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XAT 2020 Registration (Started), Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

Updated On - September 20th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

XAT 2020 is to be held on January 5, 2020. Application Forms for XAT 2020 have been released on August 23, 2019. Last date for XAT Registration is November 30, 2019 (Without late fee). Apply Now

Latest Updates

  • XAT 2020 will be held in a single session from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM in online mode. 
  • Admit Card for XAT 2020 will be available from December 20, 2019 onwards. 
  • The exam will be conducted in 72 cities across India. Check XAT Exam Centers
  • XAT exam comprises of 4 sections namely Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), and General Knowledge (GK). Check XAT Exam Pattern

Xavier Aptitude Test  (XAT) is an eminent national level aptitude test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI for more than 60 years now. The exam aims to select admirable students for management programs offered by top institutes. More than 150 institutes accept XAT score.​ Download XAT 2020 Official Notification

Highlights of XAT 2020

Exam NameXavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
Exam LevelNational
Exam CategoryPost Graduate
Conducting BodyXLRI Jamshedpur
Programs OfferedPGDM (Human Resource Management/ Business Management/ General Management)
XAT Eligibility3-year Bachelor’s Degree
Exam ModeOnline
Number of Test Takers80,000 approx.
XAT Helpline Number1800 267 4008
XAT Contact Number

0657 665 3203/04

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XAT 2020 – Essential Details

  • Eligibility Criteria to apply for XAT 2020 is graduation in any discipline. Candidates in their final year of graduation are also eligible for XAT. Check XAT Eligibility Criteria
  • The exam will contain multiple-choice questions. However, unlike other exams, there will be 5 answer options per MCQ.
  • The test duration has been reduced to 180 minutes since 2018.
  • XAT Cutoff 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

XAT 2020 Dates

XAT 2020 dates have been released on the official website i.e. The important dates for XAT 2020 are as follows:

EventsXAT Dates 2020
XAT 2020 Registration Begins fromAugust 23, 2019
Last day to fill XAT 2020 Application Form (Without late fee) November 30, 2019
Last Day to fill XAT Application Form 2020 (With late fee)December 1 – 7, 2019
Availability of XAT Admit Card 2020December 20, 2019
XAT 2020 Exam Date (First Sunday of January)January 5, 2020 (Sunday; 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM)
Announcement of XAT Result 2020January 31, 2020

XAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

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

  • Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration is required.
  • Final year students can also apply for the exam. 
  • Candidates who did graduation in the 1980s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not eligible for XAT 2020. 
  • No minimum aggregate marks criteria are applicable in XAT 2020. 
  • NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply through GMAT Scorecard. 
  • There is no age limit applicable in XAT 2020. 
  • No restriction on the number of attempts.

Check Detailed XAT 2020 Eligibility

XAT Topper Tips

XAT Application Form 2020

XAT Registration has been commenced from August 23, 2019. Candidates will be able to fill XAT 2020 Application Form at the official website. XAT Registration process primarily involves the following steps:

Step 1: XAT Registration

  • Visit the official
  • Click on the tab "Registration" and enter your Name, Date of Birth, Contact details and Email-id.
  • A system generated XAT ID and Password will be sent to you through Email/SMS.
  • Note down XAT ID and Password for future reference.

Step 2: Fill XAT Application Form 

  • Fill in your personal and academic details, work experience, preferred course, and exam center.
  • Preview your form carefully once as no changes will be entertained after clicking on “Final Submit”.

Step 3: Upload Documents 

Upload scanned images of your recent Photograph and signature as per specifications mentioned below: 

Scanned Candidate’s Passport Size Photograph

Image Dimensions: 200X230 pixels

File Type: JPG or JPEG

File size: 20Kbs – 50Kbs

Scanned Candidate’s Signature

Image Dimensions: 140X160 pixels

File Type: JPG or JPEG

File size: 10Kbs – 20Kbs

Step 4: XAT Application Fee Payment

  • Pay XAT Application Fee by using Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), Credit Cards or Internet Banking.
  • XAT Registration Fee (without late fee) – Rs. 1700/-   (Candidates interested in XLRI programs need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each.)
  • XAT Registration Fee (with late fee) – Rs. 2000/-    (Candidates interested in XLRI programs need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 500/- each.)
  • Indian Candidates applying for GMP through GMAT – Rs. 2500/-  
  • NRI/Foreign Candidates applying for one or more programs through GMAT – Rs. 5000/- 

Step 5: Download Confirmation Page

  • Download XAT Application Form and e-receipt of fee payment.
  • Take a printout of them for further reference.      

