MBA Entrances-National Level


XAT is the second most popular management entrance examination after CAT. XAT is conducted by XLRI,Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes.

Apart from XLRI,the XAT scores are used by more than 100 institutes across India. XAT score is one of the selection criteria for admission into management programmes offered by XLRI. Candidates have to first register online on the XAT website and later, have to apply separately to the each of the participating institutes including XLRI.

Short listed candidates will be put through GD and or Interview processes.

XAT is usually conducted in the month of January, the shortlist details are declared in January. The interviews are conducted in February.

  • Registration (without late fee) starts- Aug 16, 2017
  • Registration ends- Nov 30, 2017
  • Registration with late fee - Dec 1st to Dec 15 2017
  • Admit card download starts - Dec 20 2017
  • XAT will be held on - Jan 07 2018
  • XAT Result - Jan 31,2018
  • XAT Score card - Feb 01 - Feb 25 2018
  • Editing of completed application details - Aug 16, 2017 - Nov 30,2017
  • Admit card can be downloaded from- Dec 20, 2017
  • Date of XAT exam-Jan 7, 2018
  • Result- By Jan 31, 2018

XAT Registration Fee (without late fee) –Rs. 1650/- Candidates interested in XLRI programmes need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each.

XAT Registration Fee (with late fee) –Rs. 2000/- Candidates interested in XLRI programmes need to pay an additional fee of Rs. 500/- each.

XAT 2018 Exam Structure

The exam shall consist of the following sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK
  • Essay

XAT 2017 Paper Pattern:

The following are the salient points:

The test consisted of two parts: Part I and Part II.

Part I had three sections A, B and C with 24, 21 and 27 questions respectively, i.e. a total of 72 questions ( down from 78 questions last year ). The three sections of Part I were followed by Part II with 25 GK questions and an essay.

Note- They did not mention as to which sections do each of A,B,C represent.

The time for completing the three sections and general knowledge was 210 minutes. Test takers were expected to answer the first three sections in 170 minutes and General Knowledge questions in 35 minutes. General Knowledge marks were used only for the final selection and not for shortlisting candidates for interview/GD.

All questions carried equal marks. One fourth of marks allocated could be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Leaving a question unattempted could result in a deduction of 0.05 mark. However, this deduction will not apply for a maximum of 12 unattempted questions. The negative marks for unattempted questions were to be deducted proportionately across the three sections.

Each question had five alternatives.

Only blue or black point pen was to be used for marking answers on the OMR answer sheet. Gel pens or ink pens should were not be used.


Recognized Bachelor’s Degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final examination by June 10, 2018 may also apply.

All Indian candidates must appear for XAT 2018. However, NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates also have an option of appearing for XAT 2018).

Candidates may choose to apply through GMAT score obtained during December 01, 2015 and December 31, 2017 for the following XLRI programmes.

A. Indian candidates - General Management Programme

B. NRI and Foreign candidates - General Management Programme, Business Management and Human Resource Management programmes

XAT 2018 Test Centres

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.

Two International Cities : Dubai and Kathmandu

The process comprises of the following stages:

  • Group Discussion
  • Personal Interview

Group Discussion

The GD usually has around 10 participants, the whole process is wrapped up in under 15 minutes, including the time for idea generation.

Sample Topics

  • Need for reform in Indian medical system.
  • Non Indian CEO's in Indian companies: advantages and disadvantages.
  • Need for reform in Indian political system.
  • Is government regulation in telecom sector unjustified.
  • Organizing national games is a wastage of tax payer's money.

Personal Interview

An interview panel of 3-4 conduct the interview for around 10-15 minutes.