XAT Syllabus 2024: Check Section-Wise XAT Syllabus

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2024 has undergone a syllabus revision by XLRI, accompanied by changes in the exam pattern. Notably, more questions have been integrated into the XAT question paper. Scheduled for January 7, 2024, the updated exam format now comprises five sections, deviating from the previous four-section format. The revised XAT syllabus encompasses 101 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) alongside one descriptive question on Essay Writing, offering three options. The XAT Syllabus delineates into the following five sections:

  1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. General Awareness
  5. Essay Writing Test

While Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Decision Making, and Quantitative Aptitude constitute core sections, influencing the XAT percentile score and XLRI shortlisting criteria, General Awareness and Essay Writing sections hold significance during the XLRI personal Interview round.

XAT Syllabus 2024


XAT syllabus will be divided into 3 sections. The complete overview of XAT Syllabus 2024:

Sections Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) Part 1: Decision Making (DM) Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) Part 2: Mock Keyboard Testing Part 3: General Knowledge* (GK) Analytical Essay Writing* (AEW)
Duration 175 Minutes 5 Minutes 30 Minutes
Number of Questions About 26 About 22 About 28 NA About 25 1
Question Types Critical & analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, vocabulary, English grammar, para jumbles, cloze tests, etc. Scenarios drawn from personal and professional lives, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, prioritization Questions designed to assess quantitative aptitude, interpretation, summarization, insightful analysis of data Test keyboard proficiency with the given phrase 10 static GK questions, 15 current affairs questions Select one topic, write an essay of approximately 250 words demonstrating coherence, logical consistency, strong argumentation

XAT 2024 is a pivotal MBA entrance examination, facilitating admission to esteemed institutions such as XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME, IMI, LBSIM, and over 150 other MBA colleges across India. Scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2024, the XAT exam plays a crucial role in securing MBA admission for the academic year 2024. Recognized as the Xavier Aptitude Test, XAT caters to aspirants seeking admission to various Xavier institutes.

Subject-Wise XAT Syllabus 2024

The complete section-wise syllabus for XAT exam 2024 will help you prepare well.

Syllabus For Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

The Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section is dynamic, comprehensive, and focuses mainly on mathematics-related topics.

QA & DI Highlights

  • The QA & DI section is the most difficult section among all the other sections.
  • This section includes 28 questions in total.
  • The questions asked in this section are mainly from the 10th class syllabus.
  • The important topics in the QA section are- Numbers, Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry.
  • The important topics in the DI section are- Data tables, graphs, charts, bar diagrams, data analysis & comparison.
  • Last year’s XAT question paper includes Mensuration, Venn diagrams, and Numbers questions.

QA & DI Syllabus

Here is the complete XAT quantitative ability and data interpretation syllabus.

Mensuration – 2D and 3D Profit and Loss
Linear Equations Probability
Statistics Quadratic Equations
Surds and Indices Logarithm
Heights & Distance Direction Sense & Time
Complex Numbers Clocks
Data Interpretation – Table, Combination Arithmetic
Graphs Algebra Functions
Geometry Speed & Distance
Trigonometry Table

Syllabus For Verbal & Logical Ability

This section is divided into Verbal ability, reading comprehension, and logical reasoning.

Verbal & Logical Ability Highlights

  • This section has no time limit, so you can spend a maximum of 50 minutes solving this section.
  • A total of 26 questions are asked in this section.
  • Some of the important topics in verbal ability are from English vocabulary, such as filling in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, correction of sentences, use of right words, etc.
  • The reading comprehension section covers 50% of the VALR section. The topic in this section is economics. Politics, social awareness, literature, or abstract.

VA & LR Syllabus

Here is the complete XAT verbal ability and logical reasoning syllabus.

English Topics Reading Comprehension Topics
The contextual meaning of words Culture
Error correction Psychology and Social Issues
Grammar Literature and fiction
Para completion and para jumble Economy
Antonyms & Synonyms Narration of incidents
Critical reasoning Science

Syllabus For Decision-Making

This is a unique section not included in any other MBA entrance exam. However, this is the simplest section in the XAT question paper.

Decision-Making Highlights

  • This section has over 21 questions divided into 7 sets, including 3 MCQs. 
  • The question is a little simple to solve when compared to the other sections. 
  • Some of the important topics in this section are decision-making in a situation, data arrangement tests, etc.

Decision-Making Syllabus

Here is the complete XAT Decision-Making syllabus.

Analytical Reasoning Case lets
Situational Data Arrangement Test
Conditions and Grouping Test Reading Comprehension
Arithmetic Decision-making in a situation.

Syllabus For General Knowledge

To score good marks in the GK section, candidates need to stay updated about the current happenings daily. Here is the complete overview of the XAT GK syllabus.

General Knowledge Highlights

  • 25 questions are asked in this section. The candidates will have 25 minutes to complete the GK and essay section.
  • There is no negative marking in this section.
  • Some of the important topics covered in this section are current affairs (national and international), history, author names, business, economy, politics, etc.

General Knowledge Syllabus

Here is the complete XAT General Knowledge syllabus.

History Nation & States
Business Awards & Recognitions
Sports Literature
Economics Society
International Relations Merger & acquisitions

XAT Exam Pattern 2024

The paper pattern 2024 is yet to be released. However, here is the XAT Exam Pattern based on the previous year:

XAT Exam Date 2024 1st Week of January 2024.
Total Time Duration 190 minutes
Total No. Of Questions 101 (100 MCQs and 1 Essay writing)
Number of Sections 5
Types of Questions MCQs
Number of Answer Choices 5
Total Number of Sections
  • Verbal & Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge
  • Essay Writing
XAT Marking Scheme 2024
  • +1 for every correct answer
  • -0.25 for every incorrect answer in XAT QADI, VALR, and DM sections
  • -0.10 for more than 8 unattempted questions

All the best for your exams!

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