XAT Exam Pattern 2020
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XAT Exam Pattern 2020 - XAT exam pattern lays down the complete information about XAT test. Candidates who wish to appear for the exam must possess good knowledge about the exam pattern of XAT 2020 as it will help them to structure their preparation. By knowing the XAT exam pattern 2020 beforehand, candidates would get familiar with the type of questions and other details pertaining to XAT 2020. The exam was of three hours. According to new XAT exam pattern, there is no essay. In this article by Careers360, XAT aspirants can check all the relevant details related to exam pattern of XAT 2020, previous year trends, type of questions asked and sections.
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XAT 2020 Exam Pattern:

XAT exam pattern has undergone some changes in terms of duration and sections. Let's have a glance at the modified XAT 2020 exam pattern.

Exam Pattern of XAT 2020 - Overview:


Total Marks Allotted

No. of Questions

Negative Marking

Total Time

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation



0.25 marks for any wrong answers.

0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions.

180 Minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR)


Decision Making (DM)


General Knowledge (GK)



XAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme

All the questions carry one mark each. XAT 2020 had negative marking as well; 0.25 or ¼ will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Questions that are left unattempted would also have negative marking. Last year, if there were more than 8 unattempted questions, then there was a deduction of 0.1 marks for each unattempted question. Now the number has increased from 8 to 12 from 2018 onwards.

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Sections: XAT 2020 is divided into 4 sections:

  • Verbal And Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • Data Interpretation

  • General Knowledge

Duration: The duration of the XAT 2020 was 3 hours (180 minutes) from 9.30 AM till 12.30 PM

Mode of exam: XAT 2020 was conducted in a computer-based mode. Candidates were assigned a computer where they had to answer the questions that are displayed on the screen. They had to choose the right answers from the given set of options given. Candidates were also provided with rough sheets during the test.

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XAT Exam Pattern- Previous Year’s Trend


Total no. of questions and duration

Marking Scheme

XAT 2018

Essay Topic: 1

Duration: 210 minutes


GK: 25

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response

  • 1 mark will be awarded for each question answered correctly

  • 0.05 marks will be deducted for a maximum of 8 questions that are left unanswered left unattempted

XAT 2017

Essay Topic: 1

Duration: 210 minutes


GK: 25

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response

  • 1 mark will be given for each correct answer

  • 0.05 marks will be subtracted, for a maximum of 12 questions left unattempted left unattempted

XAT 2016

Essay Topic: 1

Duration: 210 minutes


GK: 25

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response

  • 1 mark will be added for each correct response

  • 0.05 marks will be subtracted, for a maximum of 13 questions left unattempted

XAT 2015

Duration: 140 minutes

MCQ’s: 78

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response

  • 1 mark will be added for each correct response

XAT 2014

Essay Topic: 1

Duration: 210 minutes

MCQ’s: 83

GK: 20

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response

  • 1 mark will be added for each correct response

Instructions for XAT 2020:

Apart from the marking scheme and duration of the test, the other important aspects of XAT exam pattern are given below:

  • While attempting XAT 2020, it is not mandatory for the candidate to answer all the questions at one go.

  • As per the exam pattern of XAT 2020, while answering the questions, there will be a timer on the right-hand side corner of the computer screen to track of the time.

  • There is no specified sequence which the candidate has to follow while answering the questions.

  • While responding to the questions, candidates will get to know how many questions they have answered and how many are still left unattempted.

  • During XAT, candidates will have the option to change the response to a particular question if they feel it is incorrect.

  • Candidates will have an opportunity within the given time frame to answer any question if they did not respond to it earlier.

  • According to XAT exam pattern, the candidate will get to see one question at a time

  • On responding to the answer, the candidate will have to click on ‘next question’ or click ‘previous question’, if they want to go back.

  • Another aspect of the exam pattern of XAT 2020 is that the candidates would get an opportunity to change the response by using the ‘Erase’ button at the bottom of the screen.

  • On the bottom of the screen, candidates would get to see ‘Tag’ and ‘De-Tag’ tabs. By using these tabs, candidates will be able to review a particular question later on. They can use the ‘De-tag’ tab to remove the bookmark.

