XAT Syllabus

XAT Syllabus

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level entrance exam for various management courses. The exam is conducted by the country’s prestigious institute Xavier School of Management, formerly Xavier Labor Relations Institute. Founded in 1949 is one of the best management institutes in the country. XLRI has been conducting the exam for more than 60 years. Other business schools in the country have partnered with the institution, accepting XAT scores to offer admissions. Around 700 business schools in the country accept XAT scores for admissions to their postgraduate exams. In this blog, we will have a look at the XAT syllabus. 


Like any other management entrance exam, XAT is designed to test the student’s ability in various sections for the admission. With the surging growth in the business sector of the country, the students at an unprecedented level are taking up management courses like MBA and PGDM. To screen out the best candidates for the admission, the universities ask candidates to go through exams like GMAT and GRE. One such nationally accepted exam is XAT. 

XAT Syllabus 

XAT syllabus is vast and has a spectrum of topics. Every year significant changes are made in the syllabus to make it more competitive. If you want to stay ahead in the exam, It is important to go through the latest syllabus for the exam and not relying on the previous one. Despite the changes in the syllabus every year, the core pattern remains the same. The syllabus for XAT 2021 is divided into 4 sections which are Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness.

Let’s have a look at them in detail:

Section 1

The first section is designed to test the aptitude of the candidate in  Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning. The section is multiple-choice based and 26 questions are asked in the section. Below are the components of the section. 

Verbal and Logical Ability

The verbal ability section of the exam is to evaluate the ability of the candidate to express the ideas verbally. The section covers the considerable portion of the exam. Here are the topics covered in the section:

  • Vocabulary based questions 
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Passages
  • Sentence Completion 
  • Paragraph Completion

Reading Comprehension

The scoring part in the first section in XAT syllabus, reading comprehension is to test the candidate’s ability to understand the text. In this section, abstract passages are given out of which the candidate has to deduce logical answers. The section is MCQ based and can include topics from a wide range of subjects like Economics, History, Sociology etc. 

Logical Reasoning

This section deals with testing the non-verbal aptitude of the candidate through diagrams, images, patterns etc. Some of the topics on which the questions are asked include Analogy, Clocks, Judgement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, calendars, Fact, Inference, binary logic, seating arrangement. Logical Reasoning forms the essential component of the exam and can be scoring one. 

Section 2

The section of the XAT syllabus covers the questions on decision making where you will be given data to analyze. Based on the data, you will answer the questions. There are 21 multiple choice questions in this section. Some of the core topics in the section are:

  • Data Arrangement Test
  • Complex Arrangement
  • Decision Making in a situation
  • Conditions and Grouping Test
  • Case lets 

Section 3

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The final section of the XAT syllabus consists of 27 MCQs on Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, both of which deals with the numerical and graphical data which needs to be interpreted to answer the questions. 

Quantitative Ability

Forming the important part of the exam, quantitative ability tests the numerical ability and problem-solving skills of a candidate. Some of the main topics covered in the section are:

  • Number System
  • Algebra
  • Geometry including Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory

Data Interpretation

The questions in this section are based on the charts, graphs and diagrams which a candidate has to read and interpret the data given in them. Some of the components of this section are: 

  • Data Tables
  • Pie charts
  • Data charts
  • Graphs
  • Data analysis and comparison  
  • Bar diagrams

XAT Exam Registration

The registration for the exam is an online process which can be done on the official website of XLRI.  After visiting the website, you need to fill in the details and submit the application. It is important that you fill out the form carefully as the portal does not allow any changes after the application is submitted. The registration fee for the exam is ₹1700/- which is to be paid at the time of application.

Acing the XAT exam requires you to study the XAT syllabus in detail. Strategising study plan for each section will make it easy for you to achieve the goal. If you need assistance on exams and career-related guidance, Leverage Edu can be your partner. To know more, book your free 30-minute session with us. 

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