It is very important for the candidates to go through the XAT exam pattern 2021 exam prior to starting to prepare for the same. It will help them to understand the overview and the layout of the distribution of questions throughout the question paper, and thus they can prepare accordingly to score well. XAT exam pattern is slightly different from the other MBA entrance exams as it contains an extra section called Decision Making where the decision-making skills of the candidate are tested. The XAT exam pattern for Quantitative Ability is quite complex, therefore candidates must be thorough with the basics. The XAT question pattern of 2021 is tabulated and explained in detail. The exam paper as per the XAT Syllabus has 4 sections. As mentioned earlier DM is a new section, so it will be beneficial to the candidates if they practice many questions based on that topic. Candidates must remember that there are negative marks in XAT for wrong answers and 1/4th of the marks will be deducted for every question answered incorrectly. However, there is no XAT negative marking for General Knowledge Section. Candidates can check the structure of the XAT exam pattern in this section.
XAT 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights
XLRI has made some changed in the XAT exam pattern for the year 2021. The major changes that have been made in the XAT paper pattern compared to the past years are listed below:
- The exam timing of XAT is changed from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM to 10 AM to 1 PM.
- The total number of questions has increased to 100 from 99.
- XLRI has introduced NAT Questions without any negative marking scheme. To answer the NAT questions candidates have to use the virtual keypad appearing on the computer screen and enter the numerical answer.
- There will be no essay writing test in the XAT exam pattern.
- Questions will be of objective types (multiple-choice questions)
- General Knowledge section will not be counted for percentile evaluation.
- All the MCQ type questions have five options with one correct option.
- Candidates must remember that each un-attempted question beyond 8 questions will carry a negative marking penalty of 0.10 mark per unattempted question in revised XAT exam pattern.
- There will be no sectional time-limit provided for the sections.
- XAT negative marking will not be applicable for the GK section.
- For visually impaired candidates, XLRI offered extra 25 minutes to completed Part 1 of the question paper. But no time concession is given for GK section as per the new XAT exam pattern.
Section-Wise XAT 2021 Exam Pattern
The section-wise XAT exam pattern is tabulated below. Candidates can check the number of questions that will be asked from each section, the time allotted for those sections and the XAT marks per question. There are two sections overall; Part 1 contains subjects such as Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation whereas Part 2 contains questions from General Knowledge. Candidates must remember that there will be no sectional time allotted for these subjects.
|Sections||XAT Question Pattern||Overall Time Duration|
|Part-1||75 (Multiple-choice Questions)||165 Minutes|
|Verbal and Logical Ability||26||No Sectional Time Limit|
|Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation||28|
|Part-2||25 (Multiple-choice Questions)||15 Minutes|
|Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)||100|
XAT Exam 2021 is a Computer-based test (CBT). There is a negative marking for every incorrectly answered question. The candidate can leave 8 questions unanswered beyond which 0.10 marks will be deducted for each unanswered question.
XAT 2021 Exam Pattern Detailed Information
To prepare well for the XAT 2021 exam, candidates must have knowledge of the XAT exam pattern in detail. With the help of XAT pattern, XAT marking scheme and XAT question pattern, candidates will get an idea about the number and type of questions that are asked in recent years. The XAT test pattern is discussed in details below.
|Name of the Section||XAT Exam Pattern 2021 Details|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning||
|Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||
XAT 2021 Marking Scheme
The marking scheme of XAT 2021 is tabulated below. Candidates can check the XAT exam pattern which will include XAT negative marking and XAT marks per question for every correct answer. With the help of XAT marking scheme, candidates will be able to analyse their marks in the qualifying exam and what marks they have scored for each correct answer. In this way, candidates will get to know the expected marks they had secured in the XAT 2021. The XAT scoring pattern is given below in the table.
|XAT Marking Scheme 2021|
|1/4 marks will be deducted for wrong answers|
|0.10 mark will be deducted for eight unattempted questions.|
|For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded|
|No XAT negative marking will be there for GK section in part-2|
XAT 2021 Exam Pattern Vs Last Years XAT Pattern
The table below represents the XAT exam pattern 2021 compared with the previous year's XAT exam pattern. Apart from removing the essay writing test from XAT, a new type of NAT question pattern has been introduced in the XAT exam. Although there is no significant change in the XAT paper pattern in the past two years, the only thing which is different when compared with past two years in the question paper is that there is no essay writing. Candidates can check all the details in the table below.
|XAT Exam year||XAT 2021||XAT 2020||XAT 2019|
|Test Duration||3 Hours||3 Hours||3 Hours|
|Number of Sections||4||4||4|
|Subjective Answer Question||No||No||No|
|XAT Total marks||100||99||99|
|Key Change||No Essay Writing Test||No Essay Writing Test||No Essay Writing Test|
XAT Paper Pattern - Syllabus
As far as preparation is concerned, one can practice mock tests using previous year papers. This will ideally help them to get familiar with the XAT exam pattern. The question paper is divided into five different sections. For the XAT 2021 exam, the essay writing section is removed. So the other sections are Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and General Knowledge (GK). There is no strict curriculum for the GK section. Students ought to be thorough with the current affairs to score well in this section. The other three subjects are taken into consideration for calculating the percentile. Some of the important topics for the XAT exam pattern are mentioned below. The XAT Syllabus is just as extensive as the CAT Syllabus and similar to CAT, it does not have an official syllabus as of now. Before the XAT Syllabus, the XAT exam pattern has to be carefully looked at. The XAT Exam Pattern is composed of 4 sections which include:
- Verbal and Logical Ability
- Decision Making
- Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
- General Knowledge
Verbal and Logical Ability
- Para jumbled
- Paragraph completion
- Reading comprehension
- Situational events
- Case studies
- Data arrangement
- Analytical reasoning
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability
- Tables, Graphs
- Profit and Loss
- Speed and Distance
- International Relations
- Society updates
To learn more about the topics students must know the syllabus of XAT. Also, knowledge of the syllabus helps one to prepare and strategize better for this test. For more details, regarding the syllabus of XAT 2021, candidates can check the XAT 2021 Syllabus.