XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is an annually held entrance exam for admission to Management programs at Xavier Association of Member Institutions (XAMI), a group of 100+ institutions that accept XAT scores. The XAT exam was first conducted almost 60 years ago for MBA admissions at Xavier’s Labor Research Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. Since then, the XAT exam has evolved on the pattern, also adding valuable members to the XAMI family.
Currently, the exam is one of the major management entrance exams in India after CAT and MAT.
XAT Exam: Toughness
The XAT exam is currently, the toughest management admission test at PG level in the country. If you think I forgot CAT, then folks, you’re actually living in a bubble. So what makes XAT such a headache? Let me list out few of the reasons in this respect.
- The Level of questions at XAT >> Level of questions at CAT or MAT.
- Negative marking for unattempted questions.
- Essay Writing still a part of the XAT exam.
- General knowledge is also asked.
- Uncertainty over the Exam Pattern every year.
List of Contents
- Mode of Answering.
- Date of Examination.
- Language of Examination.
- Eligibility Criteria.
- Courses at XLRI.
- How to Apply?
- XAT application procedure.
- Admit Card.
- Exam Pattern.
- XAT results.
- XAT scorecards.
- XAT Cut-offs.
- Important Dates.
- Important Links
Mode of Answering
The mode of answering in the XAT exam is still Pen/Paper based i.e. OMR sheets are used for reporting answers.
Date of Examination
The XAT exam is usually held in first week of January every year.
In the case of XAT 2017, the exam was held on 8th January 2017 (10:00 AM – 1:30 PM).
Language of XAT exam
The XAT exam is conducted strictly in ENGLISH language only.
- Graduation: Applicant must be in possession of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline of minimum 3 years duration.
- Final Year Students: Applicants who complete their final year exams on or before 10th June 2017 are also eligible to apply.
Courses at XLRI, Jamshedpur
- Business Management.
- Human Resource Management.
- General Business Management.
How to Apply?
The registration fee for XAT exam was Rs 1,600 in 2017.
But in the case of applicants who were willing to apply for XLRI courses too, the Application Fee was Rs 1,600 + Rs 300 (per course).
For candidates who applied after the last date i.e. 30th Nov 2016, the XAT exam application fee was Rs 2,000 + Rs 500 (per course for XLRI).
|Applying for||Application fee (on or before 30th Nov 2016)||Application Fee (between 1st Dec and 11th Dec 2016)|
|XAT exam only||Rs. 1600||Rs. 2,000|
|XAT exam & XLRI courses||Rs. 1600 + Rs. 300 (per course)||Rs. 2,000 + Rs. 500 (per course)|
The XAT exam application fee can be paid through either of the following methods:
- Online Methods – Credit Card/Debit Card, IDBI Net Banking.
- XAT Pay-In-Slip to be deposited at any IDBI bank branch.
- Demand Draft in favor of “XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT” payable at Jamshedpur.
Documents required during application filling
Following documents had to be kept ready before filling the application fee.
- Scanned recent colored photograph – JPEG/JPG/PNG format – less than 1 MB in size.
- Scanned signature on a white paper – 200 dpi scan – JPEG/JPG/PNG format – less than 1 MB in size.
Application Procedure of XAT Exam
The application portal for XAT 2017 was closed on 11th Dec 2016. It had started functioning on 17th August 2016.
However, the steps of registration followed were as follows:
- The application form begins at the registration step. The candidate has to follow the link http://xatonline.net.in/ and go to “Register” to begin registration. At this juncture, the candidate had to enter his Email ID only, after which he would receive a XAT ID and a registration link on his ID.
- The candidate, then, has to click on this link and reset his password and remember it for all future logins.
- Now the candidate had to select a preferred test city, enter his/her name, upload his photograph and signature.
- At this stage, the candidate was needed to select XLRI programs (if he wanted to apply).
- After this, the candidate had to enter all his/her personal details including his work experience till 31st March 2017.
- At step 6, applicants had to select a mode of fee payment (above-mentioned ones) and also pay the same.
- Finally, the candidate had to download his/her confirmation page, which was to be kept with great care for all future endeavors.
Candidates who had paid the application fee through demand drafts were required to send the confirmation page to the following address.
Circuit House Area (East),
Jamshedpur – 831001.
The confirmation page was to be sent within 15 days of issuance date of DD. The last date of receiving drafts was 15th Dec 2016.
Candidates, who had applied successfully for XAT exam 2017, were able to download the admit card starting from 20th Dec 2016.
XAT Exam Pattern
Before introducing our readers to the XAT exam pattern, I would like to remind candidates that XAT exam is the toughest management exam in the country, even tougher than CAT exam.
XAT exam 2017 was 3 ½ hours long test. The whole XAT exam had 2 tests – General Aptitude test (Objective test) and GK + Essay Test (Objective + Subjective test).
Paper -1: General Aptitude Test
The general aptitude test is usually 2 ½ hours long. It consisted of following 5 sections:
Section 1: Decision Making.
Section 2: English Language & Logical Test.
Section 3: Quantitative test.
Each of the questions in paper 1 carries 1 mark. In the case of a wrong answer, the candidate would lose 0.25 marks.
However, unlike other entrance tests like CAT or MAT, XAT exam deducts marks for every un-attempted question after leaving 12 questions un-attempted. In other words, after leaving 12 questions un-attempted, a candidate would start losing 0.05 marks for every un-attempted question from the 13th question onwards.
Paper -2: Essay Writing and GK test
The paper 2 of XAT exam is usually 30 minutes long. Paper 2 or the Essay and GK test consisted of following 2 sections:
Section 1: Essay Writing.
Section 2: General Knowledge.
Each question in the GK section carried 1 mark. However, unlike the previous paper, there was no negative marking in this section.
Note: Every year the numbers of questions in the XAT exam vary in number. There is never an official notification from XLRI on what the total number of questions are going to be or what number of question would each section have.
The XAT exam results for the year 2017 were published on 31st January 2017 on http://xatonline.net.in/index.html.
XAT exam Score Card
The scorecard of the XAT 2017 exam was declared on 1st February 2017 on the official website of XAT exam.
XAT Exam Cut off
|Program at XLRI||Cut –offs|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Decision Making||English & Logical test||Overall|
|Business Management (BM) (in %tile)||88.7||76.84||79.46||96|
|Human Resource Management (HR) (in %tile)||70.07||71.628||79.69||92.55|
|General Management Program (GMP) (in Marks)||6||5||5||22|
|Application Portal||17th August – 30th November 2016.|
|Application Portal (after the last date)||1st December – 11th December 2016.|
|Publication of Admit Card||20th December 2016 onwards.|
|XAT exam Date||8th January 2017 (10:00 AM – 1:30 PM).|
|Publication of result||31st January 2017.|
|XAT score cards||1st February 2017.|
|Use of the link||Link|
|XAT official website||http://xatonline.net.in/index.html|
|XAT registration procedure||http://xatonline.net.in/pages/reg_proc.html|
|XAT information brochure 2017||http://xatonline.net.in/pages/xat_ebulletin.aspx.|
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