10 Simple Ways to Prepare for XAT Exam

By Ashutosh Jha → Last Updated on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an All-India level management aptitude test conducted in online mode. XAT scores are used by more than 150 institutes for admission in MBA, PGDM, and other Management courses. The exam is conducted each year by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur.

Candidates are selected for admissions into various management courses based on their performance in the XAT exam. The candidates are tested for their personality traits, common sense and logical abilities and students who are promising enough and show tremendous potential are picked.

XAT exam syllabus and pattern is quite like other MBA entrance exams like CAT. However, the difference lies in the difficulty level where XAT stands outs to be the toughest of them all. To make it even trickier the exam authorities do not declare any detailed official syllabus.

However, the candidates can get a fair amount of idea of the syllabus of the exam by analyzing and practicing previous year papers. XAT Exam Pattern may help one prepare for the exam smartly.
No. of Questions
Total Time
Paper I- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Algebra and Functions
Number System
Co-ordinate Geometry
Arithmetic Sequence
Tables Chart
Multiple Graph
Profit & Loss
170 Minutes
Paper II- English Language & Logical Reasoning
Sentence Rearrangement
Sentence Completion
Paper III- Decision Making
High Value Questions related to the subject
Paper IV- General Knowledge

35 Minutes
Paper V- Essay

1 Essay

• Each question carries one mark each.
• One mark is awarded for each right answer
• 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer (except in the essay paper where there is no negative marking).

Candidates qualifying the above papers are said to have qualified the XAT written exam. A final round of evaluation in the face of the interview is conducted for qualified candidates.

After the interview, merit lists are prepared for admission of candidates in that academic year. Counselling and admissions are done based on the merit list prepared for respective courses.

Successful candidates have issued call letters for counseling and admission process. They will have to appear on the given date and venue for the counseling and admission process.

Quick Facts about XAT

Those who are aspiring to appear for XAT exam this year can refer to the table below for some quick facts about the exam.

Exam Mode
Number of Sections
5 (Verbal and Logical Reasoning, Decision making, Quantitative aptitude and data interpretation, General Knowledge, Essay)
Question Paper Type
 Paper 1- Objective type
 Paper 2- Subjective one
Total marks
97Marks (Paper 1- 72, Paper 2- 25)
Exam Duration
210 Minutes (Paper 1 – 170 Minutes, Paper 2- 35 Minutes)
Language of question paper

Preparation Tips and Tricks

Preparation is a crucial step in determining the fate of candidate in the exam. However, it is often seen that candidates found themselves confused in terms of pacing and channelizing their preparations.

Listed below are some effective tips and tricks to crack the XAT Exam

• Make a list of all the important topics of the syllabus.
• Create a resource base of all the questions you can get related to the topic. (Take help from online and offline sources).
• Credibility and nature of questions must be kept in mind as many websites/books give wrong answers to these questions).
• Sections of the exam must be understood differently.
• Read Topics on current affairs for XAT.
• Start by solving questions without keeping track of the time.
• Once you have solved around 50 to 60 questions related to each topic you will start feeling comfortable with the kind of questions that are asked.
• Now, you should start testing yourself against time. Start noting the time taken by you to solve the question.
• After you achieve good pace, keep practicing, and try to increase the level (optional).
• When you have solved around 200 questions related to a topic and are satisfied with your performance you would realize that you are taking less than a minute to solve the question. This would mean that the fundamentals of the exam are clear to you.
• Once the fundamentals of XAT Exam are clear to the candidate, he/she must practice with Mock Tests.
If you have followed the plan diligently so far then by no question from any topic would be alien to you and now that you are aware of the exam pattern, stay confident and focused to crack the exam.

Books for XAT exam preparations

Candidates can take the help of both offline (Books) and online sources for preparation for XAT Exam. However, referring to standard resources is better for saving your time and help you achieve a better score. For that purpose, we have listed below study and reference material for XAT.

Recommended books

Verbal Ability
Ajay Singh
Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Quantitative ability
Arun Sharma
Previous year Papers
Study Notes Material on XAT
Sourav Sir’s Classes
XAT (Solved Papers 2008-2017)

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