Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT exam) Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2023

The XAT exam schedule and curriculum are available on the official website. In order to be well prepared for the Test, candidates must be familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern. For those seeking an MBA, the XAT is a crucial entrance exam. Many colleges accept XAT scores for entrance, including XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, and many others. The XAT will take place on January 8, 2023, on a Sunday. Here are some XAT Exam facts that every applicant needs to be aware of.

  • The XAT selection process consists of three stages– Entrance Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.
  • The final selection will be done based on the candidate’s score in all stages of the selection process.
  • This year another section has been added to XAT 2023. The essay writing part has been reintroduced and this is scrutinized at the time of the interview.
  • The online exam is conducted at test centers in 72 cities across the country.
  • The exam pattern consists of 4 sections with a total of 100 marks for all sections. 

XAT Syllabus 2023 (Expected)

XAT Syllabus 2023: Online CBT

Four components make up the XAT Online Test for MBA/PGDM Programmes. Decision-making, verbal and logical ability, quantitative ability & data interpretation, and general knowledge are all covered in these areas. The XAT Syllabus includes a number of topics within these areas. In the XAT Exam Syllabus are the following topics:

XAT Syllabus 2023
Section NameTopicsImportant Information
Analytical Reasoning and Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning
Complex arrangement
 Data Arrangement
Conditions and grouping
Decision making
XAT 2023 is expected to have the same DM part as prior years. The difficulty level, on the other hand, may be higher. Take a look at the following:In the Decision Making part, there will be 21 questions.There will be one mark for each question.In the event of a wrong answer, 0.25 points will be deducted.All of the questions in this portion of the XAT 2021 were situation-based.
Verbal and Logical AbilityReading Comprehension
Fill in the blanks
Jumbled Paragraphs
Contextual usage of vocabulary
Correction of errors in sentence
Word usage
Sentence completion
Paragraph completion
Critical Reasoning
Cloze Test
XAT 2023’s Verbal Ability portion is predicted to follow the same pattern as prior years. Take a look at the following.In the VA part, there will be 26 questions.There will be one mark for each question.For each incorrect response, 0.25 points will be deducted.Questions from Reading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Poem, Analogy, Antonym, and Parajumbles were asked in this part of the XAT 2021.
Quantitative Ability and Data InterpretationPercentage
Linear and Quadratics Equations
Profit and Loss
Surds and Indices
Ratio and Proportion
Critical Path
Averages and Partnerships
Time and Work
Time, Speed and Distance
Simple and Compound Interest
Pure Maths
Venn Diagram
Data Tables
Data charts
Bar diagrams
Pie charts
Data analysis
In XAT 2023, the QA and DI sections are expected to be the same as in prior years. Take a look at the following. In the QA & DI part, there will be 28 questions .There will be one mark for each question .For each incorrect response, 0.25 points will be deducted .In XAT 2021, the questions in this part came from the following sources: Arithmetic, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Time Zone, and Mixed Graph are some of the topics covered in this course.
General KnowledgeAwards and winners
Static GK
Constitution of India
Government Economics
World Events
Current Affairs
Film & Television
National Capital
Science and Technology
National Issues
Important dates
Ecosystem and Diversity
Books & Authors
FilmsCulture etc. 
The GK part of the XAT exam in 2023 is not expected to change.In the General Knowledge part, there will be 25 questions.In the GK portion, each question will be worth one mark, and there will be no negative marking.Questions from History, Geography, Economy & Business, Current Affairs, Personality & Awards, Science & Technology were asked in XAT 2021.

XAT Syllabus 2023: Interview and Group Discussion

Candidates must not neglect their preparation for the group discussions and interviews, which are part of the selection process and count for 20% of the final decision. The goal of the XAT GD and PI is to evaluate the candidates’ soft skills, including leadership, teamwork, listening, interpersonal behaviour, etc. The XAT PI will evaluate candidates’ confidence, communication abilities, etc. Nothing from the XAT Syllabus is required for the GD-PI, but generally speaking, applicants should be knowledgeable about a variety of subjects, including static GK, current affairs, politics, government policies, national and international issues, etc.

XAT Selection Process 2023

The selection in XAT 2023 is based on three stages:

  • The Online Test
  • The Group Discussion and
  • The Personal Interview.

Only those applicants who pass the XAT online test will be contacted for the GD and Interview rounds of the selection process.

XAT Exam Pattern 2023 (Expected)

According to the XAT paper format (two parts), there will be five sections on the XAT 2023 test.

Candidates can move on to the GK component after finishing the first three parts in the allowed 165 minutes.
There is no sectional restriction for the first three sections of the XAT paper. On the other side, the GK portion will have a 15-minute time limit.

