XAT Syllabus 2021, Section & Subject Wise Syllabus – Check Here

XATXAT 2021 Exam will be Organized on 3rd January 2021. The XAT Exam program coincides with the XAT 2021 Exam model for the XAT Exam year. The XAT syllabus changes based on changes in the XAT Exam model.

Because the XAT Exam is the XLRI Entrance Exam, XAT Exam model changes also result in XAT program changes. As a result, the 2021 Exam syllabus of the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is not strictly defined by XLRI.

As a result, the XAT 2021 Exam Syllabus is based on past trends in the XAT model and Exam program. Changes over the years in the Exam have also been incorporated into the curriculum for XAT 2021.

XAT Exam Pattern 2021

Section No. of Questions Total Marks Total Time
Decision Making 22 22 150 Min
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 26
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) 27 27
General Knowledge (GK) 25 25 30 Min
Total 100 100 180 Min (3 hours)

Marking Scheme – Each correct answer will receive a score, and 1/4 (0.25 points) will be deducted for each incorrect answer. There is also negative marking for unresolved issues. After 8 unanswered questions, there would be a negative score of 0.5 points for each unresolved question.

Section-wise XAT Syllabus 2021

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Section-1: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning

Section Highlights: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) Exam Syllabus for Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning section in XAT 2021 is divided into three parts.

The 1st part of the XAT 2021 syllabus covers questions based on Verbal Ability; 2nd part of the XAT 2021 Exam syllabus on the 1st section covers Reading Comprehension passages, and the 3rd part of the XAT 2021 Exam syllabus on VARC & LR section is based on questions on different topics on Logical Reasoning.

Number of Questions: 26. The revamped pattern in the XAT Exam syllabus for VARC & LR section shows that there are 26 MCQs in this section of the XAT Exam.

Major Topics covered in XAT 2021 Syllabus for VARC & LR are

Part-1: Verbal Ability
Topics on which VA questions are based:

  • English Vocabulary based questions – fill in the blanks with correct words; synonyms/antonyms; contextual usage on vocabulary words
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Correction of errors in sentences, correct use of words
  • Completion of sentences
  • Completion of the paragraph

Part-2: Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • The share of Reading Comprehension in the VARC&LR section is very high
  • Topics on which RC passages are based: Abstract topics, Literature, Social and Economic issues;  Science & Culture; history & fiction among others.
  • There is no clear cut definition of RC topics in the XAT Exam syllabus. RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in XAT 2018 Exam.
  • Type of RC passages: Moderate and short
  • Type of Questions: All MCQ type

Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In the context of the passage –True/false statements; Author’s view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; the main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage

Part-3: XAT Exam Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • The share of LR questions in the XAT syllabus for the 2021 Exam is not very high. Usually, there are few critical reasoning and a few LR based questions in XAT Exam. All questions are of MCQ type.
  • Topics covered in XAT Exam syllabus 2021 on which LR questions are based: Analogy, Clocks, calendars, Fact, Inference, Judgement, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion among others.
  • XLRI Entrance Exam syllabus defines that questions on Logical Reasoning can be individual or can be in the sets.

Section-2: Decision Making

Section Highlights: XAT Syllabus on Decision Making is unique as neither CAT nor any other national level entrance Exam has Decision Making as one of its Exam sections. Decision Making is the problem or case solving expertise of a candidate.

Number of Questions: 22

Major Topics Covered: Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) measures such skills broadly on the following topics

  • Conditions and Grouping Test;
  • Data Arrangement Test;
  • Complex Arrangement;
  • Decision Making in a situation;
  • Case lets

Section-3: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Section Highlights: The syllabus of the XAT Exam 2021 for Quant and DI section is very wide. QA & DI is the 3rd and last section in the revamped XAT Exam pattern. This section in XAT 2021 is taken into account for the XAT percentile calculation.  The syllabus of XAT 2021 for Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect.

Number of Questions: 27

Major Topics in XAT Quant Syllabus are:

  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System
  • Algebra
  • Geometry including Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Pure Math
  • Venn diagrams
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Trigonometry

Data Interpretation (DI)
Questions in the Data Interpretation part in XAT Exam are insets in most cases. Sometimes individual questions are also asked. Topics on which DI questions are based are:

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs
  • Data analysis and comparison

Section-4: General Knowledge (GK)

Highlights: XAT Exam syllabus 2021 for the second part in XAT Exam consists of only one Section. General Awareness (GK) consists of Multiple choice questions (MCQs).

General Knowledge: As per the changed pattern of the XAT Exam, there would be Multiple Choice type questions in XAT 2021 Exam on General Awareness. The score in the GK section will not be counted for the XAT percentile calculation.

Number of Questions: 25

Major Topics Covered :

  • Economics, finance,
  • National and International current affairs
  • Conventional GK
  • Constitution of India
  • Company profiles, logos,
  • Business & Economy
  • Who’s who
  • Books & Authors
  • Capitals & Currencies

Key Points to Note on XAT Syllabus

  • Applicants to the XLRI Entrance Examination Program must keep in mind that the XAT 2021 Examination Program and the XLRI Program are no different.
  • The curriculum and the XAT model are the results of the subjects previously appeared in the XAT Exam, although the type of questions, their composition, format, and number may change in each subsequent XAT Exam program.
  • There would be no repetition of XAT issues.
  •  The difficulty level of the questions according to the 2021 XAT program may be higher or lower in the XAT 2021 Exam model.
    The 2021 XAT Examination Program means that the XAT 2021 Exam questions will remain in the prescribed general areas of the 2021 XAT Examination Program.
  • The XLRI-XAT Entrance Examination Program or the XAT 2021 Exam is not predefined by XAT 2021.
  • The XLRI, Jamshedpur, and XAT programs have also been described above. The XAT 2021 Exam program is based on the above guidelines and the current structure of the XAT Exam.

Overview of XAT Syllabus 2021

Verbal and Logical Ability

Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Fill in the blanks Para completion
Analogy-based on vocabulary Para Jumble Paragraph formation questions
Poem Close test Grammar
Sentence correction Pronunciation Critical Reasoning and Inference

RC topics in XAT are generally abstract or from Literature, or based on Social and Economic issues; Science & Culture; history & fiction among others.

Logical Reasoning topics to study for XAT 2021

Analogy calendars Inference
Clocks Fact Judgment
binary logic seating arrangement blood relations
logical sequence assumption premise, conclusion

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

In XAT, there are three sets of DI questions. Quant has similar sections like CAT Exam. In XAT 2021 there will be 27 questions from the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section. Here are some of the topics to study:

Percentage Tables and Case lets Linear and Quadratics Equations
Profit and Loss Probability Surds and Indices
Ratio and Proportion Critical Path Inequalities
Variation Averages and Partnerships Logarithms
Time and Work Allegations and Mixtures Numbers
Time, Speed and Distance Algebra Mensuration
LCM and HCF Simple and Compound Interest Geometry
Pure Maths Venn Diagram Trigonometry

Data Interpretation

Data Tables Data charts Graphs
bar diagrams Pie charts Data analysis

Decision Making

Topics under this section include:

Decision making Logical Reasoning Sets

General Knowledge

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The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topics:

Awards and winners History Static GK
Business and Politics Geography Famous Personalities
Government  and Economy

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