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XAT 2023

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on March 15, 2022

Students appearing for the examination must understand what type of questions are asked and how the question paper is formed. XAT Exam Pattern would help students understand the above-mentioned questions and score well by preparing in the very right direction.

The exam will be conducted in one single session from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and in Computer Based mode. XAT Exam used to be conducted through Paper and Pen based mode until 2017 and from the year 2018, it has been converted into Computer Based Test (CBT). XAT 2022 Exam Pattern would be the fourth computer-based test conducted by XLRI in its history of more than 60+ years.

Interested students can register themselves on the official website of XAT i.e. xatonline.in. 

Know more about XAT Application Procedure

Salient Features of XAT 2022 Exam Pattern:

XAT Exam Mode

Online i.e. Computer Based Test

Total Number of Questions

100

Total Number of Sections

4

Sections

Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions type

Medium of Exam

English

Pattern of Questions

Each question gives 5 answer Options

Marking Scheme

+1 Mark for each correct question

0.25 Marks deducted for each incorrect answer

Questions without Negative Marking

Questions from General Knowledge Section

Duration of XAT Exam

3 Hours i.e. 180 Minutes

Percentile Calculation of XAT 2022

Only 3 Sections of the exam are considered for marking system

Sectional Time Limit

There is no sectional time limit

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XAT Exam 2022

Key Changes in XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Introducing changes in entrance examination pattern is not frequent and there have been no such changes made to XAT Exam Pattern over the past few years. As per the notification released by XLRI Jamshedpur, there are a few changes introduced in XAT 2022 Exam Pattern. The exam will be conducted in the month of January 2022 and students applying for it must understand the changes introduced in the exam pattern.

Following are the key changes introduced in XAT 2022 exam Pattern:

  • Introduction of NAT Questions

XAT conducting authority has introduced a new type of Numerical Answer Type Questions in XAT Exam Pattern. In order to attempt these questions and answer these questions, candidates will be required to use the virtual keypad displaying on the computer screen and enter the numerical answer using it.

  • Marking Scheme for Un-attempted Questions

When the number of un-attempted questions reaches 8, every un-attempted question beyond 8 will carry a negative marking penalty of 0.10 mark in the revised exam pattern of XAT Exam.

  • No Essay Writing

There will be no descriptive answer writing questions in the revised XAT Exam Pattern.

  • XAT Time Limit

XLRI has also reduced the total time duration of 3.5 hours to 3 hours.

  • 25 minutes Extra for Visually Impaired Candidates

Candidates with visual impairment will be given additional 25 minutes to complete Part 1 i.e. the first three sections of the examination. There will be no time concession given for GK section.

Analysis of Last Six Years XAT Pattern

XAT Exam Year

Total Questions

Section wise no. of questions

Difficulty Level

XAT 2021

99

VARC – 26

DM – 21

QA – 27

GK – 25

Moderate to Difficult

XAT 2020

97

VARC – 24

DM – 21

QA – 27

GK – 25

Essay Topic – 1

Moderate to Difficult

XAT 2019

97

VARC – 24

DM – 21

QA – 27

GK – 25

Essay Topic – 1

Moderate to Difficult

XAT 2018

103

VARC – 26

DM – 23

QA – 29

GK – 25

Essay Topic – 1

Moderate to Difficult

XAT 2017

114

VARC – 28

DM – 23

QA – 33

GK – 30

Essay Topic – 1

Moderate to Difficult

XAT 2016

113

VARC – 28

DM – 24

QA – 31

GK – 30

Essay Topic – 1

Moderate to Difficult

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

As per the notification released on the official website of XAT, it can be seen that the exam pattern for XAT 2022 has been revised with a few changes introduced in it. From now on, there will be four sections which used to be 5 in number earlier. There would be a total 0f 99 questions to be attempted in 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes of time.

Candidates appearing for XAT 2022 must note that there is no sectional time limit to attempt the question paper.

The following table depicts the number of questions in each section:

Sections in XAT 2021

Total Questions

Time Allotted

Part 1

 

 

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

No Sectional Time Limit

Decision Making

21

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

28

Total Questions

75

165 Minutes

Part 2

 

 

General Knowledge

25

15 Minutes

Overall

100

180 Minutes

XAT 2019

Highlights of XAT 2022 Exam Pattern:

  • The question paper will be divided in 4 sections namely Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge.
  • Total 100 Questions would be given to be solved in 3 hours of time.
  • Initial 165 minutes are to attempt the first three sections.
  • After completing the first three sections, the candidates can move to the General Knowledge Section and attempt the questions in given 15 minutes.
  • Extra 25 minutes would be allotted to the candidates visually impaired.

