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Updated on 28th July, 2023 , 11 min read

XAT Exam 2023


XAT Exam 2023: Latest Updates

  • The XAT 2023 exam took place on January 8 and the results were made public on January 28. 
  • The XAT cut offs for the PGDM BM and PGDM HRM programs were announced by XLRI Jamshedpur today. 
  •  The XAT 2023 cutoff for the PGDM BM program is 95 percentile for male applicants and 92 percentile for female applicants, respectively. 
  • The institute has stated that the interview letters will be sent to the shortlisted candidates by February 6. 
  • On January 10, the XAT 2023 response sheet was made available. Candidates can download the XAT response sheet and answer key from the xatonline.in website, calculate their scores, and file objections.

What is XAT Exam 2023?

XLRI Jamshedpur administers the Xavier Aptitude Test at the national level. The XAT scores will be used for admissions at XLRI Jamshedpur and other Xavier Associate Management Institutes, as well as over 160 B-schools throughout the country.XLRI has been conducting XAT at all India levels for over 72 years in order to select the most suitable students for management education. More than 160 institutes use the XAT score to determine admission.

  • The exam pattern and structure have not changed, according to the XAT 2023 notification, with the exception of the essay writing section, which was reintroduced in XAT 2022. It appeared as a section in Part 2 of the paper in XAT 2022. However, the Essay Writing score was not taken into account when calculating the score/percentile. It was examined during the shortlisting process for the Personal Interview (PI) round. When the official mock test is released, we will know whether XLRI will keep Essay Writing as part of XAT 2023 or include it in the PI process.

XAT Registration 2023 - Highlights



XAT Full formXavier Aptitude Test
XAT Exam Conducting BodyXLRI (Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur)
XAT Exam LevelNational
XAT Exam ModeOnline
Number of Questions100 MCQs carrying 1 mark each + 1 Essay (250 words)
Number of Sections in XAT exam5 (3 in Part 1 and 2 in Part 2)

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XAT Exam 2023: Important Dates

The official notification for the XAT 2023 was released in August, and registrations began on August 10, 2022. Candidates can review the table for more information on the XAT exam 2023. For detail information on Important Dates for XAT 2023 ==> click here.


Tentative Deadline

XAT Notification9 August 2022
XAT Registration Date Starts10 August 2022
XAT Registration Date Ends30 November 2022
XAT Admit Card Release20 December 2022 onwards
XAT Exam Date8 January 2023
XAT Results31 January 2023

XAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria outlined by XLRI in order to fill out XAT Application forms.

  • Nationality: Indian citizens, as well as foreign nationals, can apply for admissions based on their GMAT scores for XAT 2023.
  • Graduation: A three-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university is required.
  • Minimum Marks: There are no minimum aggregate marks in graduation required to apply for the XAT 2023 exam.
  • XAT Age Limit: There is no upper XAT age limit for appearing in XAT 2023. 
  • Final Year Students: Final year students can apply for the exam as long as they graduate by June 2022 and submit their scores to their respective colleges.
  • Number of Attempts: A student may take the exam an unlimited number of times.

For detailed information on eligibility criteria FOR XAT Exam you can read XAT Exam Eligibility.

XAT 2023 Registration Process

Candidates can refer to the following steps while registering or filling out the application form for XAT 2023.

Step 1 - Visit the official website of XLRI Jamshedpur 

The candidates are required to visit the official website i.e. www.xatonline.in and register for XAT 2023 to create login credentials.

Step 2 - Candidate Login/ Sign Up

Now, for a new login, click on new candidate login, and for those who have already registered, click on the "registered login" tab.

Candidates can see two options on the official website's home page. -

Option 1 - New candidate registration

Option 2 - Registered candidate login

Those who are taking the XAT for the first time should select option 1, while those who have previously registered at the XAT portal should select option 2 to fill out the XAT 2023 registration form. Those who have not previously registered must create a User ID and Password. Candidates must enter the following information in order to create credentials.

  • Candidates name
  • Email address
  • Enter mobile number
  • Set Password
  • Select State
  • Select city
  • Captcha code

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Now enter the security code, then click the "I agree" tab before clicking the "Submit" button.

Following successful submission, the screen will display XAT 2023 registration details..

