XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) 2021: Important Dates, Application Process, Admit Card

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XAT 2021 exam has been scheduled to be conducted online on January 3, 2021, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at various exam centers across India. 

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur, on the behalf of XLRI for the candidate's admission into MBA/PGDM programmes. The XAT score is valid for admissions in more than 160 institutes. 

XAT 2021 Exam: Highlights 

Name of the Exam 

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2021 

Conducting body 

XLRI, Jamshedpur 

Courses offered 

MBA/ PGDM programmes 

Exam level 


Exam mode 


Exam duration 

3 Hours 

Exam date 

January 3, 2021 

Exam type

Objective Type (MCQs) 

Official website 


CheckXAT 2021 Exam Date, Registration, Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Exam Analysis, Syllabus, Preparation 

XAT 2021 Exam: Important Dates 


Important dates 

Start of registration date 

September 12, 2020 

End of registration 

November 30, 2020 

Release of admit card 

December 20, 2020

XAT 2021 exam date 

January 3, 2021 

Last date of  GMAT registration 

December 31, 2020 

CheckXAT 2021 Exam Important Dates & Exam Schedule 

XAT 2021 Exam: Programmes Offered 

Go through the table below to know the MBA/ PGDM programmes that will be offered based on the scores obtained by the candidates in the XAT exam: 

Programme type 

Programme Name 



Full-Time Residential Programmes (PGDM) 


Human Resource Management

2 years 


Business Management

2 years 


Business Management

2 years 

Executive PGDM (General)

General Management Programme

15 months 


Fellow Programme in Management 

4 years 

Part-Time Programmes for Working Executives

BM (Part-time)

Blended Mode (Part-time) Programme for Working Executives 

3 years 


Executive Fellow Programme in Management


Virtual Interactive Learning (VIL) (PG Certificate) 


Business Management (Certificate) 

12 month 


Human Resource Management (Certificate)

12 month 


Business Analytics for Management Decisions (Certificate) 



Senior Leadership Management (Certificate) 


Corporate Programmes

Management Development Programmes



In-Company Training Programmes

Consultancy Services


Certificate Programmes


Executive Diploma in Human Resource Management 

16 months 

CheckComplete XAT 2021 Eligibility – Qualification, Marks, Work Experience 

XAT 2021 Exam: Selection Criteria

XLRI, Jamshedpur will select the candidates through the XAT scores in 3 stages, which are as follows, 

  • Shortlisted candidates 
  • Group discussions & Personal interview 
  •  Final Selection 

There are no Centralized Selection criteria for the XAT Exam. If a candidate wishes to apply for various programmes, then he may be called for multiple interviews/group discussions. The selection criteria vary for each MBA/PGDM programme depending upon its nature. Apart from the interview round, the Final Selection List will be prepared based on the scores obtained by the candidates in the XAT exam, relevant work experience, academic qualifications, and extracurricular activities. 

CheckXAT 2021 Exam Centres & Major Test Centres across India 

XAT 2021 Exam: Application Process & How to Apply?

To apply for the MBA/PGDM programmes offered by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Candidates can follow the step-by-step process provided below. 

  • Visit the official XLRI Jamshedpur - XAT website @ xatonline.in
  • Navigate to the latest updates tab and click on the link to the XAT 2021 application form 
  • Go through the terms mentioned and if you meet the requisite eligibility criteria, then click on the download link of the XAT 2021 application form 
  • After downloading the form, you can proceed to fill it 
  • Fill in the personal details, academic details, and other information as asked on the application form 
  • Then, scan and upload the photograph and signature as specified in the guidelines 
  • Before the final submission, preview all the details and verify it 
  • Select your XLRI programme preferences if you wish to study in XLRI (through XAT or GMAT
  • choose your test center around your residence 
  • Later, submit the application form by paying the application fee 
  • Download it and take a print out of the same for further reference 

Candidates must note that applicants’ details will not be modified/updated later. Also, candidates can choose any 2 test centers, however, the exam conducting authority will finally allot a test center. 

CheckXAT Registration 2021 (Sept 12): Application Form, Dates, Fees and Process 

XAT 2021 Exam: Application Form Fee Details 

Candidates are required to pay the application fee to finally submit the XAT 2021 application form.


Amount to be paid 

XAT registration (without late fee) 

INR 1750/-

Interested in XLRI programmes (additional fee) 

INR 300/- each 

Applying For GMP through GMAT 

INR 2500/- 

Also Check: XAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus 

XAT 2021 Admit Card: How to Download? 

XLRI has decided to conduct the XAT 2021 Exam on January 3, 2020. For which the admit cards will be released on December 20, 2020 one. Candidates appearing for the said-exam must download their exam admit card by visiting the official website. It is mandatory for all the candidates to preserve their admit cards till the end of admission process. 

Here's how you can download the XAT 2021 Exam Admit Card.

  • Visit the official XAT 2021 site 
  • Click on the login link available on the homepage 
  • On the login page, key in your XAT Registration/User ID and password/ Date of Birth 
  • XAT 2021 Exam admit card will appear on the screen 
  • Preview all the details and download the admit card and take a print out of the same for exam use 

Candidates are required to notify the exam authorities if they find any discrepancies on the exam admit card. 
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