XAT Exam Pattern 2021 vs Last 2 Years Exam Pattern

XAT Exam Year

XAT 2021

XAT 2020

XAT 2019

Test Duration

3 Hours

3 Hours

3 Hours

Number of Sections

4

4

4

Subjective Answer Question

No

No

No

Maximum marks

100

99

99

Key Change

No Essay Writing

No Essay Writing

No Essay Writing

Detailed XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

As it is already mentioned above that the exam pattern and syllabus for XAT 2022 has been changed and there have been a few changes introduced in the number of questions asked, total time allotted to complete the examination, and the number of sections the question paper is divided into. The changes have been brought by XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting authority of XAT 2022.

  • Candidates must understand what kind of strategy they must use to prepare for XAT 2022.
  • They can also download XAT Exam Pattern PDF to get a thorough understanding of how the question paper is designed.

Following are the sections asked during the examination:

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

The total number of questions asked in this section is 28 and the questions are of Multiple Choice Question type. The problems are particularly based upon several topics from Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section.

Following is the list of frequently asked topic:

  • Time & Work
  • Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Equations
  • Number System
  • Clocks
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Venn Diagram
  • Tables
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Graphs

Total Number of Questions

28

Type

MCQ

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

Decision Making

The section is designed to check students' ability to make decisions. The questions are primarily based upon Short caselets and problems where they are required to make decisions based on the information given to them.

The section consists of 21 questions that are of multiple choice type. There is no sectional limit to complete a section.

Total Number of Questions

21

Type

MCQ

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning

The section analyzes students' knowledge of English Language and their ability to derive logic from the information given to them. The section generally consists of a total of 26 questions where in 4 Reading Comprehension are given to read and there are total 14-16 questions based on the passages. Besides, there could be 14-16 questions based on the verbal ability. There is no sectional time limit to complete the section.

Following are the frequently asked topics:

  • Vocabulary
  • Analogy
  • Para Jumbles
  • Para Completion
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statements- Assumptions

Total Number of Questions

26

Type

MCQ

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section has no such pattern or frequently asked topics. The section generally consists of questions from current affairs, business, economics, social issues, sports, constitution of India, and international and domestic affairs.

Total Number of Questions

25

Type

MCQ

Time Allotted

15 Minutes

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult

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FAQs related to XAT

Q-1

Are there any changes introduced in XAT Exam Pattern?


The changes were introduced during the last year itself. The examination pattern will remain the same in the next session.
Q-2

Is it possible to choose the sequence of answering questions in XAT 2023?


Yes. Candidates can choose to answer any question from any section. They can switch between the sections anytime. They are not required to follow the official chronology of the question paper.
Q-3

How much time is allotted to each section in XAT Question Paper?


Paper 1 of XAT Question Paper needs to be completed in 165 minutes and the other paper i.e. Paper 2 needs to be completed in 15 minutes.
Q-4

Is it possible to preview my answers before submitting the test?


Yes. Candidates can preview their answers of all the questions before they submit the test. They can preview their answers by clicking on “Preview Submit” option in the XAT Question paper.
Q-5

What happens if any question in XAT Exam is left blank and not attempted?


Nothing will happen. There will be no negative marking if any question is left unanswered or not attempted. But in case any candidate leaves more than 8 questions then 0.10 marks will be deducted.
Q-6

Which section of XAT Question Paper will have the maximum number of questions?


There are four sections in XAT Question Paper. The Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section consists of the maximum number of questions i.e. 28. Verbal Ability and Logical Ability section consists of 26 questions while GK and Decision-making sections have 25 and 21 questions respectively.
Q-7

Is the XAT Exam conducted in offline mode as well?


No. It used to be conducted through offline mode only till 2018. Since then the exam is being conducted through online mode only.
Q-8

What is the marking scheme of XAT Exam?


There are total 100 questions in the exam. Candidates appearing in it will be rewarded with +1 mark for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for every incorrect answer.

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