XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Exam Pattern

The exam is of 3 hours or 180 minutes duration. It is divided into four sections carrying objective type questions. There is negative marking for incorrect answers as well.

Marking Scheme

Every question carries one mark. There is negative marking as well. 0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks are deducted for an incorrect response. Questions not attempted also have negative marking. Last year, beyond 8 unattempted questions, there was a deduction of 0.05 marks per unattempted question.


The test paper is majorly divided into four sections:

  1. Decision Making
  2. Verbal & Logical Ability
  3. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  4. General Knowledge

Essay Writing has been removed.


The exam is of 3 hours (180 minutes).

Mode of Exam

XAT is conducted in online mode. You are assigned a computer system where you have to select the right answer from the options given. Rough sheets are provided.