The XAT exam is divided into two parts. Part A is of 2 hours and 20 minutes duration which consists of Quantitative Ability, English Language Ability & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making. Part B of the exam consists of Essay Writing and General Awareness. Duration of this section is 40 minutes. Questions in General Awareness is from Business, Economics and Politics related to Business Environment. You have to attempt both essay as well as General Awareness section. Total duration of XAT is of 3 hours.

Section Duration
Part A 140 minutes
Quantitative Ability  
English and LR  
Decision Making  
Part B 40 minutes
Essay Writing  
General Awareness  

Points to Note

  • Number of questions varies from year to year.
  • Number of choices for each question is five.
  • There is negative marking (1/4) for wrong answers.
  • XAT paper contains differential marking, so you must read the instructions carefully.
  • GK Section in Part B has been introduced from 2013.
  • Duration has been increased by 20 minutes for Part A from 2013.

XAT Previous Year Paper Pattern

Paper  No. of Questions (Part A) Marks
XAT 2009 104 104
XAT 2010 101 101
XAT 2011 101 253
XAT 2012 85 100
XAT 2013 91 91
XAT 2014 83 83 
XAT 2015 84 84 

XAT Previous Year Essay Topics

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