XAT 2020 Exam Pattern is decided by XLRI, Jamshedpur, being the conducting body. It is one of the most popular MBA entrance examinations with scores being accepted by many prestigious B-Schools across the country. It is conducted annually in a single session in online mode. Over the years several changes to the Exam Pattern of Xavier's Aptitude test have been made. Numerical Type Answer (NAT) questions have been introduced for XAT 2020 Exam Pattern and sectional time limit removed therefore, students will be able to utilize the total allotted for solving all the sections.
Latest Update: XAT 2020 Results had been declared in the form of Scorecard on January 16, 2020. Candidates can download the same using their Registration Id and Password.
Candidates have to solve the first three sections within 165 minutes and the GK section within the remaining 15 minutes. The score for the GK section will not be considered for final percentile calculation. Penalty of 0.05 per un-attempted questions beyond the permitted number of 8 questions is introduced. Also, there is a provision allowing candidates to submit their papers after 30 minutes of the commencement of the examination.
|XAT 2020 Examination mode||Computer-based|
|Total number of questions||99|
|Type of questions||MCQ|
|Number of options||5|
|Total allotted time||180 minutes|
|Number of sections in XAT 2020||4|
|Name of sections in XAT 2020||Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge|
|Marking system of XAT 2020||+1 for correct answers, -0.25 for incorrect answers, -0.05 for each unanswered question (beyond 8 questions), GK has no negative marking|
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XAT 2020 allows candidates to solve the first three sections in 165 minutes, with no time limit for each section. The remaining 15 minutes are allotted for the GK section. There is no time concession, except for candidates with scribes. Those candidates will get an extra 25 minutes to complete the first three sections.According to XAT 2020 Exam Pattern, the number of questions for each section are tabulated below.
|Section||Number of Questions||Allotted time|
|Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and RC)||26||165 minutes|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||27|
|General Knowledge||25||15 minutes|
The number of questions in each section in the XAT 2020 Exam Pattern has changed for each year. Here is a table representing the changing XAT 2020 pattern for the last four years, along with the allotted time.
|XAT Year||Total No. of Questions||Section-wise divisions||Total time|
|VA and RC||Decision Making||QA and DI||GK|
|2019 (without Essay) online test||99 MCQs||26||21||27||25||3 hours|
|2018 online test||97 MCQs and 1 Essay||24||21||27||25||3 ½ hours|
|2017 (pen-paper test)||97 MCQs and 1 Essay||24||21||27||25||3 ½ hours|
|2016 (pen-paper test)||103 MCQs and 1 Essay||26||23||29||25||3 ½ hours|
In the XAT 2020 Exam Pattern, the score of the GK section is not considered for final percentile calculation. Therefore 74 MCQs will be considered for the final percentile. Each question will be followed by 5 options.
Since 2017, few changes have been made by XLRI to mark the XAT paper. It is expected that XAT 2020 will also have the same marking pattern as the previous years. Until 2015, XAT did not have any negative marking for unanswered questions. The pattern was introduced in XAT 2016. However, the number of permitted questions that could be left un-attempted has varied over the years. The changing patterns in the marking system of XAT over the previous four years are presented in the table below.
|XAT Year||Marks for Correct Answer||Penalty for Incorrect Answer||Penalty for Unanswered Questions|
|2020||1||0.25||Beyond 8 questions||0.10|
|2019||1||0.25||Beyond 8 questions||0.05|
|2018||1||0.25||Beyond 12 questions||0.05|
|2017||1||0.25||Beyond 12 questions||0.05|
|2016||1||0.25||Beyond 13 questions||0.05|
While the marking scheme remains largely similar to previous years, XAT 2020 will also have sectional cut-offs, other than overall cut off.
XLRI did not declare any official syllabus for XAT 2020. However, analyzing examination patterns over the years, a syllabus can be framed covering the relevant topics. The XAT 2020 Exam Pattern questions covered topics that evaluate the candidates quantitative, decision making, verbal and analytical skills. Here is a tabulated format of the syllabus for each section in XAT.
|Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and RC)||Grammar, Para Jumbles, Vocabulary, Paragraph Completion, Reading Comprehensions on abstract topics, social and economic issues, science and technology, culture, historical fiction, etc.|
|Decision Making||Data Arrangement Sets, Analytical Reasoning, Conditions and Grouping, Case lets, Situations, Complex Arrangement|
|Quantitative Analysis and Data Interpretation||Arithmetic, Profit and Loss, Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Percentages, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Probability, Permutation, Combination, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Venn Diagram, Binomial Theorem, Progressions, Surds and Indices, Logarithm, Equations, Set Theory, Complex Numbers, Number System Bar Diagram, Data Tables, Data Charts, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Analysis and Comparison|
|General Knowledge||History, Politics, Economy and Finance, Sports, International Affairs, Books and Authors, Literature, Current Affairs, Society and Culture etc.|
The above-mentioned ones are some of the major topics for the XAT 2020 Exam Pattern. More about the syllabus can be understood from the XAT examination preparation books and materials.
