XAT 2021

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Monday, January 18, 2021

XAT 2021: Xavier Aptitude Test for Admission to XLRI & Top B-schools


Latest Update: XAT 2021 exam result has been released by XLRI on January 18, 2021 much ahead of the officially announced date of January 31. XAT 2021 exam was conducted on January 3, 2021 in a single session of 3 hours duration as a computer based test. XAT 2021 score card is live now and You can download your XAT 2021 score card from the official XAT 2021 website xatonline.inIn a few days from the XAT result release, XLRI will release its shortlisting cut offs for PGDM-BM and PGDM-HRM programmes. XAT exam difficulty level was rated moderate as compared to last year. Read detailed XAT 2021 Analysis  In spite of Covid-19 pandemic, XLRI successfully conducted  XAT 2021 as a centre based test in 72 cities in India.   




The Registration and application process for XAT 2021 was online and the last date to apply  for XLRI XAT 2021 had closed on December 10, 2020 at midnight.  XLRI conducted XAT 2021 as computer based test from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM for MBA admission 2021 in XLRI and 150 other MBA colleges in India.


Xavier Aptitude Test, popularly known as XAT, is one of the largest MBA Entrance Exams for Admission to XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI and 160+ MBA Colleges in India. Every year more than 1,00,000 candidates from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities, Science, Law apply and appear in XAT exam to get into of the various MBA programs offered by these top B-schools. Over the years, XAT has become an easier test but to get a high percentile (90+) in XAT requires 4-5 months of serious preparation.  


XLRI conducts XAT on behalf of XAMI. For more than 70 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. In this article, you will read all key points to plan your XAT 2021 journey, including important dates to apply for XAT 2021, syllabus & pattern, how to prepare, past XAT toppers interviews and much more. You will also find important links to Free XAT Mock Tests and genuine Past XAT Test Papers released by XLRI. So, read through the article till the end. 

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What is XAT Exam?
XAT full form is Xavier Aptitude Test. It is the Admission Test for admission to MBA/PGDM programs in XLRI and other top MBA colleges like IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB Bhubaneswar, TAPMI Manipal and 160 other top MBA colleges in India. XLRI will offer admission on the basis of XAT 2021 only and will not accept any other test score. There are more than 70 cities and more than 100 venues where XAT 2021 will be conducted in India.


XAT 2021: Key Changes in Test Pattern
Following changes have been introduced in XAT by XLRI:

  • XAT 2021 application fee increased to Rs.1750/-
  • XAT is now changed to a computer based test from paper based test
  • Single slot exam
  • Test timing changed - 9.30AM to 12.30PM from 10AM to 1 PM
  • Total questions increased to 100 from 99
  • No Essay Writing test
  • NAT Questions without negative marking introduced
  • All questions are of MCQ type
  • GK section not counted for percentile calculation
  • ¼ Negative Marking for wrong answer
  • Visually impaired candidates with scribe are given additional 25 minutes to solve Part 1 of  the exam
  • Marks for every correct answer : 1
  • No Negative marking for General Knowledge section in part-2
  • All the MCQ type questions have five options with one correct option

Xavier Aptitude Test 2021: Highlights & Key Features
Following are the salient features of XAT with details on XAT exam date 2021, XAT Notification, XAT eligibility among other key points

Test Conducting Body
Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur
Number of MBA colleges under XAT
Mode of Exam
Computer Based Online Exam
Application Process
Online; Simultaneously apply for entrance exam and for XLRI PGDM Programs
Application Fee
XAT Full Form
Xavier Aptitude Test
Cut offs for XLRI
96 to 97 XAT percentile
Total Questions in the Exam
Sectional Division of Test
4 Sections with different number of Questions in Each Section.
Section which is not counted to prepare merit for shortlisting
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult

XLRI conducts XAT in the month of January every year. Along with releasing the XAT Notification 2021 and finalizing the XAT exam date as January 3, 2021, XLRI has announced the complete schedule and all XAT 2021 important dates.  Although XLRI will accept only XAT score, the other associated top MBA colleges will accept other exam scores also. XLRI has been conducting XAT for more than 70 years on behalf of XAMI. Earlier it was paper based test, but since 2018 XAT has become a computer based test 

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Jaipuria Noida, PGDM Admissions EDII Ahmedabad, PGDM-Entrepreneurship
IMS Unison University Dehradun, MBA Admissions  IBA Bangalore, PGDM Admission
AIMS Bangalore PGDM Admissions FIIB New Delhi, PGDM Admission
Lexicon MILE Pune PGDM Admissions Firebird Coimbatore, PGDM Admission
Jaypee Business School Noida, MBA Admission Praxis Business School Kolkata PGDM Admission
Symbiosis SUAS Indore, MBA Banking & Financial Services IMS Ghaziabad University, MBA Admission


