5 Significant Changes in the new XAT 2016 Pattern

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


Significant Changes in the New Pattern of XAT 2016

5 Important changes in the new pattern for XAT 2016

1. Total number of questions – 78

2. Total time – 170 minutes (20 minutes more than last time)

3. Difficulty level – Reduced. Traditionally XAT has been the toughest MBA Entrance Exam in India int terms of content. The questions have always been harder than CAT / IIFT or any other management entrance exam that you can think of. It is a good sign that they will be reducing the difficulty level this year

4. Negative Marking for unattempted questions First 13 unattempted questions will have no negative marking. After that, 0.05 marks will be deducted for unattempted questions. The tradition 0.25 marks will be deducted for incorrect answers. While this looks scary in the first go, it is not too bad. Even if you leave half the paper, you will lose slightly less than two marks. You should still continue to attempt only the questions that you are sure of. Nothing has changed in that department.

5. General Knowledge section will have 25 questions with no negative marking.

To help you prepare for XAT 2016, we have a bunch of courses that you can check on the link below.
XAT 2016 Preparation Courses
The most important thing that you need to do well in XAT is Decision Making. You can register for the DM course from here:



You can also download previous year questions for XAT Decision Making for free.

Exact Text of Announcement

In the main question paper the total number of questions has been brought down to 78 and the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. The candidates would have 170 minutes to answer the questions. The level of difficulty of the questions has also been carefully designed. In order to enable students to attempt as many questions as possible and encourage them to demonstrate all-round skills, the difficulty level of the questions has been brought down. In the previous years, students would attempt only half of the questions reducing the range of marks scored among students. However if the examination is made very easy, then many would finish the test before time. If ten thousand students finish the question paper in time and if all of them get most of the questions right then it would be difficult for XAT associated colleges to choose from these ten thousand students. Therefore XAT-2016 has been designed in such a manner that that the top hundred students will be able to complete the test in 170 minutes. This way,the examination would avoid both possible errors:
a. low range of scores
b. excellent students not getting enough opportunities to showcase their ability because of too easy a question paper.

We also tried to counteract the phenomenon of students leaving too many questions un-attempted. We appreciate the fact that “leaving the question” is also a sign of intelligence but we are also concerned that students are becoming risk averse in attempting to answer difficult questions. We believe that if one aspires to be a good manager, one should be able to take reasonable risk. That is how one “creates future possibilities”. To take care of both this issue, in XAT-2016 students have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any unattempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. There would also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer. We believe this would encourage the risk taking ability of the students while making XAT robust in differentiating a good student from the not-so-good student.

The format of supplementary sections of GK and Essay would remain same with some minor changes. The
time allowed to answer both GK and Essay would be 35 minutes. Last year, the GK score of most
candidates was on the lower side, and some candidates had complained about the time. Taking this
feedback into consideration the number of questions in the GK has been reduced to twenty-five. All the questions would be “General” in nature rather than “specific”. There would be no negative marking in this section. Official Link.

XAT 2016 Preparation Courses
The most important thing that you need to do well in XAT is Decision Making. You can register for the DM course from here:

You can also download previous year questions for XAT Decision Making for free.

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