XAT 2021 Application Form (Sept 12), Eligibility, Dates, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation Tips, Cutoff, Counseling

    Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT ) 2021 is a CBT that will be conducted on January 3, 2021 (Sunday). Around 90000 candidates are expected to participate for admission into 150 B Schools accepting XAT Scores. Official Notification for XAT 2021 has been released on September 7, 2020.

    Latest Important Update

    Candidates who have a bachelor's degree in any subject can register for XAT by paying INR 1750. XAT 2021 Registration has started on September 12, 2020. Candidates can apply until November 30, 2020, up to midnight. 

    • XAT 2021 Registration Fee is Rs 1750, and for each XLRI Program, the fee is Rs 300 extra.
    • Admit Card will be available for download from December 20, 2020 till the day of exam.
    • Candidates are advised to check the official website; xatonline.in regularly for important updates.
    • Delay in registration will not result in a delay of admit card, exam, and result announcement dates.

    Table of Contents

    Important Dates


    Registration Process

    Admit Card

    Exam Centres

    Exam Pattern



    Participating Colleges

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Key Updates of XAT 2021

    • Candidates will be able to obtain their admit card with their registration number and password online. See XAT Application Form, Process, Fees
    • Applicants from all age groups are welcome to apply for the examination.
    • This 180 minute long exam will have two sections. Negative marking is applicable only for section 2 (GK). All questions are of MCQ type.
    • Selection process for all 11 XLRI member institutes as well as around 150 other B-Schools is hypothesized to begin around February and March 2021.

    XAT 2021 Exam Highlights

    ExamXavier’s Aptitude Test
    ModeComputer based Test
    Conducted byXLRI
    Number of Exam Centres150
    Number of registrations each yearAbout 90,000
    Eligibility3 year bachelor’s
    Division of Exam2 Parts- Part 1 and Part 2
    Time Duration180 minutes

    XAT 2021 Upcoming Event Dates

    XAT 2021 Official Notification has been released on September 7, 2020. Given below are the important dates for the XAT 2021.

    Important Day DatesDetails
    Application- start dateSeptember 12, 2020Registration Process is completely online
    Application- end date (without late fee)November 30, 2020 (Upto 11:59 PM)Last Date to Fill the Form- Extended dates Mostly Provided
    Application- end date (with late fee)Second week of December 2020 (Tentative)Late fee of INR 300 to be Paid
    Admit CardDecember 20, 2020 onwardsDocument can be Downloaded till Exam Day
    Entrance ExamJanuary 3, 2021To be held in 46 cities across India
    Answer KeySecond week of January 2021Can be downloaded to calculate score
    ResultLast week of January 2021 (Expected)Scorecard available on Official Website

    XAT 2021 Eligibility

    Applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria in order to take the XAT exam. The eligibility criteria is as follows-

    • Applicant must have completed a 3 year bachelor’s degree or a recognized equivalent from any stream.The applicant must not possess any backlogs on their marksheet.
    • While candidates with an Indian citizenships can apply for XAT 2021, foreign candidates and NRI applicants may register on the basis of their GMAT Scores. This does not refer to candidates from Dubai and Kathmandu where XAT centers are available.
    • Applicants in their last year are also eligible to apply on the contingency that they fulfill the admission criteria before the required deadline
    • Candidates from any age group are welcome to apply for XAT 2021 as there is no bar on the age limit for the XAT entrance exam.

    Must Read: Complete XAT Eligibility – Qualification, Marks, Work Experience

    Program Eligibility for XAT 2021

    Applicants are eligible to apply for multiple programmes in one go. Candidates who apply for more than one program will be informed about the separate dates for their interview rounds and / or group discussions.

