XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Exam Pattern 2019

Last Updated - February 10 2018

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) Exam Pattern 2019

As per XAT Exam Format 2019, XAT will be held in online mode. XAT 2019 includes 2 sections i.e. Part-A and Part-B. There will be 78 questions in Part-A and 25 questions in Part-B as per the few changes introduced. Aspirants can further find detailed information regarding XAT Exam Format 2019.

XAT 2019 is a national-level management aptitude test organizeed for admission to different post-graduate management courses. The test will be organizeed in an online method in January 2019. XLRI (Xavier Institute of Labour Relation) will conduct XAT 2019 for providing admission to aspirants to more than 50 B-Schools in India.

Highlights of XAT Exam Format 2019

Exam ModeOnline
Number of Papers2
Period for Paper 1170 minutes
Period for Paper 235 minutes
Number of Questions in Paper 178 questions
Number of Question in Paper 225 questions

Part A- Verbal and Logical Ability, Judgement Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part B- General Knowledge and Essay Writing

Nature of Question

Part A- Objective

Part B- Objective and Subjective

XAT Marking Scheme

+1 for accurate response

-0.25 marks for inaccurate response

-0.05 marks for unattempted question

Medium of ExamEnglish

Detail in Exam Format of XAT 2019 

XAT 2019 is divided into 2 parts, Part -A of which includes 78 questions to be responded in 170 minutes. Questions in Part-A are asked from the sections mentioned below.

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • Judgement Making

Aspirants can check below the highlights for Part A of XAT 2019.

Section NameNumber of QuestionsTotal TimeMarking Scheme
Verbal and Logical Ability24170 minutes

-0.25 for each inaccurate response

-0.05 marks for unattempted question

Judgement Making21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation -

Every question of Part-A for XAT 2019 carries equal marks. Aspirants will be honoured 1 mark for every accurate response and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong response. 0.05 marks will be deducted for every unattempted question.

Part -B of XAT 2019 will consist of 2 sections, namely General Knowledge and Essay. A total of 25 questions from General Knowledge and one Essay question required to be responded in 35 minutes.

Aspirants can check highlights of Part-B of XAT 2019.

Section NameNo. of QuestionsTotal TimeMarking Scheme
General Knowledge2535 minutesNo negative marking
Essay Writing


As per XAT Exam Format 2019, there is no negative marking in Part -B of XAT 2019. 

Syllabus of XAT 2019

XAT Syllabus 2019 is designed to offer aspirants with knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, verbal, data interpretive and judgement-making abilities. Listed below are some of the important topics to be studied for XAT 2019 Exam.

Verbal and Logical AbilityJumbled Paragraph
Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
Meaning-Usage Match
Para Jumble
English Usage or Grammar
Fill in the blanks
Logical Completion of Idea
Summary Questions
Verbal critical reasoning
Sentence Correction
Facts / Inferences / Judgments
Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Ability and Data InterpretationGeometry
Mensuration – 2D and 3D
Algebra Functions
Speed & Distance
Heights & Distance
Direction Sense & Time
Judgement MakingSeries
Pie chart
Bar graphs
Logical Matching
Seating Arrangement
Line Charts
Statement Conclusions
Venn Diagram
Blood Relations
Coding & Decoding
Numeric Grid
Family Tree
General KnowledgeHistory
Sports news
Nation and States
Present Affairs of National and International Economy
Indian Constitution
Science in the Everyday Life

Essay Writing

  • They are advised to be aware of the present social and economic happenings of the world.
  • They should also keep themselves updated on the recent issues and events.
  • Aspirants are marked on the basis of vocabulary and sentence pattern.

Advisable Books for XAT 2019

Aspirants should refer to some books for the understanding of fundamental concepts and exercise some frequently asked questions. Here are some of the most important books to refer to while preparing for XAT 2019.

Quantitative AbilityHow to Prepare for Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMsSarvesh K Verma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsGuha Abhijit
Data InterpretationData Interpretation for the CATArun Sharma
Data Interpretation for the CATby Nishit K. Sinha
Verbal AbilityWord Power Made Easy Bookby Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Compositionby Wren, Martin
The Students' Companion Bookby Wilfred D.Best
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabularyby Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis
Logical ReasoningLogical Reasoning for the CATby Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATby Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CATby Nishit K. Sinha
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoningby R. S. Aggarwal
Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA ExaminationsTIME
Other books for referenceTarget XATDisha Experts
XAT XLRI – MBA Entrance exam A/4Chandresh Agarwal
Concepts of number for XAT and other quantitative examsGajendra Kumar
Target new XAT –Past papers and five mock papers
XAT entrance test for MBA examinationGautam Puri
XAT Xavier Aptitude Test solved sample papersGautam Puri
The Accredited guide to problem-solving and the data sufficiency: A must-have resource for candidates for XATAnanta Ashisha
The hand on guide to analytical reasoning and logical reasoning: A must-have resource for the candidates of XATPeeyush Bhardwaj`

XAT Essay Topics

Aspirants can check some of the essay topics for XAT 2019 mentioned below.

  1. There is no right way of doing a wrong thing.
  2. Ships are safer in the harbour. But they are not meant for the same.
  3. Economic Growth without distributive justice can only lead to violence
  4. Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era.
  5. To give real service, one required to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity.
  6. Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.
  7. India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.

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