XAT Quantitative Aptitude or simply XAT Quant is a part of one section in this 3 hour long entrance exam, and an important part of XAT 2021 syllabus. XAT Quant is known to be the toughest part of this exam.
This section tests the candidate’s ability to solve numerical questions in a limited time without the use of a calculator. Candidates from and engineering background will find it easier to ace the Quant questions compared to aspirants with non engineering or mathematical background. Check XAT 2021 syllabus
 XAT 2021 was conducted on 3^{rd} Jan, 2021. There were 28 questions from XAT Quant & DI Section. Questions were of difficult level. Check XAT Exam Analysis
 Sectional cutoff for XAT 2021 is expected to be 1012 marks. Check XAT 2021 Cutoff for All Programs
 0.5 marks deducted for number of unattempted questions went down from 12 to 8.
Before discussing XAT Quantitative Aptitude in depth, let us understand the sectional breakup of the XAT paper. VARC has 26 questions, DM has 21 questions, QA DI and Data Interpretation has 27 questions, and General Knowledge has 25 questions.
As seen in the above points, the section with the highest number of questions is QA and DI.
Highlights of Quantitative Aptitude in XAT
Some important features of QA and DI section include:

QA and DI is considered to be the most difficult section in XAT.

Questions from areas such as numbers, geometry, and mensuration have occurred more frequently than other topics.

Other important topics include chapters such as arithmetic, venn diagrams, and functions.

Despite the fact that the number of questions has reduced, the level of difficulty at the same time is increasing every year.

Candidates who have prepared and solved difficult level questions from CAT Quant will be able to solve XAT QA questions easily.

For 99 percentile, candidates must get 15 out of 27 questions right and the cutoff is 10  11 correct attempts. Check previous years XAT Cutoff for an idea of sectional cutoff.

Candidates will have approximately 3 mins for each question. While practicing, try to solve each problem in 2 minutes.
XAT Quant Syllabus 2021
LCM and HCF  Percentages  Profit and Loss 
Interest (Simple and Compound)  Speed, Time and Distance  Number System 
Algebra  Geometry including Coordinate Geometry  Mensuration 
Pure Math  Venn diagrams  Linear Equations 
Quadratic Equations  Complex Numbers  Logarithm 
Progressions  Binomial Theorem  Surds and Indices 
Inequalities  Permutation and Combination  Probability Functions 
Set Theory  Mixtures and Alligations  Trigonometry 
Candidates must thoroughly familiarize themselves with the topics from which Quantitative Aptitude questions can come for a better preparation strategy.
Also Read: XAT Syllabus 2021 (Updated): Important Topics, Preparation tips
XAT 2021 Quant Preparation Books
Book Name  Author Name  ISBN 

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations  RS Aggarwal  9789352534029 
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant)  Rajesh Verma  9789312149836 
How to prepare for Data Interpretation  Arun Sharma  9789353167141 
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations  Abhijit Guha  9789352604371 
Data Interpretation for the CAT  Nishit K Sinha  9789353946616 
Students who depend largely on resources or do not take any external help such as tuitions must choose their resources carefully.

Always go for the latest version while buying books on any competitive exam to keep up with the trends.

Go through reviews of students and teachers before making any purchase.

Choosing books as per section is recommended over one book that covers all sections.
XAT 2021 Quantitative Aptitude Exam Pattern
Quant Chapter  2020  2019  2018  2017  2016  2015 

Profit and Loss    1    1  2  2 
Percentages  1  1  1       
Simple and Compound Interest    1         
Ratio and Proportions    1  2       
Time, Speed, and Work  2    3  2  2  3 
Number System  2  1  6  1  2  2 
Algebra  7  8  2  2  3  3 
Series        1  1  1 
Puzzle        2  1  1 
Geometry and Mensuration  6  8  5  4  8  7 
Probability  1      1     
Trigonometry        1  1  1 
Functions  1      1  1  1 
Clocks        1  1   
Set Theory  3      1  1  1 
Caselet        2     
Data Interpretation  6  6  6  8  7  8 
Total  28  27  27  27  30  31 
Key Highlights of XAT Quantitative Aptitude Exam Pattern:

For each correct response, 1 mark will be awarded.

For each incorrect response, 0.25 or ¼ marks will be deducted.

