Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is national-level pen and paper based management aptitude test. It is conducted every year by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur. XLRI conducts the exam on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes for admission to MBA, PGDM and other management courses. To register for XAT 2016, candidates need to visit the official website, click on Register and create a new account with personal email id. After that, candidates will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link. One needs to click on the link and create their own password for future logins. Post that, candidates will be guided through a few more steps to complete registration.

XLRI Jamshedpur offers the following management programmes:

  • Business Management (BM)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Global Business Management(GBM)
  • General Management Programme (GMP)

Candidates not interested in any of the XLRI programmes can skip this step, informed the official website

Test Fees XAT exam fees is Rs 1500 for all candidates.

Exam Format XAT is a paper based aptitude test, followed by a subjective test on essay writing & general awareness

Test Duration & Pattern (XAT 2016)

Section Number of Questions Duration
1.Decision Making 25 140 mins
2. Verbal and Logical Ability 30  
3. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 36  
Essay & General Awareness   40 mins
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks allotted for every question    
Number of options: 5    

30 General Awareness questions were asked, which were based on Current Affairs & factual GK.


XAT is a pen and paper-based exam. The test is famous for its high difficulty level. XAT syllabus consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing. Here are some syllabus details, based from last year's XAT paper pattern.

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

In XAT, there are three sets of DI questions. Quant has similar sections like CAT exam. Here are some of the quant topics that are covered in the exam:

  • 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

English Language & Logical Reasoning

Topics in this section include:

  • Fill in the blanks (vocab and grammar based)
  • Grammar questions
  • Para Completion and inference
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Logic
  • Parajumbles

Decision Making

Topics under this section includes:

  • Decision making
  • Sets
  • Logical reasoning

General Knowledge

The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topis:

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

XAT 2015 GK section was dominated by current affairs and news, with around seven questions related to international on-going issues like Syrian crisis, Crimean referendum, Boko Haram. Here's how you should prepare for GK.


Essay section has no fixed subject. Essay topic could vary from general affairs to abstract subject. The idea to present your chain of thoughts on the subject in an order. In 2015, the essay topic was 'Listening is a dying art'. The exam has roughly 90-100 questions on English, QA, LR & DI and Decision Making. The test also includes questions on General Awareness. Click here to view XAT exam preparation strategy. Take a look at XAT 2015 exam analysis to understand last year's paper pattern. You can also refer to XAT 2015 answer keys.