XAT 2016 conducted on January 3; Live Report from Test Centers
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XAT 2016, the MBA entrance exam for XLRI Jamshedpur and 140 B-schools across India has been conducted on Sunday, January 3. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), which is considered to be one of the toughest MBA entrance exams, has undergone several changes in terms of the exam pattern and marking scheme. The exam was of moderate difficulty level as per the test-takers' first hand experiences.

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Approximately 90,000 candidates took XAT 2016 across 47 cities in India and 2 international cities. The scores will be accepted by 141 B-schools across India. The exam was scheduled from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. The reporting time for the candidates was 9 am.

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For the first time, XLRI has revealed the total number of questions, which was 78. Last year the number of questions was 84. The duration of the exam has been increased by 30 minutes and the paper wise duration has also been changed.

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The marking scheme has also undergone change. This year XLRI Jamshedpur, the exam conducting body has introduced negative marking scheme for un-attempted questions as well. Deduction of 0.05 marks will take place for beyond 13 un-attempted questions.

Careers360 had reported live from the test centers to give you a glimpse of the activities in the exam venue.

1:45 pm - XAT 2016 aspirants relate their exam experiences to Careers360 as a majority of test-takers said that the MBA entrance exam was moderate in terms of difficulty level.

Sneha - XAT 2016 with a new face is easier than last year. For me the paper was indeed good and I welcome the new pattern as the sections were of avaerage difficulty with General Knowledge as tougher for me and Quant the easiest of all.

Shreya - I experienced the exam to be of moderate difficulty level. The negative marking scheme didn't put any effect over me. English was tricky and Quant was good.

Sandeep - XAT 2016 was easier than last year but tougher than CAT 2015. The new policy of negative marking didn't put any such adverse effect as I was afraid of.

Pranjali - For me English was a tricky one and Quant was easy. The General Knowledge was more oriented towards Economics. Overall paper was moderate.


1:30 pm - XAT 2016 ends after  the scheduled time of 3 hours and 30 minutes


1:25 pm - Guardians wait outside the exam centres as the MBA entrance exam is about to conclude.


10:05 am - Though the entry for XAT 2016 have been closed, some of the aspirants at some test centres are allowed to enter despite being late.

10:00 am
- Gates closed as XAT 2016 begins

9:20 am - Entries to XAT 2016 Exam Centres have begun.

9:15 am
- Gates are about to open as the aspirants queue in to get entries.

9:00 am – The XAT aspirants are still waiting as the entry to the test center starts. On the other hand, some late comers are seen rushing towards the center.

8:45 am – Candidates check the seating arrangement according to their Center Registration Number (CRN). While some others choose to go through the last minute revision by glancing over notes, others decide to ease the stress by talking to fellow test takers or parents accompanying them to the center.

8:30 am – Early birds are seen to be entering the test center premises despite the freezing cold January morning.

8:00 am – The test center authorities prepare for the big day by ensuring the display of instructions and seating arrangements outside the test center.

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Hello, my academic records is not at par. my 10th was 64 percent, 12th was 50 percent and grad ia 40 percent! 2nd division. i have very good profesional records in private sector with muktiole awards and associated with NGOs. could u tell me that if I prepare for XAT am i b able to get into XLRI?

Munish Chopra Expert 11th Dec, 2019

Hi Rishi,

For admission in XLRI  PGDM (BM) and PGDM (HRM), there is no minimum percentage of marks in graduation.

However, PGDM in General management requires a bachelor's degree and five years of managerial experience.

Fyi, last date to apply was December 10, 2019.


could you provide a link for last 5 year xat questions with answer key?

Pachigolla Hemanth 9th Dec, 2019

Hello Vindya Kumari,

Total time for exam is 180 mins and it contains Verbal and Logical Ability , Decision Making ,Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and General Knowledge (GK) questions and there is negative marks for very wrong answer i.e 0.25 and also 0.05 marks for very 8 unanswered questions.Below link gives the previous questions with answers ,you can download it.


Hope this helps you..


I have 59% in my 10th boards, but that was from other board, that was IGCSE(international board of England), then I got 60.04% in my 12th boards, and it was from CBSE, and in my engineering graduation, I get in my 60s aggregate, and now I am in third year, will I be eligible to sit for xat exam?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019


xat stands for xaviours apptitude test, and there is no minimum marks criteria for appear in xat exam. a candidate need to have a bachelors degree or appearing in final year of bachelor degree program can apply for xat exam. the graduation degree duration should be atleast of 3 years course study in any discipline from a recognized university.

hope it would help.

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What is the cutoff for OBC in CAT & XAT for IRMA ? What is the good percentile to get converted in IRMA for OBC NCL?

rishabh5978@gmail.com 5th Dec, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that the cutoff varies every year. There are several factors determining the cutoff such as:-

  • Number of candidates appearing in IRMASAT 2020 exam.
  • Level of difficulty of  IRMASAT exam.
  • Number of candidates passing IRMASAT 2020

However, based on previous years cutoffs, it is expected that the Cat and XAT cutoff for OBC NCL candidates will be somewhere around 70 percentile. For your reference, I am sharing a link with you which consists of all the necessary information of the exam along with the expected cutoff.


I hope you found this answer helpful. God luck for your future.


how can I get a mba scholarships based on xat and mat entrance exams

Pranav Mishra 3rd Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

You can easily get a scholarship if you get good marks in XAT and MAT exams from different colleges, As they offer scholarship in the form of fees reduction to those students who have got a good marks in different management entrance exam for example college like BIMTECH GREATER NOIDA offers scholarship to students who got more than 85 percentile in CAT, So you start finding those colleges who provides this scholarship than apply to that college and than should ask for the scholarship according to your marks or percentile.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.

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