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XLRI to Conduct XAT 2025 Exam on Jan 5; Check Key Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, How to Prepare, Top Colleges

XLRI XAT 2025 is one of the largest MBA entrance exams. It is expected to be held on Sunday January 5, 2025 in a single slot. XAT Exam Time Duration is of three hour thirty minutes duration. XAT 2025 Notification is likely to be out in July third week. The registration process will begin simultaneously. Read below all about the exam details:

Latest Updates

  • XLRI Jamshedpur to Conduct XAT 2025 on January 5, 2025
  • 160+ B-Schools to Accept XAT 2025 Score for MBA Admission 2025
  • XAT 2025 Registration Process Expected to Begin in July 2024 Third Week
  • Read XAT 2025 Preparation Strategy with Toppers’ Tips

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Table of Contents

  1. What is XAT Exam?
  2. XAT 2025 Highlights
  3. XAT 2025 Exam Date: Important Dates for Xavier Aptitude Test
  4. XAT Eligibility Criteria 2025
  5. XAT 2025 Exam Pattern
  6. Previous XAT Exam Analysis
  7. XAT 2025 Exam Syllabus: Overall and Section wise syllabus
  8. How to Prepare for XAT 2025? XAT Preparation Strategy
  9. Role of XAT Mocks in XAT 2025 Preparation?
  10. XAT 2025 Registration & Application Process
  11. XAT 2025 Admit Card Release: How to Download?
  12. XAT Exam Centers in India
  13. XAT 2025 Answer Key
  14. XAT 2025 Cut offs for XLRI
  15. MBA Courses Offered by XLRI
  16. Top MBA Colleges Accepting XAT other than XLRI with cut offs
  17. XAT 2025 Result & XLRI Final Selection Process
  18. FAQs on Xavier Aptitude Test: Answers by Experts

1. What is XAT Exam?

Xavier Aptitude Test is the Admission Test for admission to MBA/PGDM programs in XLRI and other top MBA colleges like XIMB, IMT Ghaziabad, IMI New Delhi, LBSIM Delhi, TAPMI Manipal and 150 other top MBA colleges in India. XLRI will offer admission to its PGDM programs, offered at Jamshedpur and Delhi campuses on the basis of this exam score only, and will not accept any other test score. There are more than 70 cities and more than 100 venues where the exam will be conducted in India.  

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Salient Points about the Exam are:

  • A computer based test conducted at more than 70 test cities
  • Since 2024, the exam duration is increased to three hours thirty minutes from earlier three hours ten minutes
  • The exam is divided into two parts & five sections of  Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; General Knowledge; Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)
  • Part two of XAT comprising General Knowledge and Analytical Essay Writing (AEW) sections does not count for percentile score calculation
  • No Individual time limit to attempt the sections
  • XLRI will offer admission 2025 based on XAT 2025 only and will not accept any other test score
FAQs
Q: Is XAT conducted by Government or by some Institute?
A: The exam is conducted only by XLRI Jamshedpur for the last seventy years.
 
Q: Is XAT a larger exam than CAT and CMAT?
A: XAT is one of the largest and reputed MBA entrance exams and is larger than CMAT  but is not larger than CAT. Number of  registrations last year had gone up by 40% at 1.35 lakhs which is higher than the number of CMAT test takers

2. XAT 2025 Highlights

XAT is not only one of the largest MBA entrance exams in India, it is the gateway to top MBA colleges. 

 

Following are the key XAT 2025 Exam Highlights including XAT Exam Details, XAT Full Form, XAT Form 2025 release date, XAT 2025 Exam Dates, top MBA colleges accepting the exam

XAT Exam Particulars
Details
XAT Exam Full Form 2025
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2025
Who conducts XAT Exam?
Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur
XAT 2025 Notification Release
Expected on July 15, 2024
XAT 2025 Exam Date
Sunday, January 5, 2025
XAT Official Website
xatonline.in
XAT Exam Fees
Rs.2100
Number of Candidates who registered for last XAT exam
1.35 lakhs
Top MBA colleges accepting XAT Exam
XLRI, XIMB, IMI, IMT, FORE, Great Lakes, GIM, IMT Nagpur
Total Questions in the Exam
100 + Essay Writing Test
Number of Sections
5; Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; General Knowledge; Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)
Number of Answer Options
5
Scoring Pattern in XAT exam
+1 Mark for Each Correct Answer
-0.25 Mark for Each Wrong Answer
0 Mark for Un-attempted Question
XAT Exam Duration
3 hours 30 Minutes
XAT Sectional Time Limit
No Sectional Time Limit
XAT Application Fee 2024
Rs.2000/- (Under Revision)
Facility to Choose Order of Sections
Yes, Attempt any question from any section within overall time limit
FAQs
 
Q: How many times XAT is conducted in one year?
A: It is conducted once in a year. For the last many years, the exam is conducted on the first Sunday of January every year.
 
Q: What is the mode of the exam?
A: It is a computer based test and is conducted at exam centres in more than 70 cities in India 

XAT Entrance Exam dates including XAT Registration Date 2025, XAT 2025 Last Date

3. XAT 2025 Exam Date: Important Dates for Xavier Aptitude Test

Important dates including XAT 2025 Exam Dates, form filling dates and timelines for the Exam are as below:  

XAT 2025 Important Dates & Timeline
Important dates
XAT 2025 Notification Date
July 15, 2024
XAT Registration Start Date 2025
July 15, 2024
XAT 2025 Registration Last Date
November 30, 2024
Admit Card Release
December 20, 2024
Exam Dates
January 5, 2025
XAT answer key release date
January 10, 2025
Answer key challenge process last date
January 14, 2025
Result Date
January 20, 2025
FAQs
 
Q: Is the XAT exam date 2025 is fixed or it can be changed?
A: For the past many years XAT is conducted on the first Sunday of January. As such the XAT exam date 2025 is unlikely to be changed.
 
Q: Is the XAT Notification Release date and Registration start date is same?
A: The registration begins from the date of release of Notification unless XLRI specifies some other date. 

4. XAT Eligibility Criteria 2025

Below are the important points that determine XAT eligibility criteria 2025

  • A candidate who has passed bachelor’s degree
  • A final year student in graduation is also eligible
  • There is no age limit to apply and appear in the exam

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FAQs
 
Q. Is there any difference in XAT eligibility criteria and XLRI Admission eligibility criteria?
A: Although broadly both are same but XLRI needs very good score in graduation, high performance in XAT exam among others.
 
Q. I'm 2020 BE passed out but I have an arrear am I eligible to write the XAT exam?
A. Yes you can write the exam provided the arrear is cleared

Download XAT 2025 Eligibility Criteria

You can get eligibility criteria 2025 Pdf download document free at xatonline.in or can also copy this document to understand the eligibility criteria. 

5. XAT 2025 Exam Pattern

Xavier Aptitude Test is online computer based exam conducted in a Single slot, single day. XAT Entrance Exam timings are in afternoon.

