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XAT 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Last Updated - August 11, 2017

Since XATonline registration is not far away, candidate can start gearing up for XAT exam preparation. The registration for XAT 2018 will start from third week of August, 2017.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a well-known entrance exam for M.B.A course. Though XAT syllabus remains same but exam pattern changes every year. In order to keep a track of XAT syllabus, we will provide you with the simplified information to help you clear XAT 2018.

But, before going through XAT syllabus, one must check the XAT exam pattern, so that the candidate could get a fair idea about the section wise important topics by knowing the marking scheme and which section to focus on to clear the exam with good grades.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

 Let us have a look on XAT 2018 Exam pattern, which will help candidate to prepare for the exam in a better way. 

XAT 2018 is divided into two papers:

PAPER 1- This paper includes sections like Verbal Ability, Decision making and Quantitative Ability

PAPER 2- This paper includes sections like General Knowledge and Essay writing

PaperSectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Time
PAPER 1Verbal and Logical Ability21170 Minutes
 Decision Making24
 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation27
 PAPER 2General Knowledge2535 Minutes
 Essay Writing

XAT 2018 Syllabus

Cracking XAT is no rocket science, a candidate should know the basics and imperatives of the examination. In order to score well in XAT 2018, one must consider XAT syllabus properly to achieve fruitful results. According to XAT Exam pattern, Part A consists of 78 questions and the time allotted is 170 minutes. The questions are set from various topics.

XAT syllabus includes topics like:


  1. Verbal and Logical Ability

This section tests your English skills and logical ability. The section includes categories like:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Completion

How you can attempt Verbal and Logical Ability Section:

The below stated steps will help a candidate to attempt Verbal & Logical ability section

  1. The questions in Verbal ability section are majorly based on Reading comprehension passages. Candidate must get a hang of sentence correction, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks and vocabulary usage. It is advisable to read different books as only reading can help you to ace this section.
  2. A sound knowledge of Grammar skills are a must to attempt this section. You are not expected to be a "Grammar Nazi", but in order to score more in this section, grammar knowledge is necessary. You can brush up your grammar skills by reading newspapers and magazines as this will help you in building your vocabulary.
  1. Decision Making

This section will consist of 23 questions in XAT 2018. Decision making section includes different categories, namely:

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Number System
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Arithmetic Sequence
  • Mixtures
  • Probability

How you can attemptDecision Making Section:

  1. For decision making section, aspirants are advised to practice their decision making skills extensively. Fickle minded nature of yours, may land you in a problem.
  2. The section will include an amalgamation of different questions based on Tables, Caselets, Probability, Linear arrangements, Blocks, Puzzles and sequential arrangements. A candidate can score well in this section by using common sense. This is the easiest section out of all the sections. 
  1. Quantitative Ability

Quant section will carry the highest weightage and is also considered as the toughest section to attempt. But worry not! We have an antidote for you as we will provide with the important tips which will guide on how to attempt this section. Basically, this section comprises of following:

  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration – 2D and 3D
  • Probability
  • Algebra Functions
  • Graphs
  • Heights & Distance
  • Direction Sense & Time
  • P&L
  • Trigonometry
  • Clocks
  • Speed & Distance
  • Statistics
  • Table

How you can attempt Quantitative Ability section:

  1. Quantitative Ability is all about playing with numbers, algebra, geometry, functions, trigonometry, linear equations, profit-loss, simple interest and progressions.
  2. In order to score good in this section, candidates are required to go back to their old academic books and solve the problems of fifth to tenth standards' textbooks. Solve the basic problems, regularly to get a proper hang of this section. Fast mental calculations is a mantra to achieve in this section as they will enable you to consume lesser time and to attempt maximum questions in a given time frame.


  1. General Knowledge

This section is very basic and candidates can recall all the academic teachings of school. General awareness section will comprise 25 questions, based on current happenings and static GK.General Knowledge section comprises:

  • Literature
  • Sports
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Merger & Acquisitions
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Society
  • Nation and states
  • History

How you can attempt General Knowledge section:

General awareness is a section where you won't need much preparation as it is based on your previous knowledge. As this section is quite basic, you can aim to achieve greater results. A candidate can score well in this section by brushing up their knowledge on current events. The questions might be based on Politics, Entertainment, Science, Business, and Famous Personalities etc.

  1. Essay Writing

Essay writing is something which we have learnt and been practicing from our school times. If you are a pro at writing, then you don’t need to worry about this section as this section will give you brownie points only, but if you are not that good at writing, we will help you with some guidelines which will certainly give you edge over other to clear XAT 2018.

How you can attempt Essay Writing Section:

The topics for this section are basically abstract or are based on a common phrase or an idiom. For further helping, the applicant is provided with an implied philosophical hint, which serves as base for building your essay. No proper guidelines can help you to crack this section, but a candidate can work on his/her thought process by writing them down on paper. This will surely help the candidate to attempt essay writing section in a proper manner.

Preparation Books for XAT 2018

Its better late than never! Even if you haven’t started preparing for XAT 2017, you can start now by referring to below mentioned books, which will certainly help you to attempt each section with a clear understanding of XAT exam pattern.

Some of XAT preparation books are mentioned below:

  • Target XAT Simplified by Disha Experts
  • Jabbing the XAT with solved papers by R.K. Jha
  • XAT XLRI – MBA Entrance exam A/4 by Chandresh Agarwal
  • Koncepts of number for XAT and other quantitative exams by Gajendra Kumar
  • Target new XAT – Past papers and five mock papers
  • XAT entrance test for MBA examination by Gautam Puri
  • XAT Xavier Aptitude Test solved sample papers by Gautam Puri
  • The Accredited guide to problem solving and the data sufficiency: A must have resource for aspirants for XAT by Ananta Ashisha
  • The hand on guide to analytical reasoning and logical reasoning : A must have resource for the aspirants of XAT by Peeyush Bhardwaj
  • Quantitative aptitude for XAT by Arun Sharma
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative aptitude Quantum XAT by Sarvesh K Verma
  • Verbal ability for XAT by Ajay Singh
  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyaya
  • General Knowledge by Manohar Panday

If you feel that the above bunch of books are not enough for you, candidate can consider another bunch of XAT PREPARATION BOOKS



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