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XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test 

XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test is one of the most famous entrance examinations for MBA. This examination gets conducted and organized by XLRI Jamshedpur. This is a national level, one of the biggest entrance tests of management courses. More than 90,000 candidates appear in this entrance examination each year. XAT notification releases in the month of September and online application process start from the same time.

XLRI Jamshedpur offers the following management programmes:

  • Business Management (BM)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Global Business Management(GBM)
  • General Management Programme (GMP)

XAT 2018:

XAT 2018 was conducted across India in the following cities. Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam. Two International Cities : Dubai and Kathmandu.

XAT 2018 was held on January 7, 2018 between 10 am and 1:35 pm in online mode. The result was declared on February 11, 2018.

To download XAT 2018 score card click here

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Candidates who are giving their final year examination can also apply for the same.

The eligibilty for XLRI programmes like Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management (BM) is similar. Candidates with three years of work experience will be given preference in Global Business Management.

  • NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT scores.
  • There’s no specific age limit for XAT exam.

Application Procedure for XAT 2018

To register for XAT 2018, candidates need to visit the official website, click on Register and create a new account by using a personal email ID. After that, candidates will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link.

Mode of Payment

There are three modes of payment:

  • Online Payment Gateway: Through VISA/Master Credit/Debit Cards (American Express Card is inadmissible). IDBI Net banking (this option is available only for IDBI account holder)
  • Cash Payment: Please take a print out of the XAT Pay-In-Slip visit nearest IDBI bank and make the payment.
  • Demand Draft: Issue a DD from any Bank in favour of "XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT" payable at Jamshedpur.

    The DD needs to be send at the following address:

    The Chairperson Admission,
    XLRI, Circuit House Area (East),
    Jamshedpur- 831001.

    The same must be sent within fifteen days from the issuance of DD.

Candidates need to fill the following information in the registration process:

  • Preliminary information (Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Category and Phone Number etc.)
  • Mailing (communication) address and permanent address
  • Educational qualification from Class 10 onwards
  • Work experience starting from the latest job
  • Choose the XAT test city
  • Upload a scanned digital photograph and signature less than 1 MB (Click here for the process of uploading the photograph and signature).

Test Fees

  • XAT 2018 application fee is Rs 1650 and Rs 300 per XLRI course. Application fee after deadline is (including late fee) Rs 200 and Rs 500 per XLRI course.

Selection Procedure

Candidates will be conducted on the basis of performance in the written examination. Shortlisted candidates will be called for GD and PI rounds.

Exam Pattern FOR XAT 2018

XAT 2018 was a computer-based test of 3.5 hours duration. Until last year it used to be an offline paper.

  • Number of Parts - XAT 2018 was divided into two parts, Part I and Part II. While Part I is completely objective, Part II is a combination of objective and subjective questions.
  • Number of Sections - All the sections were computer based. There were three sections in Part 1 - Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Decision Making and Verbal & Logical Ability. The number of sections in Part 2 was two - General Knowledge and Essay Writing. Candidates had to type the Essay online. 
  • Number of Questions - There are 74 objective type questions in Part I. In Part II, there are 25 objective type questions and one essay writing question.
  • Marking Scheme -  Each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. There is negative marking of 0.05 marks involved for unattempted questions as well, beyond 8.

XAT Exam Pattern



Number of Question

Time Duration

Part I

Verbal and logical ability


170 minutes

Decision Making

QA and DI

Part II



40 minutes

Essay writing

1 topic

XAT 2018 Marking Scheme

All questions carry EQUAL marks. Leaving a question UNATTEMPTED may result in a DEDUCTION OF 0.05 MARK. However, this deduction will not apply for a MAXIMUM OF 8 UNATTEMPTED QUESTIONS. The negative marking is 0.25 marks per question.

  • There shall be No Negative Marking for Part II.
  • The questions in the four sections are in the MCQ format with 5 options each.

XAT 2017 Syllabus

Verbal and Logical Ability


Decision Making


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI)


General Knowledge


Essay Writing

  • Vocabulary
  • Analogy-based on vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence correction
  • Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Paragraph Formation Questions
  • Poem, etc.


  • Arithmetic
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Situational, etc.
  • Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time & Distance
  • Time & Work,
  • Equations
  • Polynomials
  • Numbers
  • Progressions
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Scatter Plots and Bar Charts, etc.


  • History
  • Currency
  • Invention
  • Geography
  • National Capital
  • Culture
  • Books and authors
  • Personalities
  • Important Dates
  • Film
  • Science and Business,
  • Current affairs, etc.


Generally, the topics are abstract in nature where tests takers can actually relate to an event of importance instead of keep the content simple.