XAT 2022 Xavier Aptitude Test
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XAT 2022 Syllabus

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on June 11, 2021

XAT 2022 is scheduled to be conducted in January 2022 and the registration window will remain open until November 2021. Candidates who wish to apply for XAT 2022 can visit the official website of XAT i.e. xatonline.in and register themselves for the exam.

Xavier Aptitude Test shortened as XAT is one of the most important examinations conducted for admission to Management programs in reputed institutions across the country. Qualifying XAT 2022 would get students admission to the leading MBA colleges such as XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME, and other 150 MBA colleges across the country. The exam is generally conducted in the month of January every year. XLRI Jamshedpur being the conducting authority of XAT Exam finalizes the date of examination and release all other important dates concerning XAT Exam on its official website. XAT 2022 is a computer based test conducted in a single session across the country and is one of the most sought after MBA Entrance Examinations where in Lakhs of applications are received every year. 

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Candidates appearing for XAT 2022 must understand XAT Syllabus before starting with their preparation. For XAT Preparation one must possess a thorough knowledge of XAT Syllabus i.e. what kind of questions from which topics would be asked in the examination. As per the key changes introduced in XAT Exam Pattern and XAT Syllabus, candidates must know how they should get ready to prepare for XLRI XAT 2022 exam.

Following are the changes introduced in XAT 2022:

  • There used to be 5 sections in the question paper which has now been reduced to 4.
  • The duration to complete the exam was 210 minutes which has been reduced to 180 minutes now.
  • XLRI Jamshedpur has removed Essay Writing Section from XAT 2021 Exam Pattern.
  • It's been decided by the exam conducting authority that 25 minutes extra would be provided to the visually impaired candidates as extra time to complete the first three sections.
  • There would be no extra time for General Knowledge section.
  • If a candidate refuses to attempt 8 questions, for each incorrect answer 0.05 marks would be deducted.
  • Total number of questions has become 100.
  • The four sections namely Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge will contribute to a single question paper in single section to be completed without a break.

Candidates appearing for XAT 2022 must be aware of the factors that may enhance their preparation strategy covering all the vital topics of XAT 2022 Syllabus. There are several topics of XAT Syllabus that fall under the category of most important ones and require much time to be covered. Candidates must categorize their syllabus according to the sections asked during the examination.

The candidates must know the sections in which the question paper is divided into

  1. Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation
  4. General Knowledge

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XAT Syllabus 2022 Highlights

XAT 2022 Exam is divided into 4 parts. The following is a detailed introduction to the highlights of these parts of the XAT 2022 Syllabus.

Quantitative Skills and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

  • 28 questions are expected in this subject area, such as measurement, algebra, geometry, and numbers. This part is usually very difficult, so 70% accuracy is considered good.

Verbal and Logical Skills (VA and LR)

  • The questions in this section mainly cover critical and analytical topics. Argumentation, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reasoning, etc. In terms of XAT oral and logic skills, according to last year's trend, it is estimated that there will be 26 medium to high difficulty questions.

Decision Making (DM)

  • This part is an interesting feature of the XAT exam, which consists of topics such as case studies, data organization, decision-making in a specific environment, and moral dilemmas.

General Knowledge (GK)

  • Usually the difficulty is moderate, and incorrect answers have no negative points. This section asks 25 questions, each of which has a level.

Syllabus Analysis of XAT 2022

As per the previous years' XAT Question Papers, it can be easily seen that the question paper is designed to analyze and test students' ability to solve questions keeping Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical reasoning, Decision Making, and Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation the factors to determine their scores.

The candidates must be aware of:

  • XAT 2022 Syllabus of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • XAT 2022 Syllabus of Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning
  • XAT 2022 Syllabus of Decision Making
  • XAT 2022 Syllabus of General Knowledge

XAT 2022 Syllabus of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

This section of XAT 2022 Exam Pattern would analyze students' ability to derive information from the data given to them and their mathematical skills. The conducting body i.e. XLRI Jamshedpur has brought some significant changes in this section such as questions asked from Numbers, Geometry, and Mensuration have become more important and around half of the questions are based on Arithmetic skills.

  • The other topics such as Arithmetic, Venn Diagrams, and Functions can be considered important ones as the question paper of XAT is formed out of these topics.
  • The section consists of 28 questions and there is no sectional time limit to solve this.
  • Data Interpretation part comprises of questions where some data is given, and the questions are made from the given data.
  • The candidates must be able to infer the required information from the given data and solve the questions.
  • The questions of this section are of highest difficulty level.

