The Xavier Aptitude Test is an all-India test conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) as an entrance exam for admission to the post graduate programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India.A business school in Jamshedpur in the state of Jharkhand in India, as an entrance test for its and other highly reputed institutes, including Xavier Institute of Management and Goa Institute of Management programs.


  • A candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and awaiting results can also apply.

Test Duration & Pattern:

XAT is a pen and paper-based exam. The test is famous for its high difficulty level. The exam tests a candidate’s ability on these sections: English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and essay writing. The marks of General Knowledge will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at first stage of selection. It may, however, be used by XLRI and some other institutes at the time of final selection. Since 2011 XAT has been making changes in its pattern. XAT 2015 was also new in terms of duration and marks which was as follows:


Marking: All questions carry equal marks

Negative marking: ¼th of the mark (may be deducted)

Part II                          

General Knowledge and Essay

Time Available: 40 minutes

Part A: General Awareness

Part B: Essay – To be written in NOT more than 200 words

ONLY the first part is taken towards calculation of PERCENTILE. This percentile is used for shortlisting by all institutes which take the XAT scores. The Second part which contains the General Knowledge section and an Essay is used mainly by XLRI at the time of the Interview and final selection.

XAT 2015 section wise analysis:

Verbal Ability:

It had 17 questions of Reading Comprehension and 11 questions of verbal ability. There were 5 sets of RCs, out of which 3 were easy to moderate and rest 2 were moderate to difficult. 2 of the RCs were around 150 word RCs and hence were easy to interpret and hence won’t be so time consuming. There was one RC that was dense and technical in nature and hence aspirants would have comfortably left it. With the decisions of which RC to do and which one not to do, being easy, the section seemed approachable. Verbal Ability part had a nice mix of 2 parajumbles, 4 vocabulary questions, 2 logical continuations and 3 critical reasoning questions. An above average aspirant should be able to attempt up to 4 RCs and approximately 7 questions of verbal ability in an ideal time of 45 minutes.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation:  

This section had two sets of Data Interpretation which in total had eight questions. In addition to DI there were 25 questions of quant. Data interpretation was easier than previous year’s DI and as a reasonably well prepared aspirant should be able to solve 4 moderate Qs. Rest 4 Qs were difficult and time consuming. As far as quant is concerned, it again demanded sincere solving. It was dominated by Arithmetic based chapters. About 13 Qs were from this part of quant with nearly equal distribution of easy-moderate-difficult Qs. There were about 8 questions of Geometry as well; nearly all of them were moderate to difficult. All in all, the difficulty level in comparison to last year has gone down slightly.

Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning:

Not a single question of Analytical Reasoning in this section – was an impressive move by XAT. XAT 2014 had 9 questions of Analytical Reasoning and 16 questions of Decision Making and that wasn’t a really smart move because the aspirants really did not push themselves to solve the Decision Making, they found their way to the cutoffs through AR. This year, it was predominantly Decision Making with just one set which was an application of Set theory & Data Interpretation skills. Almost all sets were time consuming but doable for an aspirant who can sit patiently and solve them.

General Knowledge:

This section was dominated by current affairs and news discussed in newspapers of last year. There were about 7 questions related to national and international on-going issues like Syrian crisis, Crimean referendum, Boko Haram etc. Four questions were business or economy related. Geography and History had a share of 4 questions and sports was topic in 5 questions. Rest questions were mostly random questions about India.