XLRI Jamshedpur does not announce an official XAT Syllabus. Read  Latest Changes in XAT Exam Format 2018 However, on the basis of XAT 2018 model Paper and earlier year papers, we have curated XAT Syllabus 2018 for all candidates. XAT 2018 will be a mix of objective and subjective type questions. The exam is scheduled for January 7.

  • XAT 2018 GK Syllabus: The section always has moderate difficulty level as questions. Exercise  XAT Earlier Year Papers
  • XAT 2018 Essay Syllabus: There is no set syllabus for XAT for the essay writing section. Any topic of invigilators interest, which will involve some brainstorming, can come up. 
  • XAT Syllabus 2018 for Verbal & Logical Ability (VA & LR): There are 7 important topics and the section can have moderate-high level questions. About 26 questions are expected this year. Check  XAT Exam Format.
  • XAT Syllabus 2018 for Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI): There are 15 topics of 27 marks. The difficulty level of this section is always high. An accuracy of 70 percent is considered good.
  • XAT Syllabus 2018 for Judgement Making (DM): 20-23 questions are expected from this section. 
XAT Preparation Books and Study Material XAT Paper Analysis

Read the clear XAT Syllabus below to make your preparation journey easier.  

XAT 2018 Exam Format

Given below are the highlights of XAT Exam Format for your reference. 

  • Period- 170 minutes (paper 1), 35 minutes (paper 2)
  • Total questions- 72 (paper 1); 26 (paper 2)
  • Language- English
  • XAT Marking Scheme- +1 mark for a accurate response, -0.25 marks for an inaccurate response and -0.05 marks deducted if more than 12 questions are left unattempted (paper 1); No negative marking (paper 2).
  • Method of exam- Online
  • Number of papers- 2 compulsory papers

Check detailed  XAT Exam Format

XAT 2018 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • There are 27 questions asked from this section and we suggest you take 2 minutes and 17 seconds to solve each question.
  • QA and DI section is considered to be of the highest difficulty level.
  • Arithmetic, Venn diagrams, functions are other favorite topics on which questions are formed in XAT.
  • XLRI has brought significant changes in this section. Numbers, Geometry and Mensuration questions have become more prominent and around 50% of the Quant questions are based on these areas.

Note: There is no percentage defined between the numbers of questions asked in QA & DI section.

Important topics for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Important topics for Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
GeometryMensuration – 2D and 3D
ProbabilityAlgebra Functions
Profit and LossSpeed & Distance
ArithmeticHeights & Distance
Direction Sense & TimeClocks
Data Interpretation – Table, Combination-

Check Here: Top XAT Coaching Institutes to Boost your Preparation

XAT Preparation Books for QA/ DI

Book namePublisher / Author

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Nitish K. Sinha

PSC for VA for CAT

Nitish K. Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Nitish K. Sinha

CAT 2017 Quantitative Aptitude

Gautam Puri

Wiley's ExamXpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

Wiley India (Author)

Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers

R K Jha

Read  How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for XAT?

XAT 2018 Syllabus for Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Approximately 56 minutes are needed to clear this section.
  • The section can have moderate to high difficulty level questions.
  • 24 questions of objective type are expected to come from this section.

Read  XAT 2018 Verbal Ability Preparation Tips

Important topics for VA and LR in XAT

Important topics for VA and LR in XAT
GrammarPara Completion
VocabularyPara Jumble
Critical ReasoningReading Comprehension

XAT Preparation Books for VA/ LR

Book namePublisher/ Author

Study Notes Material On XAT Paperback – 2016

Sourav sir's classes

Verbal Ability Comprehension for CAT/ XAT/ IIFT/ CMAT/ MAT/ Bank PO/ SSC 2nd Edition

Bharta Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

XAT 2018 Syllabus for Judgement Making

  • There are 21 questions expected from this section.
  • Set based questions are asked.
  • The difficulty level of DM section is moderate to tough.

Important topics in XAT Judgement Making (DM)

Important topics in XAT Judgement Making
ArithmeticAnalytical Reasoning
SituationalConditions and Grouping Test
Data Arrangement TestReading Comprehension
Case letsJudgement Making in a situation

Read  XAT 2018 Logical Reasoning Preparation Tips

XAT 2018 Preparation Books for Judgement Making

Book namePublisher

XAT 2016 Judgement Making Online Coaching by Ravi Handa (Voucher)

Online book

Target XAT 2017 (Past Papers 2005 - 2016 + 5 Mock Tests)

Disha Experts

XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 with Full-Length model Papers Essay Writing & Exercise Essays Judgement Making

Career Launcher

XAT 2018 Syllabus for General Knowledge

  • The difficulty level is moderate as no brainstorming is obligatory.
  • 60:40 breakup is defined for GK and present affairs.
  • 25 questions will be asked in total.
  • Most questions are on present affairs and some on GK.
  • You can spend 20 minutes to clear this section. 

Important topics in GK

Important topics for GK in XAT
PoliticsNation and States
SportsAwards and Recognitions
International RelationsSociety
Merger & Acquisitions--

XAT Preparation Books for GK

Book namePublisher

Objective General Knowledge


General knowledge


XAT 2018 Syllabus for Essay Writing

  • There is no set syllabus defined for essay writing section.
  • Grammar rules must be confirmed while writing an essay.
  • Topics of general interest, present scenario or past events can be asked to write.
  • There is no marking scheme defined for essay writing.

XAT Preparation Books for Essay Writing

Book namePublisher/Author

XAT Solved Papers 2008-2016 with Full-Length model Papers Essay Writing & Exercise Essays Judgement Making

Gautam Puri

XAT Simplified (12 yrs Past Papers + 5 Mock Tests + General Awareness Gist/ Essays

Disha Publications

XAT Essay Topics

Here are some sample topics from earlier years:

  • XAT 2017 essay topic: Globalization and Jingoism always coexist.
  • XAT 2014 essay topic: The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt.
  • XAT 2016 essay topic: Technology and Nature are natural enemies.
  • XAT 2015 essay topic: Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
  • XAT 2013 essay topic: Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India

Read  XAT 2018- Gateway to MBA from Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

How to Crack XAT 2018?

XAT 2018 is set to be organized on January 7 by XLRI. Its scores are accepted by more than 100 XAT Colleges in India. Listed below are major takeaways for XAT Preparations: Also, as XAT Syllabus has no defined boundary, aspirants appearing for it are suggested to exercise as many sample papers and earlier years question papers as possible. Also, due to its famous, the difficulty level of the exam is getting higher with time.

  • Aspirants must make sure to give equal importance to all the sections in order to fetch maximum marks to complete the sectional cut off set by the organizing authority.
  • For GK section, it is important to keep oneself updated with both static and present happenings around the world. As per the trends, knowing about the past 6 months news will be sufficient for XAT preparation for this section.
  • As the level of exam is difficult, so managing the time in an efficient way will prove to be an asset. Exercise  XAT 2018 Model Paper
  • Before starting the preparations, it is advised to go via all the earlier years papers to get an idea about all the questions asked in the exam. Doing this will help an aspirant to know about the level of questions that are asked from XAT Syllabus.
  • As for the essay writing, one must write 2 essays per day and get it assessed in order to know about the content quality and flow of the same. It is advisable that one should go via the editorial page of national newspapers as it proves to boost the preparation in this section.

Read  XAT 2018: 7 Tips to Gear up your XAT 2018 Preparation

We hope this article was helpful during your XAT Preparation. We wish you luck on the exam! Once you are through with the exam format and syllabus, the preparation journey becomes a smooth-sail.

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