After every 8 unanswered questions, 0.5 marks shall be deducted for not attempting any question.
XAT Quant 2021 Cutoff
Like the other 2 sections in part 1 of the XAT paper, cutoff marks for quantitative aptitude is published by XLRI every year. Following points must be known by candidates:
 Candidates who fail to score the minimum required marks will not be qualified for XAT 2021 counselling or interview round.
 Cutoff depends on gender; separate marks will be published for male and female candidates.
 Cutoff depends on the program chosen; it is different for HRM, BM, and GM candidates.
 Previous year cutoff marks will help you get an idea of XAT 2021 QA cutoff.
XAT Quantitative Aptitude Cutoff for Business Management
 XAT Quantitative Aptitude cutoff for Business Management for male candidates is not expected to cross 90.
 XAT Quantitative Aptitude cutoff for Business Management has been low for last two years and is not expected to cross 88.
 XAT Quant cutoff for XIMB was 80 this year.
XAT Quantitative Aptitude Cutoff for Human Resource Management
 XAT Quant cutoff for male candidates in HRM is not expected to increase more than 75 or decrease less than 65
 XAT Quant cutoff for female candidates in HRM is not expected to stay in the range 65 to 70
 XIMB cutoff for quant section for HRM is 45
Check XAT 2021 Cutoff: Expected and Sectional Cutoff for Last 5 Years
XAT 2021 Quant Questions for Practice
Sample questions from previous years helps one get an idea of the type of problems XAT aspirants must be familiar with. Few chapter wise sample questions from QA are given below:
1. Sample XAT quant question on series:
Ques. The sum of series, (100) + (95) + (90) + + 110 + 115 + 120, is:

0

220

340

450

None of the above
Solution: (d) 450
2. Sample XAT quant question on geometry:
Ques. AB is a chord of a circle. The length of AB is 24 cm. P is the midpoint of AB. Perpendiculars from P on either side of the chord meets the circle at M and N respectively. If PM < PN and PM = 8 cm. then what will be the length of PN?

17 cm

18 cm

19 cm

20 cm

21 cm
Solution: (b) 18 cm
3. Sample XAT quant question on algebra:
Ques. If x and y are real numbers, the least possible value of the expression 4(x  2)2 + 4(y  3)2  2(x  3)2 is :

 8

 4

 2

0

2
Solution: (b)  4
4. Sample XAT quant question on pipes:
Ques. Four twoway pipes A, B, C and D can either fill an empty tank or drain the full tank in 4, 10, 12 and 20 minutes respectively. All four pipes were opened simultaneously when the tank is empty. Under which of the following conditions the tank would be half filled after 30 minutes?

Pipe A filled and pipes B, C and D drained

Pipe A drained and pipes B, C and D filled

Pipes A and D drained and pipes B and C filled

Pipes A and D filled and pipes B and C drained

None of the above
Solution: (a) Pipe A filled and pipes B, C and D drained
5. Sample XAT quant question on Profit and Loss:
Ques. A shop, which sold same marked price shirts, announced an offer  if one buys three shirts then the fourth shirt is sold at a discounted price of fl 00 only. Patel took the offer. He left the shop with 20 shirts after paying 20,000. What is the marked price of a shirt?

1260

1300

1350

1400

1500
Solution: (b) 1300
6. Sample XAT quant question on probability:
Ques. A dice is rolled twice. What is the probability that the number in the second roll will be higher than that in the first?

5/36

8/36

15/36

21/36

None of the above
Solution: (c) 8/36
7. Sample XAT quant question on Speed, time, and distance
Ques. Arup and Swarup leave point A at 8 AM to point B. To reach B. they have to walk the first 2 km, then travel 4 km by boat and complete the final 20 km by car. Arup and Swarup walk at a constant speed of 4 km/hr and 5 km/hr respectively. Each row his boat for 30 minutes. Arup drives his car at a constant speed of 50 km/hr while Swarup drives at 40 km/hr. If no time is wasted in transit, when will they meet again?

At 9.15 AM

At 9.18 AM

At 9.21 AM

At 9.24 AM

At 9.30 AM
Solution: (d) At 9.24 AM
Suggested Read: XAT 2021 Sample Papers/ Practice Papers, Previous Years' Question Papers
8. Sample XAT quant question on Data Interpretation
Field Name  Shape  Sixe in meter  Height in meter  Radius in meter  Cost of flooring in INR/sq. meter  Cost of fencing in INR/ meter 

A  Triangle  16  12  50  20  
B  Rectangle  10 x 20  30  15  
C  Square  15  40  18  
D  Parallelogram  20  12  60  25  
E  Circle  45  22 
Ques: What is the difference between cost of fencing of C and B?
 Rs 120
 Rs 480
 Rs 240
 Rs 180
Answer: Rs 180
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XAT Quantitative Aptitude Previous Year Analysis
Year  Decision Making Section Difficulty  Number of Questions 

2020  Mix of easy, moderate, and difficult  28 
2019  Mix of easy, moderate, and difficult  27 
2018  Easy to moderate  27 
2017  Easy to moderate with few difficult  25 
2016  Easy to moderate with few difficult  29 
2015  Mix of easy, moderate, and difficult  33 
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XAT 2021 QA & DI Analysis
 This year, the Quant & DI section was difficult as per students.
 28 Questions were asked in total. Sectional cutoff is expected to be 1012 marks.
 Good score for is 7890 for males and 6570 females.
 There were 22 Questions from Quant. Most questions were from Arithmetic followed by DI.
 20 Quant questions were standalone questions
XAT 2020 QA & DI Analysis:

Quantitative ability in 2020 was slightly easier than 2019.

