XAT Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Result and Cut Off

    Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT), is a national level exam organised by XLRI, Jamshedpur once every year for admission into MBA/ PGDM programs of over 150 B schools. This online (CBT) exam is conducted in 46 cities tentatively on the first week of January. See List of XAT 2021 Test Centres.

    Important Latest Update

    XAT registration will commence from September 12, 2020 (Saturday) till 12:00 Midnight on November 30, 2020 (Monday). Admit card can be downloaded from December 20, 2020 onwards till day of the exam (January 3, 2020)

    • To apply for XAT, candidates must obtain a recognized graduation degree in any discipline (humanities/commerce/engineering) by June of that year.
    • As per XAT 2021 Exam Pattern, essay writing section was cut down and numerical answer type questions were added.
    • Candidates have to now attempt a total of 100 questions in 180 minutes.
    • Sectional time limit for VALR, DM, and QA is 165 minutes and 15 minutes for GK.
    • Each section has different cutoff for male and female candidates depending on the program.
    • Candidates who score the minimum required XAT 2021 Cutoff marks will be eligible to participate in personal interviews and group discussion rounds.

    Table of Contents


    Application Process

    Admit Card

    Exam Centres

    Exam Pattern


    Preparation Books



    Seat Matrix

    Selection Procedure

    Participating Colleges

    XAT FAQs

    Key Highlights of XAT Exam

    FeatureDetailAdditional Information
    Exam NameXavier Aptitude Test Acronym XAT
    Exam LevelNationalConducted for more than 60 years by XLRI
    Exam CategoryPost GraduateXAT Score accepted by more than 150 institutes
    Conducting BodyXLRI JamshedpurOn Behalf of XAMI Members
    Programs OfferedPGDM (Human Resource Management/ Business Management/ General Management)

    XAT Registration Fee: INR 1700

    Applying to XLRI programmes addition INR 300 

    XAT Eligibility3-year Bachelor’s DegreeIn any discipline from a recognised college/university
    Exam ModeOnlineFor 3 Hour Duration
    Number of Test Takers90,000 approx.Conducted in around 46 test cities in India
    XAT Websitexatonline.inFor Online Registration,Fee payment, result declaration
    XAT Helpline Number1800 267 4008Contact Number 0657 665 3203/04
    XAT Topper Tips

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      XAT Eligibility Criteria

      Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria in order to appear for XAT. The eligibility criteria for XAT 2021 are as follows-

      • Applicants 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 mark sheet.
      • While candidates with Indian citizenship 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.
      Note: Candidates who did graduation in the 1980s with a 2-year bachelor's degree are not eligible for XAT 2021. NRI and Foreign Candidates are also eligible to apply through GMAT Scorecard. 

      Program Wise Eligibility for XAT Exam

      Applicants are eligible to apply for multiple programs 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. XAT eligibility for all programs have been given below:

      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 whose result has been declared by June 10 of that year, can apply on a provisional basis. 
      NRI and Foreign students can apply directly through their GMAT Scores.

      Work experience not required

      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 of that year, in a reputable public, private or non-governmental organization. 
      Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) - Doctoral Level ProgrammeCandidates who have completed a postgraduate program in any stream from India / abroad and centers 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.

      No work experience is needed for this course

      XAT Program Wise Fee

      XLRI Jamshedpur Fees for Programs Offered:

      Program Fee Structure
      PGDBM   ₹11.8 Lakhs (1st Year Fees)   
      Executive Diploma   ₹4.1 Lakhs (Total Fees)   
      PG Diploma   ₹20.95 Lakhs (Total Fees)   
      Executive   ₹9 Lakhs (Total Fees)   
      PGCBM₹2.9 Lakhs (Total Fees)   

      XAT Topper Tips

      XAT Application Process

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        XAT Registration will commence from third week of August 2020 and the extended date to apply for XAT 2021 will tentatively be somewhere in second week of December 2020. Candidates will be able to fill XAT 2021 Application Form at the official website xatonline.in. XAT Registration process primarily involves the following steps:

        Step 1: Registration

        • Visit the official website-xatonline.in.
        • 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”.

        Check Detailed XAT 2021 Registration 

        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: Registration Fee Payment

        Registration for XAT will be completed only on successfull payment of fees. Fee structure is given below:

        • 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.      
        Note: In case an applicant did not receive the registration confirmation mail along with provisional XAT UID & Password, within 24 hours of signing up, they are requested to write to xat2021@xlri.ac.in.in 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

        XLRI Jamshedpur issues XAT Admit Card in third week of December. Candidates will be able to download their admit card from the official website xatonline.in. You just needed to enter a valid XAT ID and password. After downloading the admit card you must check the details mentioned in it like exam center, exam instructions, date, timings and candidate’s information.

