XAT Pattern and Syllabus

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

XAT 2009 XAT 2010 XAT 2011 XAT 2012
No. of questions (Part A) 104 101 101 85
Marks 104 101 253 100

XAT Previous Year Essay Topics

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