XAT 2019 is scheduled on January 6, 2019. The exam is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). The test is undertaken by MBA candidates aspiring to take admissions to MBA and PGDM programmes. XAT score is accepted by over 100 institutes across the country including Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research and many other institutes. Here is a detailed analysis of the XAT 2019 Exam Preparation.

XAT entrance exam is considered to be one of the most difficult MBA exams to crack. The exam pattern is not the same as that of other MBA exams, thus it is important for the candidates to pay specific attention to XAT will preparing for the exams. Apart from Verbal & Logical Ability and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, XAT exam pattern also consists of Decision Making and General Knowledge sections.

XAT 2019 Exam Preparation

How to start XAT 2019 Exam Preparation?


The overriding challenge of a candidate is to stay ahead of the curve and create his/her niche strategy to accomplish that will be required by students in the future. Planning might include several aspects, namely preparing the routine, planning the study hours and taking up mock tests, time management to name a few. Strategic planning involves an understanding of the exam structure, syllabus, pattern, knowing the concepts, compiling of mock tests, taking timed tests, analyzing the same and finally practice to remain calm and composed.

Be well-versed with the Exam Pattern

According to the revised XAT exam pattern, XAT 2019 question paper will carry objective-type questions pertaining to four sections.

XAT Exam Pattern

Sections in XAT 2019 Exam No. of questions
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 22
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27
General Knowledge 25
Total questions 100

Marking Pattern

Each question carries 1 mark and for each incorrect answer, 1/4th of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted. Candidates should also note that there is a negative marking of 0.05 mark attached to unattempted questions as well, beyond eight unanswered questions.

Know the Syllabus

Here is a projected list of sectional topics suggested by the experts for the exam based on the previous years’ test pattern. The table below will explain further:

XAT 2019 Syllabus

Sections Topics
Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR) Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Sentence correction, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Formation Questions, Poem, Analogy-based on vocabulary.
Decision-Making (DM) Arithmetic, Situational, Analytical Reasoning.
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) Percentage, Equations, Polynomials, Numbers, Progressions, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Data Sufficiency, Scatter Plots and Bar Charts, Profit & Loss, Time & Distance, Time & Work.
General Knowledge (GK) History, Currency, Culture, Books and authors, Personalities, Important Dates, Films, Science and Business, Current affairs, Invention, Geography, National Capital.

Sectional Preparation

The best way to start for XAT 2019 Exam Preparation is to divide the study-schedule as per the XAT sections in the exam. One can choose to start from either his/her weak sections or strong section/s. The burden of XAT will never be felt if aspirants follow the strategy of sectional preparation clubbed with sectional mocks.

Availing Resources

Practice is the key to success and XAT is no exception. All aspirants are advised to undergo sectional preparation. Candidates can make good use of all the available resources, online and offline XAT e-books, video tutorials and timed online mock tests as well. To cope with the General Knowledge section, one cannot fix his/her focus on specific prescribed books alone but rather prepare by reading daily newspapers and magazines.

Managing the Time

The sole importance of XAT 2019 is attributed to Time Management. No matter how well the XAT 2019 Exam Preparation is it will be acknowledged only if one reflects his/her preparation on the paper. Completing exam within the time by maintaining accuracy is what examiners will look at and that calls for half the success. To attain the same, one has to undergo rigorous practice, to be precise a timed practice.

Mock Tests

The most important thing for the aspirants is to take mock tests before the exam so that they are thorough with all kinds of XAT questions that can possibly be asked. Before appearing for the test, one is advised to take at least 20-25 Mock Tests and last 10 years’ XAT question papers.   In the last few days, all they need to do is improve upon all that they have managed to study so far. Also, this is the right time when they must revise the basics, short notes and look at formulas and theories. Check out our XAT Mocks and Decision Making Course.

Stay Calm but Be Focused

Aspirants should try to keep it simple with their XAT 2019 Exam Preparation. Its all about concepts, accuracy and solving as many questions as possible within the stipulated time duration. It is the right time to be the witness of one’s own actions. So staying calm, yet focused should be the secret mantra! Whenever you feel like giving up, just think once why you actually started it, that will keep you going!