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XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

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XAT Exam Pattern

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern: The XAT 2022 Exam Pattern has been updated as per the latest notification released on 24th December 2021. XLRI has introduced the essay once again in the XAT paper. The Xavier Aptitude Test, or XAT Exam, is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams conducted by Xavier Leadership Research Institute, Jamshedpur. The XAT allows qualified candidates to study in XLRI Jamshedpur's MBA and PGDM programmes and other top colleges that accept XAT scores. The XAT Exam Pattern has shifted slightly in recent years. This makes preparing for the XAT Exam a little more challenging, but the sections have remained the same.

XAT Entrance Exam - Overview                                                    

ParticularsDetails
Name of the Conducting AuthorityXavier Labour Relations Institute
CategoryExam Pattern
Online Registration start dateAugust 10, 2021
Last date to register  December 10, 2021
Admit card download start date  December 20, 2021
Admit card download last dateJanuary 2, 2022
Exam Date January 2, 2022
Mode of ExamOnline (Subject to change)
Exam patternOnline Test,Group Discussion and Personal Interview 
EligibilityBachelor's degree from a recognized University
Websitehttps://xatonline.in/ 

XAT 2022 Exam Latest Updated Pattern 

As per the latest update released by XLRI, XAT 2022 has reintroduced the essay for the candidates. In contrast to the four alternatives in the CAT, all questions in the XAT Exam Pattern are Multiple Choice Questions with five options.

However, the XAT Exam Pattern introduced a new form of question known as the Numerical Aptitude Type (NAT), in which applicants must enter their answers using a virtual keyboard. This questionnaire is likely to appear in the XAT 2022 Exam.

Stage 1Online Test
Stage 2Group Discussion
Stage 3Personal Interview

Stage 1 – Online Test

SectionsNumber of questionsTime Duration
Part-175 Total MCQs165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability26 
Decision Making21 
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28 
Part-225 Total MCQs + 1 Essay15 Minutes
General Knowledge25 
Essay1 
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)101 180 minutes

Note 1: There is no sectional time limit in Part-1 of XAT

Note 2:  Essay shall be evaluated after the candidate will be shortlisted for the interview.

Verbal and Logical Ability

This phase will examine the applicants' logical thinking and verbal/reasoning ability. The subjects cover vocabulary, para jumbles, critical reasoning, statements-assumptions, para completion, analogy, etc.

Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making

This section will examine the candidates' decision-making ability; topics include short case lets, decision making, complex arrangement, logical reasoning, situations, etc.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Individual questions from disciplines such as Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Arithmetic, Modern Math, and Trigonometry are followed by questions in sets of 3-4 on the XAT Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Questions about Time & Work, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Equations, Number systems, Clocks, Tables, Bar Diagrams, Graphs, and other topics are frequently asked in this section.

General Knowledge 

This section will test the candidate's broad knowledge. The topics include economics, International Affairs, National Affairs, Elementary Science, Capitals and Currencies etc.

Stage 2 & Stage 3 – Group Discussion & Personal Interview 

The majority of the contents of the XAT Group Discussion and Personal Interview round are kept under wraps. However, aspirants may anticipate taking part in a group discussion followed by a Personal Interview. Both rounds will be given a 20% weighting in the final selection process for seat allocation.

XAT Exam patternComputer Based Test
Total number of Questions100
Type of questionsMultiple choice questions (MCQ)
Scoring Pattern1 mark for each correct response
Negative Marking For each incorrect response, 0.25 of a point is deducted.
Exam Duration3 hours
  • Negative marking is not used on general knowledge questions.
  • To determine the XAT percentile score & XAT merit list, only three sections (Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability) of the XAT exam are considered. In the XAT 2022 exam pattern, General Knowledge will not be used to determine percentiles.
  • The time limit for solving the question paper in XAT Pattern 2022 is not sectional. Within the total time limit, the candidate may attempt any topic from any of the three sections.

XAT Exam Pattern Changes

  • In recent years, XLRI has introduced a new type of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in the XAT exam pattern, which is expected to continue in the future. Candidates must use the virtual keypad on the computer screen to enter numerical answers to the NAT questions.
  • The XAT essay writing examination was originally paper-based, but it was transformed into an online computer-based test with computerisation. However, the essay part of the XAT exam has now been discontinued by XLRI. As a result, there are no descriptive questions on the Essay Writing test in the redesigned XAT pattern.
  • Another significant modification in the XAT exam is that under the updated XAT exam format, each unanswered question beyond 8 questions will result in a negative marking of 0.10 mark per question.
  • The XAT 2022 exam will last three hours instead of the previous three and a half hours.
  • The scribe will have an additional 25 minutes to finish part 1 (Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability) of the XAT exam in 2022. There is no time limit for the General Knowledge portion.

Candidates should have a better knowledge of the XAT Exam Pattern after reading this article. We wish all of the applicants the best of luck as they study for their exams.

FAQs

How many times does XAT is conducted in a year?

XAT is conducted once a year.

How many stages does the XAT Exam have? +

The XAT Exam will have 3 stages. The first is an online objective test followed by Group Discussion & then Personal Interview.

Is there any negative marking for the online Objective Questions for the XAT Exam? +

In the objective questions, any wrong response will result in a 0.25-point deduction. There is also a negative marking if there are eight unattempted questions in a sequence.

What methods will be used to finalise the XAT merit list? +

XAT Merit List is determined by adding all of the candidates’ scores from all phases of the selection process.

Can a third-year degree student apply for XAT? +

Yes, you can apply for XAT, if you are enrolled in a three-year degree course, and you are in the final year of your course.

How many sections are there in XAT Online Exam? +

XAT Online exam has 4 sections:
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, General Knowledge

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