  • In order to know the status of every question as per the XAT exam pattern, on the right hand of the computer screen, candidates would see a question palette. This palette has different colours and each of them indicates the status of every question.




Purple colour represents that the question has been answered and marked for review


Yellow colour represents that the question hasn't been answered and kept for review


White colour represents that the question hasn't been answered


Green colour represents that the question has been answered

Note: The questions that are marked for review or attempted will be considered as attempted unless the candidate uses the ‘Erase’ button on the screen.

  • Whenever a candidate press on ‘previous question’ or ‘next question’ tab then the selected answers are saved automatically.

  • ‘Preview Submit’ Button: When a candidate finishes the XAT exam within the allotted time, then they may click on ‘preview submit’ button. However, candidates are not allowed to exit from the examination hall. They can only leave the hall after the completion of stipulated time (3 hours)

  • Most of the selections made by the candidates will be on an autosave mode.

XAT 2020 Syllabus

XAT 2020 does not have a specific syllabus. Most of the interested candidates refer to the previous years' question papers and XAT sample papers. However, there is no set of standard when it comes to XAT exam. The test will primarily be divided into four sections. Some of the topics which form part of XAT Syllabus 2020 are:

  • Verbal And Logical Ability: This section includes questions on fill in the blanks, reading comprehension, vocabulary, sentence correction.

  • Decision Making: This section comprises questions on analytical reasoning, arithmetic, situational

  • Data Interpretation: Questions in this section will be from algebra, data analysis and interpretation, data sufficiency, table, bar charts, scatter plots, arithmetic, etc

  • General Knowledge: In the general knowledge section of XAT 2020, candidates will get to answer questions from history, culture, books, films, philosophy, economics.

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I have 82.05 percentile in XAT Class X - 92.6 Class XII - 87.4 BE - 83.1 Work Ex - 3+ Do I have chance to get a call from KJ Somaiya

Sampriti Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020
You have a pretty decent XAT percentile but KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research requires a minimum of 85 percentile in both CAT and XAT exams. The Institute considers only the overall percentile. So it may be a little difficult for you to get a call. But you can still get some very good colleges with your XAT scores like
  • IIFM Bhopal
  • XIME Bangalore
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
  • Christ University Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon and others.

These colleges will also offer you good placement opportunities and good academics and you must try to attend as many interview processes as possible to get enough options to choose from.

Good Luck

I have scored 69.903 percentile in XAT 2020 and based on this percentile which college is better in decreasing order from best to not so good : IMT Nagpur, BIMTECH(for IB), IMI Kolkata, FOSTIIMA, SIESCOM, IMI Bhubaneshwar and Universal School of Business Mumbai. I really need to join MBA this year.

Sampriti Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020
If you're getting a call from all these colleges then you must attend the selection process of all of them because you should always keep some options to choose from as the competition is always very tough. But if you get selected in all of them you must go for IMT Nagpur first. IMT campuses are good for marketing programs and several reputed companies visit the campus. After that IMI Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. They are also pretty decent colleges in terms of marketing, finance and HR programs. The average package offered there is nearly 5-6 lakhs.

The rest of the colleges you've mentioned are not very good as per your percentile. You can still get some average placements there with the average compensation package offered being 3-4 lakhs but you should keep them as your last resort.

BIMTECH Noida is good for the PGDM program but the career scope for the specialized programs is very poor. It cannot assure you a placement.

Good Luck

I have 94.2% in X. 95.25 % in XII. I have done my B. COM graduation from ST. XAVIERS COLLEGE KOLKATA with 7.8 CGPA.I have no work experience. If I score a percentile between 88-95 in CAT/XAT what good mba colleges can I get admission in?

Rashika Dabas 24th Jan, 2020

You stand a chance to get into the following colleges:

Name of College

Total Fees (approx.)