Following are the important topics one must study for Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation:



Profit and Loss

Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Speed, Time, and Distance

Time and Work

Ratio and Proportion

Number System



Coordinate Geometry


Pure Math

Venn Diagrams

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Complex Numbers



Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices


Permutation and Combination

Probability Functions

Set Theory

Mixtures and Allegations



Algebra Functions


Data Tables

Data Charts

Bar Diagrams

Pie Charts


Data Analysis and Comparison

XAT 2022 Syllabus of Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

This section analyzes students' knowledge of English Grammar and Logical Abilities. This section is divided into three parts such as questions based on verbal ability, questions based on reading comprehension, and questions based on logical reasoning.

  • The section consists of 26 questions of MCQ type.

Below mentioned are the topics one must cover in each part of the section.

Verbal Ability

The questions asked in this part are related to the following topics:

  • English Vocabulary
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Contextual usage of Vocabulary words
  • Jumbles sentences
  • Correction of sentences
  • Completion of sentences
  • Completion of paragraphs

Reading Comprehension

The questions asked in this part are related to the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension passages
  • Topics on which the passages are based:

Abstract topics


Social Issues

Economic issues

Science & Culture

History & Fiction

Logical Reasoning

This part does not contribute much questions to the section, but the questions are easy to solve. There are a few critical reasoning and a few Logical Reasoning based questions asked in the section.

Following are the topics the questions of this part are made from:







Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Blood Relations

Logical Sequence




Logical Reasoning

XAT 2022 Syllabus of Decision Making

The difficulty level of this section is moderately difficult as none of the national level entrance examinations consists of this section. The section consists of 21 questions in total and again there is no sectional time limit to attempt the questions.

The questions asked in this part are related to the following topics:


Group Test

Data Arrangement Test

Complex Arrangement

Decision Making in a Situation

Case lets


Analytical Reasoning


Data Arrangement

Reading Comprehension

Data Arrangement Test

XAT 2022 Syllabus of General Knowledge

The second part of XAT Exam Pattern consists of General Knowledge section where in the number of questions is set to be 25. The questions are of multiple choice questions type. The section is not considered while calculating the percentile marks scored by candidates. The questions are loosely based upon the current and conventional GK.

Students who have in depth knowledge of GK and a regular habit of reading would be able to attempt the questions of this section.

Following are the topics the section is made from:



National and International Current Affairs

Conventional GK

Constitutions of India

Company profiles

Company Logos

Business and Economy

Who is who

Books and Authors

Capitals and their Currencies



Merger and Acquisitions



Books' Name that one can consider for XAT 2022 Preparation

Good books are as important as qualifying of the examination. Candidates willing to take the exam must read good books in order to qualify the examination and enhance their knowledge.

Books for Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

Book Name

Written By

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 ExamExpert XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)

Wiley India

Jabbing the XAT Mock Tests & Solved Papers

R K Jha

Books for Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Book Name

Written By

Study Notes Material on XAT Paperback 2016

Sourav Sir's Classes

Verbal Ability Comprehension for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT

Bharta Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

Books for Decision Making

Book Name

Written By

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

Online book

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

Disha Experts

Books for General Knowledge

Book Name

Written By

Objective General Knowledge


General knowledge


XAT Exam 2022 Preparation Strategy

XAT 2022 is expected to be held at XLRI in January 2022. There are no special restrictions on the XAT project. It is recommended that candidates complete as many typical assignments and tests of previous years as possible.

  • Before starting to prepare, it is recommended to review all the work done in previous years to understand any exam questions that will help candidates understand the level of questions that will be raised in the XAT program.
  • The importance of problem solving cannot be overemphasized. Take the free XAT practice test for advanced preparation.
  • Applicants should ensure that they weight all chapters equally to achieve the highest score that exceeds the chapter threshold set by the authority.
  • Due to the high level of examination requirements, effective time management is an advantage.
  • The GK part must keep up with the static and current affairs events around the world.

From a trend point of view, to prepare XAT for this part, it is enough to know the news of the past 6 months. Due to the quarantine caused by the coronavirus pandemic, candidates are advised to consider XAT online training, which is as beneficial as traditional training centers.

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

XAT is an online test consisting of two papers

Paper I: It is an objective type paper covering three sections- Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making.

Paper II: This paper comprises of General Knowledge and Essay writing questions.

Sections Time Allotted

Paper 1: Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making

 170 Minutes

Paper 2: General Knowledge and Essay Writing

 35 Minutes

XAT Exam pattern

The time duration for completing the three sections and general knowledge is 210 minutes

Details on the marking scheme:

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