XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test

Conducted by
XLRI – Xavier School of Management



XAT is a national-level management aptitude test. It is conducted 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 800 institutes for admission to MBA, PGDM and other management courses.
XLRI Jamshedpur offers the following management programmes:
Business Management (BM)
Human Resource Management (HRM)
Global Business Management(GBM)
General Management Programme (GMP)
XAT 2019 was held on January 6, 2019, between 10 am and 1:35 pm in online mode. The result was declared on 17th January, 2019.

The exam was rescheduled for two examination centres (Davin Info Private Limited, Barasat, Kolkata, and BM Group of Institutions, Farukh Nagar, Gurgaon) where the students faced technical glitched.
In 2016, XAT authorities announced a few changes in the test pattern:
1. In the main question paper (Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation sections), the total number of questions were brought down to 78.
2. Candidates were given 170 minutes to answer the main question paper, 20 mins extra from the previous time limit of 150 mins.
3. In order to encourage students to attempt more questions with accuracy, XAT 2017 question paper was created in such a manner that the top hundred students could 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.
4. Aspirants were given a choice of not attempting any 13 questions. Beyond this, any non-attempted question carried a negative mark of 0.05 marks per question.
5. There was negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.
6. The number of questions in GK section was reduced to 25. However, the time to answer GK and Essay section remained 35 minutes.
7. There was no negative marking in the GK section.

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Eligibility criteria for XAT 2020:
1.Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline.
2.Final year students (completing final examination by June 2020) 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.

Exam Dates

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Notification date13-08-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)
Registration – Online24-08-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)
Late Registration – Online30-11-2019 05:00 PM (Tentative)
Admit Card Release27-12-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)
Exam Date & Timings- OnlineSunday, January 5, 2020 - 10:00 to 13:30 (Tentative)
Result31-01-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)


To register for XAT Exam, candidates need to visit the official website, click on Register and create a new account by using a personal email ID. After that, candidates will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link.vsvaz
Test Fees
XAT Exam application fee is Rs 1650 and Rs 300 per XLRI course. Application fee after deadline is (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 address:
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.

Current Affairs:


XAT is famous for its high difficulty level. XAT syllabus consists of Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing.
Here’s a look at some of the important topics to study for XAT 2019:
Verbal and Logical Ability:
1.Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
2.Fill in the blanks
3.Para completion
4.Analogy based on vocabulary
5.Para Jumble
6.Paragraph formation questions
8.Close test
10.Sentence correction
12.Critical Reasoning and Inference
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:
2.Tables and Caselets
3.Linear and Quadratics Equations
4.Profit and Loss
6.Surds and Indices
8.Critical Path
11.Averages and Partnerships
13.Time and Work
14.Alligations and Mixtures
16.Time, Speed and Distance
18.Mensuration and Geometry, etc

How to get selected in XLRI with basic quants preparation
Decision Making
Topics under this section include:
1.Decision making
2.Logical Reasoning
General Knowledge
The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topics:
1.Awards and winners
3.Static GK
4.Business and Politics
6.Famous Personalities
7.Government and Economy
8.World Events
9.Current Affairs

Prepare for XAT GK

Must do Social GK:

Exam Centers

XAT 2019 will be conducted in various cities across India. The two overseas exam venues are Dubai and Kathmandu.Here’s the list of cities where XAT 2019 will be conducted. Exact exam venue will be mentioned on the admit card of each test-taker.

DelhiNashikKathmanduGoaNoidaGreater Noida

Exam Pattern

XAT 2020 question paper will consist of five important sections:
1.Quantitative Ability
2.English Language & Logical Reasoning
3.Decision Making
4.General Knowledge and
5.Essay Writing

XAT 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.
A few changes were made in XAT exam pattern a couple of years ago. 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 has moved from pen and paper mode to being an online exam.

Exam Analysis

XAT 2019 was held on January 6, 2019 from 10 am to 1:35 pm; but unfortunately at some centers the exam was delayed due to technical glitches. The XAT 2019 exam was held in online mode for the second time unlike first time there were no technical glitches at some centers. However, the exam was conducted without any major hassle.

The XAT 2019 question paper consisted of 98 questions divided in to five sections. Here are some key points from XAT 2019 exam analysis:
The XAT 2019 was of moderate difficulty, same as XAT 2018
The question paper was lengthy but manageable
Decision Making section was more difficult than rest of the sections
XAT Student Reactions:
XAT 2019 was conducted in an online mode for the second time, and technical glitches & mismanagement were reported at a few centres. The exam will be rescheduled at these centres, and students will be informed about the new test date & venue via SMS. At other centres, the exam was conducted successfully. According to test-takers, the paper was lengthy, but of moderate difficulty. A few aspirants found the Decision Making section difficult.

Also Read: How to prepare for XAT GK?

Application Form

Candidates willing to apply for SNAP must fill in the application form carefully. Authorities will reject the applications having incomplete or incorrect information.

To apply for SNAP 2020, candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:
1.Visit the official website
2.Click on the ‘apply’ tab in the homepage
3.The candidate will be redirected a nee page having the SNAP form
4.Enter all the required details. Make sure you enter a valid email ID and a working phone number
5.Upload a recent passport sized scanned colour photograph
6.Click submit. Make sure you check all the details before submitting the form. Details once submitted cannot be edited
7.Once the form is submitted, candidate will receive a SNAP ID. The same ID will be used for future reference
8.After the registration details are complete, the candidate needs to pay the application fee of Rs approx INR 1500.

Admit Card

XAT  admit cards will be available for download on the official website of XAT. The date for downloading XAT 2020 admit card will be announced along with the XAT  exam date.
Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website by using their login IDs. Also, the candidates must take a print out of the admit card, as hard copy of the same will not be sent to anyone
To download the admit card, candidates need to follow the steps given below:
Visit the official website
Click on the ‘Download admit card’ tab
Enter details like XAT ID, password and enter submit
Download the admit card
Take a printout of it
The candidates must check their XAT  admit cards thoroughly and in case of any error on it, they must approach the exam convening body to get it rectified and obtain a duplicate copy. The admit card will contain following information:
1.Candidate’s name
2.Candidate’s roll number
3.Exam date
4.Exam time
5.Exam venue
6.Instructions regarding exam/exam day
Admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the examination hall and must be presented for inspection by the invigilator. Candidates not carrying their admit cards will be barred from writing the test. The candidates are advised to carry a secondary ID proof.
Gadgets like mobile phone, calculator, iPad etc are not allowed inside the premises of the test centres, hence the candidates are advised to not carry any of these. The candidates must also keep their admit cards safe until the end of admission process.

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