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XAT 2023 Exam Pattern - Check XAT Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme & Section-Wise Breakup

Updated By Tiyasa Khanra on 09 Aug, 2022 12:52

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XAT 2023 Exam Pattern

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2023 exam pattern is prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of the exam. The XAT 2023 exam will be conducted on January 8, 2023. There has been no change in the XAT exam pattern. It will be the same as last year with 4 sections in the question paper - Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. Each section will have 22-27 MCQs with four options. The exam duration will be 180 minutes.

Check the Important Dates of XAT 2023

The XAT question paper will be divided into two parts and four sections. The exam pattern of XAT and the difficulty level is slightly different from other management entrance exams like CAT, MAT, CMAT. Those who successfully clear the XAT exam 2023 are invited for further selection rounds, which include Group Discussions and Personal Interviews.

The detailed section-wise exam pattern and marking scheme-related details for XAT 2023 are given below on this page.

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XAT 2023 Exam Pattern Highights

  • The medium of the XAT exam is English.

  • The exam is divided into two parts and 4 sections.

  • All four sections have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

  • The total duration of the exam is 180 minutes.

  • The exam will have 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

  • A total of 100 marks have been allotted to the paper.

  • +1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer

  • 0.25 marks are cut for incorrect answer

  • No negative marking is there in the GK section

  • 0.10 marks will be deducted for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions

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XAT 2023 Revised Exam Pattern

XAT exam pattern is the same as last year and no changes have been introduced this year.

Name of Section

Total Number of Questions

Question Type

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Very Difficult

Decision Making


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


General Knowledge


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)




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XAT 2023 Section-Wise Break Up

The number of questions in each part of the XAT question paper is fixed. However, the number of questions per section changes every year. The following information is as per the previous year's pattern of XAT. The actual number of questions in each section of XAT 2023 may be different than what is specified below.



No. of QuestionsTime Allocated
Part 1

Decision Making

21165 minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part 2

General Knowledge

2515 minutes


100180 minutes

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XAT 2023 Marking Scheme

It is important for the candidates to have a clear understanding of the XAT marking scheme before they take the examination. For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded one mark. A negative marking of 0.25 marks or 1/4th marks is applicable for every incorrect response. There will also be a penalty of 0.10 marks for every unanswered question if the number of unattempted questions exceeds 8. 

  • For every correct answer, one mark will be given to the candidates.
  • There is a 0.25 (1/4) negative marking for every incorrect answer.
  • Candidates can leave only 8 questions unattempted during the XAT Exam. Beyond this number, every unattempted question will lead to a deduction of 0.10 marks.

Changes Introduced in XAT Exam Pattern

XLRI Jamshedpur incorporated certain changes in the XAT exam pattern. Given below are some of the recent changes made in the exam pattern for XAT last year:

  • XLRI introduced Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in XAT, which have to be answered using a virtual keypad that appears on the computer screen. The candidates have to enter the numerical answer using the virtual keypad. 

  • From the year 2021 onwards, candidates are being penalized with a 0.10 mark for each question that is left unattempted after 8 unattempted questions. No negative marking will be applicable till 8 unattempted questions after which each unattempted question will carry a negative marking of 0.10 mark.

  • According to the revised XAT exam pattern, there will be no descriptive question.

  • From 2020 onwards, the candidates are given only 3 hours to complete the entire paper. Earlier, the candidates had three and a half hours for completing the paper.

  • Visually impaired candidates are allotted an extra 25 minutes for the completion of the first part of the paper. However, no time concession will be given to complete the General Knowledge section.

  • As per the latest news, the section having Essay Writing in XAT has been scrapped and there will be only MCQs. 

  • The popular management entrance exam will have four sections only - Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge.

  • Like 2018, the XAT question paper will be divided into two parts, where Part 1 will comprise of sections including Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; while Part 2 will consist of sections like General Knowledge.

  • Now that the essay writing bit has been removed, the XAT question paper will be divided into four subjects as given in the section-wise exam pattern.

XAT 2023 Changes in Exam Pattern Over the Years


No. of Questions & Marking Scheme


XAT 2018 

74 MCQs, 25 GK & 1 Essay

1 mark for every correct answer

0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

Negative Marking of 0.05 mark per question is applicable if the maximum of 8 questions left unattempted

210 minutes 

XAT 2017

72 MCQs, 25 GK, 1 Essay

1 mark for every correct answer

0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

Negative Marking of 0.05 mark per question is applicable if the maximum of 12 questions left unattempted

210 minutes 

XAT 2016

78 MCQs, 25 GK, 1 Essay 

1 mark for every correct answer

0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

Negative Marking of 0.05 mark per question is applicable if the maximum of 13 questions left unattempted

210 minutes 

XAT 2015

84 MCQs

1 mark for every correct answer

0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

140 minutes 

XAT 2014

83 MCQs, 20 GK, 1 Essay 

1 mark for every correct answer

0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer

150 minutes 

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FAQs about XAT Exam Pattern

What is the medium of XAT exam?

The XAT exam will be conducted in the English language.

What is the format of questions in XAT?

All the questions coming in the XAT exam will be in MCQ format. Each question will be provided with 4 options.

Which section of XAT 2022 comprises maximum number of questions?

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section of XAT 2022 will carry maximum number of questions i.e 28. Besides this, 21, 25 and 26 questions will be asked in Decision Making, General Knowledge and Verbal and Logical Ability sections respectively.

Do all the sections of XAT carries equal marks?

No, the maximum marks for each section will be different. It will depend on the number of questions covering in the section.

How many questions will be asked in the XAT exam?

A total of 100 questions will be asked in the XAT exam. Each question will carry one mark.

How many sections are there in XAT?

XAT is divided into 4 sections namely Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

What is the total duration of the XAT exam?

The total duration of the XAT exam is 180 minutes. No extra time will be allotted to any candidate.

What is the marking scheme of XAT 2022?

1 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer in XAT 2022.

How many marks will be deducted for unattempted questions in XAT 2022?

There will not be any negative marking until 8 unattempted questions. After that, 0.05 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Is there any negative marking in XAT 2022 exam?

Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted in case the candidate answer any question wrong. The negative marking will be the same for all sections.

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