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) in the table given below:

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

*May increase for 2021-23 batch


XAT 2021 Important Dates
XLRI has announced the revised XAT 2021 schedule with XAT application fee, XAT admit Card date, XAT result date among other XAT 2021 important dates. The dates are as under:

XAT Schedule 2021
Important Dates
XAT Notification Date
September 7, 2020
Date for Application start
September 12, 2020
Last date for Application submission online without late fee
December 10, 2020 (Till 12 midnight)
Admit Card download Start Date
December 21, 2020
Last date to Download Admit Card
January 3, 2021
Exam Date
January 3, 2021 (9.30 AM to 12.30 PM)
Result date
January 15, 2021 

Exam Details: Pattern, Questions, Scoring
XAT is online computer based test. The aggregate maximum marks in XAT are 100 for 100 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 exam is 3 hours. XAT 2021 exam pattern is as below:

Sections in Exam
Number of questions
Overall Time Duration
75 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)

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6 Steps Admission Process to xlri through xat 2021


XAT Eligibility
XAT eligibility criteria 2021 need only a pass in your bachelor’s degree while other exams need a particular percentage of marks. The eligibility to appear in XAT is probably the simplest one among all the National Level MBA entrance exams. Read More


How to Apply for XAT?
The exam Application process is online and can be completed in six simple steps at official XAT website. XAT 2021 Application dates are from September 12, 2020 to November 30, 2020 without late fee. Read More


How to Prepare for XAT?
XAT exam full form – Xavier Aptitude Test comprises 3 major sections which are very important for shortlisting and determining your merit position. The 4th section on GK is not taken in account to determine the merit. The XAT preparation should be in accordance with revised pattern of entrance exam and as per its syllabus. The exam calls for special preparation for Decision Making section apart from other XAT topics. You need to focus on following while preparing for XAT:

  1. Follow the XAT Pattern: Thoroughly understand the structure, number and type of questions
  2. Scan thoroughly XAT Syllabus
  3. Decide, if you need Online XAT preparation with coaching or wish to self-prepare for the exam
  4. Get best Books for XAT preparation
  5. Attempt XAT Mock Tests& XAT Previous Test papers
  6. Devise strategy to crack XAT with 95+ percentile Read More

XAT Score Accepting Colleges
There are 160+ MBA colleges who will accept XAT score. Some of the top MBA colleges accepting XAT score for MBA admission 2021 are:

  • XLRI Jamshedpur
  • 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 Read More

XAT Date for Notification 2021
XAT exam information with exam date, and other related dates have been released on XAT 2021 website on September 7, 2020. XAT 2021 Notification containing exam details, exam format, exam centres and all the XAT exam dates 2021 is released in the leading news papers also. All the exam dates with other information and FAQs are available on MBAUniverse.com XAT website.


It is expected that around 1 lakh candidates will appear in XAT as the number of candidates going for XAT Application 2021 are expected to increase again. Over the years the candidates applying for Xavier Aptitude Test have increased as the data for past XAT exam also reveal this fact. 

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SOIL Gurgaon 1 Year PGPM & 2 Year PGDM NMIMS University Mumbai, Full Time MBA Real Estate
Jaipuria Noida, PGDM Admissions EDII Ahmedabad, PGDM-Entrepreneurship
IMS Unison University Dehradun, MBA Admissions  IBA Bangalore, PGDM Admission
AIMS Bangalore PGDM Admissions FIIB New Delhi, PGDM Admission
Lexicon MILE Pune PGDM Admissions Firebird Coimbatore, PGDM Admission
Jaypee Business School Noida, MBA Admission Praxis Business School Kolkata PGDM Admission
Symbiosis SUAS Indore, MBA Banking & Financial Services IMS Ghaziabad University, MBA Admission

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. 2 years fee and other expenses at XLRI come to around Rs.25 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, IMT, XIMB among others who offer admission on the basis of XAT exam scores.  


XAT 2021: 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 150 Associate institutes accepting XAT scores. Till 2017 XAT remained a paper based test. With effect from 2018, XAT has become an online computer based test. XLRI – the XAT conducting authority has announced the XAT 2021 exam date as January 3, 2021. 


The XAT date is same across the country. On a single date, the exam will be held in 72 XAT test cities in India. However, the 2 cities abroad namely, Kathmandu and Dubai are no longer the XAT test cities.


