How to Prepare for XAT 2021 in Two Months? - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the most eminent and competitive MBA entrance exams in India after CAT. The next step that comes after giving CAT 2020 is the preparation strategy for XAT 2021 in two months. XAT 2021 will be conducted tentatively on January 5, 2021 in a computer based mode. The preparation strategy for XAT 2021 as recommended by experts and toppers is completely reliant on the structure of the exam and syllabus. As you must have already been preparing for other MBA entrance examinations alongside XAT, there is just a touch up and a corrective preparation technique that you need to follow in these last two months. In XAT , there is just a little more effort you need to put into Decision making and General Knowledge as these sections are not included in CAT. Here are some key tips that answer your query of “How to prepare for XAT 2021 in two months?”

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XAT Exam Pattern 2021

The foremost valuable tip to move on XAT 2021 and its preparation is that you keep a key focus on the XAT exam pattern 2021. The essay writing section has now been eliminated and it is now an exam which tests you on the skills of your decision making, reasoning ability, calculative skills and english grammar and comprehension. CAT has a sectional time limit but with XAT there is no such restriction. However, the marking pattern of XAT makes it a little difficult and odd from other examinations. You can check below the detailed exam pattern of XAT 2021:

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XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Exam specifics


Mode of examination

Computer Based Test( CBT)

Number of sections


Test duration

180 minutes


  1. Verbal and Logical Ability - 26 questions

  2. Decision Making- 22 questions

  3. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation- 27

  4. General Knowledge- 25

Marking scheme

  • One mark is allotted for every right answer.

  • No negative marking in the GK section.

  • In case of incorrect answers, there is a deduction of 0.25 marks.

  • In addition to this, there is negative marking for questions which are not locked. For a group of 8 unanswered questions, there is a deduction of 0.05 marks .

How to prepare for XAT 2021 in two months- Sectional Preparation

There are two additional sections in XAT 2021 which you need to prepare specifically for- Decision Making and General Knowledge. Apart from these ,on the preparation level you must have already worked hard on your Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation skills as these sections are common to all MBA entrance exams. Know here the detailed wise sectional preparation strategy for XAT 2021.

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  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation - In the span of two months, revise through your basic mathematical concepts again. Learn for the important formulas and shortcut tricks as much as you can. The weightage of the questions will be mostly from the topics of number systems, profit & loss, percentage, special equations, time & distance, progressions, time & work, permutation and combination, polynomials, scatter plots, and bar charts, numbers, data sufficiency, probability, etc. The data interpretation section is calculation intensive so make sure you learn all the estimated value calculating approaches so that you do not get stuck anywhere in between while solving the DI questions.

  • Verbal and Logical Ability - Work on your logical reasoning skills like deductions, coding and decoding, seating arrangements, puzzles, etc. You will come across analogy-based questions in the verbal reasoning section too i.e. on vocabulary, sentence correction, reading comprehension ,fill in the blanks, parajumbles, english grammar, etc.

  • Decision Making - This section comprises situation based questions. To score maximum marks , it is advised to incorporate all the logical data keeping in mind the fundamental principles. You can once go through business case studies and most importantly previous years' XAT questions papers for this section. The section has 22 questions based on passages with multiple choice options and candidates have to mark the correct answer based on the situation.

  • General Knowledge: For GK section, cover all the recent happenings as well as awareness around International affairs, economy, politics, trade, sports as well as Geography, Science, etc. with help of monthly magazines. In the end time, catch up with major events and achievements. Give preference bi-annual business magazines first for covering some key topics.

Best Books for XAT 2021 Preparation

Preparing for any entrance exam requires the acquisition of the best study material. If you do not have substantial information on what books to refer while preparing for XAT 2021, it could be the factor where you may lack as compared to others. So here are the collection of some best books for XAT 2021 preparation.

XAT 2021: Best Books for preparation

Section Name

Book Name and Study Material

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren, Martin

  • Word Power Made Easy Book by Norman Lewis

  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred D.Best

  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and other MBA Examinations by T.I.M.E

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Quantitative Ability

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT (Common Admission Test) for Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

Data Interpretation

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • The Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha

General knowledge

  • Business Awareness

  • Politics

  • Economy

  • Books, Awards

  • Current happening

  • International Affairs

  • Science, Geography, History, etc.

  • Constitution of India, etc.

Other helpful Tips- How to prepare for XAT 2021 in two months?

