XAT 2021 Xavier Aptitude Test

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What is XAT ?

XLRI Jamshedpur has announced the exam date of XAT 2021 and the exam is all set to be conducted on 3rd January 2021 i.e. Sunday. The registration procedure of XAT 2021 has been commenced by XLRI Jamshedpur. The registration procedure started from 12th September 2020 and will continue until 30th November 2020. Candidates interested in applying for and taking the exam can visit the official website of XAT, xatonline.in and register themselves. Candidates must also ensure to process the payment of INR 1750 as application fee while registering themselves for XAT 2021. The notification of XAT 2021 was released by XLRI during the evening of 7th September 2020 wherein the important dates and key details were announced by the examination conducting authority. Despite COVID-19 situation across the country, XLRI has decided to conduct XAT 2021 as a center-based test across 72 cities in the country on 3rd January 2021.

More about XAT Exam 2021:

  • Students can register for XAT 2021 on the official website of XAT.
  • The admission chances for admission to well-known management institutions such as XLRI, SPJIMR, and XIMB totally depend on students' cut offs.
  • Students can still apply for many top Business schools such as IMT, FORE, TAPMI, and BIMTECH, as their application window is still open.

Changes Introduced in XAT 2021 Exam

  • There are a few changes that XLRI Jamshedpur has brought in XAT 2021 Exam. These changes are mentioned below:
  • XAT 2021 Application Fee has now been increased to INR 1750 to INR 1700.
  • XAT 2021 would be a Computer Based Test.
  • It will be a single slot exam.
  • Test timing will be from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
  • Total number of questions increased from 99 to 100.
  • Essay Writing Test has been removed.
  • There are NAT questions introduced by XLRI Jamshedpur with no negative marking.
  • All the questions are of MCQ type.
  • General Knowledge section will not be considered for percentile calculation.
  • There will be no negative marking for questions asked in General Knowledge section.
  • Candidates will be rewarded with 1 mark for each correct answer.
  • 0.25% of the total mark of question will be deducted as penalty.
  • Candidates with visually impaired condition will be provided additional 25 minutes to solve part 1 of the question paper.
  • All the questions will contain 5 options with one correct answer.

Important Dates Concerning XAT 2021



XAT 2021 Notification Released on

7th September 2020

XAT 2021 Registration Starts on

12th September 2020

XAT 2021 Registration Ends on

30th November 2020

Last Date to Register Without Late Fee

30th November 2020

Last Date to Register with Late Fee

10th December 2020 (Tentative)

XAT 2021 Admit Card Issuance

20th December 2020

Last Date to Download XAT 2021 Admit Card

3rd January 2021

XAT 2021 Exam Date

3rd January 2021

Result Date

31st January 2021 (Tentative)

The Xavier Aptitude Test prominently known as XAT is a National Level Entrance Test conducted by Xavier School of Management (XLRI) on account of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI)XAT is conducted every year to select potential students for management programs offered by top business schools, associated with the institution as part of XAMI. Apart from XAMI, 150 other management colleges also accept XAT Score for shortlisting students in their management programs.

XLRI has been conducting XAT Exam for more than 60 years now. Last year the pattern of the entrance exam was changed from offline pen-paper mode to computer-based online mode. XAT 2021 is all set to be conducted in the month of January 2021.

Highlights of XAT 2020 Exam

  • XAT Result was declared on 17 January 2020.
  • The exam was conducted on 5th January 2020.
  • There was only one session for XAT 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

XAT 2020 Result was declared on the official website of XAT i.e. xatonline.in

It is a very common question among students that why they should take XAT examination when there are other very popular MBA examinations options available. So, it is very important to know that there are institutes such as IIMs, IITs, FMS Delhi and others which accept CAT scores. There are few like XLRI Jamshedpur accepts only XAT score for their MBA Programs other than 150 other Top B-schools of India.


Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT

Conducting Authority

Xavier School of Management (XLRI)

Application Mode


Exam Mode

Computer Based Test

Type of the Exam

National Level Management Exam

Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor's Degree with Minimum 3 Year

Official Website


Registration Starts on

12th September 2020

Registration Ends on

30th November 2020

Exam Date

3rd January 2021

Know more about XAT 2021 Important Dates

XAT Application Procedure

XAT Application Procedure for the year 2021 started on 12th September 2020 and the conducting authorities have received a good number of applications so far. In order to apply for XAT 2021, aspirants are advised to visit the official website of XAT i.e. www.xatonline.in and register themselves for further procedure of application.

Applying candidates must ensure that they fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria before applying for the examination. It is important to possess a bachelor's degree while applying for the examination.

Following are the important dates concerning XAT 2021 Registration:



Registration Started on

12th September 2020

Registration Ends on

30th November 2020 (without late fee)

Registration Ends on

10th December 2020 (with late fee)

Admit Card Release Date

20th December 2020 (Tentative)

Exam Date

3rd January 2021

While filling the application form of XAT 2021, the candidates must ensure that they process the payment of INR 1750 (without late fee) or INR 2000 (with late fee) depending on the date of registration as XAT 2021 Application Fee or XAT 2021 Registration Fee. The payment must be processed through online payment modes.

Number of applications received for XAT Exam is seen to be increasing every year. There have been more than 80,000 students who appear for XAT Exam every year.

Know more about XAT 2021 Application Procedure

XAT Admit Card

The admit card date for any entrance examination is released after the successful completion of registration procedure. It has been informed that XAT 2021 Admit Card will be released on 20th December 2020 on the official website of XAT. It is one of the essential documents that each student must carry while appearing for the examination XAT 2021.

Candidates are required to visit the official website of XAT and download their respective admit cards by entering the required credentials. Candidates can log in with Username and Password sent to them while registering for XAT 2021 and download their admit card. There are a few details mentioned on XAT 2021 Admit Card which must be verified at the examination center.

Following are a few details mentioned on Admit Card:

  • Candidate's Name
  • Candidate's Passport Sized Photograph
  • Examination Venue
  • Date of Exam
  • XAT Registration Number

Know more about XAT 2021 Admit Card

XAT Eligibility

One of the most important things that students applying for XAT 2021 must keep in mind is XAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria. The eligibility criteria for XAT Exam is generally defined by the examination conducting authority i.e. Xavier School of Management (XLRI) and students must ensure that they fulfill the requirement of this set of requirements formed by XLRI.

Following are the key point one must consider:

  • Applying candidates must possess a bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years of duration.
  • There is no age bar for XAT 2021.
  • Candidates in their final year of graduation can also apply for XAT 2021.
  • Final year candidates appearing in XAT 2021 must have completed their graduation before any further admission procedure.

Besides no age limit filter, XAT 2021 requires no minimum qualifying marks in graduation in order to be eligible to apply for the exam. Candidates in final year must complete their graduation by June 20201.

Know more about XAT 2021 Eligibility

XAT Exam Pattern

As per XAT 2021 Exam Pattern , the XAT question paper is divided into two parts depending on the type of questions, one is objective type and the other one is subjective type. The examination pattern can also be divided into moderate and difficult depending upon the difficulty level of the examination.

The question paper is divided in 2 parts namely Part 1 and Part 2 contributing to a total of 99 questions. The two papers need to be attempted in a single slot of the exam in the given time period of 3 hours.

XAT Question Paper consists of 99 questions and it is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The question paper needs to be completed in 180 minutes i.e. 3 hours wherein there is no sectional time limit to attempt these questions.

Following are the sections:

1. Part 1

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

2. Part 2

  • General Knowledge
  • Know more about XAT Exam Pattern

XAT Syllabus

Like other MBA Exams, the conducting authorities of XAT 2021 haven't formed a definitive syllabus for the examination due to which the preparing for XAT 2021 Exam becomes difficult. It would be advised to candidates appearing in XAT 2021 to go section by section and this would help them understand even the minutest idea of how the question paper is made and what type of questions are usually asked in the exam.