XAT in 2021: Summary

  • XAT is one of the oldest MBA entrance exams being held for last 70 years.
  • XAT date is January 3, 2021
  • XAT pattern is now changed to online computer based test
  • XAT will be of  3 hours duration from 9.30 AM to 12.30PM
  • XLRI Jamshedpur conducts XAT every year in the month of January
  • XAT question paper is divided in 4 sections
  • Only 3 sections in XAT are taken into account to calculate the XAT percentile score and XAT merit list for written exam
  • Total questions are 100 and are of MCQ type
  • There is no Essay Writing Test in 2021 XAT Test
  • Apart from XAT registration and filling up the XAT application, candidates need to apply separately to their preferred MBA colleges including XLRI, XIMB 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 75
  • No negative marking for MCQs from Sl No. 76 to 100 (GK questions)
  • Each question in XAT is followed by 5 answer options 

Register for XAT exam updates

Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 07-09-2020 07:00 PM (Confirm)
    Registration – Online: 12-09-2020 10:00 AM to 10-12-2020 11:45 PM (Confirm)
    Admit Card Release: 21-12-2020 10:00 AM to 03-01-2021 10:00 AM (Confirm)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 3, 2021 - 09:30 to 12:30 (Confirm)
    Result: 15-01-2021 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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 2021

XLRI XAT 2021 minimum eligibility criteria is the pass in bachelor’s degree. XAT 2021 exam will be held on January 3, 2021 in 72 cities as computer based test in single session. 


The key difference between XAT eligibility criteria 2021 and for other MBA entrance exams is that the XAT 2021 needs only a pass in your bachelor’s degree while other exams need minimum 50 percent marks to apply for the exam. XAT 2021 eligibility is probably the simplest among all the National Level MBA entrance exams.


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XAT Admit Card 2021

XAT Admit card 2021 has been released on December 21, 2020 at 9 AM.  XLRI has released the XAT 2021 Exam Admit Card individually for all the XAT 2021 applicants on official website 'xatonline.in'. You need to download XAT Admit Card 2021 from the official XAT exam website by login with your XAT 2021 ID and password. 


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XAT Application Form 2021

XAT 2021 Application Form: Dates, Step by Step Process, Fee, Guidelines

XAT Application 2021 Form last date was closed on December 10, 2020 at midnight. XAT form filling process had started on September 12, 2020 on official XAT exam website.  The XAT 2021 application fee was Rs.1750/-.


XAT 2021 Exam Notification was released on September 7, 2020. The XAT 2020 Exam date is Sunday January 3, 2021.  The exam will be conducted online by XLRI in a single session of 3 hours duration from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM.  Read this article below to know all about the XAT 2021 application dates, fee, step by step XAT 2021 application process and more


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XAT Registration 2021

XAT Registration 2021: Key Dates, Step by Step Process, Fee, Guidelines

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GK for XAT 2021

The 4th section in XAT 2021 exam is General Awareness (GK). It consists of 25 questions of MCQ type. The questions are from the most relevant topics on current affairs, business, economy among others. Read complete details below about GK section, how to prepare, important books and material for GK preparation, previous year GK questions, importance of the GK in XAT exam and more


General Knowledge (GK) for XAT 2021 is an important section now due to the fact that it is now an integral part of XAT exam 2021. In the changed XAT exam pattern, the 5th section on Essay Writing Test has been removed from XAT 2021 exam. So, alongwith other three sections, XAT GK questions will also play an important role in XAT 2021 online computer based test.


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XAT Exam Pattern 2021

XAT Exam pattern 2021: Key Changes, Sectional Composition, Scoring pattern

XAT 2021 is a computer based test and will be conducted on January 3, 2020 in 72 cities in India.


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2021 will be conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for MBA admission 2021 on behalf of XAMI on January 3, 2021 from 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM in a single session. XAT 2021 Exam is the Online computer based test. XAT 2021 will be the 4thcomputer based test in the 70 years history of XAT exam. Till 2017, XAT Exam remained a Paper Based Test. 

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XAT Syllabus 2021

XAT MBA Syllabus 2021 is divided into 4 sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Decision Making, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. Except the General Awareness section, all the other three are core sections that determine the XAT percentile score as well as XLRI shortlisting criteria. The score of General Awareness section is taken into account at the time of personal Interview round.


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XAT Preparation 2021

XAT 2021 Exam date is January 3, 2021. The exam is divided in four sections out of which the score of three major sections on VALR, DM, QADI will be counted for percentile calculation and subsequent shortlisting process by XLRI. Unless you score high in all these three sections, you may not be shortlisted by XLRI for final admission round. Accordingly, you need to prepare well for XAT 2021 with equal focus on all the three sections and should devised best strategy to devote time to improve upon your weaknesses and further strengthen your strong areas. 


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XAT Exam Centres 2021

XAT 2021 will be held in 72 test cities across the country at more than 100 test venues. There may  not be International test cities for XAT 2021. Earlier XAT was used to be conducted in Dubai (UAE) and Kathmandu (Nepal) also.


In view of rising number of applicants, XLRI has increased the number of test cities to 72 from earlier 46 XAT exam cities. XAT 2021 test takers can choose two preferred test cities while applying for XAT 2021 exam.


