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XAT Previous Year Question papers with solutions are given below. XAT Previous Year Question papers are the most important XAT exam preparation tool. These XAT Previous Years (Past) Solved Question Papers are brought to you by MBAUniverse.com. XLRI is releasing XAT papers every year.  You can attempt or download free XAT Previous Year Question Papers Pdf with Answers below:

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  • XAT 2018 Question Paper
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  • XAT 2015 Question Paper
  • XAT 2014 Question Paper
  • XAT 2013 Question Paper
  • XAT 2012 Question Paper
  • XAT 2011 Question Paper

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Table of Contents

  1. How Important are XAT Previous Year Papers
  2. Take XAT Previous Year Question Papers
  3. How to Attempt XAT Previous Papers? Guidelines
  4. Download XAT Previous Year Question Papers Pdf with Answers
  5. XAT Previous Year Question Papers Book
  6. Official XAT Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions
  7. How to Prepare and use XAT Previous Question papers
  8. Actual XAT Questions from the Exam

1. How Important are XAT Previous Year Papers

XAT Previous Year Question Papers are the best guide to know the exact XAT exam & question pattern. By attempting more and more XAT Previous Years (Past) Solved Question Papers, your XAT preparation comes to a final stage and you are well aware about the topics and question pattern according to which you should approach the test paper on XAT exam day. 

Toppers’ Tips
 
“I believe actual papers helped me lot more. As mocks are not able to match the real exam. I attempted about 7-8 past year papers”
  Harsh Gupta, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“I Practiced the verbal and DM sections from the previous 10 years papers”
Tanish Jain, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“I attempted 2-3 past year papers. To prepare for DM, my recommendation would be to practise previous year papers, as many times as you want”
Nandagopal V, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

2. Take XAT Previous Year Question Papers

XAT Previous years question papers are shared below. These XAT Previous Year Papers with solutions can be used as guide for XAT exam paper 2025

XAT Previous Year Question Paper-1

  • Difficulty level of this paper is Moderate to High
  • This Test is full length as per XAT pattern
  • Total Time available is 3 hours
  • After completion of the Test, you can check your score

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XAT Previous Year Question Paper-2

  • Difficulty level of this XAT paper is Moderate to High
  • This is full length paper as per XAT pattern
  • Total Time available is 3 hours
  • After completion of the Test, you can check your score

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XAT Previous Year Question Paper-3

  • Difficulty level of this Paper is Moderate to High
  • This Test is full length as per XAT pattern
  • Total Time available is 3 hours
  • After completion of the Test, you can check your score

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XAT Previous Year Question Paper-4

  • Difficulty level of this paper is Higher than other tests
  • This Test is full length as per XAT pattern
  • Total Time available is 3 hours
  • After completion of the Test, you can check your score

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XAT Previous Year Question Paper-5

  • Difficulty level of this paper is High
  • This Test is full length as per XAT pattern
  • Total Time available is 3 hours
  • After completion of the Test, you can check your score

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3. How to Attempt XAT Previous Papers? Guidelines

  • In your own interest, it is advised not to use any calculator or any other gadget.
  • Treat each XAT previous test paper as the real XAT exam for MBA entrance
  • After completing the XAT previous year papers, check and analyse your mistakes. Assess your performance with the help of solutions and answer keys how many attempted answers are correct.  
  • It is suggested to attempt the entire XAT practice papers and then check the answers & solutions.
  • Analyse your mistakes and improve upon them.
  • Take the XAT Question paper again and assess yourself.
  • The XAT Previous Test papers and solutions to it are provided to help and improve the pace of your preparation free of cost.
  • Neither the Test nor its answers & solutions are to be put for any commercial use. 

