Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2015 was not the same with more number of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) to be attempted in the same exam time duration of 3 hours. It implied more time constraints to attempt the test as time per question to solve was less in XAT 2015.
In all there were 114 MCQs instead of 101 or 103 questions as used to be in earlier exams. All the questions carry equal weightage of marks in XAT 2015.
XAT 2015 is the gateway for admission to XLRI, XIMB, SPJIMR, XISS, XIME, IMT Ghaziabad, and other well reputed 120 b-schools. The exam was being held in a single session of 3 hours on January 4, 2015 in paper pen mode.
XAT 2015: Total no. of questions increased
XAT 2015 had a changed pattern. First section carried 84 questions. The second section consisted of 30 questions on GK and an essay topic. Accordingly the total numbers of questions that used to be 101 to 103 in earlier XAT exams were now 10-11 more. GK section formed maximum questions this year.
Changes in XAT 2015 Sectional pattern
The first section comprised of 28 questions on verbal ability, 23 questions for Decision Making and 33 questions on QA and DI. The second section consisted of 30 questions on GK and an essay topic. Candidates might remember that in earlier XAT exams there used to be 20 questions on General Knowledge to be attempted in 10 minutes. While time allotted remained the same in XAT 2015, number of questions was more.
XAT 2015: Must-knows
The candidates did not have any break in between except for the fact that Objective MCQ part was to be over in 150 minutes and next 30 minutes were allotted for essay writing part.
XAT 2015 test takers were expected to complete the first 3 sections of the first part of the MCQ exam namely Verbal and Logical Ability; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation in 140 minutes while questions in General Knowledge section will have to be attempted in 10 minutes only. 30 minutes will separately be allotted for essay writing test.
XAT 2015: Section wise number of questions
3 sections in Multiple choice questions (MCQs) format
- Verbal and Logical Ability – 28 questions
- Decision Making- 23 questions
- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation-33 questions
The second part in XAT 2015 consisted of 30 General Knowledge questions in MCQ format and a test on writing ability. Aspirants were expected to complete their GK test in 10 minutes and devote 30 minutes to write an essay on a given topic.
Candidates having been tested on objective Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) were also tested on real life driven written communication skills based on wider perspective on important issues of our times. The candidates in XAT were tested on both the counts. Their performance in essay writing will also form the base of their final section round.
XAT 2015: Uniform Marking Pattern
Each question carried one mark each and a negative marking of 1/4 for every wrong answer. Marking in GK would be same as the first section. Earlier XAT used to place 20 GK questions. The marks of General Knowledge will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at first stage of selection. However it is used by XLRI and some other Associate Member Institutes at the time of final selection.
For every wrong answer one fourth marks will be deducted out of the earned score. This may substantially reduce the percentile of a candidate in XAT 2015.
XAT 2015: A single session exam
The Test was conducted in a single session across India in 47 cities and 2 cities abroad. Test duration will be of 3 hours. The major USP of XAT 2015 is that the single session test will have same number and type of questions. No difference in the difficulty level would be there. This will have favorable impact in normalization of scores and calculation of percentile for short listing the candidates for final admission round.
Be careful while toggling between sections
XAT 2015 will not restrict the test takers from moving to one or other sections within the overall allotted time. XAT 2015 aspirants are advised not to spend too much time only on one section since all the sections will have the respective cut off percentile. Same strategy should be followed for NMAT 2015.