XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

17 Oct, 2018

XAT 2019 Exam Pattern – The exam pattern of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is prescribed by the examination conducting authority i.e.  Xavier Labour Relations Institute about to appear in the IBSAT 2018 exam. Now, candidates after going through the exam pattern will be able to gain info regarding the whole pattern of the test paper including mode, medium, time duration, question-type, marking scheme etc. Further, according to the prescribed exam pattern, entrance test of XAT 2019 will be conducted through online mode for 3 hours or 180 minutes and the medium of the paper will be English. Also, the candidates can get to know about the marking scheme that is the candidates for each correct answer will acquire 1 mark and there for the negative answer, there will be the deduction of 0.25 marks, for more than 8 unattempted questions 0.5 marks will be reduced and additional there is no negative marking in the section of General Knowledge. Thus, candidates to gain in-depth and authentic information regarding IBSAT 2018 exam pattern must read all the information provided herein minutely.

XAT 2019 Exam Pattern an Insight

The XAT 2019 Exam Pattern generally remains the same each year. The trend and the number of questions in each part may vary. The XAT 2019 Exam Pattern yet to be released officially. Let’s discover the structure and pattern of last year’s examination:

Paper Section Name No. of Questions Duration Points for Negative Marking
Paper 1 Verbal and Logical Ability 24 170 minutes

    For any incorrect answer, 0.25 marks

    ·         For more than 8 unattempted questions, 0.05 marks


    Decision Making 21
    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
    Paper 2 General Knowledge 25 10 minutes No Negative Marking at all


    Note that the five minutes break will be given to the candidates between section I and section II of the examination.

    XAT 2019 Exam Pattern – Main Points

    About Sections

    The test paper is basically divided into two sections – section I contains three parts that are Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Decision Making and Verbal and Logical Ability. Section II contains only one section of General Knowledge. The exam is the composition of both the objective and subjective type questions.

    Marking Scheme

    Each question carries one mark which simply implies that the candidates will receive one mark for the correct answer. There is also the provision of negative marking. The deduction of 0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks of a question will be made for a wrong answer. The questions that are left unattempted by the applicants also carry the negative marking. In the previous year, 0.05 mark per question was deducted when the candidates have not attempted more than 8 questions. This number may vary this year as it was 12 in last to last year and keeps on changing every year.

    Mode of Examination

    XAT 2019 will be a computer-based test or CBT which actually comes under online mode. The applicants will be assigned a computer system where they need to pick the correct answer from the assigned options. In the essay writing section, the candidates need have to type as it is a subjective part. No need to get panic about the calculation and all of the rough sheet will be given to the candidates.

    Total Number of Questions

    The total number of questions and the weightage of each part of the test may vary this year. If we see the data for last year, section I carried 74 questions and the maximum weightage was given to the section – Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. On the other side, the number of questions in section II is usually the same. Last year, the section for General Knowledge contained 25 questions and a single topic for essay writing. But this year, essay writing topic has been removed.

    Time Duration

    The time duration of the examination would 205 minutes this year. According to the timings of the last year examination, Part 1 was given 170 minutes and Part II was of 35 minutes time. Between both the parts, the applicants are given the relaxation time gap of 5 minutes. Henceforth, the candidates are advised to make proper use of those 10 minutes of time that is given for the section of General Knowledge.

    XAT 2019 Exam Pattern of Previous Years

    Year of exam Total number of questions and time duration Marking pattern
    XAT 2018

    25 GK

    74 MCQs

    1 Essay writing

    Total time – 210 minutes

    ·         For each correct answer, 1 mark will be given

    ·         For each wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted

    ·         There is a penalty of 0.05 mark per question if the candidate leaves maximum  8 questions unattempted

    XAT 2017

    72 MCQs

    25 GK

    1 Essay writing topic

    Total time – 210 minutes

    ·         For each right response, 1 mark will be granted

    ·         For each incorrect answer, 0.25 will be the negative marking

    ·         If maximum 12 questions are unattempted, the candidate will bear the penalty of 0.05 mark per question

    XAT 2016

    78 MCQs

    25 GK

    1 Essay writing topic

    Total time – 210 minutes

    ·         For each correct answer, 1 mark will be added

    ·         For each incorrect response, 0.25 mark will be cut as negative marking

    ·         In case of maximum 13 questions are not attempted by the applicant, the penalty of 0.05 will be levied on each question

