XAT 2023 exam pattern changed; check new sections

Share XAT 2023 exam pattern changed; check new sections

XAT 2023 exam pattern changed; check new sections



Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2023 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January86, 2023. This is one of the popular MBA entrance exam for admission to XLRI and its associated institutes.

Xat 2023 Exam pattern has been changed from this year:-

  • It will conduct in an online manner from this year i.e. a computer based test till last it was paper based test. 
  • Till last year the exam duration was three and half hours but this year it has been reduced to three hours. 
  • Essay writing section has been removed from this year.


XAT 2023 Paper Pattern


Earlier, the XAT question paper consists of two sections. Part I consist of decision making, verbal and logical skills, quantitative skills and data interpretation and the second part consist of General Knowledge and essay writing. The essay writing section has been removed from this year.

From this year(2023)  XAT exam will be having only one part consisting of 100 MCQs. Now there will be 4 sections in the question paper i.e. Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

Marking Scheme


Each question carries one mark which means for every correct answer candidate will get one mark. There will be negative marking for every incorrect answers i.e 0.25 marks or 1/4th of the total marks of a question will be deducted. unattempted questions also have negative marking. Last year, after 8 questions when unanswered , there was a deduction of 0.05 marks for each unattempted question. This figure may change this year as it was 12 last year.




Section Number of Questions Total marks
Decision Making 22 100
Verbal and Logical Ability 26  
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27  
General Knowledge 25  


Removal of essay writing section will definitely affect the preparation strategy of XAT aspirants who were prepared according to the old pattern. But this may be a positive point for the technical background candidates as well as for those who are weaker in comprehensive writing.

Highlights of XAT 2023-

XAT 2023 pattern: Computer Based Test

XAT Total Questions: 100

XAT Question pattern: MCQs

XAT Essay Writing Test: Removed 

XAT Test Pattern for MCQs: Each MCQ is followed by 5 answer options

XAT Scoring Pattern: +1 Mark for Each Correct answer for MCQs

Negative Marking in XAT Pattern 2023: 0.25 (¼) mark deducted for MCQs 

No negative marking in XAT Question Pattern: MCQs in XAT GK section is free from Negative Marking

XAT Test Paper Submission: Candidates are allowed to submit test paper after 30 minutes of the test commencement time


XAT 2023 Application process has already been started from 10th August 2023 and end on 30 November 2022.For more information related with XAT exam. 


Click Here to know more about XAT 2023 Exam, XAT 2023 Eligibility criteria, Exam pattern, Registration date.


© BookMyColleges.com. All Right Reserved. 2024