4. Download XAT Previous Year Question Papers Pdf with Answers

You can also download XAT Question papers PDF free with answers. If not, you can solve the XAT Question paper PDF at MBAUniverse.com

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5. XAT Previous Year Question Papers Book

XAT Previous Year Question Papers Book with year wise XAT Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions has been released by top XAT preparation experts like Arun Sharma and published by McGrawHill. The kindle and paper back editions of XAT previous Year Question Papers Book along with XAT previous Year Question Papers PDF with answers are available at Amazon. You can also prepare your own XAT previous year question papers book free by downloading the XAT previous year question papers with answers from MBAUniverse.com

6. Official XAT Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions

XLRI has now started to officially release the XAT Previous Year Papers with Solutions immediately after the XAT exam. XLRI releases the actual XAT Previous Year Papers with solutions only for actual XAT test takers immediately after the XAT exam to enable them to raise objection, if any, in regard to XAT solutions.

6.1 Previous Year Question Papers for XAT:  3 Types of XAT Question papers

There are three types of XAT question papers released by XLRI to help the XAT exam takers to prepare as per the XAT Previous Question Papers. While the XAT Previous Year Papers with Solutions are released after the exam, the XAT Previous Question Papers Pdf without solutions are released with the start of XAT application by XLRI. All these three types of XAT question papers have following key differences:

6.2 XAT Previous Question Papers: (Release Date-July/August) Serve as XAT  Pattern of Paper 

Although the XAT previous year papers for last four years released by XLRI are not with solutions, these XAT Previous Year Papers are the best guide to know exact XAT exam pattern and type of expected questions, number of answer options among others. These XAT previous year questions papers can be used also for practice purpose to assess your preparation level. All these XAT Previous Year Papers are full length and are a good source of XAT exam preparation as they are made available four months before the XAT exam date.

6.3 XAT Question Paper with Answers: (Release Date-Post XAT exam date)

These XAT Previous Year Papers with solutions are released immediately after the XAT exam is over. Only those candidates who have appeared in XAT exam can have access to this XAT question paper after 2-3 days from the date of Exam. After that it will be closed. In case of any objection to the XAT question paper or answers, it should be raised within stipulated time limit. Once you submit the objection for the XAT question paper, it will be closed for you and will not open again for the particular candidate.

 

If you are interested to refer to the XAT question paper 2025 and answers in future, you should keep with you the actual XAT paper after downloading from xatonline.in

Release of XAT Question Paper 2025: Key Changes 

XLRI will conduct the full length Mock for XAT exam 2025 in November 2024. It reflects the actual XAT 2025 exam pattern. Key changes in XAT Test Paper 2025 are:

  • XAT question paper 2025 will have two parts with 3 sections in part-1 and 2 sections on GK & Essay Writing in part-2
  • Candidate will be allowed to go to Part 2 in XAT question paper after completing the time duration of Part 1
  • Total Questions will be 101-102 in XAT question paper 2025
  • Part 1 of XAT 2025 exam will have time duration of 175 minutes
  • There are 3 sections in part 1 of XAT question paper 2025 with a total of 75 questions. The sections are Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (26 questions); Decision Making (21 questions); Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation (28 questions)
  • Part 2 of XAT test paper 2025 will have time duration of 35 minutes with 25 GK questions & 1 Essay writing question
  • Negative marking for every wrong answer is 0.25 Mark
  • No Negative Marking for General Knowledge & Essay Writing section in Part 2 of XAT question paper 2025 

7. How to Prepare and use XAT Previous Question papers

XAT question paper with solution PDF is great help for XAT 2025 test takers to know the exact XAT question paper, its topics and composition. With the XAT Previous Years Solved Question Papers, it has become possible also to understand how to approach XAT questions. You can assess your XAT 2025 preparation with the XAT previous papers and make changes in your XAT 2025 preparation strategy as per the XAT question paper pattern. 