  • XAT ID
  • Candidates name
  • Country
  • Email ID
  • Date of birth
  • Mobile number

To proceed, click the "Go to XAT application form" tab. Log in again by entering your XAT ID and Password. To fill out the XAT application form, click 'go to application form' and continue.

Step 3 - XAT 2023 Application form

After entering the XAT ID and Password and completing the XAT registration 2023 form, candidates can now complete the XAT application form and fill out various sections such as

Personal information

  • Title (first, middle, and last names)
  • Email address and backup email address
  • Phone number and a backup phone number
  • Birthdate (as of August 31)
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Marital status
  • Blood group
  • Do you belong to PwD?

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Other personal details

  • Mother's name
  • Father's/ Husband's/ Guardian's name
  • Contact details 
  • Current address 
  • Emergency contact detail-
  • Provide academic qualifications details 
  • Candidates must enter previous academic qualification information.
  • SSC/ 10th standard or equivalent board name 
  • HSC/ 12th standard/ equivalent/ diploma course details
  • Bachelor's degree details
  • Master's degree (if any)
  • Other professional degree information

Candidates with a professional degree such as CA/ CS/ ICWA but no graduation degree must submit the details.

Step 5 - Provide information about your work experience.

  • Those with relevant work experience may provide it (this is not required).
  • Candidates must enter their work experience before the deadline.
  • The candidate must work full-time.
  • No part-time work experience will be considered.
  • Candidates must be working after graduation.

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Step 6 - Enter program information

Candidates must now enter the program details that they wish to pursue. Candidates may select from the following courses.

  • Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Fellow Programme in Management
  • For the General Management Programme (a minimum of 56 months experience is required),
  • Following program selection, candidates must indicate their preferred campus for each program.
  • When completing the XAT 2023 application form, candidates must select a test-city preference for where they want to take the entrance exam. Candidates can choose between two cities, as was the case the previous year.

Upload documents- While filling out the XAT 2023 application form, candidates will have to upload the requisite documents

  • Passport-size photographs should be recent, and the background should be white. The photograph must show the subject's face, head, and shoulders.
  • Passport-size photos should be no older than 6 months.
  • Candidates' photographs and signatures must be uploaded in the prescribed size and format to the XAT application form.





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After uploading the photograph and signature, click on the “Save and Continue” button and move to the next page

After uploading the required documents, the computer screen will display the XAT 2023 application form declaration.

Step 7: Pay the XAT Exam Fee

After completing the entire XAT application form, candidates must pay the XAT exam fee 2023. Candidates must pay Rs 2000 using the payment method listed below.

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Net Banking
  • Paytm
  • Other wallets

XAT Fees to Complete Registration

  • Unlike most other MBA entrance exams, the XAT 2023 Exam Fees are not differentiated based on the candidate's category. Aside from the XAT application fees, candidates must also pay for the programs to which they wish to apply:
  • Registration Fee for XAT (without late fee): Rs. 2000/-
  • Candidates who are interested in the XLRI program(s) must pay an additional fee of Rs. 200/- per course.
  • XAT Application Fee 2023- Key points
  • Registration Fee for XAT (without late fee): Rs 2000/-
  • Candidates interested in XLRI programs must pay an additional fee of Rs 300/- each.
  • Indian candidates applying for GMP via GMAT must pay Rs 2500/-.
  • NRI/Foreign candidates who apply for one or more programs through GMAT must pay Rs 5000/-.
  • SC candidates do not pay a separate XAT registration fee.

Step 8: Save the payment receipt.

The computer screen will display the candidates' details after they have paid the XAT 2023 application fee. Candidates must download the XAT application details, which will be available in PDF format. This will be communicated to them via a confirmation test sent to their registered email address and mobile number. 

For detailed information read  XAT Registration 2023

XAT Admit Card 2023

  • The exam authority will release the XAT 2023 Admit Card on December 20, 2022. It will be available for download at xatonline.in, the official website.
  • Only candidates who have successfully registered for XAT 2023 will be issued an admit card.
  • The XAT Admit Card will include all necessary information about the exam center, exam time, reporting time, and exam day instructions.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam hall unless they have a printed copy of their admit card.

How to Download XAT Admit Card 2023?

  • Visit the XAT 2023 official website i.e www.xatonline.in  .
  • Click the 'Download Admit Card' button. 
  • Enter your XAT User ID and date of birth, then click the 'login' button.
  • Click on the admit card tab, download the pdf, and print it.  