The XAT 2021 test cities are spread across the country. It is expected that in comparison to last year, number of XAT 2021 test venues may increase further to keep social distancing due to Covid-19 pandemic and to accommodate the rising number of test takers.


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XAT Selection Procedure 2021

MBA Selection process on the basis of  XAT 2021 exam will start immediately after declaration of XAT exam 2021. The selection process at XLRI is more governed by its admission policy 2021. The other 160 member and associate B-schools accepting XAT scores will also select the candidates on the basis of XAT 2021 percentile and as per their final admission round.


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XAT Answer Key 2021

XAT 2021 answer keys have been released  by XLRI on January 5, 2021 late evening. XAT 2021 answer keys as released by XLRI consist of candidate response sheet as well as the correct answers which should have been marked by the candidates in the exam. In case of any objection to their responses not treated correct in XAT 2021 exam, candidates can challenge the official XAT answers and file objection online by paying a nominal fee.


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XAT Analysis 2021

The XAT 2021 got over at 12.30 PM on Sunday, January 3, 2021 with many substantial changes introduced in the exam like NAT questions. This year the Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) began at 9.30 AM with a time duration of 3 hours instead of earlier three and half hours as a computer based test. 


XAT 2021 has been reported a bit more difficult exam with tricky Decision Making and it is expected that XAT cut offs may remain low in view of the difficulty level of the exam.


XAT 2021 was the 4th computer based test conducted by XLRI in the history of 60 years of conducting XAT. Although the technical glitches were minimal in the third computer based XAT, a bit of problems were reported at some of the centres which were overcome promptly.


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XAT Mock Test

XLRI will release XAT Mock Tests for XAT 2021 in the 3rd week of December 2020. The official Mock test is the best guide to prepare for the XAT exam. XLRI will release the official Free Mock Test for XAT 2021 a few days before the XAT exam day of January 3, 2021. There are four XAT mock test free papers available on official XAT exam website without answer options.  You can also download free these XAT Mock test Pdf.


XAT is an important MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2021 in XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME and other 150 MBA colleges in India.  


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XAT Previous Year Question Papers

XAT Previous Year Question Papers are available now, to become familiar with the XAT 2021 exam structure, number of questions, type of questions and XAT difficulty level. XLRI has released last four years XAT question papers on the XAT exam official website. In each subsequent year of XAT exam, one recent XAT previous question paper is added to this list. However, these XAT question papers released by XLRI are without answers. The question papers are from the XAT year 2016 to 2019 and can be attempted any number of times freely by anyone.


XAT previous year question papers are the best guide to prepare for the XAT question paper 2021. XLRI release the XAT Previous Year papers after the release of XAT exam Notification. XAT 2021 exam date is January 3, 2021. 


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XAT Result 2021

XAT 2021 Result Released: Download Score Card from official XAT Website xatonline.in

XAT 2021 exam result has been released by XLRI on January 18, 2021 much ahead of the officially announced date of January 31. You can login to XAT official website and download XAT Scorecard. XAT Scorecard displays only your XAT Percentage and XAT Percentile score only, but your XAT raw Score is not displayed. Despite announcing the XAT exam result date as the last week of January 2021, XLRI has declared it 15 days before the officially announced XAT result date. 


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XAT 2021 Cutoff for XLRI and top B-schools

XAT 2021 Result has been released on January 18, and XLRI is releasing the cut offs shortly for its PGDM BM and PGDM-HR programmes. XLRI will also release the XAT Shortlist of candidates for admission 2021 with XAT 2021 sectional and overall cut offs.

  • XLRI XAT 2021 Cut off for flagship PGDM-BM is expected at 95%ile
  • XLRI XAT 2021 Cut off for PGDM-HRM is expected at 93%ile

XLRI Admission 2021 Shortlist
Based on past trends, the number of candidates to be shortlisted for admission 2021 are expected as below:

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XAT Essay Topics and Essay Writing Tips

XLRI has removed the Essay Writing Test section from XAT 2021 exam. The list of XAT essay topics consists such essay topics which appeared in past Essay writing tests in XAT.  XAT Essay topics are mostly based on abstract ideas. The Essay Writing Test in XAT may be replaced by Writing Ability Test (WAT) in the final selection round by XLRI.  

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XAT Percentile Predictor 2021

XAT 2021 percentile predictor is live now! You can check your XAT percentile in a few seconds with your performance in XAT 2021 exam which was conducted on January 3, 2021 as a computer based test in a single session with 100 questions in the exam.  The XAT percentile predictor calculates your expected percentile in accordance with XAT 2021 Overall and sectional difficulty level, number of candidates in the exam, changes in exam pattern and scoring pattern and other key factors. Accordingly your XAT percentile may vary with changes in above factors.


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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.