        Candidates were advised to resolve any issue in their admit card as soon as possible otherwise they would not have been allowed to take the exam on January 5, 2021 (Expected date).  XAT Admit Card is a mandatory document that must be preserved till the admission process is over. 

        How to download XAT Admit Card?

        1. Visit the official website of XAT 2021. Click on “login” link at the top right side of the page.
        2. Enter your XAT Registration ID and 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.
        Note: In case of any discrepancy or error in the XAT Admit Card, you must report it to the concerned authorities immediately at their Helpline Number - 18002674008.

        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 List

        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 exam cities in the official brochure.

        Bhilai NagarBokaro Steel CityDibrugarhDurgapur
        BengaluruGreater NoidaMangaloreTiruchirapalli

        Read More About XAT Exam Centers

        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.

        XAT Exam Day Instructions

        There are few exam day instructions that need to be followed by all the candidates. XAT is a 3 hours duration test from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. The three sections of Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Decision Making & Analytical Ability summed up to a count of 74 questions and the section for GK included 25 questions.

        • Candidates have to be seated as per their allocated Centre Registration Number - CRN once they enter the Test Hall.
        • Any rough work, if required, has to be done within the space of the margin on the provided test booklet. No separate or extra rough sheet will be given out at the exam hall.
        • Candidates taking the XAT 2021 will not be permitted to leave their respective seats before the test-invigilator personally acquires the rough sheet from every individual candidate at the end of the test. Only then are they allowed to step out of the test hall.

        Also Read:6 Important Factors to be wary of for the XAT 2021 Exam Day

        XAT Exam Pattern

        Candidates must be thoroughly familiar with the exam pattern of XAT so avoid any surprises in the exam hall. XAT pattern has witnessed a few changes over the years.

        • XAT 2021 exam will be conducted online as a computer based test which is conducted in a single slot.
        • Each correct answer will be given one mark and each wrong answer will reduce 0.25 marks each. Negative marking however is not applicable for General Knowledge section.
        • 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.
        • Candidates can switch from one section to another in part 1 but in part 2, no switching will be allowed.
        • 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 Pattern Latest Changes

        The conducting time for the exam is from to 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. Few changes has been introduced in XAT pattern over the years.

        • The most important change in 2020 was that there was no essay writing test. Due to this, candidates only had to prepare for multiple choice questions. 
        • A new category in the form of Numerical Answer Type Question (NAT Questions) were available in the XAT 2020.
        • Other than this, the score obtained in the GK section will not be included in the final calculation of score and the incorrect responses for questions from this section will not be considered for percentile calculation.
        • Eassy writing questions have stopped coming altogether in XAT.
        • Applicants could only move-on to part-2 of the GK section after the completion of part-1 of the XAT 2021. 

        Check detailed XAT Exam Pattern

        XAT Marking Pattern and Time Allocation

        All the questions in the XAT will be having equal weight, carrying equal marks irrespective of the difficulty level or the section they are belonging to. Only in the GK section, there will not be any negative marking and also the marks obtained in this section will not be included in the final score. The deduction of 0.25 marks will be there from the total tally for each wrong attempt/answer. Most importantly, 0.05 mark is deducted for a tally of more than eight unattempted questions.

        Section-wise Time Allocation for XAT as suggested by experts is:

        • Quantitative Ability - 60 minutes
        • Decision Making - 50 minutes
        • Verbal and Logical Ability - 40 minutes
        • General Knowledge - 30 minutes

        XAT Syllabus

        XLRI does not prescribe any official syllabus for the entrance test. XAT 2021 syllabus is based on past trends of question papers and syllabus, drawn from the topics which have been asked in previous exams. However, their composition, format, and number may change with each subsequent edition of XAT.

        It 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

        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 XAT. Given are the XAT book recommendations based on each section

        Decision Making

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

        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

        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 Books for Prepration With Key Features

        General Knowledge

        Best books to score in GK section are Objective General Knowledge (Lucent’s) by Sanjiv Kumar and General Knowledge 2021 by Manohar Pandey.

        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.

        Must Read:How to Prepare for XAT General Knowledge with Solved Questions

        XAT Cutoff

        XAT 2021 cut off is the minimum percentile that a candidate must score in order to make it to the merit list. On the basis of cut off 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.  XAT Cut off varies for different programs offered by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Other participating institutes also have their individual cut off scores.

        • 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 Cut-Off marks include the minimum percentile to be scored by each candidate in the test.

