XAT 2014 Syllabus
Updated on Aug 6, 2014 - 9:45 a.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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XAT 2014 Syllabus: XAT 2014 syllabus is a vast component of mathematics, English, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Essay Writing. The XAT 2014 exam will include the sections of Verbal & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative & Data Interpretation. The Part 2 of the XAT 2014 exam will include Essay Writing and General Awareness section.

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Though XLRI Jamshedpur, the B-School which conducts the XAT exam, has not prescribed any particular XAT 2014 syllabus, but on the basis of the past years’ analysis and trends, we are providing you the common topics.

XAT 2014 Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

This section had 30 questions last year. It included 3 Reading Comprehension passages, the topics of which were a bit abstract. The other questions in the English Usage area were on the following:

  • Grammar – Articles, propositions etc.

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Jumbled paragraph

The other questions were on Critical Reasoning. In this, one of the questions was on ‘inductive and deductive logic’.


XAT 2014 Decision Making Syllabus

The Decision Making section had 25 questions last year. The questions appear in the form of caselets. Analytical Reasoning questions are also common in this section. Overall, the question types can be divided into following categories:

  • Decision Making

  • Tables and Caselets

  • Probability

  • Linear Arrangements

XAT 2014 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Syllabus

This section had 36 questions last year. 24 questions were on Quantitative Ability and 12 questions were on Data Interpretation section. The topics of this section can be listed as follows:

  • Charts and diagrams

  • Tables and Caselets

  • Averages

  • Percentages

  • Interest and Growth rates

  • Time and Distance

  • Number Systems

  • Number Theory

  • Algebra

  • Surds and Indices

  • Linear Equations

  • Circles

  • Quadrilaterals and Polygons

  • Mensuration

  • Sets

  • Functions

  • Probability

  • Critical Path

XAT 2014 General Awareness Syllabus

The section of General Awareness was introduced in the XAT exam last year itself. It formed one of the two sections of the Paper 2 of XAT paper along with Essay Writing question. This section had 30 questions out of which 12 were on current affairs and 18 were on static GK. The topics of the questions which were asked last year and which you can expect in XAT 2014 are as follows:

  • Awards and winners

  • Business

  • Economy

  • Government and Politics

  • Science

  • Famous Personalities

XAT 2014 Essay Writing Syllabus

There is no particular syllabus for Essay Writing. According to previous years’ analysis and trends, the topics are generally abstract in nature. The topic is either a common phrase or an idiom with a philosophical innuendo in it. Very rare do XAT ask a direct or opinion seeking topic. However, you must be prepared for all sorts of topics. The duration for the Essay Writing question is 20 minutes. You must practice writing time bound essays.


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Will I get a call from XLRI if I have 97 percentile in XAT irrespective of my 9yrs. GAP between 12th and graduation ?

Srishti jha 25th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant, I hope you are doing good.

If you have got 97 percentile in XAT , that's quite good percentile and you have a chances to get calls from XLRI .

There is gap between your 12th and graduation which is not a big deal because many of them ahve this issue.

But make sure to have a genuine and relevant information on why you have these much years gap.

I hope this helps.


Hello, I passed 12th class in 2012 and Im currently doing my graduation from IGNOU and Im expecting my degree in 2021. While this Im doing a full time job. If I pursue MBA would I be eligible to show my work experience ? Would I be admitted to the college if I clear XAT ? Please answer.

Yastika Kumar 25th Feb, 2020

Hi Abhay,

The work experience weightage with respect to the score is comparatively less so you need to first focus on securing good score. When it comes to work experience it will bore you benefit if it is in some relevant field such as Finance consulting agencies else it won't be much beneficial for you.


I am a CAT aspirant & have appeared for CAT, XAT,& SNAP & scored 90%ile. With acads 10th-7.4CGPA, 12th-82% & in graduation(2018)-64% with no work experience due to family problem. Would I able to secure a seat in good college? I have been shortlisted for TAPMI, FORE, IIMV for round one till now.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020


its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and  cat or any other management aptitude  test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach  to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.


XAT percentile is 66.725 10th percentage 95% 12th percentage 87.4% b.tech percentage 66.18% which colleges can I get?

Shivika Tyagi 16th Feb, 2020
You can apply in some average colleges with this percentile.

1) VIT Business school - vellore
2) Jagan Institute of management studies - Delhi
3) Prestige Institute of management - Gwalior
4) Mount Carmel Institute of management - Banglore
5) IFIM - bangalore
6) Amity University Noida

Hope it helps you. Good luck

how is IMI bhubneshwar ? whats the cat/xat cutoffs ? Curriculum and placements ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 15th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

IMI Bhubhneswar is a good college and you will be able to get a call letter from the college if you have secured 60 percentile in any of the mba entrance exam. However the college does not offer good ROI. The college placement scenario is good. companies like Outlook magazine, Byju's, Jaro Education, ICICI bank, Varite, Executive B. School visit the collge for final placement. Average placement package is 6.5lpa to 11 LPA. For SIP the range of stipend for SIP is 7,500 to 25000 p. m. The ambiance at IMI Bhubaneswar offers a unique and complete learning experience with good infrastructure facilities.

Good Luck

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