XAT Exam Pattern 2021

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XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2021 exam pattern is prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of the exam. Those who are planning to take the exam must know the details related to the exam pattern of XAT 2021 such as its structure, marking scheme, time duration, etc. Knowing these details beforehand will help you in being more organized with your preparation.

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The XAT examination will be 3 hours long and it will comprise of a single paper with four sections. All the sections will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). 

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 2021 are invited for further selection rounds, which may include Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

XAT, which is meant for admission to XLRI and associate institutes, has been an offline test for more than 60 years but it will be conducted in online mode for the first time in 2021.

XAT Exam Pattern

 

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Highlights of XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

  • The medium of the XAT exam is English.

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

  • All the 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.

Changes Introduced in XAT Exam Pattern 2021

As per the latest information, XLRI Jamshedpur has incorporated certain changes in the XAT 2021 exam pattern. Presented to the candidates below are some of the recent changes made in the exam pattern for XAT 2021:

  • XLRI has introduced Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in XAT 2021, 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 will be penalized with 0.10 mark for each question that is unattempted after 8 unattempted questions. No negative mark will be awarded to the candidates 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 2021, there will be no descriptive question.

  • From 2020 onwards, the candidates will be 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 will be 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 2021 has been scrapped and there will be only MCQs. 

  • The popular management entrance exam will have four sections only - Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability and 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 2021 question paper will be divided into four subjects as given in the table provided below.

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Revised Exam Pattern for XAT 2021

XLRI has introduced some new changes to the XAT 2021 exam pattern. Apart from doing away with the essay writing test, XAT 2021 witnessed the introduction of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. The following table will clearly define the revised exam pattern for XAT 2021:

Name of Section

Total Number of Questions

Question Type

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

26

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Very Difficult

Decision Making

21

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Difficult

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Difficult

General Knowledge

25

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Difficult

Total

100

 

Sectional Break-Up of Questions in XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Sections

No. of Questions

Decision Making

21

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

General Knowledge

25

XAT Marking Scheme 2021

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 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.

XAT Exam Pattern Trend of Previous Years

Year

No. of Questions & Marking Scheme

Duration

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 2021 comprises maximum number of questions?

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section of XAT 2021 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 2021?

1 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer in XAT 2021.

How many marks will be deducted for unattempted questions in XAT 2021?

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 2021 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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