XAT Syllabus 2021 - Xavier School of Management, formerly known as Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) does not provide any official syllabus of XAT 2021. XLRI will conduct Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2021 tentatively in the first week of January for admission to the management programmes. XAT 2021 syllabus will comprise of various sections like decision making and analytical reasoning, verbal and logical ability, quantitative ability and data interpretation and general knowledge. XAT is a computer-based test and the duration of XAT 2021 will be 3 hours. Candidates can check the previous years’ question papers to get a better perspective about the XAT Syllabus 2021. The ideal time of preparing for the XAT 2021 is from 6 to 8 months as per some experts. Read the complete article of XAT 2021 syllabus to know more information regarding the exam pattern, section-wise preparation strategy and frequently asked questions related to XAT syllabus 2021.

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Exam Pattern of XAT 2021

The XAT 2021 exam pattern usually consisted of 5 sub-sections that were divided into 2 parts till 2018, since 2019, some alterations have been made, like now, there are only 4 sections. The four sections that consist in the XAT exam pattern 2021 are:

  • Decision Making (DM)

  • General Knowledge (GK)

  • Verbal and logical ability (VA and LR)

  • Quantitative ability and data interpretation (QA and DI)

Section Wise XAT Syllabus 2021

Following is the XAT 2021 section-wise syllabus that includes topics from which most of the questions will be asked.

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XAT 2021 Syllabus For Verbal and Logical Ability (VA and LR)

In this section of the XAT syllabus 2021, the candidates will be checked for their verbal and logical thinking/reasoning ability and will be asked about their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, questions asked in the reading comprehension.

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Analogy-Based on Vocabulary

  • Critical Reasoning/ Inference

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Para Jumble

  • Sentence Correction

  • Para Completion

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar

  • Reading Comprehensions

  • Pronunciation

  • Poem

  • Paragraph Formation Questions

  • Cloze Test, etc.

Best Books to Prepare for Verbal and Logical Ability

There are certain books which can help the candidates prepare for XAT syllabus 2021 and some of the best books for preparation are mentioned below:

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Analytical Reasoning

MK Pandey

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Ajay Singh

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

High School English Grammar & Composition

Wren & Martin

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

RS Aggarwal

XAT Syllabus for Decision Making

Through this XAT syllabus 2021 section, the candidates will be examined for their way of making decisions, how the candidates will react to situations and will analyse or giving logical reasons.

  • Arithmetic

  • Situational

  • Analytical Reasoning etc.

Best Books to prepare for Decision Making (XAT 2021)

Following are the books best to prepare for XAT 2021. Candidates can also opt for previous years’ question papers to prepare for XAT 2021.



Target XAT 2019 (Past papers & mock tests)

Disha Publication

Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers)

RK Jha

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

Arihant Publications

XAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI)

In this Quantitative Ability section of XAT 2021 syllabus, the candidates will be judged on how they will solve numerical and mathematical calculations and how they will be implementing procedures to arrive at an informed conclusion.



Data Analysis and Interpretation

Venn Diagram

Time & Work

Bar Charts





Time and Distance

Bar Charts


Profit and Loss

Data Sufficiency

Functions & Graphs


Scatter Plots





Permutation & Combination

There are various books in the market for the candidates to practise and prepare for XAT 2021 without facing any difficulty. Such books which are the most suitable for the candidates for preparation of XAT 2021 are mentioned below:



Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

RS Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha

How to prepare for Data Interpretation

Arun Sharma

Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K Sinha

XAT Syllabus for General Knowledge/Current Affairs

In this section of syllabus 2021 of XAT, the candidates will be checked for their knowledge of a wide range of facts about various subjects and of the current happenings of the world.

General Knowledge

Current Affairs

National Capital



Film & Television


National Issues



Important Dates

Ecosystem and Diversity




Books & Authors




Candidates willing to prepare for the syllabus of XAT 2021 can read the newspapers and magazines such as:

Newspapers and Magazines

Economic Times

Competition Success Review

The Financial Times

Business World

Business Today

The Hindu

Hindu Business Line

Financial Express

Wall Street Journal

XAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates interested in appearing for XAT 2021 should be holding a bachelor’s degree of at least three years or equivalent in any discipline. Candidates who are in their final year can also apply for XAT 2021 and there is no age limit for the candidates to appear for XAT 2021. Candidates should know about the XAT eligibility criteria 2021 properly.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - XAT Syllabus 2021

Question: How many sections are there in the syllabus of XAT 2021?


There are a total of four sections in XAT 2021 namely - 

  • Decision Making (DM)

  • Quantitative ability and data interpretation (QA and DI)

  • General Knowledge (GK)

  • Verbal and logical ability (VA and LR)

Question: What will be the marking scheme of XAT 2021?


As per the exam pattern of XAT 2021, candidates will be given one mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer and for each unattempted question, a negative marking of 0.5 marks will be made.

Question: What is the eligibility criteria for XAT 2021?


The XAT 2021 eligibility criteria consists of candidates holding a bachelor’s degree of at least three years or equivalent in any discipline. Candidates who are in their final year are also eligible to apply for XAT 2021 and there is no age limit for the candidates to appear for XAT 2021.

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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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