FAQs on XAT
  1. Can you tell me something about XAT examination?

  2. For more than 60 years, XLRI is conducting Admission Test on all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. Their long experience and the expertise have helped them in extending this test to other Management Institutes. This year, there are more than 130 Management Institutes who are selecting students through XAT.

  3. Can you name a few good B-Schools which accept XAT score ?

  4. The following is the list of some of the good B-Schools that accept XAT score for admission into their Post-graduate program in Management:

    1. XLRI - Jamshedpur
    2. S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
    3. IRMA Anand
    4. IMT-Ghaziabad
    5. TAPMI-Manipal
    6. IFMR-Chennai
    7. Great Lakes-Chennai
    8. Welingkar-Mumbai
    9. LIBA-Chennai
    10. XIM-B Bhubaneshwar

    Note- For the first time IRMA Anand is also accepting XAT scores. Till last year they accepted only CAT scores for admission.

    For a complete list of B-Schools which are scheduled to accept XAT-2016 score, please check out the following link
    xatonline.net.in/xatassociate

  5. How good are the above mentioned B-Schools ?

  6. As per T.I.M.E. ranking, XLRI and SP Jain are rated among the Top 10 B-Schools of India; IRMA and XIMB are rated among the "AA" grade B-schools, IMT-Ghaziabad and TAPMI Manipal are counted among the "A" grade B-Schools. GREAT LAKES, IFMR, Welingkar & LIBA are graded in the “BBB” category.

    Note- The B-school categorization for 2015-16 will be done by end of Sep, kindly check out website for updated grades later on.

  7. When is it conducted ? Is it an online exam ? When does the registration process takes place ?

  8. It is usuallyconducted in the month of January. This year, the entrance test is being conducted on 8 January, 2017. No, it is not an online exam.Registration for XAT 2017 starts from 16th August 2016 and ends on November 30,2016.

  9. If a student has less than 50% tmarks in graduation, is he/she eligible to apply for XAT 2017?

  10. Yes, they are eligible to apply for XAT 2017
  11. What is eligibility to take XAT entrance exam?

  12. Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final examination by June 10, 2017 may also apply. All Indian candidates must appear for XAT 2017. However NRI and foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates have an option of appearing for XAT 2017).

  13. Which are the cities where XAT 2017 is scheduled to be conducted?

  14. Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon (Gurugram), 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.

    Apart from these cities, XAT 2017 will also be conducted at two international cities- Dubai and Kathmandu.

  15. Do we have to apply separately to XLRI ?

  16. Yes.Candidates interested in XLRI programme(s) needs to pay an additional fee of Rs.300 for each.

  17. Does XLRI follow policy of reservation of seats?

  18. No
  19. When is the test score of XAT 2017 likely to be announced ?

  20. XAT2017 results will be available by 31stJanuary at http://www.xatonline.net.in/

  21. What was the pattern of last year's (XAT 2016) question paper of XAT?

  22. Pattern of last year's question paper of XAT was as follows

    Section No of Qns Suggested time (min)
    Part I A - Verbal Ability 26 1 50
    B - Decision Making 23 1 60
    C - Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 33 1 60
    Part II general knowledge 25 1 10
    Essay Topic: Technology and nature are natural enemies 25
  23. Can you give me details about XAT 2017 examination pattern,duration etc? Are there any major changes?

  24. XAT 2017 will be on the similar pattern like last few years. It will have four sections (i) Verbal and Logical Ability (ii) Decision Making (iii) Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (iv) General Knowledge. The marks of General Knowledge will not be used for determining the percentile and cut off at first stage of selection.

  25. What is difference between the HRM and the BM Course offered by XLRI?

  26. The BM course is a regular Program which is designed to give inputs on all the functions of management (Marketing, Finance, HR etc). It is like a regular MBA program. Whereas, the HRM aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills required for managing HRM Functions. HRM should be taken up by only those who are genuinely interested in making a career in HR domain.

