XAT Syllabus 2025: XAT 2025 is scheduled for January 5, 2025. This is an important MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI. Last year, around 1.35 lakh people appeared for XAT. So you can imagine the competition. Not only that, it is considered one of the toughest MBA entrance exams. Its score is used for students to get into top MBA Colleges in the country like XLRI, IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB, SP Jain, KJ Somaiya, and TAPMI. Today in this article, we will share everything about Xat Syllabus 2025.

XAT 2025 - Important Timelines

XAT Registration StartJuly 2024 (2nd week)
Last date of registration1st December 2024
Admit Card Release23rd December 2024
XAT exam date5 January 2025 (Tentative)
Answer Key Release Date8 January 2025 (Tentative)
XAT Result Date22 January 2025 (Tentative)

XAT Syllabus 2025 Download PDF

Cracku offers a comprehensive XAT Syllabus PDF for effective preparation for XAT 2025. The xat syllabus covers all exam topics, including Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability, and General Knowledge. The xat section-wise syllabus helps focus on individual sections, identify strengths and weaknesses so that we can create a structured study plan. XAT 2025 Syllabus PDF provides current information to guide study according to exam needs. You can download cracku’s XAT Syllabus PDF below:

XAT Exam Pattern 2025

XAT exam has a unique exam pattern. Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation sections are the only sections which are considered for preparing shortlists. The other two sections don't have any negative marking and neither play any role in getting you a shortlist. You can check the detailed exam pattern below:

Exam SectionsNumber of questionsOverall Time Duration
Part-175 Total MCQs175 Minutes
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning26No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making21No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28No Sectional Time Limit
Part-2Keyboard Testing

5 Minutes

Part-325 Total MCQs + Essay Writing Test30 Minutes
General Knowledge25No Sectional Time Limit
Essay Writing1 Descriptive TopicNo Sectional Time Limit

XAT Syllabus 2025

XLRI doesn't officially release the syllabus of XAT. But you can look at past XAT question papers to get an idea of the types of questions and topics covered. Basis on the previous year's trends, you can find the complete sectionwise syllabus of XAT below.

XAT Syllabus For Verbal And Logical Ability

Every manager and leader needs strong language skills and logical thinking. So, this part of the XAT tests these abilities with 26 questions on logical reasoning and verbal ability. About half of these questions are about reading comprehension. The logical reasoning questions focus on common areas that require deductive skills and making inferences. Find the detailed syllabus below:

Verbal Ability and Logical ReasoningVocabulary Based Questions
Fill in the blanks
Synonyms/ Antonyms
Contextual Meaning of Words
Jumbled paragraphs
Correction of Errors in Sentences
Correct Usage of Words
Completion of Sentences/Paragraph
Critical Reasoning
Cloze Test
Reading ComprehensionRC Passages on various topics like history, politics, science, culture, society,
Main Idea & Purpose based Questions
Inference Based Questions
Author’s View type of question
Explanation of Words/Phrases

XAT Syllabus For Decision Making

This is a section which sets apart XAT from other MBA entrance exams. This section tests the actual decision-making skills of the candidates based on some given set of information about the situation. You are required to think of answers from all aspects i.e. ethical, profit driver, maximum stakeholders' satisfaction etc. Though this section has no specific syllabus, you can understand what type of questions asked below:

Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning (Decision Making Set)
HR related DM Sets
Ethical Decision making Sets
Situational Decision Making
Business Issues

XAT Syllabus For Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation

The QADI section in XAT covers two main areas: Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation. In XAT 2025, this section will have 28 multiple-choice questions. The topics in this section are divided into Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation.

Quantitative AptitudePercentages
Number System
Profit and Loss
Simple and Compound Interest
Speed, Time and Distance
Time and Work
Ratio and Proportion
Linear Equations
Venn Diagrams
Binomial Theorem
Probability Functions
Permutation and Combination
Surds and Indices
Data InterpretationBar Diagrams
Pie Charts
Data Analysis and Comparison
Data Charts
Data Tables

XAT Syllabus For General Knowledge

For this section, there is no negative marking so you are allowed to make guesses. Also, this section is not considered while preparing for the shortlist candidate's list. This section is evaluated only at the last and that too with narrow weightage.

General KnowledgeBusiness, Finance and Economics
Current Affairs of National Importance
The Indian Constitution and Laws
Famous Personalities
Awards and Winners
Books and Authors
History and Geography
Current Affairs of International Importance

XAT Syllabus For Essay Writing

Until 2018, the XAT exam included an essay writing section. However, in 2022, XLRI Jamshedpur brought it back. The essay writing section is the only part of the exam where you have to write a descriptive answer. When this section is included, the total exam time increases by 10 minutes. The essay topic is very broad and can be anything. In 2022, candidates had to choose between two topics, but in 2023 and 2024, they had to pick one topic from three options. The essay writing section is about abstract ideas and current thoughts. This section is only evaluated if you are selected for further admission rounds at the institute.

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