How to Prepare for XAT 2021 in 6 Months - Xavier’s Aptitude Test, which is popularly known as XAT is an entrance examination that is conducted under the supervision of Xavier’s Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) as and on the part of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). So, those candidates who are willing to get admission in prestigious B-schools across the country consider XAT as initial and foremost. It is an online computer-based exam conducted across the country annually. Since this entrance test is free from age bar, applicants from any age group are allowed to apply for the examination.

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How to prepare for XAT 2021 in 6 months

How to Prepare for XAT 2021 in 6 Months?

Careers360 brings forth the ways to inculcate for XAT 2021 in six months. As we know, XAT 2021 will be conducted in computer-based (online) mode. As per the authorities, there will be no Essay Writing in XAT 2021. As per last year’s trend, the total time duration will be three hours. The following table explains the exam pattern of XAT 2021.

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Decision Making


3 Hours (180 Minutes)

Verbal and Logical Ability

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation



How to Start Preparing for XAT 2021?

According to the officials, XAT 2021 is expected to be held in the first week of January 2021. So for now, there is plenty of time to complete preparation for XAT 2021, although there is no time such as excess time. But, those aspirants who start studying systematically can crack the exam with flying colors. One thing that needs to be understood that attempting mock tests are as important as studying since time management is the core of the examination. So, here we are going to tell you how to the exam preparation, tips and tricks that will help you to qualify for the exam.

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Those candidates who have started studying from May 2020 onwards or before will most probably cover the complete syllabus on or before November, which means there will be enough time for them to revise and memorize the complete syllabus in the rest two months. But, for candidates who are starting their studies in October onwards have to fasten their seatbelts more tightly, since, there will be a lot of areas they have to cover in a short span of time. Below we have mentioned essential steps for XAT preparation in 6 months.

Draw a daily time table

  1. Start with making daily studying schedule for at least 5 hours of study daily. Not only has it helped to complete the syllabus within time, but also making a study habit for the future.

Identify the strong and weak areas

  1. Make a list of your strong areas and so as your weaker areas. Since there will be cut off which you need to qualify, working on your weaker portion would help you to get more marks.

Work on your fundamentals

  1. 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.

Take mock tests

  1. Once you complete a section, try to attempt the mock tests and use online study material to make sure you are ahead of the time. Keep in mind, do not cross the time limit you have given to each section. Every second is precious in the examination.

Work on your accuracy rate

  1. Work on your accuracy to prevent yourself from negative marking in the XAT examination. Apart from accuracy, try not to lose your speed. If one is able to maintain both then easily can ace the XAT entrance test.

How to prepare for XAT 2021 in 6 months – Sectional Preparation

Before the XAT 2021 exam preparation, it is the must to know the whole syllabus pertaining to Xavier Aptitude Test. Each section has its own value and needs equal attention. A constructive strategy and planning can be executed for the preparation so that one can allot sufficient time for all the sections. Vandan Shah, XAT 2020 topper revealed his success “I practiced a lot from past year XAT question papers. Apart from that regularly giving the mocks helped me decide on how much time do I need to dedicate to each section.” Know the detailed XAT section-wise syllabus

  • Verbal and Logical Ability - Questions will be asked from Analogy-based on vocabulary, sentence correction, fill in the blanks, reading comprehension, paragraph formation questions, grammar, poem and more.

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation - If one is good enough in basic mathematics, then they can easily ace this section. Questions will be asked from profit & loss, percentage, equations, time & distance, progressions, time & work, permutation and combination, polynomials, scatter plots, and bar charts, numbers, data sufficiency, probability, etc.

  • Decision Making - The only way to score well in this by solving more and more previous year XAT question papers. Questions will be coming from analytical reasoning, arithmetic, clarity on basic concepts, situational decision making, quick thinking, etc.

  • General Knowledge - While preparing for this section, focus should be rendered on the following subjects- currency, history, geography, invention, and authors, the national capital, important dates, culture, science and business, personalities, current affairs, films, etc. Apart from that read from general knowledge books, magazines and journals will help.

How to Prepare for XAT 2021 in 6 Months- Recommended Books

While preparing for any entrance test, having quality study material is the must thing. Here is the list of books for XAT which is recommended by the topper and experts.

Section Name

Book Name and Study Material

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

Verbal Ability

  • 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

  • Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha

  • 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

Logical Reasoning

  • Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr. R.S.Aggarwal

Key points to remember while preparing for XAT 2021

As they say, big opportunity comes with bigger problems, so as to the XAT examination. Since the examination is a national level exam with one of the highest occupancies by the students appearing, there are various obstacles students go through while preparing for the examination. Some of them are mentioned below and also how one can cop up with them to good marks.

  1. Time Management is one of the most important aspects that one should not be forgotten while preparing for any exam.

  2. XAT is completely a time-based examination where not only the exam but meeting the sectional cut off is as important as to clear the exam, the aspirant needs to make sure they are not running out of time. To overcome time management, practicing mock test would be the best idea.

  3. One needs to plan according to the marks allotted to a section. Firstly, make sure how much marks does a section carries, and then plan accordingly. Remember, you need to maintain quality with an eye on quantity.

  4. Make sure your decision-making section is your strength. In the past year’s collective data, it has been noticed that the decision making section is the weak spot for many of the students. So, make sure you make a habit of go through it.

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Hello,Im preparing for XAT 2020. Could you please suggest a good online coaching for this exam?

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I dont have CAT, MAT, XAT scorecard. Can I apply MBA at christ university for Phase II?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 17th Mar, 2020


To be eligible to get admission in Christ University you need to appear and qialify in any of CAT/MAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/GRE/ATMA along with 50% or above aggregate in bachelor's degree from a recognized board or university.If you do not have any of the above mentioned exams score then you are not eligible to get admission.

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Now Im studying in B.Tech 3rd year. How can I start preparing for various MBA Entrance exams? I am not taking any Tuition. How can I prepare myself for the exams?

Smrity 15th Mar, 2020


For MBA entrance exams start solving the past year question papers get thorough with the pattern of the paper.

Work on the logical Reasoning and quantitative aptitude as practice makes you perfect and try to grasp the necessary details and current affairs.

Even if you are not taking tuition, if you practice, solve as many sample papers as you can and be confident while giving the paper you can for sure get the best institution for you.

To get the sample papers for MBA Entrance exams Visit the link below:

I hope this helps.

All the Best!


So my situation is this, i have 47% in graduation and got 80 percentile in XAT, so this is limiting my options for admissions in mba colleges. What should i do?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 2nd Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

Yes this will limit your options for admission in MBA colleges as most of these MBA colleges look at past academic performance of the candidate. Your percentage will definitely be a hindrance in your admission into any top IIM college or XLRI.

You can always take admission in tier 2/3 management colleges.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


Can I apply in XISS without XAT score card??/

Mahima Bahl 2nd Mar, 2020

Hello candidate,

XISS admissions are ongoing, if you are desirous of seeking admission at Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi will have to appear in an all India level management admission test. XISS, Ranchi considers only the following three admission test scores for shortlisting the candidates i.e. XAT, CAT and CMAT.

If you have not given XAT 2020, you can apply through CAT, CMAT as well.

One last GDPI session is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd March, 2020 at Ranchi. For more information, please check XISS Ranchi Admission 2020 .

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