XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Exam Date : 6th January 2020
Result Date : 17th January 2020

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

3 hours
Paper Pattern
The paper consists of 78 questions with five sections that come in three parts.
Verbal and logical ability, decision making, quantitative ability and data interpretation, human resource management, business management and general knowledge.
Marking Scheme
1 mark for a correct answer and 1/4th of the total marks allocated for a question will be deducted for an incorrect answer. 0.05 marks will be deducted for more than 8 unattended questions

 XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for XAT 2020 might not be changed and may follow the XAT 2019 pattern. In the past year, the essay writing section has been removed and the exam timing has been reduced to 3 hours i.e 180 minutes from the previous 210 minutes. The expected exam pattern for XAT 2020 is provided below:

Name of the Section

No. of Questions

Total Time Allotted

Negative Marking 

Verbal and Logical Ability


180 Minutes

-0.25 for each incorrect answer

Decision Making


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


General Knowledge


  • The XAT Exam contains the 4 sections namely:
    • Verbal and Logical Ability

    • Decision Making

    • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation.

    • General Knowledge

  • Mode of Exam: XAT Exam 2020 is a Computer-based test (CBT).

  • Nature of Marking: There is negative marking for the every wrongly-answered question. 1/4th of the total marks of the question will be deducted for the same.

  • Time Allotted: A time of 180 minutes (3 hours) is provided to the applicant for attempting the exam.

The exam pattern might be changed slightly or retained. Nevertheless, candidates have to wait for XAT 2020 notifications to know the exact XAT exam pattern.

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Discussion Forum

XAT marking scheme

What is the XAT marking scheme?

Asked By: Priyanka Pai,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The XAT marking scheme is as below: -

  • Each question will carry 1 mark.
  • 1/4th mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

XAT 2017 exam duration

What is the duration of the XAT exam?

Asked By: Ridipta Sharma,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The XAT 2017 exam is for a duration of 170 minutes.

XAT 2017 number of questions

How many questions have to be answered in the XAT exam?

Asked By: Lucy Shekhar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The XAT exam consists of 78 questions to be answered.

Sections of XAT-2017 Examination

May I know what are the sections XAT 2017 exam shall consist?

Asked By: Akanksha Das,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The XAT 2017 exam shall consist of the following sections:

    • Quantitative Ability
    • English Language & Logical Reasoning
    • Decision Making
    • G.K
    • Essay

Scoring pattern of XAT exam

What is the scoring pattern of the XAT? Is there any negative marking?

Asked By: raghu vedan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

In XAT different questions carries different marks.

  • The marks allotted to each question was mentioned next to the question on the question paper.
  • There is negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • 1/4th of the mark allotted to a question is deducted for answering it incorrectly.

Duration of XAT exam

What is the total duration of the XAT test?

Asked By: aayush goud,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The duration of the test is two and a half hours.

  • The three topics of the XAT were tested for 2 hours.
  • After a 5-10 minute break, 20 minutes were allotted towards writing the essay.

Skills tested in XAT

What skills are tested in the XAT?

Asked By: ajinkya kaush,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise


  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability 
  • Analytical reasoning and Decision Making 
  • Some of the topics for the essay