XAT stands for Xavier’s Aptitude Test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. More than 150 other institutes across the country use the XAT score for admission to a myriad of colleges.  XAT 2021 will most likely conducted on the First week of January, 2021 in online format. The registrations for the XAT exam in 2021 are likely to begin in the month of August 2020 and go on till the end of November 2020. We are still waiting for the official announcement to be made after which we would get to know more about pattern changes (if any) and other details.

Below is a list of major colleges accepting the XAT scores all over the country

  • SP Jain Institute of management and research, Mumbai
  • Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur
  • TAPMI, Manipal
  • XIME, Bangalore
  • XIM Bhubaneshwar
  • Wellingkar Institute of management, Mumbai
  • Great Lakes, Chennai
  • Goa Institute of Management, Goa
  • XISS, Ranchi
  • IMT, Ghaziabad to name a few

The XAT question paper can be described as a mix of concept driven, practice intensive and environment sensitive questions. The unconventionality of the question paper, unique marking scheme and the number of applicants appearing for XAT makes it a tough exam to crack with excellent marks. This sets the exam apart from all the other exams that you would probably take before the XAT. This makes it even more crucial to devise a strategy driven approach towards your preparation and have a crystal clear understanding of its working.

XAT exam pattern

The exam is a 180 minute long paper and is divided into 2 parts- one part containing Verbal Ability, Quantitative aptitude and decision making and the other part containing General Knowledge. The exam has a total of 100 questions and is of 100 marks in total

SectionsTime limit allottedTotal Marks allottedNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Quantitative ability and data interpretation—-2828Moderate-difficult
Verbal and Logical ability—–2626Moderate- very difficult
Decision making—–2121Moderate- difficult
Total of section 1There are no sectional time limits but the total time for this section is 165 minutes7575 
General Knowledge15 minutes for the second section. Once the time limit for section 1 is over, you cannot go back,2525Moderate-difficult(majorly current affairs are seen)
A detailed bifurcation of the questions and difficulty level

Marking Scheme for XAT

This exam has an altogether different way of operating; each question carries one mark. For every wrong answer, there is a negative marking of 0.25. In addition to this, there is also an additional deduction of .01 marks after 8 unattempted questions- this means, for 8 unattempted questions, the candidate would not lose any marks. However, after the 8th question, every unattempted question brings a -.01 with it.

The point to remember in this scenario however is that there is no need to panic because of this -0.01 and attempt more questions in haste since you would be losing out on a greater portion of marks for answering wrong as compared of what you lose when you leave a question unattempted. For instance, if you attempt 5 wrong answers, you would be losing out on 1.25 marks as compared to .05 marks if you leave them unattempted. Every wrong answer pulls you further down. So do not pressurize yourself into attempting a greater number of questions. Focus on accuracy and speed is the key here and not a greater number of attempts.

XAT Syllabus

Quantitative Ability and data interpretation

Quantitative AbilityArithmetic Algebra Geometry Permutation and combination Probability Trigonometry Equations and logarithms Venn diagrams and set theory  
Data InterpretationTables Charts- line, bar, pie etc Data sufficiency Scatter plots  

Verbal ability and Reading comprehension

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehensionReading comprehensions from various topics- Greek mythology, science and technology, history, politics and abstract topics. Poems from any source Parajumbles, Para summary, Odd Man Out Sentence correction Fill in the blanks      

Decision making

Decision makingEthical (most common type) Analytical reasoning Situational decision making Quantitative type reasoning  

General Knowledge

Current affairsBusiness, economy, politics, mergers and acquisitions, take overs, scientific breakthroughs, inventions and innovations etc
Static GKImportant dates, important events, books and authors, films, geography, awards and honours etc

I hope this provides you with a clear picture of what XAT is all about. We would inform you of further changes and information regarding the same once the official announcement is out. Stay focused and practice hard! 


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