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XAT 2013

XAT 2012 is the MBA entrance exam to one the best colleges in India to study MBA. Every year, the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI),Jamshedpur conducts the Xavier Admission Test (XAT) for admission into the post graduate management programmes at XLRI and a host of premier institutes in India.Primarily developed as a screening test for MBA entrants into the Xavier institutes, XAT scores are now accepted by more than 30 B schools all over the country. XAT 2012 will be conducted in the year end 2011 and candidates appearing for the exam would require complete information about the exam paper pattern, XAT scoring system, eligibility criteria, XAT registration details, important dates, deadlines & more. All the information for XAT 2012 candidates is produced below.

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XAT 2012 - Paper Pattern


XAT is usually scheduled for the first Sunday of January and is considered to be the toughest of all management entrance tests. XAT aspirants are never sure what to expect out of the paper. Some of the recent surprises have been:


  • The option of 5 instead of 4 answers per question
  • Introduction of 'Management Decision Making' questions involving Case studies
  • Certain questions in the Logical Reasoning section having true/false statements which effectively removed the elimination process

Candidates need to be prepared for similar surprises in the XAT 2012 question paper aswell.


The main XAT exam is for 2 hours. This is followed by a 20 minutes essay writing test on any one topic. XAT 2012 would be conducted in the same duration distribution.

Negative Marking & Scoring System

XAT 2012 scoring system would also carry negative marking. XAT awards 1 mark for each correct answer. But its negative marking schema is quite tough: 1/3rd marking for the first 5 wrong questions in each section & ½for errors beyond 5 mistakes. Traditionally, the XAT paper can generally be segregated into three main sections commonly known as:

  • English
  • Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness

A brief three year comparison of XAT test patterns is given below.As you will see, every year some innovation is introduced to the paper pattern.This table will help XAT 2012 candidates and aspirants to analyze the overall trend of questions over the given three years.

Year Duration Break Up of Questions Questions Total Marks Negative Marking
2007 120 mins (main exam) + 20 mins (essay)
  • Reasoning and Decision Making Ability – 16+ 24 questions
  • Verbal Ability – 41 questions
  • Quant and Data Interpretation – 49 questions
130 130 0.33 negative marking for the first 5 wrong answers, 0.5 for every wrong answer after that
2006 120 mins (main exam) + 20 mins (essay)
  • Quant and Data Interpretation – 85 questions
  • Verbal Ability – 40 questions
127 127 0.33 negative marking for the first 5 wrong answers, 0.5 for every wrong answer after that
2005 120 mins (main exam) + 20 mins (essay)
  • Quant and Data Interpretation – 75 questions
  • Gen Knowledge – 35 questions
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning – 65 questions
175 175 - 1/3 for every incorrect answer

Eligibility Criteria for XAT 2012

XAT 2012 eligibility criteria require the candidate must be a graduate from a recognized institute. The minimum aggregate requirement in terms of graduation score for XAT 2012 is 50% for general category and 45% for OBC/ST/SC/Physically Handicapped candidates.

XAT Registration

XAT 2012 bulletin & XAT 2012 application form for registration purpose can be procured from the following sources:

  • Selected branches of State Bank of India
  • The XAT office at XLRI,Jamshedpur
  • Candidates can also fill up the form online by logging onto the website

Note: you have to applyseparately for the all the colleges including XLRI.

SomeDos and Don’ts for XAT 2012

  • Do solve as many sample tests as possible. This will give you a clear picture of your strengths and weakness.
  • Do start your paper with the section which is your strong point. It will give you the psychological edge.
  • Do time yourself. Time management is crucial for XAT as there is no sectional time limit.
  • Do be prepared for changes in the paper pattern. It won’t be XAT if there were no surprising elements in the package.
  • Do have a strategy but don’t be rigid about it. If the paper doesn’t come according to your own predictions, don’t lose hope.
  • Don’t try to take wild guesses. The penalty for negative marking in XAT is very heavy and may cost you a seat in your college of choice.
  • Don’t focus only on one section. Just because there are no sectional cutoffs, it doesn’t mean that you can leave out any section altogether.
  • Don’t take your essay paper lightly. It will prove decisive in your GD and PI round.
  • Don’t panic while giving the exam. More than being a test of your knowledge base, it’s a test of how you handle pressure.

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