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XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Exam Pattern and Syllabus
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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Feb 25, 2021

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation is one of the 4 sections of the exam apart from Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, General Knowledge. Xavier Aptitude Test is used for admission into the management programs of XLRI Jamshedpur.

XAT QA/DI section is one of the more difficult sections of the paper, but it has the highest weightage and is also the most time consuming. Read below to find out more about XAT 2021 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Topics, Sample Papers and more. 

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Highlights

  • XAT Exam duration is 180 minutes or 3 hours, and the XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Section can be solved within 75 minutes or 1 Hour 10 minutes. 
  • XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section will have a total of 27 questions
  • There will be a Negative Marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer in the XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section. 

Exam Pattern 2021

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Exam Pattern

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Exam Pattern has remained largely the same throughout the years, with some changes in XAT 2019. It is extremely necessary for you to be clear with the XAT Exam Pattern, as it will help you formulate a preparation strategy.. Here is the detailed XAT 2021 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Exam Pattern for your reference: 

XAT 2021 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Exam Pattern
Mode  Computer Based Test
Duration 1 Hour 10 minutes
Nature of Questions Objective (MCQs)
Number of Questions 27
Total Marks 27
Marks Awarded +1 for every correct answer
Negative Marking -0.25 for every wrong answer
Medium English

Section-wise Division

XAT 2022: Sectional Division of Questions & Time Limit

Knowing the sectional time limit for each of the sections of XAT will help you determine how to attempt the paper efficiently. Here is the sectional division of the questions and the time limit for each section of XAT 2022:

Section Name Max. Questions Time Limit
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 165 minutes
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 25 15 minutes
Total 100 180 minute

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Syllabus 2022

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Syllabus

The syllabus for XAT QI & DI is very wide and almost covers all the topics of maths. Candidates need to give more attention and extra efforts while preparing for this section. Topics covered are from that of 10th standard.

Read: How to Prepare for XAT Quantitative Aptitude with Solved Examples, Best Books, Preparation Tips

Quantitative Ability: XLRI has brought significant changes in this section. Numbers, Geometry and Mensuration questions have become more prominent and around 50% of the Quant questions are based on these areas. Arithmetic, Venn diagrams, functions are other favorite topics on which questions are formed in XAT.

Data Interpretation: Data tables, graphs, charts, bar diagrams, data analysis & comparison are the major topics for DI and the questions are majorly asked in sets. Some key features of XAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation are given below:

  • XAT Quant and DI section is meant to test the student’s calculation and implementation power.
  • There are 27 questions asked from this section and we suggest you not take more than 2 minutes and 17 seconds to solve each question.
  • The QA and DI section is considered to be of the highest difficulty level.
  • For DI, 4- 5 questions and for QA 13 – 15 questions would ideally be considered to be a good attempt.

Note: There is no percentage defined between the numbers of questions asked in the QA & DI section.

XAT Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Important Topics

XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Important Topics
Geometry Mensuration – 2D and 3D
Probability Algebra Functions
Profit and Loss Speed & Distance
Quadratic Equations Linear Equations
Logarithm Surds and Indices
Statistics Table
Trigonometry Graphs
Arithmetic Heights & Distance
Direction Sense & Time Clocks

QA & DI PAQs

XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Previously Asked Questions

The XAT QA/DI section is a difficult section to score well in as it contains several types of questions that may be time consuming for the candidates. However, understanding the kind of questions that are asked in the previous years papers would help you gain an understanding of the topics that are important to prepare for, thereby giving you an upper hand while preparing. Here is a brief list of the topics that were asked in the previous years of XAT: 

  • XAT 2020: Algebra, Geometry and mensuration, sets
  • XAT 2019: Algebra, Geometry and mensuration, arithmetics
  • XAT 2018: Number system, ratio and proportion, speed, time, and work.

