XAT 2024 in 10 days: Paper pattern, how to prepare in these last-days

XAT 2024 exam will be held on January 7; admit card can be downloaded at xatonline.in. Check out the XAT paper pattern and last minute tips here.


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Team Careers360 | December 28, 2023 | 01:01 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur is all set to conduct the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) in computer-based test mode in 80+ test cities spread across India. XAT exam date is January 7, 2024. Candidates appearing for the XLRI MBA entrance exam must carry the XLRI XAT admit card to the examination centre for entry and other verification purposes.

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With 10 days left for the XAT 2024 exam, we assume candidates should have covered most of the XAT syllabus. In these last few days, candidates should focus on revising important topics, taking XAT mock tests and solving XAT previous year papers. Additionally, candidates should have proper rest, a proper diet, and confidence.

XAT exam pattern 2024

The XAT exam 2024 will be conducted from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. The PwD candidates will be granted an additional 20 minutes for every hour. Take a look at the latest XAT 2024 paper pattern below.


Number of Questions


Question Types

XAT Part-I

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA&LR)



The VA&LR section will encompass critical & analytical reasoning, reading comprehension (including poems & passages), vocabulary, English grammar, and other related exercises such as para jumbles, cloze tests, etc.

Decision-making (DM)


The DM section will present scenarios drawn from both personal and professional lives. Candidates will be required to apply critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and prioritisation to make informed decisions.

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)


In this section, the questions are designed to assess the quantitative aptitude of candidates who possess a foundational understanding of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mensuration, modern maths, etc. The questions on DI are about clear interpretation, summarization, and insightful analysis of the data.


Mock Keyboard Testing



To test the keyboard, candidates will be requested to type--The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.


General Knowledge (GK)



In the GK section, 10 questions will focus on static GK, while the remaining 15 will delve into current affairs.

Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)


The AEW section will offer three topics, of which candidates will select one. Essays should be approximately 250 words in length and must demonstrate coherence, logical consistency, and strong argumentation, serving as an assessment of the student's analytical abilities.

XAT marking scheme

  • One mark will be given for each correct answer.

  • 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • 0.10 will be deducted for each unattempted question after eight unattempted questions.

  • There is no negative marking for general knowledge questions

XAT 2024 last-minute preparation tips

Here are some tips to help aspirants prepare well for the XAT 2024 exam.

Focus on revision

The important last minute XAT preparation tip is to focus on revisions where the candidate does not cover every topic. Instead, focus on quickly revising the most important and relevant topics. Plus, it's not a good idea to pick up a new title at this time! Learning new topics or new ways to solve questions can be confusing at the last minute.

Develop your exam-taking Strategy

Before going to the exam hall, students should have a clear and concise strategy that they are going to follow while solving the XAT paper. Candidates should have figured out which section they are going to take first, how much time is required for which questions, how to solve difficult questions, etc.

Don’t lose focus

It's easy to focus now, but it's difficult for candidates to stay calm during the finals. Students preparing for the XAT exam should remain calm at all times and not panic. It is important for candidates to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep a positive attitude.

Solve XAT previous year papers and take mock test

Before appearing for the actual exam, take enough XAT mock tests and analyze them well. It will help students understand the XAT exam pattern, the questions asked, and how to manage their time. The more mock tests one solves, the better one can perform on exam day.

Relax and unwind

During the last few days, XAT toppers recommend taking good rest to keep one's mind alert on exam day. So, sleep properly, eat good food, listen to music, drive, etc. Relax and unwind before the exam day, as a relaxed mind works better than a stressed one.

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