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December 14, 2020

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


Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, is an important MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission in XLRI, IMT, XIMB, TAPMI, XIME and other 150 MBA colleges in India. The exam is conducted every year by XLRI Jamshedpur for the last 70 years on behalf of XAMI. The complete schedule and all XAT 2021 dates are available now. Read More


The XAT application form 2021 online is now open for 3 months since it was opened. You can fill and submit XAT Application Online only on the XAT official website ‘onlinexat’.  The XAT application fees includes the XAT exam fee. Please note there is no offline process for XAT application 2021. XAT application 2021 fee is Rs.1750/-.  XAT 2021 application last date is December 10.  

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XAT Application 2021: Important Details about Exam, Fee & Process

  • XAT application remained a single document and was spread over 4-5 pages 
  • You could select 2 most preferred XAT exam cities to appear in XAT 2021, from the list of 72 cities.
  • XAT Application Fee of Rs.1750/- included the XAT exam 2021 Fee.
  • XAT Application completion involved two steps – first the XAT Exam Registration 2021 and second the filling up of XAT 2021 Application
  • There was no time bound process to complete XAT exam application. This could be completed in one go or in different stages
  • You had to complete the Application online only as the offline XAT application process 2021 has been discontinued by XLRI
  • You should visit official XAT exam website to submit XAT application
  • The XAT Exam application 2021 could be submitted only after making payment of XAT 2021 application fee.
  • XAT application form 2021 online Process had opened on September 10 after release of XAT 2021 notification by XLRI  
  • XAT exam format has changed to computer based test from the earlier paper based test 

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XAT 2021 Application Process: Important Dates
XAT Application form dates & exam schedule, XAT Application form 2021 important dates including XAT application start date and application last date are shared below.


Below are the XAT 2021 application dates for various XAT exam related activities. Although there is a gap of three months between XAT 2021 application process commencement and XAT application 2021 last date, it is suggested that you should complete XAT 2021 Application  Online much before the last date to apply

XAT 2021 Application Activity
Key Dates
XAT 2021 Application Start Date
September 12, 2020
Last Date to apply for XAT 2021
 December 10, 2020
XAT Application Fees 2021 

XAT 2021 Application Filling Terminology: Know before you proceed
There are terms like New user registration, registered candidate login among others. Before you proceed to fill the XAT application, know well what this terminology means:

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Applying for XAT First Time or have already Applied? Check Before you Click
Candidates applying for XAT 2021 should first click on New Candidate’s Registration and after receiving XAT ID & Password should click on Registered Candidate Login on XAT website.


XAT 2021 ‘New User Registration’: Begin the Application Process
If you are applying for XAT 2021 and have not yet applied since the date of start of XAT application 2021, you should click on ‘New Candidate’s Registration’ on the home page of XAT Exam website. This will lead you to the XAT 2021 application page in which you have to fill up a few basic details. After submission of this page, you will receive your XAT user ID and password which you should use in the subsequent part of XAT 2021application process.


XAT 2021 ‘Registered Candidate Login’: Use After Getting XAT ID & PW
After receiving your XAT exam 2021 ID and password, you should login again to the XAT website on home page as ‘Registered Candidate Login’ with your XAT user ID and XAT password. It will enable you fill up all the remaining pages of XAT Application, uploading your photograph and signature and making payment of XAT registration fee and final submission of XAT application.


How to Fill XAT 2021 Application: Complete in 6 Steps 
Process to complete XAT Application is online now. It is important to know how to fill XAT 2021 application and make payment of XAT application fee to become eligible for XAT 2021 exam.  XAT 2021 Application form filling is a 6 step process. For XAT 2021 application, the candidates have to complete the process in following steps:

  • Step-1: Register on official XAT website to get XAT 2021 ID and Password
  • Step-2: Fill in Complete Personal Details in XAT 2021 Application
  • Step-3: Fill in Academics from class 10 onwards on the next page of XAT application
  • Step-4: Fill in Work Experience after Graduation in completed months
  • Step-5: Fill in your choice of XLRI Programmes and choice of XAT Test City
  • Step-6: Make Payment online for XAT 2021 Application Fee and XLRI Programme Application Fee

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XAT Application Step by Step Form Filling Procedure
For your convenience to know the process on how to fill XAT 2021 application, the complete XAT application step wise form filling procedure is shared below:


