XAT Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme


The Xavier Aptitude Test is held every year under the supervision of the XLRI (Xavier School of Management), which is a computer-based test for testing the skills and knowledge of the students who aspire to be a part of this prestigious institution.

The main motive of the exam is to judge the student’s capability according to the standards set by the institute. This gives the rightful candidate a chance to prove their while competing with others for admission in XLRI.

Every year around 75000 students take part in the examination, and they all try their best to crack the exam. The XAT score is a crucial part of around 857 colleges, which comes under XAMI and otherwise. This time the exam will be held in January 2020, and the registrations are open till November 2019.

The exam contains 100 questions with four different sections, and different types of the questionnaire are present in every section.

The XAT Marking Scheme

The XAT exam has mainly four sections which have their own different genre of   evaluation:

  • The first section is Decision Making, which is a section based on analytical reasoning and checks whether the student can solve little complex problems relating to some real-life situations which can be formulated mathematically or can be related to a situation reasoning.
  • The Second section is Verbal and Logical Ability, which evaluates the student’s ability to read and understand English comprehensions and their vocabularic abilities. This section is made to understand the ability of a student to create grammatically correct sentences and having error-free writing skills.
  • The third section is Data Interpretation, and this is the most difficult section of all four, and it consists of the questions regarding algebra calculations, questions about interpretation, and analysis of the given data via different formulas. It has all sorts of bar charts, pie charts, and scatters plots, which are to be formulated using different arithmetic methods.
  • The fourth and last section is the General Knowledge section, which is used by the university to evaluate the basic current and historic affairs knowledge and how to sound their mind is when it comes to analyzing the environment around them. These include questions from books, movies, economy, history, and many more subjects. This is an interesting section.
  • This is a completely computer-based test, and there is a proper timer given for the whole exam, and the student is allowed to do the questions as per the sequence they desire.
  • While answering the questions, the candidate can use the “next question” and “previous question” buttons to navigate through the whole test.
  • The times are set for 3 hours in which the student has to attempt 100 questions in total.
  • The three parts, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal and Logical Ability, and the Decision making sections, have 75 questions in total, and the final General knowledge section has 25 questions to be answered.
  • The Decision-making section has 22 questions that carry 22 marks, Verbal and Logical Ability has 26 questions that carry 26 marks, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation has 27 questions that carry 27 marks, and the General Knowledge section has 25 questions that have 25 marks assigned to them.
  • The marking scheme is as follows- Every correct answer gives you one mark; every wrong answer decreases your marks by -0.25, and if you do not answer more than eight questions, than you get a negative marking of -0.5.
  • The General knowledge section will not have any negative marking, but this section will also not be included in the evaluation of the whole XAT test in total, so you should be careful about not spending much time on this section.

These are some of the basic XAT patterns and marking schemes followed in the exam, and you should plan your whole time accordingly for all the parts to be able to crack the exam in the first go.

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