XAT 2021 Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaPublished On: November 01, 2020 | XAT

Candidates appearing for the XAT 2021 exam for MBA admissions are advised to check the exam day guidelines and last-minute tips provided here. They can also check the exam pattern and marking scheme of XAT 2021 provided on this page.

XAT Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

XAT is considered as the most important MBA entrance exams after CAT. The exam is conducted every year for admission to the MBA/ PGDM programmes at XLRI Jamshedpur and many other well known B-Schools of India. In 2021, the exam is going to be conducted on January 3rd 2021. The registration process for XAT started on September 12th, 2020 and will continue till November 30, 2020.

Candidates who are appearing for the exam need to work hard in order to crack the exam. They are advised to focus on improving their problem solving and analytical skills. They can check the last minute tips for XAT 2021 provided here. Besides this, important exam day guidelines for XAT exam are also provided here.

Major Last Minute Tips for XAT 2021

Candidates are advised to not to learn any new topic or concept on the exam day. They are further advised to revise all the notes prepared by them as well as shortcut formulas for solving quantitative problems. Section-wise preparation tips for XAT 2021 are provided below. Candidates are advised to go through all the preparation tips of XAT provided below.

Preparation Tips for XAT

Section-wise XAT 2021 Preparation Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • Candidates should try to learn short cut techniques to solve the numerical problems quickly

  • They can check the previous years’ questions papers of XAT to get an idea of what percentage of questions are asked from which section

  • They should note that if they are facing problems in questions from Algebra, Geometry or any other topic in Quant, they should skip the question 

  • Since 28 questions will be asked in this section, candidates should try to answer at least 15-20 to score well in the exam

Also Read: How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

For Verbal and Logical Ability

  • In this section, most of the questions will be asked from Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Para Jumbles, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Completion (multiple blanks)

  • Candidates should focus on improving their vocabulary. This will help them understand the passage easily

  • Candidates are advised to solve the questions from Sentence Completion, Cloze test, Para Jumbles, Vocabulary before solving the Reading Comprehension

  • They can prepare their own strategies to solve the Reading Comprehensions

Also Read: Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT: Strategy and Exam Pattern

For Decision Making

  • This section will contain Behavioral and Mathematical decision-making questions. In behavioural questions, a situation will be described and candidates will have to choose the answer according to the situation described in the passage

  • Candidates are advised to understand the situation carefully before choosing the answer

Also Read:How to Improve English for MBA Exams

For General Knowledge

  • This section is the highest scoring section in CAT exam

  • Candidates are advised to quickly and carefully attempt this section to score well

XAT 2021 Last-Minute Tips

  • Candidates should carry at least two copies of the XAT admit card while going to the exam centre. No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall without the admit card

  • Candidates are advised to visit the examination centre one or two times before the exam so they that they do not face any kind of problem on the exam day

  • Candidates should note that they will not be allowed to carry any other document except the admit card and ID proof inside the examination hall

  • Some of the documents that the candidates will have to carry on the examination day are Driving License, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar and PAN Card

  • Candidates can check the exam centre as well as exam timings from the admit card. Besides this, they should also read the instructions provided on the admit card

Also Read: XAT 2021 Response Sheet - Question Paper, PDF, Download

XAT 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

  • Candidates should reach the exam centre one or two hours before the allotted time. They can check the exam timings from the admit card

  • Since there will be negative marking in the exam, candidates should double-check their answers before choosing the answer

  • Candidates are advised to not to carry any kind of electronic gadgets like mobile phones, digital watches, calculators at the exam centre

  • Candidates should follow the instructions provided by the Invigilator. Apart from this, they should not talk with any other candidate while sitting inside the examination hall

  • They should not roam inside the examination hall unnecessarily

Also Read:CAT 2020 Exam Day Instructions - Check Rules, What to Carry, Other Guidelines

Important Instructions for XAT 2021 Computer Based Examination

  • Candidates will be provided with 5 choices for each question in the examination. They will have to choose one choice that they feel is correct

  • There is no sectional limit in XAT 2021 examination. Candidates can answer questions in any order

  • A timer will be provided on the upper right-hand side of the screen. Candidates can check the timer to know the time left to complete the examination

  • If the candidate is not satisfied with the selected answer, he can click on the 'Erase' button given at the bottom to unmark the answer

  • Candidates can bookmark a question if they wish to review the question. 

Also Read:Tips to Improve GK for MBA Entrance Exams: Best Books and Preparation Tips

Status of Questions in XAT 2021

Check the table provided below to know the status of questions in XAT 2021




Unanswered yet




Answered & Marked for review


Unanswered & Marked for review

Exam Strategy of XAT 2021

Candidates should note that there is no fixed number of questions that the candidates will have to answer to score good percentile in XAT Exam. They should try to solve more than 60% of the questions to score well. They can check the exam pattern of XAT 2021 provided below

XAT Exam Pattern

Total Number of Sections


Name of Sections

Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and General Knowledge

Total Questions


Total Time allotted

180 Minutes

Marking Scheme 

1 Mark for each correct answer and 0.25 (1/4) for each incorrect answer

XAT 2021 admit card will be released on December 21, 2020. Candidates can download the admit card after logging in to the official website of XAT. Those who have any query related to XAT exam can ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. Apart from this, those who need admission related guidance can fill our Common Application Form

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