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XAT 2021 Selection Process: Dates, Documents and Steps

XAT 2021 Selection Process will commence from February and conclude in April 2021. Each institute has its own selection procedure and there is no centralized procedure. Candidates who make it to the final merit list on the basis of their score in XAT and other selection rounds like GD, PI will be called for counselling. Read: XAT GD PI WAT Tips

Candidate’s academic record, past work experience, and overall profile also play an important role in his/her selection. XAT 2021 aims to select admirable students for management programs offered by more than 150 institutes. To appear for XAT 2021 selection procedure you just need to register on the official website of your preferred colleges.


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XAT Selection Process 2021

XAT Selection Process 2021

Candidates who clear the XAT 2021 cut off will be eligible to participate in the selection rounds of different colleges. The process for XAT Counselling is done through online mode. The steps involved in the procedure are as follows:

XAT Counselling

Step 1 – Registration for XAT 2021 Selection

  • Before appearing for XAT Selection Process, all the selected candidates are required to register for it.
  • It can be done by providing the required credentials on the official website of your preferred college.
  • With that, candidates are required to make the payment.
  • One must take note that the fee varies as per the institute.

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Step 2 – Choice Filling and Locking

  • After successful registration, candidates will have an option to choose a preferred course in the institute.
  • Select the course and lock the same option.
  • One must take note that after locking the choice no alterations can be done at later stages.

Step 3 – Final Seat Allotment

  • The final allotment will be done on the basis of choices filled by the candidate.
  • Also, on the basis of rank in the merit list as well as on the availability status.

Note: After the XAT Selection concludes, candidates have to report at the allocated venue for Document Verification Process.

Documents Required for XAT Selection Process 2021

  • Original counselling letter along with a photocopy of counselling letter
  • Original and Xerox of XAT 2021 Admit Card
  • Bank draft as per the guidelines mentioned in XAT 2021 Brochure
  • Academic Certificates (class X & XII; Bachelor’s Degree)
  • XAT 2021 Rank Card 
  • Scorecard (if applicable)
  • Caste Certificate
  • Medical documents 
  • 4-6 Passport size photographs color and black and white

XAT Selection Procedure 2021

XAT Selection Procedure 2021 Stages

  • The selection procedure varies as per the participating institute. 
  • The process will test overall abilities of a candidate. 
  • Based on XAT Selection Procedure, the institute will decide if a candidate is suitable for admissions or not.
  • The process will be a two-step process. The two steps are as follows: 
  1. Group Discussion
  2. Personal Interview

The process for each XLRI program is explained below:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Management (PGDM-BM): 

Stage 1: Shortlisting based on XAT score

Stage 2: Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The GD typically lasts for 30 minutes, with 8-10 participants.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management- General Management (PGDM-GM):

Stage 1: Shortlisting based on XAT or GMAT score.

Stage 2: Personal Interview (PI), in person, or over G-Talk/ Skype for overseas candidates.

  • PGDM (BM), Part-Time (JSR):

Stage 1: Shortlisting based on an aptitude test (which consists of class 10th level questions on quantitative ability, English language skills, and logical reasoning). Candidates may be required to provide the scores of credible MBA examinations in which they may have appeared.

Stage 2: Personal Interview (PI) at XLRI Jamshedpur

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Global MBA (PGDM- GMBA):
  1. Shortlisting based on XAT or GMAT score.
  2. Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Human Resources Management (PGDM- HRM):
  1. Shortlisting based on XAT score.
  2. Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The GD typically lasts for 30 minutes, with 8-10 participants.

Once these rounds are completed, the total score for final selection is calculated on the basis of weightage given to several assessment components such as XAT score, GD, PI, Essay Writing, past academic records, work experience, and overall profile of the candidate.

Preparation of XAT Merit List

The weightage of these components (for all programs of XLRI) for final selection is as explained below: 

Component Weightage
XAT score 60%
GD/PI 25%
Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-ex, video 15%


  • XLRI has the right to change the weightage of the components after analyzing GD/PI data.
  • The bottom 10% scores in GD/PI may not be considered for final selection irrespective of scores in other components.
  • On the basis of the total score, a merit list for final admissions is prepared.

XAT 2021 Group Discussion

XAT 2021 Group Discussion

In a GD round, candidates are divided into groups of 8-15 participants, depending on the number of candidates shortlisted and the number of GD rounds in total that the institute wishes to conduct. Each group is then given a topic which the participants are required to discuss. The time limit for each GD is about 15-25 minutes.

The topics of XLRI GD could be related to current affairs, politics, social issues such as women’s rights and emancipation, or any other issue concerning advertising, technology, education or business in India.

Guidelines to the Group Discussion

  • Utilize the time given before each GD round to make some quick notes for yourself.
  • Don’t lose your calm if the GD turns into a fish market. Stick to the topic and make your points in a clear, audible voice.
  • Don’t get too aggressive and insulting in your words and tone. Use politically correct language to put forth your views. 
  • Don’t flaunt your vocabulary during the GD. Instead, focus on good and substantial points to put forth.
  • Address the entire group while making a point.
  • Don’t try to dominate the group. Don’t pick fights with the ones who disagree with you.
  • Body Language: Sit straight, be active, don’t slouch or hunch, don’t  intrude into other people’s space by spreading your arms way too much, gestures using hands must be limited to your personal space, at the height of your chest.
  • Don’t be too shy or introverted as none of the other participants will give you the chance to speak. Make at least some contribution to the GD to avoid getting eliminated. The beginning and ending of the GD are good places to speak up and get noticed.
  • Be updated with the latest current affairs and increase your knowledge about various issues concerning our society, culture, politics, business, education etc. Reading newspapers daily will help in this direction.

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XAT 2021 Personal interview

XAT 2021 Personal interview

Personal Interview (PI) has questions about the candidate’s background, academics, achievements, and motivation behind going for an MBA.The interviewers intend to gauge the candidates on their communication skills, content, confidence, and ability to think under pressure.

Usually, candidates are petrified by the thought of a PI due to low confidence, lack of communication skills and fear of speaking in public.

Guidelines to the Personal Interview 

  • Don’t fear the interview panel. They are experienced academicians and experts but they intend to know you better, so don’t get too nervous. Relax and be as natural in your answers as possible.
  • Take care of general etiquettes: Greet them, address all the panelists while talking, thank them after the interview is over.
  • Be well-versed and thorough with your resume, essay and application form.
  • Be honest in your answers and don’t try to bluff the interviewers. If you don’t know the answer to a question, admit that and apologize.
  • Treat it like a talking session. This will keep you relaxed and keep nervousness at bay.
  • Time for every interviewee is different. A shorter interview does not mean elimination. Similarly, a longer interview does not indicate selection.
  • Smile. Don’t look too serious, too aggressive or too tense.

XAT 2021 Selection Process FAQs

XAT 2021 Selection Process FAQs

Ques: When is XAT 2021 Selection Process expected to be start?

Ans: XAT 2021counselling is expected to start in the month of February 2021.

Ques: XAT 2021 Selection Process will be held in which mode?

Ans: XAT 2021 Selection Process will be conducted in online mode only.

Ques: Can I change my choice after locking it?

Ans: No, you can not change your choice after locking it.

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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