XAT: Exam Pattern, Syllabus

XAT: Exam Pattern, Syllabus

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XAT stands for Xaviers’ Aptitude Test. It is a national level entrance examination conducted by XLRI every year for selecting the most appropriate students for management education. Additionally, more than 100 other institutes for admission to their management programs use the XAT score. XAT 2021 will be conducted on the First week of January, 2021 in online format.

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. So, every aspirant wonders How to prepare for XAT 2021? The key to excel in XAT is not only studying from XAT preparation books but also thoroughly understanding the question paper and choosing questions wisely.

XAT 2021 Exam Pattern:

Sections Total Marks Allotted Number of Questions Negative Marking Total Time
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation  





27 .25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer


.05 marks for than 8 unattempted questions




180 minutes




Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21
General Knowledge 25 25


Marking Scheme : The marking scheme for XAT 2021 is different as compared to other management entrance examinations like CAT, MAT, CMAT etc.

Here, +1 mark for a correct answer, .25 marks is deducted for every wrong answer and .05 marks will be deducted if someone has more than 8 unattempted questions.



How to start XAT 2021 Preparation for Quantitative Ability – Know the topics

Algebra Arithmetic Geometry
Time and Work Venn Diagram Bar Charts
Equations Polynomials Data Sufficieny
Percentage Trigonometry Table
Profit and loss Progressions, Scatter Plots Probability

How to start XAT 2021 Preparation for Verbal ability & Reading Comprehension – Know the topics

Analogy Vocabulary Pronunciation
Fill in the blanks  Sentence Correction Paragraph Formation
Para Jumble Reading Comprehension Poem

How to start XAT 2021 Preparation for Decision Making – Know the topics

Arithmetic  Situational
Data Arrangement Test Case Lets
Analytical Reasoning Conditions and Grouping Test
Reading Comprehension Decision Making in a Situation

How to start XAT 2021 preparation for GK/Current Affairs – Go through the sub-topics

General Knowledge Current Affairs
National Capital



Books and Authors


Important Dates





Films and Television

Ecosystems and Biodiversity


National Issues


We hope this will clear all your doubts about what is XAT, it’s exam structure and syllabus. Soon, we will make you abreast regarding the XAT Preparation Strategy. Stay tuned.

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