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Last Updated - October 11, 2017

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) draws nearly 1 lac students from all corners of the country each year. It is definitely one of the biggest entrance exams, after MAT & CAT.

However, XAT never leaves a chance to perplex the test- takers. Even the most well- prepared candidates may lose their ground. All thanks to its unpredictable nature. Latest being the change in exam mode. In a first, XAT 2018 will be conducted in online mode.

Each one of you must have thought about XAT Question Paper that will be presented on the D- day. The exam becomes easy if the preparation is done right. For your ease, we have curated the analysis of past 2 years papers, along with what one can you expect from this year’s exam.

XAT model paper provided will help you do well in the test and clear the XAT Cut Off with flying colours. Clearing the exam will open the doors of top b- schools and increase your chances of getting into your dream college.

Read: Latest Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2018


XAT 2018

XLRI Jamshedpur, the conducting body of XAT 2018, has not announced any major changes in the paper pattern this year other than the mode of exam. The test which was conducted in the offline mode since its inception will now be held in a single session as a computer-based test on January 7, 2018. Rest of XAT Exam Pattern will be the same as last year. The difficulty level will most likely be on the higher side.

As per the trends of past years, here is what Xavier Aptitude Test 2018 will have in store for you:

  • XAT is the only exam which includes Essay Writing before the shortlisting stage.
  • Sectional time limit is not applicable for XAT 2018 but there are sectional cut offs.
  • For shortlisting for GD & PI round, the scores of only the 1st part (Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Decision Making) will be used whereas the scores of both, 1st and 2nd part will be considered for final admission. Check XAT Selection Procedure
  • The total number of questions in XAT is never fixed and has fluctuated from year to year. XAT 2018 can have anywhere between 72- 84 questions.
  • Decision Making section is a unique feature of the exam which requires meticulous analysis. It mostly has ethical, management or human resource related dilemmas. The past trends have shown that it is quite a tricky section.
  • XAT scoring pattern is such that marks are deducted for every unattempted question (beyond 12 questions).
  • Quantitative Ability is usually on the easier side as compared to the other 2 sections. However, some data interpretation sets maybe time consuming.

XAT 2018 Model Paper

For all the students aspiring to get a good XAT Result, XLRI has released an exclusive official XAT model test paper for this year. It can give you a fair idea about the questions that can be asked in the exam while also carving out your strengths and weaknesses. It is a must to practice and we assure you an excellent score.

XAT 2018 Model Paper

Along with the XAT 2018 Model Paper, you can also download some the practice papers for each of the section. Check them below:

SectionXAT 2018 Sample Paper
Verbal and Logical AbilityDownload
Decision Making Download
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationDownload

XAT 2017

XAT 2017 was successfully conducted on January 8, 2017 from 10 am to 1:30 pm. The difficulty level of the paper was easier than last year according to the test takers. The total number of questions this year was 72 as against the last year’s 78.

Decision Making was the toughest section of all. Quant and Verbal Ability was easy as compared to Decision Making which was slightly tricky. The essay writing topic of Paper 2 was perceived as tough by majority of the candidates. Questions in General Knowledge section were quite easy.

XAT 2017 Sectional Details

PaperSection NameNo. Of QuestionsTotal MarksSuggested Time (mins)
Paper 1Decision Making212160
Verbal and Logical Ability242450
Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)272760
Paper 2General Knowledge252510
Essay Writing Topic: Globalization and Jingoism can coexist!1 essay -25
  • In the VA section, there were 4 RC passages. The other questions were on Vocabulary, Grammar, Para Jumble and Verbal Reasoning. The difficulty level of this section was fairly easy.  Check XAT Syllabus
  • Although the weightage of the Decision Making section was the least with just 21 questions, it was the trickiest in terms of difficulty level. The questions were formulated into 10 caselets in total. An attempt of 12 to 13 questions was considered good.
  • The difficulty level of QA & DI section was moderate to hard. The DI questions were a bit tough to crack. The topics from which Quant questions were asked included Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Venn Diagram, Probability and Algebra.

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XAT 2016

XAT 2016 was held across 49 centers (including 2 international centers) on January 3, 2016. The paper was quite challenging according to the aspirants. The total number of questions was brought down to 78 as compared to 84 last year. The conducting body had introduced several changes in the XAT Exam Pattern and marking scheme this year. However, the change in duration of the test brought ease to the students in terms of time management.

The difficulty level of the exam was considered same as that of CAT 2015. The Quant section had a few questions which were more time consuming than expected and led to a reduced number of attempts. Decision Making section had some tricky questions. In Paper 2, GK was easy this year round too and had questions related to Politics, Economics and International relations.

XAT 2016 Sectional Details

PaperSection NameNo. Of QuestionsTotal MarksSuggested Time (mins)
Paper 1Decision Making232360
Verbal and Logical Ability262650
Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)292960
Paper 2General Knowledge252510
Essay Writing Topic: Technology and Nature are natural enemies1 essay -25
  • In VA, there were 6 questions based on critical reasoning which had very close answers. The vocabulary questions were difficult while questions on Para Jumbles and Para Completion were time consuming.

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  • The Decision Making section consisted of 23 Questions including 5 Table based reasoning questions. The questions were relatively easier as compared to previous years. Most of them were easy to moderate with a few difficult questions.
  • These questions were based on Case studies and Caselets taken from various areas - politics, district administration, business organization, etc. A sigh of relief for the test takers was the length of the passages which was short.
  • In DI the questions based on graphs required intensive understanding in order to answer them correctly.

We hope this article helped you prepare well. Good luck!


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Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.

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