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XAT Syllabus 2019

Updated On - March 10th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL


XLRI Jamshedpur does not release an official XAT Syllabus. However, on the basis of XAT 2019 Model Paper and previous year papers, we have curated XAT Syllabus 2018 for all aspirants. XAT 2019 will be a mix of objective and subjective type questions. The was conducted on January 7. Read  Latest Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2019

  • XAT Syllabus 2019 for Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI): There are 15 topics of 27 marks. The difficulty level of this section is always high. An accuracy of 70 percent is considered good.
  • XAT Syllabus 2019 for Verbal & Logical Ability (VA & LR): There are 7 important topics and the section can have moderate-high level questions. About 26 questions are expected this year. Check  XAT Exam Pattern.
  • XAT Syllabus 2019 for Decision Making (DM): 20-23 questions are expected from this section. 
  • XAT 2019 GK Syllabus: The section always has moderate difficulty level as questions. Practice  XAT Previous Year Papers
  • XAT 2019 Essay Syllabus: There is no set syllabus for XAT for the essay writing section. Any topic of examiners interest, which will involve some brainstorming, can come up. 
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Read the complete XAT Syllabus below to make your preparation journey easier.  

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XAT Exam Pattern 2019

Given below are the highlights of XAT Exam Pattern for your reference.

xat exam pattern


  • Number of papers- 2 mandatory papers
  • Mode of exam- Online
  • Total questions- 72 (paper 1); 26 (paper 2)
  • XAT Marking Scheme- +1 mark for a correct answer, -0.25 marks for an incorrect answer and -0.05 marks deducted if more than 12 questions are left unattempted (paper 1) ;  No negative marking (paper 2).
  • Language- English
  • Duration- 170 minutes (paper 1), 35 minutes (paper 2)

Check detailed  XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Syllabus 2019 for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • 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.
  • There are 27 questions asked from this section and we suggest you take 2 minutes and 17 seconds to solve each question.
  • QA and DI section is considered to be of the highest difficulty level.

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

Important topics for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Important topics for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
GeometryMensuration – 2D and 3D
ProbabilityAlgebra Functions
Profit and LossSpeed & Distance
ArithmeticHeights & Distance
Direction Sense & TimeClocks
Data Interpretation – Table, Combination-

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XAT Preparation Books for QA/ DI

xat preparation books for quants
Book namePublisher / Author

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Nitish K. Sinha

PSC for VA for CAT

Nitish K. Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Nitish K. Sinha

CAT 2017 Quantitative Aptitude

Gautam Puri

Wiley's ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

Wiley India (Author)

Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers

R K Jha

Read  How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for XAT?

XAT Syllabus 2019 for Verbal and Logical Ability

  • 24 questions of objective type are expected to come from this section.
  • Approximately 56 minutes are required to complete this section.
  • The section can have moderate to high difficulty level questions.

Read  XAT 2019 Verbal Ability Preparation Tips

Important topics for VA and LR in XAT

Important topics for VA and LR in XAT
GrammarPara Completion
VocabularyPara Jumble
Critical ReasoningReading Comprehension

XAT Preparation Books for VA/ LR

xat preparation books for verbal ability
Book namePublisher/ Author

Study Notes Material On XAT Paperback – 2016

Sourav sir's classes

Verbal Ability Comprehension for CAT/ XAT/ IIFT/ CMAT/ MAT/ Bank PO/ SSC 2nd Edition

Bharta Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

XAT Syllabus 2019 for Decision Making

  • There are 21 questions expected from this section.
  • Set based questions are asked.
  • The difficulty level of DM section is moderate to tough.

Important topics in XAT Decision Making (DM)

Important topics in XAT Decision Making
ArithmeticAnalytical Reasoning
SituationalConditions and Grouping Test
Data Arrangement TestReading Comprehension
Case letsDecision Making in a situation

Read  XAT 2019 Logical Reasoning Preparation Tips

XAT Preparation Books for DM

xat preparation books for decision making

Book namePublisher

XAT 2016 Decision Making Online Coaching by Ravi Handa (Voucher)

Online book

Target XAT 2017 (Past Papers 2005 - 2016 + 5 Mock Tests)

Disha Experts

XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 with Full-Length Model Papers Essay Writing & Practice Essays Decision Making

Career Launcher

XAT Syllabus 2019 for General Knowledge

  • 25 questions will be asked in total.
  • You can spend 20 minutes to complete this section. 
  • The difficulty level is moderate as no brainstorming is needed.
  • Most questions are on current affairs and some on GK.
  • 60:40 breakup is defined for GK and current affairs.

Practice  XAT 2019 Model Paper

Important topics in GK

Important topics for GK in XAT
PoliticsNation and States
SportsAwards and Recognitions
International RelationsSociety
Merger & Acquisitions--

XAT Preparation Books for GK

xat preparation books for gk

Book namePublisher

Objective General Knowledge


General knowledge


Read  XAT 2019 General Awareness Preparation Tips

XAT Syllabus 2019 for Essay Writing

  • There is no set syllabus defined for essay writing section.
  • Topics of general interest, current scenario or past events can be asked to write.
  • Grammar rules must be confirmed while writing an essay.
  • There is no marking scheme defined for essay writing.

XAT Preparation Books for Essay Writing

XAT Essay Writing Books

Book namePublisher/Author

XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 with Full Length Model Papers Essay Writing & Practice Essays Decision Making

Gautam Puri

XAT Simplified (12 yrs Past Papers + 5 Mock Tests + General Awareness Gist/ Essays

Disha Publications

Check Changes in XAT 2019 Essay Writing

XAT Essay Topics

Here are some sample topics from previous years:

  • XAT 2017 essay topic: Globalization and Jingoism always coexist.
  • XAT 2016 essay topic: Technology and Nature are natural enemies.
  • XAT 2015 essay topic: Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
  • XAT 2014 essay topic: The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt.
  • XAT 2013 essay topic: Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India

Read  XAT 2019- Gateway to MBA from Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

How to Crack XAT 2019?

XAT 2019 is set to be conducted on January 7 by XLRI. Its scores are accepted by more than 100 XAT Colleges in India. Also, due to its popularity, the difficulty level of the exam is getting higher with time. Also, as XAT Syllabus has no defined boundary, candidates appearing for it are suggested to practice as many sample papers and previous years question papers as possible. Listed below are major takeaways for XAT Preparations:

xat question paper

  • Before starting the preparations, it is advised to go through all the previous years papers to get an idea about all the questions asked in the exam. Doing this will help a candidate to know about the level of questions that are asked from XAT Syllabus.
  • Candidates must make sure to give equal importance to all the sections in order to fetch maximum marks to clear the sectional cut off set by the conducting authority.
  • As the level of exam is difficult, so managing the time in an efficient way will prove to be an asset. Practice  XAT 2019 Model Paper
  • For GK section, it is important to keep oneself updated with both static and current happenings around the world. As per the trends, knowing about the past 6 months news will be sufficient for XAT preparation for this section.
  • As for the essay writing, one must write 2 essays per day and get it assessed in order to know about the content quality and flow of the same. It is recommended that one should go through the editorial page of national newspapers as it proves to boost the preparation in this section.

Read  XAT 2019: 7 Tips to Gear up your XAT 2019 Preparation

We hope this article was 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!

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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