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XAT 2020 Exam Dates, Eligibility, Registration, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - May 24th 2019 by RISHIKA SALUJA

XAT 2020 is a management entrance test conducted at the national level. It is a computer-based test conducted on the first Sunday of January 2020. It has been conducted by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for the last 60 years. More than 150 B-Schools use XAT exam score for considering the candidates for admission to MBA/PGDM programs.

XAT Exam 2020 #Facts

  • The exam is conducted throughout India as well as in Dubai and Kathmandu. Check XAT Exam Centers
  • Apart from the participating B-Schools, almost 600 Management Institutes in India accept XAT score.
  • The test comprises of 100 MCQs to be completed within 180 minutes. Read More XAT Exam Pattern
  • XAT Cut-off differs for Human Resource and Business Management programs. Last year, the cut off for BM was 28 marks and HR was 26 marks. Check XAT Cutoff 2020

Highlights of XAT 2020

Exam NameXavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Exam LevelNational
Exam CategoryPost Graduate
Conducting BodyXLRI Jamshedpur
Programs OfferedPGDM (Human Resource Management) PGDM (Business Management) PGDM (General Management)
XAT EligibilityBachelor’s Degree
Exam ModeOnline
Selection ProcessWritten Test (Objective), Group Discussion, and Personal Interview
Number of Test Takers90,000 approx.
XAT Helpline Number1800 419 2929
XAT Contact Number+91 657 665 3203 /3204/3205
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XAT 2020 Important Dates

XAT 2020 notification is expected to be issued by XLRI around August 20, 2019. The tentative calendar of events for XAT 2020 is tabulated below. XAT-aspirants are advised to keep a tab on the official portal for any further updates or notifications regarding the examination schedule.

Start date of filling XAT 2020 application form and registrationAugust 3rd week, 2019
End date of filling XAT 2020 application form and registration November last week, 2019
Availability of XAT 2020 Admit CardDecember 3rd week, 2019
XAT 2020 Exam DateJanuary 1st week, 2020 (Sunday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
XAT 2020 Official Answer keyJanuary 2nd week, 2020
Announcement of XAT 2020 ResultJanuary 4th week, 2020

XAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for XAT 2020 should carefully go through the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. 

  • Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration 
  • Final year students can also apply
  • Candidates who did graduation in 1980s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not eligible. 
  • No minimum aggregate marks criteria 
  • NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply on the basis of the GMAT Scorecard (except Dubai and Kathmandu candidates)
  • No age limit
  • No restriction on the number of attempts

Check detailed XAT Eligibility

XAT 2020 Application Form

XAT Application Form will be available on the official website in the month of August. The registration process primarily involves the below steps:

Step 1: Registration- Visit the official website and register using your personal details (Name, Contact Details and Email ID). You will receive a unique ID and Password to complete the further process. 

Step 2: Application Form- Fill in your personal and academic details, work experience, preferred course, and exam centre.

Step 3: Fee Payment- Pay the requisite application fee online. 

Note: All candidates who pay XAT Application Fee through Demand Draft must send a copy of confirmation page beside the Demand Draft within 15 days from the date of issuance of demand draft. The contact details are provided below:

XLRI Jamshedpur, India XLRI, C. H. Area (East)
The Chairperson Admissions,
Jamshedpur – 831001

Step 4: Upload Documents Upload scanned images of your recent photograph and signature. 

Applicant’s recent, color, passport-size photograph with a light, preferably white backgroundImage dimensions: 200X230 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File size: not more than 50KB
Applicant’s signature on a white paper with black inkImage dimensions: 1400X160 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File size: not more than 20KB

Step 5: Confirmation Page- Post previewing all the filled data, you will receive a confirmation page. 

Check detailed XAT Registration

Note: In case an applicant does not receive the registration confirmation mail along with provisional XAT UID & Password, within 24 hours of signing up, they are requested to write to citing the primary email ID and the issue or call the Helpdesk on 1800 419 2929 (08.00 a.m. till 08.00 p.m. IST)

XAT Admit Card 2020

XAT Admit Card will be released on the official website XLRI will not send XAT Admit Card via email or courier to any candidates. XAT Admit Card is a mandatory document that must be preserved till the admission process. 

How to download XAT Admit Card?

  1. Visit the official website of XAT 2020. Click on “Download XAT 2020 Admit Card” link
  2. Enter your XAT Registration ID and XAT password or your Date of Birth in DD/MM/YY format.
  3. Download your admit card which will be available in PDF format
  4. Obtain multiple hard copies for further use.

Read More 7 pointers to Check in XAT Admit Card

Candidates must carefully go through the details on XAT Admit Card before downloading and taking print out of the same. In the case of any error or discrepancy in the information, candidates should immediately contact XAT office address mentioned below:

Admission Office, XLRI,
Circuit House Area (East),
Jamshedpur 831001

Documents Required with Admit Card

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Photo ID issued by current education institute or employer among others.

