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XAT Exam Pattern And Syllabus

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) takes place annually in the early days of January. XAT consists of 5 sections split into two separate parts:
  • The first part of the paper consists of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning. A total of 170 minutes are allotted to solve this section.
  • The second part of the paper consists of General Knowledge and Essay Writing. A total of 40 minutes are allotted to solve this section.
The XAT syllabus can be broken down as follows:

XAT 2019 Syllabus:

Part 1 - 170 Minutes

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

Part 2 - 40 Minutes

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


Essay Writing:

The Essay Writing section requires a candidate to write a 200-word essay on a pertinent topic. Example, "Ethical Practices and Sustainability: do they co-exist?" or "Do Jingoism and Globalisation go hand-in-hand?".


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