XAT 2020 Examination Pattern and Syllabus

XAT 2020 Examination Pattern and Syllabus

With the release of the official notification for XAT 2020 on August 23, 2019, candidates are buzzing with anticipation about the examination.

One of the first things that candidates must be familiar with while preparing for XAT 2020 is the XAT 2020 syllabus and examination pattern.

Our Pgaglguy experts have provided a detailed syllabus and exam pattern to help candidates to get a better insight of the XAT 2020 examination


The curriculum for XAT 2020 forms the most basic and primary part of a candidate’s preparation process for the final XAT 2020 examination. The fundamental changes in the syllabus and important topics are some things that all aspiring candidates must be acquainted with the changes and latest syllabus and exam pattern.

Judging by previous years XAT question papers, the XAT 2020 syllabus has four major components, which are as follows:

  • Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QADI)
  • General Knowledge

The section-wise detailed syllabus for XAT 2020 is in the tables below.

Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning


Verbal Ability


●       Fill in the blanks with appropriate words

●       Synonyms/Antonyms

●       Contextual Usage on vocabulary words

●       Jumbled Paragraphs

●       Correction of errors, correct usage of words in sentences

●       Completion of paragraphs

●       Completion of sentences


Reading Comprehension


RC passages are usually short and are in the MCQ format.

RC Passages are based on the following topics:

●       Abstract topics

●       Science and culture

●       Literature and art

●       Social and economic issues

●       Current affairs

●       History


Logical Reasoning


●       Analogy

●       Clocks

●       Calendars

●       Inference

●       Fact

●       Judgement

●       Seating arrangements

●       Binary logic

●       Blood relations

●       Logical sequence

●       Assumption-premise-conclusion

 Decision Making


Decision Making


●       Conditions and Group Testing

●       Complex Arrangements

●       Data Arrangement Test

●       Caselets

●       Situation-Based Decision Making

 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


Quantitative Ability


●       LCM and HCF

●       Percentages

●       Profit and Loss

●       Interest (Simple and Compound)

●       Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others

●       Number System

●       Algebra

●       Geometry including Co-ordinate Geometry

●       Mensuration

●       Pure Math

●       Venn diagrams

●       Linear Equations

●       Quadratic Equations

●       Complex Numbers

●       Logarithm

●       Progressions

●       Binomial Theorem

●       Surds and Indices

●       Inequalities

●       Permutation and Combination

●       Probability Functions

●       Set Theory

●       Mixtures and Alligations

●       Trigonometry



Data Interpretation


●       Data Tables

●       Data charts

●       Bar diagrams

●       Pie charts

●       Graphs

●       Data analysis and comparison

 General Knowledge


General Knowledge


●       Economics, finance,

●       National and International current affairs

●       Conventional GK

●       Constitution of India

●       Company profiles, logos,

●       Business & Economy

●       Who’s who

●       Books & Authors

●       Capitals & Currencies

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The examination pattern for XAT has observed many noticeable changes since XAT 2018. One of the most notable is the shift from the examination being conducted in the pen-paper mode; since 2019, XAT has been a Computer Based Test (CBT), held in the online mode. The exam is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of the VARC, Logical Reasoning section, Decision Making, as well as the QADI section. Part 2 consists of the GK section only.

The updated examination pattern for XAT 2020 has been provided in the table below.

 The section in XAT 2020 Exam Pattern  Number of questions  Overall Time Duration
 Part-1  74 Total MCQs  165 Minutes

Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning




No Sectional Time Limit


Decision Making




No Sectional Time Limit


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation




No Sectional Time Limit

 Part-2  25 Total MCQs  15 Minutes

General Knowledge




Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)

99 180 minutes (3 hours)

Fundamental changes introduced in XAT examination pattern:

  • XAT 2020 is a CBT; it is conducted in the online mode.
  • There are no subjective questions in XAT 2020- all questions are presented in the MCQ format.
  • The essay type question has been removed, reducing the number of sections from five to four.
  • Candidates will get one mark for every right answer. For Section1, .25 is negative marking. Section 2 does not have any negative marking.ec
  • NAT questions will be introduced in XAT 2020. Candidates are required to use the virtual keypad to answer the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • Visually impaired candidates are allotted 25 minutes of extra time to answer the examination.
  • The time duration for XAT 2020 has been reduced to 3 hours, from the previous 3.5 hours.

We hope that this article helps clear out any doubts or confusion that aspiring candidates for XAT 2020 may have had regarding the examination pattern and syllabus for the examination.

All the best!

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