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 1.35PM in a single session. XAT 2019 Exam Pattern is to remain as the Online computer based test. 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 5 sections and number of questions mentioned against each of them. The number of sections in XAT question paper pattern in 2019 XAT exam will remain unchanged. However, XAT 2019 pattern will be based on computer based test instead of earlier paper based pattern.

 

Part-1: Time limit to solve - 170 minutes

Section in XAT 2019 Exam Pattern
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 in XAT 2019 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
General Knowledge
25
Essay Writing
1 topic

 

Salient features and key changes in XAT paper pattern 2019

XAT pattern: Computer Based Test

XAT Total Questions: 98

XAT Question pattern: 97 MCQs

XAT Question Pattern for 98th question: Descriptive Type - Essay Writing Test

XAT Essay Writing Test Pattern: Computer based

Word Limitation: 200 words will be the maximum word limit for XAT Essay Writing Test

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

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

XAT Scoring Pattern for Essay Writing: Maximum 3 marks awarded for Essay writing

Negative Marking in XAT Pattern 2019: 0.25 (¼) mark deducted for MCQs from Sl no.1 to 72

No negative marking in XAT Question Pattern: MCQs from Sl No. 73 to 97 (GK questions) 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 3½ 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 reduce further from existing 72 or may remain the same. 

 

Major highlights of XAT 2019 exam pattern 

  • XAT 2019 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 2019 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 2019 test paper will be accounted for while determining the merit position and shortlisting for PI round
  • Part I in XAT 2019 exam will have 3 sections A, B and C in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) form
  • Section A in XAT test paper 2019 would be on Verbal Ability & Logical reasoning and is  expected to have 24 questions
  • The Section B in XAT paper pattern 2019 will be on Decision Making and would consist of 21 questions
  • Section C in XAT 2019 exam on Quantitative Ability is proposed to have 27 questions
  • Total number of questions in Part-I would be 72 in XAT 2019 question paper.
  • Time allowed to attempt part1 in XAT 2019 with 3 sections would be 170 minutes
  • A break of 5 minutes as turnaround time between Part 1 and Part 2 will be available
  • Part-II of XAT 2019 test paper would consist of 25 MCQs on General Knowledge
  • There will be a descriptive writing Essay Topic in Part-II of XAT 2019 question paper
  • Total time of 35 minutes will be allowed to attempt GK and Essay writing sections in XAT 2019 exam
  • XAT 2019 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 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. 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: 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
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: 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
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 

 

Part-II

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: 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 topic 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

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.