How many questions to attempt in XAT 2019 to get a good percentile?

XAT is one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in the country. Also, XLRI has announced certain changes in the exam pattern for the exam. So here we

Aug 20, 2018 12:37 IST
How many questions to attempt in XAT 2019
How many questions to attempt in XAT 2019

While preparing for CAT exam we all wish for that ‘99 percentile’ and a call from IIM but there is no harm in considering other good colleges like XLRI, FMS, IIFT etc. These prestigious institutes offer a bright career growth to the MBA Aspirants with good placement packages depending upon the students skills and capabilities.

XLRI conducts Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) every year to grant admission to MBA aspirants in different management courses offered by them. The XAT 2019 will be conducted on 6th January 2019. And before you get ready to appear for the next big MBA entrance exam, take a look at the ideal number of questions that you should attempt in order to score a good percentile in the XAT exam. If you did happen to perform well in CAT, then do not lose hope for XAT 2018. It is one of the most sought after management entrance tests of India that gives the students an opportunity to interact with the best faculty and alumni.  

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Scoring 99+ % percentile is not required in XAT…95+ does the job

Since, there is still time left for the XAT exam, we need a preparation strategy that will help us clear our concepts and brush up our knowledge to get good score in the exam. Candidates can refer to the XAT exam pattern as given below to gain a better understanding of what the XAT question paper is like:

Section Name

No. Of Questions

Negative Marking

Decision Making


+1 marks for every correct answer

Negative 0.25 for every wrong answer

Verbal and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)


General Knowledge


No Negative Marking

The total duration of the exam is 3 hours or 180 minutes.

XAT also considers sectional cutoff so you need to focus on each and every area of the syllabus as being good in English will not save you from the aptitude and scoring good in reasoning cannot compensate for your English score here.

40-45+ marks can be regarded safe to get you 95+ percentile, but, since percentile depends on the test taken it will vary accordingly

Key areas to score maximum percentile in XAT Exam are:

  1. Practice more and more mock test to increase speed and accuracy as striking a right balance between speed and accuracy is all that matters to score good in XAT
  2. All sections are equally important so clearing sectional cutoff is mandatory
  3. One should practice critical reasoning and reading comprehensions as they can get you more marks.. do not under estimate this area
  4. Geometry, Number system, Probability and DI is a key to crack QA and DI section
  5. Prepare for static and current affairs for the past 6 months and revise them so that you can retain at that very moment

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XAT is entirely different from other top MBA Exams. So make sure to prepare with the appropriate strategy. XAT challenges and questions your logic at each and every level. You will find questions with very close options to make your job more difficult to choose the appropriate answer. If you have a clear mindset and can think logically this is one of the easiest exams to crack.

Attempting 16-18 questions in each section with great accuracy will get you a good percentile in the exam. We hope that these tips will land you up with a finest score in the XAT 2018 attempt that will further help you get admission in XLRI.

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