As XAT 2021 is expected to be conducted on January 5, 2021 and you have only two months left, so you need to start revising systematically. You need to incorporate this in your daily routine, especially at this peak time that attempting mock tests is very important. For XAT, the core of the exam is time management. Here get to know about the exam preparation strategies, tips and tricks that will help you in acing the exam.

Analyse your strong and weak areas

You must have already given other MBA entrance exams till now, so you know your weak and strong areas. You have a chance in this two months span to work on them so that you qualify the cutoff and do not face your previous bad experience while solving similar questions.

Set two month time table

Upto now you have been making your preparation strategy according to the time you have left. Similar is what you need to do now. Set a schedule for studying at least 10 hours a day. In this way you can even cover your topics which you couldn’t complete. Work on your fundamentals

Take mock tests

As you revise one chapter, try to attempt daily three mock tests daily and make best online study material so that you do not lack behind time. Mock tests will help you in understanding the exam pattern, marking scheme and most importantly how to manage your time because each and every second is precious in the examination.

Work on your fundamentals

Try to understand conceptually and attempt quantitative ability the most you can, since it is the toughest one to solve but carries a good weightage in the overall examination. Work on your grammar daily in order to clarify verbal skills and logical reasoning, also pay attention to current affairs and global issues to improve your general knowledge.

Attempt faster but with accuracy

You have to practice daily keeping in mind the negative marking factor in the XAT examination due to which you have to work on your accuracy. Work on your accuracy to prevent yourself from negative marking in the XAT examination. On the same hand try not to lose your speed of solving the questions. Accuracy along with the speed factor gets you to score that top percentile in the XAT examination.

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can we get admission through cmat xat and mat in pgdm in pr and event management?

Anuja 15th May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

In India there are various colleges which offer this course some are given below

National Institute of Event Management

Amity Institute of Event Management

King's institute tourism and hotel management institute

University of Technology and Management

Institute of Integrated Marketing Communication and Management

National Academy of Event Management and Development

So this are the colleges which accept CAT/MAT/XAT

Hope this helps



Deepika Choudhary 28th Apr, 2020

You can give the May MAT 2020 Entrance exam. Many colleges do accept May MAT Score. You can look for the IILM Lodhi road as one of your options. IILM Lodhi road is the oldest campus located in central Delhi. The alumni base is phenomenal which is a strong strength. The alumni of IILM are placed in a very senior position in the corporates that gives an advantage to the institute both in terms of placement, industry connections and engagement. Senior alumni conducting placement workshops, delivering guest lectures and guiding summer projects could be very useful to students with work experience and industry mentors. There are a lot of foreign partner institutes and semester exchange students from around the world make classes diverse and interesting. Faculty members have got both industry and international exposure which makes classes more interesting and relevant. With a huge alumni base of 12000+ with most of them at senior positions. The faculty-student ratio is the best here, a lot of one-on-one mentoring is provided to develop student personalities, CVs and also prepare them for the selection processes. We have some of the good companies on campus for SIP & placements like Amazon, RB, ICICI, Oppo, HDFC, Loreal, Khimji Ramdas, Modelez, Deloitte etc.


what is the success rate of CAT/XAT?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 23rd Apr, 2020
CAT and XAT exams are conducted every year for admission to MBA courses in IIMs and other top Bussiness schools of the country.
Every year around 2-3 lakh students apply for this exam for admission to premiere institutions of the country.
Sucess rate means the number of students passing the exam per 100 students who appear for it.
For CAT the success rate is around 2% i.e around 2 out of every 100 students who appear clear this examination.
However its better to focus on preparation.

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Good luck

Should I stop preparation for entrance exam and focused on remain 10+2 board exam as I heard that due to corona virus covid 19 universities can be cancelled the exam and noticed that the admission will based on 10+2 marks?

Aditi amrendra Student Expert 20th Apr, 2020

Let me assure you one thing that there is absolutely no chance of admission in engineering colleges based on class 12th board examination.JEE mains is postponed not canceled and even if gets cancelled there is no way that admission will take place based on 12th marks.So, just forget about these thing and focus on preparations because sooner or later all the exams will take place once the Covid-19 situation gets under control.

Good Luck

sir presently I am pursuing English Graduation from IGNOU as a final year student and my final exam will be held on June 2021.. Am I eligible to fill forms of cat xAt?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Apr, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

You can fill the exam form of the CAT 2020 if you are in your final year in the year 2020. As you are to be graduated in 2021, that means that you will be in the final year, 5th semester during the CAT 2020 exam form and therefore you are eligible for the exam.

Thank you.

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