XAT Previous Year Question Papers – Candidates who have planned to give to give XAT exam, it is necessary that they must solve previous year question papers. Till now XAT had been conducting the exam in offline mode. But from the XAT 2018, it has started having an online mode of examination. Apart from this, there isn’t any much change in the exam. So, to prepare for XAT 2019 exam, you must solve previous year question papers. Here at this page, you will find question paper and Essay Topics from 2010 to 2018.

XAT previous year question papers

By solving previous year papers, you will get to know the type of questions and their difficulty level. Moreover, you will have a huge collection of questions of Decision Making section. In the market, there is not any special book to prepare for this exam. If you have prepared for other exams then it seems that you are automatically prepared for XAT. That’s not completely true, the pattern of questions is little different here. For example, what you can do is, see the type of questions comes in RC. In it, there is critical reasoning based questions. As a result, you can separately pick those RC Passages which have such type of questions.

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XAT 2018

Exam Analysis

It was the first time that XAT conducted online entrance test. Students faced lots of technical glitches in the exam and even some students have to retake the on different days. It is expected that next year exam will take place smoothly.

VALR was quite demanding due to the complexity of questions. Whereas the Non-RC questions had very close answer options. So in the link given above of preparation, you can know how to tackle such type of questions. The DM sections were quite tougher, it consists of questions which need calculation. The careful reading of the question is the key to attempt such questions. whereas in QADI, few questions were tricky and required a thorough understanding of concepts.

Essay Topic: Can ethical values and sustainability coexist?

XAT 2017

Exam Analysis

Apart from sheer complexity in VALR section, there question based on poetry were challenging for the students. The passages on psychology and philosophy were challenging as they were not only complex, but also the answer choices were very-very close making eliminating choices very difficult. In DM, questions were quite easier as compared to previous year question papers. In QADI section, there were a mix of mostly easy and moderate to difficult level questions. There were questions which were tricky and required a thorough understanding of concepts.

Essay Topic: Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist!”

XAT 2016

Exam Analysis

This year the total number of questions was brought down to 78 with the total time of 170 minutes. As in XAT 2015, there were 84 questions, excluding 30 GK questions. In XAT-2016 students had the choice of attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any un-attempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. Besides this, all the three section were on the tougher side.

Essay Topic: Technology and nature are natural enemies”

XAT 2015

The paper remained in the tougher side. However, see the questions there and practice as much as you can. Further, essay topic is important to know. You can practice given below and similar topics like them.

Essay Topic: “Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.

Complete list of Essay topics till the Year 2005


“The most beautiful things in life can not be seen or touched with hands; they can only be felt with heart. ”


“Corruption is the root cause of the economic slowdown in India”


Statement I – Poverty is the major problem that is plaguing India. Because of the magnitude and complexity of this problem, government policies are not successful.

Statement II – Poverty is a consequence of the government policies. Instead of trying to address the problem, the government should concentrate on the root causes of the problem.

Support one of the statements. Justify it with examples.


“The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they bought to employ their capitals would not load himself with the most unnecessary attention but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous in hands of man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.


“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed need”.


“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of riches; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries


“The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery”


“Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.”


“India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.”


“More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities.”

XAT 2019

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