B-School profile of XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur

The Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, is a premier, private and top-ranking business school in India. It has a wide array of management programs and is internationally reputed.

History of the institution

In 1949, Fr. Quinn Enright, Society of Jesuits, founded the Xavier School of Management. It began by offering management programs for trade unions since its inception and in 1953, it offered a two-year, full-time program in industrial welfare. In 1955, it founded the Xavier Labour Relations Institute, and grew to become the country's oldest business management school. 

Today, in keeping with the demands of industry, this institute offers many programs, apart from doctoral programs and part-time programs for working executives and business owners. The success of this institute is largely due to the vision of Fr. Enright whose dream was that this institute partner India in its journey of liberation and "renewing the face of the earth". Later, Fr. Bill Tome helped him accomplish that dream. They were joined by other Jesuits who all worked hard to realize this dream. 

List of full-time MBA programs offered

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management: PGDM (HRM): 2-year, full-time
  • Post Graduate Diploma in General Management PGDM (GM): 15 months, full-time
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management PGDM (BM): 2-year, full-time
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Global MBA): 2-year, full-time
  • Master’s Program in Positive Organization Development and Change: 15 months, full-time

Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management PGD (HRM): This is a two-year, full-time course at the end of which students are conferred with a diploma in this subject. This program is the institute's oldest and most prestigious and is ranked No. 1 in India and in the Asia-Pacific region. Its objective is to equip students with skills and knowledge to manage HR so that it develops individuals and organizations. 

Eligibility: Indian candidates may apply by submitting their Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) scores while foreign candidates need to submit their GMAT scores. To apply, candidates must be graduates in any discipline with a minimum of three years' duration or its equivalent from any recognized university. Final year undergraduate students are also eligible to apply.

Selection procedure: Candidates desirous of admission into XLRI must pass through two stages before being selected to the PGDM program. First, they must appear for the XAT exam conducted by the institute. Foreign or NRI students will need to appear for the GMAT exam. Once they clear the exam and exceed the cut-offs, they will be called in for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GDPI). 

The final selection is based on a student's performance in the XAT/GMAT tests, work experience, academic profile, extra-curricular activities and score in the Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Tuition fees: The fees for this course is 20,00,000.

Post Graduate Diploma in General Management PGDM (GM): Domestic candidates will need to furnish their XAT scores, while NRI or foreign students will need to furnish their GMAT scores.

Eligibility: Candidates must be graduates in any discipline from a recognized university and relevant work experience of 60 months in a managerial or supervisory capacity. 

Selection procedure: Candidates will be shortlisted for this 15 months, full-time program, based on their performance in the XAT or GMAT tests. Successful candidates will be called for a personal interview, while foreign or NRI candidates will be interviewed on G-talk/Skype.

Tuition fees: The fees for this course is 18,50,000.

Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management PGDM (BM): This two-year, full-time aims at providing students with a conceptual and an analytical knowledge of Indian and global business. It combines business theory with practice and thus imparts a holistic education to students of business management. This course therefore makes students competent business managers. At the end of this course, students are conferred with a Postgraduate diploma in Business Management (PGDBM). This program is highly prestigious and is considered one of India's finest. 

Eligibility: Graduates who have adhered to the 10+2+3 pattern of education in any discipline, by any recognized or deemed university, are eligible to apply. An additional work experience of two years in a supervisory or executive capacity in an organization is required. Students should also appear for the Written Aptitude Test and furnish their scores with their applications.

Selection procedure: Divided into stages, the selection procedure begins with students appearing for the XAT Exam which XLRI conducts, and GMAT for foreigners and NRIs. Selected candidates are then called for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GDPI).

The criteria for final selection includes a student's XAT/GMAT scores, work experience, academic profile, extra-curricular activities and Group Discussion and Personal Interview scores.

Tuition fees: 20,00,000

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Global MBA): This two-year, full-time management program is the result of the three think tanks of XLRI, Tongji University, China and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This program aims to present students with a world view on management perspectives.

Uniqueness of this course: Twenty students from each of these countries are taken in each year. They live together, learning from each other the best of each other’s culture and form a uniquely multicultural class. Each school plays host to one semester of this program, so students get to live in all three countries by the end of the program. 

