Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is the entrance exam conducted by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. However, it is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission in XLRI and 100 other top tier management B Schools of India. XLRI application has been embedded with XAT application. Candidates applying for XLRI do not have to fill up two separate forms. It is considered to be one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India. XAT 2018 will be conducted in January 2018.

Exam Pattern

  • The exam pattern of XAT undergoes some change or other every year. The number of questions in Paper 1 varies every year. Paper 2 is a mix of both objective as well as subjective questions, General Knowledge and Essay Writing.
  • The test will have 2 Parts: Part I and Part II.
  • Part I will have 3 sections A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively, i.e. a total of 72 questions.
  • After Part 1 there will be Part II with 25 GK questions and an essay. This section will be of 35 minutes with no negative marking.
  • The total time will be 210 minutes.

Exam Structure

The exam shall consist of the following sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability; Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK
  • Essay

Verbal Ability; Logical Reasoning

This section has two types of questions, Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability or English Usage. This section also contains logical, critical and analytical reasoning questions. The English Usage questions are on grammar and vocabulary.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation  

The topics of the questions in this section are as follows:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Permutation Combination
  • Higher Math
  • Decision Making

The questions of this section appear in caselets and test your interpretative, calculative and logical skills.

General Awareness

You can expect the following topics for the General Awareness section:

  • Business
  • Sports
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Trade
  • International bodies

The above mentioned topics are not exhaustive, but inclusive of all the plausible areas under the broad areas of politics, economy and society.

Paper Section No. of Questions


Paper 1

Decision Making 24
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27
Verbal & Logical Ability 21
Paper 2 General Knowledge 25
Essay 1 topic

Marking Scheme

  • Each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks.
  • A candidate can leave out 13 questions unattempted, beyond which there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.
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Posted by Tanisha Narang, Wednesday, May 24, 2017    12:05:00PM


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