XLRI announces XAT 2021 Exam Date – January 3; Computer-based test to be held in 72 cities


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Following the footsteps of IIMs, which are conducting CAT 2020 on November 29, XLRI has announced the XAT 2021 exam date – January 3, 2021. XAT 2021 will be a computer based test and will be conducted in 72 cities in India. Common Application Form is introduced to apply for XAT 2021 exam and XLRI Admission 2021. Read this Article to know all about XAT 2021 exam dates & pattern, eligibility, application process and more
XLRI announces XAT 2021 Exam Date – January 3

Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur will conduct Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2021 on Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM as a computer based test in 72 cities. XAT 2021 scores will be used by XLRI, SPJIMR, XIMB, IMT, all XAMI institutions and also by more than 150 other associated B-schools for MBA/PGDM admission 2021.

Close on the heels of CAT 2020, the notification for next big MBA entrance exam - XAT 2021 was released on September 7, 2020 making it clear that despite the Covid-19 challenges, arrangements are being made to conduct large exams in a safe environment. More than one lakh candidates are expected to register and apply for XAT 2021.

Since XAT is conducted on the first Sunday of January every year, XLRI has not broken the legacy of 70 years in convening the XAT 2021 also. The registration for XAT 2021 is open from September 10 till November 30, 2020 midnight.

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XAT 2021: Key Highlights
XAT exam 2021 is divided in 4 sections comprising MCQ type questions on Quantitative Ability; English Language & Logical reasoning; Decision Making and General Awareness (GK).

Below are the key highlights and changes in XAT 2021 exam:

  • XAT 2021 Registration fee has increased to Rs.1750 from Rs.1700 last year
  • XAT is changed to a computer based test from paper based test
  • XAT 2021 will be a Single slot, single day exam
  • XAT is 3 hours duration exam from 9.30AM to 12.30PM
  • Total questions are 100
  • Few Questions without negative marking introduced
  • GK questions in XAT are not counted for percentile calculation Read More

Eligibility to Apply for XAT 2021
The eligibility to appear in XAT is probably the simplest among all the National Level MBA entrance exams as XLRI has introduced unique eligibility criteria to apply for XAT 2021.

Only a pass in your bachelor’s degree is required to apply for XAT exam without any minimum percentage of marks in gruaduation. The eligibility to apply for other MBA entrance exams is minimum 50% marks Read More

How to Apply for XAT 2021?
XAT exam registration process is online and can be completed in six simple steps at official XAT website. XAT Registration 2021 starts on September 10 and will close on November 30, 2020. XAT 2021 registration fee is Rs.1750. Read More

XAT 2021 & XLRI Admission 2021: Common Application Form
XLRI has introduced common application form to apply for XAT exam 2021 and to apply for XLRI admission 2021. At a nominal additional application fee of Rs.300, you can submit your XLRI application online for admission alongwith XAT registration form.

XAT Exam Registration process offers the opportunity to apply for admission to all the XLRI Jamshedpur PGDM programmes. The XAT 2021 Application Form has separate columns to apply for each PGDM programme of XLRI. You can avail this facility, if you wish to apply for admission to XLRI.  

Top MBA Colleges Accepting XAT 2021: Cut offs, Fee, Intake
Following are few of the top MBA colleges who will accept XAT 2021 exam scores. Check the fee, number of seats and programmes offered by XLRI and other MBA colleges accepting score of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) in the table given below:

Institute Name
Fee (Rs.in Lakhs)*
Flagship Programme
XLRI Jamshedpur
XIM Bhubaneswar
IMT Ghaziabad
PGDM (All programmes)
IRMA Anand (Gujarat)
MICA Ahmedabad
TAPMI Manipal

*May increase for 2021-23 batch

XLRI-XAT: Searching for Cream of Talent
XAT MBA entrance exam attracts the cream of talent in India. The best talent of country aspires for XAT accepting colleges. The admission to XLRI is possible only through high scores in XAT MBA entrance exam. Return on investment at XLRI is high. Top recruiters from India and the world visit XAT institutes for their placement season. The offered salary packages go as high as Rs.25 to 35 lakhs per annum to the students of XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT among others who offer admission on the basis of XAT exam scores.

XAT 2021 Exam: Unlikely to be Postponed or Cancelled
Given the Covid-19 pandemic situation, there is confusion whether XAT 2021 would be cancelled or postponed? However the recent verdict given by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in regard to conduct of Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2020  and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG-2020 has clarified that all the entrance exams should be conducted without fail on time and would not be deferred or cancelled as the careers of the candidates can’t be put in jeopardy. 

Besides, CAT exam is also scheduled more than a month before XAT 2021. Despite being a large exam, CAT is unlikely to be postponed and as such it is expected that XAT 2021 will also

not be cancelled nor its exam date will be postponed.  

XAT 2021: Key Dates
XAT 2021 important dates as shared by XLRI are:

XAT 2021
Important Dates
XAT Notification Date
September 7, 2020
Date for Registration start
September 10, 2020
Last date for Registration & Application submission online without late fee
November 30, 2020
Admit Card download Start Date
December 20, 2020
XAT 2021 Exam Date
January 3, 2021 (9.30 AM to 12.30 PM)

XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of XAMI.  XLRI believes that single testing session with same difficulty level will provide level playing field to all the XAT test takers without any discrimination. Around one lakh candidates explore admission opportunities in XLRI and other member and associate MBA colleges accepting XAT scores.

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on XAT 2021