XAT 2023 Xavier Aptitude Test
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XAT 2023

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on June 15, 2021

The selection process for XAT 2022 starts in February and ends in April 2022. Each institution has its own selection process and there is no centralized process. Applicants who enter the final merit list based on XAT scores and other selection rounds (such as GD) will be called for the counseling rounds conducted by XLRI and other institutes.

 Academic performance, previous work experience and the overall profile of the candidate also play an important role in the selection process. The goal of XAT 2022 is to select students suitable for management courses for more than 150 management colleges. To apply for the XAT 2022 selection process, you only need to register on the official website of your favorite university.

Applicants who get to qualify the XAT 2022 cutoff can participate in the selection rounds of various universities. The XAT counseling process takes place through online mode. This process includes the following steps:

Step 1-Register to Participate in the XAT 2022 Selection Process

  • Before applying for the XAT selection process, all selected candidates must register to participate in the selection process.
  • This can be done by providing the required credentials on the official website of the university of your choice.
  • In this case, the candidate must process the payment of counseling fee.
  • Please note the fees vary from institution to institution.

Step 2- Fill in and Record Your Choice

  • After successful registration, the applicant can choose the preferred course of study at the college.
  • Choose a course and lock the same options.
  • Please note that once this option is blocked, no further changes can be made in the future.

Step 3-Final Seat Allocation

  • The final allocation is based on the options filled in by the candidate.
  • Based on performance ranking and availability status.

Note* After completing the XAT selection, the applicant must report to the designated location for document verification.


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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Personal interview: Candidates are required to appear for the personal interview if they get shortlisted on the basis of group discussion, academics, achievements and motivation behind going for an MBA. The panel of jury members aims to test communication, confidence, and ability of thinking while being under pressure.         

XAT Selection Procedure – Selection procedure of XAT will depend upon the general execution of the candidate. Each of the institutions will have their own Selection Procedure. Hence, the XAT choice system will shift from school to school. There won't be any basic advising round for every one of the foundations. Once the XAT outcome will be reported, all the universities accepting XAT scores will declare their cut off exclusively. Candidates who will clear the base XAT cutoff will be called for advanced XLRI Selection Procedure.

As indicated by XLRI Selection Procedure, all candidates taking an interest in the universities will shortlist the applicants based on results of XAT Selection Procedure. The Selection Procedure of XAT will comprise of three phases. The first round will incorporate the Registration. In the second round, applicants will be shortlisted based on the Result. Lastly, they will be called for Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. Towards the end, the merit list shall be declared and the candidates would be selected.

Documents Required during XAT 2022 Selection Process

  • Original counseling letter along with its photocopy
  • Original XAT Admit Card and its photocopy
  • Bank draft as per the guidelines of XAT Brochure 2022
  • Academic certificates
  • XAT score card and rank card
  • Caste certificate (if required)
  • Medical documents
  • 4-6 passport sized photographs (colored and black and white)

Stages of XAT Selection Process 2022

  • The selection procedure of XAT exam varies from institute to institute.
  • The process is meant to check and analyze the overall abilities of shortlisted candidates.
  • As per the xat selection process, the institutes will decide if the shortlisted candidates are suitable for admission or not.
  • This process generally consists of two stages named below:
    • Group Discussion
    • Personal Interview

The process of each XLRI Jamshedpur is mentioned below:

Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Business Management (PGDM-BM): 

Stage 1 – Shortlisting of candidates based on their XAT Score

Stage 2 – Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds conducted by the institutes. The group discussion round typically lasts for around 30 minutes. There are generally 8-10 participants in it at a time.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management- General Management (PGDM-GM):

Stage 1 – Shortlisting of candidates based on XAT or GMAT Score.

Stage 2 – Personal interview round is conducted in person or over Gtalk or Skype for candidates applying from overseas.

PGDM (BM), Part-Time (JSR):

Stage 1 – Shortlisting of candidates for admission is done based on an aptitude test conducted by the institute. The aptitude test consists of questions from class 10th level on quantitative ability, English language skills, and logical reasoning. Candidates will also be required to provide the score of qualifying MBA entrance examination that they have appeared in.

Stage 2 – Personal Interview round conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Global MBA (PGDM- GMBA):

  • Shortlisting of candidates is done based on XAT or GMAT Score.
  • Group discussion and personal interview round.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Human Resources Management (PGDM- HRM):

  • Shortlisting of students is done based on XAT score.
  • Group discussion and personal interview rounds. The group discussion round typically lasts for around 30 minutes. There are generally 8-10 participants in it at a time.

Once these rounds are completed, the total score for final selection will be analyzed based on the weightage given to several assessment components such as XAT score, Group discussion and personal interview rounds, essay writing, past academic  records, work experience, and overall profile and performance of the candidates shortlisted.

XAT Merit List Preparation

The weightage of the components mentioned above (for all the programs offered by XLRI) for the final shortlisting of candidates is explained below:



XAT score




Essay, GK, Academic profile, work-ex, video



  • XLRI reserves the right to change the weight of the components after analyzing the GD/PI data.
  • Regardless of the ratings of other components, the last 10% of GD/PI results cannot be used for the final selection.
  • Based on the total score, the institutes draw up a final merit list for the final admission.

XAT 2022 Group Discussion

In the group discussion round, candidates are divided into groups of 8 to 15 people, depending on the number of shortlisted candidates and the total number of rounds that the institute intends to operate. Each group is assigned a topic, and participants must deal with that topic. The time limit for each GD is about 15-25 minutes. XLRI GD topics can involve current affairs, politics, social issues (such as women's rights and liberation), or any other topics related to advertising, technology, education, or the economy in India.