    XAT 2015

    84 MCQs

    Total time – 140 minutes

    ·         1 mark will be given for each right answer

    ·         0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer

    XAT 2014

    83 MCQs

    20 GK

    1 Essay writing topic

    Total time – 150 minutes

    ·         1 mark will be added for every correct answer

    ·         0.25 mark will be cut as negative marking for every wrong response

    XAT 2019: Online Instructions

    There is a wide range of instructions that each XAT candidate need to know before applying and appearing for the online examination. This will save much of their time and also clear their major confusions on the examination day. Below is the list:

    • The applicants are allowed to answer any question in any order but within the provided time slot.
    • If the candidate is not able to attempt the question, she or he can leave it unattempted.
    • The computer will display only one question at a time on the screen. The candidates need to select the answer from the given options and click on the “next question” button to move ahead. In case, the candidate wants to go to the previous question, he or she needs to click on the button “previous question”.
    • To keep the applicants updated with the time, the system screen also reflects the timer on the top right corner of the screen.
    • At the bottom of the screen, there is a button name “erase”. The candidates may anytime click on the same and remove or alter the answer if required.
    • At the right side of the screen, the candidates may be able to see the number of attempted and un-attempted questions so that they can go on any of the attempted or unattempted questions and revise the same.
    • The option of bookmarking a question is also available for the candidates if they wish to review it further. Simply by clicking on the button named ‘Tag’ which is present at the bottom of the screen, the applicants can highlight it. There is also the button “De-Tag” through which the candidate may remove the bookmark on the questions if needed. This is also provided at the bottom of the screen.
    • To represent the status of every question, there is a question palette at the right corner of the screen to exhibit various colors.
    Colors Status of Questions
    Green It shows that the candidate has answered the question
    White It shows that the candidate has not answered the question
    Purple It represents that the candidate has answered the question but marked the same for further review
    Yellow This shows that the candidate has not answered the question and thus marked it for review


    Note – Questions that the candidates have attempted and marked to review the same on later stage would be implied as attempted questions only until the candidate picks the button ‘Erase’ to remove the answer.

    • The candidates are not allowed to use the buttons like ‘Next Question’ or ‘Previous Question’ between the questions. Neither he/she is permitted to move ahead and back between the questions.
    • The moment the candidate moves on to the next question, the answers automatically gets saved by clicking on the tabs ‘Previous Question’ or ‘Next Question’ button.
    • In case, the candidate completes the test within the given time, he or she can finally end the exam by clicking on the button named ‘Preview Submit’. Note that the candidates won’t be able to leave the examination hall until the given time gets over.
    • At the end of the test duration, if the candidate does not remember to click on the tab ‘Preview Submit’, the system will automatically save the result.

    Syllabus of XAT 2019

    If we talk about the actual syllabus of XAT, there is no specific one for the same. There are certain topics related to last years’ question papers and XAT model papers that come under the XAT 2019 syllabus. This will certainly give the candidates a clear idea about the pattern, topics, number of sections, trend of questions etc. With this, they could be able to break their neck and prepare for the XAT exam 2019.

    Format of XAT 2019 Syllabus

    Section names Topic names
    Verbal & Logical Ability Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning or Inference, fill in the blanks, correction of sentences etc.
    Decision Making Arithmetic, Situational, Analytical Reasoning etc.
    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Data Sufficiency, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Algebra, Scatter plots, Table, Bar Charts, Arithmetic etc.
    GK/Current Affairs Culture, Personalities, Films, Geography, History, Books, Ecosystem Economics etc.


    XAT exam is going to be held on the 6th of January 2019. The process of registration and application submission for XAT exam 2019 will be commenced from the 20th of August 2018 as the notification of the exam has been released by XLRI on 14th of August 2018. The applicants who thoroughly understand the exam pattern of XAT 2019 in advance would be able to deal with it as the pattern of any test not only gives the brief idea of the paper but also boosts up the confidence of the candidates.

    About 90,000 candidates apply for the exam and appear in the examination hall every year. Nearly around 150 business schools all over India actually validate the XAT score of the candidates and greet them for admission to various programmes of management.


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