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XAT 2022 Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines- COVID-19 Guidelines, Rules, What to Carry

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: October 24, 2021 | XAT

Candidates appearing for the XAT 2022 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 2022 provided on this page.

XAT Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

XAT is one of 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.

XAT 2022 will be conducted on January 2, 2022. Registrations for XAT 2022 are open from August 10 to November 30, 2021. 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.

These last-minute tips for XAT 2022 will help the candidates give their best performance in the exam. Besides this, important exam day guidelines for XAT and the safety guidelines for COVID-19 are also provided here.

These are some of the best last-minute tips that will help you stay free from worry during the XAT 2022 exam.

  • 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 Response Sheet - Question Paper, PDF, Download

XAT 2022 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 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.

Documents to Carry to the XAT 2022 Test Centre

Candidates should carry some of the documents provided below while going to the exam centre

Things to carry on XAT Exam Day

What To Carry

What Not to Carry
  • XAT Admit Card
  • ID Proof
  • PwD Certificate
  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (50ml bottle)
  • Transparent Water Bottle
  • Simple Pen
  • Mobile Phone
  • Jewellery
  • Notes and Books
  • Electronic Gadgets
  • Calculator
  • Handbag
  • Jacket
  • Papers

XAT 2022 COVID-19 Instructions

Candidates appearing for XAT must follow the following safety guidelines for COVID-19 during XAT 2022.

  • Candidates must maintain social distancing starting from point of entry in the exam centre till the time of exit from the XAT exam centre.

  • Candidate must bring their own mask, personal hand sanitizer (50ml), gloves, transparent water bottle, a simple pen. Besides this, they should also bring their XAT 2022 Admit Card and one ID Proof. No other items will be permitted inside the exam venue.

  • A Candidate must have Aarogya Setu App installed on his mobile phone. The Aarogya Setu dashboard must show the candidate’s risk factor. A candidate will have to show this dashboard to the Security Guard at the entry into the exam venue (MANDATORY). In case, a candidate does not have a smartphone, he will have to bring in a signed declaration to this effect and show the same to the Security Guard at the entry for the exam centre. The declaration is provided along with this Admit Card.

  • Candidates showing COVID symptoms WILL NOT be allowed to enter into the exam centre.

  • The entry to the candidates will be given as per the time slot given in the Hall ticket to maintain social distancing at the centre. Candidates can also check their exam centre and timing from the admit card. 

  • The temperature of the candidates will be checked at the entry to the exam venue via a Thermo Gun. Only those candidates whose temperature is normal will be allowed inside the exam centre.

  • Mapping of ‘XAT ID as well as the Lab Number’ will NOT be displayed outside the exam centre, but the same will be provided to the candidates individually at the time of the entry and post their Admit Card & ID verification.

  • Candidates need to follow directions provided by the representatives & stand in the circles drawn at the entry points.

  • Candidates will be under CCTV coverage throughout the exam.

  • At the registration desk, the candidate will be directed to sanitize his hands using provided sanitizer. The photograph will be captured during the registration process.

  • The candidate is required to report at the exam venue strictly as per the time slot mentioned in the admit card. The time slot will also be informed to the candidate via SMS on his registered mobile number prior to the exam date. It is expected that the candidates should strictly adhere to this time slot – as entry into the test centre will be provided based upon the individual’s time slot ONLY.

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

Important Instructions for XAT 2022 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 2022 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 2022

Check the table provided below to know the status of questions in XAT 2022.








Answered & Marked for review


Unanswered & Marked for review

Exam Strategy of XAT 2022

Candidates should note that there is no fixed number of questions that the candidates will have to answer to score a good percentile in the XAT Exam. They should try to solve more than 60% of the questions to score well. They can check the exam pattern of XAT 2022 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
-0.10 for every answered question after 8

Last-Minute Preparation Tips for XAT 2022

Candidates are advised 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 the shortcut formulas for solving quantitative problems. Section-wise preparation tips for XAT 2022 are provided below. Candidates are advised to go through all the preparation tips for XAT provided below.

Preparation Tips for XAT

Section-wise XAT 2022 Preparation Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

Here are some of the best tips that every candidate should follow during the final days of XAT preparation. These will help you improve your score and make the most of the time available.

XAT 2022 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Last Minute Tips

Check out the following last-minute tips for the Quant section in XAT 2022.

  • Candidates should try to learn shortcut techniques to solve 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

XAT 2022 Verbal and Logical Ability Last Minute Tips

Go through these important last-minute tips to improve your Verbal score in XAT 2022.

  • 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

XAT 2022 Decision Making Last Minute Tips

Decision Making is a section unique to XAT 2022. The following tips will help you do your best in this section.

  • 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

XAT 2022 For General Knowledge Last Minute Tips

Here are some last-minute tips to help you do your best in the General Knowledge section of XAT.

  • This section is the highest scoring section in the CAT exam.

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

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