Group Discussion Guidelines

  • Use the time they give you before each GD round to make some quick notes.
  • When GD becomes a fish market, don't lose your temper.
  • Keep the theme and express your thoughts clearly.
  • Make sure your words and tone aren't too aggressive and offensive.
  • Use politically correct language to express your views.
  • Don't show off your vocabulary during group discussion rounds. Instead, focus on the good and necessary.
  • When you emphasize your point, please contact the entire group.
  • Don't try to dominate the group, don't fight with people who disagree with you.
  • Body language: Sit upright, stay active, don't lean back, don't overstretch your arms to invade the space of others, gestures should be restricted to personal space at chest level.
  • Don't be too shy or withdraw, because no participant will give you a chance to speak. Contribute to the discussion in order to avoid rejection.
  • The beginning and end of GD is a good place to chat.
  • Keep up to date with the latest news and expand your knowledge on various topics related to our society, culture, politics, economy, education, etc.

XAT 2022 Personal Interview

In the personal interview (PI), questions about the academic background, performance, and motivation of the MBA candidate will be asked. The interviewer aims to assess the candidate's communication skills, content, self-confidence, and ability to think under pressure. Due to low self-confidence, poor communication skills, and fear of public speaking, you feel overwhelmed by the idea of   intellectual property.

Personal Interview Guidelines

  • Don't be afraid of the interview panel. They are experienced scientists and experts, but they want to get to know you better, so don't be nervous.
  • Relax and answer as naturally as possible.
  • Pay attention to general etiquette: Say hello, talk to all team members in the speech, and say thank you after the interview.
  • Be knowledgeable and carefully prepare your resume, essay and application form.
  • Answer your questions honestly and don't try to mislead the interviewer.
  • Know the answer to the question, admit and apologize. This will help you relax and relieve tension.
  • The time of each interview session is different. Shorter interviews are no exception.
  • Likewise, a longer interview does not mean choice. Don't appear too serious, too aggressive or too scared.

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FAQs related to XAT


How many times XAT Exam is conducted in a year?

XAT Exam is conducted once a year that too on the first Sunday of January month. XAT Exam 2023 is expected to be conducted on 8 January 2023.

When will XAT Exam 2023 dates will be announced?

XLRI Jamshedpur which the conducting authority of XAT Exam is expected to announce XAT 2023 Exam dates and schedule in the first week of August 2022. The notification will be released on the official website of the institute and that of XAT.

When will XLRI Jamshedpur announce XAT Exam 2023 Result?

The result of the exam will be announced during the last week of January 2023. After the result is declared, the shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds.

How many times can one take XAT Exam?

XAT Exam is conducted once a year, so the possibility of taking it in a particular year is only once a year. Besides, there is no restriction on number of attempts.

How many students appear for XAT Exam per year?

There are almost 95000 students who appear for the exam every year. Students from any academic background can appear for the exam to pursue their career in the field of management.

Is XAT Exam tougher than CAT Exam?

It is noticed that both the exams have almost the same difficulty level but the difficulty level of these two exams is higher than the other MBA entrance exams. The presence of additional two sections i.e. Decision Making, and General Knowledge has made the exam tougher than CAT Exam.

How much time is required to prepare for XAT Exam?

The ideal time required to prepare for XAT Exam is from six to nine months. Candidates appearing the exam will be advised to make their own plan and strategy to prepare for the examination. Doing this, they will be able to figure out their strengths and weaknesses.

Will there be any sectional time limit in XAT 2023?

Yes, there is sectional time limit for each section to be attempted in XAT Exam. Part 1 of the question paper needs to be completed in 165 minutes while the second part of the paper has 25 minutes to complete it.

Is there an access to the on-screen calculator while I take XAT Exam?

Yes, the candidates will be able to use an on-screen calculator. Candidates will also be provided with rough sheets for calculations.

What is XAT Exam Eligibility?

Candidates appearing in XAT 2023 must possess a bachelor's degree of 3 or more than 3 years from a recognized university. Candidates pursuing the final year of their degree are also eligible to apply for the exam.

Does any IIM accept XAT Score? Can I get admission to any IIM with my XAT Score?

None of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) accept XAT Score but there are other MBA Institutes that rank amongst the top Business Schools in the country that provide admission based on students' XAT Score. These Management Institutes include XLRI Jamshedpur, TAPMI, XIMB, MICA, FORE Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, KJ Somaiya, etc.

What is the difference between CAT and XAT Exam?

The main difference between CAT and XAT Exam lies in their examination pattern and difficulty level of these questions. CAT Exam has three sections namely VARC, DILR, and Quantitative Aptitude and is of higher difficulty level. On the other hand, XAT Exam has five sections namely Decision Making, Verbal, Quantitative and DI, General Knowledge, and Essay Writing. The difficulty level is lower than that of CAT Exam.

What is a good XAT Score?

+A Raw XAT Score of 39 to 40 will bring you a percentile of 99+.

Is 60 Percentile in XAT Exam good?

There are various well known management institutes that accept XAT Score and offer admission to students with 50 to 70 percentile. 60 percentile can get you admission to renowned colleges of the country.

Does IIT Delhi accept XAT Score?

No. Not only IIT Delhi but any of the IITs do not accept XAT Score for admission to its MBA programs.

Is one month enough for XAT Exam?

This all depends on students' preparation. The last one month of XAT Preparation right before the exam must be utilized in a focused manner and should be used for revision purposes only.

What is the XAT Exam 2023 Fee?

The XAT Registration Fee has been increased to INR 1800 from INR 1750.

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