XAT Exam Centers 2020

The management exam is being held in about 49 Indian cities apart from the International exam centers in Kathmandu and Dubai. Here is a tentative list of exam cities for XAT 2020:

Tabulated below are the name of XAT test cities:

BerhampurGreater NoidaMumbaiUdaipur

Read More XAT Exam Centers

XAT Exam Pattern with Syllabus

XAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode. The question paper is divided into 4 sections, which are Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. The following infographic and table give the highlights of XAT Exam Pattern:

Section NameNo. of QuestionsTotal Time
Verbal and Logical Ability263 Hours
Decision Making21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation27
General Knowledge25

Check detailed XAT Exam Pattern

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

XAT Exam Syllabus

There is no officially prescribed syllabus for XAT 2020. The syllabus is based on past trends of XAT question papers and syllabus is drawn from the topics which have appeared in previous XAT exams. However, their composition, format, and number may change with each subsequent edition of XAT.

XAT 2020 Part A is an objective type paper covering Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability, English Language and Reasoning, and Decision Making. An indicative list of topics covered in these sections are:

SubjectImportant Topics
Quantitative Ability & Data InterpretationGeometry, Tables, Graphs, Arithmetic, Trignometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions
Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Situational, Case lets, Data Arrangement Tets

XAT Part B is a subjective paper based on questions relating to General Knowledge. The essay section has been deleted from the exam paper. So there will be no question of essay writing for the candidates. 

Economics, finance, national and international current affairs are a few of the many topics on which questions are posed in XAT. Questions are also based on conventional GK.

Important topics for GK in XAT 2020
PoliticsNation and States
SportsAwards and Recognitions
International RelationsSociety
Merger & Acquisitions--

Check detailed XAT Syllabus

XAT Result 2020

The results for the exam is expected to be announced online by the end of January 2020 by XLRI Jamshedpur. Candidates can access their scorecards by visiting Successful students having scores that match the published cut off can proceed to the advanced selection rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview. XAT Scores are valid for 1 year.

The scorecard can be downloaded from the official website in the following steps:

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click the Results tab to enter Login UID and password.
  3. View result containing marks secured section-wise as well as overall rank.
  4. Print the scorecard for future use.

Read more about XAT Results

Note: XLRI, Jamshedpur does not take the responsibility of sending hard copies of scorecards to candidates via courier or post.

XAT Cutoff 2020

Cut-Off score for XAT would include the minimum percentile to be scored by each candidate in the test. On the basis of XAT Cut Off, candidates will be shortlisted for further Group Discussion, and Personal Interview rounds for admission. XAT Cut off varies for different programs offered by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Other participating institutes also have their individual Cut Off scores.

The minimum percentage required for being considered for different programs at XLRI is tabulated here:

Program OfferedVerbal Ability and Logical ReasoningDecision MakingQuantitative Ability and Data InterpretationOverall (Percentage/ Marks)
Business Management79.46%76.84%88.7%96%
Human Resource Management79.67%71.628%70.07%92.55%
General Management Program5 marks and above5 marks and above6 marks and above22 marks and above

XAT 2020 Selection Procedure

Candidates will be shortlisted for the selection procedure in XAT 2020 on the basis of their performance in the entrance exam and XAT Cut Off scores. While some institutes have both GD (Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview) rounds, others only have either of the two.

Group Discussion

  • Groups of 8 – 15 participating candidates are formed and are asked to discuss a given topic for about 15-20 minutes.
  • The topics would mostly be related to current affairs, politics, trending social issues, or any other issue concerning advertising, technology, business or education etc.
  • Candidates are adjudged in mostly soft skills like communication skills, assertiveness, team management skills, ability to resolve conflicts, leadership qualities etc.

Personal Interview

  • PI is usually the final round of selection process.
  • Candidates are required to appear for an interview with an interview panel if they are shortlisted on the basis of their performance in GD.
  • The questions in the Personal Interview round are centered around candidates’ background, academics, achievements and motivation behind choosing a career in management.
  • This round aims to determine the communication skills, confidence, and ability to think under pressure among candidates.

Read more about XAT Selection Procedure

XAT Merit List 2020

The Merit List of XAT 2020 is created by including different components such as XAT 2020 score, performance in GD & PI, academic records, work experience, and the overall profile of the candidate. The weight of these different components in XLRI is tabulated below. This division of scores applies to all the programs offered by XLRI.

XAT 2020 score60%
GD/PI Performance25%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-experience15%

It should be noted that post-XAT 2020, there will not be any centralized counseling procedure. Candidates will have to individually apply for each Member Institutes of XAMI or other participating institutes of XAT 2020 with their scorecard. Candidates will be selected for admission to these Institutes on the basis of XAT 2020 cut-off score, performance in the GD/PI round and the final merit list prepared for the successful candidates.

XAT 2020 FAQs

Ques. I have done 5 years integrated course, so how will I enter my percentage?

