XAT Exam Pattern 2023

XAT pattern 2023 is expected to be same as last year. The question paper will have two parts with sectional time limit. In the first part, Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation will be clubbed together and in the second part, GK and Essay Writing will be clubbed together.

Each section (except Essay Writing) of XAT 2023 will have 22-27 question in MCQ format, having five options to choose the right answer from. The essay will be evaluated if/after the candidate will be shortlisted for personal interview round of XLRI admission. XAT exam will be conducted in the first week of January 2023 in morning slot.The duration of the exam will be 190 minutes. Read all about XAT pattern 2023 below.

XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Highlights

The XAT pattern was revised last year and Essay Writing section was reintroduced. Take a look at the key highlights:

XAT Exam Structure

Details

Number of sections 5 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, General Knowledge and Essay Writing)
Duration of exam 180 minutes (+ 10 mins)
Number of questions 100
Total marks 100
Language of paper English
Number of answer choices Five
Mode of examination Online
XAT marking scheme +1 mark for correct answer

– 0.25 marks for incorrect answer

– 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions

No negative marking in GK section

Section Wise XAT Exam Pattern

XAT 2023 question paper will have have 100 questions in MCQ format spread over the main four sections. Read below section-wise break-up of questions and marks allotted:

XAT exam pattern

XAT section-wise weightage

XAT Pattern: Sectional Break-Up of Questions

There is variable distribution of questions in XAT, i.e. one section has more questions than another section. Given below is the sectional break-up of XAT question paper:

XAT Sections Number of Questions Total Marks
Decision Making 21 21
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 26
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 28 28
General Knowledge 25 25
Essay (250 words) 1 (candidates can choose 1 topic from 2 options) To be evaluated upon shortlisting
Total 100 100

XAT Pattern: What is the Marking Scheme?

  • One mark will be awarded for each right answer
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer
  • 0.10 marks will be deducted for more than eight unanswered consecutive questions
  • There will be no negative marking in General Knowledge section
  • Scores of General Knowledge section will not be considered for calculating XAT score

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Changes in XAT Pattern Over the Years

Apart from scrapping of the Essay Writing section in 2018 and reintroduction in 2022, the XAT question paper has not seen many changes in the last eight years. The number of question has remained between 97-114 in the past eight years. Given below is a table comparing the XAT exam pattern and difficulty level of the questions from 2014-2021:

Exam Year Total Number of Questions Section-wise number of questions Marking Scheme Level of Difficulty
XAT 2022 100 VARC: 26

DM: 21

QA & DI: 28

GK: 25

Essay: 1 (to be evaluated upon shortlisting)

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2021 100 VARC: 26

DM: 21

QA & DI: 28

GK: 25

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2020 100 VARC: 26

DM: 21

QA & DI: 28

GK: 25

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2019 99 VARC: 26

DM: 21

QA & DI: 27

GK: 25

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

-0.5 for more than 8 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2018 97 VARC: 24

DM: 21

QA & DI: 27

GK: 25

One essay topic

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer;

-0.5 for more than 12 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2017 97 VARC: 24

DM: 21

QA & DI: 27

GK: 25

One essay topic

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer;

-0.5 for more than 12 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2016 103 VARC: 26

DM: 23

QA & DI: 29

GK: 25

One essay topic

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer;

-0.5 for more than 13 unanswered questions

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2015 114 VARC: 28

DM: 23

QA & DI: 33

GK: 30

One essay topic

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

Moderate to difficult
XAT 2014 113 VARC: 28

DM: 24

QA & DI: 31

GK: 30

One essay topic

+1 for each right answer

-0.25 for each wrong answer

Moderate to difficult

XAT 2022 Question Paper Pattern and Analysis

Given below is the section-wise XAT 2022 analysis and break up of question paper and difficulty level of each question type. Also, listed below are XAT exam paper analysis of last six years.

Verbal and Logical Ability

  • The Verbal and Logical Ability section had 15 questions on Reading Comprehension with six passages
  • Three passages had three questions and the other three passages has two questions each
  • There was a customary poem with two questions
  • Poem and para jumble questions were moderately difficult while grammar questions were easy

Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning

  • The difficulty level of Decision Making section in XAT 2022 was of moderate difficulty level
  • There were not singlets in this section of XAT exam
  • There were seven situations having three questions each
  • Four passages were on Business Decisions and three passages were on Ethical Dilemma

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • The Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section was split into 16 questions from QA and 12 questions from DI
  • The QA questions were dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry
  • DI part of this section of XAT 2022 had four sets
  • Overall, the section was moderately difficult

General Knowledge

  • The overall difficulty level of General Knowledge section was moderate
  • This section had 25 questions asked from Current GK (Business economy, personalities and award) and static GK (Economy, Geography, Science and Technology)

XAT Preparation 2023

XAT preparation includes thorough understanding of the exam syllabus, pattern and test structure. Candidates also need to refer to the books recommended by experts and practice XAT mock tests. Read the articles listed below to prepare for XAT 2023:

XAT Exam Preparation Articles
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