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Pattern & Syllabus – XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is generally conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI in January in a single session of 3 hrs. on a Sunday (10 AM to 1 PM). For more than 60 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 150 institutes for the admission. It is an Online computer based test. XAT exam duration has been reduced to three hours from earlier three & half hours.

XAT is conducted across India in the following cities. Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.

Overall Structure of the XAT

Sections No. of questions Marks Per Question
Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning 26 22
Decision Making 22 38
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27 60
General Knowledge 25
Total questions 100 100


  • The level of difficulty or test questions varies from Moderate to Very Difficult.
  • Total time of three hours will include the time to attempt GK questions in XAT exam.
  • Each Question is followed by 5 answer options.
  • 1 Mark for Each Correct answer and 0.25 (¼) mark deducted for each wrong answer.
  • There will be a penalty of deduction of 0.05 mark per question if more than 12 questions are left unanswered in XAT question paper.
  • GK section is free from Negative Marking.
  • Score of first three sections in XAT test paper are used to determine the merit positions and shortlisting for PI round.
  • Marks scored in GK section would only be used at the time of final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for interview/GD.
  • Candidates are expected to attempt GK questions in 10 minutes
  • Candidates are allowed to submit test paper after 30 minutes of the test commencement.

Section wise Details of Topics and Estimated number of Questions

Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning: 4 RC Passages with 14 to 16 questions, 8 to 10 questions from Vocabulary, Analogy, Para Jumbles, Para completion; Critical Reasoning; Statements-assumptions
Decision Making: This section consists of consists of short case-lets, decision making problems with 7 to 8 sets of problems followed by 2 to 3 questions each.
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: Questions from various topics of Arithmetic, Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, Mensuration and Data Interpretation.
General Knowledge: History, Geography, Current affairs, Business, Economics, Social Issues, Appointments, Static GK, Sports; Constitution of India etc.

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