The sections in which the question paper is divided, as mentioned above, are:

  • Verbal and Logical Ability
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
  • General Knowledge

Know more about XAT 2021 Syllabus

XAT Paper Analysis

Candidates appearing for XAT 2021 being conducted in the month of January 2021 must understand what type of questions are asked and how the question paper is formed.

Going through the previous years' question papers would help them analyze these questions and come out with an idea as to how to prepare for upcoming examination.

Know more about XAT Paper Analysis

XAT 2021 Important Dates

Notification Date 07-Sep-2020
Registration Starts on 12-Sep-2020
Registration Ends on 30-Nov-2020
Admit Card Date 20-Dec-2020
Exam Starts on 03-Jan-2021
Result Date 25-Jan-2021

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XAT 2021 Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria of XAT is as follows:

  • Graduate or bachelor degree - Candidate should be a graduate or should have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized institute or university in order to apply for this exam.
  • Candidates have to complete their graduation by June - Candidate should have completed their graduation by the month of June only then he/she can apply for XAT exam.
  • Final year students of graduation -  Candidates who are in final year of graduation are eligible for applying to XAT.
  • The eligibility 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.

Note: There's no specific age limit for XAT exam.

Programme-wise Eligibility Criteria:


XAT 2021 Application Procedure

The steps that have to be fulfilled for XAT Registration are as follows: personal details, payment details and other enclosures that would have to be provided with the XAT Application.


To register for the exam candidates need to follow the below steps:

  • Visit xatonline.net.in click on Register, create a new account with your personal email id, you will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link.
  • Click on the link and create your own password. (Next time you will be allowed to log in with this XAT ID and password).
  • Select your Citizenship (Indian/ Foreign / NRI).
  • If you are interested to apply for XLRI, select the program of your choice Business Management (BM)/Human Resource Management (HRM)/Global Business Management(GBM)/General Management Programme (GMP). Candidates not interested in any of the XLRI programs can skip this step.

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Application Fees

The XAT Application fee is INR 1650 for all categories. INR 2000 would be charged for late application. The fee details are as mentioned below.

Applicants can choose either of the following modes for XAT Application fee payment :

  • Online - Credit/Debit/Netbanking
  • Offline - Cash Payment or DD. A printout of XAT Pay-in-slip and visit any IDBI Bank branch to make cash payment. DD has to be made in favor of "XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT" payable at Jamshedpur.

*In case of the offline mode, candidates should upload the fee payment details on the XAT Registration page.

Application Fees  INR 1650
Late fee INR 2000

XAT 2021 Admit Card

Admit card can be downloaded from official website of XAT once the admit cards are released by the authorities. The admit card carries all the personal information of the candidate along with the informations related to exam date, test center and the timings of the exam.

Steps to Download XAT Admit Card:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the ‘Download admit card' tab
  • Enter details like XAT 2018 Registration Number and DOB in DD/MM/YY format and enter submit
  • Download the admit card
  • Take a printout of the admit card

It would be ideal if you take note of that your XAT Admit Card is a mandatory document required to be carried to the exam centre. In the event that you don't have the printed copy of your XAT Admit card appended with your photo on it, you won't get an entry to the XAT exam center.

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XAT 2021 Preparation Tips

XAT Exam is not tougher than CAT, it's almost same as CAT.

