The XAT test pattern keeps changing every year. However, XAT is almost always a three-hour test with four sections:
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA-LR)
Decision Making (DM)
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QADI)
General Knowledge (GK)
So, far the XAT authorities have only confirmed that XAT 2021 will be a three hour test (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The test pattern is generally released very close to the test.
Some salient features of the regular XAT pattern are:
1) It is the only test to include a full-fledged section on decision making. This does not require specific technical knowledge and involves finding the most suitable response to business and HR decision making problems.
2) XAT is the only test that penalizes students for unattempted questions. Beyond a certain count of unattempted questions, students start losing marks for every unattempted question. However, this count keeps changing every year and is typically revealed very close to the actual test.
3) XAT has a GK section, which occassionally is not considered for percentile calculations and GDPI shortlists.
Last year, the main test had 165 minutes for the first three sections and the GK test was for 15 minutes.
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Some points clarified in the FAQs released so far are:
1) No Sectional time limits
2) No on screen calculator
3) Any section can be started with. Section switching is allowed. Whole test becomes enabled right up front.
The pattern of the last conducted XAT test was:
||Number of Questions
|Verbal and Logical Ability
|Decision Making Ability
|Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability