XAT Preparation 2025: Check Expert Tips, Strategy & Guide

Xavier Aptitude Test 2025 ( XAT )

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XAT 2025 preparation needs to be comprehensive and must include not only syllabus coverage but also practice and revision. In the last leg of exam preparation, work on your strong areas, practice mock tests and sample questions and do revision. 

XAT 2025 exam will be conducted for admission XLRI Jamshedpur, XLRI Delhi and over 1,000 other B-schools across India. Preparation for XAT 2025 includes mastering Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Logical Ability, General Knowledge and Decision Making. 

Q:   In how many months can I prepare for XAT 2025?

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Ideally, XAT preparation takes six to nine months, but if candidates have prepared for CAT too, XAT preparation can be done in lesser time as one will have to only work on Decision Making and General Knowledge topics. Those who are weak in English Comprehension must start reading practice early on. The ideal time to start XAT preparation is May, so you can cover the whole syllabus by October and dedicate two months to mock test practice.

If you start studying for XAT late, by July or so, make sure you complete the syllabus by October only. Remember that XAT syllabus is tough, so you’ll need to study at least 6-8 hours daily from start until the end. Give ample time to yourself to complete the XAT syllabus.

 

Q:   How can I cover the XAT syllabus by self study?

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If you are planning to appear for the XAT exam by self study, you must start early as the syllabus is vast and tough. To cover the XAT syllabus by self study, candidates must refer to the books recommended for XAT preparation. You can take help from the following books to cover the XAT syllabus but do join a study forum to get help from mentors and peers when need be:

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha
  • Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha/Arihant
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Objective General English by Dr RS Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
  • High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning by Gautam Puri
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
 

Q:   When should I start preparing for XAT exam 2024?

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Ideally, candidates should have started preparing for XAT 2024 from March 2023 onwards but it’s not too late. They can even start now and prepare well. About a minimum of six are required to prepare well for the XAT exam as it is one of the tougher MBA entrance tests. Candidates can also opt for coaching classes for XAT as per their convenience. Candidates must study for about six to eight hours daily to be able to cover the syllabus and have enough time for practicing mock tests. Yes, they will need to strike a balance between exam coverage and mock test practice.

However, the capacity of every student is different so, they must decide upon hours of study according to their own capacity and their control over the main topics of XAT. Making a workable plan is very important for XAT preparation, no matter when they start it.

 

Q:   Is XAT tough for candidates from non-Engineering background?

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Yes, XAT is slightly tougher for candidates with non-Engineering background as the Quantitative Aptitude section is of higher difficulty level. However, they can crack it if they work on the fundamentals of Math and practice questions of all difficulty levels. It will take time but they will be able to crack XAT's quant section if they dedicate extra hours to it. Aspirants can find XAT study material online in various online study groups. Students’ groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. share study material with each other. One can also download MBA exam preparation apps to get relevant and useful study material.

The good part about XAT is that, it has different cut offs for candidates belonging to different academic backgrounds. As part of its commitment to academic diversity, the institute has lower cut offs for candidates from non-engineering background than candidates from engineering background.

 

How to Prepare for XAT Exam 2025?

XAT preparation is mainly based on practice and revision. The exam is of high difficulty level and has some unique aspects to it like Decision Making, Poems and Marking Scheme. So, while preparing for it, keep that in mind. Take a look at the table below for key highlights of XAT exam

XAT Exam Pattern 2025

Details

Exam Mode

Online

Exam Duration

210 minutes

Sectional Time Limit

  • Part 1- 175 minutes
  • Part 2 - 5 minutes
  • Part 2- 30 minutes

XAT Syllabus

  • Decision Making
  • Verbal & Logical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge
  • Essay Writing

Question Paper Break Up

  • Part 1- Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability And Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • Part 2- Mock Keyboard Testing
  • Part 3- General Knowledge & Essay Writing

Total Number of Questions

100

Section Wise Number of Questions

  • Decision Making: 21
  • Verbal & Logical Ability:  26
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: 28
  • General Knowledge: 25
  • Essay Writing: 1 (to be assessed at the time of PI shortlisting)

 Marking Scheme

  • +1 mark for every correct answer
  • - 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer
  • - 0.10 marks for more than 8 un-attempted questions
  • No negative marking in GK section

