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XAT 2021 Counselling: Important Dates, Seat Allotment, Selection Procedure and Criteria

XAT 2021 Counselling is conducted by XLRI after the announcement of XAT Result. Students must clear the XAT Cut Offs to participate in the XAT Counselling Procedure. XAT Counselling consists of Group Discussion (XAT GD) and Personal Interview (XAT PI). Check Tip For XAT GD & PI Rounds

XAT 2021 Counselling Highlights

  • XAT Counselling will commence from February to March, 2021. Read: XAT 2021 Schedule
  • XAT Counselling involves Registration, Programme Selection and Seat Allotment. Check XAT Selection Process and Criteria
  • XAT Score will carry 65% weightage for final merit list based on which seats will be allotted.

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XAT 2021 Counselling Schedule

XAT Counselling Schedule 2021

Events Dates
XAT Exam Date January 3, 2021
XAT Result Declaration January 15, 2021
XAT Cut Off Release by XLRI Last Week of January (tentatively)
XAT Selection Procedure February to March, 2021

XAT 2021 Counselling Stages

Stages of XAT 2021 Counselling

XAT Counselling involves three broad stages, and each stage is extremely crucial in ensuring that you get into a college of your preference. Here are the stages in XAT Counselling 2021:

Stage 1: XAT Counselling Registration

XAT Counselling registration can only be done online through their official portal. The candidate will not receive any intimation regarding the Counselling process form XLRI. Please mind that there are no alternative ways to register for XAT Counselling Process apart from online. Keep the following in mind while registering: 

  • The application process is exclusive for branches of XLRI. 
  • For other colleges, candidates have to apply through the Colleges’ official portal. 
  • Foreign candidates have to apply through GATE
  • The Application Fee has to be paid through online mode. 

Steps to Register for XAT Counselling 2021: 

Follow the steps mentioned below to register for XAT Counselling in online mode:

Step 1: Visit the official portal of XAT (xatonline.in)

Step 2: Click on the login link. 

Step 3: Enter login details to get into your registered account for XAT. 

Step 4: Select the city of your preference and update the page. 

Step 5: Take a screenshot of the page for future reference. 

Stage 2: XAT Counselling Programme Selection

The next stage consists of the candidates selecting the course of their choice through the official portal of XAT. Follow the steps below to select the XLRI course of your choice: 

Step 1: Visit the official portal of XAT

Step 2: Click on the login link. 

Step 3: Enter login details to get into your registered account for XAT. 

Step 4: Select the courses of your choice from the list. 

Step 5: An Application fee of INR 300 has to be paid per course. Check XLRI Courses & Fees

Step 6: Pay the XAT Counselling application fee through online mode (Credit Card, Debit Card, Internet Banking or UPI)

Step 7: Save the confirmation for future reference. 

Stage 3: XAT Seat Allotment

The Seat allotment for XLRI is one on the basis of the standardized XLRI Selection Criteria which is given below. XAT Seat Allotment depends on the following things: 

  • Candidates performance in XAT, XAT GD & PI, past academic performance as well as their work experience. 
  • Following the seat allotment, candidates can pay the fees.

Also Read: XLRI Placement & Salary

XAT 2021 Selection Criteria

XAT 2021 Selection Criteria

XAT selection is done on the basis of the following criteria: 

Criteria  Weightage
XAT Score 65%
XAT Essay Writing 5%
General Knowledge 5%
Past Academic Performance and Work Experience 5%
XAT Group Discussion and XAT Personal Interview (XAT GD & PI) 20%

Documents for XAT Counselling

Required Documents for XAT 2021 Counselling

The students called for counselling have to report at the venue with the following documents/ certificates in original along with the Xerox copies of the documents:

  1. XAT 2021 Admit Card
  2. XAT Score Card
  3. XAT Rank Card
  4. Class 10th passing certificate and one photocopy of the same
  5. Class 12th passing certificate and one photocopy of the same
  6. Other Valid Academic Qualifications (if applicable)
  7. XAT Application Form
  8. Degree Certificate (provisional certificate if applicable)/ Migration certificate of qualifying Degree examination.
  9. College leaving certificate
  10. Mark sheet of the qualifying degree examination
  11. Scheduled Caste/ Tribe/ OBC (non-creamy layer)/ PH / CW certificate (if required)
  12. Four to six passport size photographs, both color and black and white


