How to prepare for XAT 2022 exam

November 13, 2021

How to prepare for XAT 2022 exam


The XAT ( Xavier Aptitude Test ) is a competitive exam that is conducted annually. The test is conducted by XLRI on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes. This test gives them a chance to take admission in one of the top B schools of India. XAT 2022 will be conducted on the 9th of January, 2022 (Tentatively on Sunday). The timings of the exam will be 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

There are various exams conducted by different institutes for MBA admissions. Out of many exams, XAT is considered one of the most popular MBA entrance exams. This test follows the same pattern as CAT ( Common Entrance Test). The difficulty level of the questions asked in XAT is much higher. In addition, there is a separate section in XAT, which is not there in CAT. 

The first thing that should be considered while preparing for the XAT exam is to go through the syllabus and pattern. 

Pattern/ Syllabus of XAT Exam 2022

This year there are some modifications in the exam pattern. 

XAT 2022 will consist 2 sections: 

Main Paper
The main paper will include 2 sections- Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation. Students will be allotted 2 hours and 45 minutes to finish this section of the test.

General Knowledge
The second section of the test includes general awareness questions. There will be 25 questions in total under this category. Students will have only 15 minutes to finish this section.


Some of the most repeated topics of XAT Exams are: 

  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning: Sentence Completion, Sentence Rearrangement, Reading Comprehension, etc.
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: Profit and Loss, Geometry, Trigonometry, Time, Speed and Distance, etc.
  • Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning: Case Study-based decision-making, table-based decision-making, etc.


Preparation Tips for XAT Exam 2022

  • Students need to thoroughly go through the exam pattern. So that it becomes familiar. 
  • The practice should include a lot of practice and mock tests. 
  • They should practice within the time limit. So that it becomes a habit to finish it on time.
  • Some of the most important things to be kept in mind are the presence of mind, time management, ability to deliver under stress, concentration, and focus.
  • Students need at least 8 to 12 months for the preparation of XAT. 
  • Study the basic concepts of English, Maths, logical reasoning, etc. These can be studies from the NCERT books of class 10th and 12th.
  • Students should avoid the use of a calculator and put in time while practicing. 
  • Rather than solving the 20 questions at the same time, it is better to solve 4 questions of 5 different types. That will brainstorm and increase the interest and focus.
  • Doing past year's papers helps a lot. Therefore, it is better to practice as many past year question papers as possible.
  • Seeking guidance from the Experts will help to get a good score. 

There are many books that students can refer to for their XAT Preparations:

  • Target XAT 2022
  • Wiley’s ExamXpert XAT
  • Jabbing the XAT
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal 
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh 
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey 
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin.

Best Coaching Centers for XAT Exam Preparations 2022

Though students can study themselves it is always better to have expert guidance. Someone who can correct the mistakes and clear the doubts. Therefore, various coaching centers provide great faculty members to teach the students. Students can get themselves enrolled in any of these mentioned below. Some of the top coaching institutes for the XAT Exam are: 

  • Mindworkzz
  • TIME
  • Career Launcher
  • PT Education 
  • MBA Guru 
  • IMS
  • Byju’s Classes 
  • Erudite 
  • Bulls Eye 
  • Prudence Academy 
  • Endeavor Careers

Therefore, this is all a student has to know before preparing for the XAT Exam 2022. They should start preparing as early as possible to get a good score. The time limit, best books, where to take coaching from, how to plan and understand the sections, etc. everything is mentioned above. So start preparing with full confidence and positive vibes. Goodluck.

By Swaranshi Chhabra 

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