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XAT Exam Pattern 2025

The XAT 2025 exam will be held on 5th January 2025. The key to crack XAT 2025 exam is to go through previous year mock exams since the XAT exam syllabus is variable. Since XAT 2025 the exam pattern has been changed.  Here is a complete know how of the XAT exam pattern 2025.

XAT Exam Pattern 2025: About

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Exam Pattern 2025: Section Wise Details

XAT Exam 2025 Sections

No. of Questions

XAT Exam 2025 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 2025: Key Highlights

It is interesting to note that unlike other MBA entrance exams, the exam pattern of XAT 2025 and marking scheme is unique. Here are some key highlights about the XAT 2025 paper pattern:

  1. The number of questions is between 97-100 questions.There is no Essay this year.
  2. Candidates need to choose1 correct answer out of the 5 choices
  3. The exam duration is around 3 hours now.
  4. There is negative marking for ¼ mark, but only for Part 1 MCQ based questions
  5. 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 2022.

Here is a breakup of the average time one should spend on each section during the XAT 2025 exam:

XAT Time

Below is a graph showing the trend of total number of questions asked over the years. The values for 2025 are a projection based on the previous years:

XAT Paper Pattern 2019

XAT Exam Pattern 2025: 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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