XAT Exam: All you need to know about the examination

XAT Exam: All you need to know about the examination
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XAT Exam: All you need to know about the examination

XAT Exam: How to prepare for XAT Exam according to the latest pattern

There are many management examinations and for students who want to study at Xavier Institute of Management, XAT examination is compulsory. Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is compulsory for students who want to take admission to MBA, PGDM, and other management courses at XLRI and other XAT participating institutes across the country. 

The examination has gone through a lot of changes in the past which makes it difficult for the students to prepare for it. This year XLRI or Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur has introduced some notable changes in the exam pattern of XAT Exam.  This blog will focus on all the latest patterns introduced in XAT Exam and how to prepare for it. 

Question Pattern 

The question paper of the examination is divided into two parts. 

Part A of the paper has questions from the following sections:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Part B of the paper has questions from the following sections:

  • General Knowledge

  • Essay

You can see the table below for the time allotted and the number of questions asked from each topic. 


Section Name



Part A

Verbal and Logical Ability


170 min

Decision Making


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


Part B

General Knowledge


35 min



Marking Scheme

For this test, you may have to face negative marking. The marking schemes are discussed below:

  • Right Answer

The total marks in the examination for the right answers will be 1 mark. There are a total of 99 questions to answer with an eassy to test your writing skills.  

  • Wrong Answer

For every wrong answer, the students will deduct 1/4th marks. The students have to be extra careful as there is a negative marking of 0.05 marks if more than eight questions go unanswered.  However, there is no negative marking for the general knowledge section. You can read more about the marking scheme in this article. 

Topics to cover

There are four main topics to be covered for XAT 2020 examination, i.e., 

  1. Decision Making, 

  2. Verbal and Logical Ability, 

  3. Quantitative and Data Interpretation 

  4. General Knowledge

For Decision Making, you need to study:

  • Arithmetic

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Situational etc

For Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR), you need to study:

  • Analogy-Based on Vocabulary

  • Para Jumble

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Paragraph Formation Questions

  • Cloze test

  • Para Completion

  • Vocabulary

  • Sentence Correction

  • Critical Reasoning/ Inference

  • Reading Comprehensions

  • Pronunciation

  • Grammar

  • Poem

For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI), you need to study:

  • Arithmetic: Time and Work, Equations, Percentage, Profit and Loss and Time and Distance

  • Algebra: Venn Diagram, Polynomials, Trigonometry, Progressions, Numbers, Probability, Geometry, Mensuration, Functions and graphs, Permutation and Combination

  • Data Analysis and Interpretation: Bar Charts, Data sufficiency, Table, Scatter plots, Bar Charts

For G.K/ Current Affairs, you need to study:

  • National Capital

  • Culture

  • Currency

  • Books and authors

  • Films

  • Important dates

  • Geography

  • Personality

  • Business

  • History

  • Science Politics

  • Sports

  • Film and Television

  • Ecosystem and diversity

  • Economics

  • National Issues

For more details like previous year question paper and a complete syllabus of XAT Exam, read here. 

Books to read

There will be a few books that will be recommended by your friends. You can try to find those books or something that you are comfortable studying. The books that are recommended by most of the toppers are:

XAT Quantitative Ability:

  1. ?How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT? by Arun Sharma

  2. ?Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs? by Sarvesh K Verma

  3. ?Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations? by Abhijit Guha

XAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning:

  1. Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  2. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  3. Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  4. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal

  5. Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by T.I.M.E.

  6. Additional books to build vocabulary:

  7. Word Power by Norman Lewis

  8. Barron?s Dictionary

  9. High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren, Martin

  10. 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis

  11. How to build a better vocabulary? by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris

For XAT general knowledge, you can check out Manorama Yearbook or any current affairs website. You can also read the newspaper daily to keep yourself updated with the national news.

Practise and Mock Test

The practice goes a long way when it comes to any competitive examination. It is very important that you practice whatever you learn. Take one topic a day and learn everything that you need to about it. Practice all the related questions to the topic. 

Once you are thorough with the whole syllabus, you can give mock tests to check where you stand. 

Mock tests are important because of the following reasons: 

  • It helps you create the right strategy for the day of examination. 

  • Mock tests will help to find out the right technique to solve any questions.

  • Giving mock test daily will help you understand the time that will take to complete the whole question paper.

  • It will help you practice to write 2 hours exam.

  • The marks you score on the mock test will tell you how much prepared you are for the actual examination.

  • When you do good in your mock test, you will realise your confidence level is boosted. 

  • Mock test is based on the whole syllabus and helps you revise the whole syllabus without having to check your notes.

Result and Cutoff

As XAT results are accepted by more than 150 institutions, apart from the XAT institutes mentioned below. 



Loyola Institute of Business Administration


St. Francis Institute of Management and Research (SFIMR)


St. Joseph's Institute of Management


St.Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology


Xavier Business School (XBS), St.Xavier's University, Kolkata


Xavier Institute of Development Action and Sciences (XIDAS)

Jabalpur (M.P)

Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship


Xavier Institute of Management & Research


Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier University


Xavier Institute of Social Service


XLRI Xavier School of Management


The cutoff will be depending on the college you are planning to take admission. The cutoff for last year is given below, you can expect this year cutoff along the same lines. 



Business Management


Human Resource


You can read more about XAT Exam cut off here. 

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure of XAT Exam will start after the declaration of the result. The process will be conducted by the institute that the students will be selected for and the cutoff criteria will be declared by the conducting institute. The selection procedure will be as follows:

  • Step 1: Students have to appear for the XAT examination.

  • Step 2: The candidates will be shortlisted for the second round.

  • Step 3: After the candidates are shortlisted, they will be called for a Personal Interview and Group Discussion/Essay Writing Round.

  • Step 4: A final list of students selected will be prepared based on how the students have performed in the second round. 

The XAT examination score will decide your fate to study in XLRI and the associate institutes. The institute is regarded as one of the top management institutes in India with over 60 years of experience. The college has it?s associate institutes all over the country with excellent faculty members and placement opportunities. With the help of the latest updates mentioned in the blog, it will be easier for the students to prepare for XAT examination. 

If you have any doubts regarding the blog, get in touch with us.

For more details on the XAT examination, read the whole article here. 

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