XAT 2020 Xavier Aptitude Test
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XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

By: Urmila Pokhriyal on October 12, 2018

XAT is an online test consisting 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

XAT Exam pattern

The time duration for completing the three sections and general knowledge is 210 minutes

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 marks. 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.

Expected exam pattern for XAT is as follows:

Section No of questions Marks per section


Difficulty level
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 26   Tough
Decision-making and Analytical Reasoning 23 23   Moderate
Quantitative and data interpretation 29 29   Moderate to tough
Total 78 78 170  
GK 25 25   Moderate to tough
Essay writing 1 essay   35 Moderate
Total     210  

Features of XAT Exam Pattern

The Important features of XAT Exam Pattern are as follows:

Marking Scheme: Each XAT question will be carrying one mark and for each wrong answer there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks. Candidates are permitted to leave eight questions unattempted, past which they need to acquire negative marking of 0.05 marks. Two years ago, the number was 12, which has been decreased to eight this year.

Sections: There are three sections in Paper 1, Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability & Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Last year, QA and DI sections carried the extreme weightage. Paper 2 comprised of two areas- General Knowledge area had 25 targeted questions and those on Decision making, in particular. The subjective part comprises of Essay Writing where just a single topic is given. General Knowledge marks would only be used at the time of final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for personal interview and Group Discussion.

Duration: The aggregate length of XAT is 3.30 hours. Section 1 is of 170 minutes duration. After which there is a break of five minutes. The aggregate time of Part 2 is 30 minutes. As indicated by XLRI, the applicants ought to in a perfect sync in the time frame of 20 minutes on the writing of an essay and 15 minutes on General Knowledge.

Method of Answering: XAT was conducted in online mode and candidates needed to reply by selecting the correct choice utilizing a mouse. The rough work should be possible on particular sheets. For Paper 2, the article must be composed in the space gave on the web.

Number of questions: The number of questions is 74. A year ago, the aggregate number of questions in Part 1 was 72 with most noteworthy weightage in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation segment. The quantity of questions in Part 2 stays consistent, with 25 questions from GK and one essay writing section.

Candidates should keep these points in mind:

  • Just a single question will be shown on the PC screen at once. The applicants should tap on 'Next Question' to go to the next question or on 'Past Question' option given at the bottom of the screen to go to the previous question.
  • The candidate should click on the right decision, from the five alternatives given. In the event that, the applicant does not wish to attempt the question, it can be left.
  • The clock is accessible on the TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER of the screen; candidates need to keep a tab on it to finish the exam within the assigned time.
  • The candidate can decide to unmark his/her answer by tapping the 'Delete' option given at the base of the screen
  • The questions can be responded in any manner within the allotted time.
  • The list of attempted and un-attempted questions appears on the correct side of the screen. Applicants can tap on any of the attempted ones to modify the appropriate responses on the off chance that they wish so.
  • Candidates have the alternative to bookmarking a question in any event that they need to check it at a later stage by clicking on the 'Tag' option accessible at the base of the screen. The Bookmark on a specific question can be removed by tapping on the 'De-Tag' option given at the base of the screen

The question palette at the privilege of the screen demonstrates the accompanying status of each of the questions numbered

[Green] You have addressed the question

[Yellow] You have not addressed the question and set apart for checking.

[Purple] You have addressed the question yet set apart for checking.

[White] You have not addressed the question

*Note: Questions which are attempted and set apart for checking would be dealt with as attempted questions just as long as the candidate does not 'Eradicate' the choice.

Candidates should utilize the 'Following Question' OR 'Past Question' option or click on the question number showed on the correct side of the screen to move forward and backward between questions.

The appropriate responses will be spared at whatever point the candidate goes to the following question, by tapping on 'Past Question' OR 'Next Question' option. In any case, the last question will be spared naturally in the wake of replying. On the off chance that a candidate completes the paper inside the stipulated time, he/she can end the test by tapping the 'Review Submit' option. Be that as it may, candidates won't be permitted to leave the test lobby until the finish of the stipulated time. On the finishing of the test duration, regardless of whether the applicant does not tap on an answer or does not tap on the 'Review Submit' option, the result will be organically generated by the PC.

In spite of the fact that there is no particular XAT syllabus discharged by XLRI Jamshedpur, after meticulously checking the past question papers and XAT test papers, will provide an idea regarding the exam and guide about planning.

attempt as many questions as possible and encourage them to demonstrate all-round skills, the difficulty
level of the questions has been brought down.

XAT 2020 Syllabus

XAT exam is a pen and paper based examination. XAT exam pattern has four important sections. The sections are: Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK and Essay

It is crucial that aspirants are well aware of the complete syllabus to prepare strategically and obtain a good score. Here is section- wise topics and subtopics that need to be prepared for each section:

Quantitative Ability:-

  • Elementary Mathematics 
  • Arithmetic: - Number System, Ratio, and Proportion
  • Additional Topic in Arithmetic: - Problems on Trains, Clock and Calendar, and Mixtures and Allegation
  • Unitary Method: - Time and Distance
  • Commercial Maths: - Profit and Loss, Interest
  • Geometry: - Triangles, Circles
  • Mensuration 
  • Algebra: - Permutation and Combinations, Sequence And Series
  • Trigonometry: - Heights and Distance
  • Linear Programming 
  • Coordinate Geometry: - Cartesian Plane and lines
  • Probability 

Data Interpretation:-


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