How to prepare for XAT 2021 while working? - XAT ideally known as Xavier Aptitude Test is an entrance examination that comes under the topmost aptitude examination when it comes to MBA courses. XAT is conducted by XLRI (Xavier School of Management). Another reason for the popularity of the XAT exam is that its recognition as a university-level examination that is across the country for aspirants seeking admission in management studies. Under quantitative terms, more than half a lakh aspirants appear for the examination every year to get admission in more than 150 B-school/ college across the nation. The examination gets its recognition to some best B-schools in India such as:

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How to prepare for XAT 2021 while working?

Not only have that, but XAT examination is also acknowledged as the most transparent examination from a student perspective because of its complete exam conducting process. After the completion of the examination, the official answer key is released followed by official results. Candidates can get their marks recounted in case they are unsure about their released results.

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XAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

The XAT 2021 entrance test will be conducted through online mode. The total time duration will be 3 hours. Questions will be asked are objective type (MCQs) and each question will carry 1 mark. There is a negative marking scheme applicable, which means 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

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Exam Pattern of XAT 2021


Number of Questions


Decision Making


3 Hours (180 Minutes)

Verbal and Logical Ability

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation



Preparation Tips for XAT 2021

Though the XAT examination is famous for its transparency, toughness level is as much as therein. XAT examination is considered to be one of the toughest MBA examinations by far. When examined, it was found that the addition of General Knowledge and unique exam pattern make the exam tough ultimately a reason to low scoring of the XAT exam. The level of verbal ability question asked is also slightly complex than the CAT examination and not to forget the sectional cut off, other than General knowledge questions. In short, exam preparation needs to be as good as can be. So, all the aspirants who are willing to prepare for XAT exam must keep in mind that a balance of quality and accuracy is the key to crack the examination. Below we have mentioned some basic tips which aspirants need to keep an eye on.

Make a section-wise preparation strategy

  1. Start preparing section wise. This is the first and foremost step to the preparation in the XAT examination. Section-wise preparation will make aspirants understand better about your strengths and weakness.

Know the XAT exam pattern and syllabus

  1. Quickly go through the complete exam pattern and syllabus, candidates need to make sure they are not skipping anything that carries great weightage in examination. To be prepared is better than curing afterward. Mark influential topics to revise at regular intervals.

Practice and revision is must

  1. Aspirants must keep in mind that the only rule that gives you the correct vision to crack the exam is “Practice, Revise and Repeat”. One needs to practice what you are studying. Revise it regularly and then repeat the process. Candidates must follow this step even for other examinations also Since MBA examination have slightly similarity between them.

Make use of mock test and online study material

  1. Practice online mock tests. Aspirants must not forget to complete mock tests and online test series to qualify the XAT examination. It is practically proven that aspirants who practice mock tests and online test series are more capable of getting better marks than the students who don’t practice.

Stay Fit and Do Yoga

While preparing for any exam, take very good care of your health. A healthy mind and body will help one to concentrate better on their studies. Do meditation and Yoga to increase your concentration ability. Make a diet plan and take fresh veggies and fruits and totally avoid unhealthy or junk food. Take proper sleep of minimum of eight hours a day. While studying for long, take a regular break, it will refresh your mind.

Preparation of XAT 2021 While Working

Those who are starting their preparation for XAT 2021 and are working somewhere must keep in mind that they will be having less time to study comparative to those who are just studying. So, if they want to crack the examination they must start preparing as early as possible. One can take out hardly 3 hours to study during a weekday and near about 8 hours on weekends. In conclusion, there is enough time to qualify the exam for students who are working, If they start their preparation and follow the tips mentioned below.

  1. Make a time schedule of how much time students can take out in a day, a week or a month. Then accordingly bifurcate it according to the section-wise preparation.

  2. Utilize as much time to study and make the concept clear. Not to forget making notes and short summaries would help in a future revision.

  3. Two hours a day for preparation of all subjects and daily preparation of the General knowledge section is advised to aspirants who are working. Such as newspapers, periodicals, etc.

  4. Improve your speed of reading to ensure that the decision-making section would take less time in the examination. For the language section, the command over vocabulary is necessary.

  5. The final and foremost step is to practice as much mock test and online test students can attempt to increase accuracy and time limit.

XAT 2021 Recommended Books for Verbal & Logical Ability


Book and Author Name

Verbal and Logical Ability

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

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

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

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Kumar

  • Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination by R.S Aggarwal

  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning by Arihant Publications

XAT General Knowledge

  • Recommended Newspaper: The Indian Express, The Hindu, Economic Times

  • Recommended Magazines: Business Today by India Today Group, Business Lines by The Hindu Group

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

Manish Singh 22nd Mar, 2020

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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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