XAT Exam Pattern 2020

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 26 Jul, 2019 17:34 IST

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XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020. 

Highlights of XAT 2020 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 99 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

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

Changes Introduced in XAT Exam Pattern 2020

The exam pattern of XAT 2020 has undergone some change, which is a piece of important news for all those who are gearing up for the exam next year in January. As per the new release, XLRI Jamshedpur has incorporated certain changes in the XAT 2020 exam pattern. Presented to the candidates below are some of the recent changes made in the exam pattern for XAT 2020:

  • XLRI is all set to introduce Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in XAT 2020 which have to be answered by the candidates using a virtual keypad that will appear on the computer screen. The candidates will be able to enter the numerical answer using the virtual keypad. 

  • From the year 2020 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 2020, 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 alloted 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 2020 has been scrapped and there will be only one section now consisting of 99 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 2020 question paper will be divided into four subjects as given in the table provided below.

Revised Exam Pattern for XAT 2020

XLRI has decided to introduce some new changes to the XAT 2020 exam pattern. Apart from scraping the essay writing test, XAT 2020 is all set to see the introduction of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. The table below will define clearly the revised exam pattern for XAT 2020:

Name of Section

Total Number of Questions

Question Type

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning

26

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Very Difficult

Decision Making

21

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Difficult

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

27

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Difficult

General Knowledge

25

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Moderate-Difficult

Total

99

 

Sectional Break-Up of Questions in XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Sections

No. of Questions

Decision Making

22

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

27

General Knowledge

25

XAT Marking Scheme 2020

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 0.05 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 0.05 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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