XAT Exam Pattern And Syllabus

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XAT Exam Pattern

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) takes place annually in the early days of January. XAT 2022 consists of 2 sections:

  • Section-1
    • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation,
    • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, and
    • Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning.
  • Section-2
    • General Knowledge.

XAT Exam Pattern

Section Number of Questions Time Alloted
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (Section 1) 26 2 hours 45 minutes
Decision Making (Section 1) 21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
(Section 1)
General Knowledge (Section 2) 25 15 minutes
Total 99 3 hours (180 minutes)


Each question in section 1 carried 1 mark and had -0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. There was no negative marking in section 2. The penalty for unattempted questions doubled from last year, going to -0.10 marks from -0.05 marks.

XAT 2021 Syllabus

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning
1. Reading Comprehension 1. Trigonometry 1. Case Study based decision-making
2. Sentence Completion 2. Time, Speed & Distance 2. Table based decision-making
3. Sentence Rearrangement 3. Profit & Loss 3. QA based decision-making
4. Grammar and Vocabulary 4. Geometry 4. Ethical Dilemma
5. Critical Reasoning 5. Number Systems 5. Analytical Reasoning based on QA
6. Probability
7. Data Sufficiency
8. Averages, Mixtures & Alligations
9. Tables
10. Pie Charts
11. Bar Graphs
12. Line Graphs


General Knowledge
1. Capitals, Countries, Currencies
2. Science, Technological Development
3. Economics, Trade Relations, Trade Practices
4. Current Affairs
5. History

Overall, the syllabus for XAT remains similar to other competitive MBA exams such as CATSNAPIIFT and NMAT.  Ideal preparation time can be anything between 6-8 months. 


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