XAT 2020 SYLLABUS
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XAT 2020 is to be held on Jan 5, 2020. With less than 30 days remaining in the exam, it is time to fasten your preparation. The major components of XAT 2020 syllabus are Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, and General Knowledge. Moreover, the revised syllabus of XAT does not include the Essay Writing section so you can skip preparing for this part. Candidates wishing to crack the exam with a high score should have a clear understanding of syllabus. The information about all the key changes and updates in the syllabus will help you to avoid unnecessary topics.
Your XAT preparation should be devised in accordance with the syllabus and exam pattern so that you can divide your time to prepare well for every section. From a total of 99 questions, 25 questions will be from GK with no negative marking and rest 75 questions from other sections will have negative marking for wrong attempts.
Based on the previous year’s question papers and analysis, we have curated a structured XAT syllabus and the most important topics for this year’s Xavier Aptitude Test.
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XAT 2020 Syllabus Analysis
The key sections to determine the percentile, merit position, and test the candidates are Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation.
The syllabus for this section 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.
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:
Note: There is no percentage defined between the numbers of questions asked in the QA & DI section.
|Important topics for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation|
|Geometry||Mensuration – 2D and 3D|
|Profit and Loss||Speed & Distance|
|Arithmetic||Heights & Distance|
|Direction Sense & Time||Clocks|
|Data Interpretation – Table, Combination||-|
This section will have questions of Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning so we can say that this section is divided into 3 parts.
Verbal Ability: The syllabus you need to cover in this part is questions based on English vocabulary like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, correction of sentences, use of right words, etc.
Reading Comprehension: This part will take more time because you have to read the whole paragraph to mark the correct answers and also the share of questions from this part is high in VALR. The topics for RC could be form politics, economics or abstract.
Logical Reasoning: The syllabus for this part is analogy, clocks, inference & judgments, blood relations, seating arrangements, etc. The questions from this part are mostly asked in sets so if you are able to crack one LR question then it means you can answer at least 2-3 questions. Salient features of XAT Syllabus for English and Reasoning are given below:
|Important topics for VA and LR in XAT|
|Critical Reasoning||Reading Comprehension|
The decision making section is going to be new for all the candidates because this section is not included by most of the MBA entrance exams. But there is no need to worry as this section is not going to be very difficult. Salient features of Decision Making XAT Syllabus are mentioned below:
|Important topics in XAT Decision Making|
|Situational||Conditions and Grouping Test|
|Data Arrangement Test||Reading Comprehension|
|Case lets||Decision Making in a situation|
To score in this section, a candidate needs to remain in constant touch with GK on a daily basis. Important features of General Knowledge XAT Syllabus are mentioned below:
|Important topics for GK in XAT|
|Politics||Nation and States|
|Sports||Awards and Recognitions|
|Merger & Acquisitions||--|
Although, questions in the general knowledge section holds no bounds to a particular topic. Still, we have mentioned some of the sample questions to have an understanding of the type of questions been asked in the GK section.
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 section-wise recommended books for candidates preparing for XAT 2020:
|Book name||Section||Publisher / Author|
|Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||Nitish K. Sinha|
|PSC for VA for CAT||Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||Nitish K. Sinha|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||Nitish K. Sinha|
|CAT 2017 Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||Gautam Puri|
|Wiley's ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)||Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||Wiley India (Author)|
|Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers||Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||R K Jha|
|Study Notes Material On XAT Paperback – 2016||Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning||Sourav sir's classes|
|Verbal Ability Comprehension for CAT/ XAT/ IIFT/ CMAT/ MAT||Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning||Bharta Patodi and Aditya Choudhary|
|XAT 2016 Decision Making Online Coaching by Ravi Handa (Voucher)||Decision Making||Online book|
|Target XAT 2017 (Past Papers 2005 - 2016 + 5 Mock Tests)||Decision Making||Disha Experts|
|Objective General Knowledge||General Knowledge||Lucent’s|
|General knowledge||General Knowledge||Lucent’s|
XAT 2020 will be conducted on January 05, 2020 (tentatively) by XLRI. XAT 2020 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:
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Ques. Is the calculator allowed in XAT exam?
Ans. Any type of electronic media is not allowed in the exam center.
Ques. If I apply for a 100-day study plan, what are my chances of getting selected in XAT 2020?
Ans. Well, a 100-day study plan, if followed precisely, will ensure that your study would be completed within time. But your dedication and commitment will make all the difference.
Ques. Can you give me a list of all the topics that are added to XAT 2020 syllabus over XAT 2018 syllabus?
Ans. Well, there are no additions that are officially announced in the XAT 2020 syllabus.
Ques. I have heard that switching between the sections is not allowed in the XAT online test. Is it true?
Ans. No, there is no such boundations on switching between the sections in the XAT 2020 exam. Still, it would be best for you that you complete 1 section and then move on to the next section.
Ques. I want to do some online preparation for the XAT 2020 syllabus. Can you give me the name of some of the websites that I can work with?
Ans. Sure, you can work with PaGalGuy, money control, test find, cracku, career launcher, and Handa Ka Funda. Also, along with the preparation of other management entrance exams, preparation for XAT can be done.
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 with 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