XAT Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning: Analysis Of Previous Years’ Papers

The last major MBA exam of the season is almost here, and in this post, we bring to you an analysis of the previous years’ papers so that you get a better idea of what to expect on the ‘D’-day.

The following table gives an overview of the verbal Ability and logical ability section over the years:


No. Of Questions

Overall Difficulty Level

2010 31



34 Difficult
2012 32



30 Difficult
2014 28



28 Difficult
2016 26

Very Difficult


As is evident from the above table, this section is usually on the tougher side.

The following tables show the breakup of the question types that appear in the verbal ability and reasoning section of the XAT.


Question Type – Year

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015


Vocabulary + Grammar

7 4 10 6 7 4


Para completion/ jumbles

2 5 3 3 2 4


Critical Reasoning

17 10 8 3 4 2


Reading Comprehension

8 10 11 18 15 18



The question types falling under the category “Vocabulary + Grammar” are: Fill In the blanks, Sentence Correction, Identification of Parts of Speech, Analogies, Pronunciations, Synonyms, and Antonyms.



As one can observe from the above graph, the weightage of the RC questions has increased.

Since last year XAT has changed the question pattern so as to induce a higher number of attempts. Hence, one should try to score the maximum in non-RC type questions. Also, no guesswork should be for RCs as the passages are difficult to understand and may take up a lot of your time.

Please note:-

  1. In XAT, there is no clear line of demarcation between Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning Questions. Typical Critical Reasoning questions such as Logical Conclusion/Finding the argument/Strengthening the argument can also be asked as questions following an RC passage.
  2. Most of the FILL IN THE BLANKS Questions are Vocabulary Based.
  3. A good reading speed with clear concepts in Critical Reasoning will easily take you beyond the cut-offs.

We hope that this article gave you the required insight on the VA & LR section of XAT.
All the Best!!