XAT 2016 Exam Pattern Changed

XAT 2016 exam pattern changes announcement

The countdown to XAT 2016 has already begun. Recently, the XAT authorities announced a list of changes, which will be incorporated in XAT 2016 Exam pattern. Primarily, the XAT 2016 will be a pen and paper based exam that will be conducted in two separate papers. The XAT exam is used by more than 140 top b-schools like the XLRI Jamshedpur, Xavier Associate Management Institutes, and many more top institutes. The Paper I will comprise of Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation. The Paper II will test the student’s General Knowledge and Essay writing capabilities. The exam convener has implemented changes in both the exams.

Here is a list of changes in the XAT 2016 exam pattern.

Paper 1: The exam board has decided to bring down the number of questions in the exam. Where last year, the paper comprised of 84 questions, this year the same will consist of 78 questions. To complement this move, the convener has announced changes in the marking scheme of the exam. To encourage the students to attempt more questions and to ensure they study all the concepts in detail, the XAT 2016 will carry negative marking for any un-attempted questions after a limit. If a candidate leaves more than 13 questions as ‘un-attempted’, 0.05 marks will be deducted for each question. Additionally, the candidates will be penalized 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. For more details of XAT 2016, click here.

Furthermore, the board has also decided to decrease the overall difficulty level of the exam. The XAT authorities received feedbacks from the students, and after analysing it at length, the changes were announced. The time limit of the exam has been increased to 170 minutes from the earlier devised limit of 140 minutes. The main idea behind these changes, as per a top-level officer at XAT, is to reduce the low range of scores and encourage more students to sit for the XAT 2016.

Paper2: The paper-2 of the XAT 2016 will test a candidate’s General Knowledge and Essay writing ability. The time limit of this particular section has also been increased by five minutes. Earlier, this section was to be completed in 30 minutes; however, as per the new exam pattern, candidates will get 35 minutes to complete this section of the XAT 2016. Similarly, the number of questions in this exam has also been decreased from 30 to 25. In furtherance to this, the questions would be of generic nature rather than pertaining to any specific topic. In addition, there would be no negative marking in this section, as compared to the negative marking scheme in Paper 1. The changes were made after they received feedback from a majority of students that due to time constraints the students were incapable of attempting this section properly.

Here is a gist of changes:

XAT 2016 Exam Number of questions Duration of Exam XAT 2015
Paper 1(Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning) 78 170 minutes 84 questions to be completed in 140 minutes.
Paper 2- (General Knowledge, Essay Writing) 25 35 minutes 30 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.

Earlier, the exam registration was to conclude on 24, November 2015. Later, due to a surge in requests for extension of deadline, the XAT convener increased the exam registration deadline to 10, December 2015.