• XAT Exam Pattern 2024: Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme

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Update on: 29 Aug 2023 18:44:23 PM

XAT exam pattern 2024 consists of objective type of questions and essay writing. The exam has sections that include Decision-making, Verbal and logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, GK, and essay writing, The marks secured by candidates in the GK sections will not be used to determine the merit list of candidates. Those who are going to appear for the XAT exam 2024 must go through this post to know about the latest XAT exam pattern in detail.


XAT Exam Pattern 2024 

XAT Exam Pattern 2024 is prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur on its website. Candidates who will be taking the XAT exam should check out the detailed XAT exam pattern for the written test. XAT 2024 exam is composed of two parts. The first part has questions based on Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. The time duration for XAT exam is 210 minutes. On the other hand, the second part is GK and essay topic. Candidates can check out the latest XAT exam pattern that is given on this page. 

XAT Exam Pattern 2024: Highlights

XAT pattern was revised in 2023. As per the changes made in XAT exam pattern in 2023, the time duration was increased from from 180 minutes to 210 minutes. The major highlights of the XAT exam pattern is given below in the table. 

XAT Exam Structure

XAT Exam Details

Number of sections

5 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge and Essay Writing)

Duration of exam

3 hours and 30 minutes (210 minutes)

Number of questions


Total marks


Language of paper


Number of answer choices


Mode of examination


XAT marking scheme

+1 mark for correct answer

- 0.25 marks for incorrect answer

- 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted consecutive questions

No negative marking in GK section

XAT Pattern 2024: Sectional Wise Paper Pattern

The XAT exam pattern shall have the following sections. Check the sectional break up of XAT exam paper below in the table. 



Number of Questions

Duration of the test


Decision Making


175 minutes

Quantitative ability and data interpretation


Verbal and logical ability



General Knowledge


30 minutes


1 to be answered out of 3


105 Questions

210 Minutes

XAT Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme

XAT exam shall consists of objective type of questions along with an essay. Here is the XAT exam marking scheme. 

  • One mark will be awarded for each right answer while 0.25 mark is deducted for wrong answer. 
  • 0.10 marks will be deducted for more than eight unanswered consecutive questions
  • There will be no negative marking in General Knowledge section.
  • Scores of General Knowledge section will not be considered for calculating XAT score 
  • The essay will be evaluated at the time of PI shortlisting and will not be included in XAT score calculation

XAT Marking Scheme



Correct Answer

+ 1 Mark

Incorrect answer

- 0.25 Mark

Marks deducted for more than eight unanswered consecutive questions

- 0.10

Negative marking in GK section

No negative marking

XAT Syllabus 2024 

Candidates should go through the detailed XAT syllabus to prepare for the exam. Check the list of subject wise important topics for the exam. 

XAT Syllabus

Important Topics

Verbal and Logical Ability

Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy, Parajumble, Grammar, Reasoning, Fill in the Blanks, etc.

Decision Making

Data Arrangement, Grouping, Complex Arrangement, Caselets, Assumptions, Premises, Conclusions, etc.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Arithmetic, Mensuration, Percentage, Algebra, Mensuration, Geometry, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Tables, Data Interpretation, etc.

General Knowledge

Science, Economy, Business, Politics, Static GK, Current Affairs, Sports, Prize and Award, World, Government, Constitution of India, etc.

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