8. Actual XAT Questions from the Exam

To help you understand the different type of questions in XAT exam pattern, shared below are the actual XAT questions from all the sections, as appeared in XAT exam: 

VA Questions in XAT with Answers
 
Q.1 Read the following statement carefully. ___________like a fake can be a sign of___________, and clinging too tightly to what feels like one’s authentic self can ________that growth. Fill in the blanks meaningfully, in the above statement, from the following options. A    acting, progress, enhance B    feeling, growth, hinder C    behaving, improvement, support D    performing, stupidity, change E    operating, smartness, increase
 
Q.2 Read the following statements and answer the question that follows:
A. Back then, they were owned by companies and installed on their premises.
B. Rooms and servers began to replace computer mainframes in the 1990’s.
C. These were supplemented by processors from Intel, which by the mid-2000s translated its dominance of PC semiconductors into a near monopoly of the server market.
D. They mostly ran on chips made by IBM and HP, the big tech of the day.
E. Things started to change once again around a decade ago, when Amazon began selling some of its spare server capacity.
 
Which of the following combinations is the MOST logically ordered
A    A, B, C, D, E
B    E, A, D, C, B
C    B, A, D, C, E
D    E, D, C, B, A
E    B, E, C, D, A
 
Correct Answers:
Q.1 B
Q.2 C
 
LR Questions in XAT with Answers
Q.3 Read the following passage and answer the question that follows:
How do we choose one discovery over any other? The physician Lewis Thomas made a choice. He bluntly asserts: “The greatest of all the accomplishments of 20th-century science has been the discovery of human ignorance.” The science writer Timothy Ferris agrees: “Our ignorance, of course, has always been with us, and always will be. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” It is an odd, unsettling thought that the culmination of our greatest century of discovery should be the confirmation of our ignorance. How did such a thing come about?
 
Which of the following statements can be BEST concluded from the above passage?
A    Humans know more when they know they know very little
B    Humans became scientists when they realized that they were ignorant.
C    Humans progressed because they knew that they knew very little.
D    The realization that humans are ignorant led them to invent new things.
E    That they do not know enough make humans seek to know more.
Correct Answer: E
 
RC Questions in XAT with Answers
Q. 4 & 5: Read the following passage and answer the TWO questions that follow:
But as the behavioral economists like to remind us, we are already prone to all sorts of reductions as a species. It’s not just the scientists. We compress complex reality down into abbreviated heuristics that often work beautifully in everyday life for high-frequency, low-significance decisions. Because we are an unusually clever and self-reflective species, we long ago realized that we needed help overcoming those reductive instincts when it really matters. And so we invented a tool called storytelling. At first, some of our stories were even more reductive than the sciences would prove to be: allegories and parables and morality plays that compressed the flux of real life down to archetypal moral messages. But over time the stories grew more adept at describing the true complexity of lived experience, the whorls and the threadlike pressures. One of the crowning achievements of that growth is the realist novel. That, of course, is the latent implication of Prince Andrei’s question: “innumerable conditions made meaningful only in unpredictable moments” would fare well as a description of both War and Peace and Middlemarch, arguably the two totemic works in the realist canon. What gives the novel the grain of truth lies precisely in the way it doesn’t quite run along the expected grooves, the way it dramatizes all the forces and unpredictable variables that shape the choices humans confront at the most meaningful moments of their lives. When we read those novels—or similarly rich biographies of historical figures—we are not just entertaining ourselves; we are also rehearsing for our own real-world experiences….
 
Q4. Which of the following is the BEST interpretation regarding reductive instincts?
A. Reductive instincts tell us to reduce every situation to a heuristic.
B. After the invention of storytelling, humans have overcome their reductive instincts.
C. Reductive instincts can help us in handling uncertainty
D. Reductive instincts have to be overcome for survival in the real world
E. Reductive instincts led to compression of complex reality to moral messages.
 
