XAT Exam Pattern 2019, Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme – Check Here

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XAT is termed as Xavier Aptitude Test which is an entrance test conducted for taking admission in MBA course. There are 130 other MBA universities that are considered for XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, etc. XLRI is responsible for governing the XAT. It is considered to be the 2nd big MBA entrance exam to enroll on MBA/PGDM at total 11 MBA colleges in India.

The exam is a 3.5 hours’ entrance test and the fundamental thing to be noted is it consists of two parts, the first paper includes the three parts having 70 multiple type questions and the second paper is an array of objective and subjective questions.

It is important to get familiar with the type of questions coming up in the exam and on the basis of which you can well prepare for the exam. The sections distributed in question paper does not change and the exam will be set from previous year designation.

The table provided below includes the XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

XAT Exam Pattern 2019

PaperSectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTotal TimeNegative Marking
Paper 1Decision Making2121170 Min0.25 for any wrong answer

0.05 for more than 12 unattempted questions

Verbal and Logical Ability2424
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)2727
Paper 2General Knowledge (GK)252535 MinNo Negative Marking
Essay Writing1 essay


Marking Scheme:  XAT Exam 2019 includes 1 mark for attempting the right answer and for attempting the wrong answer, there is an involvement of 1.25 negative marking. Students have permission to skip 12 questions and above which you are to face 0.025-mark deduction.

Sections: The question paper includes the three sections paper 1 consists of Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Paper 2 includes two parts General Knowledge features 25 multiple type questions and subjective area comprises Essay Writing.

Duration: The overall exam includes 3.5 hours. The first paper includes 170 minutes and then you are going to have 5 minutes’ pause then comes the second paper. The time includes in second paper 35 minutes. As per XLRI, the students must devote 20 minutes on essay writing and for GK, it includes 15 minutes.

Mode of Answering: XAT 2019 will be organized through online medium and students are required to give the answer with the right click. You can draw a line to the right of the seat for rough practice. In paper 2, the essay part is to be attempted in the blank place marked with the blue pen.

Number of Questions

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The number of questions shows a major change from year to year on the basis of options of exam officials. The previous year, the overall number of questions of second paper was 72 having the most marks in Quantitative Ability and Data Understanding part. The number of questions included in second paper remains fixed, having 25 questions in GK and 1 essay.


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