Overall difficulty level of the 2020 paper was moderate.

A total of 20 questions from QA and 8 from DA.

Most QA questions were from chapters such as geometry and algebra.

In data interpretation, there were 3 sets with a total of 8 questions.

About 4 5 DI and 13  15 Quant questions could have been attempted in about 65  70 minutes.
XAT 2019 QA & DI Analysis:

QA and DI in 2019 was difficult compared to 2018. Overall, it was of moderate level difficult.

Only one set in data interpretation was tricky.

Quantitative aptitude had 21 questions with most questions from geometry and algebra.

While arithmetic questions were of moderate level, geometry questions were difficult.

Few DI questions were incorrect.

23 DI questions and 1315 Quant questions could have been attempted in about 6570 minutes
XAT 2018 QA & DI Analysis:

Quant and DI was slightly easier than 2017.

Most of the 19 QA questions were from geometry and algebra.

While arithmetic questions were of moderate level, geometry questions were difficult.

Few DI questions were ambiguous in nature.

In about 65  70 minutes, one could have attempted 4  6 DI and 14  16 QA questions.
XAT 2017 QA & DI Analysis:

Quant and DI in 2017 was slightly easier than 2016 with the exception one DI set which was a little tricky.

Most of the 17 QA questions were from geometry and algebra.

While arithmetic questions were of moderate level, geometry questions were difficult.

Few DI questions were ambiguous in nature.

There were 2 DI sets with 8 questions.

In about 55 minutes, one could have attempted 4  6 DI and 14  16 QA questions.
XAT 2016 QA & DI Analysis:

Quant and DI in 2017 was easier compared to 2015.

There were 22 QA questions mostly from chapters like geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and number systems.

While arithmetic questions were of moderate level, geometry and algebra questions were difficult.

Few data interpretation questions were ambiguous in nature.

Candidates could have attempted 2  4 DI questions in about 20  25 minutes.
XAT 2015 QA & DI Analysis:

Quantitative Analysis and Data Interpretation section was moderately difficult in 2015.

This year QA and DI was slightly more difficult than 2014.

There were 22 QA questions mostly from chapters like geometry, algebra, arithmetic, and number systems.

While arithmetic questions were of moderate level, geometry and algebra questions were difficult.

There were 2 DI sets with 4 questions.

Candidates could have attempted 3  5 DI questions in about 20  25 minutes.
XAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips
It is extremely important to have a preparation strategy that works best for you.

If you are taking tuition, make sure that your tuition provides all the necessary materials and gives individual attention when needed.

Do not forget to go through the papers of previous years to get an idea of the types of questions generally asked.

Use your reading time; 15 minutes wisely. Do not spend much time on the questions that appear hard or unknown.

Quant covers syllabus that students have already done in their 10th standards. So brushing up on the basics will prove to be very helpful.

For solving calculation based problems faster, do learn the tricks and shortcuts. Try to maintain a separate notebook for all the new formulas.

Practice solving quant questions in 2  2.5 minutes at home as in exam hall you will get about 3 minutes per problem.

Spend more time on chapters from which the maximum number of questions come such as geometry, algebra, and arithmetic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How many questions will come in XAT quant and DI section?
Ans. Candidates can expect around 27  30 questions from XAT quant and DI section.
Question: Is XAT Quantitative Aptitude and DI section harder than that of CAT?
Ans. XAT is overall tougher than CAT paper. So Quantitative Aptitude and DI is also tougher.
Question: What are some good books for XAT quant and DI?
Ans. Some good books you can follow to ace XAT Quantitative Aptitude and DI are Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal, Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant) by Rajesh Verma, How to prepare for Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha, Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha.
Question: What are some tips to crack Quantitative Aptitude section in XAT?
Ans. Use your reading time wisely, Do not spend much time on the questions that appear hard or unknown, brush up on the basics, tricks and shortcuts, and spend more time on chapters from which the maximum number of questions come such as geometry, algebra, and arithmetic.
Question: What are the best coaching centres for XAT?
Ans. Go through city wise XAT 2021 Top Coaching Institutes for best coaching for XAT.
Question: What is the maximum number of times I can appear for XAT?
Ans. There is no restriction set by XAT on the number of attempts a candidate can give so can appear as many times as you want.
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