XAT 2020 XAT 2021 APPLICATION FORM, ELIGIBILITY, DATES, PATTERN AND SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT ) is a test organised by Xavier’s Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT 2021 will provide prospective candidates admission to B- schools all across the country. It is an online, computer-based test which is conducted annually on a national level.
|Exam||Xavier’s Aptitude Test|
|Division of Exam||2 Parts- Part 1 and Part 2|
|Time Duration||180 minutes|
Given below are the tentative exam dates for the XAT exam 2021
|Important Day||Tentative Date|
|Application- start date||Third week of August 2020|
|Application- end date (without late fee)||Last week of November 2020|
|Application- end date (with late fee)||Second week of December 2020|
|Admit Card||Third week of December 2020|
|Entrance Exam||First week of January 2021|
|Result||Last week of January 2021|
Applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria in order to take the XAT exam. The eligibility criteria are as follows-
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.
|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 Programme||Candidates 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 are no reservation criteria that has been mentioned other than the relaxation of 5% in the final overall marks of the bachelor’s degree for the SC/ ST/ PwD applicants.
The registration of the applicant is the first step to applying for XAT. The following steps must be completed to register successfully.
The candidate must scan a copy of their photo and signature which must be uploaded in the prescribed format
|Scanned Candidate’s Passport Size Photograph||Image Dimensions: 200 x 300 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File size: 20 Kbs - 50 Kbs|
|Scanned Candidate’s Signature||Image Dimensions: 140 x 160 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File Size: 10 Kbs - 20 Kbs|
|Application fee (without late fee)||1700 INR|
|Application fee (with late fee)||2000 INR|
|Extra fee for each XLRI program||300 INR|
|XLRI program fee (with late fee)||500 INR|
XLRI will tentatively issue the the 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.
In order to access the admit card, the candidate must input their date of birth as well as their registration number. 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. The following information will be presented on the admit card:
Note: In case candidates face any issues/discrepancies in their XAT 2020 Admit Card, they can contact the XAT Helpline Number - 18002674008
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.
|XAT 2021 Exam Centers|
|Bhilai Nagar||Bokaro Steel City||Dibrugarh||Durgapur|
XAT 2021 exam will be conducted online as a computer based test. 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.
|Question||Number of Questions||Time Limit|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||27||165 Minutes|
|Verbal and Logical Ability||26|
Part 2 is of 15 minutes and it includes:
|Question||Number of Questions||Time Limit|
|General Knowledge||25||15 Minutes|
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
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||Geometry, Tables, Graphys, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Statistics, Profit and Loss, Speed and Distance, Clocks|
|Verbal and Logical Ability||Grammar, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension|
|Decision Making||Analytical Reasoning, Situational events, Caselets, Data Arrangement Sets|
|General Knowledge||Politics, History, Sport, Nation and States, Business, Literature, Economics, International Relations, Society|
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 book recommendations based on each section
|Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers)||By RK Jha|
|Target XAT 2019 (Past papers and mock tests)||By Disha Publications|
|Word Power Made Easy||By Norman Lewis|
|Analytical Reasoning||By MK Pandey|
|A Modern Approach to Verbal and non- verbal reasoning||By 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 Tests||Gajendra Kumar|
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination||By R.S. Aggarwal|
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation||By Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Aptitude Simplified for XAT||Deepak Aggarwal|
|Concepts of Numbers for XAT and Other Aptitude Exams (Old Edition)||Gajendra Kumar|
Newspaper 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.
|Sample Paper 1|
|Paper 2017||Sample Paper 2|
|Paper 2016||Paper 2015|
To prepare for the XAT exam the candidates must emphasise on the importance of practice and mock tests. The following steps should be followed to study effectively for the XAT exam.
XAT cut off 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 counselling, 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, SPJIMR, 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 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 counselling 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
Candidates will have to appear in person for all rounds of the counselling 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 SPJIMR, 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, extracurricular activities, previous academic records will most likely affect a candidate’s final selection.
Over 150 management colleges accept the XAT scores for admission. Some of the best colleges of management accepting XAT score are:
|SPJIMR Mumbai||XIM Bhubaneswar|
|IMT Ghaziabad||MICA Ahmedabad|
|Great Lakes Institute of Management||TAPMI Manipal|
|GIM Goa||KJ Somaiya Mumbai|
|FORE New Delhi||IRMA|
|SFIMR Mumbai||Xavier Business School (XBS), St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata|
|LIBA Chennai||XISS Ranchi|
Ques. Is XAT conducted online or offline?
Ques. Why is the XAT exam important?
Ques. How many times can one attempt XAT ?
Ques. In how many months can you prepare for XAT ?
Ques. In the second year of Graduation can you apply for XAT ?
Ques. Who do I have to contact if I have questions regarding my XLRI Admission?
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