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The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an all-India test conducted by Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) as an entrance exam for admission to the post graduate programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India. It used to be a paper-pencil test till a couple of years ago. However, since 2018, it has also become an online-test.

Some of the top colleges accepting XAT scores are: XLRI Jamshedpur (Delhi Campus), S P Jain Mumbai, T A Pai Manipal and IMT Ghaziabad.

Important dates
XAT is typically conducted on the first Sunday of the year. In 2019, the registration started in the month of August 2019 and the exam was scheduled in the month of January 2020.

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join a B-School through XAT, is required to register online for XAT first and pay a fee of Rs. 1700. A separate fee of Rs. 300 per institute has to be paid to apply to each institute that the student is interested in. To know about the procedure in detail you can visit XAT website.

Essential academic qualifications:

A candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree and awaiting results can also apply.

Age and number of attempts:

There is no age bar for taking XAT.

The selection procedure for XAT is normally in 2 phases i.e. online examination (XAT) followed by WAT, GD, PI. After candidates take the entrance exam they will be shortlisted on the basis of marks obtained in the exam for the XAT selection procedure. Post the exam, candidates will move to the next step where candidates will be called for the GD/ PI/ WAT rounds.

XAT is the only test to include a full-fledged section on decision making. This does not require specific technical knowledge and involves finding the most suitable response to business and HR decision making problems. It is the only test that penalizes students for unattempted questions. Beyond a certain count of unattempted questions, students start losing marks for every unattempted question. However, this count keeps changing every year and is typically revealed very close to the actual test. XAT has a GK section, which occassionally is not considered for percentile calculations and GDPI shortlists.

Phase-I: Online examination (XAT)

The XAT admission test is a three hour test with four sections. The test pattern keeps changing every year. Hence students are advised to regularly visit their website.
Part 1 Duration 165 mins
Part 2 Duration 15 mins
Marks awarded for every correct answer: +1 mark
Negative marks awarded for every incorrect answer: -0.25 marks
Negative marks awarded for every unattempted question after 8 unattempted questions: -0.10 mark
No negative marking for Part 2 - GK

XAT-2020 pattern

Part Section No. of questions
1 Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 26
1 Decision Making 21
1 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 28
2 General Knowledge 25
Total 100

Phase – II: (WAT, GD, PI etc.)

A combination of activities is used to evaluate different aspects of a candidate's personality, communication skills and other skills.

Final selection

Each participating management college will have its own XAT cutoff. Those who score marks above the set cutoff will be shortlisted for XAT selection process. Qualifying and eligible applicants will then have to apply separately to the institutes. Based on the candidate’s eligibility, marks/percentile score obtained in XAT 2020, academic history and work profile, they will be shortlisted for the XAT selection procedure. The selection procedure holds the following process, Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test. Not all the participating institutes have these 3 selection criteria.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as XAT, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Mains)

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

Our Paid Programs
While we are yet to start with our XAT programme, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.

The cut offs are declared after the XAT exam result. Visit the website to check the scorecard.

XAT-2020 pattern

XAT 2020 Cut-Off XLRI Jamshedpur SPJIMR Mumbai
Overall Cutoffs (As per past trend) 95+ for BM and 93+ for HRM 90+ for PGDM
QA&DI Cutoff 88+ for BM and 70+ for HRM 75+
DM Cutoff 76+ for BM, 71+ HRM 75+
VA&LR Cutoff 79+ for BM & HRM 75+

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