XAT registrations generally open in the third week of August and close by the fourth week of November. Thereafter, the test is generally conducted in the first week of January. XAT 2019 will be conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in a single session.
XAT is the second most coveted B-school entrance test in India after the Common Admission Test. Around 1 lakh students take the XAT every year.
Generally speaking, a student must have completed his/her graduation or s/he must be in the final year of a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s program.
More than 150 B-schools accept XAT scores.
There are two good institutes in Gujarat that accept XAT scores: Institute of Rural Management, Anand and Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad.
XAT used to be a paper-based exam till 2017. Now, it is an online computer-based test.
XAT 2019 will have four sections as opposed to five sections in XAT 2018. Kindly note that there won’t be an Essay Writing task from 2019. All questions will be of the MCQ type. Each question will have 5 options. The detailed format of the test will be as below:
You can download Official XAT 2019 bulletin here to know more about the application process, probable format of questions and participating institutions.
As of 2018, the test was of 205 minutes duration. In 2019, the duration of the test has been reduced to 180 minutes.
All questions that candidates find on the XAT test sections (except General Knowledge section) are conceptually below class X. However, the level of logic and common sense tested on these questions is higher. Similarly, the Verbal Abllity section does not test pure academic English skills; it tests whether you can process mountains of drab English prose to find answers to the questions asked.
Further, let us see some question patterns that XAT has been testing lately:
Verbal & Logical Ability: Reading Comprehension Passages, Vocabulary, Para-jumbles, Paragraph Completion, Error Correction, Sentence Completion, Critical Reasoning, Statements & Assumptions, Logical Sequence, Fact-Inference-Judgement, Blood Relations and True & False.
Decision Making: Conditions & Groupings, Data Arrangement, Complex Arrangement, Situational Judgement & Caselets.
Quantitative Ability: Conceptual Math below standard X. It includes concepts in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration. Trigonometry questions are rarely asked.
Data Interpretation: Tables, Pie Charts, Column/Bar Graphs, Line Graphs & Data Analysis.
General Knowledge: Current Affairs, International Affairs, Economics, Finance, Sports and Science among many diverse GK areas.
Each question on the XAT exam carries 1 mark irrespective of its difficulty level.
If the candidate’s answer is incorrect, then there is 0.25 negative marking.
The questions asked on the XAT are of Multiple Choice Question Type. However, unlike other exams, you will have 5 answer options per MCQ.
The registration fee is INR 1,700 + Applicable Taxes & Transaction Charges.
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