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Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)
XAT 2023 Date

First week of January 2023

Name of the Examination
Xavier Aptitude Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI)
Frequency of the Exam
Once a Year
Exam Level
National Level Exam

What is XAT?

Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is one of the renowned MBA entrance exams in the country. It is conducted by the Xavier Labour Research Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur on behalf of the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). 

Every year more than 1 lakh aspirants appear for the XAT exam in order to get into some of the best B-schools in India. 

XAT Colleges in India: 

Following are some of the renowned XAT colleges in India: 

  • Xavier Labour Research Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
  • TAPMI Manipal
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  • Goa Institute of Management, Goa
  • FORE School of Management, New Delhi
  • Great Lakes, Chennai
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai
  • Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore

In addition to the above colleges, over 200 other colleges also accept XAT marks for granting admission to either their MBA or PGDM Programs. Aspirants can also check out some of the best MBA colleges in Bangalore

Candidates can check out the requirements of these colleges and seek admissions in Bangalore to pursue an advanced pedagogy in this field. 

XAT 2023 is scheduled to be conducted on the First week of January 2023Aspirants have to complete their graduation to appear for this exam.

XAT Exam Details:

Registration Mode
Mode of Exam
Online (Computer-based Examination)
Medium of Exam
Parts of the Examination
2 (Part 1 and Part 2)
Topics in Part 1
Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
Topics in Part 2
General Knowledge
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

XAT Exam Dates: 

Start of XAT 2023 Application Process
First week of August 2022
End of XAT 2023 Application ProcessLast week of December 2022
XAT 2023 Admit Cards
Third week of December 2022
XAT 2023 Exam Date

First week of January 2023

XAT 2023 Results
Third week of January 2023

XAT Registration Process:

Candidates can register for the exam by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of XLRI- XAT 2023. 
Step 2: Click on the Register button. 
Step 3: Enter Name, E-mail ID, Mobile Number, Preferred Password, Select the State, and the captcha code. 
Step 4: On submitting the above details, a Unique ID and Registration Link will be sent to the Email ID and Phone Number of the Student. 
Step 5: Students should click on the Registration Link to verify the details. 

How to fill-up the XAT Application form?

Step 1: Visit the official website of XLRI- XAT 2023. 
Step 2: Click on Login. 
Step 3: Enter the Unique ID and Password generated at the time of registration. 
Step 4: Fill up the following details:

  • Personal Information
  • Details of the Government ID (the same is to be carried on the day of examination)
  • Contact Details
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Work-experience Details (If Any)
  • Preference of Programs

Step 5: Scanned copies of the Photograph and Signature needs to be uploaded in the required size and format mentioned. 
Step 6: Students have to choose the Exam Centres. 
Step 7: Students have to pay the XAT Fees and click on the final declaration form and submit the form. 

Students should go through the form properly before submitting it, as there is no correction window for the XAT form-filling process. 

XAT Exam Fees:

XAT Fees Components
XAT Exam Fees 
XAT Registration Fee
Rs. 1,750 (Extra Rs. 300 for XLRI Programs)
XAT Late Registration Fee
Rs. 2,000 (Extra Rs. 500 for XLRI Programs)

Documents Required: 

  • Scanned copy of a recent passport-size photograph (Maximum Size: 50 KB; Format: JPEG or PNG)
  • Scanned copy of candidate's signature (Maximum Size: 20KB; Format: JPEG or PNG)
  • Class 10th Marksheet or Equivalent
  • Class 12th Marksheet or Equivalent
  • Graduation Marksheet
  • Government Documents for proof: Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID or Passport
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)

XAT Exam Centres:

XAT is conducted in over 90 cities all over India. Following are some of the important cities where the exam is conducted: 


XAT Syllabus and Books:

Section A: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, & Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability:

English Vocabulary
Jumbled Paragraphs
Correction of Errors
Usage of Correct Words
Sentence Completion
Paragraph Completion

Reading Comprehension: 

Following are the topics on which the reading comprehensions will be based on: 

