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XAT 2016 Syllabus

Last Updated - September 09, 2016

XAT 2017 is going to be held on January 3, 2016. The XAT application process will start in the last week of August (Tentative). So for those who are willing to get into a top ranked B school next year, XAT can be one of the gateways. XAT score is accepted by 120 b schools of country among them XLRI,XIMB and SPJIMR are to name a few. Here we will discuss the syllabus of XAT, which will help you to get an idea about how to crack XAT and make it to your dream b school. Eligibility criterion for applying to XAT remains same this year.


Test Structure

XAT is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XAT is conducted in pen paper based mode since its inception and XLRI follows the same exam pattern since then. XAT is divided into two parts basically- the first part consists of three sections Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making and General Knowledge sections and second part consists of Essay Writing, which means it is both subjective and objective. Part one is completely objective having multiple choice questions.


Now we will provide you section wise topics which cover the XAT syllabus.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation in XAT

This section usually has weightage of 30 to 35 questions. In XAT 2015 33 questions were asked from this section. This section comprises questions related to numbers and it tests candidates’ ability in number systems, numerology and data skills. The main topics of this section include following:

  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Data Interpretation

Further following are the subtopics on which questions are asked from each of the main topic of quant:

Main topicSub topics
ArithmeticNumber Systems, LCM and HCF, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Interest (Simple and Compound), Speed, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Ratio and Proportion

Linear and Quadratic Equation, Progressions - AP, GP, HP, Inequalities, Function, Set Theory, Permutation & Combination

GeometryTriangles, Circles
TrigonometryHeight and Distance
MensurationQuestions based on Area, Volume and other parameters of various geometric shapes like- Cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, square, frustum, prism, pyramid etc.
Data InterpretationCase lets, Table Chart

XAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

This is the second section in part one of XAT exam. This section has weightage of 28 marks i.e. around 28 to 30 questions are asked from this section. Syllabus includes following:


Verbal Ability- Verbal Ability or English Language and Comprehension is one of the scoring parts of this exam. Following are the topics on which questions are asked-

TopicsSub Topics
Reading ComprehensionQuestion based on given passages related to science, social science, business and entertainment
English Usage/GrammarSentence Correction, Parajumbling, Fill in the blanks,
VocabularySynonym, Antonym, Idiom/Phrases

Logical Reasoning

Questions are asked form following topics:

  • Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  • Assertion and reasons
  • Statements and assumptions
  • Passage Conclusion
  • Statement Argument etc.

XAT Syllabus for Decision Making

This is the most important and scoring section of XAT. Number of questions asked generally varies from 20 to 25. This section tests the decision making ability of candidates. Questions in decision making involve a situation like a case let and candidate is expected to find the solution and also the reason behind that situation. So there is no particular syllabus can be decided for this section. This section requires logical understanding of different situations.


XAT Syllabus for General Knowledge

Syllabus for General knowledge cannot be defined as it is very vast subject. However there are some topics from which questions are asked. Number of questions asked is 20. These topics include-

  • National Current Affairs
  • Economy
  • Science and Technology
  • History, Geography and Polity etc.

XAT Essay Writing Syllabus

Like General Knowledge, no syllabus can be defined for this section. Essay topics are abstract and candidates will be given 20 minutes to write on the mentioned topic also there is no word limit mentioned, but an essay of 350-400 words will be more than sufficient. Following are essay topics that were asked in recent years’ XAT, it will help you understand the pattern of Essay topics:

XAT Essay Writing
XAT 2015Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
XAT 2014The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt.
XAT 2013Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India.
XAT 2012Government is not addressing the root cause of poverty & Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of poverty.

There is still less than six months are left in XAT 2017, so if you are planning to apply for XAT, it is the best time to start preparing by seeing the difficulty level of exam. This article will probably help you understand the XAT 2016 syllabus and pattern.

Frequently asked questions

Ques. Is XAT syllabus different from CAT and other management entrance exams?

Ans. First of all there is no defined syllabus for XAT. However there are some fixed topics from which questions are asked. There are some common topics like QA/DI, VA/LR in both CAT and XAT, in which syllabus could be the same. But some topics are only asked in XAT (Decision Making, Essay and General Knowledge) and these topics can’t be defined in specific syllabus.


Ques. How much XAT syllabus changes every year?

Ans. If there is no defined syllabus, there is no chance of changing it. However the pattern can be changed. XAT pattern has gone through major changes since 2013 but it is following the same since then.


Ques. Does preparing according to above given syllabus help in cracking the exam?

Ans. Preparing according to the syllabus always helps in exams. The syllabus mentioned in above article will only help you understand the range from which questions could be asked. So it is necessary to start preparing according to the syllabus.



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