XAT Exam Pattern

XAT entrance exam is generally conducted by XLRI for the admissions of and MBA and PGDM and other management courses. XAT exam is associated for candidates who are seeking to join business schools. XAT exam is divided in two parts, 1st part consists of objective type and 2nd part is consists of subjective type. Maximum time to solve 1st paper is 2 hours and 20 minutes. For the second part allocated time is 40 minutes.

First part consists of multiple-choice questions in 3 different sections those are analytical reasoning and decision making, data interpretation and quantitative ability, verbal and logical ability reasoning. Second part of question paper consists of general awareness and essay writing sections. Marks of general knowledge will not be used for determining the cutoff at first stage of selection.

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) exam questions vary from year to year. General knowledge is included in second part of question paper from the year 2013.Time of first part of question paper has been increased by 20 minutes in the year 2013. XAT paper contains different patterns. Hence candidates must need to read the instruction carefully. Wrong answer conveys negative marking for (¼) for wrong answers. Each question consist 5 choices.


Candidates can select their convenient towns from the list of cities available on the official website of XAT. In second part of question paper candidates expected to write 250 to 300 words on essay writing topics. XLRI is ranked top among top five business schools.

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