XAT 2020 Syllabus, Overview, XAT Exam Pattern

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XAT 2020 Syllabus, Overview, XAT Exam Pattern

XAT 2020 exam syllabus is vital when it comes to cracking the entrance test. The official date of the XAT Exam is 5th January 2020. So, it is mandatory for the XAT aspirants to get aware with the XAT exam syllabus to nail the exam. Find out the detailed XAT 2020 exam syllabus.

The syllabus of XAT 2020 exam is vital for any test taker who wants to crack the XAT exam. XLRI Jamshedpur does not officially release the XAT exam syllabus, therefore an estimated XAT 2020 syllabus has been provided here by our experts for XAT exam aspirants. According to the XAT 2020 syllabus, the exam is divided into four sections namely Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and General Knowledge. With just few weeks left for the XAT 2020 exam, candidates are advised to make the most of their preparation. XAT 2020 will be held on January 5th 2020 and the XAT 2020 admit card will be available anytime soon from today onwards.

Here in this article, we bring to you a comprehensive XAT 2020 syllabus considering previous year's trend. Candidates are recommended to go through the XAT syllabus for reference purpose.

  • XAT Syllabus 2020 for Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI): There are 15 topics of 27 marks. The difficulty level of this section is considered always high. An accuracy of 70% is considered good.
  • XAT Syllabus 2020 for Verbal & Logical Ability (VA & LR): There are 7 important topics and the section can have moderate-high difficulty level questions. About 26 questions are expected this year.
  • XAT Syllabus 2020 for Decision Making (DM): 22 questions are expected from this section. 
  • XAT 2020 GK Syllabus: The section always has a moderate difficulty level as questions. 

XAT Syllabus 2020: Overview


Important topics


Verbal and Logical Ability

Reading comprehension and vocabulary, analogy based on vocabulary, para Jumble, grammar, critical reasoning and inference, para completion, etc.


Decision Making

Decision making, analogy, seating arrangement, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, etc.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Tables and caselets, percentage, surds and indices, algebra, mensuration, bar diagrams, pie charts, etc.


General Knowledge

Science, economy, business, politics, static GK, sports, prize and award, world, government, constitution of India, etc.

Section wise XAT Syllabus 2020

XAT Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

Topics to study in Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI) section:


Tables and Caselets

Linear and Quadratics Equations

Profit and Loss


Surds and Indices

Ratio and Proportion

Critical Path



Averages and Partnerships


Time and Work

Alligations and Mixtures


Time, Speed and Distance




Simple and Compound Interest


Pure Mathematics

Venn Diagram


Data Tables

Data charts

Bar diagrams


Pie charts

Data analysis


XAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability

Topics to study in Verbal Ability section:

Reading Comprehension


Fill in the blanks

Jumbled Paragraphs

Correction of errors in sentence

Contextual usage of vocabulary


Word usage


Sentence completion

Paragraph completion In Reading Comprehension section, passages will be from literature, socio-economic essays, science and culture and abstract topics.


XAT Syllabus: Decision Making

Topics to study in Decision Making section:

Analytical Reasoning


Logical Reasoning

Data Arrangement

Conditions and grouping



Decision making




XAT Syllabus: General Knowledge

Topics to study in General Knowledge section:

Awards and winners

Static GK

History and Geography

Business and Politics


Constitution of India

Government  and Economy

Current Affairs

World Events


XAT Exam Pattern 2020: Highlights

Exam Structure


Number of sections included

4 (Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge)

Duration of exam

180 minutes

Number of questions


XAT Exam Total Marks


Language of paper


Number of answer choices


Mode of examination


XAT Marking scheme

+1 marks for correct answer, (– 0.25) mark for incorrect answer.

0.5 marks will get deducted for more than 8 un-attempted questions.

No negative marking in GK section



Section Wise XAT Exam Pattern


Number of Questions

Total Marks

Decision Making



Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



General Knowledge







XAT Marking Scheme

XAT 2020 will have negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. And there’ll be deduction of 0.5 marks for more than 8 un-attempted questions. There will be no negative marking in General Knowledge section, but the scores of this section won’t be considered while calculation XAT score.

Check the table below to understand XAT 2020 marking scheme:

Right answer


Wrong answer


more than 8 unanswered questions



Important Points about XAT Exam Pattern 2020

  • There is no sectional time limit, so the candidate will be able to apply their own strategy to solve the question paper.
  • The candidates will be allowed to move back and forth between questions.
  • XAT 2020 General Knowledge section will be dominated by current affairs and news from the business and political world, with around seven questions related to international political crisis. Some questions will be of conventional GK, including personalities, events, history, awards, science, etc. 
  • Do not carry any stationary things, bags, handbags, paper, printed (or composed material), mobile phone, ear phone, microphone, pager, calculator, camera, recorder or any such electronic thing along with you inside the exam hall.
  • Inside the exam hall, candidates must sit at the computer system assigned to them. If found sitting elsewhere they will be disqualified.
  • Don't forget to carry two copies of XAT admit card and one of your photo IDs issued by the Government of India to the examination center.
  • Reach your respective XAT 2020 exam center at least an hour before the reporting time.

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