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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the biggest MBA entrance exams for getting admission in 160+ top colleges/institutions in India. It is an exam conducted on national level and the scores of which can be used to get admissions all over B school across the country.

Being a national level exam, XAT can get you admission to MBA/PGDM courses/ programmes.

Distinction between CAT and XAT

The basic distinction between these two are that CAT examinations are used to get admission in IIMs while XAT is helpful in getting admission to XLRI Jamshedpur. Whoever plans to appear for both should be very well aware of the similarities and differences. It is definitely a never-ending dilemma for students

Eligibility Criteria 

  • A student having 50% or less aggregate in graduation can appear for XA examination
  • Students appearing their final year can also enrol themselves for this examination provided their submit their mark sheets to the participating B schools within the given time frame

Documents needed

  • Class 10 mark sheet
  • Class 12 mark sheet
  • Graduation mark sheet
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Email id
  • Address proof
  • Aadhaar card
  • Category certificate (if applicable)

Registration method for XAT

The application form is available on the official website and the students can easily fill in all the details in the form by creating an account on the website.

Few steps need to be followed to apply/register for XAT as given below:

  • Open the XAT website on your device
  • Click on Registration
  • Fill in the details such as Name, Date of birth, Phone number, Email id, Password and Code
  • A unique XAT ID will be generated and shared in a link form on the mentioned registered Email address
  • Click on the link to verify your registration
  • Go to XAT home page once again
  • You will see Login option, click on it
  • Enter your Email ID and password
  • Enter all other detail asked in the form and then upload a photo and your signature
  • You can have a final check and verify all your details provided
  • Pay the application fee which is Rs. 1,800 through any of the following sources:
  • Debit/ Credit card
  • UPI
  • Net banking

Vital Exam dates for XAT

Registration starts in First week of August 2022

Registration Ends in First week of December 2022

Admit Card in Last week of December 2022

Examination Date announced in First week of January 2023

XAT Fee structure


The registration fee earlier was Rs. 1,700/- only which has now been increased to Rs. 1,800/- only

The list has over 72 options of cities to choose from but you can choose only 2 cities from where you would prefer appearing

Late fee

A candidate failing to pay the prescribed fee on time is bound to pay a fine and thus the fee amount charged is Rs. 2,100/-

Is it MCQ based?

  • XAT 2023 will have MCQ type questions as well as descriptive questions.
  • The question paper will be divided into four sections with MCQ’s and one section will have Essay writing test.
  • G.K. section will contain 25 questions which will not be counted for the calculation of percentile
  • Visually impaired candidates with be given an additional time of 25 minutes to solve their part 1 of the exam

How many sections is it divided into? 

It contains 5 sections with a total of 101 questions 

The MCQ type questions are 100 while there is 1 essay in subjective form

Out of these 5 sections given, score of 3 major sections are going to be counted for percentile calculation and shortlisting process by XLRI

Unless you don’t score high in the major 3 sections you wont be shortlisted for final admission by XLRI

So while preparing for this examination you must make sure that you devote ample time for the preparations of the exam and focus mainly on your low key areas and strengthen your strong areas to get through the final admission process

Steps to study XAT exam

Given below are step-by-step preparation tips for XAT as counselled by the toppers

  • Step 1- Scan the syllabus and Exam pattern
  • Step 2- Attempt Mock test/ Previous years papers to figure out your weaknesses and strengths
  • Step 3- Devote a minimum of 3-4 hours a day for XAT preparation

Age limit

There is no limit for candidates to be eligible for application in XAT exams. As long as the eligibility criteria is met such as the education qualification and nationality, any one can apply for this examination 

Negative marking

Every correct answer carries 1 mark each and for every wrong answer 0.25 marks are deducted. A candidate cannot leave over 8 questions unattempted. All questions over 8 if not attempted will carry a penalty and 0.10 marks will be deducted. Though a major relief is that there is no negative marking scheme in General Knowledge section

Decent score

A score of 34-35 marks can give around 95-96 percentile in XAT exam

XAT is taken into account harder than different Master in Business entrance exams. Its rating pattern of +1 marks for every correct answer and -0.25 mark negative marking makes it troublesome to attain on the far side 35-40 marks.

The percentile and cut-offs of every college/ university is different from the others and the list of such colleges/ universities are given on their official sites

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Candidates should reach the centre on the mentioned reporting time, details of which are provided on the admit card so as to avoid crowding at the centre
  • Candidates appearing for the exam should carry their own masks (compulsory), face shield, hand sanitizer (150ml), transparent water bottle, stationery and exam related documents (Admit card, ID card, PAN card). No photocopies of the same will be allowed 
  •  No other items will be allowed at the exam centre except eatables inside the exam hall. 
  • Candidates will have to go through a metal detector to be sure that no electronic devices are being carried inside
  • Every candidate should maintain social distancing from the point of entry till they leave the exam centre
  • All the candidates should have Aarogya Setu app installed on their phones with the app showing the risk factor in the app. It needs to be shown at the time of entry to the security guard
  • Incase of no smart phones, the candidate should get a signed declaration of the same along with the admit card and show it to the security guard upon arrival
  • The temperature of each and every candidate will be checked upon entry, only those students will be sent in whose boy temperature is within the prescribed limits approved by the higher authorities
  • Candidates showing any symptoms of Covid will not be given permission to enter the premises or appear for the examinations
  • The classrooms/ seats allotted for the candidates will not be displayed outside so as to refrain from overcrowding at the entrance area, the same will be given to candidates post admit card and ID verification 
  • All the candidates will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entry by the registration desk and a photograph of the candidate will be taken during the registration process

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