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XAT Syllabus 2023: Check Section-wise Important Topics


XAT Syllabus: The Xavier School of Management (XLRI) prescribes the syllabus for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) on its official website. Candidates must go through the syllabus to know the topics needs to study for the upcoming exam. As per the latest updates, this exam syllabus includes the following sections, i.e., Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Ability, General knowledge (GK) and 1 essay writing part.

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Candidates should keep in mind that the syllabus was modified last year, and the essay section has been reintroduced. Every section (excluding Essay Writing) will include 22-27 MCQ questions with five options to choose the correct answer. When the applicant gets selected for the XLRI personal interview phase, the essay will be examined. Scroll down to get the detailed syllabus.

XAT Exam Syllabus 2023

XAT is one of the most competitive exams in India for admission to management courses. Candidates need a high score to get selected for the program. The first step toward the preparation is to know the latest syllabus. Before getting into the detailed syllabus, applicants must check out the important topics that dominate the question paper from the below table:

SectionsImportant Chapters
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Percentage, Surds and Indices, Algebra, Mensuration, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Tables, Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability and Logical ReasoningReading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy, Para Jumble, Grammar, Critical Reasoning, Fill in the Blanks
Decision MakingData Arrangement, Conditioning, Grouping, Complex Arrangement, Caselets, Assumptions, Premises, Conclusions
General KnowledgeScience, Economy, Business, Politics, Static GK, Sports, Prize and Award, World, Government, Constitution of India

XAT Exam Pattern 2023

The XAT exam pattern changes very frequently. However, most of the time, it is the total number of questions, the marking scheme, and the total duration of the exam that change. The sections of the exam and the basic syllabus remain more or less the same. Check out the revised exam pattern from the below table:

XAT SectionsNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Decision Making2222
Verbal and Logical Ability2626
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation2828
General Knowledge2525
Essay (250 words)1 (Candidates can choose 1 topic from 3 options)To be evaluated upon shortlisting

Note: The total number of questions asked is 101. The total time duration for Part 1 is 175 minutes. There is no sectional time duration. Furthermore, a candidate can move to Part 2 only after the entire time duration of Part 1 is over.

Let us now look into the detailed XAT syllabus for each of these sections.

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XLRI XAT Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

The VA section will include 26 questions. Each question will be worth one mark. For each incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted. As per the past year’s trend, most of the questions asked were from Reading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Poems, Analogy, Antonyms, etc.

The XAT syllabus for Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning includes the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension – Fact-Based (History, Science, Social Issues, Economic Issues) or Story-Based (Abstract Writings, Literature, etc.)
  • Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Vocabulary-based Analogy
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Correction of Errors in Sentences
  • Critical Reasoning
  • English Grammar (Parts of Speech, Voice Change, Narration, Articles, Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, etc.)
  • Statements-Based Logical Reasoning
  • Paragraph-Based Logical Reasoning
  • Interpretations

Preparation Tips for XAT Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

To prepare for this section, candidates must start reading newspapers daily, such as The Hindu, as it will enhance their vocabulary. This practice makes spotting the error and solving jumbled sentences a cakewalk. Make sure to practice enough questions and solve previous years’ papers as well.

XLRI XAT Syllabus for Decision Making (DM)

This section is unique to the XAT exam. The questions asked in this section test the candidates’ decision-making ability. Mostly, candidates are given a situation and their reaction to the given situation is asked. The following topics are listed in the Decision-Making section:

  • Data Arrangement
  • Complex Arrangement
  • Conditions and Grouping
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Caselets
  • Situations
  • Assumptions

XAT Preparation Strategy for DM

Candidates cannot learn or mug up anything for this section. This part is purely based on the problem-solving ability and presence of the mind. Make sure to practice questions from the practice papers and mock tests.

XLRI XAT Quantitative Ability (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI) Syllabus

This section tests a candidate’s numerical and analytical abilities. The various topics included in the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation under the XAT syllabus are as follows:

  • Number Systems
  • LCM
  • HCF
  • Simplification
  • Average and Partnerships
  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Logarithm
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Linear Equations
  • Set Theory
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra
  • Venn Diagram
  • Time and Work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Line Graph
  • Bar Graph
  • Pie Charts
  • Data Tables
  • Data Charts
  • Critical Path
  • Progressions

XAT QA & DI Preparation Tips

For this section, candidates must have all the formulas at their fingertips. Once they are thorough with the formulas, focus on the technique to solve the questions. Candidates can adapt to a particular technique or develop their own. Practice is the only way to master this section. Attempt XAT mock tests on Embibe to master this section.

XLRI XAT Syllabus for General Knowledge (GK)

The General Knowledge section includes a wide range of topics, which needs a regular reading of newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, as well as static GK books. The topics included in this section are as under:

  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honors
  • Countries – Capital/Currency
  • Discoveries and Inventions
  • History
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Finance
  • Economy
  • Business
  • Budget

XAT General Knowledge Preparation Tips

To score well in this section, candidates must keep on reading the newspaper regularly and prepare flashcards of important latest events. Analyse the previous year’s trends and how the questions were framed, and candidates are good to go.

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FAQs on XAT Syllabus 2023

Here are some frequently asked questions on the XLRI XAT syllabus:

Q: How many sections are there in XAT syllabus?

A: The Xavier Aptitude Test has four sections, namely Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, and General knowledge.

Q: What is the XAT Syllabus for General Knowledge?

A: Candidates can find the syllabus for Xavier Aptitude Test GK from the above article.

Q: What are the important topics for XAT?

A: Some of the important topics for XAT are Tables and Caselets, Algebra, Mensuration, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy, Para Jumble, Seating Arrangement, Logical Sequencing, etc.

Q: What is the duration of XAT exam?

A: The total duration of XAT exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Q: Is there a negative marking in XAT exam?

Ans: Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in Part 1. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions, but 0.10 marks will be deducted for 8 consecutive unanswered questions. However, there is no negative marking Part 2 section, i.e. GK & essay.

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