    Program Eligibility 
    PGDM in Business Management and Human Resource Management Candidates who have completed a 3 year Bachelor’s Degree or a recognized equivalent may apply. 
    Applicants who will complete their final examination by June 10, 2020 can also apply on a provisional basis. 
    NRI and Foreign students can apply directly through their GMAT Scores. 
    PGDM in General Management Candidates who have completed a 3 year Bachelor’s Degree or a recognized equivalent from India/abroad may apply.
    Candidates must be employed in a full time job and 
    Applications must have at least 5 years worth of experience in a managerial role by March 31, 2020 in a reputable public, private or non-governmental organization. 
    Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) - Doctoral Level ProgrammeCandidates who have completed a postgraduate programme in any stream from India / abroad and centres of higher learning with at least 55% marks (50% for SC / ST candidates) with a bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification with at least 60% marks (55% for SC / ST candidates) with a minimum 3 year degree 
    Applicants must have completed 4 or 5 Year Integrated Master’s Degree Programme in any discipline, with at least a 55% aggregate (50% for SC / ST candidates) 
    Bachelor’s in Engineering / B.Tech degree with at least a 60% aggregate (50% for SC / ST candidates) with at least years of work experience 
    A professional qualification such as ICWA, CA, or CS with at least 55% marks (50% for SC / ST candidates) 
    Business Management Programme (Part Time) Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum duration of 3 years of education after completing 12th class (10 +2) or the equivalent.

    Note: There is no reservation criteria that have been mentioned other than the relaxation of 5% in the final overall marks of the bachelor’s degree for the SC/ ST/ PwD applicants.

    XAT Registration Process 2021

    The registration of the applicant is the first step to applying for XAT. The following steps must be completed to register successfully.

    Step 1- Register

    • Go to the official site of XAT when the application forms release in August
    • Go to the ‘Registration’ tab and fill in the required details in the form
    • The system will generate an ID and password for you which will be sent through mail or SMS.

    Step 2- Fill the Application Form

    • Open the application form and fill in the required details.
    • Submit the form after ensuring that no detail is incorrect or missing

    Step 3- Upload Photo and Signature

    The candidate must scan a copy of their photo and signature which must be uploaded in the prescribed format

    Scanned Candidate’s Passport Size PhotographImage Dimensions: 200 x 300 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File size: 20 Kbs - 50 Kbs
    Scanned Candidate’s SignatureImage Dimensions: 140 x 160 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File Size: 10 Kbs - 20 Kbs

    Step 4- Pay the Application Fee

    • Pay the application fee through online or offline mode
    Application fee (without late fee)1750 INR
    Application fee (with late fee)2000 INR
    Extra fee for each XLRI program300 INR
    XLRI program fee (with late fee)500 INR

    Step 5- Submit Application Form

    • Take a printout of the confirmation page and all other documents
    • Send the documents to the given address along with application fee (if paid in offline mode)

    XAT Admit Card 2021

    XLRI will tentatively issue the XAT Admit Card on the official website by the third week of December 2020. It will include all the required details such as information about the exam center, date and timing of the exam, instructions for candidates regarding the exam center, as well as the candidate’s registration details.

    How to download XAT Admit Card?

    Candidates must remember to carry two hard copies of their admit card along with them to the exam center as they will not be allowed to sit in the exam without an admit card. Follow the steps given below to download the hall ticket:

    • Visit the official website xatonline.in
    • Click on the login link and enter your credentials
    • You can now download your XAT admit card
    • Take a printout of the same

    Details mentioned on XAT Admit Card

    The following information will be presented on the admit card:

    • Applicant’s name
    • XAT Registration Number
    • XAT Password
    • Date and Time of the XAT 2021 Exam
    • Exam Day Instructions for XAT 2021
    • Candidate’s Photograph and Signature

    Note: In case candidates face any issues/discrepancies in their XAT 2020 Admit Card, they can contact the XAT Helpline Number - 18002674008

    XAT Exam Centers 2021

    For XAT 2021, candidates will have the option of choosing any 2 test centers at the time of registration. The final center that will be allotted to the candidate will be present on the XAT 2021 Admit Card. XLRI Jamshedpur will release the final list of XAT 2021 exam center cities tentatively in December 2020.

