Entrance exam preparation for top MBA programs

Overview on XAT

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level aptitude test conducted in India by XLRI (formerly known as Xavier Labour Relations Institute), a business school in Jamshedpur in the state of Jharkhand in India, as an entrance test for its and other highly reputed institutes, including Xavier Institute of Management and Goa Institute of Management programs.


A candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and awaiting results can also apply.

XAT Pattern and Duration:

In 2013 XAT Exam was a 3 hours exam. It was divided into an initial section of 2 hours and 20 minutes, consisting of multiple-choice questions that tested Quantitative Ability (Mathematics), Verbal Ability (English) and Data Interpretation/Logical Reasoning skills and a final section of 40 minutes which contained General Awareness questions and an Essay question.

Scoring Pattern:

AT 2011 XAT Exam was one of hardest MBA entrance exams in India and candidates were surprised to note differential marking (1 marks to 5 marks)(Maximum Marks:252).

In 2012, XAT Exam was held on 8 January 2012 had fewer questions in all three sections (Decision Making:25, Quantitative Ability:32 and Verbal Ability:28). XAT 2012 (Maximum Marks:100) also had differential marking with questions allotted marks either 1, 1.5 or 2.

In XAT 2014, a correct answer was awarded 1 mark and an incorrect answer was penalized 0.25 marks.

Important Dates:

Application Date Starts
(Cost of Form: INR 1600, INR 300 per XLRI Course)
17th August 2016
Application Date Ends (without late fee)
(Cost of Form: INR 1600, INR 300 per XLRI Course)
30th November 2016
Last Date of Application (with late fee)
(Cost of Form: INR 2000, INR 500 per XLRI Course)
11th December 2016
Downloading of Admit Cards20th December 2016 onwards
Date of Exam8th January 2017
Test Timings10.00 am to 01.30 pm