XAT Exam Pattern 2022

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August 12, 2021

XAT Exam pattern 2022: Key Changes, Sectional Composition, Scoring pattern

 

XAT 2022 is a computer based test and will be conducted on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in 72 cities in India.

 

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2022 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for MBA admission 2022 on behalf of XAMI on January 2, 2022 in a single session as an online computer based test. XAT 2022 is the 5thcomputer based test in the 70 years history of XAT Test Pattern. Till 2017, XAT Test pattern remained Paper Based.  

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XAT Exam Pattern 2022
XAT Exam pattern 2022 has been revised. Now the XAT paper pattern 2022 will consist of four sections with MCQs only instead of earlier five sections which included one essay writing test. Number of questions in revised XAT pattern 2022 will be 100.  Below is shared the key changes in XAT 2022 exam pattern:

  • Test timing changed - 9.30AM to 12.30PM from 10AM to 1 PM
  • Total questions increased to 100 from 99
  • No Essay Writing test
  • NAT Questions without negative marking introduced
  • Exam divided in two parts and 4 sections –VALR, DM, QADI, GK
  • Part-2 consists of only GK section which is not counted for percentile calculation
  • All questions are of MCQ type
  • ¼ Negative Marking for wrong answer for first three sections
  • No negative marking for last GK section
  • Visually impaired candidates with scribe are given additional 25 minutes only for Part 1 of XAT exam
  • Marks for every correct answer : 1
  • All the MCQ type questions have five options with one correct option


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 XAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Sectional Composition & Scoring Pattern
Key highlights XAT pattern 2022, the sectional composition with key changes in XAT paper pattern 2022 and sectional division of questions in revised XAT test pattern are shared below

Section in XAT 2022 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
Overall Time Duration
Part-1
75 Total MCQs
165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability
26
No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making
21
No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
28
No Sectional Time Limit
Part-2
25 Total MCQs
15 Minutes
General Knowledge
25
 
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)
100
 

XAT 2022 Pattern Vs Last 2 Years XAT Exam Pattern

XAT exam year
XAT 2022
XAT 2021
XAT 2020
Test Duration
3 Hours
3 Hours
3 Hours
Number of Sections
4
4
4
Subjective Answer Question
No
No
No
Maximum marks
100
100
99
Key Change
No Essay Writing Test
No Essay Writing
No Essay Writing Test

Salient Features of XAT Exam Pattern 2022

  • XAT pattern: Computer Based Test
  • XAT Total Questions: 100
  • XAT Question Type: MCQs
  • XAT Exam Pattern for MCQs: Each MCQ is followed by 5 answer options
  • XAT Scoring Pattern: +1 Mark for Each Correct
  • Negative Marking in XAT Pattern 2021: 0.25 (¼) mark deducted for MCQs from Sl. 1 to 75
  • No negative marking in XAT Question Pattern: 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 Exam Time Duration: XAT 2021 exam pattern has shared a time duration of 3 hours.
  • XAT Exam Pattern 2022 - Percentile Calculation: Only 3 sections in XAT exam are taken into account to calculate the XAT percentile score and XAT merit list for written exam. GK will not be counted for percentile calculation in XAT exam pattern.
  • No Sectional Time Limit: XAT Pattern 2022 does not have sectional time limit to solve the question paper. Candidate can attempt any question from any of the three sections within the overall time limit. However, candidate will be allowed to go to Part 2 in XAT 2022 after completing the time duration of Part 1

5 Key Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2022

  1. NAT Questions Introduced: A new type of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in XAT pattern 2022 has been introduced by XLRI. To answer the NAT questions candidates have to use the virtual key pad appearing on the computer screen and enter the numerical answer.
  2. Penalty for Un-attempted Questions: Each un-attempted question beyond 8 questions will carry a negative marking penalty of 0.10 mark per unattempted question in revised XAT exam pattern.
  3. No Essay Writing Test: There is no descriptive question on Essay Writing test in the revised XAT pattern.
  4. XAT Time Duration Reduced: XAT 2022 exam will have a time duration of three hours instead of earlier three and half hours.
  5. 25 Minutes Extra for Visually Impaired Candidates: XAT 2022 offers 25 minutes extra time for the scribe to complete the part-1 (first 3 sections) of XAT exam. No time concession is given for GK section

XAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2022
XAT syllabus and pattern is changed now. Revamping the XAT exam pattern and syllabus 2022, XLRI has brought about number of changes in number and composition of sections in XAT exam. Apart from removing the essay writing test from XAT, a new type of NAT question has been introduced in XAT test pattern.

 

To cover the XAT exam, candidates have to change their XAT preparation strategy as per the online XAT 2022 exam pattern. Besides, it will be helpful to download XAT pattern Pdf to clearly understand the XAT syllabus and pattern. The key features of revamped XAT exam pattern and syllabus are as follows:  

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VARC & LR: 1st section
XAT exam 2022 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
Decision Making section in XAT 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
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section in XAT consists of individual questions from all parts of Quant and Data Interpretation problems followed by questions in sets of 3-4.  

  • Total questions: 28
  • 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 in XAT exam. The questions can be based on any topic under the Sun.

  • Total questions: 25
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Time Limit to Attempt: 15 minutes
  • 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.

XAT Exam pattern Pdf: Last 8 years of XAT Pattern
Shared below are the key changes in XAT exam composition during last 8 years.

XAT exam year
Total questions,  time duration
Section-wise division of questions
Marking pattern for MCQs
Percentile calculation
Level of difficulty
XAT 2021
100 MCQs
VARC-26
DM-21
QA-28
GK-25
+1 mark for each correct answer;
¼ negative marking for each wrong answer
 
First three sections with 75 MCQs were accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to difficult
XAT 2020
(No Essay Writing test)
100 MCQs
VARC-26
DM-21
Quant-28
GK-25
+1 mark for each correct answer;
¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;
penalty of 0.10 mark per question if more than 8 questions left unattempted
Score for 75 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to difficult
XAT 2019
99
VARC-26
DM-21
Quant-27
Gk-25
+1 mark for each correct answer;
¼ negative marking for each wrong answer;
penalty of 0.10 mark per question if more than 8 questions left unattempted
Score for 75 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculation
Moderate to difficult
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


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 All questions now carry equal marks in XAT paper pattern as also revealed in XAT previous years question paper and exam pattern. Each question in XAT 2022 test paper will have 5 answer options. Apart from overall cut-off percentile, the XAT 2022 exam will also have sectional cut-offs.

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