XAT 2018

XAT - Xavier Aptitude Test 2018 is the MBA entrance exam for admission to XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB among other 130 MBA colleges across the country. XAT 2018 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. XLRI has been convening Xavier Aptitude Test for the last 60 years.


Xavier Aptitude Test – XAT is the second largest MBA entrance test to pursue MBA/PGDM in 11 member institutes and 125 Associate institutes accepting XAT exam scores. XLRI and other top rated MBA colleges in India will accept XAT 2018 exam scores. XAT exam 2018 will be conducted by XLRI for admission to MBA/PGDM 2018-20 batch in about 140 MBA colleges accepting XAT exam scores in the academic year 2018-19.


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the two most important MBA entrance exams in India and is the second largest exam after CAT. Conducted by XLRI, XAT is the gateway to top B-schools including XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB among other top B-schools in India. XAT is the oldest MBA entrance exam being conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for the last 60 years. 


Breaking the 60 years legacy of XAT as paper based test, XLRI has announced to conduct XAT 2018 as online computer based test. XAT 2018 exam will be held on January 7, 2018 in 3½ hours duration from 10AM to 1.35 PM. Online registration for XAT 2018 has been opened by XLRI on August 16 and will remain open till November 30 without late fee.


Releasing the XAT 2018 notification, XLRI has changed and revamped the XAT 2018 exam pattern from paper pen based to online computer based test. The XAT score is being used by more than 150 institutes for the admission. 


There are 11 member institutes and more than 140 Associate institutes who would accept XAT 2018 exam scores. XLRI and other top rated MBA colleges in India will offer admission for the academic session 2018-19 on the basis of XAT 2018 exam scores  


XAT 2018: Important Dates

Date of Commencement of Application August 16, 2017
Last Date for Applying November 30, 2017
Last Date to apply with late fee December 15, 2017
Downloading of Admit Cards December 20, 2017 onwards
Date of Exam January 7, 2017
Test Timings 10.00 am to 01.35 pm
Mode of Examination Online computer based 

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 16-08-2017 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 16-08-2017 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Late Registration – Online: 30-11-2017 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 20-12-2017 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 10:00 to 13:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 31-01-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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XAT Exam Eligibility

XAT exam eligibility over the years has remained unchanged. XLRI does not propose to change the XAT exam eligibility criteria for XAT 2018 exam either.


XAT eligibility for 2018 exam prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the XAT 2018 exam. XLRI also does not restrict any candidate to seek admission in XAT MBA eligibility to seek admission on the basis of age bar.


According to XAT 2018 eligibility criteria, a candidate is eligible to appear in XAT 2018, if he/she holds recognized Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 3 years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final graduation exam by June 10, 2018 may also apply.

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XAT 2018 Registration & XAT 2018 Application form

XAT 2018 registration is open from August 16, 2017. After release of XAT notification, registration for XAT exam 2018 has been opened by XAT convening XLRI. XAT 2018 online registration form and XAT 2018 application form would be a single document. 


XAT online registration will remain open for more than 3 months. Accordingly, XAT 2018 exam online registration will be open till November 30, without late fee and till December 15 with late fee. 


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XAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2018 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January 7, 2018 from 10AM to 1.35PM in a single session as Online computer based test for the first time in the history of XAT exam. 


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XAT 2018 Exam Syllabus

The Syllabus for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is not strictly pre defined. XAT Exam Syllabus has never had any boundaries and this fact also applies to define the XAT 2018 exam syllabus. XAT Syllabus is based on past trend of XAT exams and the XAT exam syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in XAT exam although the type of questions, their composition, format and number may change in each subsequent XAT exam.


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XAT 2018 Preparation

XAT 2018 preparation strategy or the question how to prepare for XAT over the years is answered on the basis of  2 important things – XAT previous years test papers and the anticipated XAT pattern with expected changes in XAT. In every XAT exam, there are some changes. The XAT 2016 and XAT 2017 exams were different from each other and very much changed from XAT 2015. Although XAT 2017 exam followed the XAT 2016 exam pattern, it brought changes in the number of questions


Major tools that would help you in XAT preparation 2018 are 

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XAT Previous Test Papers

On January 8, 2017, XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct XAT 2017 exam in 47 test cities in India for admission to MBA/PGDM 2017-19 at XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB and more than 140 B-schools. To help XAT 2017 aspirants prepare better, experts at MBAUniverse.com have prepared XAT Previous test papers with answer keys.  

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XAT Exam Analysis

XAT 2017 was held on January 8, 2017. XAT this year was not a very difficult exam as compared to last year exam. As promised by XLRI significant changes were brought about this year in the XAT exam. 72 questions in Part – I of XAT 2017 were not so difficult as that of last year. Your low score of 33 could lead you to XLRI-BM and score of 31 could lead you to XLRI-HR. You can  Check your XAT 2017 percentile 


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XAT Result

XLRI 2018 result along with individual answer sheet and score card would be released by XLRI around January 31, 2018 on XAT website. In fact XAT result is usually declared 10 days before the official pre-announced date of January 31. There are more than 150 B-schools including XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI who will accept XAT 2018 scores.  

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XAT 2017 Percentile Predictor: Check now

After appearing in a changed XAT 2017 exam on January 8, 2017, now you would be looking for the expected percentile scores based on your performance in the first 3 sections to ascertain whether you will be shortlisted by XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI or 150 other top B-schools on the basis of percentile predicted in your favour. There is a tendency to claim high accuracy after every XAT exam and it has never been proven to be correct.

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