XAT 2017 to carry 72 questions; no change in overall pattern
Sreetama Datta, 28 Dec 2016, #XAT
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XLRI Jamshedpur has announced slight changes in the XAT 2017. The number of questions has reduced from 78 to 72. Although the marking scheme is same as last year, the number of unattempted questions beyond which negative marking of 0.05 marks will be levied has been decreased from 13 to 12. The overall paper structure has remained same as previous years. Last year, there were major changes introduced in the exam in terms of questions and marking scheme. It was the first time that negative marking scheme was implemented for unattempted questions.

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Number of Questions


Part 1

Verbal and Logical Ability


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Decision Making


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Regarding the marking scheme, XLRI or the XAT conducting authorities states, “All questions carry equal marks. one fourth of a mark may be deducted for each incorrect answer. Leaving a question unattempted may result in a deduction of 0.05 mark. However, this deduction will not apply for a maximum of 12 unattempted questions. The negative marks for unattempted questions shall be deducted proportionately across the three sections.”


In comparison to previous year, the number of questions from each section has reduced by two. Last year, the number of sectional questions was 26, 23 and 29 for Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation sections respectively.


XAT 2017 will be held on January 8, 2017 from 10 AM to 1.30 PM across 47 cities in India and two international cities, Dubai and Kathmandu. The result of XAT 2017 will be declared on January 31, 2017. As many as 147 B-schools will accept XAT 2017 scores.


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