Related Article:  XAT Admit Card 2023

XAT Exam Pattern 2023

The XAT exam pattern for 2023 is expected to be similar to that of XAT 2022. The following is the speculative XAT 2023 Paper Pattern in terms of sectional sub-division:

XAT 2023



Part 1

  • Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR)
  • Decision Making (DM)
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

Part 2

  • General Knowledge (GK)
  • Essay Writing
Total Time3 hours and 10 minutes
Number of Questions100 MCQs + 1 Essay
Marking Scheme
  • +1 for each correct response
  • -0.25 for each incorrect response
  • Essay question is evaluated separately after shortlisting
Unattempted QuestionsAfter 8 unanswered questions, each unanswered question is worth -0.1 mark.

XAT Marking Scheme 2023

The XAT marking scheme hasn't changed significantly in the previous two years. It is advised to remember the following crucial details about the XAT 2023 Marking Scheme:

  • Each MCQ is worth one mark, and each incorrect response is worth 0.25 points.
  • The deduction of 0.10 marks for each unattempted question after 8 unattended questions is a unique feature of the XAT exam marking pattern.
  • The Essay is only evaluated for candidates who have been selected for the PI round.
  • The GK section has no negative marking, and GK scores are not used to calculate final XAT scores.

XAT Syllabus

The XAT syllabus covers all of the essential topics of Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge. Decision Making is a one-of-a-kind section with no syllabus. XAT preparation is based on previous year's questions. The remaining three XAT subjects cover important topics in their respective fields. Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, and Verbal Ability are all examples of Verbal & Logical Ability. Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Set Theory, and other topics are covered in the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation course. Politics, culture, society, personalities, business, art & entertainment, sports, inventions, innovation, world, economy, science, technology, books, and so on are all covered in the GK section.



XAT QA-DI SyllabusNumber System, Work & Time, Probability, Geometry, Mensuration, Permutation & Combination, Percentage & Ratios, Mixtures & Alligation, Algebra, Profit and Loss, Speed & Distance, Quadratic Equations, Logarithm, Surds & Indices, Statistics, Trigonometry, DI Graphs, Tables & Charts.
XAT Decision Making (DM) SyllabusAnalytical Reasoning, Ethical Dilemma, Situational Conditions, Grouping Test, Data Arrangement Test, Situational Decision Making
XAT Verbal & Logical Ability SyllabusReading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Vocabulary, Grammar, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms & Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases, Odd One Out, and other skills are tested.
XAT GK SyllabusPolitics, Economics, History, Geography, Sports, Business Affairs, National & International Affairs, and States.
XAT Essay WritingA 250-word essay on any topic, including current events, social and economic issues, abstracts, science and technology, business and management-related topics, and so on.

For more detailed information please read XAT Syllabus 2023

XAT Exam Day Guidelines

For a stress-free exam day, XAT candidates must follow the guidelines established by the examination authority. Given below are some key XAT exam day guidelines, candidates must follow:

  • Arrive at the exam center an hour before the scheduled reporting time.
  • Bring no electronic devices, such as a cell phone, watch, or calculator, to the exam center.
  • Do not bring any stationary or food to the exam center.

Documents to bring to the exam

  • XAT admit card
  • Aadhar card
  • Voter ID
  • Passport, College/University ID
  • Driver's license

XAT Answer Key 2023

The preliminary XAT answer key will be made available in the form of a response sheet within two to three days of the examination, and the final answer key will be made available by the second week of January, following an analysis of all student objections. Using their login ID and password, candidates will be able to download their XAT 2023 response sheets and answer key from the exam website. 

XAT 2023 Answer Key: Key Highlights

  • There are 4-5 sets of XAT question paper, and XLRI publishes the XAT answer key for all of them.
  • XLRI does not release XAT answer key for GK questions and Essay Writing Test in XAT exam because they are not counted for percentile calculation.
  • As a result, the XAT Answer key is only available for three sections that have negative marking: Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation.

XAT 2023 Result

  • The XAT 2023 scorecard will be released by XLRI Jamshedpur in the third week of January 2023.
  • There are approximately 4-5 sets of XAT question paper. XLRI publishes the XAT answer key for all XAT question paper sets.
  • XLRI does not release XAT answer key for GK questions and Essay Writing Test in XAT exam because they are not counted for percentile calculation.
  • As a result, the XAT Answer key is only available for three sections that have negative marking: Verbal & Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation.