        The minimum percentage required for being considered for different programs at XLRI:

        XAT Expected Cut off
        XAT Topper Tips

        XAT Mock Test

        XAT 2021 mock test is released by XLRI a few days prior to the scheduled exam date. To ace in the exam, candidates were advised to appear for the mock test released by the conducting body to understand the exam pattern and structure of the online test. In order to access the online assessment/mock test, test takers had to enter the User ID and Password created during the XAT 2021 Registration. 

        CheckXAT 2021 Mock Test 

        How to prepare for XAT

        • Time table is a must: Candidates are advised to make a weekly time table which included 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 weekly preparation. 
        • 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. Read Section Wise Preparation Tips and the Best Books for XAT
        • 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.

          XAT Section Wise Detailed Preparation

          XAT Verbal Ability Syllabus, Pattern, PDF, Previous Year Analysis, Preparation TipsXAT Quant Syllabus, Pattern, Sample Questions, and Preparation Tips
          XAT Decision Making Questions With Solutions, Tips, PatternXAT GK Syllabus, Pattern, Sample Questions, and Preparation Tips

          Time Management Tips for XAT

          • One question to focus on: Each time only one question will pop up with five options to it. This will let candidates to focus on that particular question without thinking of a different one.
          • Proper and easy Navigation: Candidates can click on either of the 'Next Question' or 'Previous Question' buttons present at the bottom of the screen to navigate to the respective previous or next questions.
          • A track of Time: A ticking timer will be available on the corner of the screen at the top-right position; candidates will get help from this counter to keep a check on the proceedings on their attempt towards every section and the XAT 2021 as a whole.
          • Answer, Think, Review: Candidates can opt to finalize an option by clicking on the correct option as per their calculation/assumption. A question that a candidate is unsure of can be left completely blank. They can even unmark a particular answer by clicking on the 'Erase' button lying at the bottom of the screen.
          • Flexibility: The set of questions present for the XAT MBA Exam can be approached in any order within the stipulated time frame.
          • Weightage-preference over Answers: Applicants have the liability to bookmark a particular or a set of questions if they want to review it at a later stage of the exam by clicking on the 'Tag' button available at the bottom of the screen.
          • Smart Calculation/Answering: At the mark of exam-completion, even if a test-taker does not click on an answer or even fail to click on the 'Preview Submit' button, the result will be auto-saved by the computer and duly submitted.

          XAT Preparation Tips by Previous Years' Toppers

          For a productive preparation process, one must consider the opinions of the more experienced. Collegedunia brings you insights from the journeys of XAT toppers:

          XAT Tips by Toppers
          XAT Topper Tips By Arya Balial
          XAT Topper Tips By Isha Parasramka
          XAT Topper Tips by Akash Senapati
          XAT Topper Tips by Aditi Srivastava

            XAT Result

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

            • XAT Scorecard contains overall as well as sectional percentile.
            • All the eligible candidates will be considered for further selection stages, which are Group Discussion, Personal Interview or Written Ability Test on the basis of their rank and overall score.
            • The score for the general knowledge section is not calculated for the purpose of the merit list. 
            • More than 150 B-schools in India accept XAT 2021 scores, including XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI. Candidates can access their scorecards by visiting xatonline.in. 

            The scorecard can be downloaded from the official website in the following steps:

            1. Visit the official website i.e. xatonline.in
            2. Click on the ‘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 

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

            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.

            XAT Answer Key

            XAT Authorities release the official XAT Answer Key 2021 along with the Response Key of the candidates. Candidates can download both of the Response Key and the Answer Key from the official website of XAT 2021. The result of previous session was declared early on January 16, 2020. 

            Steps to raise objections to the XAT Answer Key

            1. Visit the link to the official XAT Answer Key. Check here
            2. Enter your XAT credentials - Login ID and Password.
            3. The screen will be displaying the details of the applicant while one can get to choose on the 'Objection Form' Tab.
            4. Next, click on the 'Click here to raise objection' Tab.
            5. Enter the necessary details: 

            - Question Paper Part-Name
            - Question ID
            - Correct Response in contrary to the Answer Key
            - Evidence in support of your Claim

            6. Provide a document (if needed) to justify our objection raised.
            7. Click on the 'Submit' Tab.

            Candidates can also send emails to admis@xlri.ac.in with the subject line of 'Objection' in their quest of objecting to any question of the XAT Answer Key 2021.

            XAT Seat Intake

            The following table demonstrates a list of the Top MBA Colleges accepting XAT Score along with their Seat Intake and respective Program Fees:

            Name of the InstituteNumber of SeatsProgram Fees (in Lakhs)
            XLRI Jamshedpur36023.00
            XIM Bhubaneswar36017.30
            IMT Ghaziabad18017.50
            TAPMI Manipal28516.90
            MICA Ahmedabad18018.50
            IRMA Anand (Gujarat)18012.10

            Also Check: XAT 2021 On Campus and Offline Courses with Fee Structure, Schplarships

            XAT Score Normalization Process

            XAT Raw Score will be calculated only for Part 1 which consists of VLR, QA and DM sections.

