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XAT exam details | How to prepare for XAT exam ?

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test, conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur is a national level entrance test for MBA admission at XLRI and other premier institutes. It is conducted on the behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). Apart from XLRI, XAT score is accepted by premier institutes like XIMB (now known as XUB), IMT, IMI, XIME, and more than 150 other institutes. The scores have the validity of 1 year. There is no restriction on the number of attempts a person can give XAT exam.

How to prepare for XAT exam?

Keep in mind that XAT has a stricter marking scheme than CAT and some of the sections of the entrance exam is, much more difficult than those of CAT. Since there will be a lot of areas to cover in a short span of time, here is a list of essential steps which would bear the torch for a XAT aspirant to overcome the difficulty level and level up with other candidates in terms of speed and efficiency.

Here are a few handy tips provided by us in order to satire ‘How to prepare for XAT’

  • Identify the strong and weak areas: Analyze your strong areas and weak areas and make two separate lists of the units involved. Work on your areas of improvement which would help you gain more marks.
  • Revise your concepts:cTry to brush up your mathematical concepts and work on solving numerical as many as you can. QA (Quantitative Ability) is one of the toughest sections to clear and carries a good overall weightage in the overall examination. In addition, make it a habit to read every day, work on your grammar to furnish your enunciation and grasping speed and pay attention to current affairs to widen your horizon.
  • Take daily mocks: As XAT incorporates a native marking scheme of 0.25%, it is essential that you work on your accuracy to prevent yourself from the same. Mock analysis to help you pinpoint your mistakes way before the actual examination and simulate the exact way in which the exam is conducted to impart a sense of peer pressure in the heart of every candidate which reminds them of the grave competition and enriches their problem solving skills.
  • Download and solve the previous year XAT sample papers and mock tests.
  • Prepare a XAT Preparation timetable.

Important Dates

XAT 2022 will be conducted on Sunday, January 2, 2022. XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of XAMI. For more than 70 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 160 institutes for the admission.
Event Date
XAT 2022 Registration Begins August 10, 2021, by 12:00 P.M.
XAT 2022 Registration Ends November 30, 2021
XAT 2022 Admit Card Download Dec 20, 2021 onwards
XAT 2022 Exam Date Jan 02, 2022, Sunday
XAT 2022 Result Announcement 3rd Week , January , 2022

XAT Eligibility

  1. Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized institute
  2. Students in the final year of their degree programme can also apply
  3. No criteria for the minimum percentage of marks required in graduation
  4. For NRI and Foreign candidates, the GMAT score is valid for admissions into XLRI

XAT Exam Pattern

The exam of 180 minutes will be divided into two sections, Part I and Part II, with the sectional time limit of 165 minutes and 15 minutes respectively. To know more, you can click here –

Part Section Total No. of Questions Total Marks Allotted
Part I
Section-1: Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Section-2: Decision Making Ability 21
Section-3: Data Interpretation and Quantitative
Part II Section-1: General Ability 25 25
The score of the General Knowledge section will not be used for the initial screening of candidates for the Group Discussion, Written Ability, and Personal Interview (GWPI) round. It will be used in later stages to assess the candidates’ knowledge.

XAT Marking Scheme

  1. 1 mark will be granted for each correct answer
  2. 0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer
  3. 0.10 mark will be deducted for eight unattempted questions
  4. There will be no negative marking for the General Knowledge section

XAT exam details: Registration

Filling a XAT form is a few – step process:

  1. Signup and Register – Visit the official website –  and click on XAT registration, register using a valid email id, and create login credentials (username and password).
  2. In case the candidate is unable to complete the application form in one go, he / she can save the data already entered by choosing “SAVE AND NEXT” tab. Prior to submission of the online application candidates are advised to use the “SAVE AND NEXT” facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same if required. Visually Impaired candidates should fill the application form carefully and verify the details to ensure that the same are correct prior to final submission.
  3. Candidates are advised to carefully fill and verify the details filled in the online application themselves as no change will be possible/ entertained after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
  4. Name of the candidate or his /her Father’s name/ Mother’s name etc. should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates/ Mark sheets/Identity proof. Any change/alteration found may disqualify the candidature.
  5. Candidates can proceed to Scan and upload Photo & Signature as per the specifications given in the Guidelines.
  6. Candidates can proceed to fill Academic and Work experience details of the Application Form.
  7. Click on the Preview Tab to preview and verify the entire application form before FINAL SUBMIT.
  8. Modify details, if required, and click on “SUBMIT” ONLY after verifying and ensuring that the photograph, signature uploaded and other details filled by you are correct. ‘Applicant details can not be edited once the application form is submitted after payment.’
  9. Select XLRI program as per your preference if you want to study in XLRI. (Through XAT or Through GMAT)
  10. Select the XAT-Test City preference. Candidates can choose 2 preferred test cities while filling XAT Application form. Candidates are advised to choose test city closer to their city of residence. However, the final authority to allot the TEST CITY rests with authority. (You can edit the test city preference only once before November 30, 2021.)
  11. Click on the “Payment” Tab and Proceed for payment.
  12. Click on the “Submit” button.

