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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Xavier Aptitude Test

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is national-level pen and paper based management aptitude test. It is conducted every year by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur. XLRI conducts the exam on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes for admission to MBA, PGDM and other management courses.

XLRI offers three two-year management programmes: Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management Programme (BM), and Global MBA Programme. Last year, XAT authorities announced quite a few significant test pattern changes on the official website:

In the main question paper (Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation sections), the total number of questions has been brought down to 78. Candidates will have 170 minutes to answer the main question paper, which means the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. Earlier, the total time for objective part of the test was 150 minutes.

In order to encourage students attempt more questions with accuracy, XAT question paper will be created in such a manner that that the top hundred students will be able to complete the test within 170 minutes. The idea behind this is to reduce the low range of scores and encourage good students to do well.

Aspirants have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any non-attempted question will carry a negative mark of 0.05 marks per question. There’d also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.
Number of questions in GK section has been reduced to 25. However, the time to answer GK and Essay section remains same – 35 minutes.
There’s no negative marking in GK section.


XAT exam is a pen and paper based examination. The idea behind conducting XAT in written mode is to ensure that candidates from all backgrounds are at par. It also ensures that XAT aspirants are tested on exactly the same set of questions.

XAT exam pattern has four important sections. The sections are:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK & Essay
  • XAT exam pattern is one of the most difficult management entrance exams to crack. It is important to select the right balance of questions since the beginning of the exam. Here are some tips for XAT exam preparation.

    The total number of questions in the main part (VA, DI, DM) has been brought down to 78 and the time allotted has been increased by 20 minutes. The candidates would have 170 minutes to answer the questions. Students can choose have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any unattempted question will carry the negative mark of 0.05. There would also be negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer. The number of questions in the GK has been reduced to twenty-five and there would be no negative marking in this section. XAT test pattern changes: 7 critical things you should know!

    Exam Centers

    The exam centers for XAT:

    Indian Cities
    Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar
    Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar
    Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack
    Dehradun, Delhi
    Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati
    abalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur
    Kanpur, Kolkata
    Mangalore, Mumbai
    Nagpur, Nasik, Noida
    Patna, Pune
    Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela
    Sambalpur, Surat
    Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum
    Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
    International Cities:

    Syllubus for Xavier Aptitude Test

    XAT is a pen and paper-based exam. The test is famous for its high difficulty level. XAT syllabus consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing. Here are some syllabus details, based from last year’s XAT paper pattern.

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

    In XAT, there are three sets of DI questions. Quant has similar sections like CAT exam. Here are some of the quant topics that are covered in the exam:

    • Percentage
    • Profit and Loss
    • Ratio
    • Variation
    • Time and Work
    • Time, Speed and Distance
    • Tables and Caselets
    • Probability
    • Critical Path
    • Averages and Partnerships
    • Alligations and Mixtures
    • Algebra
    • Linear and Quadratics Equations
    • Surds and Indices
    • Inequalities
    • Logarithms
    • Numbers
    • Mensuration and Geometry, etc

    English Language & Logical Reasoning

    Topics in this section include:

    Grammar questions
    Para Completion and inference
    Reading Comprehension
    Verbal Logic

    Decision Making

    Topics under this section includes:

    Decision making
    Logical reasoning

    General Knowledge

    The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topis:

    Awards and winners
    Government and Politics
    Famous Personalities
    Current affairs
    Important happenings around the World
    Static GK

    XAT GK section is dominated by current affairs and news, with around seven questions related to international on-going issues like Syrian crisis, Crimean referendum, Boko Haram.

    Here’s how you should prepare for GK.


    Essay section has no fixed subject. Essay topic could vary from general affairs to abstract subject. The idea to present your chain of thoughts on the subject in an order. The exam has roughly 90-100 questions on English, QA, LR & DI and Decision Making. The test also includes questions on General Awareness. Click here to view XAT exam preparation strategy.

    Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) Notification

    Events Dates
    Application form start Date 17th August 2016
    Last date to submit the application form (without late fee) 30th November 2016
    Last Date for Applying (with late fee) 11th December 2016
    Release of admit card 20th December 2016
    Exam Date 8th January 2017
    Result declaration 31st January 2017
    Counselling begins After result announcement

    Eligibility for Xavier Aptitude Test

    The eligibility criteria for XAT :

    Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline.

    Final year students can also (completing final examination by June 10, 2017) can also apply.

    The eligibilty for XLRI programmes like Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management (BM) is similar. Candidates with three years of work experience will be given preference in Global Business Management. NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT scores.

    Note: There’s no specific age limit for XAT exam.

    Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) Application

    Registrations for XAT 2017 ended on November 30, 2016. Those who missed it, can apply till December 11, 2016 with late fee. To register for XAT, candidates need to visit the official website, click on Register and create a new account with personal email id. After that, candidates will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link. One needs to click on the link and create their own password for future logins. Post that, candidates will be guided through a few more steps to complete registration.

    XLRI Jamshedpur offers the following management programmes:

    • Business Management (BM)
    • Human Resource Management (HRM)
    • Global Business Management(GBM)
    • General Management Programme (GMP).

    Candidates not interested in any of the XLRI programmes can skip this step,” informed the official website.

    Test Fees

    XAT 2017 application fee is Rs 1600 and Rs 300 per XLRI course. Application fee after November 30, 2016 will be ( including late fee) Rs 2000 and Rs 500 per XLRI course

    Mode of Payment

    There are three modes of payment:

    Online Payment Gateway: Through VISA/Master Credit/Debit Cards (American Express Card is inadmissible). IDBI Net banking (this option is available only for IDBI account holder)

    Cash Payment: Please take a print out of the XAT Pay-In-Slip visit nearest IDBI bank and make the payment.

    Demand Draft: Issue a DD from any Bank in favour of "XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT" payable at Jamshedpur. The DD needs to be send at the following The Chairperson Admission, XLRI, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur- 831001. The same must be sent within fifteen days from the issuance of DD.

    Candidates need to fill the following information in the registration process:

    • Preliminary information (Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Category and Phone Number etc….)
    • Mailing (communication) address and permanent address
    • Educational qualification from Class 10 onwards
    • Work experience starting from the latest job
    • Choose the XAT test city
    • Upload a scanned digital photograph and signature less than 1 MB (Click here for the process of uploading the photograph and signature).

    Candidates should print out all the XAT Confirmation page for future correspondence with XAT office.

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