            The formula for Raw Score: (Number of Correct Responses * 1) – (Number of Incorrect Responses * 0.25) – ( * 0.1)
            • Count of Un-attempted Questions: For more than 8 un-answered questions only in Part 1.
            • Transparency: The XAT conducting authority released the XAT question paper and Answer Key after the XAT Exam was conducted, before eventually announcing the XAT 2020 Exam Result.
            • NO Negative Percentile: There are no negative scores that are given to any applicant as per the XAT Score Normalisation Process.
            • NO 100 Percentile: XAT calculates its percentile in a way that the student/students acquiring the highest score get a percentile of 99.9+ rather than 100.

            XAT Selection Procedure

            Candidates will be shortlisted for the selection procedure in XAT 2021 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

            In the 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.

            XAT Top Participating Colleges

            Over 150 prominent 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

            Read more about XAT Selection Procedure

            XAT Merit List

            The Merit List of XAT 2021 is created by including different components such as XAT 2021 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 2021 score (Part A)65%
            GK (Part B)10%
            GD/PI Performance20%
            Academic Profile/Work Experience5%

            It should be noted that post-XAT 2021, 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 with their scorecard. Candidates will be selected for admission to these Institutes on the basis of cut-off score, performance in the GD/PI round and the final merit list prepared for the qualifying candidates.

            XAT Exam FAQs

            Ques. I have done 5 years integrated course, so how will I enter my percentage?

            Ans. Candidates who have pursued a 5-years integrated course can fill up the same percentage as would be the ideal situation for somebody who has pursued his/her Graduation and PG courses separately. The separate columns for Graduation and PG can be filled in potentially with the marks attained in the first 3 years and the last 2 years respectively.

            Ques. How do I calculate the aggregate marks for CBSE /SSC? Is it the best 5 or all the subjects?

            Ans. For marks obtained during the 10th standard, there is no specialization or a course-specific curriculum. Thus, the candidate should calculate an aggregate of all the subjects that was awarded during his/her 10th standard and accordingly fill up the XAT 2021 Form.

            Ques. Does internship/Articleship count as work experience?

            Ans. An internship or an articleship is offered to candidates to get a hang of the operations and functions of an organization. Generally, in these situations, the candidates are not responsible for any first-hand duty or responsible, accountable to the company. So, these are not counted as work experiences.

            Ques. I have less than 50% in graduation, am I eligible to apply for XLRI?

            Ans. There is no minimum aggregate marks-criteria that is required for a candidate to be appearing in XAT 2021. So, with 50% marks in graduation, you are eligible to apply for XLRI. It depends on your performance for the XAT 2021 for your selection chances.

            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. Once you have the XAT ID and password, you can log in to the official website of xatonline.in to download the confirmation page. It is advisable to get a hard copy of the confirmation page handy once you get it downloaded.

            Ques. Can I edit the information given by me?

            Ans. The registration process comes with review notifications before submission at several stages and in several forms. So, it is strictly advised to review everything before submission. Once submitted the form cannot be edited at all.

            Ques. I have paid twice using online payment option. What should I do?

            Ans. Kindly send an email to xat2019@xlri.ac.in 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 official email id: xat2019@xlri.ac.in

            Ques. Can you give me details of HRM Program offered by XLRI?

            Ans. XLRI offers a two-year full-time Programme in Human Resource Management on the completion of which, students are conferred with Postgraduate Diploma in the same. It aims to cater to students with the knowledge and skill-set necessary for managing HR in a manner that contributes to the development of various individuals and organizations.

            Ques. Can you give me details of BM Program offered by XLRI?

            Ans. XLRI has a two-year programme on Business Management which is regarded as extremely prestigious and is rated as one of the finest of its kind in the country. The average salary package catered to students graduating fro this degree has been 22.3 Lakhs P.A.(2017-19).

            Ques. How to prepare for XAT 2021?

            Ans. Here is a list of the Best Preparation Tips that one can follow to ace the upcoming XAT:
            • Scheduling and writing XAT 2021 Mocks every week after the date of the CAT Exam.
            • Frequent and regular newspaper & article-reading.
            • Deeply focussing on concepts and their practical-application.
            • Solving previous year papers and trying to get an idea of the pattern of questions.
            • Performing a thorough qualitative analysis of each mock test that you undertake.

            *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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            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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