Sectional Weightage

  • Decision Making: 21 marks
  • Verbal & Logical Ability: 26 marks
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: 28 marks
  • General Knowledge: 25 marks

XAT Preparation 2025: Strategy anf Tips

XAT preparation requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Ideally six to nine months are adequate to prepare for XAT but the key is to dedicate a good numbe rof hours to preparation on daily basis. A minimum of six to eight hours daily is the requirement for an average student. Aspirants who start preparing for XAT exam from May or before that, are most likely to be well prepared having covered the entire syllabus and memorising the concepts and formulae by August-September. But those, who start preparing for XAT exam in October-November, must get on to it in full-speed mode. Candidates must make a sound strategy, focus on the essentials and build upon your strengths. Start your XAT preparation with your strong areas and then move to weaker ones. Given below are some tips on how to make a XAT 2025 preparation plan.

  • Make a daily routine and dedicate six to eight hours to studies. Get hold of XAT syllabus pdf and make a list of topic-wise strengths and weakness.
  • Understand the XAT exam pattern and test structure to make a time-bound exam preparation strategy. Depending upon the time you have in hand to prepare for XAT 2025, it is important for you to focus more on topics from which maximum questions are asked.
  • Join online study groups and find a mentor to guide you through your preparation. You can also join an MBA coaching institution for exam preparation.
  • Download online study material and MBA exam preparation apps, sectional preparation videos to be able to study on the go. Remember every minute is precious.
  • Allot time limit to each section and time yourself. Do not overstep the time-limit.
  • Dedicate the last month to practice XAT mock tests and assess your growth. The key to all competitive exams is practice so attempt as many mock tests as you can.

Also Read: How to prepare for XAT: Tips from toppers

The above-mentioned were some general XAT exam preparation tips. Now, let’s look at section-wise XAT preparation plan.

Q:   What is XAT syllabus?

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XAT syllabus includes all important topics related to Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. You can check below subject wise important topics included in the XAT syllabus. Majority of the questions are asked from these topics.

XAT Verbal and Logical Ability syllabus: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy, Antonym/Synonym, Parajumble, Para Completion, Grammar, Critical Reasoning, Series Completion, Fill in the Blanks, etc.

XAT Decision Making syllabus: Data Arrangement, Conditioning, Grouping, Complex Arrangement, Caselets, Assumptions, Premises, Conclusions, etc.

XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation syllabus: Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Percentage, Surds and Indices, Algebra, Mensuration, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Tables, Data Interpretation, etc.

XAT General Knowledge syllabus: Science, Economy, Business, Politics, Static GK, Sports, Prize and Award, World, Government, Constitution of India, etc.

 

Q:   What is the best way to prepare XAT at home?

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You need to study with a well-thought-out plan if you want to succeed on the XAT management exam. The following are some advice from experts on how to make a plan to prepare for the XAT: 1. Make a list of the topics that need to be covered by the preparation materials using the XAT syllabus. 2. Schedule your study time on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis. 3. Focus on the subjects that receive the most questions, taking into account the time you have available. 4. You can join online study groups or look for a mentor to help you with your at-home preparation. 5. Set a time limit for each section to allow for comprehensive planning. 6. Start reading editorials in newspapers and magazines for reading comprehension. 7. Review the mathematical formulas and concepts from classes 9 and 10 for the quant section. 8. Spend the last month studying for mock XAT exams and evaluating your progress. Visit this link to access the section-by-section plan provided by the expert: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/xat-exam-preparation.
 

Q:   What is the XAT section wise weightage?

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XAT exam is more Quantitative Ability and Verbal and Logical Ability based. Which is why these two sections have more weightage than rest of the section. And between these two, Quantitative Ability has more weightage. In terms of marks too, the Quantitative Ability has maximum weightage, i.e. 28 marks, followed by Verbal and Logical Ability with 26 marks, General Knowledge carries 25 marks and Decision Making carries 22 marks.

XAT Sections

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Decision Making

22

22

Verbal and Logical Ability

26

26

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

28

28

General Knowledge

25

25

Essay Writing

1 (out of 3 options)

To be evaluated at the time of shortlisting

 

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Section-wise XAT Preparation Plan 2025

XAT Decision Making: Decision Making is unique to XAT and the only way to crack this section is by practicing previous years’ XAT question papers. This section contains business situation and candidates have to choose the best logical solution. Aditya Ganesh (XAT 2018), 99.4 percentiler says, "the best way to crack a decision making question is thinking of solutions which are practical from business sense and ethical." So, when you practice practice questions of Decision Making keep in mind to choose the option that serves the larger group or cause.

Also Read: XAT Preparation Plan for Decision Making

XAT Verbal & Logical Ability: This section of XAT will require you to focus on English Grammar and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). Develop the habit of reading onscreen. Read online books and newspapers. Most of the XAT Reading Comprehension passages are based on literature and abstract topics. You need to understand the gist without reading each word of the passage due to time limit. While practising RCs in XAT mock tests, focus on keywords and relate them with each other to choose the right option. There's often one poem in XAT as part of RC. Check all the poems of previous years' to get an idea.

Also Read: XAT Preparation Plan for Verbal & Logical Ability

XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: To crack this section of XAT, you need to be thorough with Mathmatical concepts and theorems. So, practice well. Solve the same Quantitative Ability section at least thrice to understand the application of the concept. After solving every question, tally your answer with the given solution and analyse the logic behind that answer. Once, you know the concept and its application well, all you need is practice to improve speed. Data Interpretation requires practice of a range and variety of sample questions.

Also Read: XAT Preparation Plan for Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

XAT General Knowledge: This section of the XAT is the easiest in terms of preparation. So, you can begin studying for it after completing Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation syllabus.

To study static GK, read Manorama Year Book. For current affairs, be regular with reading newspapers and watching current affairs and infotainment programmes on television. It is quite possible that a few GK questions can be unknown to you, but since there is no negative marking in this section, you don’t have to worry. 

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Q:   Where can I find study material for Decision Making syllabus for XAT?

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Since Decision Making section is unique to XAT, study material for the same in not readily available. Thus the best source of preparation material for Decision Making section is XAT previous years’ question papers. This section has passages related to business situations. Candidates have to select the closest solution to the given situation from the list of four options. You have to make an informed decision regarding the decision which has be in favour of the larger good. This section essentially tests your ability to take objective decisions regarding various business situations and activities. Candidates can practice Decision Making questions from XAT question papers of previous years to know the types and difficulty level. In a way, this section is similar to Reading Comprehension and requires same skills as that.

 

Q:   Which are the best books for Decision Making section of XAT 2024?

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There are several books available for the Decision Making section of XAT. Here are some of the best books that you can refer to for XAT 2025: 1) XAT Decision Making Simplified by Nishit K. Sinha: This book is written by one of the renowned XAT trainers and provides a comprehensive understanding of the Decision Making section. It includes various examples, case studies, and practice questions. 2)How to Prepare for Decision Making for XAT by IMS Learning Resources: This book provides a detailed analysis of the Decision Making section and includes numerous practice questions with explanations. 3) Koncepts of Logical Reasoning for CAT XAT. And Other MBA Examinations by Gajendra Kumar and Abhishek Banerjee: This book is an excellent resource for developing logical reasoning skills, which are essential for the Decision Making section. 4)Decision Making for MBA Entrance Exams by T. I. M.E: This book provides a conceptual understanding of the Decision Making section and includes practice questions with detailed solutions. 5) Wiley's ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) by Wiley India: This book includes a section on Decision Making and provides practice questions along with detailed solutions. In addition to these books, you can also refer to previous year XAT papers to get a better understanding of the types of questions asked in the Decision Making section.

 

Q:   How do I prepare for the VALR section of the XAT?

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Preparation for the Verbal and Logical Ability section of the XAT exam: This section of the Xavier Aptitude Test will require you to focus on English Grammar and VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension). Develop the habit of reading online. Read online books and newspapers. Most of the Xavier Aptitude Test RC passages are based on literature and abstract topics. You need to understand the gist without reading each word of the passage due to the time limit. While practicing RCs in Xavier Aptitude Test mock tests, focus on keywords and relate them with each other to choose the right option. For more details, you may visit the Shiksha XAT exam page. (https://www.shiksha.com/mba/xat-exam-preparation). I hope this will help you.
 

Q:   What type of Reading Comprehension passages are there in XAT?

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In XAT, Reading Comprehension passages are usually taken from Philosophy, Psychology, History, Art, research articles. Sometime, the XAT RC section also has poems. These areas are chosen to test the candidates, who are largely Science, Commerce and Engineering graduates, on their ability to come out of their comfort zone and adapt to unfamiliar situations. Out of 26 questions, about 14-16 questions are based on RC passages or a poem. Candidates must target solving about 10 questions accurately to score well. XAT has negative marking so do not mark an option as your answer if you are not 100 percent sure of it.

 

XAT Mock Test for Practice

The official XAT mock test is released a week before the exam for candidates to practice and have a prior experience of the actual exam. Every aspirant must attempt the official XAT mock test atleast once. However, before that, they must practice a number of unofficial XAT mock test that are available. Shiksha has created a free XAT mock test for aspirants to practice and check their preparation level. Download below:

XAT_Mock_Test_1 XAT_Mock_Test_1_Solutions
XAT_Mock_Test_2 XAT_Mock_Test_2_Solutions

Q:   When should I start practicing XAT mock tests?

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Aspirants should start practicing XAT mock tests after completing the syllabus. The ideal time duration to solve XAT mock tests is October to December. Avoid practicing mock tests before completing the syllabus. The official mock test is released a week before the exam, so candidates must attempt it at least once before the exam. The official and unofficial mock tests are same as the actual XAT exam so that the candidates can get familiar with the exam pattern, test structure of the question paper and get used to handling the exam pressure. It is important to practice XAT mock tests so that you have prior experience of XAT exam. Both official and unofficial XAT mock tests helps in improving accuracy of solving questions because in an exam like XAT all that matters is speed with accuracy.

 

Q:   Is solving XAT question paper helpful in exam preparation?

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Yes, solving XAT question paper is of immense help in exam preparation as one can get an idea of the exam pattern, difficulty level of the questions, and learn time management. The XAT question papers of previous years also give you an idea of what type of questions (Reading Comprehension passages and poem) are asked in XAT. In fact, preparation of Decision Making section is totally dependent on XAT question papers. XAT question papers of previous years also act as practice test providing you with the opportunity to master speed and time management.

Candidates must solve previous years’ XAT questions paper of at least last five years, so that they are aware of the latest type of questions especially poem, RC passages and Decision Making passages.

 

Q:   How many XAT mock tests should I practice?

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A candidate should practice at least 35 to 40 XAT mock tests during the entire preparation period. The mock tests should be of different varieties and various difficulty levels. Candidates should ideally start practicing XAT mock tests after completing the syllabus. They should start with easy mock tests, then move to moderate mock tests and then to tough mock tests. The motive should be to score above 98 percentile in the high difficulty level XAT mock test by the time the exam day arrives.

In the last two weeks before the XAT exam, candidates must practice at least five mock tests and analyse their performance. It is most likely that by the end of the exam preparation, candidates will be scoring 98 plus percentile in the mock tests. If that happens, they must be rest assured of surpassing that score in the actual exam.

 

Last Month XAT Preparation Plan 2025

The last month before XAT is a crucial time. It happens with many students that by the time the last month arrives, they are tired of preparation or feel confident of their preparation so far and tend to lose momentum. This is the time to speed up the XAT preparation 2025. It is the time to practice the application of theories studied so far. Here are some last month XAT exam preparation tips:

  • Normally, it is easy to reach 90 percentile but the journey from 90 to 98 is tough. The last month before XAT is the time you can cover this distance.
  • Start solving XAT mock tests series. After solving each mock test analyse time taken and number of correct attempts.
  • When you attempt the next mock test, try to solve it faster and with more accuracy than the previous one.
  • Keep aside an hour or two to analyse the problems that you face in solving mocks – which type of questions take more time, questions from which topics remained unsolved, which questions looked easy but your answer was incorrect, etc. This activity will make you understand your weak areas in which you need to work harder.
  • Along with solving mock tests and sample papers, spend the last month in revising concepts and theorems. Make short notes for last minute revision on the XAT exam day.
  • Focus on memorising vocabulary and word meaning. If you haven’t worked on these in the months before, don’t worry. You can cover this part of VARC in last month too.
  • General Knowledge section is the easiest section of XAT so you can prepare it in the last one month. The questions in GK section are memory based so all you need to do is memorise important events and occurrences. However, the area to cover in this section will be vast.

Also Read: How to prepare for XAT exam in 1 month

Q:   What is the difficulty level of the XAT exam?

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XAT is one of the tougher MBA entrance exams. The difficulty level of the XAT question paper is usually moderate to high. The XAT 2023 question paper was of moderate difficulty level. The Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section is usually tougher than other sections. Verbal and Logical Reasoning section is usually moderate. However, some candidates find the Verbal Ability section tough as it has questions based on Reading Comprehension passages and poem. Decision Making and General Knowledge sections are moderate to easy.

Out of 100 questions, about 70-75 attempts with 70 to 80 per cent accuracy is considered a good attempt in the XAT exam. The test takers must strive to attempt 2/3 rd of the total questions in each section for a decent overall score. If a candidate scores 95 percentile, they will be in a position to get a good college.

 

Q:   Can I prepare for XAT with CAT preparation material?

A:
Yes, you can definitely use CAT (Common Admission Test) preparation material to prepare for XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), as there is a significant overlap in the syllabus and level of difficulty between the two exams. Both CAT and XAT have sections on Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, and Logical Reasoning, which are common to both exams. However, XAT also has a separate section on Decision Making, and a section on General Knowledge, which is not present in CAT. So, while the preparation material for CAT can provide a good foundation for the common sections of XAT candidates should also practice specifically for Decision Making and General Knowledge sections, using appropriate study material and resources. In addition to CAT preparation material, candidates can also refer to XAT-specific preparation books and study material to get a better understanding of the exam pattern and type of questions asked in XAT. It's important to note that while the preparation material is important, the key to success in XAT is consistent practice and thorough understanding of concepts. So, candidates should focus on building their conceptual clarity, practicing regularly, and analyzing their performance to identify areas of improvement.
 

Q:   What is the duration of the XAT exam?

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XAT exam is held for 3 hours and 30 minutes. There is sectional time-limit in the test. 175 minutes are allotted to Part 1 comprising Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability. Part 2 which is a session of mock keyboard testing is of 5 minutes and 30 minutes are allotted to Part 3 General Knowledge and Essay Writing sections. No bio-break is allowed during the exam. Candidates have to finish the test in the given time limit only. The test screen will move from part 1 to part 2 the moment 175 minutes get over and it will move from part 2 to part 3, the moment 5.30 minutes get over. Candidates must keep saving their entries after every attempt as there is no provision in XAT to go back and review your answers once the time limit for that part is over.

 

 

Last Week XAT Preparation Tips 2025

In the last seven days of XAT preparation dedicate maximum time in revision and making exam day strategy. You must remember that XAT is a speed-based test and meeting the sectional cut off is mandatory. Given below are five things you need to do in the last few days before XAT 2025 exam.

  • Fine tune short cuts and tricks that you have developed while practising XAT mock tests.
  • Do not start a new chapter or concept. Improve upon whatever you've managed to study till now.
  • Make an exam day strategy based on your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Watch and read interviews of previous years' XAT toppers to know the right approach to the question paper.
  • Understand the XAT marking scheme, know the expected admission cut off, and develop the skill to choose only those questions to answer, which can get you the required score.
  • Practice Decision Making questions and revise GK topics. Be thorough with Maths formulae, theorems and concepts.

Also Read: XAT score vs percentile

Q:   Which section of XAT question paper is lengthiest?

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It depends upon each candidate which section of XAT exam paper they find lengthy. It also depends on the questions chosen for the exam in that particular year. However, it has been seen that Data Interpretation questions are usually lengthy. Overall, the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section has the maximum number of questions i.e. 28 and candidates have to solve at least 22-24 questions to meet the desired cut off. So, this section may appear lengthy to the candidate. 

To some candidates, the Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section appears to be lengthy, because of dense reading comprehension passages and reasoning questions based on analogy, series, etc. The fact that both these sections are from the Part 1 of the XAT exam which is of 175 minutes makes it manageable as along with Decision Making, one can solve a decent number of QA-DI and VA-LR questions in 175 minutes.

 

Q:   Which section of XAT 2025 exam paper will have the maximum number of questions?

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The Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section of Xavier Aptitude Test 2025 will have the maximum number of questions that is 28, followed by Verbal and Logical Ability with 26 questions. General Knowledge will have 25 questions while Decision Making will have 22 questions in the Xavier Aptitude Test. XAT Pattern: Decision Making Number of Questions: 22 Total Marks: 22 Verbal and Logical Ability Number of Questions: 26 Total Marks: 26 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Number of Questions: 28 Total Marks: 28 General Knowledge Number of Questions: 25 Total Marks: 25 Essay (250 words) Number of Questions: 1 (students can choose 1 topic from 3 options) Total Marks: To be evaluated upon shortlisting For more details, you may visit the Shiksha Xavier Aptitude Test exam pattern page. (https://www.shiksha.com/mba/xat-exam-pattern). I hope this will help you.

 

Q:   How many questions will be on the XAT 2024 question paper?

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There will be about 100 questions in Xavier Aptitude Test 2024. Last year, the Xavier Aptitude Test question paper consisted of 100 questions 21 in Decision Making, 26 in Verbal & Logical Ability, 28 in Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and 25 in General Knowledge. There will be one 250-word essay in Xavier Aptitude Test. Students will get the option to choose one essay topic from three topics in Xavier Aptitude Test. For more details, visit the Shiksha Xavier Aptitude Test exam page. (https://www.shiksha.com/mba/xat-exam-question-papers). I hope this will help you.
 

XAT Exam Day Tips

  • Don't take stress on the day of exam. Wake up early and reach the XAT exam centre on time. Keep the following tips in mind:
  • XAT has negative marking in Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation sections, so choose the questions wisely. Pick only those which you know you can answer with 100 per cent accuracy.
  • Duration of the XAT exam is for 210 minutes in which 100 questions are to be addressed. 
  • Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation sections have a time-limit of 175 minutes. So, make sure you complete all the questions of your choice in theses sections within the time limit. 
  • The GK and Essay Writing section has a time limit of 30 minutes. Use 10 minutes for GK and 20 minutes for the essay.
  • If you can’t solve a particular section in first attempt, park it for later and move on to the next. Be mindful of the sectional time limit.
  • Ensure that you convert all the questions you know accurately. Target achieving the sectional percentile in each section of XAT to ensure good overall percentile.
  • Stay calm and composed during the XAT 2025 exam. Focus on what you know and not on what you don’t.

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FAQs on XAT Preparation 2024

Check below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to XAT preparation 2025:

Q:   How can I prepare for XAT 2025 by self study?

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If you are planning to prepare for XAT 2025 exam by self study, you need to start early. At least six months before. XAT exam is conducted on the first Sunday of January every year. So, if you start preparing for the XAT  2024 in June or July, you will have good six months to prepare. Make a preparation plan that includes XAT syllabus coverage, problem solving sessions, mock tests and revision. Get hold of best books for XAT. Consult mentors or previous year toppers for selecting the best books for preparation. Join online study groups where you can get the help of mentors and peers for problem solving and clearing of doubts in topics. Work in tough topics first and then move to easier topics.

Solve a large number and variety of XAT mock tests to master the syllabus. You will need to do a rigorous work on XAT mock tests as for candidates who opt for self study, have to rely on practice.

 

Q:   How many questions will be there in XAT 2025?

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As per the latest XAT exam pattern, there will be 100-105 questions in XAT 2025 in MCQ format.

  • Verbal Ability section of XAT will have 26 questions
  • Decision Making section of XAT will have 22 questions
  • Quantitative Ability section will have 28 questions
  • GK section will have 25 questions

The Essay Writing section will have 3 topics from which candidates will have to choose 1 topic to write.

It is not mandatory to solve all the questions. Candidates should solve only those questions which they can solve correctly as there is negative marking in XAT. During the exam preparation, focus on the chapters from which majority of the questions are added. This will help them in achieving the sectional and overall cut offs are required.

 

Q:   Is there a sectional time limit in XAT?

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Yes, there is sectional time limit in XAT. The XAT question paper I divided into three sections – Part 1, Part 2 and Part-3. Candidates have to complete the questions of a given session within the time limit only. Since, XAT is an online test, there will be on screen clock indicating the time and as soon as the time of one section will be over, the screen will automatically move to the next part. Candidates need to ensure that they have answered the required number of questions and saved them within the time limit. Here’s how the XAT question paper is divided as per section and time duration.

Part 1- Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation  (175 minutes)

Part 2-  Mock Keyboard Testing  (5 minutes)

Part 3-  General Knowledge and Essay Writing  (30 minutes)

 

Q:   Are six months enough to prepare for XAT?

A:

There is no set time limit to prepare for XAT exam, but you need a minimum of six months for preparation. Ideally candidates need to start XAT preparation by April, however, if they start by June or July too, they can complete the syllabus within time and have ample time for practice of sample papers and mock tests. In order to utilize six months that you have for XAT preparation, do the following:

  • Make monthly, weekly and daily time tables to study and don’t deviate from that routine.
  • Start with subjects which you are your weak spots. We suggest start with studying Quantitative Aptitude and English.
  • For Reading Comprehension, read editorials of newspapers and magazines every day. Read fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, etc. for strengthening English vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Download MBA exam preparation apps on your phone so that you can revise topics, solve reasoning or English puzzles anywhere when you get time.

 

 

Q:   When is the best time to begin XAT preparation?

A:
The ideal time to start preparing for the Xavier Aptitude Test XAT depends on your level of familiarity with the test format and your overall academic and work experience. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended to start your XAT preparation at least six months before the exam date to give yourself sufficient time to cover all the topics and practice enough mock tests. If you are already familiar with the XAT exam pattern and have a good understanding of the topics, you can start your preparation three to four months before the exam date. In this case, you should focus more on practicing mock tests and refining your test-taking strategy. On the other hand, if you are new to XAT and have limited exposure to the test format and the type of questions asked, you may need more time to prepare. In this case, it is recommended to start your preparation at least six months before the exam date. You can start by familiarizing yourself with the XAT exam pattern and syllabus, studying the relevant topics in depth, and practicing mock tests regularly. Ultimately, the best time to start your XAT preparation depends on your individual circumstances and goals. It is important to create a study plan that works for you and stick to it consistently to maximize your chances of success.
 

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Answered 2 weeks ago

The table below shows the government top XAT colleges in India along with their total tuition fee:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

NIT Calicut Admission

INR 4 lakh

Chandragupt Institute of Management Admission

INR 6 Lacs - INR 8 lakh

Tezpur University Admission

INR 63,000

Indian Institute of Forest Management Admission

INR 12 lakh

Calcutta University Admission

INR 33,000

Hope this information proves beneficial for you!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

There are many IIMs in India which are not accepting XAT scores. Some of them are mentioned below along with their NIRF rankings 2023 and total tuition fees:

College NameNIRF Ranking 2023Total Tuition Fee
XLRI Xavier School of Management9INR 24 Lacs - INR 30 lakh
Amity University Noida28INR 6 Lacs - INR 13 lakh
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai31INR 9 Lacs - INR 11 lakh
GIM33INR 18 lakh
Christ University60INR 5 Lacs - INR 9 lakh

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

The table below shows the private top XAT accepting MBA colleges in India along with their total tuition fee:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

XLRI Xavier School of Management Admission

INR 24 Lacs – INR 30 lakh

Amity University Noida Admission

INR 6 Lacs – INR 13 lakh

LPU Admission

INR 8 Lacs – INR 10 lakh

Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission

INR 9 Lacs – INR 11 lakh

GIM Admission

INR 18 lakh

Hope this answered your query!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

The general eligibility criteria to get MBA admission to XAT colleges in India are listed below:

  • Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline from a recognised university or institution with a minimum of 50% aggregate.
  • MBA colleges in India consider scores f

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

Refer to the table below for a detailed overview of the top MBA colleges accepting XAT score in India along with their average placement package and the prominent recruiters:

College Name

Annual Average Package

Top Recruiters

XLRI Xavier School of Management Placements

INR 28 LPA – INR 30 LPA

HCL, HUL, PwC, Reliance, Tata Steel, etc.

Amity University, Noida Placements

INR 6 LPA

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Deloitte, Flipkart, Adobe, Accenture, etc.

LPU Placements

INR 6 LPA

Infosys, L&T, Amazon, HCL, IBM, TCS,  ICICI Bank, etc.

Great Lakes Institute of Management Placements

INR 11 LPA

Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant, Deloitte, Infosys, etc.

GIM - Goa Institute of Management Placements

INR 11 LPA - INR 15 LPA

Cognizant, Accenture, HCL, TCS, Amazon, etc.

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Hope this information proves helpful for you!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

Hi, to determine the worth of joining MBA colleges accepting XAT score in India, you need to go through its ROI. Listed below are some of the colleges along with their total tuition fees and average placement package:

College Name

Total Tuition Fee

Annual Average Package

XLRI Xavier School of Management MBA

INR 24 Lacs – INR 30 lakh

INR 28 LPA – INR 30 LPA

Amity University, Noida MBA

INR 6 Lacs – INR 13 lakh

INR 6 LPA

LPU MBA

INR 8 Lacs – INR 10 lakh

INR 6 LPA

Great Lakes Institute of Management MBA

INR 9 Lacs – INR 11 lakh

INR 11 LPA

GIM - Goa Institute of Management MBA

INR 18 lakh

INR 11 LPA - INR 15 LPA

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Hope this answered your query!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

Hi, XLRI emerged to be the No. 1 MBA college accepting XAT score in India. Listed below are some of the other colleges along with their NIRF rankings from 2021 to 2023:

College Name

NIRF 2021

NIRF 2022

NIRF 2023

XLRI

8

8

9

Amity University, Noida

29

28

28

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

24

31

31

LPU

37

34

32

GIM

35

36

33

IMI, Delhi

26

30

34

TAPMI

32

38

42

Jaipuria Noida

59

51

47

Hope this information proves beneficial for you!

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 2 weeks ago

About 1,000+ top MBA colleges are accepting XAT scores in India. Among these,  754 colleges are privately owned, 62 colleges are owned by public/government organisations and public-private entities own 6 MBA colleges. XAT is the main entrance exam in the best MBA colleges in IndiaXLRI Xavier Scho

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Tasbiya Khan

Contributor-Level 10

Answered 4 weeks ago

No, you can not join the Interanational Management Institute (IMI bhubaneswar) without the XAT exam for MBA . The XAT is conducted by XLRI, and is one of the exams which is for Indian students must clear to get admission to IMI Bhubaneswar. 

Foreign students must apply by clearing the GMAT exam.

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Vishwa Gami

Contributor-Level 7

Answered 4 weeks ago

No, I don't think its enough becasue MI Bhubaneswar also consists of CAT, CMAT, XAT, or GMAT scores for confirmation, and applicants are shortlisted in view of different factors, including their selection test scores, educational background, and execution in 10th and 12th grades.

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Vishwa Gami

Contributor-Level 7

1072 Institutes accepting XAT

PGDM in Human Resource Management
  • 4.7

    Placements

    4.8

    Infrastructure

    4.8

    Faculty & Course Curriculum

    4.5

    Crowd & Campus Life

    4.8

    Value for Money

    4.4

    Learning Experience

    0.0

    Course Support

    0.0
    (18)
  • |
  • Total Fees: ₹ 28.60 Lakh
  • |
  • 2 years
  • |
  • Full Time
PGDM in Big Data Analytics
  • 4.5

    Placements

    4.5

    Infrastructure

    4.7

    Faculty & Course Curriculum

    4.4

    Crowd & Campus Life

    4.8

    Value for Money

    4.2

    Learning Experience

    0.0

    Course Support

    0.0
    (19)
  • |
  • Total Fees: ₹ 20.54 Lakh
  • |
  • 2 years
  • |
  • Full Time
Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)
  • 4.3

    Placements

    4.0

    Infrastructure

    4.6

    Faculty & Course Curriculum

    4.7

    Crowd & Campus Life

    4.5

    Value for Money

    3.8

    Learning Experience

    0.0

    Course Support

    0.0
    (46)
  • |
  • Total Fees: ₹ 11.20 Lakh
  • |
  • 1 years
  • |
  • Full Time
MBA in Agriculture and Food Business
  • Total Fees: ₹ 6.00 Lakh
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  • 2 years
  • |
  • Full Time

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