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XAT 2025 Last Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

XAT 2025 Last Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

Edited By Alen Tom Shaji | Updated on Jun 13, 2024 06:01 PM IST | #XAT

XAT 2025 Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a highly competitive MBA entrance exam in India, conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. As the XAT 2025 exam is around the corner, aspirants must give their best shot. In this article, we'll provide candidates with some XAT last-minute tips and exam day guidelines that can help them maximize their performance and boost their chances of acing the XAT exam.

Before starting the preparation, let us have a short look at the XAT exam pattern 2025. Some changes have been made to the XAT exam pattern in recent years. The section of essay writing has been brought back as part of the XAT test paper. Now the test will be 3 hours and 30 minutes and have five sections. With these in mind, this article on XAT 2025 last-minute tips and exam day guidelines by Careers360 has curated a list of the best tips and strategies to follow during the XAT exam day in order to score better.
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XAT 2025 Last-Minute Tips - Practical

  • Do not forget to carry XAT Admit Card

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In all entrance exams, candidates must carry a hard copy of their XAT admit cards. In the XAT MBA entrance exam also, XLRI Jamshedpur will ask candidates to carry at least two hard copies of the XAT 2025 admit card. Before reaching the exam centre of XAT 2025, it will be mandatory for candidates to have their admit cards. No candidate will be allowed to get inside the exam centre if he/she does not possess a hard copy of their XAT admit card 2025.

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Apart from a hard copy of the XAT admit card 2025, candidates will be required to carry certain other documents for verification purposes as well. Some of the documents that candidates should carry to the exam centre of XAT 2025 are as follows -

  • Recent passport-size photograph

  • Original Identity card like PAN, Aadhaar, Voter ID, Passport, Driving License

  • Stationery items

As per the exam pattern of XAT 2025, the exam will be conducted in computer-based mode. Hence, candidates are not required to carry anything. A rough sheet will be provided along with a pen if required by candidates.

  • Check the Location of Exam Centre Beforehand

Once candidates download their admit card of XAT 2025, the exam centre allotted to them is mentioned there. As one of the practical pieces of advice on XAT last-minute tips and exam day guidelines, candidates are requested to visit the exam centre a few days before the exam to avoid hindrances on exam day.

XAT 2025 Exam Day Guidelines

  • Be on Reporting Time - Candidates should be at the exam centre of XAT at least one hour before the exam time. The reporting time is also mentioned on the admit card and candidates are required to adhere to the time. No candidate will be allowed to go inside if they are late than the reporting time.

  • No Electronic Gadgets Allowed- To ensure fulfilment of security requirements and avoid any kind of hassle, candidates are advised to not bring any kind of electronic gadgets like mobile phones, digital watches, calculators, etc., Candidates who during checking are found with any such gadgets will not be allowed to continue with their XAT exam and will be debarred.

  • Double Check Answers - As per the XAT 2025 exam pattern, there will be negative markings in the XAT question paper. Hence, after answering candidates should ensure that they have revisited and re-checked their answers to avoid negative markings in wrong answers. If you are unsure, then do not attempt the question at all.

XAT Instructions 2025

  • Five options per question will be visible to candidates.
  • One question at a time will be there on the screen. Candidates will be able to switch between questions using the next and previous question tab.
  • On the top-right corner of the screen, a timer will be visible. XAT question paper will disappear once the timer gets to zero.
  • If candidates are unsatisfied with marked answers, they can choose to unmark the same by clicking the 'Erase' button given at the bottom.
  • There will be no sectional timing, hence, questions can be answered in any time frame.
  • The option to bookmark a question is also available in case the candidate wishes to review it. This can be done by clicking on the 'Tag' button.

Status of Questions in XAT 2025






Unanswered & Marked for review






Unanswered yet



Answered & Marked for review

  • In case the candidate completes the paper within the stipulated time period, he/she can end the test by clicking the 'Preview Submit' button. Note that candidates will not be allowed to leave the exam hall before three hours i.e. the time duration of XAT 2025 is complete.

  • Even if the candidates do not click on the 'Preview Submit' button, the result will be saved automatically.

XAT 2025 Exam Strategy

Keeping in view the XAT previous year question paper, there are no fixed no. of questions that the candidates need to answer. Given below is a list of questions from each section along with a marking scheme that can be checked by candidates.

XAT Exam Pattern 2025

Number of Questions

XAT Part-I

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA&LR)


Decision-making (DM)


Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)



Mock Keyboard Testing



General Knowledge (GK)

Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)

XAT Marking Scheme 2025 - Highlights

  • For each correct answer, one mark will be awarded

  • For each incorrect answer, a 0.25 mark will be deducted

  • A Total of 0.10 mark will be deducted for every eight unattempted questions

  • For the General Knowledge section, there will be no negative marking

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Section-wise XAT 2025 Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

For Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Topics like Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles, Sentence Completion (multiple blanks), Reading Comprehension, etc., will form major questions in this section.

  • The length of Reading Comprehensions and other passages in this section will not be very long but the English used will be difficult to read. Hence, candidates are advised to focus on strengthening their vocabulary for this section.

  • To save time, it is advisable to attempt the questions related to Sentence Completion, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Vocabulary, etc., and then move on to the difficult and time-consuming questions related to Reasoning, RC, and Correction. In XAT 2025, candidates can expect an equal number of inferential as well as specific detail-based questions.

For General Knowledge

  • There will be no negative marking in this section, hence candidates tend to waste their time on General Knowledge.

  • It is suggested that candidates should answer only those questions which they can answer quickly and accurately.

For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • In XAT 2025 this section will possibly justify your preparation & hard work. Questions from Arithmetic, Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Base System, and Mathematical Reasoning will be the mainstay in this section.

  • For practice, use your CAT preparation material but don't go beyond the Advanced Level problems. DI sets are usually simple and do not create any problems in terms of reaching the solution.

  • If QADI is strong then you should target almost all questions. Average candidates should target not more than 15-20 questions. The SQC techniques, as well as the three-round approach, will work here.

For Decision Making

  • This section includes Behavioral and Mathematical decision-making questions. In behavioural questions, the situation is described and the protagonist in the passage needs to make a decision and solve his/her dilemma. Candidates are required to suggest the right course of action and mark the correct answer.

  • Eliminate the choices based on the parameters of legality, fairness, and the desired result.

Candidates must thoroughly go through XAT previous year papers and practice as many XAT mock test as they can to strengthen their XAT preparation 2025.


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Seeing your marks, it is evident you are good in academics. Thus, you can get into a good MBA college but mind you, it won't be easy because there are thousands of students who are as good as you, if not better. MBA colleges do not choose candidates solely based on academic performance, although it has a big weightage in their selection process. They test your presence of mind, intellect, and communication skills through Group Discussions and Interviews.

The safest way to get into a good MBA college is to score 96-97+ percentile and do really well in GD and  PI. Top MBA colleges in India are IIMs, XISS (Ranchi), TISS, Delhi School of Business, and Symbiosis.

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