XAT Counselling: Group Discussion & Personal Interview

XAT GD & PI have different criteria for each of the available courses. Here is a breakdown of the selection criteria for each course: 

Course Selection Criteria
PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) Performance in XAT, the 30 minute Group Discussion(8-10 participants) and Personal Interview
PGDM (GM) XAT/GMAT Scores, Candidates have to clear the Personal Interview, which can happen over online mediums such as Skype as well. 
PGDM (BM) Performance in Personal Interview
PGDM (HRM) XAT Scores, Group Discussion

XAT 2021 GD & PI Preparation

XAT 2021 GD & PI will be conducted around February to March 2021, after the completion of XAT Exam. Once the XAT cut off is cleared, candidates only have to look forward to completing the XAT GD and PI. Here are some things every candidate can do to prepare for XAT GD & PI: 

  • Practice Interpersonal Skills - XAT GD & PI will depend a lot on the candidate's charisma and charm. If the candidate is very well versed in navigating social situations, they can easily crack XAT GD & PI while also leaving a lasting impression on the Interviewers
  • Improve Leadership Skills - One of the primary purposes of any group discussions is to assess the candidates leadership skills and ability to take charge. If the candidate is successfully able to lead a group and assume a position of respect in a group, it would mean good things during the group discussion. However, this also means being an efficient team player as working well within the group is equally important. 
  • Be Assertive - Assertiveness is one of the most important skills someone can have in any situation. Assertiveness is being able to communicate your point and saying No when the situation arises. 
  • Improve Fluency in Professional Communication - In other words, improve your speaking skills especially in English. English is a global language and every candidate should be well versed in English and have a good ability to be able to speak in social settings. 
  • Be Well Versed about various topics - The Interviewers can ask questions from any topic, so it is important to be able to know about a broad range of issues. They may ask questions relating to politics, business, economy etc. Thus, it becomes crucial to be well read. 
  • Improve Public Speaking Skills - This becomes important as the interviewers will be able to pick on nervousness very quickly. Practise daily in front of a mirror and take every opportunity to speak in a public avenue. 
  • Dress Professionally - Dressing Well means that you will be able to convey a good first impression. 

XAT Previous Years’ Cut Off

XAT Previous Years’ Cut Off

XAT Cut Off is something every candidate needs to know in order to be aware of the criteria for selection. The cut off depends on several factors such as the number of students attempting XAT, difficulty of XAT, Number of Vacant Seats and so on. Here is the previous years cut off for reference: 

Section Male Female
Business Management (BM)
Overall 95 93
VALR 74 72
DM 78 74
QA 85 75
Human Resource Management (HRM) 
Overall 93 91
VALR 79 74
DM 73 68
QA 75 70

XAT 2021 Counselling FAQs

XAT 2021 Counselling FAQs

Ques. How to perform well in XAT GD and PI?

Ans. To perform well in XAT GD and PI, you need to keep in mind several factors and work on your interpersonal skills. Improve your language and start reading and watch how professionals interact to get an idea. 

Ques. How many colleges apart from XLRI accept XAT Scores?

Ans. More than 150 colleges all over India accept XAT Scores. Some of the best colleges apart from XLRI that accept XAT Scores include: 

  • Great Lakes Institute of Management
  • TAPMI Manipal
  • GIM Goa
  • KJ Somaiya, Mumbai
  • FORE New Delhi
  • IRMA

Ques. I was not able to attend the XAT counselling process. Is it possible to reserve my seat?

Ans. In case you miss to attend the XAT counselling process, your seat will not be reserved. It will be passed on to the next candidate in the merit list.

Ques. How many total seats are there in XLRI?

Ans. Here is the seat distribution in XLRI Jamshedpur: 

Programme Number of Seats
2 years Full Time Flagship PGDM (Business Management) 180
2 years Full Time PGDM (Human Resource Management) 180
PGDM (GMP) 120
Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) 15
Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EXEC-FPM) 30

Ques. How important is Past Academic Performance in the seat allotment for XAT? 

Ans. Past Academic Performance carries a weight of around 5% along with the work experience of the candidate. While it will affect your chance, if you do very well in the XAT exam you can easily secure a seat in XLRI. 

XAT 2021 : 3 answered questions


Ques. Which are some good GK apps for IIFT, XAT, SNAP?

