The XLRI Aptitude Test (XAT 2014) was conducted on 5 January 5, 2014 (Sunday) in 44 cities across India and two cities abroad (Kathmandu and Dubai). The scorecard of XAT is used by several other institutes for selecting candidates for their MBA programme as well.

The test had 2 parts - Part I and II. Part I constituted three sections viz Verbal Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation and the second part had questions from General Knowledge. There were 103 questions in the paper-pencil based test and the time allotted was 160 minutes plus 20 minutes for the essay-writing test. Sectional cut-off was also there. There were four sections in the multiple-choice question (MCQ) test:

  1. Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LA)
  2. Decision Making (DM)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA and DI)
  4. General Awareness (GA)

There was one more section for essay writing. 2 hours and 20 minutes were allotted for the first three sections and an extra 40 minutes allotted for the GA section (20 minutes) and essay writing (20 minutes). There were 83 questions in the first there sections. Section D of the GA section had 20 questions which were of qualifying nature and will not be taken into account for percentile calculation.

The VA and LA section had 28 questions, QA and DI had 31, DM had 24 and GA had 20 questions. The questions were moderate to difficult with questions slightly tougher than XAT 2013.

  Section Questions Marks/Q Negative Marks
Part I A - Verbal Ability 28 1 0.25
  B - Decision Making 24 1 0.25
  C - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 31 1 0.25
Part II General Knowledge 20 1 0.25

Verbal and Logical Ability

The VA section had questions on Reading Comprehension (RC). Five short passages were followed by 3 questions each. The passages consisted of around 500 words and were moderate to difficult. Other questions were on core grammar such as appropriate words, subject verb agreement, fill up the blanks on verbs usage, prepositions, synonyms, articles, identifying parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, jumbled paragraph, etc. The LA section consisted of two questions on premise, statements and conclusions, which could be solved with systematic logic.

Decision Making

The DM section was complicated and time-consuming. Some questions had partial information. Some answers had close options.

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

The QA and DI section was tougher than that of previous years and time consuming. Most of the questions were framed on algebra, arithmetic, geometry and probability.

General Awareness

The questions in the GA section were from economics, finance, business, national as well as international current affairs, appointments, committees, books and authors, etc.

Essay Writing

The essay-writing section, to assess the writing skills of candidates, needed students to write an essay on "Beautiful things are not to be touched but are felt". The ideal size of the essay should be around 300 to 400 words. In XAT examinations, essay-writing forms an important part in the Personal Interview (PI) round of the final selections since the questions are based on that.