Here are some of the quick Preparation Tips: 

  • XAT is not a tougher exam than CAT, it simply requires a different mindset.
  • Keep the different sections of the exam in mind and check the XAT selection procedure properly.
  • It is a pen and paper test, there are no individual section time limits. Make sure you give enough time to your core strength areas so that you can score more.
  • Do not spend excessive time on GK questions and be ready to leave the questions you are unsure about. Guesswork in this area can be risky.
  • XAT Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning is the toughest part of the paper.
  • The kind of questions that are asked is Ethical Dilemmas, Financial Case Studies, and General Management Circumstances.
  • The answers should be well-thought out logically, without favoring anyone and no bias can be incorporated at arriving at a decision.
  • The Important Areas for Quantitative Ability are Geometry, Number Systems, Probability and Functions.
  • General Knowledge was initially introduced in 2013. Out of 30 Questions, 12 were on Current Affairs and 18 on Static General Knowledge.
  • XAT 2018 is usually conducted on the First Sunday of the year.

XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

XAT is an online test consisting of two papers

Paper I: It is an objective type paper covering three sections- Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making.

Paper II: This paper comprises of General Knowledge and Essay writing questions.

Sections Time Allotted

Paper 1: Quantitative Ability, English Language and Logical Reasoning, and Decision Making

 170 Minutes

Paper 2: General Knowledge and Essay Writing

 35 Minutes

XAT Exam pattern

The time duration for completing the three sections and general knowledge is 210 minutes

Details on the marking scheme:

XAT 2021 Syllabus

XAT exam is a pen and paper based examination. XAT exam pattern has four important sections. The sections are: Quantitative Ability, English Language & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, GK and Essay

It is crucial that aspirants are well aware of the complete syllabus to prepare strategically and obtain a good score. Here is section- wise topics and subtopics that need to be prepared for each section:

Quantitative Ability:-

  • Elementary Mathematics 
  • Arithmetic: - Number System, Ratio, and Proportion
  • Additional Topic in Arithmetic: - Problems on Trains, Clock and Calendar, and Mixtures and Allegation
  • Unitary Method: - Time and Distance
  • Commercial Maths: - Profit and Loss, Interest
  • Geometry: - Triangles, Circles
  • Mensuration 
  • Algebra: - Permutation and Combinations, Sequence And Series
  • Trigonometry: - Heights and Distance
  • Linear Programming 
  • Coordinate Geometry: - Cartesian Plane and lines
  • Probability 

Data Interpretation:-

XAT 2020 Question Paper Analysis

XAT 2020: The D-day paper pattern

Part 1


Sections Number of questions Difficulty level
Verbal and Logical 24 Medium to difficult
Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning 21 Medium to difficult
Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability 27 Medium to difficult

Part 2

Sections Number of questions
General Knowledge 25
Essay Globalization and Jingoism always co-exist

Verbal section:

The total number of questions in the section were 24 out which half of them were based on Para jumbles, vocabulary, fill in the blanks, Grammar usage, and critical reasoning. The difficulty level of this section was low in comparison to last year. There were in total 4 sets of Reading Comprehension out of 3 were easily attemptable and a reasonable attempt of about 17-18 questions was considered on an overall required for this section.

Decision making and analytical reasoning:

The total number of questions from this section was about 21. Out of the total count of questions, 18 were situational based cases and one set comprised of 3 sections based on Mathematical calculations. The difficulty level of this section varies from easy to difficult. The level of difficulty was the same as last year.

XAT 2021 Study Material

Recommended Books for XAT:

  • Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Arihant.
  • Target XAT past papers
  • Books available for  CAT is also helpful for XAT as most of sections and pattern are same.

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XAT 2021 Result

The details about XAT 2019 Results are as follows:

  • The score of XAT 2019 would remain valid for a year.
  • On the basis of the result, the candidate would be able to get admitted into more than 150 B-schools in the country.
  • The percentage and percentile of GK section would be calculated independently and would not be included in the calculation of the total percentile.
  • The highest XAT score last year was 51.75.