  27. Can you give me details of HRM Program offered by XLRI?

  28. XLRI offers a two-year full time Programme in HRM on the completion of which, students are conferred with Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. The HRM course is the oldest and the most prestigious of the Institute's teaching programmes. It is one of the best programme in India; it aims to equip the students with the knowledge and skills required for managing HR in a way that contributes to the development of individuals and organizations.

    • Duration - 2years
    • Intake - 180*
    • Fees* – 18 Lacs (last year)
    • *Can be revised this year
    • Placements Details
    • Median Salary – 17 lacs p.a (2013-15).
      Note- 2014-16 placement figures have not been released officially.
  29. Can you give me details of BM Program offered by XLRI?

  30. XLRI offers a two-year full time programme on Business Management, on the completion which, candidates are conferred with Postgraduate diploma in Business Management (PGDBM). This programme is extremely prestigious and is rated as one of the finest of its kind in the country.

    • Duration - 2years
    • Intake - 180*
    • Fees* – 18 Lacs (last year)
    • *Can be revised this year
    • Placements Details
    • Median Salary – 17 lacs p.a (2013-15).
      Note- 2014-16 placement figures have not been released officially.
  31. Last year (XAT 2016), what were the cutoffs for HRM and BM Programs? Is there Sectional Cut-off ?

  32. BM - 94 Percentile (with sectional cutoffs)
    HRM- Overall 94.4 Percentile (with sectional cutoffs)

  33. Can you give me some suggestions on how to prepare for XAT Entrance Test ?

  34. With respect to preparation of Logical Reasoning it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles and Decision making Questions. They should especially focus on practicing the Distribution puzzles. The CAT students have received the reasoning study material - SM 1001605 and SM 1001314 for logical reasoning (these two are with solutions). There was a thorough discussion on each of these kind of questions in Logic Basics - 1, 2 and 3 (LRHO 1001601, 02 and 03), and in LAPEs & LATs. LAPE 1001302, 03, 04 and 05 contain many questions which are of XAT difficulty level.

    It would be advisable to prepare Critical Reasoning questions.

    For English Language part, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to RC, Sentence Correction, Vocab based questions (words confused), Para formation, Logical reasoning questions (especially on identifying argument structure and argument elements, and inference based questions). Students should also focus on Figures of Speech as there have been questions on identifying metaphors,oxymorons,personification, etc. in previous years' XAT papers.

    The RC passages in XAT are often based on 'off-beat' topics (Passages included subjects such as Psychology, Sciece and Sociology)

    One should also practice questions based on Decision Making.

    In addition to these areas, XAT Entrance test also tests Essay Writing skills

    A recent topic was:

    Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.

    XAT seems to have moved from the complicated topics that it used to give, to topics that are more amenable to creative writing .This is both an advantage and a disadvantage, depending on how good one is with language. The word limit was 200 words. You may support or oppose the statement,but your stand has to be justified with relevant examples.

    Topics that seem easy will fill the student with a plethora of ideas.The challenge lies in the discretion in choice of thoughts and their logical flow in presentation.

    Students will appreciate that such topics require clear thinking, effective argument construction / analysis, and effective writing.

    It is advised that students keep essay writing in mind when they do their reading comprehension exercises,focusing on expression of central idea, the idea flow, and the tools employed for effectively putting across ideas. A thorough awareness of social and political changes of the times will be an add on to present your case, in case XAT goes back to subject oriented essay topics.

    For the section on Quantitative Ability, a good Preparation for CAT should be more than sufficient. Though it must be added that some of the questions in XAT tend to be pretty tricky and it would be advisable for students to be very judicious while attempting questions. It would also be advisable for students to brush up on their Speed Maths concepts as some of the questions in DI tend to be calculation intensive

    For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

    • Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits).
    • In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK.
    • Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.
    • Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions

    In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

    • Who is who
    • What is what
    • Science scan
    • Human body
    • Computers
    • Landmarks of history
    • The Universe

    While preparing for this section, it would be advisable for students to focus more on issues related to business, economics and politics related to business environment.

    Finally, OMETs for XAT are perhaps the best source for preparation. It comes very close to the actualXAT entrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers. Also, going through last year's XAT papers would help