XAT Syllabus 2023

XAT syllabus is prescribed by XLRI Jamshedpur and it includes topics from Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. The XAT exam syllabus was revised this year with reintroduction of Essay Writing section. However, the score of Essay Writing section will not be added in the overall score. It will be assessed if only the candidate is shortlisted for the PI round.

XAT 2023 exam will be held for three hours (190 minutes) and the question paper will be divided into two parts:

Part 1- Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (Sectional time limit is 165 minutes)

Part 2 –  General Knowledge + Essay Writing  (Sectional time limit is 25 minutes)

There is no change in the topics included in the XAT syllabus for Verbal Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The XAT 2023 question paper will be based on the four subjects. Take a look at the complete XAT 2023 syllabus along with best books and study material to prepare for XAT exam which will be held in the first week of January.

XAT Syllabus: Overview

Check the table below for key topics of XAT syllabus. The XAT question paper is usually dominated by questions from these topics.

XAT Syllabus

Important Topics

Verbal and Logical Ability Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Analogy, Parajumble, Grammar, Critical Reasoning, Fill in the Blanks, etc.
Decision Making Data Arrangement, Conditioning, Grouping, Complex Arrangement, Caselets, Assumptions, Premises, Conclusions, etc.
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Percentage, Surds and Indices, Algebra, Mensuration, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Tables, Data Interpretation, etc.
General Knowledge Science, Economy, Business, Politics, Static GK, Sports, Prize and Award, World, Government, Constitution of India, etc.

Section-wise XAT Syllabus

Candidates must understand XAT syllabus well before they start exam preparation. Read below section-wise XAT 2023 syllabus and related key points for exam preparation:

XAT syllabus

XAT sectional weightage

XAT Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

The QA and DI section of XAT 2023 is expected to have same composition as previous years. See below:

  • There will be 28 questions in QA & DI section
  • Each question will carry one mark
  • There will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer
  • In XAT 2022, questions asked in this section were from: Arithmetic, Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Time Zone and Mixed Graph

Topics included in Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI) section of XAT exam syllabus are listed below:

XAT syllabus: QA and DI
Percentage Tables and Caselets 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 Alligations and Mixtures Numbers
Time, Speed and Distance Algebra Mensuration
LCM and HCF Simple and Compound Interest Geometry
Pure Maths Venn Diagram Trigonometry
Data Tables Data Charts Bar Diagrams
Graphs Pie Charts Data Analysis

XAT Syllabus: Verbal & Logical Ability

The Verbal Ability section of XAT 2023 is expected to be on the same lines as previous years. See below:

  • There will be 26 questions in the VA section
  • Each question will carry one mark
  • There will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer
  •  In XAT 2022, questions asked in this section were from Reading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Poem, Analogy, Antonym and Parajumbles

Topics included in Verbal Ability section of XAT exam syllabus are given below:

XAT syllabus: Verbal & Logical Ability
Reading Comprehension Fill in the Blanks Antonyms/Synonyms
Jumbled Paragraphs Contextual Usage of Vocabulary Correction of Errors in Sentence
Word Usage Sentence Completion Paragraph Completion

XAT Syllabus: Decision Making (DM)

The DM section of XAT 2022 too, is expected to be same as previous years. However, the difficulty level could be higher. See below:

  • There will be 21 questions in Decision Making section
  •  Each question will carry one mark
  • There will be deduction of 0.25 marks in case of wrong answer
  • In XAT 2022, all the question asked in this section were situation-based

Topics included in Decision Making section of XAT exam syllabus are given below:

XAT syllabus: Decision Making
Analytical Reasoning Logical Reasoning Complex Arrangement
Data Arrangement Caselets Conditions and Grouping
Situations Assumptions Decision Making

XAT Syllabus: General Knowledge (GK)

  • No change is expected in GK section of XAT exam 2023
  • There will be 25 questions in General Knowledge section
  • Each question will carry one mark and there is no negative marking in GK section
  • In XAT 2022, questions were asked from: History, Geography, Economy & Business, Current Affairs, Personality & Awards, Science & Technology

Topics included in General Knowledge section of XAT exam syllabus are listed below:

XAT Syllabus: General Knowledge
Awards and winners History and Geography Static GK
Business and Politics Constitution of India Personalities
Government  and Economy World Events Current Affairs

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Best Books for XAT Preparation

XAT is one of the toughest MBA entrance exams and the candidates must ensure that they study from only those books and study material which are recommended by experts and past years’ toppers. Shiksha has compiled best books for XAT preparation for the benefit of candidates. Take a look below:

Best books for XAT: Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

Books for XAT


How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests For Admission into IIMs Sarvesh K Verma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations Guha Abhijit
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha/Arihant

Best books for XAT: Verbal Ability

Books for XAT


Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Objective General English Dr RS Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
High School English Grammar Wren & Martin
The Students’ Companion Book D Best

Best books for XAT: Decision Making

Books for XAT

Author Name/Publisher

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma

Best Study Material for XAT: General Knowledge

To strengthen Current Affairs and General Knowledge, aspirants must subscribe to the following newspapers and journals:

Newspapers and Journals

The Hindu Economic Times
Financial Express Hindu Business Line
Wall Street Journal The Financial Times
Business Today Business World
Competition Success Review Management Compass Career Launcher

XAT Exam Pattern 2023

Mentioned below are XAT sections, number of questions in each section and marks allotted to them:


Number of questions

Marks allotted

Decision Making 21 21
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 26
Quantitative Ability & Data  Interpretation 28 28
General Knowledge 25 25
Essay Writing 2 topics (candidates could choose one) To be assessed for PI shortlisting
Total 100 100

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