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Last Updated - October 10, 2017

Practice makes a man perfect, and the ideal way to practice is through preparation books and practice papers. XAT is known to have high competition. Hence, for XAT, your fate depends on your practice and for practice you need to rely on various preparation methods. To ease your stress and play a small yet vital role in your preparation, here we have mentioned some good books and online sources which will boost up your preparation and help you ace XAT 2018.

 XAT Registration is open now. Last Date to apply is November 30, 2017.

XAT 2018 consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing. Collegedunia have also curated XAT Question Paper to help you in your preparation. Candidates must be thorough of XAT Syllabus along with pattern of the exam to prepare well.

  • XAT will be conducted on January 7, 2018, by XLRI Jamshedpur.
  • According to XAT exam pattern, it will be an online paper based test of 3.5 hours duration.
  • The exam is divided into two parts. Paper 1 consists of three sections carrying around 70 objective type multiple choice questions. Paper 2 carries two sections which are a mix of objective and subjective type of questions
  • XAT 2018 Paper I will carry one mark questions and for each wrong answer there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks.

NOTE - Candidates are allowed to leave out 12 questions, beyond which they have to incur negative marking of 0.05 marks.

For Preparing & practicing XAT Essay Writing section, students must refer XAT Simplified (12 years past papers+ 5 mock tests + General Awareness Essays) by Disha Publications. Here are some important books & Online Resources for XAT preparation:

  • XAT Solved Papers 2008-2017
  • MBA Solved Papers (XAT,IIFT,SNAP, NMAT, CMAT) Includes 19 Solved Papers & 5 Model Papers
  • Application for GK and Essay writing: Knappily - The Knowledge App
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis.

XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

XAT 2018 total duration is 3.5 hours. Paper 1 is of 170 minutes duration. After which there will be a break of five minutes followed by Paper 2. The total duration of Paper 2 is 35 minutes. According to XLRI, the candidates should ideally spend 20 minutes on the essay writing and 15 minutes on GK. The rough work can be done in the margin of a rough sheet. For Paper 2, the essay has to be written in the space provided with the blue/black ball pen.

Read moreXAT 2018 Exam Pattern

XAT 2018 Exam pattern highlights table

Following table highlights XAT Exam pattern:

Exam ModeOnline Only
Number of papers2
Number of sectionsSections in Paper I Decision Making Verbal and Logical Ability Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. Sections in Paper II General Knowledge Essay Writing
Question Paper TypeObjective and subjective
Exam duration 3.5 Hours Paper I: 170 minutes Paper II: 35minutes
Exam languageEnglish & Hindi Language

Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme for Paper I

XAT 2018 Paper I will carry one mark questions and for each wrong answer there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks. Candidates are allowed to leave out 12 questions, beyond which they have to incur negative marking of 0.05 marks.

Following table highlights the exam pattern for XAT 2018:

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Decision Making2121
Verbal and Logical Ability2424
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)2727

Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme for Paper II

XAT 2018 Paper II will not carry negative marking. The total duration of Paper 2 is 35 minutes i.e. Students can spend 20 minutes on the essay writing and 15 minutes on GK.

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
General Knowledge (GK)2525
Essay Writing1 essay -

XAT 2018 Syllabus

XAT 2018 syllabus consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing. 

XAT syllabus (section wise) is as follows:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

In XAT, there are three sets of Data Interpretation questions. Quantitative Aptitude has similar sections like CAT exam. Here are the important topics that are covered for Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI):

  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio
  • Variation
  • Time and Work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Tables and Caselets
  • Probability
  • Critical Path
  • Averages and Partnerships
  • Alligations and Mixtures
  • Algebra
  • Linear and Quadratics Equations
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Logarithms
  • Numbers
  • Mensuration and Geometry, etc
 Read more How to prepare quantitative aptitude for XAT
  1. English Language & Logical Reasoning 

Here are the important topics that are covered for English Language & Logical Reasoning:

  • Fill in the blanks (vocabulary and grammar based)
  • Grammar questions
  • Para Completion and inference
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Logic
  • Para jumbles. 
  1. General Knowledge

XAT 2018 GK section is dominated by current affairs and news, with around seven questions related to international on-going issues. 

Here are the important topics that are covered for XAT General Knowledge:

  • Awards and winners
  • Business
  • Economy
  • Government and Politics
  • Science
  • Famous Personalities
  • History
  • Geography
  • Current affairs
  • Important happenings around the World
  • Static GK
  1. Essay 

Essay section has no fixed topic. Essay topic can be from general affairs, any current topic to abstract subject. It requires the ideas to present your chain of thoughts on the subject in an order.


Following are the books which helps in preparing XAT 2018 Exam:

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Quantitative Ability and Data InterpretationFast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant)Rajesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (S.Chand)R.S. Agarwal
Advance maths for General Competitions-
Arithmetic for General Competitions-
Data Interpretation Magical Book Series-
Logical AbilityModern Approach to verbal Reasoning (S.Chand)R.S. Agarwal
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (Arihant)BS Sijwali
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (S.Chand)R.S.Agarwal
Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey
Verbal AbilityWord Power made EasyNorman lewis
Objective General EnglishR. S. Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
Descriptive General EnglishS P Bakshi and Richa Sharma
High School English GrammarWren & Martin

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XAT 2018 Online resources

Here are the important online resources that helps in XAT 2018 Preparation:

  • XAT Solved Papers 2008-2017
  • MBA Solved Papers (XAT,IIFT,SNAP, NMAT, CMAT) Includes 19 Solved Papers & 5 Model Papers
  • Application for GK and Essay writing: Knappily - The Knowledge App - Android Apps on Google Play Store
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by Guha Abhijit
  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • Word Power Made Easy Book by Norman Lewis
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren, Martin
  • The Students' Companion Book by Wilfred D.Best
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.

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