Top colleges through XAT

Top colleges through XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is conducted by XLRI every year by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XLRI has been conducting the XAT exam for the admission to post graduate management courses in 11 XAT member institutions for the last 60 years. There are many top colleges through XAT which you can apply.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January 5, 2020 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in a single session. XAT 2020 Exam Pattern is the Online computer based test. XAT pattern 2020 reveals that it will be the third computer based test in the 60+ years history of XAT. Till 2017, XAT Exam Pattern remained a Paper Based Test.

XAT Eligibility:

  • The candidates need to have completed their graduation in any discipline with passing marks.
  • The degree completed must be minimum three year’s duration or its equivalent.
  • Students studying in the final year of their graduation can also apply for XAT exam, as long as they complete their graduation degree by June of the exam year they are appearing


XAT Exam pattern 2020 has been revised. Now the XAT 2020 exam pattern will consist of four sections instead of earlier five. Number of questions in revised XAT pattern 2020 will be 99.  XAT 2020 exam pattern will be computer based test instead of earlier paper based XAT pattern. Below is shared the XAT 2020 exam pattern:

Section in XAT 2020 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
Overall Time Duration
74 Total MCQs
165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability
No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making
No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
No Sectional Time Limit
25 Total MCQs
15 Minutes
General Knowledge
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The questions in this section are usually asked from Arithmetic, Algebra, Numbers system, Probability, Functions, Data Interpretations and Geometry. The Candidate has to be very good at basic maths to attempt these questions in XAT. Expertise requires a lot of time and practice for the preparation. Improving calculation skills and approximation skills is crucial for this section during the preparation. Data Interpretation is typical so you better solve these questions initially and select what you’re comfortable with during the preparation for XAT.


Decision-Making section is to test candidate’s decision making skills and Judging ability of the candidate in the given situation. You will get questions from different scenarios. They may include Employee Problems and concerns, Ethical matters, psychology etc.

You have to imagine yourself in that situation and as an imperious decide what is good for the company given in the situation. You have to answer these questions unbiasedly and your answer must be a right fit to your organization.

Verbal and Logical Ability

Reading skills are very important for verbal and Logical Ability. Understanding the question is very important, read the question twice or thrice if you have to but understand it very clearly and answer it correctly. This section is to test Reasoning skills of the candidate so don’t focus completely on Vocabulary skills for this exam.

5 Key Changes in XAT Exam Pattern 2020 

  1. NAT Questions Introduced: A new type of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in XAT pattern 2020 has been introduced by XLRI. To answer the NAT questions candidates have to use the virtual key pad appearing on the computer screen and enter the numerical answer.
  2. Penalty for Un-attempted Questions: Each un-attempted question beyond 8 questions will carry a negative marking penalty of 0.10 mark per unattempted question in revised XAT exam pattern 2020.
  3. No Essay Writing Test: There is no descriptive question on Essay Writing test in the revised XAT pattern 2020.
  4. XAT Time Duration Reduced: XAT 2020 exam pattern will have a time duration of three hours instead of earlier three and half hours.
  5. 25 Minutes Extra for Visually Impaired Candidates: XAT 2020 exam pattern offers 25 minutes extra time for the scribe to complete the part-1 (first 3 sections) of XAT exam. No time concession is given for GK section

Top Colleges you can apply through XAT:

College City XAT Cut off
XLRI  Jamshedpur 95+
SPJIMR Mumbai 90+
IMT Ghaziabad 90+
Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Mumbai 80+
KJ Somaiya Mumbai 80+
TAPMI Manipal 80+
Great Lakes Chennai 80+
GIM Goa 80+
IRMA Anand 80+
Soil Institute of Management Gurgaon 80+
FORE Delhi 80+
LIBA Chennai 80+
IFMR Chennai 80+
BIMTECH Noida 70+
XIME Bangalore 70+
IMI Bhubaneswar 70+
IFIM Bangalore 70+
IMT Nagpur Nagpur 70+

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