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In this 22nd century and in the world of corporates if one wants to earn his/her luxurious living he/she must be well known to the management studies and for the same one has to pursue MBA from the best colleges for business studies after his/her graduation because MBA is most known as well as effective course if one wants a perfect knowledge in the field of management or business.

This is the most difficult entrance exam for MBA.

XAT(Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admissions in MBA/PGDM courses.

Apart from XLRI there are over 500+ business schools accepting XAT scores.

This exam consists of 100 MCQ words with negative marking for 1 incorrect and 1 un attempted question.

XAT cut offs go around 95 percentile for male students and 92 female students.

Why appear for the Xavier Aptitude Test?

Definitely one of the biggest reasons to give this exam is to get into the  top business colleges like XLRI Jamshedpur which is India’s oldest B-School with consistent rankings and a great campus in the coveted top 5. For brilliant placements like HR, Business Management and Product Management etc.

Other top business schools accepting XAT at lower percentile than CAT are MICA, XIMB, IMT-G, GIM, JBIMS(depending upon DTE) and a couple of other colleges also.

The paper pattern is pretty much similar to CAT(except one section) and extensive CAT preparation can be effective in XAT exam and it can be a bounce back opportunity if the CAT exam doesn’t go well.

Decision Making-

It’s nothing to get feared of as it's one of the most interesting and practical sections for any management aspirant. Thus, XAT preparation will help in B-School. If you have a management argument which you should build because at the end you must be dreaming about MBA this could be the most interesting and practical subject as well which will be fun for you in exams also.

How to crack XAT?

The typical structure is little different from CAT exam here in fact it's more like how CAT used to be years back: Here you have verbal; and logical reasoning combined in one section with 26 questions, Decision Making stands alone in one section with 21 questions, Quantitative Ability with Data Interpretation combined in one section with 28 questions for all of these 75 questions you have in total 165 minutes and the good thing is there's no sectional time allocation so one cloud juggle through the sections and go through all the 75 questions and attempt as per the convenience whatever section one wants to attempt first and keep toddling between. After this all there's one more section of General Knowledge where there are 25 questions for 25 marks to be attempted in 15 minutes and the good thing is that this section will not be contributing in overall XAT percentile and this is considerable only for XLRI.

Marking Scheme-

The most important thing to understand is the marking scheme in XAT.

1 mark for each question, no negative marking for General Knowledge section but for other sections there's a negative marking of 0.25 for each incorrect question and 0.1 for every unattempted after 8 questions. So make sure not to leave the questions after leaving 8 questions.

There's sectional cutoffs also therefore attempt all the  questions adequately.

Concluding 100 questions 100 marks 180 minutes.


Verbal Ability-

Reading Comprehension

Fill in the blanks


Jumbled Paragraphs

Contextual usage of vocabulary

Correction of errors in sentence

Word usage

Sentence completion

Paragraph completion

Logical Reasoning-

VerbaL Logic

Clocks, Calendars, Relations


Sequencing, Series, Directions

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation-

Profit and Loss


Surds and Indices

Ratio and Proportion

Critical Path



Averages and Partnerships


Time and Work

Alligations and Mixtures


Time, Speed and Distance




Simple and Compound Interest


Pure Math

Venn Diagram


Data Tables

Data charts

Bar diagrams


Pie charts

Data analysis

Decision Making-

Analytical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning

Complex arrangement

Data Arrangement


Conditions and grouping



Decision making

General Knowledge-

Awards and winners

History and Geography

Static GK

Business and Politics

Constitution of India


Government and Economy

World Events

Current Affairs


National and International awards, etc

General Knowledge section includes National Affairs, International Affairs, Current Affairs, History/geography etc, Events/Happenings, Important Dates, Public Health, Governance, Public Policy, Environmental issues, Social issues, Business and Economics.

XAT Exam Date 2023

XAT 2023 exam will be held on January 1, 2023. This is a national level test conducted by the XLRI to select the most appropriate students for management courses from all over the country.

More than 160 MBA Colleges including many top MBA colleges are accepting XAT 2023 exam score for admission 2023. 

Apart from XLRI, other top MBA Colleges accepting XAT 2023 scores are XIMB, IMI,  IMT, XIME, IRMA, MICA, TAPMI, Great Lakes, FORE,  LIBA, BIMTECHand many more. Below are some suggestions which will help you select the right MBA colleges accepting XAT scores 2023

XLRI Jamshedpur

MICA, Ahmedabad

S.P.Jain, Mumbai

XIM, Bhubaneshwar



Great Lakes Chennai/Gurgaon


IRMA- Anand

IIFM- Bhopal

K J Somaiya- Mumbai

LIBA - Chennai

SIMSREE - Mumbai

TAPMI - Manipal

XIME - Bangalore

Acharya IOM Bangalore

Amity Noida


Christ College Bangalore

Gitam school of international Business- Vizag

Great Lakes IEMR Gurgaon- PGPME

IFMR Chennai

IIRM Jaipur


IMT Hyderabad

IMT Nagpur

IPE Hyderabad

ISB&M Pune

ITM Navi Mumbai


NDIM Delhi

N.L Dalmia Mumbai



SIES Navi Mumbai

XISS Ranchi

Admission Process-

How to Apply?

Register Yourself

Verify Email ID

Fill XAT Application Form Online

Upload Required Documents

Pay Application Form

Submit Your Application Form

XAT Eligibility Criteria-

Candidates must be graduates of more than 3 years or equivalent to 3 years.

Students in final year or results awaiting can also apply.

No minimum marks for this exam.

XAT exam clarification can open a wide range of MBA opportunities to the applicants. As after pursuing MBA from a top business school can open prosperous job opportunities for the same.

You can register for XAT exam by following the given website

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