XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

XAT 2020, conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to their Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes, was conducted today on Jan 5th 2020. XAT score is also used by many reputed institutes such as SP Jain, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhubaneshwar, GIM Goa, etc. as a part of their admission process.

Just like the previous year, XAT 2020 was conducted in the computer-based format. The test experience was smooth and free from any glitches.

Structure of the Exam

XAT 2020, in terms of the pattern, was exactly similar to the last year’s paper. The total number of questions this year was 75. The paper had two parts viz., Part-I and Part-II.

Part-I comprised three sections:

  1. Verbal and Logical Ability
  2. Decision-Making Ability
  3. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Part-II comprised General Knowledge

The duration of the test was 165 minutes for the first part and 15 minutes for the second.

All questions carried equal marks with negative marking (one-fourth of a mark for a wrong answer). There was a negative marking of 0.1 for un-attempted questions, for such questions over and above eight. Though the directions clearly stated the above-mentioned marking scheme however within the paper it was showing ‘0’ as negative marking for set-based questions. We believe that it was an error and the marking scheme would remain as what was mentioned in the directions.

The section on General Knowledge did not have any negative marking and the marks scored in this section would be used for evaluation only after the initial screening i.e., these will not be used for the shortlisting of candidates for the GWPI round.

The following is a snapshot of the question distribution:

Section No of Questions
Section-1: Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Section-2: Decision Making Ability 21
Section-3: Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability 28
General Knowledge 25