  • The GK and Essay Writing Sections are not counted for percentile calculation
  • Marks for every correct answer are +1 and - 0.25 Negative Marking applies for wrong answer
  • No Negative marking for General Knowledge and Essay writing section in part-2 of question paper
  • All the MCQ type questions have five options with one correct option
  • Essay shall be evaluated after the candidate is shortlisted for the interview.
  • 5 Minutes break between part-1 and part-2

The table below shares the sectional order, number and type of questions in each section, questions for each section in the exam 

Exam Sections
Number of questions
Overall Time Duration
Part-1
75 Total MCQs
175 Minutes
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
26
No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making
21
No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
28
No Sectional Time Limit
Part-2
25 Total MCQs + Essay Writing Test
30 Minutes
General Knowledge
25
Ideal Time 10-15 Minutes
Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)
1 Descriptive Topic
Ideal Time 15-20 Minutes
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)
100+ 1 Essay
 
FAQs
Q. In how many days exam will be conducted
A. The exam will be conducted in a single day as a computer based test
 
Q. In how many sessions will exam be conducted?
A. Like previous years, this year also, the exam will be conducted in single slot of 3 hours 30 minutes duration
 
Q. What is the Mode of exam?
A. It is a computer based test and is conducted at test centres. Last year the exam was conducted in more than 70 test cities. 
 
Q. Is XAT a difficult exam?
A. Yes, to some extent it is a difficult exam with a unique Decision Making section.
 
Q. Can I attempt any section in the exam within over all time limit?
A. Yes, it does not have individual sectional time limit

6. Previous XAT Exam Analysis, Pattern, Key Changes

Last year exam had got over on January 7, 2024 at 5.30 PM. The exam was a single session computer based test of 3 hours 30 miniute duration as against 3 hours 10 minute duration exam earlier. This year XLRI introduced many aspirant friendly changes in the exam and offered a better test taking experience to the test takers.

XAT 2024 Analysis: Summary

  • Exam was conducted from 2.00 PM to 5.30 PM on January 7, 2024
  • Total 75 Questions appeared in Verbal, DM, Quant & DI section.
  • GK in exam had 9 Questions on Static GK and 16 Questions on Current Affairs 
  • Total Questions in 2024 were 101 (Including Essay Writing)
  • Exam difficulty level remained similar to last year
  • Exam Duration is increased to 3 hrs 30 minutes from earlier 3 hrs 10 minutes
  • Test taker was allowed to choose 1 Essay topic out of 3 Options

XAT 2024 Exam Pattern: Analysis

Exam Sections
Number of questions
Overall Time & Scoring Pattern
Part-1
75 Total MCQs
175 Minutes. Max.75 Marks(+1 Mark for each Correct answer; -0.25 Negative Marking for each wrong answer)
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
26
No Sectional Time Limit. +1 and -0.25 (Max 26 Marks)
Decision Making
21
No Sectional Time Limit. +1 and – 0.25(Max 22 Marks)
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
28
No Sectional Time Limit.  +1 and – 0.25 (Max 28 Marks)
Part-2
25 Total MCQs + Essay Writing Test
30 Minutes
General Knowledge
25
Complete both parts in 30 Minutes. +1; No Negative Marking (Max 25 Marks)
Analytical Essay Writing (AEW)
1 Descriptive Topic
Will be evaluated if you are shortlisted for PI round.
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2)
100+ 1 Essay
Max 101 Marks; Essay Evaluation after shortlisting is over based on score obtained in Part-1 sections

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Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Section: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR)

  • There were 15 Reading Comprehension questions and 11 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions.
  • The Verbal ability/Verbal Reasoning questions were a fair mix of grammar, vocabulary, and reasoning-based questions (Critical Reasoning and Jumbled Paragraphs).
  • The 15 RC questions were distributed among five passages (of 300 – 450 words each) and one poem.
Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions
Verbal Ability
 
Sentence Correction
Grammatically Correct & Incorrect Sentences
3
Para Summary
Making choice of Summary of small Paragraph 
1
Jumbled Paragraph
Placing the 5 Jumbled sentences in coherent paragraphs
2
Fill in the Blanks
Filling 2 Blanks in each sentence with correct words
2
Reading Comprehension
Questions on True False Statement, Argument, Inference, Main Idea, Interpretation of Phrase as used in RC;  Passage Title
RC Passage 1
Topic:  Beauty has an aesthetic, but it is not the same as aesthetics
2
 
RC Passage 2
Topic: The problem of unrecognized ignorance
3
 
RC Passage 3
Topic: Simplified moral frames
3
 
RC Passage 4
Topic: Reductive instinct and realist storytelling
2
 
RC Passage 5
Topic: Mass vaccination and herd immunity
3
 
RC Passage 6
Topic: Poem
2
Reasoning
Critical Reasoning
True False, Correct Logica following the Statements, Best combination  
3
 
Total Questions
 
26

Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Section: Decision Making

  • All the questions were in sets
  • There was no question set based on Quantitative problem in Decision Making
  • The section consisted of 7 sets of 3 questions each.
Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions
Caselet-1
Problem Based on Human Resources
Experience Credentials of Employees
3
Caselet-2
Problem Based on ABC Business School
Disciplined School with High Placements but less learning
3
Caselet-3
Problem Based on Taxis
Competition among Taxi Drivers
3
Caselet-3
Problem Based on Sales & Marketing
SUV Sales Target Met but recovery of loss a concern due to extended warranty
3
Caselet-4
Problem Based on Household help
Wrongful Termination of Domestic Help
3
Caselet-5
Problem Based on Human Resources at IT Firm Symbolis
Distribution of Performance Bonus to the Best Employees
3
Caselet-6
Problem Based on Gas Extraction Company Deep Sea c
Releasing the Natural Gas Pressure and Safety Arrangements
3

Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Section: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

  • Out of the 28 questions in the section, 17 were on Quantitative Ability and 11 were on Data Interpretation. 
  • There were three sets of Data Interpretation with 3 questions each and two sets with two questions each.
Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions
Arithmetic
Time Speed Distance
Pilot increasing speed of Aircraft to reach Destination
1
Arithmetic
Profit & Loss
Cost of Running Movie Theatre and required capacity to ear profit; Selling Price at Food Stall
2
Arithmetic
Arithmetic Progression
Number of students in a class
1
Number System
 Increasing, Decreasing
Real Numbers, Value
3
Permutation & Combination; Set Theory
Combination of Items in Restaurant; Vegetable Market
Making a combination of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian items from Menu; Aman buying vegetables
3
Geometry
Triangles and Rectangles
Farmer’s Tringalular land; Rectangle Football ground; Right Angle
3
Algebra- Polynomials
Roots of Polynomial
Ratio of area from largest to smallest
1
Linear Equation, Log, Quadratic Equation
Real Numbers, Logs
Coinciding Lines represented by the two equations; Equation Log
3
Data Interpretation
DI Set-1
T-20 Match
3
Data Interpretation
DI Set-2
Statistics – Hinge number
3
Data Interpretation
DI Set-3
Discount Coupon
3
Data Interpretation
DI Set-4
Shortlisting for Interview
2
Total Questions
 
 
28

Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Section: General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section comprised 25 questions. 

Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions
Static GK
History
Historical capital cities of India; Famous battles; Doctrine of lapse
3
Static GK & Changes
Geography
National capitals of countries; Flow of River Ganges
2
Static & Current
Economics & Business
Brics
1
Current Affairs
Personality & Awards
Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy, Matthew Perry,
2
Current Affairs
Science & Technology
Aditya L-1; X 37B
2
Current Affairs
Sports
Women’s Premier League, Asian Games
2
Static & Current
Books & Authors
Match the authors of the books
1
Current Affairs
Latest National & International
Country pulling out of “Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe”; Air India’s AI; “Ghol” as the state fish; City illuminating 22.23 lakh earthen lamps; Earthquake in Japan;
5
Miscellaneous
Companies, people, work, action
Leap Year calculation; Dedicated air cargo service in India; ChatGPT, Google Bard, Chatsonic
3
Current Affairs
Nobel Prize
Nobel Peace Prize, Nobel Prize in Economics
2
Static & Current
Culture & Entertainment
Movie Oppenheimer, Nabanno harvest festival of Bengal and Bangladesh
2
Total
 
 
25

Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Section: Analytical Essay Writing

  • Essay section had 3 Topics
  • Out of three options, the candidate had to choose one option for Essay Writing
Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions
Essay
Essay-1
Tech prediction often fail not because of wrong models or a lack of imagination but due to lack of humility in admitting our uncertainties about the future.
1
Essay
Essay-2
Implementing more stringent regulations for Social Media Platforms is crucial to effectively combat the proliferation of fake news.
1
Essay
Essay-3
Things which matters the most must never be at the mercy of things that matters the least.
1
Total
Choice to choose one Topic out of 3
 
3

7. XAT 2025 Exam Syllabus: Overall and Section wise syllabus

Exam syllabus is divided into two parts and five sections. In Part-1, it tests the candidate on Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. In part-2 it tests General Knowledge and Essay Writing.

  • The revised syllabus includes 100 MCQ type questions and 1 descriptive question on Essay Writing out of 3 choices
  • Except the General Awareness and Essay Writing Test, all the other three sections are core sections that determine the percentile score as well as XLRI shortlisting criteria
  • The scores of General Awareness and Essay Writing sections are taken into account at the time of XLRI personal Interview round.

7.1 XAT Syllabus Section-Wise

Part-1 Syllabus

Section
Syllabus
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR)
The VA&LR section will encompass critical & analytical reasoning, reading comprehensions (including poems & passages), vocabulary, English grammar, and other related exercises such as para jumbles, cloze tests. Key Topics in syllabus include:
Verbal Ability Syllabus: English Vocabulary based questions – fill in the blanks with correct words; synonyms/antonyms; contextual usage on vocabulary words; Jumbled Paragraphs; Correction of errors in sentences, correct use of words; Completion of sentences; Completion of paragraph
Reading Comprehension Syllabus: Abstract topics, Literature, Social and Economic issues; Science & Culture; history & fiction. Questions based on information in RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In context of the passage –True/false statements; Author’s view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage
Logical Reasoning Syllabus: Critical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Analogy, Clocks, calendars, Fact, Inference, Judgement, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion
Decision Making (DM)
The DM section will present scenarios drawn from both personal and professional lives. Candidates will be required to apply critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and prioritization to make informed decisions. XAT measures skills broadly on Conditions and Grouping Test; Data Arrangement Test; Complex Arrangement; Decision Making in a situation; Case lets 
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QADI)
 
 
The questions are designed to assess the quantitative aptitude of candidates who possess a foundational understanding of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mensuration, modern maths, etc. The questions on DI are about clear interpretation, summarization, and insightful analysis of the data.
QA: Major topics covered in XAT syllabus for Quant are LCM and HCF, Log, Percentage, Profit and Loss. Linear Equation, Interest (Simple and Compound), Speed Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Number System, Algebra equations, Polynomials, Geometry, Mensuration, Complex Numbers, Progressions, Binomial Theorem, Permutation and Combination, Probability Functions, Set Theory, Mixtures and Alligations, Trigonometry
DI: Major Topics Covered in DI Syllabus are Data Tables, Data charts, Bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison

Part-2 Syllabus

Part-2 covers General Knowledge and Essay Writing Test.

Section
Syllabus
General Knowledge
In the GK section, questions focus on static GK and current affairs. Major Topics Covered: Economics, finance, national and international current affairs, Constitution of India, Company profiles, logos, Business & Economy, Who’s who, Books & Authors, Capitals & Currencies
Analytical Essay Writing (AEW) Test
The AEW section offers three topics, of which candidates will select one. Essays should be approximately 250 words in length and must demonstrate coherence, logical consistency, and strong argumentation , serving as an assessment of the students' analytical abilities.

 

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FAQs
 
Q: Is the XAT 2025 Syllabus Changed? What are the important changes
A: The most recent changes in the syllabus were in 2022 with restoration of Essay Writing Test in the exam. Since then, same syllabus is being followed.
 
Q: Is XAT exam syllabus published by XLRI before the exam?
A: Yes, from the year 2024, broad syllabus for upcoming exam is published. For example XLRI outlined that GK section in 2024 would consist of 10 questions on Static GK and 15 questions on Current Affairs.
 
Q: Which Section syllabus in XAT is considered more difficult to cover?
A: Decision Making is considered more difficult to cover. However, it depends on your aptitude. If you have Mathematics back ground, you may find Quant and DI easier and VALR difficult, but if you have Arts/Humanities back ground, you may find VALR easier than QADI
 
Q: How much time is sufficient to cover complete XAT syllabus?
A: If you are devoting time and studying 3-4 hours a day, 4-6 months are considered sufficient to cover the syllabus.
Toppers’ Tips to Cover XAT Syllabus
 
“I had prepared for the MBA entrance tests myself, and did not go for any coaching. Like many others, I did not specifically prepare for XAT, except for the DM section. Someone who is preparing for XAT would have prepared for CAT as well, so the QA and Verbal sections can be covered by CAT”       
  -  Nandagopal V, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“I covered quants for XAT along with my CAT preparation. I Practiced the verbal and DM sections from the previous 10 years papers and had been reading newspapers for the past 6 months which was enough prep for GK section.”
 - Tanish Jain, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

8. XAT Preparation

You can prepare with self preparation through Books, Mocks or through coaching as per your convenience. You need to devise your own XAT exam preparation strategy. One of the important points which differentiate the exam preparation from other exams is the Decision Making Preparation and the strategy to prepare for this important section. Shared below are the details of best preparation books section wise, how to prepare with Coaching, how to prepare with self preparation, Preparation with Mocks, toppers’ tips and more:

8.1 XAT Preparation Books for VALR, QADI, DM

The Best Books for Preparation should keep pace with the changing exam pattern. Most of the preparation books in the market are based on the previous exam pattern but the best books shared here are the updated books which have incorporated changes with the anticipated question type in the exam. Every year different types of questions appear in the exam. During the last few years, the exam pattern has been modified completely. So, while choosing the best books for exam preparation, it should be kept in mind that the books are conversant with the changed exam pattern and difficulty level. Few things to check in the books are:

  • Should Provide conceptual clarity on the relevant topic
  • Rich on the exercises, practice questions and Mocks given after each topic
  • Caters your need to focus more on the weak areas with variety of practice questions  
  • Latest edition of preparation Book offers the updated exam pattern and syllabus also

8.1.1 Section-Wise 10 Best books for XAT Preparation

If you are self-preparing for the exam or are preparing with the support of coaching institute, in both the cases, the latest edition of the books for preparation as shared below section wise will help you in getting more conceptual clarity, practice questions and attempting the sample papers

8.1.2. Preparation Books for VALR

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

8.1.3 Preparation Books for QADI

  • How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)

8.1.4 Preparation Books for Decision Making

  • Jabbing the XAT (with solved papers)-RK Jha
  • Focus on Situation Analysis: Understanding the motives behind the test will help you align your thinking process with the expectations of the test setter. Thus before answering a question you need to first analyse the situation from the different perspectives, i.e., the economic as well as the social perspective.
  • Frame the answer in your mind: Read, understand and try to gauge the motive behind the question. Once you have done this try to frame the answer within your mind without looking at the options, as sometimes the options can be misleading and lead you to a different outcome.
  • Eliminate incorrect options: Not all the five options are relevant. After a basic reading of the question you can start eliminating the options and in most cases, you would be able to eliminate at least two options.
Toppers Tips on XAT Preparation
 
“My preparation strategy mainly emphasised on focusing on my stronger suits, mainly DM and Verbal Ability. At the same time, I also made sure to very thoroughly cover all the topics and concepts in Quants section. For GK section, I only went through daily newspapers and there was not any specific preparation as such”
Nipun Garg, XAT Topper 99.95%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“With XAT having very different structure as compared to other exams, I had to ensure that I get comfortable with the whole format. So, I started working on separate sections to bring up my accuracy”
Harsh Gupta, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

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A few months of devoted preparation can enable you to crack the exam as it requires ‘Smart Preparation.’ You can join a coaching as it offers expert guidance.