Recommended Books 2021

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Recommended Books

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section, despite being one of the hardest sections of XAT is extremely important. You can easily score well if you prepare for the exam properly and give enough time to improve your calculation speed and ability to do quick mental maths. To start your preparation, you need to know the right books for reference, and here is a list of the recommended books to start preparing for XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation from: 

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nitish K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Nitish K. Sinha
PSC for VA for CAT Nitish K. Sinha
CAT 2017 Quantitative Aptitude Gautam Puri
Wiley's ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Wiley India
Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers R K Jha
Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XAT Deepak Aggarwal
Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude Exams (Old Edition) Gajendra Kumar
How to prepare for Data Interpretation Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha

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Sample Papers

XAT Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Sample Papers

XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Sample Papers
Paper 2018 Sample Paper 1
Paper 2017 Sample Paper 2
Paper 2016 Paper 2015

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Previous Year Analysis

XAT 2020 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Analysis

XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Paper Analysis Highlights:

  • In comparison to XAT 2019 quant questions were comparatively difficult to attempt in 2020.
  • There were a total of 27 questions out of which 21 questions were prominently covered by the Algebra and Geometry section.
  • DI questions consisted of tables, graphs, and sets.
  • One question was found to be incorrect and candidates were allotted buffer marks for that section.
  • An ideal attempt considered was 2-3 DI questions and 13-15 questions on quants.
Chapter Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Arithmetic 4 Easy
Algebra 7 Moderate
Coordinate Geometry 4 Moderate
Geometry 4 Difficult
Data Sufficiency 2 Moderate
DI-Time Zone 3 Difficult
DI-Mixed Graphs 3 Moderate

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Frequently Asked Questions

XAT 2022 Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation FAQs

Ques. What are the topics in Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation of XAT?

Ans. The topics under Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation are Arithmetic, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Data sufficiency, DI- Time Zone, DI- mixed graphs. 

Ques. What is the maximum number of questions asked in XAT QA/DI? 

Ans. The maximum number of questions asked in the XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section is 27 questions. 

Ques. Which is the most important section of XAT? 

Ans. The most important section for XAT is generally considered to be XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, as it has the highest amount of questions and also has the highest comparative weightage in the paper. 

Ques. How much time does it take to solve XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation? 

Ans. The total Time allotted to solve Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Decision making is around 165 minutes or 2 hours and 45 minutes. Generally, candidates take around 1 hour and 10 minutes to solve this section as it has a large amount of questions. 

Ques. What is considered a good attempt in XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation? 

Ans. While it varies every year depending on the difficulty of the paper and other sections, generally a good attempt in XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section is considered to be around 2-3 DI questions and 13-15 questions in the quant section of the paper. 

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Ques. Which are some good GK apps for IIFT, XAT, SNAP?

● Top Answer By Aditi Arun on 02 Feb 21

Ans. Here are some apps which will help you prepare GK for IIFT, XAT, SNAP, exams. Knappily It is one of the best news apps, basically, a knowledge app that updates you with all the important events happening around the world.  It covers sections from Politics, Tech, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Law, Environment, Literature, etc.  It also has its desktop version.  Knappily in 2 minutes give in-depth information on What, Why, When, Who, and How. Inshorts Inshorts is one of the best news apps you will come across. In 30 seconds it covers all the major events happening around the world.  As it summarizes in only 60 words, it will be a helpful app if time is running low for exam preparation.  You can also select relevant issues of your interest on the app, as there are 100% of news flooded on the app. Also, avoid unnecessary use of different applications at once. This will only confuse and distract you. It is better that you use only two of the best news apps for preparation.Read more
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Ques. Who can rate CAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, MICAT, TISS, or NMAT in terms of difficulty level?

● Top Answer By Janvi Bhambri on 01 Feb 21

Ans. Among all these examinations, XAT is most difficult, followed by CAT. The difficulty level of the exams, in descending order (most difficult to easy) is XAT> CAT> IIFT> SNAP> TISS> NMAT. Now, let us dive into a detailed analysis behind the assigned ranks and the difficulty level. IIFT-  The questions asked in IIFT are a mixture of moderate and difficult.  The struggle lies in the attainment of marks within the cut-off range, both total cut-off and individual section cut-off.  Therefore, the students have no option but to perform exceedingly well in all sections, GK included.  The acceptance rate of IIFT is comparably low, only 400 students get admitted out of 50000 students. SNAP –  The entrance exam is easy but the tough part is to score marks that will be eligible for admission into Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, or SCHMID branch.  These are the branches which are of good quality, unlike the rest of them. TISS-  The exam pattern of TISS is easy but the GK section is the most dangerous part among them.  The questions asked in the GK section comprise both general knowledge and current affairs, therefore the portions are cover is endless. NMAT-  NMAT exam can be successfully cleared with proper preparation. The questions asked are conceptually based.  No negative marks are given for wrong answers, hence the students are free to attempt all the questions fearlessly.  MICAT is pretty easy. If you want a career in brand marketing and advertising it is necessary.  Therefore, from the above discussion, you can estimate the logic behind ranking the difficulty level of exams.Read more
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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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