XAT 2017: Registration No cut off in bachelor's degree; eligible to apply with less than 50% marks

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Updated on August 19, 2016
XAT 2017 registration, opened on August 17 has not fixed any minimum percentage of marks at graduation to register and apply for the entrance exam or to XLRI Jamshedpur
The eligibility requirement to apply for XAT 2017 according to XLRI is Recognized Bachelors degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline

XAT 2017 registration, opened on August 17 has not fixed any minimum percentage of marks at bachelor’s degree to apply for the entrance exam or to XLRI Jamshedpur. There is no threshold limit of 50% marks in graduation to become eligible to register and apply for XAT 2017 to be held on January 8, 2017 as paper based test. Accordingly all the candidates with recognized bachelor’s degree or in the final year of bachelor degree are eligible to register for XAT 2017.

The eligibility requirement to apply for XAT 2017 according to XLRI is ‘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).’

Candidates below 50% marks eligible
To the specific query from the candidate asking that he has less than 50% in graduation, is he eligible to apply for XLRI, the institute responds Yes, you are eligible to apply for XLRI.

According to XAT 2017 exam notification, all the candidates who have following qualifications are eligible

-- Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline..

-- Candidate completing their final year examination of Graduation by June 10, 2017 can also apply.

Good opportunity without minimum 50% marks
Almost all the national level MBA entrance tests require minimum 50% marks in bachelor’s degree to become eligible to register and apply for the exam. For example, Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 needs 50% marks in graduation to register for the exam.

SNAP, NMAT by GMAC, and AICTE-CMAT also require recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 Years duration obtained with at least 50% marks at the qualifying Examination.

XAT 2017 imposes hidden age limit
According to the XAT 2017 notification, candidate from any age group can attempt the exam provided only that they are graduates with 3 years of minimum graduation degree. A candidate at the age of 70 years can also appear in XAT 2017 exam.

But there is hidden age limit as most of the Universities till their early 80’s awarded bachelor’s degree of 2 years duration. Since XAT 2017 requires minimum 3 years of bachelor’s degree, and those who did their graduation before late 80’s with 2 years duration can not apply for the entrance exam. Accordingly most of the candidates above 52-54 years of age may not be able to compete for XLRI admission.

Two last dates to register
Registration and application process for XAT 2017 has 2 last dates as follws-

Registration last date without late fee: November 30, 2016
Registration last date with late fee of Rs.400/-: December 11, 2016

Registration & Application fee 
The application fee for XAT 2017 is Rs.1600/- for general category candidates, if they register on or before November 30. The fee will increase to Rs. 2000/- if they choose to register after the last date and till December 11.

Besides, if you wish to apply to XLRI Jamshedpur you have to pay Rs.300/- per programme as the application fee along with XAT 2017 registration fee by November 30 and Rs.500/- per programme after November 30 and till December 11, 2016.

How to pay registration fee
The registration page of XAT 2017 will ask you to select Mode of Payment. There are three possible modes of payment

Mode -1: Online Payment Gateway
You can make payment through VISA/Master Credit/Debit Cards. However, American Express Card is inadmissible. IDBI account holders can make payment through IDBI Net Banking also.

Mode-2: Cash Payment
Please take a print out of the XAT Pay-In-Slip visit nearest IDBI bank and make the payment at the Bank.

Mode-3: Demand Draft
You can make a DD made from any Bank in favour of "XLRI Jamshedpur A/c XAT" payable at Jamshedpur.

It is necessary that the applicants paying through Mode 2 & 3 should update the payment details in the registration page otherwise the registration page will not move further.

Registration process: Key points

-- Registration to XAT 2017 will be an online process
-- First part of registration is to be completed by creating the candidate profile
-- Visit xatonline.net.in click on Register, create a new account with your personal email id, you will receive a unique XAT ID and registration link.
-- Click on the link and create your own password. (Next time you will be allowed to login with this XAT ID and password).
-- After receiving the XAT 2017 ID, all the further steps will have to be completed with XAT ID and password.
-- The application form can be accessed by login with XAT ID and will have to completed step by step.
-- Select the Test City, write Name, upload photo and signature and save it.
-- Select your Citizenship (Indian/ Foreign / NRI).
-- If you are interested to apply for XLRI, select the programme of your choice out of Business Management (BM); Human Resource Management (HRM); and General Management Programme (GMP). If you are not interested to apply to any of the XLRI programmes, you can skip this step.
-- Fill preliminary information ( Date of Birth, Gender, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Category and Phone Number etc….)
-- Provide your mailing address and permanent address.
-- Provide your educational qualification starting from 10th onwards.
-- After completion of registration and application you will get the confirmation. You are supposed to print this XAT 2016 confirmation page for your reference. In future for all correspondence with XAT office, quote your XAT ID.

XAT 2017: Exam pattern

The format of XAT 2017 would remain pen-paper based. This is to ensure that candidates of all backgrounds are at par, so that those who have pre-familiarity of operating computers, specially coming from privileged background or having worked in IT sector, do not get any advantage over others who do not have access to computers. The paper-pen mode also ensures that all candidates are tested on exactly the same set of questions, and not on different sets.

3 ½ hours exam in a single session
XAT 2017 is proposed to be of 3½ hours test.  The test is proposed to be conducted in 47 cities on January 8, 2017 across India in a single session beginning from 10.00 AM to 1.30 PM with no break in between.

XAT 2017: Exam components
XAT 2017 will be divided between Objective MCQs and subjective Essay Writing tests. The Multiple choice questions (MCQs) part will be over in 170 minutes and next 35 minutes will be allotted for essay writing part and 5 minutes allotted for turnaround period.

XAT 2017 test takers will have to complete the first 3 sections of the first part of the MCQ exam namely Verbal and Logical Ability; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation in 170 minutes while questions in General Knowledge section will have to be attempted in 10 minutes only. 25 minutes will separately be allotted for essay writing test.

XAT is the second largest MBA/PGDM entrance exam after CAT. XLRI has been conducting XAT on behalf of XAMI for the last 60 years at All India level in the paper pen mode to provide level playing field for the XAT aspirants coming from all backgrounds.

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