Q.5. Why would a realist novel consist of “innumerable conditions made meaningful only in unpredictable moments?”
A. To keep the reader engaged till the end of the novel.
B. To bring in as much content as possible without making it seem forced.
C. To showcase unexpected complexity while making it seem relevant in the given context.
D. To show to the reader that realist novel does not work on expected lines.
E. To engage the reader with realism and fantasy at the same time
Correct Answers
Q.4: E
Q.5: C

 

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 DM Questions in XAT with Answers

Q.1 to 3: Read the following scenario and answer the THREE questions that follow:
 
Mr. Singh lived in a sprawling housing society. He employed two part-time domestic helps, Vimla and Sharda. Vimla was responsible for cleaning and dusting, while Sharda took care of cooking. Once Sharda fell ill and consequently took leave for three days. When Sharda returned to work, she learned that Mr. Singh’s gold ring, a gift from his mother, was missing. Suspecting theft, Mr. Singh had terminated Vimla. Mr. Singh asked Sharda to take additional responsibility of cleaning the house, along with an offer to double her salary. Sharda accepted the offer as her previous two jobs were lost due to frequent health-related absences. She was struggling to make ends meet; this offer would go a long way to help her.
 
Next day, while cleaning under the dressing table, Sharda found the gold ring. Overjoyed, Mr. Singh expressed his gratitude by presenting Sharda a reward of one thousand rupees! However, he made no mention of reinstating Vimla.
 
Q.1. Sharda was contemplating whether she should inform Vimla that she found Mr. Singh’s ring. Which of the following considerations will BEST dissuade Sharda in sharing the information about the ring with Vimla?
 
A    Mr. Singh will probably terminate Sharda if he gets to know that she has revealed this information. B    Had Vimla done her job properly, she would have found the ring and avoided this incident.
C    Vimla already knows she has not stolen anything, so telling her will not give her any new information.
D     Sharda is not keeping well, and Mr. Singh warned her that her frequent absences could lead to her termination.
E    Whenever Sharda was absent, Vimla used to help her by taking over her responsibilities. XAT Preparation Tips
 
Q.2. Two months passed, and owing to Sharda’s improved health and dedication, Sharda started working in three more houses. However, Vimla was dismissed from her jobs in two more houses primarily due to the ring incident. News of the discovery of the lost ring had not become public, and Sharda wanted to help Vimla. Sharda is contemplating over possible actions. Which of the following actions, by Sharda, will BEST help Vimla?
 
A    Confront Mr. Singh about concealing the discovery of the lost ring from the housing society residents.
B     Inform Vimla that the ring has been found and advise her to demand compensation from Mr. Singh for tarnishing her image.
C    Inform as many domestic helps in the housing society as possible that she has found the ring. D    Quit the job at Mr. Singh’s house and ask him to consider offering that job to Vimla.
E    Divulge to Vimla’s employers in the housing society that she has found the ring.
 
Q.3. The news of the discovery of the lost ring eventually became public. The domestic helps in the society were chagrined by the treatment meted out to Vimla and the fact that the news of the discovery was not made public immediately. They wanted to ensure that they would not get targeted every time if something goes missing. Which of the following policy options will BEST minimize the chance of employers suspecting their domestic workers of theft in the future?
 
A    The domestic workers will undergo a daily search by the security guards when leaving the society. B    When a domestic worker is terminated on suspicion of theft without proof, they will have to be paid at least one month’s salary in full.
C     The current address and contact details of all domestic workers should be submitted to the housing society.
D     If there is a suspicion of theft, the security guards will first conduct a thorough search of the affected house.
E    When a domestic worker is terminated on suspicion of theft, the employer will have to publicly apologize if the domestic worker can prove their innocence.
 
Correct Answers
Q.1: A
Q.2: B
Q.3: A

QADI Questions in XAT with Answers

Q.1 In a school, the number of students in each class, from Class I to X, in that order, are in an arithmetic progression. The total number of students from Class I to V is twice the total number of students from Class VI to X. If the total number of students from Class I to IV is 462, how many students are there in Class VI?
 
A    93
B    88
C    83
D    77
E    None of the remaining options is correct.
 
Q.2 The cost of running a movie theatre is Rs. 10,000 per day, plus additional Rs. 5000 per show. The theatre has 200 seats. A new movie was released on Friday. There were three shows, where the ticket price was Rs. 250 each for the first two shows and Rs. 200 for the late-night show. For all shows together, total occupancy was 80%. What was the maximum amount of profit possible?
 