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

Rs 15.98 lakh

FORE School of Management, Delhi

Rs 14.98 lakh

Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai

Rs 10.70 lakh

Institute of Financial Management & Research, Chennai

Rs 12.00 lakh

Great Lakes Institute of Management

Rs 18.94 lakh

TA Pai Management Institute

Rs 13.00 lakh

* IRMA, Anand

Rs 11.50 lakh

* MICA, Ahmedabad

Rs 18.50 lakh

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai

Rs 7.08 lakh

Nirma University, Ahmedabad

Rs 9.52 lakh

Lal Bahadur Shashtri Institute of Management (Delhi)

Rs 14.95 lakh

BITS Pilani Dept. of Management

Rs 4.91 lakh

Institute of Management, Banaras Hindu University

Rs 56,000

IMI, Delhi

Rs 16.95 lakh

Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

Rs 7.36 lakh

Department of Management Studies, IIM Madras )

Rs 7 lakh

Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee

Rs 8 lakh

Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur

Rs 12.05 lakh

School of Management, Manipal University

Rs 6.86 lakh

University Business School, Chandigarh

Rs 34,730

Delhi School of Management-DTU

Rs 3.17 lakh

Department of Management Sciences, Pune University

Rs 1.33 lakh

Delhi School of Economics

Rs 30,000

Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli

Rs 13.75 lakh

*IRMA, Anand and MICA, Ahmedabad accept CAT score to screen candidates for their own entrance exams – IRMASAT . Candidates applying to these two institutes must note that having CAT score will not make them eligible for admission. They will have to appear for these in house exams to be able to qualify for Group Discussion and Personal Interview.


XAT 68 percentile, CAT 57 percentile, what are the chances to get a call from lal bahadur shastri institute of management, Delhi?

Sampriti Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020
With your CAT and XAT percentile you may not get a call from LBSIM Delhi as they require a minimum of 80 percentile in both the exams. But you can still get some decent colleges like
  • NDIM New Delhi
  • JIMS Rohini
  • BML Munjal University
  • ITM Navi Mumbai
  • Universal Business School Mumbai
  • PSG Institute of Management Coimbatore
  • IMI Kolkata
  • Globsyn Business School Kolkata and others.

These are few good colleges offering an average compensation package of 5-6 lakhs and having good ROI. These colleges accept percentiles in the range 50 to 60 in CAT.

Good Luck

what are xat cutt off for nit jaipur and wrangle

AYAN MULLA 23rd Jan, 2020

Since the cutoffs are yet to be announced and it will be announced once the ranks are calculated I,e after the april session. therefore it very difficult to predict the cutoffs for the institute so early.

But we can analyse the previous year cutoffs and get an idea about how close the cutoff might be for the present year 2020.

NIT warangal which is one of the Top 5 institutes and generally the cutoffs are very high. Sinc eyou did not mention your Categorey and whethere you have home state quota so lets take the categorey as general


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AP Chemical Engineering 13523 14275
AP Civil Engineering 12852 13083
AP Computer Science and Engineering 1674 1940
AP Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6089 6364
AP Electronics and Communication Engineering 3916 4284
AP Mechanical Engineering 8006 8421
AP Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 18215 19359
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HS Chemical Engineering 8945 16048
HS Civil Engineering 4404 13965
HS Computer Science and Engineering 978 2341
HS Electrical and Electronics Engineering 5270 8152
HS Electronics and Communication Engineering 2919 4373
HS Mechanical Engineering 4340 10209
HS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 15258 19482
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OS Chemical Engineering 5740 12299
OS Civil Engineering 1375 12304
OS Computer Science and Engineering 826 1554
OS Electrical and Electronics Engineering 4115 5782
OS Electronics and Communication Engineering 2349 3912
OS Mechanical Engineering 5013 7542
OS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 13614 18011

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4-Year B.E./B.Tech. Course
HS Chemical Engineering 11731 16660
HS Civil Engineering 11284 16332
HS Computer Science and Engineering 1148 3831
HS Electrical Engineering 4119 9179
HS Electronics and Communication Engineering 3881 7868
HS Mechanical Engineering 9277 11426
HS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 17465 23626
OS Chemical Engineering 14710 18036
OS Civil Engineering 13530 18867
OS Computer Science and Engineering 2103 3938
OS Electrical Engineering 8982 10749
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