XAT Exam Pattern 2021 - XLRI, Jamshedpur will specify the exam pattern of XAT 2021. As per the past year XAT paper pattern, the entrance will be conducted in the CBT (Computer Based) mode. XAT exam pattern 2021 will specify the total number of objective questions that will be asked in the entrance test, total time duration, etc. The medium of the (Xavier Aptitude Test) XAT 2021 question paper will also be mentioned in the exam pattern and it will be conducted in the English language. XLRI will conduct the national level XAT 2021 for those aspirants who want to take admission in MBA/ PGDM programs. XAT exam pattern 2021 will help candidates to map out their preparation strategy. Read the full article by Careers360 to know all the details about XAT 2021 exam pattern such as marking scheme, exam time duration, topics and sections from which questions will be asked.

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Key Features

XAT conducting body

XLRI, Jamshedpur

Exam Mode

(Computer-based) online mode

Exam time duration

Two hours (130 Minutes)

Nature of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Section-wise number of questions

Not specific

Total number of questions

99 (As per past year trend)

Negative marking

Scheme applicable (0.25 marks will be deducted for the wrong answer) and (0.10 marks gets deducted for more than 8 unattempted questions)

Sectional limit

No limit

Marks awarded for correct answer

1 Mark will be awarded for each correct answer.

Number of Sections

Total 4

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • General Knowledge

XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

As per the exam pattern of XAT 2021, the entrance test will consist of a total of 95-100 questions (varies year to year) and the total exam time duration will be 3 hours (180 minutes).

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XAT Exam Pattern 2021 (Section Wise)


Total Marks Allotted

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Total Time

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation




180 Minutes (3 Hours)

Verbal and Logical Ability



Decision Making



General Knowledge




XAT Marking Scheme 2021

  • 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer.

  • 0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

  • 0.10 mark will be deducted for eight unattempted questions.

  • No negative marking for the General Knowledge section.

XAT Exam Centres 2021

As per last year’s trend, the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) entrance test was conducted in 71 cities of India. XAT 2021 will be tentatively commenced in the first week of January 2021. While filling application form candidates have to opt a city as per their preference. The final decision to allott the test center to a candidate will be taken by XLRI, depending on the number of applicants who have applied for XAT 2021.

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XAT Syllabus 2021

XAT 2021 syllabus will comprise all the topics from which questions will be asked in the entrance exam. With the help of Xavier Aptitude Test syllabus candidates can make their preparation strategy. All the topics related to XAT 2021 are listed below.

Sections and Topics of XAT 2021



Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • Percentages

  • LCM and HCF

  • Interest (Simple and Compound)

  • Profit and Loss

  • Number System

  • Speed, Time and Distance, Averages, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion and others

  • Algebra

  • Mensuration

  • Geometry including Co-ordinate Geometry

  • Venn Diagram

  • Pure Math

  • Quadratic Equations

  • Linear Equations

  • Logarithm

  • Complex Numbers

  • Binomial Theorem

  • Progression

  • Inequalities

  • Surds and Indices

  • Probability Functions

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Mixtures and Alligations

  • Set Theory

  • Trigonometry

  • Data Charts

  • Data Tables

  • Pie Charts

  • Bar Diagrams

  • Data Analysis and Comparison

  • Graphs

Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Vocabulary Based Questions: Synonyms/ Antonyms, Fill in the blanks, Contextual Meaning of words

  • Correction of Errors in Sentences and correct usage of words

  • Jumbled Paragraph

  • Completion of Paragraph

  • Completion of Sentences

  • Poem

  • Cloze Test

  • Author’s view type of question

  • Information-Based question

  • Main idea and purpose of the passage

  • Inference based question

  • Explanation of words/ phrases in the passage

  • True/ False statements based on the passage

  • Analogy

  • Clocks & Calendars

  • Binary Logic

  • Fact, Inference, and Judgement

  • Blood Relations

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Assumption, Premise, and Conclusion

  • Logical Sequences

Decision making

  • Data Arrangement Test

  • Conditioning and Grouping Tests

  • Decision Making in a situation

  • Complex Arrangement

  • Case lets

General Knowledge

  • National and International Current Affairs

  • Economics and Finance

  • Capitals and currencies

  • Constitution of India and Laws

  • Books and Authors

  • Famous Personalities

XAT Sample Paper 2021

Those candidates who wish to apply and prepare for XAT 2021 they all must go through with the sample paper of XAT 2021. With the help of the XAT sample paper, candidates will get to know the exam structure. It will help the candidate to assess their overall and section-wise performance.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - XAT Exam Pattern 2021

Question: Is there negative marking in XAT 2021?


Yes, a negative marking scheme is applicable. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer apart from that 0.10 marks will be deducted for more than 8 unattempted questions.

Question: How many candidates have appeared for XAT 2020?


Around 75,000 candidates have appeared for XAT 2020.

Question: How many seats are there in XLRI, Jamshedpur?


There is a total of 180 seats in PGDM-HRM at XLRI Jamshedpur.

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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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