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Exam Pattern

The candidates had to solve questions from four sections - Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. The exam pattern of XAT 2020 is also expected to not have the Essay Writing section.

Earlier, the XAT question paper used to have two parts. First part consisted of Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second part consisted of General Knowledge and Essay Writing. Take a look at XAT exam pattern 2020 below in detail.

Exam Structure


Number of sections

4 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability,Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge)

Duration of exam

180 minutes

Number of questions


XAT Exam Total Marks


Language of paper


Number of answer choices


Mode of examination


XAT Marking scheme

+1 marks for correct answer – 0.25 mark for incorrect answer.

0.5 marks will be deducted for more than 8 un-attempted questions.

No negative marking in GK section

Section Wise XAT Exam Pattern

The table below indicates number of questions per section and marks allotted to each in XAT 2019 exam pattern:


Number of Questions

Total Marks

Decision Making



Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



General Knowledge






XAT Marking Scheme

XAT marking scheme includes negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. And there will be deduction of 0.5 marks for more than 8 un-attempted questions. However, there will be no negative marking in General Knowledge section, but the scores of this section will not be considered while calculation XAT score.


XAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

  • The general eligibility criteria of XAT 2020 for all XAMI member colleges and other B-schools accepting XAT score is as mentioned below 
  • The candidates must be holding a three-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Moreover, candidates appearing for final year examination of the bachelor course to be over on or before June 10, 2020, or are awaiting their results can also apply for XAT 2020.
  • Candidates appearing in final examination or awaiting results must provide their bachelor degree certificate and mark sheet by the end of the admission year.

Age limit for XAT 2020

There is no upper age limit for XAT 2020 and candidates can apply irrespective of their age

XAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria for XLRI courses
Candidates seeking admissions to programmes offered by XLRI can check below eligibility for each course 

Business Management and Human Resource Management
  • Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent of three-year duration in any discipline from any university as recognised by Central or State legislature or from an institute approved by AICTE are eligible to apply.
  • If candidates are appearing for final year examination then their last exam should be over by June 10, 2020.
General Management
  • Candidates seeking admission to the General Management Programme offered by XLRI must have obtained a three-year Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University in India or abroad.
  • The candidates should be a full-time employee after completing their bachelor degree.
  • The candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of significant managerial experience as on March 31, 2019, in any organization in either of the sectors i.e. public, private or non-governmental.

XAT Selection Criteria 2020

  • As per XAT 2020 selection criteria, candidates will be shortlisted not only on basis of XAT 2020 scores but also on basis of Personal Interview and Group Discussions.
  • Besides, academic qualification, relevant work experience and extracurricular activities are also considered for preparing final admission list and, the candidates meeting XAT 2020 cut off will be offered admissions for academic session 2020-2022.
  • XLRI accepts students also on the basis of GMAT scores. Those who have appeared in GMAT exam need not appear in XAT to be eligible for admission. They can apply for admission into XLRI on the basis of GMAT score

Eligibility for admission to XLRI courses through GMAT scores

  • All NRI and Foreign candidates seeking admissions to XLRI offered courses and other associate B-schools will have to apply through their GMAT exam scores only. The GMAT scores are valid only if obtained between December 01, 2017, and December 31, 2019.
  • However, candidates applying through GMAT scores also need to register for XAT 2020 as admission without registration is not possible.
  • Indian candidates seeking admission through GMAT scores are eligible to apply only for General Management programme.
  • NRI and Foreign candidates can apply for General Management, Business Management and Human Resource Management offered by XLRI.

XAT Syllabus 2020 will include only four subjects as the Essay Writing section of XAT has been scrapped. In XAT 2020, the question paper will have only one section and four subjects: Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge.

XAT Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Variation
  • Time and Work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • LCM and HCF
  • Pure Maths
  • Data Tables
  • Graphs
  • Tables and Caselets
  • Probability
  • Critical Path
  • Averages and Partnerships
  • Alligations and Mixtures
  • Algebra
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Venn Diagram
  • Data charts
  • Pie charts
  • Linear and Quadratics Equations
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Logarithms
  • Numbers
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Bar diagrams
  • Data analysis

XAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Word usage
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Contextual usage of vocabulary
  • Sentence completion
  • Antonyms/Synonyms
  • Correction of errors in sentence
  • Paragraph completion In Reading Comprehension section, passages will be from literature, socio-economic essays, science and culture and abstract topics.

XAT Syllabus: Decision Making

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Data Arrangement
  • Situations
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Caselets
  • Assumptions
  • Arithmetic
  • Conditions and grouping 
  • Decision making

XAT Syllabus: General Knowledge

  • Awards and winners
  • Business and Politics
  • Government and Economy
  • History and Geography 
  • Constitution of India
  • World Events
  • Static GK
  • Personalities
  • Current Affairs