Preparation Strategies for XAT 2018

Published On 14/09/2017

Xavier School of Management (XLRI) has announced exam date for XAT 2018.The Xavier Aptitude Test XAT 2018 exam will be held on January 7. XAT 2018 Application Process has started from August 16, 2017. 

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The XAT 2018 exam will be conducted in over 50 cities in India. XAT 2018 will also be conducted in Dubai and Kathmandu. XAT 2018 scores will be accepted by approximately 100 B-schools for Post-graduate management.

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for the aspirants will be to possess Bachelor’s Degree in any of the discipline from any recognized University or Institute. The final year graduate students are also eligible to apply for XAT 2018 exam. 

Application Fee:


XAT Application Fee



Rs. 1650

Online/Offline modes; Till November 30, 2017


Rs. 2000

Online/Offline modes; After November 30, 2017


Rs. 1950 (Rs. 1650 + Rs. 300)

Online/Offline modes; Till November 30, 2017 for every XLRI programme


Rs. 2500 (Rs. 2000 + Rs. 500)

Online/Offline modes; After November 30, 2017 for every XLRI programme

Application Process:

Students need to apply online on the official website.

To apply online click here

Exam Pattern:

The Xavier Aptitude Test will be administered online and not in offline mode, as it used to be until last year. The online XAT 2018 is scheduled to be held on January 7 and will be conducted in as many as 47 cities across India and two cities overseas, Dubai and Kathmandu.
Candidates appearing in XAT 2018 will have to answer questions from two papers. Paper 1, which will have objective type questions from Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, will also have negative marking while Paper 2 which shall have questions of both objective and descriptive nature will cover General Knowledge and Essay Writing sections. The second paper will not be subject to any negative marking in case of wrong attempts. However, it should be noted that test takers are allowed to skip a maximum of 12 questions, beyond which they have to incur negative marking of 0.05 marks.

Important Dates:

·         XAT 2018 online application process starts from August 16, 2017.

·         Online application process for the applicants will end on November 30, 2017 (without late fees)

·         Downloading of Admit Cards starts from 20th December 2017 onwards

·         Test XAT 2018 exam will be held on January 7.

The XAT 2018 exam will be conducted across India. The exam centres for XAT 2018 will be at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.

For more details visit official website

XAT 2018 Preparation Tips
Here, we are providing some important tips & tricks for How to Prepare for XAT exam. These exam preparation tips will help you to score a good rank in exam.
Time Management
Make a time-table on daily basis for preparation. Divide your time equally for all the sections. Don’t forget to cover the entire syllabus in your time table.
Preparation Strategy
Make a suitable study plan where you divide sufficient time for XAT syllabus. Firstly collect the information of officially prescribe syllabus and plan your preparation accordingly.
Preparing from right books is the important key to crack any exam. At present, market is full with the XAT preparation books don’t get confused with them. 
The paper can be split into three parts: concept driven, practice intensive and environment sensitive. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and select areas of Verbal & Logical Ability are concept driven; Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning is a purely practice intensive section while General Knowledge is environment sensitive
  • XAT Verbal & Logical Ability
Critical Reasoning & Reading Comprehension areas have historically dominated this section.
Thrust is on reasoning skills. Purely vocabulary-based questions are rarely asked.
This section requires a very fine balance between quick reading and comprehension skills.
Practicing across Mock Tests is essential for superior performance.
  • XAT Decision Making & Analytical Reasoning
This forms the most unique part of the XAT exam.
Consisting of various business and everyday situations, you are meant to establish what the various stakeholders should do in the situation given.
In general, the situations given in these questions set up interesting dilemmas for the parties involved, and most of the choices involve an analysis of the possible gains and losses with each course of action adopted.
Different types of questions probed in these areas include: ethical dilemmas, financial issues involving sales, revenues etc. of a company, employee management issues and general management scenarios.
As far as what kind of decisions you should make, ensure that the decision taken is unbiased and does not favor one particular party, ethical, balanced and from the perspective of all stakeholders involved. Do not lose your objectivity in the entire process and do not let your own biases cloud your judgment.
  • XAT Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
Majority of the questions featured in this area have come from Geometry, Number Systems, Functions, P&C, Probability and Data Interpretation.
Strong conceptual base in the above topics, with a good application orientation is the key to doing well.
Thrust areas are Geometry, Number Systems, P&C, Probability and Functions.
  • XAT General Knowledge
As far as XAT is concerned, general knowledge made its first appearance in the exam in 2013. Out of the 30 questions in XAT 2013, 12 were on current affairs and 18 on static GK.
Put greater emphasis on economics and business related facts.
Preparing current events for the last 6 months is essential.
In static GK part, focus on awards, books & authors and geography.
  • XAT Essay Writing
Going by the past trends, XAT essay topics have had stronger abstract dimensions.
The topic is based on either a common phrase or an idiom with a philosophical hint implied within.
The examiner is not only looking for language skills here, but is also evaluating coherence of thoughts, ability to provide logical arguments and your knowledge level.
Reading the editorial page of national newspapers may be of great help in this section.
It is recommended that you write sample essays and get them assessed on content and style.
Keep Solving Question Papers
Students should solve previous years question papers and sample papers for better preparations. By solving question papers, candidates will get familiarized with the exam pattern and weightage of questions.



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