Read XAT Result 2023 for more information.

XLRI Selection Process Through XAT 2023

Admission to XLRI, Jamshedpur via XAT consists of three stages: candidate shortlisting, group discussion and personal interview, and final selection.

Step 1: Candidate selection

Following the exam, candidates will be shortlisted for a group discussion and personal interview at XLRI, Jamshedpur based on their XAT score.   

Step 2: Personal Interview and Group Discussion

The schedule for group discussions and personal interviews for selected candidates will be announced by the end of January by XLRI, Jamshedpur. The admission round will be held in various cities, and candidates must confirm their interview city online on the XLRI official website within the time limit specified. 

Step 3: Final Decision

  • For the purpose of preparing the final merit list, each candidate will be evaluated based on their XAT 2023 score, GD/PI performance, academic history, and other parameters. Selected candidates will be contacted to complete the admissions process.
  • Other institutes' XAT-accepting selection procedures
  • Institutes that accept XAT scores for admission to MBA/PGDM programs have their own application and admissions process. While some institutes open their registration window well in advance of the XAT exam, others begin their registration process after the XAT results are announced. 

XAT Result Announcement

The XAT 2023 results will be released in the third week of January. Candidates can access their scorecards via the official XAT and XLRI websites. The following is a brief description of the XAT result download process:

  • Navigate to the XAT ONLINE website at xatonline.in.
  • Select the 'XAT 2023 scorecard' tab.
  • Enter your XAT User ID and date of birth, then click the 'login' button.
  • Save a copy of the XAT result cum scorecard as a PDF.

XAT Cut Offs 2023

Following the announcement of the XAT 2023 results, participating institutes will release admission cut offs to shortlist candidates for GD/PI. Take a look at some of the top XAT institutes' estimated cut off scores and percentiles:

XAT colleges

XAT cut off score

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Great Lakes Institute of Management






KJ Somaiya-Mumbai



XLRI XAT Cut off 2023 for HRM Program


XAT 2023 Sections

XLRI XAT 2023 Expected Cut off for HRM

Male Engineering

Male Non-Engineering

Female Engineering

Female Non-Engineering
















Overall XAT Cut off





XLRI XAT Cut off 2023 for BM Program

XAT 2023 Section

XLRI XAT 2023 Expected Cut off for BM















XAT 2023 Exam Centres

  • XLRI will hold the XAT 2023 exam in 81 cities across the country at over 100 test locations. International test cities for XAT 2023 may not exist. Previously, the XAT was held in Dubai (UAE) and Kathmandu (Nepal) (Nepal).
  • Due to an increase in the number of applicants, XLRI has increased the number of test cities from 46 to 80+. When applying for the XAT 2023 exam, candidates can select two preferred test cities. The name and address of the XAT 2023 test centre assigned to you will be shown on your XAT Admit Card.

XAT 2023 Test Cities





Aurangabad City (Maharashtra)
















Bhilai Nagar





Mysuru (Mysore)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is XAT Exam?

The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national-level MBA entrance exam for XLRI Jamshedpur and the Xavier Association of Management Institutes. Candidates preparing for the XAT Exam 2023 should be aware that there are two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. The following sections will be questioned: Part One: Decision Making, Verbal and Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation Part 2: General Knowledge and Essay Writing

How many times have you taken the XAT Exam?

Candidates may be aware that the XAT Exam is only held once a year. As a result, you will only be able to take this exam once per academic year. Furthermore, candidates can take the XAT Exam as many times as they want because there are no restrictions on the number of times they can take the exam.

Is XAT suitable for MBA?

For admission in 2023, more than 160 MBA colleges, including many top MBA colleges, will accept XAT 2023 exam scores. Many of the top XAT-accepting colleges are now accepting applications for admission in 2023.

Is the XAT more difficult than the CAT?

The XAT exam is thought to be a little more difficult than the CAT exam.

How many times can you take the XAT?

The XAT exam can be taken as many times as you want. The authority has not set a limit on the number of attempts.

What is the purpose of the XAT exam?

The XAT is a national management entrance exam held each year by XLRI, Jamshedpur to grant admission to management programs offered by XLRI and other participating institutions across the country.

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