XAT Exam Pattern 2018 – Check Paper Pattern Here – Careergyaani

XAT Exam Pattern 2018 has released by XLRI Jamshedpur which is the conducting body of the XAT exam. The XAT 2018 will be conducted on 7th January 2018 in online mode. This is the first time that XAT exam will be conducted online. Till the last year, this exam was conducted offline or Paper-Pen mode. Candidates preparing for the XAT exam must go through the XAT 2018 exam pattern. This will help the candidates to understand the structure of the exam like the number of questions, syllabus, section wise distribution of marks & questions, marking scheme etc.

According to the XAT Exam Pattern 2018, the total time duration of the exam will be 3 hours and 30 minutes. The exam paper will be divided into two parts: Paper-1 and Paper-2. Paper-1 will consist of three sections and paper-2 will have two sections. Paper-1 will carry 70 objective type questions and paper-2 will carry objective as well as subjective type questions. Read this article to get all the information about XAT Exam Pattern 2018.

Overview of XAT Exam Pattern

S.No. Exam Pattern Discription
1 Exam Mode Online
2 Number of Questions 98
3 Total Time Duration 3 Hours and 30 Minutes
4 Number of Paper 2 (Paper-1 & Paper-2)
5 Number of Section 5
6 Name of Sections
  • Decision Making
  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)
  • General Knowledge (GK)
  • Essay Writing

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XAT Exam Pattern

Time Duration

The total time duration of the XAT exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes. Paper-1 is for 170 minutes and after the completion paper-1, there will be a break of 5 minutes. The time duration for the paper-2 is 35 minutes.


There are total five sections in the exam. Paper-1 has three sections: Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Paper-2 consists of two sections: General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

Number of Questions

The number of questions in paper-1 will be 72 but this year number of questions may change. The number of questions in paper-2 will be 25 from GK and 1 topic for essay writing.

Marking Scheme

Each question of XAT will be of 1 mark and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Test takers are allowed to leave 12 questions and beyond that, they will face the negative marking of 0.05 mark.

Section Wise Distribution of Marks and Questions

Candidates can see the section wise distribution of questions as well as marks in the below table. This table will give you the complete idea about XAT Exam Pattern 2018.

Paper Section No. of Questions Total Marks Total Time Negative Marking
Paper-1 Decision Making 21 21 170 Min
  • 0.25 for any wrong answer
  • 0.05 for more than 12 unattempted questions
Verbal and Logical Ability 24 24
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) 27 27
Paper-2 General Knowledge (GK) 25 25 35 Min No Negative Marking
Essay Writing 1 essay

XAT Exam will be conducted on 7th January 2018. The Application Form process has started from 16th August onwards and the last date of filling the application form is 30th November. Candidates can download the XAT Admit Card from 20th December.

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