XAT 2020

XAT 2020: Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation
Updated on August 24, 2019


XAT 2020 Exam registration and application process has started on August 23, 2019 at official XAT website with an application fee of Rs.1700/-. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an important MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2020 in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME and other 150 MBA colleges in India. The XAT 2020 date of exam is Sunday January 5, 2020. XLRI conducts XAT entrance exam in the month of January every year. After finalizing the XAT exam date, XLRI has announced the complete schedule and all XAT 2020 important dates.  As the XAT is for admission to all the Xavier institutes, the XAT full form is Xavier Aptitude Test. 

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XAT 2020: Key Changes in Exam
Following changes have been introduced in XAT 2020 exam by XLRI:

  • XAT 2020 exam time hanged to 9.30AM to 12.30PM
  • No Essay Writing Test in XAT 2020 Exam
  • All Questions in XAT exam 2020 will be of MCQ Type
  • GK Questions will not be counted for percentile calculation
  • Rs.1700 is XAT 2020 Registration Fee, No Change is made in it

XLRI will conduct XAT 2020 as a computer based test in a single session across the country.   Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT exam full form) 2020 is one of the largest National level MBA entrance exams. Around one lakh candidates apply for XAT exam every year.


Although XLRI will accept only XAT 2020 score, the other associated top MBA colleges will accept other exam scores also apart from XAT 2020 scores for MBA admission. XLRI has been conducting XAT entrance exam for more than 60 years.


XAT 2020: XLRI & Other Top MBA Colleges Cut offs, Fee, Intake
Check the fee, number of seats and programmes offered by XLRI and other MBA colleges accepting score of Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 in the table given below:

Institute Name
Fee (Rs.in Lakhs)*
Flagship PGDM Programme
Expected XAT 2020 Cut off Percentile
XLRI Jamshedpur
XIM Bhubaneswar
IMT Ghaziabad
IRMA Anand (Gujarat)
MICA Ahmedabad
TAPMI Manipal

*May increase for 2020-22 batch


XAT 2020 Important Dates
XLRI has announced the XAT exam date 2020, XAT application fee, XAT admit Card date, XAT result date among other important dates for XAT 2020 exam as under:

XAT Exam Date
XAT 2020 Exam Date
XAT Date for Notification
August 23, 2019
XAT 2020 Exam Date for Registration start
August 23, 2019
Last date for XAT 2020 Exam Registration & Application submission online without late fee
November 30, 2019
XAT 2020 Registration Last date with late fee
December 10, 2019
XAT 2020 Exam Admit Card download Start Date
December, 20, 2019
Last date to Download XAT 2020 Admit Card
January 5, 2020
XAT 2020 Exam Date
January 5, 2020 (9.30 AM to 12.30 PM)
XAT 2020 Exam Result date
By January 31, 2020 (Expect on Jan 25)

XAT Exam Details: Pattern, Questions, Scoring
XAT pattern is online computer based test. The aggregate maximum marks in XAT exam are 99 for 99 questions divided in 4 sections. Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark and each wrong answer will attract the penalty of -0.25 mark. Total time duration for the XAT 2020 exam is 3 hours. XAT 2020 exam pattern is as below:

Section in XAT 2020 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
Overall Time Duration
74 Total MCQs
165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability
No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making
No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
No Sectional Time Limit
25 Total MCQs
15 Minutes
General Knowledge
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)

XAT Entrance Exam: Key Changes

  • XAT exam details reveal that following changes have been made in the XAT 2020 exam:
  • XAT exam 2020 will not have descriptive Essay Writing question of 3 marks
  • XAT 2020 exam will be a computer based test
  • No Negative Marking for General Knowledge section of XAT 2020 exam
  • A new type of Numerical Answer Type Question (NAT Questions) has been introduced.
  • XAT exam details clarify that a candidate can go to part-2 GK section only after completing the part-1 of XAT 2020 exam. Read More

6 Steps Admission Process to xlri through xat 2020


XAT 2020 Exam: Eligibility
XAT 2020 eligibility criteria need only a pass in your bachelor’s degree while other exams need a particular percentage of marks. XAT 2020 eligibility is probably the simplest one among all the National Level MBA entrance exams. Read More


XAT Exam: How to Apply?
XAT 2020 exam registration process is online and can be completed in six simple steps at official XAT website. It has started on August 23, 2019 and will close on November 30, 2019 without late fee. Read More


XAT 2020 Exam: How to Prepare?
XAT 2020 exam preparation should be in accordance with revised pattern of XAT entrance exam. As indicated by XAT exam full form – Xavier Aptitude Test, the XAT exam details call for special preparation for Decision Making section apart from other XAT topics. You need to focus on following while preparing for XAT 2020 exam:

  1. XAT 2020 Exam Pattern: You must be aware about the XAT exam pattern
  2. Scan thoroughly XAT 2020 Syllabus
  3. Decide if you need Online XAT preparation or with to prepare self
  4. Get best Books for XAT preparation
  5. Attempt XAT 2020 Exam Mock Test & XAT Previous Test papers
  6. Devise strategy to crack XAT exam with 95 percentile. Read More

XAT Exam 2020 Accepting Colleges
There are 150+ MBA colleges who will accept XAT 2020 exam score. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting XAT 2020 exam score for MBA admission 2020 are:

  • XLRI Jamshedpur
  • SPJIMR Mumbai
  • IMT Ghaziabad
  • XIM Bhubaneswar
  • TAPMI Manipal
  • XIME Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai
  • BIMTECH, Greater Noida
  • FORE School of Management, New Delhi
  • GIM Goa
  • Great Lakes, Chennai
  • LIBA Chennai

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XAT 2020 Date for Notification
XAT exam information with XAT exam date, and other related XAT 2020 exam dates was released on XAT 2020 website on August 23, 2019. XAT 2020 Notification containing XAT exam details, XAT exam format, XAT exam centres and all the XAT exam dates 2020 was  released in the leading news papers also. All the XAT 2020 exam dates with other information and FAQs are available on XAT 2020 exam website.


It is expected that around 1 lakh candidates will appear in XAT 2020 exam since the number of candidates going for XAT 2020 registration are expected to increase again. Over the years the candidates applying for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT full form), have been increasing year after year as the data for past XAT exam registration also reveal this fact.


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. 2 years fee and other expenses at SPJIMR, XLRI come to around Rs.16 to 20 lakhs.  Top recruiters from India and the world eye these 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 2020 Exam: Offers Level Playing Field
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 90 thousand to 1 lakh candidates explore admission opportunities in XLRI and other member and associate MBA colleges accepting XAT scores.


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT full form) is the second largest MBA entrance test to pursue MBA/PGDM in 11 member institutes and 140 Associate institutes accepting XAT exam scores. Till 2017 XAT remained a paper based test. With effect from 2018, XAT has become an online computer based test. XLRI – the XAT 2019 exam conducting authority has announced the XAT 2020 exam date as January 5, 2020. 


The XAT exam date is same across the country. On a single XAT 2019 date, the exam will be held in 46 XAT test cities in India. However, the 2 cities abroad namely, Kathmandu and Dubai are no longer the XAT 2020 test cities.


XAT Exam Details 2020: Summary

  • XAT is one of the oldest MBA entrance exams being held for last 60 years.
  • XAT Exam date is January 5, 2020
  • XAT exam pattern is now changed to online computer based test
  • XAT 2020 exam will be of  3 hours duration from 9.30 AM to 12.30PM
  • XLRI Jamshedpur conducts XAT exam every year in the month of January
  • XAT exam is divided in 4 sections
  • Only 3 sections in XAT exam are taken into account to calculate the XAT percentile score and XAT merit list for written exam
  • Total questions are 99 and are of MCQ type
  • There is no Essay Writing Test in XAT 2020 exam
  • Apart from XAT registration and filling up the XAT exam application, candidates need to apply separately to their preferred MBA colleges including XLRI, SPJIMR and others.
  • Correct answer for each MCQ in XAT will get 1 mark
  • Negative marking 0.25 (¼) for MCQs from Sl no.1 to 74
  • No negative marking for MCQs from Sl No. 75 to 99 (GK questions)
  • Each question in XAT exam 2020 is followed by 5 answer options

Register for XAT exam updates

Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 23-08-2019 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 23-08-2019 10:00 AM to 30-11-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Late Registration – Online: 01-12-2019 10:00 AM to 10-12-2019 05:00 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 20-12-2019 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 09:30 to 12:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 31-01-2020 10:00 AM (Confirm)

XAT toppers

Saswat Gupta, Delhi
XAT 2018 - 99.98 Percentile ....
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Kumar Ravi, Munger
XAT 2018 - 98.80 Percentile ....
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Rajat Tomar , Uttar Pradesh
XAT 2016 - 98.67 Percentile ....
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Jhalak Agrawal , Mathura
XAT 2017 - 98.23 Percentile ....
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Mukesh Goyal, Punjab
XAT 2017 - 99.80 Percentile ....
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Shekhar Kapoor,
XAT 2016 - 99.06 Percentile ....
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XAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

XAT eligibility criteria 2020 for XLRI-XAT exam to be held on January 5, 2020, need only a pass in your bachelor’s degree while other exams need minimum 50 percent marks to apply for the exam. XAT 2020 eligibility is probably the simplest one among all the National Level MBA entrance exams.