    Find out more: How to Choose Exam Centres and Major Exam Cities

    XAT 2021 Exam Centers
    Bhilai NagarBokaro Steel CityDibrugarhDurgapur
    BengaluruGreater NoidaMangaloreTiruchirapalli

    XAT Exam Pattern 2021

    XAT 2021 exam will be conducted online as a computer based test. Total time to complete the paper is 3 hours.

    • Each correct answer will be given one mark and each wrong answer will reduce 0.25 marks each.
    • The exam is divided into 2 parts Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is for 165 minutes and It consists of 74 questions in total.
    • Part 2 is of 15 minutes and all 25 questions stem from General Knowledge.
    • Any candidate who leaves over 8 unattempted questions will receive a penalty of 0.05 marks on every question.
    QuestionNumber of QuestionsTime Limit
    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation27165 Minutes
    Decision Making21
    Verbal and Logical Ability26

    Part 2 is of 15 minutes and it includes:

    QuestionNumber of QuestionsTime Limit
    General Knowledge2515 Minutes

    XAT Exam Syllabus 2021

    The university has not yet declared the exact syllabus for the test. Candidates can check the University site for more details or any changes. The following are the basic topics on which the test is based. Must See: Complete XAT Section WIse Syllabus, Important Topics, Question Pattern

    SubjectImportant Topics
    Quantitative Ability and Data InterpretationGeometry, Tables, Graphys, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Statistics, Profit and Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks
    Verbal and Logical AbilityGrammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension
    Decision MakingAnalytical Reasoning, Situational events, Caselets, Data Arrangement Sets
    General KnowledgePolitics, History, Sport, Nation and States, Business, Literature, Economics, International Relations, Society

    Recommended books for XAT Preparation

    Each section has different weightage and different cut- off scores. In order to cover all the sections efficiently and get enough practice over the logical reasoning and decision making correct books are necessary. With the right books one can score 98- 99 percentile in the XAT exam. Given are the XAT Books for Preparation with recommendations based on each section

    XAT Books for Decision Making

    Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers)By RK Jha
    Target XAT 2019 (Past papers and mock tests)By Disha Publications

    Must Read: XAT Decision Making Questions With Solutions, Tips, Pattern

    XAT Books for Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

    Books Author
    Word Power Made EasyBy Norman Lewis
    Analytical ReasoningBy MK Pandey
    A Modern Approach to Verbal and non- verbal reasoningBy RS Aggarwal
    Verbal Ability and Comprehension for XAT (2nd ed.)Bharat Patodi
    MBA (XAT , IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, CMAT)Gautam Puri
    Koncepts of LR - Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT , CMAT, Bank PO and Other Aptitude TestsGajendra Kumar

    XAT Books for Quantitative Ability

    Books Author
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationBy R.S. Aggarwal
    How to Prepare for Data InterpretationBy Arun Sharma
    Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XATDeepak Aggarwal
    Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude Exams (Old Edition)Gajendra Kumar

    Must Read: XAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus, Pattern, Sample Questions, and Preparation Tips

    XAT Resources for General Knowledge

    Newspapers and magazines are a good source to gain knowledge such as The Hindu, The Financial Times, Economic Times, Business Today, Wall Street Journal and Competition Success Review. Read: XAT GK Syllabus, Pattern, Sample Questions, and Preparation Tips

    XAT 2021 Exam Preparation Tips

    To prepare for the XAT exam the candidates must emphasize on the importance of practice and mock tests. The following steps should be followed to study effectively for the XAT exam.

