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XAT 2023 Last-Minute Tips & Exam Day Guidelines

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: January 08, 2023 01:53 pm IST | XAT

XAT 2023 will be conducted on January 8, 2023, for MBA admissions in XAMI and other B-Schools. Check the exam day guidelines and last-minute tips for XAT 2023.

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XAT Last-Minute Tips and Exam Day Guidelines

XAT is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur every year for admission to the MBA/PGDM programmes at XLRI Associate Management Institutes and other B-Schools accepting XAT scores. Students seeking admission in XAT participating colleges start their preparations months before the exam to ensure they crack it successfully. From joining the best coaching institutes to studying from the best study materials and taking regular mock tests, they do everything that can help them qualify for the exam.

XAT Question Paper 2023

However, sometimes, all the efforts and preparation come to nought when candidates miss paying attention to exam guidelines and rules. While some forget to take the hard copy of the admit card, some carry prohibited items with them to the exam hall that cause them trouble. If you want to have a smooth exam experience, make sure you get aware of all the crucial XAT 2023 exam guidelines, rules, and last-minute tips listed in this article.

These are some of the best last-minute tips that will help you stay free from worry during the XAT 2023 exam.

  • Carry at least two copies of the XAT 2023 Admit Card while going to the exam centre. No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall without the admit card.

  • Visit the examination centre one or two times before the exam so that you do not face any kind of problem on 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 a 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: What to Do 1 Week Before XAT 2023 Exam

XAT 2023 Exam Day Guidelines

Given below are XAT 2023 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 markings 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, or 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 2023 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

Also ReadWhat is a Good Score in XAT 2023?

Important Instructions for XAT 2023 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 2023 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: What to Expect in XAT 2023?

Status of Questions in XAT 2023

Check the table provided below to know the status of questions in XAT 2023:








Answered & Marked for review


Unanswered & Marked for review

Exam Strategy of XAT 2023

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 2023 provided below

XAT Exam Pattern

Total Number of Sections


Name of Sections

  • Decision Making
  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge

Total Questions


Total Time allotted

180 Minutes

Marking Scheme 

  • 1 Mark for each correct answer
  • -0.25 (1/4) for each incorrect answer
  • -0.10 for 8 consecutive unattempted questions

Also ReadXAT 2023 Predicted Question Paper: Important Topics, Weightage

XAT 2023 Last-Minute Preparation Tips

Candidates are advised not to learn any new topic or concept on 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 XAT 2023 preparation tips are provided below. Candidates are advised to go through all the preparation tips for XAT provided below.

Preparation Tips for XAT

Section-wise XAT 2023 Last-Minute 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 2023 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Last-Minute Tips

Check out the following last-minute tips for the Quant section in XAT 2023.

  • 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 ReadStrategy for Quantitative & Data Interpretation Section in XAT 2023

XAT 2023 Verbal and Logical Ability Last-Minute Tips

Go through these important last-minute tips to improve your Verbal score in XAT 2023.

  • In this section, most of the questions will be asked about 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, and Vocabulary before solving the Reading Comprehension

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

XAT 2023 Decision Making Last Minute Tips

Decision Making is a section unique to XAT 2023. 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 2023 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.
Candidates who have any queries related to the XAT exam can ask questions on the Q&A zone. Apart from this, those who need admission-related guidance can fill out our Common Application Form.

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What are some XAT 2023 last-minute tips?

XAT 2023 last-minute tips include:

1. Getting the hard copies of the XAT admit card ready.
2. Locating the address of the XAT exam center.
3. Checking the ID proof to be carried at the exam center.
4. Checking the reporting time to avoid any delays.
5. Keeping calm and focusing on the exam.

How to solve XAT question paper?

Here are some strategies to solve the XAT question paper:

1. Students should first focus on solving easy questions which take lesser time and then move to the longer questions
2. Then focus on that section where you feel you will find it difficult to clear the cutoffs.
3. Lastly, focus on questions where you can maximize your scores.
4. Ensure that you balance time on both sectional cutoffs and overall scores.
5. Don’t waste too much time on intelligent guessing.

How to prepare for the XAT exam?

To prepare for the XAT exam, candidates must keep the following points in India:

1. Analyze your strong areas and weak areas so that you know where you need to improve.
2. Solve numerical problems as many as you can and brush up your mathematical skills.
3. Read every day to increase your reading speed and get familiar with the new words.
4. Read newspapers and magazines to stay updated with current affairs.
5. Study from the best books and materials provided by the coaching institutes.

How can I prepare for XAT in the last month?

To prepare for XAT in the last month, candidates can follow the given tips:

1. Take as many mock tests as you can and aim for a 90 percentile.
2. Analyze your test scores to check your stronger and weaker areas.
3. Revise important topics you don’t feel much confident about.
4. Brush up your basics to ensure you’re prepared for every type of question.
5. Focus on improving your vocabulary and grammar skills.

What are the best study materials for XAT preparation?

The best study materials for XAT preparation are listed below:

1. XAT exam Syllabus to know important topics from all sections
2. Question papers from previous years to know what to expect in the exam.
3. Newspapers like Business Today or Financial Express.
4. Study materials from coaching institutes like TIME, IMS, and Career Launcher.

What are some good books for XAT preparation?

Listed below are some goods for XAT preparation that candidates must study from:

  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation - Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal
  • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh 
  • Decision Making - Analytical and Logical Reasoning by Arihant Publications
  • General Knowledge - General Knowledge 2023 by Manohar Pandey
  • Essay - Mastering Essay & Answer Writing - Disha Experts

What not to carry to the XAT exam hall?

Below is the list of things that are not allowed to carry to the XAT exam hall:

1. Any electronic items (Mobile phones, iPad, calculators, etc.)
2. Bluetooth devices (watch, earphones, etc.)
3. No documents other than admit card and ID proof
4. Any stationary item other than a pen
5. Don’t wear jewelry or a jacket
6. No eatables are allowed inside the exam hall

What is the best way to prepare for XAT at home?

The best ways to prepare for XAT at home are the following:

1. Take official XAT mock tests available on the website.
2. Taking mock tests helps you know your preparation level.
3. Get a stronghold of the basic concepts.
4. Buy study materials provided by top coaching institutes.
5. Study the best books for XAT preparation.

How do I get 95 percentile on XAT 2023?

To get 95 percentile on XAT 2023, students have to score around 34 marks. It is not difficult to score a 95 percentile if a candidate puts continuous efforts into the preparation and solves the question paper with focus and proper strategy.

What are the documents to carry to the XAT exam hall?

Here are the necessary documents to carry to the XAT exam hall:
1. Admit Card
2. ID Proof issued by the Government of India (PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID, Passport, etc.)
3. Candidates belonging to the PwD category have to bring the necessary medical certificates
4. No books or notebooks are allowed in the exam hall

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