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XAT Application Form 2020

XAT online Application 2020 form filling process for admission to MBA programmes in XLRI, SPJIMR, XIMB and other top B-schools can be completed on official XAT website onlinexat. The last date for XAT online application 2020 is November 30, 2019. As announced and confirmed by XLRI Jamshedpur, the XAT application 2020 will close on November 30 without payment of late fee. The XAT registration fee 2020 is Rs.1700. To submit XAT online form 2020, you need to pay XAT exam fee online only. XLRI has not increased the XAT Application form 2020 fee which is same as last year.  With late fee, the XAT application form last date is expected to close on December 10, 2019. Please note there is no offline process for submission of XAT Application 2020.   

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XAT Registration 2020

XAT Registration 2020 has started on August 23, 2019. The XAT registration last date for XAT online registration 2020 is November 30, 2019 without payment of late fee. With late fee, the XAT 2020 online registration last date is to close on December 10, 2019. Please note there is no offline process for XAT registration 2020. XAT Registration 2020 fee is Rs.1700/- as was last year.


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XAT Admit Card 2020

XAT 2020 Admit Card release date is December 20, 2019. XLRI has announced to enabale the XAT Admit Card 2020 Download process with effect from December 20, 2019 at 9 AM. XLRI will release the XAT exam admit card on this date as per the previous practice. The XAT Admit card 2020 download can be completed from official XAT exam website. The XAT Admit Card will remain available for download till the XAT exam day. The XAT 2020 exam date is January 5, 2020. You will get the XAT Admit Card 2020 only if your XAT  2020 application form has been successfully submitted. Once you are able to view your XAT Admit Card – you should immediately download it and take prints of the same.


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XAT Exam Pattern 2020

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI on January 5, 2020 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in a single session. XAT 2020 Exam Pattern is the Online computer based test. XAT pattern 2020 reveals that it will be the third computer based test in the 60+ years history of XAT. Till 2017, XAT Exam Pattern remained a Paper Based Test. 


XAT Exam Pattern 2020
XAT Exam pattern 2020 has been revised. Now the XAT 2020 exam pattern will consist of four sections instead of earlier five. Number of questions in revised XAT pattern 2020 will be 99.  XAT 2020 exam pattern will be computer based test instead of earlier paper based XAT pattern. Below is shared the XAT 2020 exam pattern:

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GK for XAT 2020

General Knowledge (GK) for XAT will be the 4th section in the exam. GK has become an important section now due to the fact that it is now an integral part of XAT exam 2020. In the changed XAT exam pattern, the 5th section on Essay Writing Test has been removed from XAT exam. So, alongwith other three sections, XAT GK questions will also play an important role in XAT online computer based test.


XLRI Admission 2020: GK Plays Important Role
XAT GK questions are placed in a separate section. The XAT GK section is not taken into account for percentile calculation but XLRI Jamshedpur uses it as a good source to assess candidates’ performance in the shortlisting and final selection round process.  


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XAT Syllabus 2020

A clear understanding of updated XAT syllabus before beginning your XAT preparation is very important. Accordingly, XAT Syllabus, key changes in it, important topics in XAT exam syllabus are some of the key things you should know before getting ready to prepare for XLRI XAT 2020 exam.  Based on the past XAT pattern and the regular changes introduced by XLRI in the forthcoming XAT exam, the XAT exam syllabus 2020 has five major components which are:

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XAT Selection Procedure 2020

Selection procedure of XLRI-XAT is more governed by the admission policy of XLRI Jamshedpur and other 140 member and associate B-schools accepting XAT scores in their admission process. XAT 2020 score is the mandatory requirement in the XLRI selection process for its highly ranked PGDM programme. Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur will shortlist you on the basis of your XAT score immediately after the XAT result is declared in the last week of January 2020. The first step to participate in XLRI 2020 Selection procedure is to apply for XAT and to apply simultaneously to XLRI Jamshedpur through the same application form. The  admission application process 2020 at XLRI Jamshedpur closes on November 30, 2019.


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XAT Answer Key 2020

XAT answer keys will be released by XLRI after the XAT exam 2020 is over on January 5, 2020. The XAT Answer keys will be released by XLRI in the second week of January 2020. In any case, XLRI releases the XAT answer key for all sets of XAT questions paper much before declaration of XAT result which is expected on January 25, 2020. Since, XAT 2020 is a single session exam, it is easy for XLRI to publish the XAT answer keys 2020 for all the XAT questions as against the exams which are held in multiple sessions on multiple days. 