    • The preparation for the XAT exam should be in accordance with the time you have before the exam. Divide the sections and syllabus you need to work on in the given days. During the examination, a timer will be present on the computer screen for candidates to gauge their time progression. One can replicate the same during their preparation to create a similar environment.
    • Quantitative ability has the most number of questions and is tougher than the rest of the sections. You must have conceptual clarity. Find a pattern in answering different questions and check its credibility by solving previous question papers and mock tests.
    • For the verbal skills and logical reasoning work on your grammar and reading skills by reciting textual paragraphs out loud. For jumbled works, find connectors and then attach them according to the paragraph. The logical reasoning portion focuses mainly on sets while critical reasoning relies solely on practice.
    • For general knowledge focus on current affairs and pay special attention to recent historical events, worldwide geography, and political changes.
    • Decision making tackles with dilemmas, issues on financial conditions and sales, different management issues, etc. Practice previous question papers. The key to answering correctly is finding ethical solutions that also benefit most stakeholders.
    • More tips by XAT Toppers:

    XAT Topper Tips By Arya Balial

    XAT Topper Tips by Akash Senapati
    XAT Topper Tips By Isha ParasramkaXAT Topper Tips by Aditi Srivastava

    XAT 2021 Cut Off

    XAT cut off 2021 is the minimum percentile that a candidate must score in order to make the merit list. On the basis of the cut off the candidates will be selected for the counseling, group discussions and interviews.

    • The cut off will be declared soon after the result declaration and candidates who make the cut will move to the next round.
    • Different universities and colleges are also bound to have their own cut- off lists.
    • The score normalization process that is utilized in XAT ensures that candidates don’t obtain negative scores or percentile.
    • Some of the most prominent institutes that will accept XAT 2021 scores are XILR, XIMB, Great Lakes Institute and IMT.
    • XAT Cutoff is decided by a multitude of factors, most prominently the total number of test- takers, available seats in the participating institutes, level of difficulty of the examination paper, average marks scored in previous papers, and the level of score normalization.

    XAT Exam 2021 Result

    XAT 2021 result will tentatively be declared on the official site by the end of January 2020. To see the result, candidates must fill in their details i.e. XAT registration ID and password on XAT online.in.

    • Since there is no provision for a hard copy, candidates must download the result and take out two hard copies for the upcoming counseling rounds.
    • The respective authorities will put up a merit list of the candidates who did well in the exam.
    • After the exam has been conducted, students can utilize the XAT Rank Predictor crafted by collegedunia to assess their rank and percentile based on their performance.
    • Based on the number of questions the candidate has answered correctly, incorrectly as well as the ones left unanswered, the candidate’s XAT 2021 rank and percentile will be determined.
    • The generated system will compare the candidate’s result to those of thousands of other candidates.

    Check XAT Rank Predictor

    XAT 2021 Counselling

    Candidates will have to appear in person for all rounds of the counseling process in order to gain admission into their desired institutes. Post XAT 2021, there are three stages in the selection process. These stages may vary according to the institute that one applies to, yet most of them will include a group discussion round as well as a personal interview round.

    • During the registration process, candidates must be careful and apply separately for institutes that require individual registration such as IMT, XIMB etc.
    • The selection process ensues directly after the candidates obtain their XAT Results. Once the XAT scores and merit list have been released, candidates can submit their results to the b-schools that they have applied to or will apply to.
    • The personal interview rounds as well as the group discussion rounds will be organized tentatively during the months of February and March 2021 in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Jamshedpur.
    • Group discussions include candidates being divided into groups of 8-10 individuals and being given a topic to discuss for 15-25 minutes. Personal interview rounds for international applicants will be conducted over video call, preferably through a medium such as G-talk or Skype.
    • Finally, XLRI will assess the overall performance of every candidate and release a final list of selected candidates. Many other management institutes also follow a similar process while choosing their final candidates.
    • Factors such as one’s academic work experience, extra curricular activities, previous academic records will most likely affect a candidate’s final selection.

    XAT Top Participating Colleges/ Institutes

    Over 150 management colleges accept the XAT scores for admission. Some of the best colleges of management accepting XAT score are:

    IMT GhaziabadMICA Ahmedabad
    Great Lakes Institute of ManagementTAPMI Manipal
    GIM GoaKJ Somaiya Mumbai
    FORE New DelhiIRMA
    IFMRXIME Bangalore
    SFIMR MumbaiXavier Business School (XBS), St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata
    LIBA ChennaiXISS Ranchi

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. Is XAT conducted online or offline?