The best scholars from among these three host countries make up the program faculty. Students get an opportunity to intern in each of these countries. They gain insights into the functioning of organizations and get industry experience while enjoying imbibing the best of different cultures.

Eligibility: Indian candidates must apply with their XAT scores while foreign or NRI students should present their GMAT scores. Graduate candidates in any discipline or equivalent, with a minimum of 50% marks from a recognized or deemed university, may apply. Candidates with three or more years of work experience will have an added advantage. 

Selection procedure: Based on candidates' XAT or GMAT scores, they will be shortlisted and called for personal interviews. For overseas students, G-talk or Skype sessions will be set up. 

Tuition fees: The fees for this course is a whopping 25,00,000. An additional 1,00,000 is levied for food, flight tickets, visa charges and personal expenses, bringing up the total to about 29,00,000. This amount also includes tuition fees, boarding and lodging in all three host countries. 

Masters Program in Positive Organization Development and Change: To keep abreast of the winds of change in industry and prepare young minds to adapt to them, this course was devised. Pioneered by the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA), it is being offered for the first time in this country in partnership with XLRI, Jamshedpur. 

Executives and change agents who are constantly buffeted by change in their professional lives can benefit greatly from this course. How to respond to torrents of change so that their organizations can benefit from their methods is the crux of this program. 

Eligibility: Graduates in any discipline according to the 10+2+3 system or its equivalent from a recognized or deemed university are welcome to apply. Additionally, they should have at least 84 months' work experience and proven experience of project management or in charge of strategic change program either in the capacity of an external consultant or an employee. He or she must be fluent in English.

Selection procedure: 

Tuition fees: The fee for this program is $35,000 or equivalent in INR, plus GST, where applicable. It will include:

  • Tuition fees
  • Courseware
  • On-campus residential facility

The cost of travel is not part of this fee. 

Students enrolled on this course can avail of educational loans from the State Bank of India.

Facilities provided:

Campus: XLRI has a sprawling 50-acre campus, situated in Jamshedpur, in idyllic settings of the majestic Dalma Hills in the north and the Tata Iron & Steel Company in the south. It has a sophisticated academic Learning Centre with eight air-conditioned classrooms in amphitheater style, a state-of-the-art computer center with ultra-modern servers and workstations, and an air-conditioned examination hall. The campus also boasts of an international class library, the best ever IT infrastructure, Wi-Fi connectivity all over the campus, state-of-the-art auditoriums, modern sports and recreation facilities and comfortable hostels and residences for students and staff respectively.

Infrastructure: The academic buildings comprise air-conditioned lecture halls and an examination hall, a computer centre and several syndicate rooms, each connected to the entire campus network. The institute has 12 ultra-modern classrooms, replete with multimedia presentation tools. The seating is in amphitheatre style and each lecture hall has a capacity for 70. These classrooms are also fitted with closed-circuit recording and replay of lectures. 

For other academic purposes, the four syndicate rooms come in handy. 

XLRI Library: The XLRI Library was set up in 1949 and was named after the late Sir Jehangir Ghandy in February 1972. It caters as much to the students as to the staff, research scholars and other members. It is a huge repository of literature related to management, labour relations and allied subjects and also serves as an information hub for teaching, learning and research. In keeping pace with modernization, it is entirely automated and an RFID system has been installed. 

Hostels: There are four hostel blocks for students with over 400 rooms in all. Each room is linked to the campus network and to the many network services and resources. The four hostels are:

The Fr. Enright Men's Residence: This was the first hostel to be constructed here and is a five-storied majestic structure, built in 1969. There are more than 100 rooms of single-occupancy and twin-sharing format. It also has a large mess, kitchens and a convenience store and large open spaces for student functions and other activities. 

The St. Thomas Men's Residence: This is the most recently constructed of the four hostels on the XLRI campus. A three-storey building, it has more than a 100 rooms of single-occupancy. It has a newly constructed mess and a large open space for student gatherings, and a recreation room with a TV. 

The Mother Teresa Women's Residence: This hostel for ladies was constructed in 1998 to accommodate the growing numbers of lady students at the XLRI. At this three-storied building, there are 45 rooms of single- and double-occupancy. Common conveniences such as  phones, common room with TV, water filter and cooler and 24x7 Internet access are available here. Students remain in touch with each other and with the world outside through the Internet and the institute's Intranet.

