XAT Exam Pattern 2017

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XLRI XAT Exam Pattern

To know about the Exam Pattern of XAT Exam, Please check out this post. Also see the duration, marking scheme, marks distribution, no of questions, type of questions and topics covered of XAT examination 
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT Exam) is divided into two parts. Part A is objective type in nature and Part B comprise of essay type questions  

XAT 2016 Exam is a paper pencil based test of 3.5 hours duration. Majority of the questions are objective type and a subjective type question in the form of Essay Writing. The exam is divided into 2 papers.

Paper 1 is completely objective type in nature. The sections are Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. The duration of this paper is 3 hours.

Paper 2 is a mix of objective and subjective questions. The overall duration of this paper is 30 minutes. The sections are General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

XAT Exam Pattern



Number of Questions


Paper One

Verbal Ability


3 hours

Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


Paper Two

General Knowledge


30 minutes

Essay Writing


Negative marks for wrong answer and un-attempted question may vary. 

Each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks

What is XAT Exam?

XLRI has been conducting Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) at all India level to select the deserving candidates for management education. The test score is being used by more than 100 institutes in the country for the admission to Post Graduate Management Programme in XLRI Jamshedpur and many other top MBA Colleges, Institutes, reputed B-Schools in India.

Top Institutes conducting Admissions on the basis of XAT Scores

Other than Xavier Institutes (Xavier Labour Relations Institute, XIMB), there are many other Top Business Schools which use XAT scores for carrying out admissions to PG Management Programs. Some of them are SP Jain Institute of Management and Research Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad, TA PAI Manipal, Amrita School of Business and Loyola Institute of Business Administration Chennai

Check out the complete list of XAT participating Institutes . Also See the Top 10 MBA Colleges in India which accept the XAT scores for admissions


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