XAT 2019- Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur is one of the top MBA entrance exams of India, scores of which are accepted by all top MBA institutes (except IIMs) in India.
XAT is often compared to CAT and IIFT exam in terms of difficulty level. The uniqueness of XAT exam lies in its Decision Making section. The ‘Decision Making’ section of XAT checks the candidate’s management aptitude by presenting different situations and cases and offering options to choose from as the best.
In terms of negative marking too, XAT follows a very distinct pattern from CAT or other MBA entrance exams like CMAT, MAT, SNAP, ATMA, NMAT by GMAC. In XAT, 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Additional 0.5 marks are also deducted for more than 8 un-attempted questions.
Let’s take a look at aspects which sets apart XAT from other management entrance exams:
XAT exam pattern
The XAT exam pattern till 2018 used to have two parts. First part included Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second part consisted of General Knowledge and Essay Writing. From 2019 exam, the essay writing has been scrapped. But it doesn’t mean that XAT 2019 question paper will be easy now.
The XAT 2019 question paper will contain one section and four subjects:
- Decision Making
- Verbal and Logical Ability
- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and
- General Knowledge
|Since, the Essay Writing section, which contained one question, has been scrapped, the Decision Making section will have one extra question so that the total number of questions remain 100.
Below mentioned are the XAT 2019 sections:
XAT question paper and marking scheme
In terms of exam duration and other related aspects, XAT is similar to other MBA exams. Unlike CAT, XAT candidates will have the freedom to decide the chronology of the question paper. He/she can decide which XAT section to solve first.
Negative marking in XAT is also different from other MBA entrance exams. While in most of the exams, 1/4th or 1/3rd marks are deducted, in XAT, not only 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer, 0.5 marks are deducted for more than 8 un-attempted questions too. Negative marking scheme applies to Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation sections of the XAT question paper only. There is no negative marking in General Knowledge section.
Also, score of General Knowledge section is not included in determining the XAT percentiles and the cut-offs in the first stage of the selection process at XLRI, Jamshedpur. It is important to score well in this section, nonetheless.
XAT eligibility criteria:
While most of the MBA entrance exams including CAT accept applications of candidates who have scored at least 50% marks in aggregate in Graduation; there is no minimum qualifying marks criteria for appearing in XAT. Any candidate who has completed Graduation from any stream or equivalent from a recognized university, can apply for XAT.
XAT application fee:
XAT application fee is same for all candidates. There is no rebate for candidates belonging to SC/ST or PWD categories, unlike other MBA entrance exams where application fee for Reserved category students is much less than that for General category students.
To prepare for XAT 2019 exam, it is important to know the topics well and understand the concepts thoroughly. Mock test series is the other most important factor that will determine an aspirant’s performance.
Let’s take a look at some of the topics of XAT 2019 exam syllabus:
Verbal and Logical Ability
|Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary||Fill in the blanks||Para completion|
|Analogy based on vocabulary||Para Jumble||Paragraph formation questions|
|Sentence correction||Pronunciation||Critical Reasoning and Inference|
|binary logic||seating arrangement||blood relations|
|logical sequence||assumption||premise, conclusion|
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)
|Percentage||Tables and Caselets||Linear and Quadratics Equations|
|Profit and Loss||Probability||Surds and Indices|
|Ratio and Proportion||Critical Path||Inequalities|
|Variation||Averages and Partnerships||Logarithms|
|Time and Work||Alligations and Mixtures||Numbers|
|Time, Speed and Distance||Algebra||Mensuration|
|LCM and HCF||Simple and Compound Interest||Geometry|
|Pure Maths||Venn Diagram||Trigonometry|
|Data Tables||Data charts||Bar diagrams|
|Graphs||Pie charts||Data analysis|
|Decision making||Logical Reasoning||Sets|
|Awards and winners||History||Static GK|
|Business and Politics||Geography||Famous Personalities|
|Government and Economy||World Events||Current Affairs|
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