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What to Expect in XAT 2022?

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: January 03, 2022 11:35 am IST | XAT

XAT 2022 was conducted on January 2, 2022. Candidates who are appearing for the exam can check the expected questions and difficulty level of XAT 2022 in this article.

What to Expect in XAT 2022?

The XAT 2022 exam was held on January 2, 2022. The admit card of XAT 2022 was released on December 24, 2021. Candidates who are appearing for the exam should focus on solving the previous years’ questions papers and the mock test papers of XAT 2022.

There has been no change in the XAT 2022 exam pattern from last year. XAT 2022 will be a computer-based online exam with a total of 100 questions. There will be 4 sections in the exam. The total duration of the examination will be 180 minutes and there will not be any sectional limit.

In this article, we have provided the expected difficulty level of the XAT 2022 exam as well as the important strategies that you should follow to ace the XAT 2022 examination.

Highlights of XAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The question paper of XAT 2022 will be divided into two parts. The first part will be further divided into three sections namely Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. The second part will cover GK questions. It should be noted that the scores of Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation will be considered for calculating the percentile. The table provided below will help you know the sectional weightage of XAT 2022.

PartSectionNo. of QuestionsTotal No. of QuestionsDuration
Part 1Verbal and Logical Ability2675165 minutes
Decision Making21
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation28
Part 2General Knowledge252515 minutes

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Expected Question Paper of XAT 2022

This year, candidates can expect a higher number of questions from Arithmetic and Geometry in the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation Analysis section. The Decision-Making section will cover 4-5 sets of high difficulty. We have provided the expected number of questions from the major topics of XAT 2022 in the table below. The table is prepared on the basis of the past year's trends and difficulty level.



No of Questions (Expected)

Expected Difficulty Level

Verbal and Logical Ability Section Analysis

Reading Comprehension



Critical Reasoning



Para Jumbles



Fill in the blanks



Decision Making

Decision Making Sets



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation







DI Sets



Modern Maths



Number System/ Arithmetic



General Knowledge

National Events/ Sports/ Geography/ Current Affairs



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Expected Difficulty of XAT 2022

The difficulty level of the XAT 2022 is expected to be moderately difficult. Candidates can expect the difficulty level of the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section higher than the other two sections. GK section will cover questions from National Events, Sports, Geography and Current Affairs. Candidates are advised to answer the questions carefully since there will be a negative marking of 0.25. Besides this, if the total number of unattempted questions are higher than 8 then there will be a deduction of 0.10 marks for every unattempted question. The table below shows the expected difficulty level of all the sections of XAT 2022.


Difficulty Level

Verbal and Logical Ability Section Analysis


Decision Making


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


General Knowledge


Preparation Guide to Ace XAT 2022 Question Paper

Since the difficulty level of the XAT 2022 is comparatively higher than other MBA entrance exams, good preparation is required to clear the exam. Some of the preparation strategies for XAT 2022 are listed below.

  • You should revise the maximum number of mock test papers to get familiar with the exam structure and marking scheme

  • You should go through the previous years’ question papers of XAT 2022 to get an idea about the difficulty level of the exam

  • You should check the XAT preparation strategies provided by the experts to know tips to score 99 percentile in the XAT exam

  • You should refer to the XAT preparation books suggested by the previous years’ toppers. You can also download the notes provided by them

  • You should solve the maximum number of questions from some of the important topics of the exam such as Critical Reasoning, Arithmetic, Geometry and Modern Maths

  • In order to perform well in the Decision-Making section, you should try to solve the maximum number of XAT sample papers.

Colleges Accepting XAT 2022 Score and Expected Cutoff

The cutoff of XAT 2022 will be released once the result of XAT 2022 is out. The table provided below will help you know the expected cutoff of some of the participating colleges of XAT 2022


XAT Cutoff Percentile(Expected)

XIM Bhubaneswar


XLRI Jamshedpur




IIHMR University, Jaipur


ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad


Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai


International Institute of Business Studies, Bangalore


Amity University, Mumbai


BIMTECH Greater Noida


XIME Bangalore


You are advised to read the XAT 2022 Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines before going to the exam centre. Besides this, you are advised to take a printout of the admit card at least two days before the exam day. If you have any queries related to the XAT 2022 exam, you can ask it on the Collegedekho QnA Zone. For admission-related assistance, fill our Common Application Form

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Is there any specific order in which one has to answer questions in XAT 2021 exam?

You can answer the questions in any order. Besides this, there will not be any sectional limit so you can attempt any section first.

What are the preparation strategies for XAT 2021?

You are advised to check the exam pattern to know the marking scheme and exam structure. Besides this, you are advised to solve at least 4-5 questions from each topic of the exam

What will be the difficulty level of the Decision Making in XAT 2021?

Decision Making section is expected to be moderately difficult. You are advised to solve maximum number of mock test papers to practise this section

What is the difficulty level of XAT?

The difficult level of XAT 2021 is high in comparison to other MBA entrance exams. A good preparation strategy is required to clear the exam

How many questions will be asked from Geometry in XAT 2021?

There is no surety about the total number of questions from Geometry in XAT 2021. However, you can expect at least 7-8 questions from this topic in the exam.


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