Candidates can have an extensive idea about the XAT 2020 exam pattern and syllabus from the preparatory books for XAT. Many renowned B-School experts and professors have authored books to help students prepare for the examination. They can find sample papers and previous year’s solutions in those books as well. Here we have created a list of books on each subject that was useful for a XAT 2020 aspirant. Have a look at the table below.
|Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning|
|Verbal Ability and Comprehension for XAT||Bharat Patodi|
|MBA (XAT, CMAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT)||Gautam Puri|
|Word Power Made Easy||Norman Lewis|
|Concepts of LR – Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, CMAT, Bank PO & Other Aptitude Tests||Gajendra Kumar|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT (Box Set)||Gajendra Kumar|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning||R.S Agarwal|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation|
|Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations||Abhijit Guha|
|Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XAT||Deepak Agarwal|
|Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude exams (Old Edition)||Gajendra Kuma|
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations||R.S Agarwal|
|How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Data Interpretation for the CAT||Arun Sharma|
|General Knowledge 2020||Arihant|
|Target XAT 2020 (Past Papers 2005 - 2017 + 5 Mock Tests)||Disha|
|IIFT & XAT (GK Compendium) 2016-17||Career Launcher|
|Jabbing the XAT||R.K Jha|
Apart from books, XAT aspirants should also follow magazines and newspapers to have a better knowledge of current affairs. Some of them are mentioned below –
XAT exam papers over the years have maintained a moderate to difficult standard of questions. The exam pattern has altered the difficulty level of papers each year. For XAT 2020, candidates can refer to previous year papers to have an idea of the difficulty level. Here we have presented an analysis of previous years exams.
|No. of sections||4|
|No. of questions to attempt||99 (VA-RC – 26, Decision Making – 21, QA-DI – 27, GK – 25)|
|Total time||165 minutes + 15 minutes|
|Overall difficulty level||Moderate to difficult|
|Most difficult sections||Verbal Ability was reported as the toughest by examinees and QA was tougher than in previous years. Decision Making had a few tricky questions too.|
|Easiest sections||Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning had no mathematical reasoning so many candidates found it easier to solve.|
|XLRI cut-off for Business Management||Males – 96, Females – 95|
|XLRI cut-off for Human Resource Management||Males – 74, Females - 93|
|No. of sections||5 including essay|
|No. of questions to attempt||97 (VA-RC – 24, Decision Making – 21, QA-DI – 27, GK – 25)|
|Total time||170 minutes + 40 minutes|
|Overall difficulty level||Moderate to difficult|
|Most difficult sections||Verbal Ability was the toughest and many aspirants found GK questions difficult.|
|Easiest sections||QA and DI was easier than previous years and so was Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning|
|XLRI cut-off for Business Management||Males – 94, Females – 94|
|XLRI cut-off for Human Resource Management||Males – 92, Females - 92|
The above-mentioned cut-offs are for PGDM courses at the XLRI, Jamshedpur. Apart from the overall cut off released by XLRI, there are sectional cut-offs as well. The sectional cut-offs can vary for male and female candidates. Other institutes will have different cut-offs for their programs. Candidates securing between 75 to 94 percentiles can get admission in one of the popular B-Schools that accept XAT score.
XAT candidates must follow the following guidelines to ensure smooth functioning throughout the day.
Ques. Can I decide the sequence of the XAT 2020 Exam?
Ans. Yes, you can
Ques. Was there any sectional time limit for XAT 2020?
Ans. No, there is no sectional limit for XAT 2020.
Ques. Who conducts XAT 2020?
Ans. XLRI, Jamshedpur conducts XAT 2020.
Ques. How many sections were there in XAT 2020?
Ques. What are the four sections in XAT 2020?
Ans. The four sections in XAT 2020 are VA-RC, Decision Making, QD/DI and GK.