XAT 2018 Result

According to XAT 2018 results,

  • A total percentage of 51.28 was equivalent to 99.751 percentile
  • A total percentage of 47.12 was equivalent to 99.278 percentile
  • A total percentage of 45.64 was equivalent to 98.896 percentile
  • A total percentage of 42.82 was equivalent to 97.891 percentile
  • A total percentage of 40.83 was equivalent to 96.842 percentile

XAT Cut-Offs

XAT cut off will be declared soon after the XAT result is out. College with the highest cutoff is XIMB with 95% cutoff, cut offs of XLRI varies from 88 to 93 and colleges like IMT GZB, Great Lakes Institute of management has 90% cut off.

XAT is a standout amongst the most prominent and competitive exams in our nation. There are numerous A+ evaluated establishments which acknowledge XAT scores. The most well-known among these are XLRI, Jamshedpur, and XIM Bhubaneswar. The Selection procedure begins with the entrance test i.e. XAT. In the light of XAT cut offs, candidates are required to give the GD and PI round. The criteria for conclusive determination incorporating the XAT score are candidate' scholarly record, the general profile of the candidate, work experience and so forth.

List of institutions accepting XAT scores and their cut-offs for the general class:

XAT 2021 Selection Procedure

XAT score is considered to shortlist candidates for the further selection process. There are two steps in which the admission procedure can be divided.

XAT Admission Procedure – Shortlist

The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the performance of XAT. While some B-schools will only consider the score of Paper 1, i.e. the objective type part, some other B-schools will consider the scores of Paper 2 as well as Paper 1.

XAT Admission Procedure – Final Selection

The final selection process for XAT will vary from B-School to B-School. However, the common process is to conduct Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Some institutes such as MICA conducts Group Exercise in lieu of GD. 


Group Discussion: Each group consists of 8-15 candidates. All the groups typically are required to speak for about 15-20 mins on a topic.  The topics would be related to current affairs, politics, social issues such as women's rights and emancipation or any other issue concerning advertising, education, technology or business.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Test Centres

Candidates appearing for XAT exam can refer to the list of XAT Test Centres which is conducted in about 40+ cities all over India. XAT was attempted by close to 90,000 candidates. As per the official website of XAT, there were 2 exam centres outside India: Dubai and Kathmandu. The details of XAT Test Venue would be provided on the XAT Admit Card.

The duration of XAT is for about 2 hours 50 minutes. Paper 1 consists of 72 Questions from sections like Quantitative Ability, English, Logical Reasoning and Decision Making. Paper 2 has a mix of Subjective and Objective questions from the General Knowledge and Essay Writing Section. The examinees are allowed to leave about 13 questions unanswered after which a negative marking of 0.05 marking is applicable.

Ahmedabad Bhopal Coimbatore Greater Noida
Allahabad Bhubaneswar Cuttack Gurgaon
Amritsar Chandigarh Dehradun Guwahati
Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Hyderabad
Berhampur Cochin Goa Jabalpur
Jaipur Lucknow Patna Surat
Jammu Mangalore Pune Tiruchirapalli
Jamshedpur Mumbai Raipur Trivandrum
Kanpur Nagpur Ranchi Udaipur
Kolkata Noida Sambalpur Vadodara
Varanasi Vijayawada Vishakapatnam  
International Cities Dubai

What's New ?

XAT Highlights

XAT exam is scheduled on 6th January 2019 for about 3.5 hours. The registration window would remain open until 30 November 2018. The following are some points students must consider:

1) Late Registration Window: XLRI has made arrangements to enable late registrations. Applicants unable to register by November 30 can pay an additional fee of INR 350 over and above INR 1650. The last date to register for XAT exam is open until December 7, 2018.

2) XLRI Programme Additional Fee: The Late Fee for XLRI Programme stands increased to INR 500 instead of INR 300 for the number of programmes in which a candidate is interested.

3) Exam Duration: The exam is conducted for a duration of 3.5 hours that would be conducted in an online format. An additional time limit of half an hour would be allotted to the candidates.

4) Important Dates: XAT Important Dates have been announced for the candidates which must be taken note of in order to prepare well.

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