XAT 2013 had a lot of changes in its pattern compared to last year. The most notable change was inclusion of General Awareness along with the Essay section in its second paper. Essay and General Awareness will only be evaluated post the initial screening and will not be used for the shortlisting candidates for the GDPI round.

The number of questions in the first paper increased from 85 to 91 and all the questions were of equal marks. There was no differential marking. The number of questions in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation increased from 28 to 36, Verbal and Logical Ability had two questions less than last year at 30, and Decision Making remained at 25 questions. 

Section Questions Marks per Question Negative Marking
Paper 1
Verbal & Logical Ability 30 1 0.25
Decision Making 25 1 0.25
Quant & Data Interpretation 36 1 0.25
Paper 2
General Awareness 30 1 0.25

Essay Topic: Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India. (200 words)