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XAT Examination Pattern and Syllabus

Normally, the XAT is conducted after the CAT exam. It is held in the period between the 2nd week of January and 3rd week of December. The test centers comprise of:

  • Allahabad, Ahmedabad
  • Bhopal, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar
  • Chennai, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Cochin
  • Delhi, Dehradun
  • Guwahati, Gurgaon, Gwalior
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jamshedpur, Jaipur
  • Kozhikode, Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Noida, Nagpur
  • Pune, Patna
  • Vishakhapatnam

The above given list is of the XAT exam centers. However, they are subject to change and XLRI takes no responsibility of being asked about it.

XAT Exam Pattern

The XAT exam includes 3 sections. Each section has a time limit of 40 minutes. These three sections are:

  • Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  • Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability questions
  • General Awareness Questions

The test has been included 3 sections and there is an Essay at the end of the test. The test comprises of 200 questions, however, they may change as per the time. Being objective type questions there are four choices for per question and the total time given for the test is 120 minutes. Each question carries one marks, on the other hand, there is 1/3 negative marking for wrong answer. After completing these three sections the students need to write an essay containing 250-300 words in 20 minutes.

XAT Syllabus

Section - 1

Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension (Number of Questions - 80)

  • Antonyms (with a passage given)
  • Analogies
  • Fill-in-the-blanks
  • Synonyms
  • Logical Ability Puzzle Reading Comprehension Paragraph Forming

Section - 2

Data interpretation, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning (Number of Questions - 60)

  • Functions
  • Reasoning (Weights of Boxes)
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Simple Arithmetic Questions
  • Series
  • Two sets of Data Interpretation Sets of Quant Questions Data Sufficiency Quant Individual Questions

Section - 3

General Awareness (Number of Question - 60)

  • Geography
  • History
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Quotes
  • Science


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