XAT Exam Pattern 2019
Vikas Gaur, 11 Oct 2018, #XAT

XAT Exam Pattern 2019 - XLRI Jamshedpur prescribes the exam pattern of XAT 2019. Candidates who are preparing for the exam or planning to appear for the same must know the XAT exam pattern 2019. It’ll allow them to structure their preparation in a much-organised way. As per the XAT 2019 exam pattern, the exam will be of 3 hours or 180 minutes divided into four sections carrying objective type questions or say Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There would be negative marking for incorrect answers as well. In this article by Careers360, XAT aspirants check all the details related to the exam pattern of XAT 2019, previous year trends, online exam instructions and more.

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Highlights of XAT Exam Pattern 2019

 

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The XAT 2019 exam pattern has changed and undergone revision in terms of duration and sections. The test will be conducted in 3 hours instead of 3 hrs and 35 minutes. Let us have a look at the modified XAT exam pattern 2019.

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XAT Exam Pattern 2019

Section

Total Time

Total Marks Allotted

No. of Questions

Negative Marking

Decision Making (DM)

 

 

 

180 minutes

 

 

 

74

 

 

21

  • 0.25 marks for any wrong answer

  • 0.05 marks for more than 8 unattempted questions

 

 

 

Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR)

26

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

27

General Knowledge (GK)  

25

25

XAT Exam Pattern - Marking Scheme

Every question carries one mark which means candidates will get one marks for the right answer. There is negative marking as well. 0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks of a question will be deducted for an incorrect response. Unattempted questions also have negative marking. Last year, beyond 8 unattempted questions, there was a deduction of 0.05 marks per unattempted question. This number may change this year as it was 12 in the last to last year.

 

Sections: The test paper is majorly divided into four sections – Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. Essay Writing has been removed from the exam pattern of XAT 2019.

 

Duration: The exam would be of 3 hours (180 minutes).

 

Mode of Exam: XAT 2019 will be conducted in online mode. Candidates will be assigned a computer system where they’ll have to select the right answer from the options given. Rough sheets will be provided to the candidates.

 

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XAT Exam Pattern – Previous years' Trend

Year

Total no. of questions and duration

Marking Scheme

XAT 2018

74 MCQs

25 GK

1 Essay topic

210 minutes duration

  • 1 mark for each correct response

  • 0.25 negative marking for each incorrect response

  • Penalty of 0.05 mark per question if the  maximum of 8 questions left unattempted

XAT 2017

72 MCQs

25 GK

1 Essay topic

210 minutes duration

  • 1 mark for each correct response

  • 0.25 negative marking for each incorrect response

  • Penalty of 0.05 mark per question if the maximum of 12 questions left unattempted

XAT 2016

78 MCQs

25 GK

1 Essay topic

210 minutes duration

  • 1 mark for each correct response;

  • 0.25 negative marking for each incorrect response

  • Penalty of 0.05 mark per question if the maximum of 13 questions left unattempted

XAT 2015

84 MCQs

140 minutes duration

  • 1 mark for each correct response

  • 0.25 negative marking for each incorrect response

XAT 2014

83 MCQs

20 GK

1 Essay topic

150 minutes duration

  • 1 mark for each correct response

  • 0.25 negative marking for each incorrect response

Online Instructions for XAT 2019

  

There are few instructions that every XAT aspirant must know before appearing for the online test. It’ll save a lot of time and confusion on the day of the exam.

  • The system displays only one question on the screen at a time. After selection, the answer from the options given, click on 'Next Question' to go to the next question or on 'Previous Question' button to go to the previous question.

  • In case, the candidate does not wish to attempt the question, s/he can leave it blank.

  • The computer screen also shows the timer on the TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER of the screen to keep the candidates aware of the timings.

  • The option of removing or changing the answer is also given to the candidates through the 'Erase' button provided at the bottom of the screen.

  • Candidates can answer any question in any order within the given time frame.

  • The list of attempted and un-attempted questions is shown in the right side of the screen. Candidates can click on any of the attempted or unattempted questions to revise the answers or answer the unattended questions.

  • Candidates are given the option of bookmarking 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 different colours to display the status of each question.

Colour

Status

Green

The question has been answered

Yellow

The question hasn’t been answered and marked for review

Purple

The question has been answered but marked for review

White

The question hasn’t been answered

PS: 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 2019 Syllabus

 

There is no specific syllabus for XAT. Based on previous years’ question papers and XAT sample papers, here are the topics covered under XAT syllabus. It will give the aspirants a broad idea about the exam and guide about preparing.

 

XAT Syllabus

Section 

Topics

Verbal & Logical Ability

Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Para Jumble, Vocabulary, Sentence correction, Grammar, Critical Reasoning/Inference etc.

Decision Making

Analytical Reasoning, Arithmetic, Situational etc.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Algebra, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Table, Bar Charts, Scatter plots, Arithmetic etc.

GK/Current Affairs

History, Culture, Books, Films, Geography, Personalities, Economics, Ecosystem, etc.

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