XAT 2013 will be conducted across 44 cities in India and 3 cities in abroad. Candidates who wish to apply to the member and participating institutes, will have to apply for XAT first and then apply separately to the institutes of their choice.
XAT 2013 Exam will be conducted over 3 hours and is divided into 2 parts.
- Part A: Quantitative Ability, English Language Ability and Logical Reasoning and Decision Making in 140 Minutes.
- Part B: General Awareness in Business, Economics and Politics and Essay Writing in 40 minutes.
Each institution that considers XAT as their selection test will have its own separate set of parameters for judging the students performance in the different test areas of XAT.
In 2010, XAT consisted of three section with 30, 31 and 40 questions totaling 101 questions. The instructions advised the candidates to maximum the scores in each section. One fifth negative marking applied for the first five incorrect answers. If a candidate were to make more than five mistakes, the penality would increase to one fourth of a mark for every subsequent wrong answer.
In 2011 also the total number question remained same as 101, there was a slight changes in the number of questions, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation took up 43 questions in section A, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning in Section B composed of 34 questions. Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making test areas of Section C had 24 questions.
In XAT 2012 exam pattern consisted of 95 questions to be answered on 120 minutes. The test areas were Decision Making, English Language Ability and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The Essay writing part was allotted 30 minutes. The break-up of the 85 questions, 25, 32 and 28 questions in that order of teat areas mentioned above.
They have introduced General Awareness test area into XAT, when we compare the pattern with last 3 years. Regular reading of a good English daily should keep the aspirants in good stead to tackle the section. Nine to twelve months preceding the data of the examination would be a good time frame to look at tide over the current affairs, GK part and the Essay writing area. The preparation done on this front also will help you for the further stages of selection procedure of different institutes, such as Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
While preparing for the GK part, students should focus on issued relating to international & National events, organizations that influence global and national affairs, domestic and foreign trade related information and more. For essay writing, the topics are likely to be general in nature. The candidates can quote several examples of environmental pillage, world organizations like Greenpeace that are going remarkable activity in this line, pertinent issues like global warming and the innovative manner in which the government of Maldives decided to bring the world attention to this menace by holding a cabinet meeting under water, etc.
One important skill that aspirants of XAT will need to upgrade to is to retain the focus while reading the questions and the options. This becomes important as it has been observed in the past that the length of the questions has been more than the average compared to other MBA Entrance examinations.