XAT 2021 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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XAT Exam Pattern is specified by XLRI Jamshedpur; its conducting body. It is a computer based test of 3 hours. 100 questions will be asked from in 4 sections: Decision making, Verbal & Logical ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. Number of questions for each section is not fixed and has varied over the years. Check XAT 2021 Syllabus
Key highlights of XAT Exam Pattern include:
Table of Contents
|Exam Mode||Computer Based Test|
|Total Number of Questions||100|
|Number of Sections||4|
|Name of Sections||Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation General Knowledge|
|Duration of Exam||180 minutes (3 hours)|
|Medium of Exam||English|
|Type of Questions||MCQs|
|Number of Answer Choices||5|
|XAT Marking Scheme|
+1 mark for a correct answer
- 0.25 mark for an incorrect answer
Beyond 8 unanswered questions, 0.05 marks will be deducted for each unanswered question.
|Questions without Negative Marking||No Negative Marking for GK Section|
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XAT 2021paper will be divided into 4 sections viz Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability &, Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. It is also divided into two parts.
The sectional division of questions and time limit as per the XAT 2021 Pattern is tabulated below:
|Section Name||Max. Questions||Time Limit|
|Verbal and Logical Ability||26||165 minutes|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||27|
|General Knowledge||25||15 minutes|
Marking scheme of XAT 2021 is expected to remain the same as 2020. The following table elucidates the changes in XAT Marking scheme over the past 4 years.
|Year||Correct Answer||Incorrect Answer||Unanswered Questions|
|XAT 2020||+1||-0.25||8||-0.05 per question|
|XAT 2019||+1||-0.25||8||-0.05 per question|
|XAT 2018||+1||-0.25||12||-0.05 per question|
|XAT 2017||+1||-0.25||12||-0.05 per question|
The Verbal and Logical Ability section comes up with 26 questions of miltiple choice. Around 4 reading comprehension are asked with 14 to 16 questions in total. Verbal ability posses 8 to 10 questions. The level of difficulty generally is moderate to difficult. Important Topics from VARC & LR are:
|Verbal Ability and Comprehension for XAT (2nd ed.)||Bharat Patodi|
|MBA (XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, CMAT)||Gautam Puri|
|Koncepts of LR – Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, CMAT, Bank PO & Other Aptitude Tests||Gajendra Kumar|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT (Box Set)||Gajendra Kumar|
Considered one of the prominent sections in XAT candidates should score fairly good in decision making to make it to XLRI. Total 21 questions are posed from decision making with 7 to 8 seta. each set folllows 2 to 3 questions to be answered. The level of difficulty is moderate to difficult. Important aspects covering the topic are:
27 questions are asked in total from quants as well as DI. These are individual questions along with sets. Each set has 3 to 4 questions to be attempted. Candidates should expect that level of difficulty ranges from Moderate to difficult. Most questions can be expected from topics such as numbers, geometry, and mensuration followed by arithmetic, venn diagrams, and functions.
Important topics asked are:
|Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XAT||Deepak Agarwal|
|Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude exams (Old Edition)||Gajendra Kumar|
GK in any entrance exam whatsoever cannot be defined in partiuclar as the subject scope is quite vast. Everything under the sun forms part of general awareness. Total of 25 questions are asked in XAT to be attempted in 15 minutes. Key feature of this section is that marks obtained are not taken into account while calculating XAT scores. Important topics to be covered are:
Politics, History, Sports, Nation and States, Business, Literature, Economics, International Relations, Society. Questions from GK and current affair will be in the ratio 60:40. Read: Preparation Tips for XAT 2021 GK.
Books play an important role in the life of students. It is very important to choose the right books for proper preparation. Given below are some recommended books for candidates preparing for XAT 2021:
|General Knowledge 2021||Arihant|
|IIFT & XAT (GK Compendium) 2016-17||Career Launcher|
Target XAT 2021 (Past Papers 2005 - 2017 + 5 Mock Tests)
|XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016||Career Launcher|
|Jabbing the XAT||R.K Jha|
Reading magazines is a fun way to boost your vocabulary and stay updated with topics for general awareness.
