XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking
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XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking

Exam Pattern XLRI Jamshedpur has set up the XAT pattern 2023 to test how fast and accurately candidates can answer questions about math and reasoning. The XAT question paper for 2023 will have two parts, each of which will have a time limit. According to the most recent XAT exam pattern, the first part of […]

 Saurav Anand |05/12/2022 | Share:
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XLRI Jamshedpur has set up the XAT pattern 2023 to test how fast and accurately candidates can answer questions about math and reasoning. The XAT question paper for 2023 will have two parts, each of which will have a time limit. According to the most recent XAT exam pattern, the first part of the question paper will include Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation. The second part will have a General Knowledge section and a short essay topic.

Each section of the XAT 2023 will have 22–27 MCQ questions with five choices for the right answer. According to the most recent XAT pattern, the test will take 180 minutes, or three hours, plus 10 minutes for the essay. It will be given as a computer-based test on January 8 from 2:00 PM to 5:10 PM at places that have been chosen.

XAT Test Pattern for 2023: Key Points

For the 2022 session, the XAT pattern was changed, and the Essay Writing section was brought back.

Take a look at some of the most important parts of the XAT exam pattern:

XAT Exam StructureXAT Exam Details
Number of sections5 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge and Essay Writing)
Duration of exam180 minutes (+10 minutes for the essay)
Number of questions100
Total marks100
Language of paperEnglish
Number of answer choicesFive
Mode of examinationOnline
XAT marking scheme+1 mark for a correct answer- 0.25 marks for an incorrect answer- 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions negative marking in the GK section

Pattern on the XAT: Questions are broken up into sections

The number of questions in the XAT is spread out in different ways, so one section has more questions than another. Here are the different parts of the XAT question paper:

XAT SectionsNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Decision Making2121
Verbal and Logical Ability2626
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation2828
General Knowledge2525
Essay (250 words)1 (candidates can choose 1 topic from 2 options)To be evaluated upon shortlisting
Total100100

How do you score on the XAT Pattern?

  • For each correct answer, you will get one point.
  • Each wrong answer will cost you 0.25 points.
  • If you don’t answer more than eight questions in a row, you’ll lose 0.10 points.
  • No points will be taken away in the General Knowledge section.
  • Scores from the General Knowledge section won’t be used to figure out your XAT score.

How the XAT has changed over the years.

In the last eight years, the XAT question paper hasn’t changed much, except that the Essay Writing section was taken out in 2018 and won’t be back until 2022. In the last eight years, the number of questions has stayed between 97 and 114. 

The table below shows how the XAT exam has changed and how hard the questions have been from 2014 to 2021:

XAT Exam YearTotal Number of QuestionsSection-wise number of questionsMarking SchemeLevel of Difficulty
XAT 2023100VARC: 26DM: 21QA & DI: 28GK: 25+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 2022100VARC: 26DM: 21QA & DI: 28GK: 25Essay: 1 (to be evaluated upon shortlisting)+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 2021100VARC: 26DM: 21QA & DI: 28GK: 25+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 2020100VARC: 26DM: 21QA & DI: 28GK: 25+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer-0.10 for more than 8 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 201999VARC: 26DM: 21QA & DI: 27GK: 25+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer-0.5 for more than 8 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 201897VARC: 24DM: 21QA & DI: 27GK: 25One essay topic+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer;-0.5 for more than 12 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 201797VARC: 24DM: 21QA & DI: 27GK: 25One essay topic+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer;-0.5 for more than 12 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 2016103VARC: 26DM: 23QA & DI: 29GK: 25One essay topic+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answer;-0.5 for more than 13 unanswered questionsModerate to difficult
XAT 2015114VARC: 28DM: 23QA & DI: 33GK: 30One essay topic+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answerModerate to difficult
XAT 2014113VARC: 28DM: 24QA & DI: 31GK: 30One essay topic+1 for each right answer-0.25 for each wrong answerModerate to difficult

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Frequently Asked Questions About XAT Exam Pattern:

Q. Can I choose the order in which I answer the XAT questions?

Ans. You can decide how to answer the questions in the XAT. There is no rule that says you have to answer the questions in the order given. However, candidates do have to stick to the time limits for each section of both parts of the question paper.

Q. How much time does each part of the XAT 2023 take?

Ans. Part 1 of the XAT question paper 2023 will have DM, VALR, and QADI sections that must be finished in 165 minutes. Part 2 will have GK questions and an essay that must be finished in 25 minutes. In the first part, which lasts 165 minutes, candidates can move from one section to another at any time.

Q. Can I look at my answers before turning in the test?

Ans. Yes, you can see the answers to all the questions before sending in your test. You can look over your answers before sending them in by clicking the “Preview and Submit” button on the XAT question paper.

Q. What happens if I don’t answer a question on the XAT?

Ans. You don’t lose points for not answering a question, but if you don’t answer more than eight questions, you’ll lose 0.10 points. So, candidates must be very careful when choosing which questions to answer.

Q. Which part of the XAT exam paper in 2023 will have the most questions?

Ans. The most questions, 28, will be in the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section. The Verbal and Logical Ability section will have 26 questions. There will be 25 questions on GK, and there will be 21 questions on DM.

Q. Is the XAT also given in person?

Ans. No, you can’t take the XAT offline or with a pen and paper. Since 2018, the only way to take the XAT test is online. The test is given at a number of test centres in over 70 cities in India.

Q. Has the XAT exam changed in any way since last year?

Ans. Yes, this year’s XAT test is different from last year’s. There will be five parts to the question paper: numerical ability and data interpretation, verbal and logical ability, decision-making, general knowledge, and essay writing. All of the questions must be answered in 190 minutes.

Q. How are points given on the XAT exam?

Ans. Each correct answer on the XAT 2023 exam is worth one point, and each wrong answer is worth 0.25 points less. For every eight questions in a row that aren’t answered, 0.10 points will be taken away. There are 100 points on the XAT 2023.

Q. Does the XAT have negative marks?

Ans. Yes, there are points taken away on the XAT exam. If you get a question wrong, you lose 0.25 points, and if you don’t answer more than eight questions in a row, you lose 0.10 points.

Q. What are the most important things to know about Quant on the XAT?

Ans. Algebra, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Number Systems, Probability, Mixtures, Arithmetic Sequences, Tables Chart, Multiple Graph, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Interest, Averages, Logarithms, etc. are all important topics in Quant.

Q. How are the questions on the XAT 2022 set up?

Ans. The questions on the XAT 2023 will be multiple-choice questions with five possible answers. The candidates will have to use a computer mouse to send in their answers.


XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking
XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking
XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking
XAT Exam Pattern 2023: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking