Previous Year XAT Papers

If you are bracing up for XAT exam, you must go through its previous year papers. Here, you can access XAT question papers of past years.
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The XAT score is a prerequisite for admission into few of the Nation's most prestigious B-Schools like XLRI, SPJIMR, XIMB, LIBA and other 150+ reputed management institutes of India. XAT 2023 is to be held in the month of January. Considered as one of the toughest MBA entrance examinations in the country, XAT can only be aced with proper preparation and a well-practised exam strategy.
XAT Previous year Papers
Previous year papers serve as a great source for gauging the level of difficulty and types of questions in XAT. To assist you in preparation, our experts have compiled the actual XAT papers in this eBook. Download this eBook and solve the past year XAT papers to get a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses.
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XAT Exam Pattern - Over the Years
Over the last couple of years, there has been several variations in the number and type of questions in XAT. From 2019 to 2021, XAT has not featured the essay-writing section. However, from 2022, it was reintroduced. Following is a comprehensive view of the number of questions in various sections of XAT in the past couple of years:
Sections 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
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Time
(min)
No. of
Ques.
Time
(min)
No. of
Ques.
Time
(min)
No. of
Ques.
Time
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No. of
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No. of
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Time
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Verbal &
Logical Ability
26 165 26 165 26 165 26 165 26 170 24 170
Decision
Making
21 21 21 21 21 21
Quantitative
Ability & DI
28 28 28 27 27 27
General
Knowledge
25 25 25 15 25 15 25 15 25 40 25 35
Essay 1 - - - 1 1
In order to score well in XAT, it is essential that the candidates take as many mock tests as possible and also solve the previous years' XAT question papers.
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Why to practice Previous Year Papers?
Solving previous year XAT papers is an important practice as it will help you to monitor your progress and improve your weak points. Given below are some prominent benefits of attempting the past year papers of XAT:
  • Previous Year Papers familiarize you with all the sections of the exam. The pattern of the exam is clearly identifiable in the actual papers.
  • An in-depth knowledge about different topics and the level of difficulty of the questions can be easily measured and practiced from these papers.
  • You can easily identify your strong and weak areas by analyzing your performance in the previous papers.
  • Time management and accuracy matters the most to score well in XAT exam. By solving past papers, you get to strategize for different types of questions and distribute time among different sections.
Tips for Solving XAT Question Papers
  • Try completing each section within a particular time restraint. You can set these limits for yourself as per your proficiencies in different areas.
  • Aim to achieve a good balance of speed and accuracy in the test.
  • Avoid too much guesswork or getting stuck on specific questions for too long.
  • Stay confident while attempting questions and keep a check on time.
Lastly, donot take the previous year papers as the exact replica of the upcoming exam. In other words, keep your mind open for a few changes in pattern. As Jeffrey R. Holland remarked, “The past is to be learned from but not lived in.”
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