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XAT 2022 Study Plan - One Year Study Plan for XAT

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: February 28, 2021 06:37 pm IST | XAT

When starting preparation for XAT 2022, it is vital for success to have a good study plan that gives you time to study as well as for other activities. Take a look at some of our best tips to make a study plan for XAT 2022 here.

XAT 2022 Study Plan

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2022 will be conducted tentatively in the first week of January 2022. Candidates seeking admission to the management courses offered by XLRI Jamshedpur and more than 100 other XAT 2022 Participating Colleges must begin their XAT 2022 Preparation now to get a good score.

XAT is considered one of the most difficult MBA entrance exams in India and hence requires extensive preparation on all fronts. Not only does it require a lot of dedication, but it is also beneficial to have time at hand and hence starting preparation early can be very helpful to be one of the XAT Toppers. Before starting preparing for XAT 2022, it is important to understand what to expect in the exam by studying the pattern followed in the question paper. Here are some articles to help you out.

XAT 2021 Exam and Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Solutions

What to Expect in XAT 2021?

The first step towards starting XAT 2022 preparing is to have a study plan for the exam, which will help you stay come out on top. In this article, we provide some of the best tips to prepare a one-month study plan for XAT 2022.

XAT 2022 Preparation Dates

Given below is a tentative schedule for XAT 2022 to help you create a plan for preparation.


Tentative Date

Start XAT 2022 Preparation with 1-year Study Plan

January 2021

Start XAT 2022 Preparation with a 6-month Preparation Plan

June 2021

XAT 2022 Registrations Start

2nd week of September 2021

XAT 2022 3-month Study Plan Starts

October 2021

XAT 2022 Registrations Close

2nd week of December 2021

Start 15-day Revision Plan for XAT 2022

2nd week of December 2021

XAT 2022 Exam Date

1st week of January 2022

XAT 2022 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

Having an understanding of the exam pattern of XAT 2022 is essential when preparing for the exam. Check the section-wise break up in the following table.



No. of QuestionsTime
Part 1

Decision Making

21165 minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part 2

General Knowledge

2515 minutes


100180 minutes

XAT 2022 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of XAT 2022 is as follows.

For each Correct Answer

+ 1 mark

For each Incorrect Answer

-0.25 marks

No. of Unanswered Questions Allowed


Negative Marking for Unanswered Question

-0.10 per unanswered question over 8

XAT 2022 Syllabus & Important Topics

Go through the section-wise syllabus of XAT 2022 and take a look at the important topics for each section. Make a plan that can help you cover the complete syllabus for the exam while helping you focus on all of the most important topics. This is also a good time to identify your strong topics from the syllabus and adjust your preparation strategy accordingly. Candidates must note that XLRI does not provide any official syllabus for XAT 2022. However, a syllabus has been compiled based on the XAT Previous Year Question Papers. Check details at the links given below.

XAT 2022 Predicted Question Paper: Important Topics, Weightage

XAT Section-Wise Syllabus - Download PDF Here

XAT 2022 One-Year Study Plan

Planning out the preparation is one key area where many students lack. Check out some of the best tips to prepare a study plan for XAT 2022 listed below.

Start With A Mock Test

It is advisable when starting preparation to start with a Mock Test. Attempt a mock test and carefully analyse your performance including the section-wise time taken, number of correct and incorrect questions, topic-wise accuracy etc. This will provide you with an idea of your current level of knowledge and help you figure out the topics in which you are the strongest, essentially providing a strong foundation on which you can build your preparation strategy.

XAT Mock Test - Official Link Available

Make a Study Plan

After you have given a mock, start preparing your study plan for XAT 2022. Many students often feel confused and anxious at the sound of making a set plan as they feel like it has to be perfect. It doesn't. Even having a rough study plan or time-table would be vastly more beneficial than trying to hit a shot in the dark. Remember that your time table and plan can be edited in the future once you have a better idea of your requirements, which will happen once you start preparing.

Key Points to Note When Making a Study Plan

  • Starting with a rough preparation plan is OK and it even can be more beneficial than wasting your time trying to make it perfect.
  • Make sure you are not overburdening yourself. The sound of studying 12 hours per day might sound nice but it can be extremely taxing in practice. Start slow and build up speed as you go.

  • Leave sufficient time for leisure and relaxation activities in your plan.

  • Break down your preparation time into smaller units and give yourself breaks in between study. Instead of having a continuous 6-hour study session, it is better to break it into 3 2-hour sessions.

Sample XAT 2022 Study Plan

Given below is a sample study plan for XAT 2022.



Decision Making

6 am to 8 am

Verbal and Logical Ability

6 pm to 8 pm

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

9 pm to 11 pm

General Knowledge

Read Newspapers & Magazines

This is a sample plan for candidates with a 6-hour study time every day. Adjust the preparation plan according to your daily schedule. The plan given above, for example, would be a good fit for a candidate who is preparing while maintaining a full-time job. When it comes to General Knowledge, it is better to constantly improve your knowledge of current affairs and subjects, and read about commonly asked topics when you find the time.

Collect Good Study Material

From good books to sample papers, previous year question papers, sample papers and question banks, having good quality study material would go a long way in helping you prepare better. Make sure you find good books after some research and also try to solve at least 2 full-length question papers per week.

XAT Previous Year Question Papers

XAT Sample Papers

Best Books for XAT Preparation

Focus on Covering the Complete Syllabus

In order to get a good score in XAT 2022, it is vital to have knowledge of the complete syllabus. Later on, it can take a shift towards focusing more on your strength and choosing quality over quantity but, when following a one-year study plan, you will have enough time at hand to go over and practise the core concepts of the complete syllabus of XAT 2022.

XAT Score VS Percentile Analysis

Coaching vs Self-Study

One very important decision that a student has to face when starting preparation is whether to join a coaching class or go for self-preparation for home. Keep in mind that joining a good coaching class can certainly improve your score and chances of selection. However, do not do it just for the sake of it. If you have a good plan, studying for XAT 2022 from home is very much possible. Take a look at some of the popular coaching institutes you can consider at the link given below.

Best Coaching Institutes for XAT 2021

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These were some of the best tips and guide to help you prepare a study plan for XAT 2022. If you have any doubts, you can ask them on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. For help regarding admissions, fill the Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877.


What will a XAT 2022 study plan entail?

A XAT 2022 Study Plan includes your preparation strategy for the exam such as the topics you have to cover, dividing the time of preparation between sections, finding out the best time to prepare as per your schedule etc.

How much time is required to prepare for XAT 2022?

The time required to prepare for XAT 2022 will depend on the level of knowledge and requirement of the candidate. Ideally, 6 months to 1 year is sufficient for XAT preparation. For candidates who are already familiar with MBA entrance exams, good preparation and practice can be done in 6 months.

How many hours per day should I study for XAT 2022?

Since, XAT 2022 is a difficult exam, it is recommended to give at least 3 - 6 hours per day with a 1 year study plan. Make sure you find out the time for each section and give breaks in between study time.

How do I prepare a study plan for XAT 2022?

Start with a rough idea of your XAT study plan and write it down. Try to follow it and make adjustments to the timings where it seems necessary.

What are the best tips to prepare a study plan for XAT 2022?

When making a study plan for XAT 2022, make sure you set your target first, ensure that your plan covers the complete syllabus and find time to cover core concepts as well as to practice.


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