● Top Answer By Aditi Arun on 02 Feb 21

Ans. Here are some apps which will help you prepare GK for IIFT, XAT, SNAP, exams. Knappily It is one of the best news apps, basically, a knowledge app that updates you with all the important events happening around the world.  It covers sections from Politics, Tech, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Law, Environment, Literature, etc.  It also has its desktop version.  Knappily in 2 minutes give in-depth information on What, Why, When, Who, and How. Inshorts Inshorts is one of the best news apps you will come across. In 30 seconds it covers all the major events happening around the world.  As it summarizes in only 60 words, it will be a helpful app if time is running low for exam preparation.  You can also select relevant issues of your interest on the app, as there are 100% of news flooded on the app. Also, avoid unnecessary use of different applications at once. This will only confuse and distract you. It is better that you use only two of the best news apps for preparation.Read more
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Ques. Who can rate CAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, MICAT, TISS, or NMAT in terms of difficulty level?

● Top Answer By Janvi Bhambri on 01 Feb 21

Ans. Among all these examinations, XAT is most difficult, followed by CAT. The difficulty level of the exams, in descending order (most difficult to easy) is XAT> CAT> IIFT> SNAP> TISS> NMAT. Now, let us dive into a detailed analysis behind the assigned ranks and the difficulty level. IIFT-  The questions asked in IIFT are a mixture of moderate and difficult.  The struggle lies in the attainment of marks within the cut-off range, both total cut-off and individual section cut-off.  Therefore, the students have no option but to perform exceedingly well in all sections, GK included.  The acceptance rate of IIFT is comparably low, only 400 students get admitted out of 50000 students. SNAP –  The entrance exam is easy but the tough part is to score marks that will be eligible for admission into Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, or SCHMID branch.  These are the branches which are of good quality, unlike the rest of them. TISS-  The exam pattern of TISS is easy but the GK section is the most dangerous part among them.  The questions asked in the GK section comprise both general knowledge and current affairs, therefore the portions are cover is endless. NMAT-  NMAT exam can be successfully cleared with proper preparation. The questions asked are conceptually based.  No negative marks are given for wrong answers, hence the students are free to attempt all the questions fearlessly.  MICAT is pretty easy. If you want a career in brand marketing and advertising it is necessary.  Therefore, from the above discussion, you can estimate the logic behind ranking the difficulty level of exams.Read more
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Ques. What is the order of difficulty mode of entrances exam among these CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and other exams conducted by deemed universities?

● Top Answer By Sahil Sachdeva on 18 Jan 21

Ans. The order of difficulty is definitely related to various factors but the prominent ones are candidates appearing & its composition. Keeping these in mind; the list is as follows: Common Aptitude Test(CAT) The exam is conducted by IIMs and accepted by most of the management institutes across the country.  The test duration is around 3 hours and comprises 100 questions.  A nice level of preparation is required to crack it as colleges look up to candidates holding more than 90 percentile. Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) This examination is organised by Xavier Institute Of Management situated in Jamshedpur.  It also qualifies as a prominent score for management courses across various colleges.  The paper has sections similar to CAT but reasoning and general knowledge are the cracking points in the paper. Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) It is conducted by All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) having a moderate level of difficulty.  It takes general knowledge scores into consideration.  It is a 3 hour exam with 100 questions. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) This examination is conducted 4 times a year in February, May, September and December by All India Management Association (AIMA).  It is the easiest of all management exams and is accepted by 55-60% colleges across the country.  It is a 2.5 hour paper including 200 questions.  The percentile awarded is not inclusive of general knowledge score. The details regarding exams can be summed up in the table as follows: PAPER Number of questions Time duration (hours) Number of times paper conducted CAT 100 3 Once in a year (29 November 2020) XAT 100; 2 parts 3 Once in a year ( 3 January 2021) CMAT 100 3 Once in a year ( January 2021 ; registration open) MAT 200 2.5 4 times a year (February, May, September and December) The other prominent exams that are institute specific are : NMAT- Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies -Management Aptitude Test SNAP- Symbiosis College – Symbiosis National Aptitude Test IIFT- Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade The aforesaid examinations are followed by GD/PI with a comprehensive evaluation of the entire academic cycle of candidate. Mere qualification of percentile is not a sure shot entry to top institutes.Read more
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.