What is the XAT exam syllabus?

  • 20 Apr

@Akshaykumar said:
Should I take XAT even if I am not keen on HR?

Hi Akshaykumar, you definitely should. XLRI started out as a B-school focussing on HR, but their regular MBA in Business Management is also highly ranked, with good faculty and placements. This is probably why the name has been changed from Xavier Labour Relations Institute to Xavier School of Management.

XLRI has very good placements (similar to IIMs) and is well reputed in the corporate sector, because of their long track record, faculty and teaching methodology, student performance, etc. So you should definitely apply to the XLRI BM program.

Additionally, many other B-schools accept the XAT score. You can check out some of the key institutes here - https://mockat.com/infozone/college/top-business-schools/
Do check the institute website as well, as these institutes can always add or remove exams.

All the best!

  • 20 Apr

Should I take XAT even if I am not keen on HR?

Rahul A  (8)
  • 18 Apr

@Nitheshraman said:
Do we need to take both CAT and XAT?

Hey Nitheshraman, Even with these differences, we would definitely recommend that you take both CAT and XAT, because:
CAT and XAT are the gateway to premier B-schools. XLRI is considered to be one of the best B-schools in India, and many other highly-ranked B-schools accept the XAT score
The additional prep is largely for DM, for which the month of December would be sufficient
The more exams you take, the higher your chances of getting shortlisted, and then getting selected
Having multiple entrance exams will also reduce your stress levels for the CAT exam, as it won’t be the only exam that you are taking

If you have more questions, you can reach out to us on 9600121800 and attend a Free Session taken by CAT toppers Vignesh and Sanjana. They are IIM Lucknow graduates and take CAT and XAT every year, so they can clarify your doubts.

All the best!

Rahul A  (8)
  • 18 Apr

Hey Anbuchelvan, CAT is conducted by the IIMs, whereas XAT is conducted by XLRI (now Xavier School of Management).

The CAT and XAT syllabus is similar. Both CAT and XAT have VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, but it is called Verbal and Logical Ability in XAT) and QA (Quantitative Ability). XAT also has DI (Data Interpretation) which is clubbed with QA (unlike CAT, which has DILR as a standalone section). The additional sections in XAT are:
Decision Making - small caselets with some information and you need to take a decision based on this
GK - singlet questions based on Static GK, Current Awareness, Business news, International entities, Awards, etc
Essay writing

The XAT percentile is based on VA, QA-DI and DM. GK and Essay are evaluated separately if you clear the XAT percentile cut-offs for XLRI.

XAT exam pattern is different from the CAT exam pattern in the following ways:
XAT exam is for 190 minutes (165 minutes for VA, QA-DI, DM and 25 minutes for GK and Essay)
There is time limit for sections in the initial 165 minutes (except Essay and GK)
All questions are MCQs with 5 options (CAT has 4 options)
All the questions are MCQ questions. The Marking scheme is +1 for correct answers and -0.25 for incorrect answers (except GK). If you leave more than 8 questions unattempted, -0.1 marks will be deduced from the 9th unattempted question onward (e.g., if you leave 10 questions unattempted, you will get -0.2)

You can get the detailed XAT syllabus and exam pattern here - https://mockat.com/infozone/exam/xat/
Detailed CAT syllabus and exam pattern is here - https://mockat.com/infozone/exam/cat/

  • 18 Apr

Do we need to take both CAT and XAT?

  • 18 Apr

What is the difference between CAT and XAT? Is the syllabus and pattern similar?

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