Step-1: XAT Application 2021 to Get XAT ID & PW  

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On completion of Step-1 and on successful submission of the first page of XAT Registration cum Application form:

  1. You will receive the XAT ID and Password in your email address and as SMS on the registered mobile number. 
  2. NRI candidates will receive both XAT ID & password on registered email address.
  3. Now go to XAT Application Form and complete the 5 pages of XAT 2021 Application

Step-2: Complete Personal Details

xat registration personal details


Step-3: Fill in Academics from class 10 onwards 

xat registration academics


Step-4: Fill in Work Experience after Graduation

xat registration work experience


Step-5: Fill in your choice of XLRI Programme, Test City in XAT Exam Application Form

On this XAT application page

  • You can choose one or more programmes offered by XLRI. The additional application fee is Rs.300/- for each XLRI programme
  • You can choose 2 preferred test cities to appear in XAT 2021 out of the 72 test cities.

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Step-6: Make Payment of XAT Application Fee Online



  1. The payment can be made by using Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.
  2. Please note that after clicking on ‘Submit’ button you will not be able to edit your XAT application details. So, preview your application and ensure all the details are correct.
  3. Once you ‘Submit’ after making payment of your XAT Application fee, you will get confirmation for successful submission of XAT Application form
  4. Take Print of your XAT Application Summary for future reference

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Important Guidelines for Filling XAT 2021 Application
To register and apply for XAT 2021, following key points should be kept in mind:

  • Update and validate your Computer/Laptop & Email A/c: To apply for XAT 2021, your computer system should be equipped with Mozilla Firefox/Google Chrome/Internet explorer latest version. Also keep your e-mail account validated throughout the XAT 2021 application process and till the XLRI Admission process is not complete.
  • Gather Important Documents: Before beginning to complete XAT 2021 exam application, the important aspect with XAT 2021 application form is to collect all your personal details, academic qualifications, scanned photo and signature image of required size which are required to complete the application form.
  • Carefully Read instructions: Before moving on with XAT 2021 Application Process, you should read and follow the instructions how to complete the XAT Application Form to avoid any waste of time and your XAT Application form fee.
  • Pay XLRI Application Fee through XAT Website: XAT Exam Application process offers the opportunity to apply for admission to various PGDM programmes offered by XLRI Jamshedpur. The XAT 2021 Application Form has separate columns to apply for each PGDM programme of XLRI. You can avail this facility, if you wish to apply for admission to XLRI.  At a nominal application fee of Rs.300, you can submit your XLRI application online for admission alongwith XAT application form.
  • Quickly complete XAT 2021 Application Form: Once you begin the XAT Application process by entering your personal details, it will take hardly 15 minutes to complete the XAT application form. You will receive a confirmation mail on successful submission of XAT application form after you make payment of the XAT exam fee.
  • Submit XAT Exam Application form early: It will be better to complete XAT 2021 application process early to avoid non-availability of preferred test centre. No change of test city requests will be entertained once candidates have made the payment of their XAT Application form fees.

XAT online application process will remain open for more than 3 months till November 30, without late fee and till December 10 with late fee. 


Revised XAT Application 2021 Form Fees
The XAT application fee 2021 remains same as was last year. The XAT 2021 Application form fee is Rs.1750 as was last year. The XAT Application fee includes the XAT 2021 Exam Fee also.


However, the XLRI PGDM programme application fee is not included in XAT 2021 application fee and the candidates have to apply for admission to XLRI programme by paying additional fee of Rs.300 while completing the XAT application form. The XAT 2021 Application Fee depending upon the submission date of XAT application form is as under:

XAT 2021 Application Fee Component
Fee Amount
XAT Application Fees 2021 (Without Late Fee)
XAT Application Fee 2021 (With Late Fee)
Additional XLRI Application Fee (Without late fee)
Rs.  300/- For Each XLRI PGDM Programme
Additional XLRI Application Fee (With late fee)
Rs.500/- For each XLRI PGDM Programme)

Important Notes on XAT Application Fee:

  • This is the XAT and XLRI application fee for XLRI PGDM programmes as announced by XLRI Jamshedpur
  • XLRI has asked the candidates to wait for 1-2 days in case the payment is deducted from respective credit/debit card or the account, but is not reflected against your XAT application in payment status page.