Abstract Topics
Social and Economic Issues
Science & Culture
Famous Speeches & Poems

Logical Reasoning: 

Critical Reasoning
Analogy-based Questions
Clocks and Calendars
Facts, Inference, and Judgements
Binary Logic
Seating Arrangement
Blood Relations
Logical Sequence

Books for Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, & Logical Reasoning:

Name of Books
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Arun Sharma
Analytical Reasoning
MK Pandey 
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Nishit K. Sinha
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Composition
Wren & Martin
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Ajay Singh
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
R. S. Aggarwal
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning 
Arun Sharma

Section B: Decision Making

Conditions and Grouping
Complex Arrangements
Data Arrangement
Decision Making in a Situation
Case Lets

Books for Decision Making:

Name of Books
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 
Arihant Publications
Jabbing the XAT
R.K. Jha

Section C: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Profit and Loss
Speed, Time, and Distance
Time and Work
Mixtures and Alligations
Ratio and Proportion
Complex Numbers
Linear Equations
Surds and Indices
Coordinate Geometry
Venn Diagrams
Set Theory
Interest (Simple and Compound)
Binomial Theorem
Permutation and Combination
Number System
Maxima and Minima
Quadratic Equations

Below are the topics for Data Interpretation:

Data Tables
Data Analysis and Comparison
Bar Diagrams
Pie Charts

Books for Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation:

Name of Books
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations 
Arun Sharma
How to prepare for Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Series
Nishit K. Sinha
How to prepare for Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 
Abhijit Guha
Data Interpretation
Nishit K. Sinha

Section D: General Knowledge:

The General Knowledge section is not bound by a syllabus as questions can come from any topic.  Students have to read all kinds of sources to ace this section. Some of the popular topics have been mentioned below as questions from these topics have been asked in the previous years.  

Below is a list of those topics:

Economics and Finance
Current Affairs
Conventional GK
Company Profiles
Constitution of India
Famous Personalities
Books & Authors
Capitals of the Country
History and Geography
Awards and Functions

Books for General Knowledge:

Below are the books and resources needed for General Knowledge:

  • Manorama Year Book 2021
  • GK Question Bank with Current Affairs and Static GK
  • Daily English Newspapers such as The Hindu, Times of India, Economic Times, Financial Express, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Business Insider, and others
  • GK Mock Tests for XAT and other competitive examinations
  • Previous year GK questions of XAT 
  • General Knowledge 2020 by Manohar Pandey
  • XAT 2023 Simplified by Disha 

XAT Exam Pattern:

Test Duration
180 Minutes
Total Number of Questions
Total Number of Parts
Division of Parts


Section A: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, & Logical Reasoning

Section B: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Section C: Decision Making


General Knowledge

Division of Questions 

Part A: 75

Section A: 26

Section B: 21

Section C: 28

Part B: 25

Time Allotted 

Part A: 165 minutes

Part B: 15 minutes

Flexibility to Choose the Order of Questions in the Respective Parts
Students are Free to Choose Whichever Topics They Want to Answer.
Marking Scheme
(+) 1 for Each Correct Answer
Negative Marking 
(-) 0.25 for Each Incorrect Answer in Part A Only

XAT Preparation Tips:

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to prepare for the exam: 

  • Proper Knowledge of Syllabus:
    Aspirants should have proper knowledge of the syllabus to help them smoothly go about the preparation process.
    Having proper knowledge of the syllabus shall help the students to prepare for the examination strategically.
    It shall also help in the proper selection of resources for the exam and the planning and strategizing of the preparation process. 

  • Acquiring proper resources for Exam:
    Proper knowledge of the exam syllabus shall help in the proper selection of the resources for the examination.
    Students should select their preferred books and resources based on their level of understanding and exam compatibility. 

  • Preparing and following a strict preparation schedule:
    The exam requires a strict preparation schedule. Preparation schedules are a vital part of the process as it helps the students to prepare for the exam efficiently. 

