XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January 7, 2018 from 10AM to 1.35PM in a single session as Online computer based test for the first time in the history of XAT exam. 

 

This is the biggest change in XAT exam pattern introduced by XLRI in XAT 2018 exam as for more than last 60 years XAT has been a paper pen based test. XAT Exam pattern over the last 60 years since inception has remained a paper based test. XAT paper pattern during last few years has gone for perceptible changes in regard to XAT paper time duration, XAT exam sections, XAT marking pattern among others. But there has been no change in the XAT paper pen based test switching to any other format. 

 

Despite all the changes in other exams, XLRI-XAT exam did not change from paper based test to computer based test. However, visualising the changes in other exams also and with a view to save the paper and to make the exam faster, XAT 2018 has been changed to Online computer based test now.  

 

XAT question paper has been changed in regard to number of sections and in number of questions. In last 3-4 years, as XAT previous question papers reveal, XAT exam pattern has increased the time limit and number of questions in the XAT question paper have been reduced.

 

Now the XAT 2018 exam is divided in 2 parts. The 1st part in XAT exam 2018 would consist of 3 sections. These 3 sections in XAT exam are Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.

 

The 1st part in XAT 2018 paper is responsible for calculation of XAT percentile score and XAT merit list.

 

Part-2 in XAT question paper consists of General Awareness and Essay Writing in XAT exam. These 2 sections in XAT exam are equally important although at the first stage they will not be counted for arriving at the percentile score.

 

Except the Essay Writing section, the other 4 sections in XAT question paper contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) while Essay Writing in XAT is of descriptive nature.

 

XAT exam pattern in last 4 years
XAT exam year Total questions,  time duration Section-wise division of questions Marking pattern for MCQs Percentile calculation Level of difficulty
XAT 2014

113 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3 hours duration

VARC-28
DM-24
Quant-31
GK-30
Essay topic-1

1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking Score on 83 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation Moderate to difficult
XAT 2015

114 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3 hours duration

VARC-28
DM-23
Quant-33
GK-30
Essay topic-1

1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking Score on 84 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation Moderate to highly difficult
XAT 2016

103 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½ hours duration

VARC-26
DM-23
Quant-29
GK-25
Essay topic-1

1 mark for each correct answer;

¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;

penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 13 questions left unattempted

Score on 78 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation Moderate to highly difficult
XAT 2017

97 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½  hours duration

VARC-24
DM-21
Quant-27
GK-25
Essay topic-1

1 mark for each correct answer;

¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;

penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions left unattempted

Score on 72 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation Moderate to difficult

 

Accordingly, all questions will carry equal marks in XAT 2018 question paper as also revealed in XAT previous years question paper and exam pattern. There will be negative marking with 1/4 of a mark penalty for each incorrect answer in XAT 2018 exam pattern. Each question in XAT 2018 test paper will have 5 answer options. Apart from overall cut-off percentile, the XAT 2018 exam will also have sectional cut-offs.

 

XAT 2018 question paper composition

XAT 2018 question paper will consist of following sections and number of questions mentioned against them. The number of sections in XAT 2018 exam will remain unchanged and the XAT exam 2018 will be on the lines of last year XAT question paper with the only change that XAT 2018 will be Online exam.

 

Part-1: Time limit to solve - 170 minutes
Section Number of questions
Verbal and Logical Ability 24
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27

 

Part-2: Time limit to solve - 35 minutes
Section Number of questions
General Knowledge 25
Essay Writing 1 topic

 

XAT 2018 Test paper & Sectional changes

The number of questions in each section in XAT exam goes on changing in each year. Going by the past XAT exam trends,  XAT 2018 exam pattern may further get revamped and number of questions in each section of XAT question paper may change. However, XAT 2018 question paper does not propose to increase the number of questions and as per the last 2 years XAT exam trends, total questions in XAT 2018 question paper may reduce further from existing 72. 

 

Major highlights and key points in XAT 2018 exam pattern 

  • XAT 2018 test paper will be divided in 2 parts: Part I with A,B,C sections and Part II with GK and Essay writing sections.
  • All questions in XAT 2018 test paper in 1st three A, B, C sections with 24, 21 and 27 MCQs respectively would carry uniform marking pattern with maximum 1 mark awarded for each correct answer
  • Score in Part I of XAT 2018 exam paper will be accounted for while determining the merit position and shortlisting for PI round
  • Part I in XAT 2018 exam will have 3 sections A, B and C in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) form
  • Section A in XAT test paper 2018 would be on Verbal Ability & Logical reasoning and is  proposed to have 24 questions
  • The Section B will be on Decision Making and would consist of 21 questions
  • Section C in XAT 2018 exam on Quantitative Ability is proposed to have 27 questions
  • Total number of questions in partI would be 72 in XAT 2018 question paper.
  • Time allowed to attempt part1 in XAT 2018 with 3 sections would be 170 minutes
  • A break of 5 minutes as turnaround time between Part 1 and Part 2 will be available
  • PartII of XAT 2018 test paper would consist of 25 MCQs on General Knowledge
  • There will be a descriptive writing essay topic in PartII of XAT 2018 question paper
  • Total time of 35 minutes will be allowed to attempt GK and Essay writing sections in XAT 2018 exam
  • XAT 2018 test takers would be expected to attempt GK questions in 10 minutes and rest 25 minutes are supposed to be devoted to Essay Writing section.
  • Marks scored in General  Knowledge section of XAT 2018 test paper would only be used at the time of final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for interview/GD

XAT 2018 Exam: Changed pattern of Negative Marking

XAT 2018 exam pattern reveals that there will not only the penalty of negative marking for wrong answers only but the XAT 2018 test takers will also be imposed with the penalty of deduction of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions are left unattempted in XAT 2018 question paper.

 

XAT 2018 Sectional Exam pattern
XAT exam pattern was totally revamped in XAT 2016 and the last year XAT exam format also followed the same XAT exam pattern for all the sections. Now XAT 2018 has changed to Online Computer based test from paper based test. The key features of XAT 2018 sectional exam pattern are as follows-

 

 VARC & LR: 1st section

  • Total questions: 24
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • RC passages: 4
  • RC Based questions: 14 to 16
  • VA questions: 8 to 10
  • VA topics: Vocabulary; Analogy; Para Jumbles, Para completion; Critical Reasoning; Statements-assumptions;
  • Lod: Moderate to Very difficult

 

Decision Making: 2nd section

  • Total questions: 21
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Question groups: 7 to 8 sets of decision making problems following by 2 and 3 questions each
  • LoD: Moderate to difficult

 

Quant & DI: 3rd section

  • Total questions: 27
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • LoD: Moderate to difficult
  • Frequently asked topics in Quant & DI Section:

Questions are frequently asked on Time & Work, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Equations, Number system, Clocks, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Venn diagram, Tables, Bar diagram, graphs 

 

Part-II

GK: 4th section

  • Total questions: 25
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • LoD: Moderate to difficult
  • Question topics: GK questions could be based on any topic including Current domestic and international affairs; Business; Economics; social issues, appointments; conventional GK; sports; Constitution of India among others.
  • Key highlight: Not taken into account for calculation of percentile in XAT exam.

 

Essay Writing: 5th section

  • Total Essay questions: 1 or 2
  • How many to attempt: Need to write an essay on the given one topic only. There may be a choice between 2 topics or may not be any choice if only 1 topics is given
  • Type of question: Descriptive
  • LoD: Mostly the essay topic is abstract. Good writing skill required
  • Time limit to write: In 20 to 25 minutes
  • Ideal size of Essay: 300 to 400 words
  • Key highlight: Not taken into account for calculation of percentile in XAT exam