XAT Exam Pattern 2020

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August 24, 2019

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January 5, 2020 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in a single session. XAT 2020 Exam Pattern is the Online computer based test. XAT pattern 2020 reveals that it will be the third computer based test in the 60+ years history of XAT. Till 2017, XAT Exam Pattern remained a Paper Based Test.  

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XAT Exam Pattern 2020
XAT Exam pattern 2020 has been revised. Now the XAT 2020 exam pattern will consist of four sections instead of earlier five. Number of questions in revised XAT pattern 2020 will be 99.  XAT 2020 exam pattern will be computer based test instead of earlier paper based XAT pattern. Below is shared the XAT 2020 exam pattern:

Section in XAT 2020 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 2020 Pattern Vs Last 2 Years XAT Exam Pattern

XAT exam year
XAT 2020
XAT 2019
XAT 2018
Test Duration
3 Hours
3 Hours
3 ½  Hours
Number of Sections
4
4
5
Subjective Answer Question
No
No
Yes
Maximum marks
99
99
100
Key Change
No Essay Writing Test
Removed: Essay Writing
Essay Writing existed

Salient Features of XAT Exam Pattern 2020

  • XAT pattern: Computer Based Test
  • XAT Total Questions: 99
  • 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 2020: 0.25 (¼) mark deducted for MCQs from Sl. 1 to 74
  • 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 2020 exam pattern has shared a time duration of 3 hours.
  • XAT Exam Pattern 2020 - 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 2020 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 2020 after completing the time duration of Part 1

5 Key Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2020 

  1. NAT Questions Introduced: A new type of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in XAT pattern 2020 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 2020.
  3. No Essay Writing Test: There is no descriptive question on Essay Writing test in the revised XAT pattern 2020.
  4. XAT Time Duration Reduced: XAT 2020 exam pattern will have a time duration of three hours instead of earlier three and half hours.
  5. 25 Minutes Extra for Visually Impaired Candidates: XAT 2020 exam pattern 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 2020
XAT exam pattern and syllabus 2020 is changed now. Revamping the XAT exam pattern and syllabus 2020 last year, XLRI brought about number of changes in number and composition of sections in XAT exam pattern. Apart from removing the essay writing test from XAT exam pattern and syllabus, a new type of NAT question pattern has been introduced in XAT exam.

 

To cover the XAT exam pattern and syllabus, candidates have to change their XAT preparation strategy as per the online XAT exam pattern. Besides, it will be helpful to download XAT exam pattern Pdf to clearly understand the XAT 2020 exam pattern. The revamped XAT exam pattern and syllabus for each section and features of XAT exam pattern 2020 are as follows:

 

VARC & LR: 1st section
XAT exam pattern and syllabus 2020 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.

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
  • 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 6 years of XAT Pattern
XAT exam pattern shared below for last 6 years can also be downloaded as XAT exam pattern Pdf to understand the various changes in XAT pattern during this period:

XAT exam year
Total questions,  time duration
Section-wise division of questions
Marking pattern for MCQs
Percentile calculation
Level of difficulty
XAT 2019
(Scrapped Essay Writing test)
99 MCQs
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 74 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

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 2020 test paper will have 5 answer options. Apart from overall cut-off percentile, the XAT 2020 exam will also have sectional cut-offs.

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