XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

XAT 2019 Exam Pattern Changed on Jan 3
Just 4 days before the XAT 2019 exam date, XLRI has shared number of changes in XAT 2019 exam pattern. The XAT 2019 Mock Test reflecting a changed pattern of XAT 2019 exam has been released by XLRI. Following are the key changes introduced in XAT 2019 Exam to be held on January 6, 2019 from 10AM to 1PM as a computer based test:

 

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XAT 2019 Analysis: Moderate Quant, Tricky Decision Making to Keep the Cut offs Low

  • XAT 2019 will have two parts
  • Candidate will be allowed to go to Part 2 in XAT 2019 after completing the time duration of Part 1
  • Total Questions will be 99 instead of 100
  • Part 1 of XAT 2019 exam will have time duration of 165 minutes
  • There are 3 sections in part 1 of XAT 2019 exam with a total of 74 questions. The sections are Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (26 questions); Decision Making (21 questions); Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation (27 questions)
  • Part 2 of XAT 2019 will have time duration of 15 minutes with 25 GK questions
  • Negative marking for every wrong answer is 0.25 Mark
  • Negative marking for every unattempted question beyond 8 unattempted questions is 0.10 mark
  • No Negative Marking for General Knowledge section in Part 2 of XAT 2019
  • A new type of Numerical Answer Type Question (NAT Questions) has been introduced. Procedure for answering a numerical answer type (NAT) question is to enter a numerical answer by making use of virtual numeric keypad that appears below the question.

XLRI has announced to conduct XAT 2019 exam in a changed test pattern on January 6, 2019.  Although XAT 2019 exam pattern remains online computer based test, it will not have descriptive Essay Writing question of 3 marks in XAT 2019. The aggregate maximum marks have been reduced to 99 from 100. Besides, XAT 2019 exam duration has also been reduced to 3 hours from earlier three & half hours. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 exam will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI from 10AM to 1.00PM in a single session on January 6, 2019. XAT 2019 is 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 divided in two parts instead of earlier 5 sections. 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
Overall Time Duration
Part-1
74 Total MCQs
165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability
26
No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making
21
No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
27
No Sectional Time Limit
Part-2
25 Total MCQs
15 Minutes
General Knowledge
25
 
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)
99
 

 

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
Maximum marks
100
99
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: 99
  • 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 cannot leave test lab before completion of test without the permission of invigilator
  • XAT Mock Test 2019: Released on January 3, 2019 with a time duration of 30 minutes. Actual XAT 2019 paper pattern will have time duration of 3 hours

Sectional Composition of XAT Paper Pattern 2019
The sections and their questions in XAT paper pattern go on changing year after year. However, since 2017, XAT paper pattern has stabilized. XAT 2019 paper pattern with sectional composition has reduced the number of questions to 99 from 100.

 

Major highlights of XAT 2019 exam pattern 

  • XAT 2019 test paper is divided in 4 sections without Essay writing section.
  • All questions in XAT 2019 test paper in 1st three A, B, C sections with 26, 21 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 are 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 has 26 questions
  • The Section B in XAT paper pattern 2019 will be on Decision Making and consists of 21 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 74 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 are to attempt GK questions in 15 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 0.10 mark per question if more than 8 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: 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

 

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.