By scrapping of the subjective Essay-writing section, reducing the number of questions counted for percentile calculation, XLRI has announced some aspirant friendly changes in the XAT 2019 exam structure and content that would help you score high by maximizing your attempts in the exam. These are the key changes in XAT 2019 Pattern. The last date to submit your application for XAT 2019 ends on December 9, 2018, with a late fee.

XLRI has announced these key changes in XAT 2019 exam leading to admissions in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, IRMA, K J Somaiya, TAPMI, XIMB, FORE, Great Lakes, BIMTECH, XIME among other 150 management institutes accepting XAT 2019 score for their MBA Admissions 2019. XAT 2019 Exam Date is scheduled on January 6, 2019, and the exam will be a computer-based test.

XAT 2019

Application closes on Dec 9 with Late Fee

You can register and apply for XAT 2019 online by making a payment of Application & Exam fee of Rs.2000/- on or before December 9, 2018, with a late fee.

XLRI, the XAT 2019 conducting institute has closed its XAT Registration Process without late fee on November 30, 2018. Only a few days are left to register and apply for XAT 2019. Along with your application for XAT 2019, you can also fill up and submit your XLRI Jamshedpur application form by making a nominal fee payment of Rs. 500/- per programme.

Key Changes in XAT 2019 Pattern

Recently announced changes in forthcoming XAT 2019 to be held on January 6, 2019, have made the test and the opportunities related to it more friendly for the aspirants. It is not only going to be a computer-based test on an easier level but also offers more opportunities for scoring high to get shortlisted at one of the top-ranked B-schools. Apart from XLRI and other top-rated B-schools, the list includes 150 other B-schools who will be accepting XAT 2019 scores for admission to their MBA/PGDM 2019-21 programmes.

Following these aspirant friendly changes made in the XAT 2019 Pattern and content can help you score high by maximizing your attempts in the exam. XLRI the XAT 2019 authority has shared that all the changes that are meant to improve the performance of the candidates in the XAT 2019 exam.

Exam Features Details
Sections Decision Making

Verbal & Logical Ability

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

General Knowledge

Test Duration 180 minutes (No sectional time limit)
Number of questions Decision Making – 22

Verbal and Logical Ability – 26

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation – 27

General Knowledge – 25

Marking scheme One mark is allotted for each question in all the sections.

In case of wrong answers, deduction of 0.25 marks will be done.

There is negative marking in case of questions for which answers were not locked. Deduction of 0.05 marks for a group of 8 unanswered questions is expected.

More Time Fewer Questions: 180 Minutes for 100 MCQs

Candidates appearing in XAT 2019 will have three hours to attempt the exam with a reduced number of questions (100 MCQs). Without reducing the time limit or introducing any sectional time constraints, XLRI has changed the XAT 2019 Pattern more convenient for the aspirants.

The number of questions which determines the percentile calculation for the shortlisting purpose is 75 only. The questions are divided into three sections:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Decision Making
  • The 4th GK section is not taken into account for percentile calculation.

Candidates now also have the opportunity to attempt a question in about 2 minutes instead of only 1 minute 40 seconds as earlier.

Difficulty Level goes down

Since not more than 50% questions were attempted in past XAT exams, XLRI has decided to reduce the level of difficulty in XAT 2019 to attract candidates to attempt more number of questions in the exam.

In order to enable students to attempt as many questions as possible and encourage them to demonstrate all-around skills, the difficulty level of the questions is decided to be kept moderate in this exam.

The main objective to introduce this change is that the examination would avoid two possible errors – one the low range of scores and second is that excellent students are not getting enough opportunities to showcase their ability.

Now XAT 2019 in its revised pattern and reduced difficulty level, offers more opportunities to score higher than ever before. Still around a month is left to update the preparation for XAT 2019 exam according to the changed new XAT 2019 pattern. Check out our XAT 2019 Mocks and Decision Making course.

No sectional time limit

There will be no sectional time limit to attempt questions in a particular section. Candidates good in Quant or good in Verbal can begin with the section they like the most, finish it in lesser time, go to the more difficult section and use the saved time on this section and score high by maximizing the attempts in different sections.

Essay Writing has been Scrapped

There will be no subjective Essay Writing Test in XAT 2019. The test used to consume more time as XLRI considered essay writing very important in its entire admission process. Even after switching to the computerized format in 2018, XLRI continued with the Essay Writing Test in XAT.

This is the first time in the history of XAT exam, that there would not be Essay Writing Test in XAT 2019 exam and the candidates can focus primarily to crack the core three sections of XAT 2019 exam.

Low Negative Marking 

While CAT 2018 had a one-third negative marking for each wrong answer, XAT 2019 will impose only one-fourth negative marking. To encourage the candidates to attempt additional number of questions in the exam, XAT 2019 is to keep the difficulty level of most of the questions at a moderate level.

The introduced new pattern will discourage the candidates to leave more questions unattempted in XAT 2019 exam. This will also help the candidates to improve their speed, although this year exam is going to be easier than the earlier XAT exams.

MBA Colleges Accepting XAT 2019 Score

There are nearly 150 MBA colleges accepting XAT 2019 exam scores for MBA Admissions 2019. Among them are some of the top B-schools, like XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar, IMT Ghaziabad, BIMTECH Greater Noida, IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University, IRMA Anand, MICA Ahmedabad, FORE School of Management Delhi, XIME Bangalore, TAPMI Manipal, Great Lakes Chennai, LIBA Chennai and many others.

MBA aspirants who have registered and wish to appear in XAT 2019 are expected to find the examination more appealing and in line with their preparation.  There are more questions on error corrections and core grammar usage in XAT exam. Jumbled paragraphs are not so long as in CAT but there are more number of short RC passages having a length of around 400-500 words. Questions on the use of phrases, idioms, figures of speech are more prominent in the XAT exam.

XAT is aimed to select the most appropriate candidates who wish to pursue their management education.  Around 90 thousand to 1 lakh candidates explore admission opportunities in XLRI and other member and affiliated B schools by registering for XAT every year. The online registration and application process for XAT 2019 will close on December 9, 2018, with a late fee.