8.2.1 Benefits of Preparation with Coaching

  • Coaching institutes help you to prepare systematically without deviating from your preparation path.
  • While offering smart and intensive preparation for the exam, the top coaching institutes help you to minimize the wastage of time with optimum utilization.
  • There are 6 months, 3 months and 1 month preparation time modules offered by the good coaching institutes that help you crack the exam with high score
  • If you need to clear the concepts and build your basics before practicing sessions, coaching centers suggest to start the preparation with a 6 month time margin.

8.2.2 Top XAT Coaching Centers in India

The choice of coaching mode depends upon your interest, time, money and preparation level while preparing for the exam. Shared below are the top coaching institutes with their key centres and available options for coaching:

Top XAT Coaching Institutes
Type of Courses Online/Offline/Both
City wise XAT Preparation Center Location
TIME
Both
Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Gurgaon among total 100+ centres  
Career Launcher
Both
Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Gurgaon among 80+ centres
IMS
Both
Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow among 50+ centres  
Byju’s
Online
Online Coaching via Tablet anywhere in India & Abroad
2IIM.com
Online
Online coaching course with videos, quizzes, practice tests, and slideshows. Classroom coaching in Chennai only
MBAGURU
Both
Centres across Delhi located in CP, Rajouri Garden, Pitampura, Kailash Colony  
Arun Sharma’s Mindworkzz
Both
Mindworkzz has 3 centres in C P, Delhi and offers online coaching as well
Endeavor
Both
Lucknow, Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune among 20+ centres across India
BullsEye
Online
Offers Online Coaching
Tathagat
Classroom coaching
Centres located in Delhi, Noida
Alchemist
Classroom coaching
CP-Delhi, North Delhi, West Delhi and Gurgaon

8.3 Self & Coaching Mixed Preparation

Exam preparation can be self, with the support of online or offline coaching or a mix of both. To begin and advance with your preparation, experts suggest:

  • You should have strong basics with clarity on concepts
  • Improve your weak areas and strengthen your strong areas
  • Consistent revision is required with Mocks, practice tests, Quizzes
  • Prepare a list of topics as per the syllabus and improve on each of them
  • Form a peer group on social media for preparation
  • Time Management with Accuracy & Speed is required. Consistently improve on them
  • Consult best preparation books and attempt their practice questions
  • Read Interviews and tips from Toppers studying at XLRI, IMT, IMI, XIMB on their preparation strategy published on MBAUniverse.com and other channels

8.3.1 Preparation for VALR, DM, QADI

The section wise preparation strategy is very important. Key tips to prepare for each section is as below:

8.3.1.1 Preparation for VALR

  • Go through the Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension & Logical Reasoning Syllabus 
  • Choose the Best books
  • Read the strategy for Verbal Ability Preparation of past toppers

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR): Composition

Toppers’ Tips on VALR Preparation
 
“My main source for preparation of the VA section was the daily newspapers (mainly The Hindu or Indian Express). Apart from that, one of the main things anyone should focus on is to read the RCs and poems in the exam extremely carefully before attempting”
Nipun Garg, XAT Topper 99.95%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“For verbal, I was mainly studying from online available sources. My major focus in verbal was to ensure that I can understand the meaning of the passages and poems and don’t make silly mistakes during examination. So, I was regularly reading short passages on diverse topics and I had set a fixed timing of 1.5-2 hrs every day to spend on verbal section solving RCs and critical reasoning questions.”
Harsh Gupta, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

Section-2: Preparation for Decision Making

  • Decision Making (DM) section in Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) tests you not on your ability to learn concepts or remember formulas, but on your ability to holistically view a situation and propose a solution to a problem. 
  • DM also tests you on your ethical standing and asks you to take a decision in a conflicting situation. Prepare as per the three different types of questions asked in Decision Making section.
  • Prepare for Data Based Problems: Data given and the answer is to be based on analyses of the data,
  • Prepare for Situation Based Problems: A scenario wherein you will be tested on your ethical standing,
  • Prepare for the Mixture of both type of Problems: A mixture of both of the above

Section-2: Decision Making: Composition

Toppers’ Tips on DM Preparation
 
“To prepare for DM, my recommendation would be to practise previous year papers, as many times as you want, specifically the DM section. Each of us has a unique perspective that might give us different yet valid answers for the questions in DM. Unless this perspective matches with the examiner’s, there is no point in our justifications”
Nandagopal V, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“The past year papers were the best source for preparation for the exam. I tried to deduce a logically why the given answer was correct. I also relied on few of my friends to discuss the given case studies to gain a different perspective”
Nipun Garg, XAT Topper 99.95%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

Section-3: Preparation for QADI

  • Go through the complete syllabus of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section
  • QADI questions in XAT are designed to assess the quantitative aptitude of candidates
  • The students are expected to possess a foundational understanding of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mensuration, modern maths, etc.
  • The questions on DI are about clear interpretation, summarization, and insightful analysis of the data

Section-3: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: Composition

Toppers’ Tips on QADI Preparation
 
“I prepared for the QA section in CAT by practising questions from the Arun Sharma book. What most of the engineers are weak at, and generally ignore, are concepts in geometry and mensuration. The competitive advantage of putting in the extra hours in them are two-pronged. Primarily, you won’t shy away from answering them since you have prepared. Additionally, now that you are prepared, you might know some theorems and lemmas that can help you solve these questions really fast, thus saving time.”
Nandagopal V, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“My major preparation strategy for this section was to solve a set of diverse questions covering all major domains every day to retain concepts in my mind. Though one thing I did was that in final exam I attempted the questions of topics I was most comfortable in and rest I attempted only after I had solved everything else”
Harsh Gupta, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

9. Role of XAT Mocks in XAT 2025 Preparation?

Toppers are of the view that taking Mocks is of utmost importance as it is a very important preparation tool. If you are seriously preparing for the exam and wish to score high percentile, it is necessary to attempt more and more Mock Tests to get ready for the exam day. All the XAT toppers studying at XLRI, XIMB, IMT, IMI found Mocks the most important part of their preparation and have recommended to take more mocks just like taking the actual exam and analysing mistakes in each mock. You can attempt the full length XAT Mock and sectional Mocks prepared by experts at MBAUniverse.com  

(FAQs)
 
Q: How many Mocks before the exam are sufficient to take?
A: You should take a minimum number of 35-40 Mock tests before the exam of different difficulty level. To prepare for the exam, it is not only sufficient to take Mocks but more important is to analyse your mistakes in them and improve for future.
 
