Introduction to the XAT
Integrated | MBA | // Jun 28, 2018

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a premier national level aptitude test. XLRI Jamshedpur has been conducting this exam since more than 60 years. The test serves as an entrance exam for some of the most reputed business school in India.

When is the XAT exam conducted?

XAT registrations generally open in the third week of August and close by the fourth week of November. Thereafter, the test is generally conducted in the first week of January. XAT 2019  will be conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in a single session.


How many students appear for the XAT every year?

XAT is the second most coveted B-school entrance test in India after the Common Admission Test. Around 1 lakh students take the XAT every year.

What is the eligibility criteria for XAT 2019?

Generally speaking, a student must have completed his/her graduation or s/he must be in the final year of a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s program.


How many institutes accept XAT scores?

More than 150 B-schools accept XAT scores.

Which are the top institutions accepting XAT scores in Gujarat?

There are two good institutes in Gujarat that accept XAT scores: Institute of Rural Management, Anand and Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad.


What is the format of XAT exam?

XAT used to be a paper-based exam till 2017. Now, it is an online computer-based test.

XAT 2019 will have four sections as opposed to five sections in XAT 2018. Kindly note that there won’t be an Essay Writing task from 2019. All questions will be of the MCQ type. Each question will have 5 options.  The detailed format of the test will be as below:

You can download Official XAT 2019 bulletin here to know more about the application process, probable format of questions and participating institutions.

What is the duration of the XAT exam?

As of 2018, the test was of 205 minutes duration. In 2019, the duration of the test has been reduced to 180 minutes.

What is the syllabus?

All questions that candidates find on the XAT test sections (except General Knowledge section) are conceptually below class X. However, the level of logic and common sense tested on these questions is higher. Similarly, the Verbal Abllity section does not test pure academic English skills; it tests whether you can process mountains of drab English prose to find answers to the questions asked.

Further, let us see some question patterns that XAT has been testing lately:

Verbal & Logical Ability: Reading Comprehension Passages, Vocabulary, Para-jumbles, Paragraph Completion, Error Correction, Sentence Completion, Critical Reasoning, Statements & Assumptions, Logical Sequence, Fact-Inference-Judgement, Blood Relations and True & False. 

Decision Making: Conditions & Groupings, Data Arrangement, Complex Arrangement, Situational Judgement & Caselets. 

Quantitative Ability: Conceptual Math below standard X. It includes concepts in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration. Trigonometry questions are rarely asked.

Data Interpretation: Tables, Pie Charts, Column/Bar Graphs, Line Graphs & Data Analysis.

General Knowledge: Current Affairs, International Affairs, Economics, Finance, Sports and Science among many diverse GK areas. 


What is the scoring system on the test?

Each question on the XAT exam carries 1 mark irrespective of its difficulty level.

If the candidate’s answer is incorrect, then there is 0.25 negative marking. 

What is the question format?

The questions asked on the XAT are of Multiple Choice Question Type. However, unlike other exams, you will have 5 answer options per MCQ.

What is the exam registration fee?

The registration fee is INR 1,700 + Applicable Taxes & Transaction Charges. 


Where can you find the latest updates about XAT exam? 

Refer to the official  website for the latest updates  regarding XAT:

Official XAT Website


How can Logic Academy help you  in cracking the XAT exam?

Refer to our MBA Integrated Programs page to know more about our awesome XAT prep programs:

MBA Integrated Program including XAT Test Prep Course

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