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XAT Exam Pattern 2019/ Paper Pattern: Paper Analysis and Preparation Books

Updated On - September 28th 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

XAT Exam Pattern 2019: With the release of official notification, XLRI Jamshedpur will be releasing XAT Exam Pattern. The exam includes 2 types of Questions- Objective & Subjective. XAT is held in online mode. The paper is divided into 4 sections – Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

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XAT Syllabus has been prepared in order to check the quantitative, decision making and logical and verbal ability of applicants.

XAT 2019 is scheduled for January 06, 2019. Read on to know more about XAT 2019 exam pattern such as marking scheme, test structure, important books and other such important details.

Check XAT 2019 Score Vs Percentile


Highlights of XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Exam ModeOnline
Duration3 Hours
Total Questions100 questions
Sections

4 (Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge)

Nature of Question

Objective and Subjective

Medium of ExamEnglish

Change in XAT Exam Pattern

  • One of the most surprising changes notified is the change in exam mode. For the past 60 years, XAT was being conducted in offline mode. There has not been any other change announced as yet.
  • XLRI will not consider the score of XAT exam for shortlisting the candidates for GD/ PI. However, the exam score will be taken into consideration for shortlisting the candidates’ final admissions.

Check Here: Latest Changes in XAT Exam Pattern


XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • As mentioned above, the paper is divided into 4 sections viz. Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.
  • The exam is consists of 100 multiple choice questions.
  • The total time given to solve this section is 3 hours.

Read below the quick highlights of XAT Paper:

SECTION NAMENO. OF QUESTIONSTOTAL TIME
Verbal and Logical Ability263 Hours
Decision Making22
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation27
General Knowledge25 

Read  XAT 2019: Last Minute Preparation Tips

XAT Syllabus 2019

SubjectImportant Topics
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions
Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Situational, Case lets, Data Arrangement Sets
General KnowledgePolitics, History, Sports, Nation and States, Business, Literature, Economics, International Relations, Society

Read:Top XAT Coaching Institutes to Boost your Preparation


XAT Preparation Books

Books play an important role in the life of students. It is very important to choose the right books for proper preparation. Given below are some recommended books for candidates preparing for XAT 2019:

English Books

XAT English Preparation Books
Book nameAuthor
Verbal Ability and Comprehension for XAT (2nd ed.)Bharat Patodi
MBA (XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, CMAT)Gautam Puri

Quantitative Ability

XAT Quantitative Ability Books
Book nameAuthor
Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XATDeepak Agarwal
Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude exams (Old Edition)Gajendra Kumar

Also Check How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for XAT?

Logical Reasoning

XAT Logical Resoning Books
Book nameAuthor
Koncepts of LR – Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, CMAT, Bank PO & Other Aptitude TestsGajendra Kumar
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT (Box Set)Gajendra Kumar

Recommended Magazines

  • Competition Success
  • India Today
  • Business World
  • Business Line by the Hindu Group

General Knowledge

Books play an important role in the life of students. It is very important to choose the right books for proper preparation. Given below are some recommended books for candidates preparing for XAT 2019:

XAT Preparation Books
Book nameAuthor
General Knowledge 2019Arihant
IIFT & XAT (GK Compendium) 2016-17Career Launcher
Target XAT 2019 (Past Papers 2005 - 2017 + 5 Mock Tests)Disha
XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 Career Launcher
Jabbing The XATR.K Jha

XAT Exam Pattern Analysis

We see an ever-evolving nature of XAT Exam Pattern in the below table. There has been a change in the number of questions and time duration, giving minor surprises each year. This year, it has been notified that XAT 2019 will be conducted in online mode. With this, a varying pattern is also expected. However, no notification on the same has been notified. 

Check How to Crack XAT 2019 with XAT Topper Tips?

Read the below table to have a fair idea about XAT Exam Pattern 2019:

YearTotal questions & time durationSection-wise division of questionsXAT Marking SchemePercentile calculationLevel of Difficulty
XAT 2014113 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3 hours duration
VARC-28
DM-24
Quant-31
GK-30
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative markingScore on 83 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to difficult
XAT 2015114 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3 hours duration
VARC-28
DM-23
Quant-33
GK-30
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative markingScore on 84 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to highly difficult
XAT 2016103 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½ hours duration
VARC-26
DM-23
Quant-29
GK-25
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking for each wrong answer; penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 13 questions left unattemptedScore on 78 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to highly difficult
XAT 201797 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½ hours duration
VARC-24
DM-21
Quant-27
GK-25
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking for each wrong answer; penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions left unattemptedScore on 72 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to difficult

XAT 2018

(Mode of exam changed to Online)

97 MCQs
1 Essay topic
3½  hours duration
VARC-24
DM-21
Quant-27
GK-25
Essay topic-1
1 mark for each correct answer; ¼ negative marking for each wrong answer; penalty of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions left unattemptedScore on 72 MCQs in 1st three sections accounted for percentile calculationModerate to difficult

XAT 2019 Model Paper

XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of XAT 2019 will release the official model paper on its website. The questions it includes give a fair idea about what can be expected in XAT 2019. The sections include Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. 

Practicing XAT 2019 Model Paper, along with the sample papers, will help you enhance your speed and accuracy. They will help you manage your time properly.

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XAT Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques. Any changes in the overall pattern compared to last year?

Ans. The overall pattern remains the same as last year.

Ques. Will the candidates be able to choose the order of sections according to their choice?

Ans. Yes, the applicants can choose any section, to begin with.

Ques. What will be the duration of the exam?

Ans. The exam duration will be 3 hours.

Ques. Will there be any sectional time limit or overall time limit?

Ans. No, there are no sectional time limits, there will be only an overall time limit.

Ques. Will the candidates have access to an on-screen calculator?

Ans. No, the candidates will not be given access to the on-screen calculator

We hope this article was helpful during your XAT Preparation. Once you are thorough with the exam pattern and syllabus, the preparation journey becomes a smooth-sail. We wish you luck for the exam. In case of any query, ask in the comments below.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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