Q: Is writing Offline Mocks helpful to score high in the exam?
A: Although it is a computer based test, taking offline Mock can also help you in improving your score. Whenever, you are writing an Offline Mock, you should adhere to sectional time limit and overall time limit of three hours thirty minutes. This will give you actual exam feeling with time management and improving your score.
 
Q: Where can I get online computer based Mocks Free?
A: You can take Online computer based free Mocks at MBAUniverse.com as well as other websites including the websites of coaching institutes
 
Q: If I score low in Mock, what should I do?
A: The first step after writing Mock test is that, you should analyse it for your errors. Ensure that the errors are not repeated. Make sure to bring clarity on concepts and practice more mocks of similar pattern.
Toppers’ Tips
 
“Mocks played a very important role in my final preparation. Especially after covering the syllabus once, I mainly relied on mock for strategizing how to attempt the exam and manage the time.”
Nipun Garg, XAT Topper 99.95%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
“Mocks are the most important tools for the exam and let me explain why they are needed for XAT specifically. A 3-hour long paper like XAT is a totally different ball-game. In cricketing terms, CAT is like T20s, while XAT is like ODIs. Now that your body and mind have been habituated to attempt 2-hour long papers, you could feel lethargic after the 120 minute mark, and may not be able to utilize the 3rd hour as much as you would have wanted to. This is why, once CAT is done, mandatorily write a few XAT mocks, so that you can get used to the 3-hour mindset”
Nandagopal V, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“Mocks played a major part in my success. Most of my preparation was based on practicing through mocks and previous year papers”
 Tanish Jain, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25 

10. XAT 2025 Registration & Application Process

XAT 2025 Form Filling process is online. You can register & apply online only on the XAT exam official website XAT online.in. The registration fee is Rs. 2100 /-. The exam fee should be paid online only. The application process for the exam remains open from July to November. You can complete registration and application process in following steps:

XAT Registration: Step by Step Process

XAT Registration Steps
Step Title
Description
Step-1
Login
Login to XAT official website xatonline.in
Step-2
Register
Register with Basic details to get XAT ID and Password
Step-3:
Fill Personal Details
Fill in Complete Personal Details in Registration and Application Form
Step-4
Fill Academics
Fill in Academics from class 10 onwards, on the next page of XAT form
Step-5
Fill Work Ex & Choose Programs & Exam Cities
Fill in Details of Work Experience, XLRI Programmes, choice of XAT Test Cities
Step-6
Documents Details
Upload Scanned copies of documents of Required size
Step-7
Declaration
Mark tick on the Declaration to complete the process
Step-8
Pay XAT Fees
Make Payment online for XAT Application Fees and XLRI Programme Application Fee
FAQs
 
Q: If I apply for XAT after the last date of registration, can I get successful registration message from XLRI?
A: No, you should complete your registration process before the closing time on the last date. Usually XLRI closes the XAT registration process at Midnight on the last date.
 
Q: Can I apply for XAT 2025 in offline mode also?
A: No, you can submit only online application

10.1 Key Points to Note during Exam Registration & Application Process

  • During registration, the mobile number and email address provided by the you will be verified through an OTP sent to that mobile number and email address
  • Once the OTP is verified, the User ID and the Password will be sent on the registered email address and or on the registered mobile number to complete the registration process.
  • You can complete the application form in a single session or in multiple sessions
  • Save your current completed application pages and login later to complete the remaining Application Form
  • Once the payment is made and the Application Form is submitted, you cannot make any changes
  • You can only view and print the Application Form after submitting it
FAQs
 
Q: Is it possible to amend mistake in registration after form submission?
A: After submitting the online application it is not possible to rectify the errors. You will have to re-register.

10.2 XLRI XAT: Application Trends Over the Years

1.35 lakh candidates had applied for XAT 2024 registering an increase of 40% over last year. The rising number of registrations signify that candidates have to compete with more candidates in the exam and need to score high to get shortlisted by XLRI and other top B-schools.

XAT Year
Candidate Registrations (No. in lakhs)
% Increase/Decrease over last year
2024
1.35
40%
2023
0.98
22%
2022
0.80 
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Toppers’ Tips
 
“I chose XLRI XAT after a well thought of decision and registered for it. The key criteria were: Legacy (for how long the institution has existed); Large Alumni Network; High Placement Statistics”
Nipun Garg, XAT Topper 99.95%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“I Applied for XAT with the aim to get into XLRI after a well thought of decision. My long-term goal is consulting. I wanted to get into a B-school where all major consulting companies hire and XLRI is ideal for this”
Tanish Jain, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25 

11. XAT 2025 Admit Card Release: How to Download?

The Admit Card download will start from December 2024 third week. XLRI will upload the Admit card on official XAT exam website 2025 onlinexat.in  The admit card release date may be extended by a few days. The last date to download the Admit Card is exam date. 

Three Steps to Download XAT 2025 Admit Card

  • Go to XAT 2024 website onlinexat.in
  • At login page enter XAT ID and password to view and download the XAT Admit Card
  • Save the Admit Card and take print on A4 size paper
FAQs
 
Q: How to confirm that I will get my XAT 2025 Admit Card?
A: You should check your mail from XLRI that your application form has successfully been submitted. If yes and still you don’t receive the Admit Card you should immediately contact the help desk.
 
Q:  I am unable to access XAT Website, how can I download the Admit Card?
A: After a few minutes from the Admit card release, thousands of the candidates try to get access to website simultaneously due to which some technical glitches may come up. The best strategy at that time is to access the website after some time when the rush gets subsided.
 
Q: Can I download XAT Admit card from my Mobile Phone?
A: You should view the Admit Card only using the recommended browsers and not from your mobile phone. 
 
Q: I have got XAT Admit Card which is Blank? What should I do?
A: If the Admit Card is blank, you need not worry. If the candidate registers multiple times, XAT Centre will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application. The Admit Card generated for you is for the most recent (last) registration. Thus, if you login by using User ID of earlier registration attempts, you may find your Admit Card as blank.
 
Q: Do I need to take Color print of Admit Card?
A: It is not necessary, you can also have Black &White print of your Admit card from laser printer. Don't forget to affix your photo on the hard copy of admit card in the space provided beside the printed photograph

12. XAT Exam Centers in India

The exam will be held in 70+ test cities having around 400 exam centres across the country. List of State Wise Test Cities is given below in the Tabular Form

XAT Exam Cities

Sl No.
Exam Cities
Sl No.
Exam Cities
Sl No.
Exam Cities
1
Agra
27
Guwahati
53 
Pune 
2
Ahmedabad
28
Gwalior
54
Rajahmundry
3
Allahabad
29
Hooghly
55
Raipur
4
Ambala
30
Hubballi (Hubli)
56
Ranchi  
5
Amravati
31
Hyderabad
57
Rourkela
6
Amritsar
32
Indore
58
Roorkee
7
Bengaluru
33
Jabalpur
59
Siliguri
8
Berhampur
34
Jaipur
60
Sambalpur
9
Bhatinda
35
Jammu
61
Surat
10
Bhilai Nagar
36
Jamshedpur
62
Tirupathi
11
Bhopal
37
Kannur
63
Tiruchirapalli
12
Bhubaneswar
38
Kanpur
64
Thiruvananthapuram
13
Bokaro Steel City
39
Kolkata
65
Tiruvallur
14
Chandigarh/Mohali
40
Kota
66
Udupi
15
Chennai
41
Kottayam
67
Udaipur
16
Coimbatore
42
Kurnool
68
Vadodara
 17
 Cuttack
43
Kurukshetra
69
Varanasi
18
Dehradun 
44
Lucknow
70
Vijayawada
19
Delhi NCR
45
Ludhiana
71
Visakhapatnam
20
Dhanbad
46
Mangalore
72
Warangal
21
Dibrugarh
47
Mumbai
 
