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XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. Apart from XLRI and 10 other XAMI members, over 700 B-schools accept XAT scores for admission to their post graduate management programmes. The XAT exam is conducted in online mode at various test centres in 46 cities across India. the question paper consists of 100 questions MCQs from Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Qunatitative Ability & Data Interpretation and General Knowledge. XAT registration for 2020-2021 exam will begin in August.


Latest Updates


January 21: XLRI shortlist announced for HRM, BM programmes along with category-wise cut offs. Candidates can apply GD-PI round till January 23, 2020. 

January 17: XAT result 2020 announced by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Candidates can check their result and download scorecards from the official website now. 

January 5: XAT 2020 exam held at various exam centres in 46 cities across India. As per the XAT analysis 2020 by experts, the question paper was moderate to difficult.


XAT Exam Highlights




Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Conducting Body

XLRI, Jamshedpur

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

Exam Syllabus

  • Decision Making
  • Verbal & Logical Ability
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge

Exam Pattern

99-100 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

Rs 1700 (General category)

Exam Purpose

Admission into 800+ MBA colleges

Course Offered


No. of Test Cities


Exam Helpdesk No.



XAT Eligibility Criteria


The minimum eligibility criteria for XAT is given below. To be able to appear for the exam, it is mandatory to fulfill the eligibility criteria.

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Students in their final year of Bachelor's degree or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply



XAT Exam Dates 2020-2021


XAT 2020 exam was held on January 4. Check tentative dates of XAT 2021 below.


XAT 2020 Dates

Salient Features

Registrations begin

Aug 3rd week, 2020

Registration process is online

Registrations end

Nov 4th week, 2020

Deadline to fill the form online

Admit card download begins

Dec 3rd week, 2020

Admit card to be available on XAT website

Admit card download ends

Jan 1st week, 2021

Admit card can be download till exam day

XAT exam 2021

Jan 1st week, 2021

Exam to be held online in single session in 46 cities

Result announcement

Jan 3rd week, 2021

XAT scorecards to be available on the official website for download


XAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure


XAT exam is conducted in online mode and the question paper consists of 100 MCQs to be solved in 180 minutes. There is no sectional time limit in XAT but candidates are advised to set a time limit for all the four sections so that they can solve at least that many questions in each section so that they meet the sectional cut off. Each right answer carries one mark and each wrong answer carries -0.25 marks. Here are the highlights of XAT exam pattern


Number of Questions

Total Marks

Decision Making



Verbal and Logical Ability



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation



General Knowledge









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