XAT Application Fee 2021: Important Payment Guidelines
XLRI has issued following important guidelines and instructions to complete the XAT 2021 application form error free and make payment of application fee:

  1. The XAT application is integrated with the payment gateway and the payment process can be completed by following the payment instructions.
  2. The payment can be made by using Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.
  4. On successful completion of the transaction, an e-Receipt will be generated..Non-generation of 'E-Receipt' indicates PAYMENT FAILURE. On failure of payment, Candidates are advised to login again using their Provisional XAT ID and Password and repeat the process of payment.
  5. Candidates are required to take a printout of the e-Receipt and online Application Form. Please note that if the same cannot be generated, online transaction may not have been successful.
  6. For Card charges are listed in Indian Rupee. If you use a non-Indian credit card, your bank will convert to your local currency based on prevailing exchange rates.
  7. To ensure the security of your data, please close the browser window once your transaction is completed. There is facility to download/print application form containing fee details after payment of fees.

There is facility to download/print application form containing fee details after payment of fees.

Specifications for Photograph & Signature Images
Before applying online for XAT 2021 a candidate will be required to have a scanned (digital) image of his / her photograph and signature as per the specifications given below:


Photograph Image

  • Photograph must be a recent passport size colour picture.
  • The picture should be in colour, against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.
  • Look straight at the camera with a relaxed face.
  • If the picture is taken on a sunny day, have the sun behind you, or place yourself in the shade, so that you are not squinting and there are no harsh shadows.
  • If you have to use flash, ensure there's no "red-eye".
  • If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.
  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face.
  • Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred).
  • Size of file should be between 20KB-50KB.
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50KB. If the size of the file is more than 50KB, then adjust the settings of the scanner such as the DPI resolution, no. of colours etc., during the process of scanning.

Signature Image

  • The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
  • The signature must be signed only by the applicant and not by any other person.
  • The Signature will be used to put on the ADMIT CARD and wherever necessary.
  • The Applicant’s signature obtained on the ADMIT CARD and attendance sheet at the time of the examination should match the uploaded signature. In case of mismatch, the candidate may be disqualified.
  • Dimensions 140 x 60 pixels (preferred).
  • Size of file should be between 10KB —20KB.
  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 20KB.

How to Scan the Photograph & Signature for XAT?

  • Set the scanner resolution to a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch).
  • Set Color to True Color
  • File Size as specified above.
  • Crop the image in the scanner to the edge of the photograph/signature, then use the upload editor to crop the image to the final size (as specified above).
  • The image file should be JPG or JPEG format. An example file name is: image01.jpg or image01.jpeg Image dimensions can be checked by listing the folder files or moving the mouse over the file image icon. Candidates using MS Windows/MS Office can easily obtain photo and signature in .jpeg format not exceeding 50KB & 20KB respectively by using MS Paint or MS Office Picture Manager. Scanned photograph and signature in any format can be saved in .jpg format by using 'Save As' option in the File menu and size can be reduced below 50KB (photograph) & 20KB (signature) by using crop and then resize option

How to Upload Photograph & Signature in XAT Application Form 2021?
While filling in the Online XAT Application the candidate will be provided with a link to upload his photograph and signature. The Procedure for Uploading the Photograph and Signature is as under:

  • Check the size and format of photo & signature before upload
  • If the file size and format are not as prescribed, an error message will be displayed. 
  • There will be two separate links for uploading Photograph and Signature
  • Click on the respective link "Upload Photograph / Signature"
  • Browse & Select the location where the Scanned Photo/ Signature file has been saved
  • Select the file by clicking on it
  • Click the 'Upload' button

XAT Online Application 2021: Required Documents   

  • Upload your latest scanned colour passport size photo at the time of Online XAT application 2021 form filling.
  • Candidate must provide Correct Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number and Email Address as these details cannot be changed once the XAT Application 2021 is complete. All above information is required for XAT 2021 Exam application form submission.
  • XAT 2021 Exam Application process and application fee payment process for the MBA programmes in XLRI is simplified further. Now the candidates can pay the XAT 2021 Exam Fee and Application Fee for XLRI PGDM 2021-23 Programme through onlinexat Test website along with the XAT 2021 Application form
  • No changes shall be permitted after closing date in the XAT Application form details
  • Ensure that the information you have filled is accurate in XAT 2021 application form.
  • XAT 2021 application form filling process is online only and there is no XAT 2021 offline application submission facility
  • XAT 2021 exam application remains open for more than 80 days. You can register early without paying late fee or can choose to register later by paying XAT Application Late Fee.  
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