 
22
Durgapur/Asansol
48
Madurai
 
 
23
Ernakulam
49
Mysuru (Mysore)
 
 
24
Goa
50
Nagpur
 
 
25
Gorakhpur
51
Nasik
 
 
26
Gandhi Nagar
52
Patna 
 
 
FAQs
 
Q: How many XAT Exam cities I can choose?
A: You can choose a maximum number 2 exam cities
 
Q: Can I change my XAT Test City Preference after completion of Registration?
A:
Yes, XAT Exam Center will open Application error correction window after close of last date of application submission for 2-3 days. During this period you can change your test city preference
 
Q: Can XLRI increase or decrease XAT exam cities after release of Admit Card?
A: No, the exam cities can be increased or decreased before release of admit card. After release of admit card, test cities can neither be increased nor decreased.
 
Q: How and When I will know the XAT Exam city and Center allotted to me?
A: The details of exam city and test venue with exam slot is mentioned in admit card. As such, you will know all the details about your exam center after release of admit card. 

13. XAT 2025 Answer Key

XLRI releases XAT answer key to maintain transparency in exam and to help candidates to check their responses with the correct answers. The Answer key 2025 will be released 3-4 days after the exam date on official website. You can download your answer key from official website by login with your login ID and password.  The candidate response sheet will be released separately to enable the exam takers to raise & file objection to the answers which appear wrong to the test takers. XLRI releases the XAT answer keys along with the question paper with all the important instructions

FAQs
 
Q: When & Where to Look for XAT Answer Key 2025?
A: You should look for XAT answer key 2025 release announcement on the home page of official website xatonline.in 3-4 days after the exam date
 
Q: How can I download XAT Answer Key?
A: You can download the answer key from official website with your login ID and password
 
Q: What details are available with XAT Answer key?
A: The Answer key contains your responses and official correct answers to the exam questions for all the three sections-VALR, DM, QADI
 
Q: If I am not satisfied with official XAT answers, can I challenge the official answers?
A: Yes, XLRI will release answer key objection form alongwith answer key. You can challenge the official answers online by paying the requisite objection fee.

14. XAT Cut offs for XLRI & Other Top MBA Colleges

XAT exam score will be accepted by more than 160 MBA colleges for admission 2024. Apart from XLRI Jamshedpur and Delhi NCR, top MBA Colleges accepting XAT scores include XIMB, MICA, IMI, IMT, XIME, IRMA, TAPMI, Great Lakes, FORE, LIBA, BIMTECH among others. The required CAT cut off percentile in all these IIMs for admission 2025 is shared below.

MBA Colleges
Programme Name
XAT Cut off %ile required
XLRI Jamshedpur
PGDM-BM, PGDM-HRM
94-95
XIM University
MBA
91-92
MICA Ahmedabad
PGDM, PGDM-C
90-91
IMT Ghaziabad
PGDM
90-91
IMI New Delhi
PGDM
90-91
FORE New Delhi
PGDM
85-87
TAPMI Manipal
MBA
85-87
Great Lakes Chennai
PGDM, PGPM
85-86
IRMA Anand
PGDRM
83-84
GIM Goa
PGDM
85-86
K J Somaiya Mumbai
MBA
80-82
LIBA Chennai
PGDM
80-82
Welingkar Mumbai
PGDM
75
Great Lakes Gurgaon
PGDM
75
XIME Bangalore
PGDM
75
BIMTECH Greater Noida
PGDM
75
BITS Pilani
MBA
75
BIM Trichy
MBA
74
WE School Bangalore
PGDM
72
IMI Bhubaneswar
PGDM
74
IMI Kolkata
PGDM
75
IMT Nagpur
PGDM
75
JAGSOM Bangalore
PGDM
75
LBSIM New Delhi
PGDM
80
Woxsen University
MBA
72
Sri Balaji University Pune
MBA
72
BIIB Pune
MBA
74
VIT Business School (VIT) Vellore
MBA
75
ISBM Pune
PGDM
74
KIIT Bhubaneswar
MBA
75
Alliance School of Business Bangalore
MBA
72
Jaipuria Lucknow
PGDM
74
SDMIMD Mysore
PGDM
75
IBA Bangalore
PGDM
72
Amrita School of Business Coimbatore
MBA
72
SIES Navi Mumbai
PGDM
75
Rajagiri Business School
PGDM
72
EDII Ahmedabad
PGDM
--
IIMS Pune
PGDM
--
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University
MBA
74
Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida
PGDM
74

Check and Read all about the XAT Accepting Colleges

FAQs
 
Q: What is the XAT Cut off for XLRI?
A: XLRI announces cut offs as the first criterion to consider a candidate for shortlisting. For example, if XLRI announces cutoff at 94 percentile, it is not necessary that it will shortlist you at that score, but you will at least be considered for shortlisting at that overall and sectional cutoff by XLRI
 
Q: Does XLRI announce XAT Cut offs after release of Result?
A: Yes, XLRI releases cutoff for admission immediately after release of result
 
Q: How can I make best use of XAT Cutoff?
A: You can match MBA Colleges Cut off with your XAT Scores and Percentile for admission after the cutoff is announced and result is out
Toppers Tips
 
“I cleared the XAT cut offs and was shortlisted by XLRI at a XAT 2023 percentile of 99.9577. I preferred XLRI to MDI Gurgaon and all the CAP IIMs despite scoring 97+ in CAT”
Nipun Garg, XAT Topper 99.95%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“At a XAT percentile of 99.9902, I was shortlisted for PI round at XLRI BM, HR and LSCM programmes. I was also shortlisted by IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore among others after scoring 99.15 in CAT. I converted XLRI BM and HRM programs, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Indore. I preferred XLRI to any other B-school”
Nandagopal V, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

15. XAT Result & XLRI Final Selection Process

XAT 2025 exam official result declaration date is last week of January 2025. However, XLRI releases the result in the second or third week of January. Immediately after the result declaration, XLRI and other top B-schools start announcing their shortlist on the basis of XAT scores and other parameters in their shortlisting criteria for final selection round. The final admission offer will be made to the candidates in the months of April/May 2025

 

The admission process in XLRI depends upon your performance in three major areas – Your exam score; your academic record and performance in Personal Interview round. There are three stages through which XLRI Admission Process is completed, they are:

  • Stage-1: Performance in XAT Exam
  • Stage-2: Shortlisting by XLRI for PI round
  • Stage-3: XLRI Final Selection Process 2025 comprising PI Round

Your final admission offer depends upon your performance in all the above three stages of XLRI selection process.

