XAT 2018: ‘Exam On similar pattern with no change in sections’ Convener assures XAT aspirants

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September 22, 2017
XAT 2018 online computer based exam format is proposed to remain unchanged and the XAT 2018 exam pattern and number of sections will also remain the same, this has been assured by the XAT 2018 exam convener Fr Antony Uvari SJ, admission chair at XLRI Jamshedpur
XAT 2018 exam pattern
“XAT 2018 will have similar pattern of the test sections with the only exception that it will be online computer based test” Fr Antony Uvari SJ, Convener XAT 2018

No change in XAT 2018 online computer based exam format is proposed and the XAT 2018 exam pattern and number of sections will remain the same, this has been assured by the XAT 2018 exam convener Fr Antony Uvari SJ, admission chair at XLRI Jamshedpur. According to him, “The basic format of XAT will remain same as was in previous years without any change this year.”

The candidates who plan to register and apply for XLRI- XAT 2018 and are seeking admission to XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, LIBA, TAPMI or other top B-schools accepting XAT 2018 scores need not worry as there is no change in the exam format, exam pattern, difficulty level except that the XAT 2018 would be online computer based test. According to Fr Antony Uvari SJ, “XAT 2018 will have similar pattern of the test sections with the only exception that it will be online computer based test.”

XAT Registration open
XAT 2018 registration is open till November 30, 2017 without late fee and till December 15, 2017 with late fee. Candidates should register and apply online. The step by Step registration process is detailed here.

XAT 2018 is going to be held as online computer based test on January 7, 2018 for the first time in the 60 years history of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT). XLRI Jamshedpur, the XAT 2018 conducting institute proposes to keep the XAT exam pattern on the same lines as was in last year apart from keeping the number of questions more or less same as appeared in last year XAT.

XAT 2018 exam components
XAT 2018 will have four sections with MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (iv) General Knowledge. Another section will be of subjective type consisting of Essay Writing Test.

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The marks of General Knowledge will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at first stage of selection. The duration of the test will be of three and a half hours (3½ hrs), from 10:00am to 01:35pm (5 minutes will be turnover time between components – MCQs and subjective essay writing). The exam will be held on Sunday, 7th January, 2018 as online computer based test.

The online XAT 2018 exam will be divided in two parts

Part-1
will have 3 sections in Multiple choice questions (MCQs) format

1. Verbal and Logical Ability
2. Decision Making
3. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Part-2
The second part in XAT 2018 will be the test on General Knowledge in MCQ format & Essay writing test in subjective format.

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Aspirants will be asked to write an essay on a given topic. Candidates having been tested on objective Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) will also be tested on real life driven written communication skill based on wider perspective on important issues. The candidates in XAT are tested on both the counts. Their performance in essay writing will also form the base of their final section round.

The marks of General Knowledge will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at first stage of selection. However it is used by XLRI and some other Associate Member Institutes at the time of final selection

XAT 2018: Test duration increased
XAT 2018 will be a 3½  hours test to be held on January 7, 2018. The candidates will not have any break in between except for the fact that Objective MCQ part -1 with 3 sections will be over in 170 minutes and next 35 minutes will be allotted for GK and Essay writing part with 5 minutes in between for turn over time.

Facility to move between sections
XAT 2018 will not restrict the test takers from moving to one or other sections within the overall allotted time. However, aspirants are advised not to spend too much time only on one section since all the sections will have the respective cut off percentile.

Uniform marking system
All the questions in XAT 2018 will carry equal marks. Prior to 2013 XAT used to carry varying marking system from 1.5 to 5 marks per question. The system got stabilized in 2013 and continued since then.

Penalty of Negative marking
One fourth of a mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer in XAT 2018. So please be careful while marking your answer choice on the computer screen. 

Process to mark your answers
Please read the instructions carefully before proceeding to mark your answer choice on computer screen. In our speed of solving the questions, picking and marking the answer options, sometimes we skip the correct numbered option and mark out answers differently. This inadvertently made mistake, results in a chain of followed wrong answers and the entire preparation, hard work goes futile.

XAT 2018 will be conducted from 47 centers all across India that will include the cities - Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam. The test will be held in 2 international cities of Dubai and Kathmandu.

XAT 2018 test is the gateway to more than 150 highly ranked B schools in India including XLRI, XIMB, SPJIMR, IMT among others.   

XLRI has already announced that the level of difficulty of the questions has also been carefully designed. In order to enable students to attempt as many questions as possible and encourage them to demonstrate all-round skills, the difficulty level of the questions has been brought down in XAT.

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