Candidates are permitted to switch between sections in Part 1 of the exam.
Candidates with disabilities (PwD) will be given an additional 20 minutes each hour, or 55 minutes for part 1 and 5 minutes for part 2.
Below is the sectional XAT exam pattern, along with the amount of questions and the time allotted for each:

PartSection NameMax. QuestionsMax. MarksTime Limit
Part 1Verbal and Logical Ability2626165 minutes
Decision Making2121
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation2828
Part 2General Knowledge252525 minutes 
Essay Writing1Essay will be evaluated after the candidates is shortlisted for the PI round.
Total101100190 minutes

Candidates can compute their scores using the provided XAT exam pattern and XAT Answer Key before the results are released.

XAT Verbal and Logical Ability Pattern

The Verbal and Logical Ability section of the XAT 2023 consists of 26 objective-type questions. The Verbal & Logical Ability section of the XAT test consists of 35-minute-long questions on grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and critical reasoning. There are four reading comprehension problems totaling 14–16 in number. The verbal ability section consists of 8–10 questions. Between moderate and challenging is the degree of difficulty.

XAT Decision-Making Pattern

Given that it is one of the most significant topics on the XAT exam schedule, candidates should perform reasonably well in decision-making to be admitted to XLRI. It is anticipated that decision-making will result in a total of 21 questions, broken down into 7 to 8 sets, each with 2 to 3 questions. The usual difficulty range for this section is between moderate and severe.

XAT Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Pattern

The Quant and DI segment of the XAT exam will contain a total of 28 questions, according to the current exam schedule. There will be questions for both individuals and groups. There will be 3 to 4 questions in the paper for each set. Candidates should expect a level of difficulty that ranges from moderate to demanding. The most questions are likely to be asked about topics like numbers, geometry, and mensuration, then arithmetic, Venn diagrams, and functions.

XAT General Knowledge Pattern

Since the subject’s scope is so wide, GK cannot be specifically defined in any admission exam. Everything under the sun is covered in the XAT general awareness paper design. In addition to the essay writing element, the GK portion of the XAT Exam consists of 25 questions that must be answered in 25 minutes. One key feature of this section is the absence of consideration for marks earned when determining XAT scores.

XAT Essay Writing

The XAT Essay Writing section was reinstated in 2023 following a three-year break. In 2019, XLRI did away with the essay component.

This year, the XAT essay writing portion and the GK section were integrated in part 2 of the paper. 25 minutes will be allotted for the GK component and a brief essay of no more than 250 words.
The subjects could be timely, deal with social and economic issues, or be ponderous and esoteric. The XAT essay topics from the preceding 15 years are listed below:

YearXAT Exam Essay Topic
2018Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?
2017Globalization and Jingoism always coexist
2016Technology and Nature are natural enemies
2015Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
2014The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt
2013Corruption is the root cause of the economic slowdown in India
2012The government is not addressing the root cause of poverty, Or the Government is not able to implement the policies properly due to the huge magnitude of poverty
2011The statesman who would attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.
2010Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody’s needs but not everybody’s greed
2009The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery
2008Gender Imbalance would lead to Third World War
2007Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality
2006India has one of the largest pools of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products
2005More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities
2004Asked at the age of 83, as to which of his project would he choose as his masterpiece, Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect answered, “The next one”
2003To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity

XAT 2023 Marking Scheme

The XAT exam scoring scheme hasn’t undergone any substantial changes for 2023. The XAT Marking Scheme 2023 includes the following elements, which applicants should be aware of:

There will be 100 questions total in the XAT paper, each costing one mark.
The XAT GK section will not deduct points for incorrect responses.

The final XAT score calculation will not take the GK section scores into account.

Number of Questions100
Marks awarded for every correct answer+1
Marks deducted for every wrong answer in XAT VALR, QADI, and DM sections-0.25
Marks deducted for unattempted questions-0.10 per question for 8 unattempted questions

Important Instructions for XAT 2023 Exam

The rules must be followed by applicants while they are taking the XAT Exam. The instructions are essential for the new XAT exam style and will help you ace the computer-based test.

The computer screen’s right-hand corner will include a timer to help you manage your time.
The order in which candidates respond to the questions is not necessary.

While responding to the questions, you will have the option of checking the total number of attempted and unsuccessful questions.

Candidates may change their choice of response if necessary. The questions can also be answered in any order, but only one question is visible at once. There are a few other directives to take into account:

By choosing “Next Question” or “Previous Question,” they can go to that question or the one before it.
The ‘Erase’ button is located at the bottom of the screen; click it to modify the response.

The “tag” feature allows candidates to save a question for subsequent assessment and then “de-tag” it if necessary.
Each inquiry’s status is displayed on the right side of the screen in a color palette.


What is the selection process under XAT 2023?

The XAT Selection Process consists of three stages. They are the Online CBT Test, GD and PI rounds.

Is there any change in the XAT 2023 exam pattern from last year?

Yes, the essay writing section has been reintroduced in the XAT 2023 exam pattern.

Is XAT conducted in offline mode too?

No,  XAT is  not conducted in offline mode.

Is there negative marking in XAT?

There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

What is the format of questions in XAT 2023?

The components are Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making, General Knowledge and Essay Writing.


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