    Ans. XAT is conducted online. It used to be a pen and paper test till 2017, after that it is now only conducted online.

    Ques. Why is the XAT exam important?

    Ans. The XAT exam is important to apply to hundreds of management schools along with XLRI.

    Ques. How many times can one attempt XAT ?

    Answer: There is no restriction on the number of times a candidate can attempt the XAT paper.

    Ques. In how many months can you prepare for XAT ?

    Answer: The ideal number of months required for XAT preparation is between 4 to 6 months. However, candidates can make their own schedules which need not be restricted to the given time.

    Ques. In the second year of Graduation can you apply for XAT ?

    Answer: No. Candidates must have graduated or should be in the last year of graduation to apply for the XAT 2021 exam.

    Ques. Who do I have to contact if I have questions regarding my XLRI Admission?

    Answer: You can contact the admissions desk through the following information:

    The Chairperson Admission, XLRI

    Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur-831001

    *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.



    Kashish Tomar

    Can we get admission through XAT in PGDM in advertising course?

    14 Oct, 2020 19:06

    Hi Kashish, 

    Yes, eligible students can get admission through XAT in PGDM in advertising course. 

    15 Oct, 2020 17:28

    What is the last date for XAT application process?

    14 Oct, 2020 19:02

    Hi Sameer, 

    The last date for XAT application process is November 20th, 2020. 

    15 Oct, 2020 17:34
    Vishal Sharma

    How much XAT percentile is required for Xavier's college?

    13 Oct, 2020 15:37

    Hi Vishal. For male candidates, cut off for BM and HRM program is 95 and 93 percentile respectively. While that for female candidates is 93 and 91 respectively. To get the details, click here – XAT cut off 2021.

    13 Oct, 2020 18:39
    Shaik kabeer

    While filling the XAT form for registration do we need to upload the best of 5 marks in 12th or we have to provide with the marks of all the 6 subjects?

    07 Oct, 2020 14:39


    You have to provide the 12th certificate as a part of the requirements for XAT registration form. 

    09 Oct, 2020 22:13
    Shreya Sarkar

    What is the exam pattern of XAT 2021?

    07 Oct, 2020 14:38

    Hello Shreya,

    XAT  is a computer-based test of 3 hours. 100 questions will be asked from in 4 sections: Decision making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. For more details, refer to this link: XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

    07 Oct, 2020 15:38
    Tanishka Shah

    How much XAT percentile is required for DY Patil?

    07 Oct, 2020 14:38

    Hello Tanisha,

    The expected XAT cut off for a management program for DY Patil college is 20th percentile.

    07 Oct, 2020 15:42
    Shubham Sharma

    Which other management level entrance exam is similar to XAT exam?

    24 Sep, 2020 18:08

    Hello Shubham, greetings from Collegedunia. SNAP, IIFT, CMAT, etc. are some of the similar management level exams conducted across the country.

    29 Sep, 2020 00:03
    Ananya Pandey

    can we get admission through xat in pgdm in pr and event management?

    24 Sep, 2020 18:07

    Hello Ananya, greetings from Collegedunia. For details regarding the counseling of XAT, click here. For the list of participating colleges, click here.

    29 Sep, 2020 00:11
    Gouri Kumari

    What is the first phase application fee for XAT 2021?

    24 Sep, 2020 18:05

    Hello Gouri, greetings from Collegedunia. The application fee for XAT is INR 1750. An additional fee of INR 300 is to be paid if applying to particular programs of XLRI.

    29 Sep, 2020 00:20
    Ramesh Kumar Gupta

    I have forgotten my XAT password. How can I retrieve it?

    21 Sep, 2020 11:19

    Hello Ramesh, Greetings from Collegedunia. While logging in through the official website, a link is available on the bottom right corner of the log-in tab labeled as ‘Forgot Password’, click on that link and provide the necessary details to reset your XAT password.

    29 Sep, 2020 00:28

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