FAQs
 
Q: What are the key components in XLRI selection process?
A: XLRI shortlists the candidates based on XAT exam score, academic profile and award high weightage to exam score. In final selection round, XLRI conducts PI round and considers score obtained in Essay Writing Test, General Knowledge and GD round. Final merit list is released based on PI score, Academic & Gender diversity, work exp among other components
 
Q: What is XAT weightage in final selection in XLRI?
A: While in shortlisting, XLRI awards high weightage to XAT score, in the final selection of candidates, XLRI awards a lower weightage to exam score.
Toppers Tips
 
 
“My major strategy included preparation of answers for major obvious questions. Also, I participated in multiple mock GDs and mock interviews so as to familiarize myself for the final interviews and GDs”
Harsh Gupta, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25
 
“I did several activities to prepare for the GD/PI process. For GK I religiously read newspapers for the past few months for current affairs. Watched a few UPSC prep YouTube channels to prepare for static GK. For BQs I wrote down every possible BQ question I could think of/ was available in any MBA interview guide (Got some interview guides form IIMs). For Resume I prepared a few talking points for each point on my interview. Wrote down pointers for any possible question on workex, UG, Extra-curriculars, etc. I also prepared for basics of marketing, pricing, org behaviour. For XLRI specific preparation, I studied basic knowledge on XLRI including the values, mission, popular alumni”
Tanish Jain, XAT Topper 99.99%; XLRI PGDM-BM 2023-25

16. FAQs on XAT: Answers by Experts

Q: When XAT is Conducted?
A:
The exam is conducted annually preferably on the first Sunday of January every year

 

Q: What is Mode of XAT?
A: It is a computer based entrance test of three hours thirty minutes duration

 

Q: When to look for XAT Notification and complete XAT Information?
A: XLRI releases all the details about the exam in leading news papers in mid July. The process to register and apply for the exam starts simultaneously.

 

Q: How difficult is XAT?
A: Despite being a highly competitive and most important MBA entrance exam in India, the difficulty level of the exam is considered moderate to high.

 

Q: What is the Scoring Pattern in XAT
A: Each correct answer in the exam is awarded with +1 mark. The raw score obtained in the exam is converted to scaled score and then converted to percentile score after allowing for equating and normalizing the scores for all the question paper sets. XLRI and other top MBA colleges consider percentile awarded in the exam to shortlist the candidates for final selection round.

 

Q. How many Questions are expected in XAT 2025?
The exam is expected to consist of 100 MCQs and 1 essay writing test

 

Q. Does XLRI provide any document and guide how to attempt XAT Exam?
A.
 XLRI conducts official Mock test and also releases previous papers on the official website xatonline.in. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. You can also attempt Mock Tests and Previous Years Question Papers with answers at MBAUniverse.com

 

Q. Quant and DI questions require too much calculations. Can I take a calculator to the testing centre?
A.
 No, but the onscreen calculator is available throughout the exam. You can use that

 

Q. Do the wrong answers carry any penalty of negative marking?
A. T
he MCQs carry a penalty of -0.25 mark for each wrong answer. However, there is no negative marking for GK questions and Essay Writing Test.

 

Q. Can I choose the order of sections while attempting the XAT question paper?
A.
Yes, you can attempt any question in any section of the question paper within the overall exam time duration.

 

Q. Can I submit the paper early and leave the test center before the exam time is over?
A.
 No, the paper cannot be submitted before the test duration is over. You can neither leave your seat, nor can leave the test centre early

 

Register for XAT exam updates

Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 15-07-2024 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 15-07-2024 10:00 AM to 30-11-2024 11:45 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 20-12-2024 05:00 PM to 05-01-2025 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, January 5, 2025 - 14:00 to 17:15 (Tentative)
    Result: 20-01-2025 07:00 PM (Tentative)

XAT toppers

Amit Chakraborty, Durgapur
XAT 2023 - 99.55 Percentile ....
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XAT 2023 - 99.99 Percentile ....
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XAT 2023 - 99.95 Percentile ....
Tanish Jain, Dwarka
XAT 2023 - 99.99 Percentile ....
Saswat Gupta, Delhi
XAT 2018 - 99.98 Percentile ....
Kumar Ravi, Munger
XAT 2018 - 98.80 Percentile ....
Rajat Tomar , Uttar Pradesh
XAT 2016 - 98.67 Percentile ....
Jhalak Agrawal , Mathura
XAT 2017 - 98.23 Percentile ....
Mukesh Goyal, Punjab
XAT 2017 - 99.80 Percentile ....
Shekhar Kapoor,
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XAT College Predictor

XAT exam scores are accepted by nearly 200 MBA colleges for MBA/PGDM admission every year. For MBA admission 2024, a list of 160+ XAT colleges accepting XAT 2024 score has been released by XLRI. However, not all the Colleges accepting score of Xavier Aptitude Test are qualitatively equal in terms of learning, faculty, placement among others. This XAT College predictor article will help you to know the best XAT colleges based on your performance in XAT exam and XAT call predictor for different XAT percentile range. For example, the college predictor for XAT 2024 percentile range 90-100 and XAT 2024 college predictor for 80-90 percentile range is much different.

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XAT Registration 2025: Check Step by Step Process and Fees

XAT Registration 2025: Opens in July 2024; Check Fees, Step by Step Process

Latest Update: 

  • XLRI to conduct XAT 2025 on January 5, 2025
  • XAT Registration 2025 likely to Start from July 2024 third week ​
  • Expected XAT 2025 Registration Fee: Rs.2100
  • Registration Form to Offer Choice of 2 Test Cities
  • XAT Preparation: Check how to self prepare or with Coaching 

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XAT Eligibility Criteria 2025

XLRI XAT 2025 minimum eligibility criteria is the pass in bachelor’s degree. XAT 2025 exam will be held on January 5, 2025 as computer based test in single session for MBA admission in XLRI and other 160 B-schools.  Conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for more than last 70 years, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is the only exam, the scores of which are considered in XLRI admission.

 

The key difference between XAT eligibility criteria 2025 and for other MBA entrance exams is that the XAT 2025 needs only a pass in your bachelor’s degree while other exams need minimum 50 percent marks to apply for the exam. XAT 2025 eligibility is probably the simplest among all the National Level MBA entrance exams.

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XAT Exam Pattern 2025

XAT Exam pattern 2025: Exam on Jan 5, 2025; Check XAT 2025 Exam Pattern and Section-Wise Marks Distribution, Types & Weightage of Questions

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is an important MBA entrance exam for admission to XLRI and 160 other top B-schools. XAT is a computer based test of three hours thirty minutes duration and is divided into five sections: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning; Decision Making; Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation; General Knowledge; Essay Writing Test. XAT 2025 Exam date is January 5, 2025. XAT 2025 exam pattern is expected to remain same as last year comprising 101 questions. However, XLRI may revise the XAT Syllabus and Pattern for 2025 exam.

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XAT Admit Card 2025

XAT Admit Card 2025: Download to Start from Dec 20, 2024 at Xatonline.in; Exam on Jan 5, 2025; Check How to Download, Key details to Verify

XAT 2025 exam date is January 5, 2025 and XLRI is likely to release the XAT 2025 exam admit card on December 20, 2024 at official website xatonline.in. Conducted by XLRI, XAT is one of the largest MBA entrance exams in India. Apart from XLRI, more than 160 B-schools are accepting XAT score for MBA Admissions 2025. 

How to download XAT Exam 2025 Admit Card - Step by Step Process

XAT Exam 2025 Admit Card Download can be completed in two simple steps.

