XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January 6, 2019 from 10AM to 1.00PM in a single session. XLRI has changed the XAT 2019 Exam Pattern. There will not be Essay Writing Test in XAT 2019 although XAT is to remain as the Online computer based test. Unlike that of last year the XAT 2019 exam duration has also been reduced to three hours from earlier three & half hours. XAT 2019 paper pattern will be the second computer based test in the 60+ years history of XAT. Till 2017 XAT Exam Pattern remained a Paper Based Test. 

 

XAT 2019 Paper Pattern
XAT Exam pattern will consist of following 4 sections instead of earlier 5. Number of questions for changed XAT 2019 paper pattern are mentioned against each of them. Except this, XAT 2019 pattern will remain computer based instead of earlier paper based pattern.

 

Section in XAT 2019 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
Verbal and Logical Ability
  26
Decision Making
  22
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  27
General Knowledge
  25
Total questions
100

 

XAT 2019 Vs XAT 2018 paper Pattern

XAT exam year
XAT 2019
XAT 2018
Test Duration
3 Hours
3 ½  Hours
Number of Sections
4
5
Subjective Answer Question
No
Yes
Key Change
Removed: Essay Writing
Essay Writing existed

 

Salient features and key changes in XAT paper pattern 2019

 

XAT 2019 pattern: Computer Based Test

XAT Total Questions: 100

XAT Question pattern: MCQs

XAT Essay Writing Test: Removed 

XAT Test Pattern for MCQs: Each MCQ is followed by 5 answer options

XAT Scoring Pattern: +1 Mark for Each Correct answer for MCQs

Negative Marking in XAT Pattern 2019: 0.25 (¼) mark deducted for MCQs 

No negative marking in XAT Question Pattern: MCQs in XAT GK section are free from Negative Marking

XAT Test Paper Submission: Candidates are allowed to submit test paper after 30 minutes of the test commencement time

XAT Mock Test 2019: To have time duration of 2 hours. Actual XAT 2019 paper pattern will have time duration of 3 hours 

 

Sectional Composition of XAT Paper Pattern 2019
The 5 sections and their questions in XAT paper pattern go on changing year after year. However, since 2017, XAT paper pattern has stabilized. It is expected that XAT 2019 paper pattern with sectional composition will not increase the number of questions and as per the last 2 years XAT exam trends, total questions in XAT 2019 question pattern may not go beyond 100.

 

Major highlights of XAT 2019 exam pattern 

  • XAT 2019 test paper will be divided in 4 sections without Essay writing sections.
  • All questions in XAT 2019 test paper in 1st three A, B, C sections with 26, 22 and 27 MCQs respectively would carry uniform marking pattern with maximum 1 mark awarded for each correct answer
  • Score of these three sections XAT 2019 test paper will be accounted for while determining the merit position and shortlisting for PI round
  • Section A in XAT test paper 2019 would be on Verbal Ability & Logical reasoning and is  expected to have 26 questions
  • The Section B in XAT paper pattern 2019 will be on Decision Making and would consist of 22 questions
  • Section C in XAT 2019 exam on Quantitative Ability is proposed to have 27 questions
  • Total number of questions in the three sections would be 75 in XAT 2019 question paper.
  • Section-4 of XAT 2019 test paper would consist of 25 MCQs on General Knowledge
  • There will no more be any descriptive writing Essay Topic in XAT exam.
  • Total time of three hours will include the time to attempt GK questions in XAT 2019 exam
  • XAT 2019 test takers would be expected to attempt GK questions in 10 minutes 
  • Marks scored in General  Knowledge section of XAT 2019 test paper would only be used at the time of final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for interview/GD

XAT 2019 Exam Pattern: Changes in Negative Marking
XAT 2019 exam pattern reveals that there will not only the penalty of negative marking for wrong answers only but the XAT 2019 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 2019 question paper.

 

Section-wise XAT Paper Pattern 2019
XAT exam pattern was totally revamped 3 years ago. Last year XAT pattern was changed to Online Computer based test from paper based test. With the further changes in XAT 2019 exam pattern, one of the important test sections- Essay Writing Test has been removed from XAT 2019 exam. 

 

The revamped XAT exam pattern and syllabus for each section and features of XAT exam pattern 2019 are as follows-

 

VARC & LR: 1st section
XAT exam pattern and syllabus for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Logical Reasoning section comprises the following:

  • Total questions: 26
  • 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
XLRI exam pattern for Decision Making section decides the fate of candidates. The XAT syllabus and pattern for Decision Making section consists of short caselets, decision making problems. The questions are mostly in sets.

  • Total questions: 22
  • 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
XAT exam pattern and syllabus for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section consists of individual questions from all parts of Quant and Data Interpretation problems followed by questions in sets of 3-4.  

  • 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 

 

GK: 4th section

There is no XAT syllabus and pattern for GK section in XAT. The questions can be based on any topic under the Sun.

  • 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: Section Deleted by XLRI from XAT 2019 exam

 

XAT exam pattern in last 5 years

XAT exam year
Total questions,  time duration
Section-wise division of questions
Marking pattern for MCQs
Percentile calculation
Level of difficulty
XAT 2018(Changed to Computer Based Test)
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 for 72 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to 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
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 1stthree sections accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to highly 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 1stthree sections accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to highly difficult
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 1stthree sections accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to difficult

All questions now carry equal marks in XAT question paper as also revealed in XAT previous years question paper and exam pattern. Each question in XAT 2019 test paper will have 5 answer options. Apart from overall cut-off percentile, the XAT 2019 exam will also have sectional cut-offs.