Check Detailed XAT Registration 2020

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 267 4008 (08.00 a.m. till 08.00 p.m. IST)

XAT Admit Card 2020

XAT Admit Card will be released on the official XLRI will not send XAT Admit Card via email or courier to any candidate. 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. Print multiple hard copies for further use.

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

Documents Required with Admit Card

Candidates are required to carry XAT admit card to the exam center along with any of the following photo ID proof:

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

XAT Exam Centers 2020

The management exam is being held in about 72 cities in India  Here is a tentative list of exam cities for XAT 2020:

Tabulated below are the name of XAT 2020 test cities:

BerhampurGreater NoidaMumbaiUdaipur

Read More XAT Exam Centers

XAT Exam Pattern 2020

XAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode i.e computer-based test. The question paper is divided into 4 sections i.e. Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. The essay writing section has been removed. 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 Syllabus 2020

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 been asked in previous XAT exams. However, their composition, format, and number may change with each subsequent edition of XAT.

XAT 2020 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, Trigonometry, Statistics, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks, Probability, Algebraic Function, Mensuration -2D and 3D
Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehensions, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Completion of Sentences

Decision Making

Analytical Reasoning, Situational, Case sets, Data Arrangement, 
General KnowledgeCurrent Affairs, Politics, Literature, Sports, History, Awards and Recognitions, Business, Economics, International Relations, Society, Merger, and Aquisition

Read Detailed XAT Syllabus

XAT Topper Tips

XAT Mock Test 2020

  • XAT 2020 mock test will be released by XLRI in the last week of December 2019 (tentatively). 

  • To ace in the preparation of XAT 2020, Candidates are advised to appear for the mock test released by the conducting body to understand the exam pattern and structure of the online XAT 2020 test.  

  • In order to access the online assessment/mock test of XAT 2019, test takers had to enter the User ID and Password created during the XAT 2020 Registration.

XAT Preparation Tips 2020

  • Time table is a must: Candidates are advised to make a weekly time table which includes a schedule regarding time devotion to various sections, revisions and mock tests. To maintain the interest in the preparation and reduce the stress, candidates should take a day off from preparation, weekly.
  • Take Regular Mock Tests: Candidates should start taking mock tests as soon as they start their preparation, this will help them analyze the pace of their preparation and assist them in improving their performance.
  • Section-wise Preparation: Candidates should go through the exam pattern and thoroughly understand the section-wise syllabus. This will help the candidates identify their strong and weak areas and they can thus work towards the same in an organized manner.
  • Make notes: Candidates may use different sources to study the same topic for a broad and a better understanding of it. However, it’s a must to keep your study material in one place. Making notes will be helpful for future references and a productive revision.
  • Don’t Pile on: This is a common mistake and must be avoided. Candidates should try and not pile on topics like current affairs, as reading them every day will not only enhance the candidate’s grip over topics but also reduce the workload immensely.

Section Wise Preparation Tips and Recommended Books

XAT Result 2020

XAT 2020 Result will be announced online by XLRI Jamshedpur on January 31, 2020, as expected. Candidates can access their scorecards by visiting Successful students having scores that match the released 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 on ‘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 Result 2020 

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

XAT Cutoff 2020

XAT Cut-Off marks include the minimum percentile to be scored by each candidate in the test. On the basis of XAT 2020 Cut Off, candidates will be shortlisted for 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 Selection Procedure 2020

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 judged 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 the 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 of the 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 qualifying 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.





11 Jul, 2019 00:20
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

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