|Duration||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours|
|Mode of Exam||Online||Online||Online||Offline||Offline|
|Type of Questions||MCQs + Descriptive||MCQs + Descriptive||MCQs + Descriptive||MCQs + Descriptive||MCQs + Descriptive|
|Level of Difficulty||Moderate to High||Moderate to High||Moderate to High||Moderate to High||High|
|Distribution of Questions|
VALR - 26
DM - 21
QA & DI - 28
GK - 25
VALR - 26
DM - 21
QA & DI - 27
GK - 25
VALR - 26
DM - 22
QA & DI - 27
GK - 25
VALR - 24
DM - 21
QA & DI - 27
GK - 25
VALR - 26
DM - 23
QA & DI - 29
GK - 25
|Special Case||0.05 marks per question for more than 8 unattempted questions||0.05 marks per question for more than 8 unattempted questions||0.05 marks per question for more than 8 unattempted questions||0.05 marks per question for more than 12 unattempted questions||0.05 marks per question for more than 13 unattempted questions|
Candidates have to follow the instructions while taking the exam. The instructions will help you to take the computer based exam easily. For time management, a timer will be present on the right- hand side corner of the computer screen. No specified sequence has to be followed by the candidates while answering the questions. While responding to the questions, you will get options for checking the count of attempted and unattempted questions.
Candidates can change their response to another option if needed. Also, you can answer the questions in any sequence but you can see only one question at a time. There are a few more instructions that should be taken into consideration are:
|On Screen Feature||Interpretation|
|Yellow||Question hasn't been answered and kept for review|
|Purple||Question has been answered and marked for review|
|White||Question hasn't been answered|
|Green||Question has been answered|
Most of the selections made by the candidate will be on autosave mode. You must make sure that questions marked for review or attempted will be considered attempted unless you use the ‘erase’ option on them. After finishing the exam you can use the ‘Preview Submit’ Button to view their responses. Candidates can only leave the exam hall after the completion of 3 hours.
Books play an important role in the life of students. It is very important to choose the right books for proper preparation. Given below are some recommended books for candidates preparing for XAT 2021
There were some major changes introduced in the exam pattern of the XAT 2019 paper. It is expected that those changes will be continued in this year’s XAT 2021 exam pattern. XAT 2020 Exam pattern changes are mentioned below:
The following table displays XAT Exam Pattern (Over Past 3 Years):
|Section||2020||2019 (Essay section scrapped)||2018 (XAT in CBT Mode)||2017|
For section-wise analysis of XAT previous years’ paper click here.
Candidates can practice the model test paper given on the XLRI’s official website a few days before the exam. The questions will give a fair idea about what can be expected in XAT 2021. This paper will have a time duration of 2 hours. The actual XAT paper pattern will have a time duration of 3 hours. The sections will include Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. Practicing XAT 2021 Model Paper, along with the sample papers, will help you enhance your speed and accuracy. They will help you manage your time properly.
Ques. Any changes in the overall pattern compared to last year?
Ans. The overall exam pattern was changed last year. No new changes are expected this year.
Ques. What is the syllabus for GK section of XAT? How do I prepare for it?
Ans. GK questions for XAT can be based on Politics, History, Sports, Nation and States, Business, Literature, Economics, International Relations, Society. To prepare for the same, candidates must devote some time to current affairs everyday, leaving GK section preparation for the last is a mistake that most candidates commit and it causes unnecessary stress. Candidates can read newspapers or watch daily current affairs on various news channels to remain updated. A good command over GK will be immensely helpful for the Group Discussion round. Check XAT 2021 Preparation Tips
Ques. Will the candidates be able to choose the order of sections according to their choice?
Ans. Yes, the applicants can choose any section, to begin with. However, GK section can be attempted by the candidates after they’re done with the first 3 sections.
Ques. Will there be an essay section in XAT 2021?
Ans. Essay Section was removed from XAT Exam Pattern in 2019. XAT 2021 is expected to continue on the same line. So there will be no essay sectionthis year as well.
Ques. What will be the duration of the exam?
Ans. The exam duration will be 3 hours.
Ques. Will there be any sectional time limit or overall time limit?
Ans. First 3 sections have to be completed in 165 minutes, 15 minutes will be given for the GK section.
Ques. Will the candidates have access to an on-screen calculator?
Ans. No, the candidates will not be given access to the on-screen calculator.
Ques. What are the sections for XAT 2021?
Ans. XAT 2021 Exam Pattern comprises of 4 sections:
We hope this article will be helpful during your XAT Preparation. Once you are thorough with the exam pattern and syllabus, the preparation journey becomes a smooth-sail. We wish you luck for the exam. In case of any query, ask in the comments below.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College