Ans. Candidates who have done 5 years integrated course can fill up the same percentage as Graduation and PG.

Ques. How do I calculate the aggregate marks for CBSE /SSC? Is it the best 5 or all the subjects?

Ans. The candidate should take the aggregate of all the subjects for 10th.

Ques. Does internship/Articleship count as work experience?

Ans. No, these are not counted as work experience

Ques. I have less than 50% in graduation, am I eligible to apply for XLRI?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible to apply for XLRI.

Ques. How is past academic performance considered in the selection process?

Ans. XLRI does not have any cut off based on any of the following X, XII, graduation marks. The evaluation of candidates' academic competence will be evaluated holistically by XLRI based on candidates' performance in the interview, group discussion, and XAT written test.

Ques. How can I download the registration confirmation page?

Ans. You can log in to to download the confirmation page.

Ques. Can I edit the information given by me?

Ans. Once submitted the form cannot be edited.

Ques. I have paid twice using online payment option. What should I do?

Ans. Kindly send an email to with your XAT ID, date of payment, cardholders name and the credit/debit card details (first four & last four digits and card expiry date).

Ques. What do I do if I am unable to make the payment online?

Ans. Online payments involve multiple agencies and there are chances that your payment is timed out or declined. If you encounter any such problems, you may write to

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.



Chaitanya Chauganjkar

How can I apply in sp jain using my XAT score? Will I be shortlisted with a 97.4 over percentile but a 66 percentile in Decision making

15 Feb, 2018 02:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Chaitanya, The Students are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles. They are also expected to meet the qualifying scores in at least one of the Entrance Exam and I am giving you the qualifying score in the table format which is given below:

Entrance Test



CAT 2017

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability







XAT 2018

English Language & Logical Reasoning

Decision Making

Quantitative Ability







GMAT( Jan 01, 2015 to 31 Dec 2017)



Integrated Reasoning





6 (Score)


15 Feb, 2018 12:33
Poornima Goyal

Can anyone please give a little bit brief about essay section in xat. We have to write essay online or offline? And also most of the time what is the topic about? Is it taken from current affairs or history or anything else?

02 Jan, 2018 02:03
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Poornima,The Xavier Aptitude Test was conducted in online mode

XAT Essay Topics

  1. There is no right way of doing a wrong thing.
  2. Ships are safer in the harbour. But they are not meant for the same.
  3. Economic Growth without distributive justice can only lead to violence
  4. Indian Economy in the Post WTO Era.
  5. To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity.
  6. Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.
  7. India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.

17 May, 2018 18:07
Kritika Gupta

I want to my XAT score to be reviewed, what to do?

02 Sep, 2017 13:25
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kritika, The authorities have defined no provision in this regard but if you can send an email or a letter on the official address i. e XLRI Jharkhand, India XLRI, C. H. Area (East) The Chairperson Admissions, Jamshedpur – 831001

02 Sep, 2017 18:19
Kritika Gupta

What is the marking scheme for the XAT essay writing section?

02 Sep, 2017 13:25
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kritika, There is no defined marking scheme for the essay writing section.

02 Sep, 2017 18:17
pushpendra singh

How many times can I appear for XAT in this year? What is the mode of XAT 2018 exam?

01 Sep, 2017 18:36
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pushpendra, You can only appear for XAT only once in a year. Also, your score will be valid just for a year. From this year, XAT will be conducted in an online mode. It is a computer-based exam where candidates have to answer online. The exam is on January 28, 2018, at various centers across the country.

01 Sep, 2017 18:49
Deeksha Gupta

If I have some work experience, does it increases my chances of selection?

01 Sep, 2017 18:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Deeksha, It will give you an edge but it does not support your chances of selection over others, as they will look on overall development and requirement of candidates

01 Sep, 2017 18:22
Deeksha Gupta

I have done an integrated 5-year course, what is the percentage that I should fill in the percentage section?

01 Sep, 2017 18:04
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Deeksha, Fill your percentage of the past 5 years if you have completed the degree, it is treated as post-graduation.

01 Sep, 2017 18:23
pankaj pathak

When is XAT 2018 cut off expected to be released?

01 Sep, 2017 17:50
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pankaj, XAT result will be announced on January 28, 2018. So, XAT cut-off will be released after the declaration of the result on the official website.

01 Sep, 2017 18:24
pankaj pathak

Will I receive a hardcopy of my XAT 2018 scorecard from Xavier’s Institute?

01 Sep, 2017 17:49
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pankaj, Yes, a copy of XAT 2018 scorecard will be mailed to your home address. It should be preserved well for future references as this must be brought at the time of XAT counseling.

01 Sep, 2017 18:26
Jainab alvi

Will XAT result be released in the form of merit list or score card?

01 Sep, 2017 17:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Jainab, XAT result releases in the form of a scorecard. It will be published individually for each candidate. Students should log in to their XAT accounts to access their accounts to check and download the result.

01 Sep, 2017 18:27

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