• XAT

      Exam Pattern:


      Section Name

      No. Of Questions

      Paper 1

      Verbal and Logical Ability


      Decision Making


      Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


      Paper 2

      General Knowledge


      Essay Writing

      1 essay

      Each question carries one mark and for each wrong answer there is negative marking of 1/4 marks. After 12 unattempted questions, there will be negative marking of 0.05 marks.


      Verbal and Logical Ability

      The topics which are covered under this section include the following

      ·         Reading Comprehension

      ·         Vocabulary

      ·         Analogy based on vocabulary

      ·         Sentence correction

      ·         Grammar

      ·         Fill in the blanks

      ·         Critical Reasoning/Inference

      ·         Para Jumble

      ·         Cloze test

      ·         Pronunciation

      ·         Para Completion

      ·         Paragraph Formation Questions

      ·         Poem

      Decision Making

      Decision Making is an exclusive section for XAT. The questions come in the form of caselets. Generally a particular situation and problem is given and the test takers are asked to choose the ideal solution from the options. The topics to prepare for are:

      ·         Arithmetic

      ·         Analytical Reasoning

      ·         Situational

      According to XAT analysis of last year, Decision Making was the trickiest section and carried around 30 per cent of the questions.

      Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

      This section carries the highest weightage. The topics which must be prepared in order to score high in QA & DI section are:



      ·         Equations

      ·         Percentage

      ·         Profit & Loss

      ·         Time & Distance

      ·         Time & Work

      Algebra/Pure Math

      ·         Polynomials

      ·         Numbers

      ·         Progressions

      ·         Probability

      ·         Permutation & Combination

      ·         Geometry

      ·         Mensuration

      ·         Functions & Graphs

      ·         Trigonometry

      ·         Venn Diagram

      ·         Miscellaneous

      Data Interpretation

      ·         Data Sufficiency

      ·         Scatter Plots and Bar Charts

      ·         Table 

      The difficulty level of this section was moderate to tough.

      General Knowledge

      This section is asked in Paper 2 and contains 25 questions. The questions from this section are divided into static GK and current affairs. Last year, majority of the questions were from static GK followed by current affairs. The topics are as follows:


      Static GK

      ·         History

      ·         Currency

      ·         Invention

      ·         Geography

      ·         National Capital

      ·         Culture

      ·         Books and authors

      ·         Personalities

      ·         Important Dates

      ·         Film

      ·         Science and Business 

      Current Affairs

      ·         Economics

      ·         Film & Television

      ·         Ecosystem & Diversity 

      Essay Writing: As far as the Essay Writing section is concerned, there is no specific XAT syllabus to prepare for. The topics are generally abstract in nature which candidates can relate to an event of recent significance instead of keeping the content generic.


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