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XAT Overview

The Xavier Aptitude Test is an all-India test conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) as an entrance exam for admission to the post graduate programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India.
It continues to remain a pen-and-paper test. You can see the official XAT website here

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XAT 2017 Updates

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  • You must hold a Recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline
  • If you are set to graduate by June 2016, you would also be eligible to apply
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Pattern of the Question Paper

  • The exam is a pen-and-paper format test
  • It will be of 3 hours length in total
  • There are essentially 2 papers. The first paper is objective, and is of 140 minutes. It deals with Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The second paper is subjective, and is of 40 minutes. It will contain an essay-writing question and some facts on General Awareness
  • The objective questions each have 5 choices
  • The exam does have negative marking – 1/4th of the marks allotted for each question


The thing that makes XAT preparation more challenging is that there is no defined syllabus. However, there has been a pattern that has emerged over the years. The whole paper can be broken down into the following major domains:

  • Blood Relations
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Arrangements – Linear, Circular and Grid Matrix, Order and Ranking
  • Direction Sense
  • Cubes and Dice Related problems
  • Games and Tournaments
  • Critical Path
  • Set Theory
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Network Diagrams
  • Analogies – Number and Letter
  • Series – Number, Letter and Symbol
  • Odd Man Out
  • Binary Logic or Knights and Knaves
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Matchsticks and Coins
  • Verbal Arithmetic or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Inequalities and Conclusions – Coded Inequalities
  • Logical Conditions or Logical Deduction
  • Pan Balancing
  • Sequential Output Tracing
  • Symbols and Notations or Symbol Based Logic
  • Assertion and Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statement – Courses of Action
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Statements and Conclusions
  • Logical Grouping
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Rankings
  • Syllogisms
  • Team Formations or Selections
  • Analytical Puzzles
  • Decision Making
  • Double Line Up / Distribution
  • Input and Output
  • Logical Connectives
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Graphs
  • Caselets
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Current Affairs
  • Indian History
  • Indian Geography
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports
  • Economics
  • Awards
  • Books and Authors
  • Environment
  • General Knowledge

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Application Procedure

The application procedure can be done online or offline. To apply online, please visit http://www.xatonline.net.in/

Participating Colleges

Over a hundred premier B-Schools in India use the XAT score for their admission process. You can see the full list here .

More than 1 lakh candidates take the test every year.

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