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Xat 2017: Exam Date Notification, Application Form And Eligibility

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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017 is the gateway to more than 140 highly ranked B schools in India including XLRI, XIMB, SPJIMR, IMT among others. XAT 2017 is proposed to be held on the first Sunday of 2017 i.e. January 1, 2017 as the conventional paper pen based test in a single session from 10 AM to 1.30 PM in 47 test cities across the country with 2 test cities abroad in Kathmandu and Dubai.

XAT 2017 is proposed to have a time duration of 3 hours 30 minutes. Earlier this exam used to be of 3 hours. XLRI has been conducting XAT for the past 60 years on behalf of XAMI in the same pattern. The aim to continue the similar approach is to ensure that all the candidates from varying backgrounds are at par. XLRI believes that single testing session with same difficulty level will provide level playing field to all the test takers without any discrimination. Around 90 thousand to 1 lakh candidates explore admission opportunities in XLRI and other member and associate B schools by registering for XAT every year.

XAT 2017 is proposed to be divided in 5 sections namely Verbal and Logical Ability; Decision Making; Quantitative ...
... Ability and Data Interpretation; General Knowledge+ Essay Writing. Out of the 5 sections, 4 will consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) while the Essay Writing section will be of descriptive type.

Registration for XAT 2017 is expected to open in the last week of August and would close in the last week of November 2016.

XAT 2017 Eligibility
XAT 2017 aspirants must have recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final graduation exam by June 10, 2017 may also apply.

XAT 2017 is the mandatory exam for admission to member and associate B-schools for Indian candidates, the NRI and foreign candidates may apply through their valid GMAT scores.

Candidates in Dubai and Kathmandu have the option of appearing in XAT 2017 or applying through GMAT scores.

XAT 2017 Syllabus
Although the Syllabus is not strictly pre defined, following are the major topics to be covered in each section

Part-1
Verbal Ability
English Grammar based questions; English Proficiency; Analogy, Fill in the Blanks, Para jumble, Reading Comprehension

Logical Reasoning
Fact Inference Judgment, Passage Conclusion, Statement Argument

Decision Making
Conditions and Grouping Test; Data Arrangement Test; Complex Arrangement; Decision Making in a situation; Case lets

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Elementary Mathematics; Arithmetic:- Number System, Ratio and Proportion; Additional Topic in Arithmetic:- Problems on Trains, Clock and Calendar, Mixtures and Allegation; Unitary Method; Time and Distance; Commercial Maths; Profit and Loss, Interest; Geometry; Triangles, Circles; Mensuration; Algebra Permutation and Combinations; Sequence And Series; Trigonometry Heights and Distance; Linear Programming; Coordinate Geometry Cartesian Plane and lines; Probability; Case lets, Table Chart; Data Sufficiency

Part-2
General Knowledge
Economics, finance, national and international current affairs are a few of the many topics on which questions are placed in this section. Questions are also based on conventional GK. In-depth and regular reading of GK helps more as sometimes a few GK questions in XAT appear more tricky and need intensive reading.

Essay Writing
Essay writing in XAT is the test of writing skill of an aspirant. This section needs a well worded essay on the contemporary or abstract topic. Test taker has to write essay on one topic but sometimes there is choice to choose between 2 topics and sometimes there is no choice at all.

The test taker is supposed to write after giving a thought and produce a better piece of writing in 20-25 minutes. Ideal size of essay is around 300-400 words. Essay in XAT plays important role in the final selection PI round as questions are based on it.

XAT 2017-Exam Pattern
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2017 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI. It will be a paper pen based test.

The exam is divided in 2 parts consisting of 5 sections. Part 1 comprises Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. This part is responsible for calculation of percentile score. Other 2 sections in Part-2 comprising General Awareness and Essay Writing are equally important although at the first stage they will not be counted for arriving at the percentile score. The first 4 sections contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) while Essay Writing is of descriptive nature.

All questions will carry equal marks in XAT 2017 and there will be negative marking with 1/4 of a mark for each incorrect answer. Each question will have five alternatives. You will have to answer each question by darkening the appropriate bubble against the question number on the answer sheet. Apart from overall cut-off percentile XAT 2017 will also have sectional cut-offs.

XAT 2016 brought about significant changes in number of questions in each section by reducing the number of MCQs and increasing the time limit to solve Part-1.

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