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XAT 2017: Pen-paper exam this year

By: Vikram on October 18, 2016

 

The format of XAT 2017 would be pen-paper based similar as last year to cater to candidates across the country belonging to different backgrounds taking cognizance of the fact that not many are privileged to have access to operating computers. The last date for registration is 30th November 2016. The exam which is more sought after CAT, is multidimensional and incorporates all the needed aspects to test if a candidate is suitable for management education. Close to 140 schools consider XAT for their MBA courses and the count is expected to increase. XAT is often noted for its transparency in uploading the answer key to its question paper every year for the student's understanding as to the basis of evaluation. Read on further to know the XAT exam pattern.

XAT 2017 consists of two papers:

Paper I: It is an objective type paper covering three sections- Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making.

Paper II: This paper comprises of General Knowledge and Essay writing questions.

Sections

 Time Allotted

Paper 1: Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making

 170 Minutes

Paper 2: General Knowledge and Essay Writing

 35 Minutes

The time duration for completing the three sections and general knowledge is 210 minutes.  You are expected to maximize scores in each section. General Knowledge marks would only be used at the time of final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for personal interview and Group Discussion.

Details on the marking scheme:

-  All questions carry equal marks. One fourth of a mark may be deducted for each incorrect answer.

 -Leaving a question unattempted may result in a deduction of 0.05 . However, this deduction will not be applicable for a      maximum of 13 unattempted questions.

 - Each question has five alternatives. 

Changes introduced:

·         The total number of questions has been brought down to 78 and the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes.

·         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.

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