Payment of Fees

  1. XAT Registration Fee (without late fee) – Rs. 1800/-
  2. Candidates interested in XLRI programmes need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each.
  3. Indian candidates can apply through GMAT/GRE for Ex-PGDM whereas an NRI/Foreign national can apply through GMAT for all the programmes. Kindly note GRE scores are only valid for EX-PGDM.
  4. Fee for Indian Candidates applying for Ex-PGDM through GMAT/GRE– Rs. 2500/-
  5. Fee for NRI/Foreign Candidates applying for one or more programmes through GMAT– Rs. 5000/-

List of XAT Colleges

Apart from XLRI Jamshedpur and XLRI Delhi, NCR campus, there are several other XAT score accepting colleges for the admission purpose. Every other college requires a separate admission form to be filled, where the qualifying exam can be selected as XAT.

Following is the list of top XAT colleges:


SR. NoCollegeLocationWebsite
1XLRI-Xavier School of ManagementJamshedpur
2XLRI-Xavier School of ManagementDelhi
3S. P. Jain Institute of Management and ResearchMumbai
4Xavier Institute of ManagementBhubaneswar
5Institute of Management TechnologyGhaziabad
6International Management InstituteNew Delhi
7T. A. Pai Management InstituteManipal
8Institute of Rural Management AnandAnand
9Goa Institute of ManagementGoa
10K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and ResearchMumbai
11Great Lakes Institute of ManagementChennai
12Mudra Institute of CommunicationsAhmedabad
13Fore School of ManagementNew Delhi
14Welingkar Institute of ManagementMumbai
15Atlas SkillTech UniversityMumbai
16Institute of Management TechnologyDubai
17Birla Institute of Technology & SciencePilani
18National Insurance AcademyPune
19National Institute of Bank ManagementPune
20IFIM Business SchoolBangalore
21Xavier Institute of Social ServiceRanchi
22Institute of Management TechnologyHyderabad
23Institute of Management TechnologyNagpur
24Jaipuria Institute of ManagementLucknow
25Vellore Institute of TechnologyVellore
26Loyola Institute of Business AdministrationChennai
27Xavier Institute of Management & EntrepreneurshipBangalore
28Xavier Institute of Management & ResearchMumbai
29St. Francis Institute of Management and ResearchMumbai
30St. Joseph’s Institute of ManagementBangalore
31Xavier Business School (XBS), St. Xavier’s UniversityKolkata
32Xavier Institute of Development Action and SciencesJabalpur
33Birla Institute of Management TechnologyGreater Noida
34Woxsen School of BusinessHyderabad
35KIIT School of ManagementBhubaneswar
36FLAME University: School of BusinessDist Pune
37St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information TechnologyMangalore
38Christ Institute of ManagementLavasa
39IFMR Graduate School of BusinessChittoor
40Sharda UniversityGreater Noida

XAT Cut Off

The XAT cut off for different program at XLRI will be released after the XAT 2021 result. The expected cut off can be analyzed by the previous year cut off for different colleges.


The XAT cut off for different program at XLRI will be released after the XAT 2021 result. The expected cut off can be analyzed by the previous year cut off for different colleges.

Business Management (BM)



XAT cut
off Percentile 2020
Verbal Ability7472
Decision Making7874
Quantitative Ability8574

Human Resource (HR)


XAT cut
off Percentile 2020
Verbal Ability7974
Decision Making7368
Quantitative Ability7570

For XUB, Bhubaneswar

Business Management (BM)


XAT Cut off Percentile 2020
Domicile MaleDomicile FemaleNon-domicile MaleNon-domicile Female
Verbal Ability5045504572707270
Decision Making4038383560555550

For other top colleges

For other top colleges, there are no minimum sectional percentile criteria. Overall cut off percentile is considered. Some of the top colleges with their respective cut off percentile is mentioned here.

Cut off 90 percentile and above:


S. NoCollegeXAT cut
off percentile 2020
1Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad90
2International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi90

Cut off 80 percentile and above:


S. NoCollegeXAT cut
off percentile 2020
1K. J. Somaiya, Mumbai85
2Goa Institute of Management, Goa85
3FORE School of Management, New Delhi85.75
4T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal85
5Mudra Institute of
Communications (MICA),
6Institute of Rural
Management Anand (IRMA),
7Great Lakes
Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai
8Loyola Institute of
Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

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Logical Reasoning
English Vocabulary
Para Jumbles
Para Completion
Cloze Test
Sentence Completion
Correction of Errors
RC based on – Abstract topics, Science, Culture, History & Fiction, Art & Literature
Questions based on Poetry
Clocks and Calendars; Binary Logic
Seating Arrangement
Inference, Assumption, Premise & Conclusion
Decision Making
Ranking Test
Conditions and Groupings
Arrangement of Data
Organisational Decision Making
Quantitative Ability
Profit, Loss & Percentages
Speed, Time, & Distance
Ratio, Proportion and Variation
Time & Work
Simple & Compound Interest
Logarithms, Indices and Surds
Geometry & Co-ordinate Geometry
Linear & Quadratic Equations; Special Equations
Numbers and Probabilities
Set Theory and Pure Maths

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