


The application process for XAT 2018 has started from August 16, 2017. The last date to apply without late fees is November 30 and that with the late fee is December 15, 2017. XAT 2018 will be conducted on January 7, 2018 in the CBT mode for the first time.


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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.

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IF CANDIDATES GETS 54.80 IS HE/SHE ELIGIBLE FOR TAKING PART IN lpunest exams .eligibilty for scholarship are only ones who gives CAT/MAT/XAT.??????

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

Kajal, you haven't mentioned your highest qualification and the course you are enquiring about. LPUNEST is an entrance exam for admission to B.Tech courses. For detailed information on their scholarship programmes, please visit their official page at: https://nest.lpu.in/engineering/fee-and-scholarship.php . Do please revert for the programme and scholarship information you are looking for in particular if this link doesn't help you with all the information you are looking for.


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

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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

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