A    Rs. 1,20,000
B    Rs. 87,000
C    Rs. 95,000
D    Rs. 91,000
E    Rs. 1,16,000
 
Q.3 A group of boys is practising football in a rectangular ground. Raju and Ratan are standing at the two opposite mid-points of the two shorter sides. Raju has the ball, who passes it to Rivu, who is standing somewhere on one of the longer sides. Rivu holds the ball for 3 seconds and passes it to Ratan. Ratan holds the ball for 2 seconds and passes it back to Raju. The path of the ball from Raju to Rivu makes a right angle with the path of the ball from Rivu to Ratan. The speed of the ball, whenever passed, is always 10 metre per second, and the ball always moves on straight lines along the ground. Consider the following two additional pieces of information:
 
I. The dimension of the ground is 80 metres × 50 metres.
II. The area of the triangle formed by Raju, Rivu and Ratan is 1000 square metres.
 
Consider the problem of computing the following: how many seconds does it take for Raju to get the ball back since he passed it to Rivu? Choose the correct option.
 
A    I alone is sufficient to solve the problem.
B    II alone is sufficient to solve the problem.
C    Either of I or II, by itself, is sufficient to solve the problem.
D    I and II both are required to solve the problem.
E    The problem cannot be solved even with both I and II.
 
Correct Answers
Q.1: D
Q.2: D
Q.3: A

GK Questions in XAT with Answers

Q.1. What is the name of Air India’s Artificial Intelligence-powered chat assistant that introduced a generative AI virtual agent?
 
A    Niyaa
B    AirBuddy
C    Sathi
D    Maharaja
E    Frenz
 
Q.2. In November 2023, which state government declared a fish named “Ghol” as the state fish? A    Uttar Pradesh
B    Haryana
C    Gujarat
D    Bihar
E    Maharashtra
 
Q.3. Which Indian city set a world record by illuminating 22.23 lakh earthen lamps on the eve of Diwali 2023?
A    Ayodhya
B    Prayagraj
C    Varanasi
D    Udupi
E    Rameswaram
 
Q.4. Which rocket was used to launch Aditya-L1?
A    PSLV-C57
B    LVM3 -M4
C    NGLV
D    GSLV-F12
E    TERLS
 
Q.5. Which company has launched a dedicated air cargo service in India to speed up deliveries? A    Amazon
B    Flipkart
C    Jiomart
D    Tata Cliq
E    Snapdeal
 
Correct Answers
Q.1: D
Q.2: C
Q.3: A
Q.4: A
Q.5: A

Analytical Essay Writing Questions in XAT

Previous Topics for XAT Essay Writing Test are:

  • Tech prediction often fail not because of wrong models or a lack of imagination but due to lack of humility in admitting our uncertainties about the future.
  • Implementing more stringent regulations for Social Media Platforms is crucial to effectively combat the proliferation of fake news
  • Things which matters the most must never be at the mercy of things that matters the least
  • Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Do they co-exist?
  • Globalization and Jingoism always coexist
  • Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
  • The most beautiful thing can neither be seen nor be touched but can only be felt
  • Corruption is the root cause of economic slowdown in India
  • Earth provides enough to satisfy everybody's need but not everybody's greed
  • Gender Imbalance would lead to Third World War
  • Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality
  • India has one of the largest pools of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products
  • More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities
  • National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 a good step
  • Establishing Bad Bank to improve Economy
  • Building Central Vista will improve India’s Global image
  • Covid Pandemic derailed Economic growth
  • Unity in Diversity is more relevant now in India
  • Blues of Demonetization still haunt the economic growth
  • Unless Agriculture is practiced as business, it will not improve the face of Rural India
  • Sensitivity of Sensex has nothing to do with economic growth
  • Society bears the burn of terrorism which has no religion
  • Democracy will lose meaning without social activism
  • GST is no magic band to push faster economic growth
  • Home buyers remain homeless, no teeth given to RERA
  • Making business lobbying legal can reduce corruption
  • Political interests and Uniform civil code cannot go hand in hand  
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