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XAT Preparation 2020

XAT Preparation 2020 for the XAT exam, to be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on January 5, 2020 as computer based test can get you admission in prestigious XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB,TAPMI, XIME, BIMTECH among other top B-schools. It is high time that XAT 2020 preparation must be started without any further delay as per the revised XAT exam pattern. 


In view of the experts and past XAT toppers, the XAT Exam preparation requires a well-planned approach with time management. The XAT preparation 2020 should be based on following important aspects and must be completed at least a fortnight before the XAT 2020 exam day which is January 5, 2020.

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XAT Exam Centres 2020

XAT 2020 will be held in 46 test cities across the country at more than 100 test venues. There are no International test cities for XAT 2020. Earlier XAT was used to be conducted in Dubai (UAE) and Kathmandu (Nepal) also. XLRI has informed, ‘There are 46 cities in India and no International Cities.’


The XAT 2020 test cities are spread across the country. It is expected that in comparison to last year, number of XAT 2020 test venues will increase to accommodate the rising number of test takers. The important details about the XAT test venues in these XAT test cities 2020 are available below. The name of the XAT 2020 test centre will be indicated in the XAT Admit Card.


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XAT Previous Year Question Papers

XAT Previous Year Question Papers are the best guide to prepare for the XAT question paper 2020. XLRI will release the XAT Previous Year papers after the beginning of application process in August 2020 for XAT 2020 exam. XAT 2020 exam date is January 5, 2020. 


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XAT Analysis 2020

XAT 2020 exam date is Sunday, January 5, 2020 and the XAT exam time is from 9.30AM to 12.30PM, as announced by XLRI on August 23, 2019. Immediately after the XAT exam 2020 is over, MBAUniverse.com will publish the XAT 2020 Analysis. Apart from our expert XAT 2020 exam analysis, there will be published the XAT exam analysis by top XAT preparation institutes like CL, IMS, TIME among others.


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XAT Mock Test

XAT Mock Test for XAT 2020 are the best guide to prepare for the XAT exam. XLRI will release the official XAT Mock Test also for XAT a few days before the XAT exam day. XAT exam date is January 5, 2020. 


XAT  is an important MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2020 in XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME and other 150 MBA colleges in India. The date of XAT exam is Sunday January 5, 2020.


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XAT Result Released; Download XAT Score Card now

XAT 2020 exam result date is January 31, 2020 as announced by XLTI. However, XAT 2020 result is expected much earlier between January 20 and 25, 2020. Despite announcing the XAT exam result date, XLRI declares the XAT result a week before or so. Last year XAT result was released on January 16, 2019. You can login to XAT official website and download XAT Scorecard after XAT exam result declaration. XAT Scorecard doesn’t display your XAT raw Score but XAT Percentage and XAT Percentile score only.


XAT Score Cut Offs After XAT 2020 Result 

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XAT 2020 Cutoff for XLRI, SPJIMR and top B-schools

XAT Result 2020 will be released on late evening in January, 2020 second week. XLRI will also release the XAT Shortlist of candidates for admission 2020 for different XLRI programmes.

  • XLRI XAT 2020 Cut off for flagship PGDM-BM is expected at 95%ile
  • XLRI XAT 2020 Cut off for PGDM-HRM is expected at 93%ile

XLRI Admission 2020 Shortlist
Based on past trends, the number of candidates to be shortlisted for admission 2020 are expected as below:

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XAT Essay Topics and Essay Writing Tips

XLRI has deleted the Essay Writing Test section from XAT 2020 exam. It is possib le that the Essay Writing test in XAT may be reintroduced in 2020. The list of XAT essay topics for consists of XAT essay topics which appeared in past Essay writing tests in XAT.  XAT Essay topics are mostly based on abstract ideas as appeared in past. The Essay Writing Test in XAT may be replaced b y Writing Ability Teast (WAT) in the final selection round by XLRI. 


The key changes introduced by XLRI in XAT Essay Writing Test are:

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XAT Percentile Predictor 2020

After coming out of XAT 2020 testing hall on January 5, 2020, you are eager to know your XAT percentile and the process how to arrive at the accurate XAT percentile calculation. The best XAT percentile predictor gives you the nearest XAT percentile calculation so that you may decide whether you would be shortlisted by XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI and other top B-schools for MBA/PGDM admission 2020 based on your XAT 2020 predictions on your percentile score.


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Question and Answers

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse Editorial Team on Monday, August 19, 2019, 05:37 PM

    XLRI Jamshedpur is expected to start XAT exam 2020 application process on or around August 22, 2019. You need to fill up and submit XAT application form online only.  

  • Answered by : MBAUniverse Editorial Team on Monday, August 19, 2019, 05:36 PM

    Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur. It is now a computer based test of 3 hours duration. Next XAT is XAT 2020 which will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020.