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XAT Exam Pattern / Paper Pattern 2020

XAT Exam Pattern 2020

The XAT 2020 exam will be held in January 2020. The key to crack XAT 2020 exam is to go through previous year mock exams since the XAT exam syllabus is variable. Since XAT 2018 the exam pattern has been changed.  Here is a complete know how of the XAT exam pattern 2020.

XAT Exam Pattern 2020: About

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Exam Pattern 2020: Section Wise Details

XAT Exam 2020 Sections

No. of Questions

XAT Exam 2020 Marking Scheme

Level Of Difficulty

 

Marks per Correct Question

Negative Marking

Maximum Marks

Decision Making

21-24

1

0.25

21-24

Moderate to Difficult

Verbal & Logical Ability

24-26

1

0.25

24-26

Moderate to Very Difficult

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

27

1

0.25

27

Moderate to Difficult

General Knowledge

25

1

 

25

Moderate to Difficult

Total

97-100

72-77

Difficult

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XAT Exam Pattern 2020: Key Highlights

It is interesting to note that unlike other MBA entrance exams, the exam pattern of XAT 2020 and marking scheme is unique. Here are some key highlights about the XAT 2020 paper pattern:

  1. The number of questions is between 97-100 questions.There is no Essay this year.
  2. Probably by 3rd Week of August 2019, XAT authorities will confirm the marking scheme and weightage of each section. It is expected to change this year for XAT 2020.
  3. Candidates need to choose1 correct answer out of the 5 choices
  4. The exam duration is around 3 hours now.
  5. There is negative marking for ¼ mark, but only for Part 1 MCQ based questions
  6. There is negative marking of 0.05 marks for leaving more than 8-13 unanswered questions. More clarity will be available by 3rd Week of August 2019.

Here is a breakup of the average time one should spend on each section during the XAT 2020 exam:

XAT Time

Below is a graph showing the trend of total number of questions asked over the years. The values for 2020 are a projection based on the previous years:

XAT Paper Pattern 2019

XAT Exam Pattern 2020: Exam Pattern over the Years

XAT Exam Year Total No. Of Questions Question Break-up Total Duration (in hours) ime Break-up (in minutes) Marking Scheme
VA/RC/LR DM QA/DI GK Essay Part 1 Part 2
2016 103 26 23 29 25 1 3.5 175 35 -0.05 for more than 13 un-attempted questions
2017 97 24 21 27 25 1 3.5 175 35 -0.05 for more than 13 un-attempted questions
2018 97 24 21 27 25 1 3.5 175 35 -0.05 for more than 13 un-attempted questions
    Used for Percentile Calculation Overall Merit List        

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