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XAT Application Form 2024: Check Step by Step Process, Fee, Guidelines

XAT Application Form 2024: Process is Open from July 15, 2023; Exam on Jan 7, 2024; Check Step by Step Process, Fee, Guidelines

 

XAT 2024 (Xavier Aptitude Test-2023) Application has opened from July 15, 2023 for more than four months. XAT 2024 exam date is January 7, 2024. Conducted by XLRI for the past 72 years, Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to XLRI Jamshedpur and XLRI Delhi NCR. XAT scores are also accepted by 150+ B-schools including XIMB, IMT, IMI, TAPMI, MICA, Great Lakes, GIM among others. XAT 2024 exam will be conducted in a single session of 3 hours 10 minutes duration as a computer based test. 

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GK for XAT 2025

XLRI Jamshedpur will conduct XAT 2025 exam on January 5, 2025 as a computer based in single session of 3 hrs 30 minutes duration. XAT exam has two parts - Part-1 and Part-2 with total 101 questions including 25 GK questions of MCQ type.  

Latest Updates: GK in XAT 2025

  • XAT 2025 to have 25 GK questions
  • All GK Questions will be of MCQ type
  • GK questions do not carry negative marking
  • 10 Questions will be Based on Static GK
  • 15 Questions will be Based on Current Affairs

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XAT Syllabus 2025

XAT Syllabus 2025: Check Key Changes, Section wise Syllabus with key topics

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is one of the important and largest MBA entrance exams for admission in XLRI and 160 other top B-schools. CXT is a computer based test of three hours thirty Minutes Duration and is divided into five sections: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning;  Decision Making; Quantitative Aptitude; General Awareness; Essay Writing Test. XAT 2025 Exam date is January January 5, 2025. Although no major change is announced in the syllabus for XAT 2025, it is expected that some new types of questions may also be introduced in XAT exam 2025. It may be noted that Syllabus for XAT 2025 is different from XLRI syllabus.

 

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XAT Mock Test 2024 by XLRI

XAT 2nd Mock Test 2024 on Nov 5: Register by Nov 3 to Take Online Mock; Check Pattern, Duration, Retake Options, How to Get Scores and More

 

After conducting the first official XAT 2024 Mock Test on Oct 28, 2023, XLRI Jamshedpur has announced to conduct 2nd Mock for XAT 2024 exam on November 5, 2023 to familiarize the prospective XAT 2024 exam takers. This is the first time that XAT official Mock tests are being conducted with many benefits available for candidates. Both of the official XAT 2024 Mock Tests are online test and are available at XAT official website xatonline.in. 

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XAT Preparation 2025

XAT 2025 Preparation: Exam on January 5, 2025; XAT Books, Top Coaching, Strategy, XAT Topper Tips; Check 6 Month, 3 Month, 1 Month XAT Preparation Plan  

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XAT Exam Centres 2025: Check List of XAT Exam Cities

XAT Exam Centres 2025: Exam in 76 Cities; More Cities Added;  Check State Wise Test Centres List

XAT 2025 exam centres have increased to 76+ from earlier 70-72 cities. There may not be International XAT Exam Centres 2025. Earlier XAT exam centers included Dubai (UAE) and Kathmandu (Nepal) also. In view of rising number of applicants, XLRI has increased the number of XAT Exam Centres to 76 from earlier 72 cities. 

XLRI Offers Choice of Two XAT 2025 Exam Centres

Test takers can choose two preferred XAT 2025 exam centres while applying for XAT exam.

 

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XAT Selection Procedure 2023

MBA Selection process on the basis of XAT 2023 exam will start immediately after declaration of XAT exam 2022 result. While the selection process at XLRI is more governed by its admission policy 2023, the other 160 member and associate B-schools accepting XAT scores will also select the candidates on the basis of XAT 2023 percentile and as per the weightages awarded in their final admission round.

 

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XAT Answer Key 2024

XAT Answer Key 2024: Released on January 11: Check How to Download, Calculate & Match Your Score with Top Colleges cut offs

XLRI Jamshedpur has released the XAT 2024 Answer Key on Jan 11, 2024. XAT 2024 exam was conducted on January 7, 2024. You can check your Answer Keys on XAT official website. You can Download your Answer Keys now and Calculate your Score and likely Percentile. Check this MBAUniverse.com Guide on How To Download, How to Calculate your Score, and Check your XLRI and other Call Chances. 

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XAT Exam Analysis 2024: No Change In Exam Pattern; Total 75 Questions in Verbal, DM, Quant & DI

XAT 2024 Analysis: No Change In Exam Pattern; Total 75 Questions in Verbal, DM, Quant & DI; Check Pattern, Difficulty Level, Cut Offs

XAT 2024 exam was successfully held on January 7, 2024. Exam pattern was similar to last year with Total 75 Questions in Verbal, DM, Quant & DI. The difficulty level was also similar to last year’s paper. MBAUniverse.com presents complete XAT Exam 2024 analysis.

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XAT 2024 Analysis: Key Highlights

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XAT Mock Test 2025: Take Free XAT Mocks with Answers with Latest Exam Pattern & Syllabus

XAT is a computer based exam and the XAT 2025 exam date is January 5, 2025. Practicing online mocks for XAT will help you in many ways, like getting actual XAT examination hall feel, getting expertise how to solve the XAT questions during the exam. Attempt below the XAT Mock Tests for XAT 2025 with same XAT difficulty level and pattern. 

 

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XAT Previous Year Question Papers: Download Free XAT papers Year Wise

XAT Previous Year Question Papers: Download Solved Year Wise XAT Previous Year Papers Free; Check and assess your XAT 2025 Exam Readiness

XAT Previous Year Question papers with solutions are given below. XAT Previous Year Question papers are the most important XAT exam preparation tool. These XAT Previous Years (Past) Solved Question Papers are brought to you by MBAUniverse.com. XLRI is releasing XAT papers every year.  You can attempt or download free XAT Previous Year Question Papers Pdf with Answers below:

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XAT Result 2024

XAT 2024 Results Released; Download Scorecard; Check Top Colleges Accepting XAT for 90%, 80%, 70% and Below

 

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XAT Cutoff 2025: Check Expected and Previous year XAT Cutoff

XAT Cutoff 2025: Check XAT Cutoff for XLRI and other top B Schools - XIMB, IMI, IMT and other MBA Colleges

XLRI will conduct XAT 2025 on January 5, 2025 and will release the result in the last week of the same month. Every year XLRI releases its official XAT cut offs for admission to its PGDM BM and PGDM HRM programmes for Engineers, Non Engineers and female candidates at its official website xatonline.in.

 

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XAT Essay Test 2024: Topics & Essay Writing Tips

XLRI is conducting XAT 2024 exam on January 7, 2024 as a computer based in single session of 3 hrs 30 minutes duration from 2 PM to 5.30 PM. XAT exam has two parts and the second part consists of GK and Essay Writing Test. Although Essay score is not counted for percentile calculation, it plays important role in final selection process of XLRI admission and assesses your writing skills.

 

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XAT Percentile Predictor 2024

XAT Percentile Predictor 2024 (Live Now) | Check Your XAT Percentile & Score in 5 Minutes!

XLRI has released the XAT 2024 Answer key on January 11. You can download, match your responses with official answer key and can check your XAT Percentile with MBAUniverse.com Percentile predictor in 5 minutes.

 

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Question and Answers

  • Answered by : Amit Agnihogri 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 : Amit Agnihogri 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.