XLRI conducts the XAT every year in the first week of January on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT is a common admission test for the 11 institutes under XAMI, and there are more than 100 other institutes that accept XAT score. Over the past many years, XAT has maintained a consistent approach of examining the students but the last couple of years have seen some subtle changes. The introduction of the General Knowledge Section 2 years back and the changing number of questions in various sections startle the test takers.
It is essential to develop a concrete strategy and understand the paper pattern well to maximize your scores in XAT. The following table would give you a clear picture of the XAT 2017 paper pattern:
|Number of Sections||5|
|Sections||Paper 1: Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making;
Paper 2: GK, Essay
|Mode||Pen Paper based & answers to be marked on OMR sheet|
|Duration of the Test||Variable
XAT 2016: 210 minutes (3 ½ hrs.)
Paper 1: 170 mins & Paper 2: 35 mins
|Number of Questions||Paper 1:78 (2016: 78; 2015: 84; 2014: 83; 2013: 91)
Paper 2:25 questions of GK and one Essay.
|Marking Scheme||Students have a choice of not attempting 12 questions. Beyond this, any un-attempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. The negative marks for unattempted questions shall be deducted proportionately across the three sections.|
The major takeaways for the XAT preparation are: