XAT 2017: Revised Exam Pattern; penalty for leaving questions unattempted

Find out the revised exam pattern of XAT 2017 Exam. As per the new rules, exam-takers will invite penalty for leaving questions unattempted. Read the full news at jagranjosh.com.

XAT 2017
XAT 2017

XLRI has recently released the ‘Expected Question Paper for XAT 2017’. The link is provided at the homepage of the official website of Xavier Aptitude Test. As per the revised exam pattern released by XLRI, it has been mentioned that the paper will consist of two parts. Part I will carry three sections A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively and Part II will carry 25 GK questions and an essay.

We have provided a list of top 25 topics that you can revise to prepare for XAT Essay Writing section. A total time limit of 210 minutes will be provided to each test-taker to complete the exam. For Paper 1, 170 minutes will be allotted to answer 72 questions. For Paper 2, time of 35 minutes will be allotted to answer 25 general knowledge questions and essay writing topic. It should be noted that XLRI will consider the marks of general knowledge section for the final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for interview/GD.

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XAT 2017 Exam Pattern


Section Name

No. of Questions

Total Time

Paper 1

Decision Making


170 minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI)


Paper 2

General Knowledge


35 minutes

Essay Writing





210 minutes

In addition the candidates will also have to face negative marking in Paper I. As per the rules mentioned in the question paper booklet, ONE FOURTH OF A MARK may be deducted for each incorrect answer wherein each question has five alternatives. Candidates are asked to use only BLUE OR BLACK BALL-POINT PEN for marking answers on the OMR answer sheet.

Another important catch mentioned in the exam booklet is about ‘leaving a question unattempted’. The exam conducting body has specifically mentioned that “Leaving a question UNATTEMPTED may result in a DEDUCTION OF 0.05 MARK. However, this deduction will not apply for a MAXIMUM OF 12 UNATTEMPTED QUESTIONS. The negative marks for UNATTEMPTED QUESTIONS shall be deducted proportionately across the three sections.” This new addition implies that this time leaving a fixed number of unattempted questions can also land you in deep water.

About XAT Exam

XAT exam is conducted by XLRI on behalf of XAMI. XLRI has been conducting this exam for over 60 years on an all India level. The exam screens one of the most appropriate students for management education. IT should also be noted that the XAT score is considered for admission by more than 150 B-Schools across India.

For more information about XAT Exam, you can visit the official website. You can also contact the admission body through their email admissions@xatonline.net.inadmis@xlri.ac.in

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