The Nilima Acharji Women's Residence: Yet another three-storied building, this hostel block shares its mess facilities with the other blocks. It has over 20 twin-sharing rooms. 

Computer Centre: XLRI believes in keeping pace with the world in terms of Information Technology. In its quest for this, it has come to be India's most e-enabled business school. From being system-friendly to winning e-initiatives, it has now upgraded all its infrastructure. Today's XLRI is fully Wi-Fi enabled, and has its workshops, seminars, projects and courses in electronic format. It also has a Centre for e-Business to serve as a platform that brings academia and industry together. This has given rise to a generation and more of tech-savvy managers who integrate tech solutions with the needs of the workplace. 

XLRI has several workstations and servers, a sophisticated campus network and 90 MBPS raw bandwidth WAN connectivity, among other technological solutions. For the institute's LAN network, it has GIGABIT Fiber backbone, and all students have a laptop in their room with 24x7 internet and intranet facility. 

Auditoriums: XLRI Jamshedpur has a couple of fully air-conditioned auditoriums. Of them, the smaller one is the older one with a seating capacity of 150. It is meant for hosting seminars and guest lectures and student events. The other and more recently built one is the Tata Auditorium with a seating capacity of 1000 and the most sophisticated acoustics in Eastern India. It hosts all major events of the institute. 

Sports & Recreation: This institute takes sports seriously. It provides fields and courts for playing badminton, tennis, basketball, football and volleyball. There is also a multi-gym on the campus. 

Students can avail of indoor sports at their residences. Apart from this, they can also swim, play squash and use the synthetic athletics track, thanks to the institute's affiliation to local clubs and sports groups. 

Behavioral Lab: In 1979, XLRI came up with the concept of hosting a Marketing Research Fair under the name of MAXI Fair. It became so popular that it has been replicated in many colleges all over India. Later, it underwent a name change and since then it has been known as the Behavioral Labs.

Through research done at these labs, marketers and management researchers can understand what goes on in a consumer's mind that he or she may be unaware of. The Behavioral Lab was always designed to study human beings and is interdisciplinary in nature. So, it collaborates with all other departments on the campus and through their combined research, they draw new and never-before management insights.

It is used by all post-graduate students, researchers and faculty members. 

Quality of faculty team: XLRI has on its rolls about 70 full-time faculty across its many disciplines. All of them are professionally qualified and experienced in their chosen streams and are highly respected in their niches. As an ongoing process, XLRI inducts only the cream of academia, trains and guides them into the XLRI culture and values so that they can serve the student community here better.

It's not unusual for faculty members to undergo periodic training and consultancies in their chosen industry sector while also playing advisory or directorial roles in government or private firms at home and abroad. They also author books and contribute to reputed journals periodically. 

Tie-ups with foreign institutions: XLRI has partnered with 19 foreign institutions and universities across the world, primarily in the US, Europe, Philippines, Australia and Thailand. Each year about 20% of every batch spends some time in one of its partner institutions while 40 international students come here to get a taste of studying in an Indian environment. 

Placement facility provided: Where placements are concerned, XLRI does exceptionally well, year after year. With every passing year, the quality and quantity of placements continues to grow, giving students here access to top-notch companies like Rothschild. Students of HRM get a very good deal here in terms of placements, as XLRI is known to be the best institution for this subject in the country.

Students are placed through PPOs and summer placements annually, very often in their dream companies. Placements are conducted under the 

XLRI has always been successful in fulfilling the dreams of young aspiring managers by placing them in their dream companies. Placements in the institute are conducted under the auspices of the Placement Committees, student representative bodies. The committee interfaces between the companies and students, and holds the various placement drives here. 

The verdict

The guidance of the Jesuits and the professionalism of the faculty members instil a different kind of temper in the students here which trains them to be different, yet better. The result is there for all to see with each student making his or her mark in a tightly competitive world. 

For more details, please contact:

The Registrar

H. Area (East)

Jamshedpur - 831001

Jharkhand, India

Phone : +91 657 665 3333/+91 657 398 3333

Fax: +91-657-2227814