  • Proper revision and recap of all the topics: 
    For any entrance examination, revision forms an important part of the process. It helps the students to be in touch with the topics.
    Losing this touch shall allow further wastage of time as students have to prepare the topics all over again.
    Revision of the topics can lead to discovering new ways to answer the questions that shall help the students to apply new tips and tricks for the process. It assists the students to answer a question in a faster and better way. 

  • Practising XAT Mock Tests and Previous Year Question Paper:
    Mock tests and previous year question papers are an integral part of the preparation process.
    It helps the students get an idea of the kind of questions asked and the exam pattern. Acclimatizing to these conditions allows the students to answer the questions in a better way on the exam day.
    Students should answer at least 10 to 15 mock tests to get properly familiar with the exam.
    Solving multiple mock papers shall also help decide the sequence in which the exam is to be answered. 

  • Maintaining proper health during the XAT preparation process: 
    Entrance exams such as XAT, can take a huge toll on the mental and physical health of the students.
    Students need to have proper food and drink water regularly. In addition to this, they should also exercise regularly to maintain proper physical and mental health.
    Students should take regular breaks during the preparation process. It will allow them to rejuvenate and come back fresher for the preparation process. 

XAT Admit Card:

Candidates can download the XAT Admit Card by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of XLRI.
Step 2: Click on Login. 
Step 3: Enter the Unique ID and Password generated at the time of registration. 
Step 4: After logging in, click on Admit Card. 
Step 5: Click on the PDF file to view the Admit Card. 
Step 6: Check the details of the XAT Admit Card. In case of any discrepancy, contact the concerned officials. The new admit card shall be uploaded on your dashboard within a few days. 
Step 7: If no discrepancies are detected, then the print out of the Admit Card should be taken out on an A4-sized sheet. 

XAT Results:

Candidates can download their XAT scorecard by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of XLRI.
Step 2: Click on Login. 
Step 3: Enter the Unique ID and Password generated at the time of registration. 
Step 4: After logging in, click on Results.
Step 5: Click on the PDF that says, "XAT 2023 Result".
Step 6: View the result and take out a print out on an A4 size sheet. 

XAT Cut offs:

XAT cut offs are separate that are released by the colleges. Some of the colleges accept the exam's Score Card directly, while some want it to be uploaded on their portal after the results. 

Students shall be called for the further process based on the cut off of these colleges. 

Below is the XAT cut off for some of the popular colleges:

Name of College
XAT Cut Off (In Percentile)
Xavier Labour Research Institute (XLRI),
Xavier Institute of Management
Institute of Management Technology (IMT)
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies
Goa Institute of Management
FORE School of Management
New Delhi
Great Lakes
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA)
Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME)

Selection Process after XAT:

Each college has its method of selecting the students after they clear the cut-offs. 
The final selection process consists of either a Group Discussion (GD) or Written Assessment Test (WAT) or both and a Personal Interview (PI). Students who have cleared the cut-offs shall be given a call letter for the process. 

Each of the colleges has different distribution and weightage of marks for these processes based on which they conduct the final selection of the students.


- The eligibility criterion is to get at least 50% in any undergraduate field.

- XAT is an online computer-based examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur.

- The time allotted for the Examination is 180 minutes.

- Students are awarded 1 mark for each correct answer.

- Yes. In Part A of the exam, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

- Candidates can access the application form for the exam by visiting the official website of XLRI.

- Duration of the examination is 180 minutes.

- The examination is divided into 2 parts. Part A consists of 75 questions, while Part B consists of 25 questions.

- Further admission process of top B-schools consist of a Group Discussions/ Written Admission Test followed by the Interview process.

- The full mark for the exam is 100.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should meet the following eligibility criteria to undertake the XAT exam:

  • Students should have completed their 3-year or 4-year undergraduate degree or must be studying in the final year of these courses. 
  • Students have to score a minimum of 55% in their graduation to undertake the Exam. 
  • The Exam does not require students to meet any specific age-limit criteria. 
  • Students don't need mandatory work experience to apply for the exam. 

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