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XLRI (Xavier School of Management) conducts XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) on behalf of the XAMI(Xavier Association of Management Institutes). For more than 60 years XLRI is conducting XAT at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. The XAT score is being used by more than 150 institutes for the admission.

XAT 2018 would be conducted across India in the following cities. Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam. Two International Cities : Dubai and Kathmandu.

"XAT is a paper based aptitude test, followed by a subjective test on essay writing & general awareness."

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for XAT 2018:

  • Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Final year students (completing final examination by June 2018) can also apply. 
  • The eligibility for XLRI programmes like Human Resource Management (HRM), Business Management (BM) is similar. Candidates with three years of work experience will be given preference in Global Business Management.
  • NRI and Foreign candidates may apply through GMAT scores.

Examination Date

Exam DatesConfirmed

  • Registration Start16thAug 2017
  • Admit Card Date27thDec 2017
  • Examination dates7thJan 2018


  • third week of august
  • Last week of December
  • First week of January

Application Fee

  • Rs 1500/-


  • XAT is famous for its high difficulty level. XAT syllabus consists of English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, General Awareness and Essay Writing.
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)
  • In XAT, there are three sets of DI questions. Quant has similar sections like CAT exam. Here are some of the quant topics that are covered in the exam:
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Topics in this section include:
  • Percentage        
  • Tables and Caselets       
  • Linear and Quadratics Equations
  • Profit and Loss 
  • Probability         
  • Surds and Indices
  • Ratio     
  • Critical Path       
  • Inequalities
  • Variation             
  • Averages and Partnerships         
  • Logarithms
  • Time and Work
  • Allegations and Mixtures              
  • Numbers
  • Time, Speed and Distance           
  • Algebra               
  • Mensuration and Geometry, etc

Decision Making

Topics under this section include:

  • Decision making              
  • Logical Reasoning            
  • Sets

General Knowledge

The GK syllabus consists mostly of the following topics:

  • Awards and winners      
  • History 
  • Static GK
  • Business and Politics      
  • Geography        
  • Famous Personalities
  • Government  and Economy       
  • World Events    
  • Current Affairs

XAT GK section is dominated by current affairs and news, with around seven questions related to international on-going issues like Syrian crisis, Crimean referendum, Boko Haram.


Essay section has no fixed subject. Essay topic could vary from general affairs to the abstract subject. The idea to present your chain of thoughts on the subject in an order.

The exam has roughly 90-100 questions in English, QA, LR & DI and Decision Making. The test also includes questions on General Awareness.


Preparation Strategy for XAT

The entrance to some of the most revered B-Schools in India, which include XLRI and XIMB, the Xavier’s Aptitude Test or XAT, is a far cry from CAT, and in fact, from any entrance examination for that matter.

Apart from being a pen and paper exam (a fast vanishing medium of exam taking), XAT is also one of the most difficult B-School entrance exams to crack. The exam has roughly 90-100 questions on English, Quantitative Aptitude, LRDI and Decision Making. General Awareness was also included last year. This year this part was supposed to be completed in 150 minutes.There will be a test on Essay writing also to be done in 20 Minutes. The number of questions is distributed fairly evenly between the sections, with the Quantitative Ability section usually carrying a slightly larger section of the pie. The distribution of questions in XAT 2013 is as follows:


Number Of Questions

A: Verbal Ability


B: Decision Making


C: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation


The paper has sectional cut-offs decided on the marks scored by all the students. The difficulty level is also at least a few notches higher than that of most exams. And with the inclusion of the General Awareness section this year in the main examination, unlike in the previous year when it was clubbed with the essay section, for which another additional 30 minutes were allotted, the first-timers might feel overwhelmed. Moreover in North India, the winter chill has no intentions of making it any easier for the students.

The marking scheme is most likely to be similar to that of last year, with all questions carrying equal marks and a penalty of 25% of the marks allotted to the question for every wrong answer. Though XAT has gone with a differential marking scheme in the past, there are little chances that it might be repeated this year.

However, the picture is not all that dismal. There are ways to beat the examination blues this winter. For cracking the Quantitative Ability section of XAT, frequently regarded as one of the toughest quantitative ability sections in any B-School entrance examination, it is absolutely vital for you to get familiar with the kind of questions which make their presence felt in XAT. Sitters are rare, and the margin for error is little. You need to pick your questions wisely, for unlike some examinations where the imperative is on doing as much as possible, XAT demands you to attempt the question paper as efficiently as possible. Same is the case with the Decision Making and the Verbal Ability sections. Since questions are many and time is of essence, not to mention the hiked difficulty levels, someone completely oblivious to the examination pattern might be caught unawares. So, it is very important that you rigorously solve the actual XAT examination papers at least from the previous five years (one paper in every 3 days including proper analysis of the same). This will improve your ability to adapt to “XAT’s type of questions”. Moreover, it will help if you try to attempt the examination papers with a timed approach, for this will help you gauge the level to which the time constraint multiplies the difficulty, enabling you to make any changes in your approach, if required.

Decision Making:

Another way to ensure that you do well in XAT is to lay stress on the Decision Making section, a section unique to XAT. It carries a sectional cut-off and also can be useful in improving the overall score.

General Awareness:

Though the General Awareness section will not be included in determining the percentiles and the cut-offs in the first stage of the selection process, it still is paramount. This time, the General Awareness section will eat into your main examination time unlike in the previous years, wherein it was clubbed with the essay section following the main examination and was a separate 30-minute test. Keeping abreast with the latest happenings in the business world will help your chances of scoring big in this section.


Practicing essays are crucial to doing well in the essay section, for writing a coherent, crisp 200-word essay in 20-30 minutes is by no means a cakewalk. The evaluators not only look for language skills, but also for the thought process involved, the spectrum of ideas, and your knowledge pertaining to the topic at hand. Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give you an edge. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly advised.

To sum up, XAT surely is difficult but not impossible to crack. With only about a month to go for the D-day, paucity of time becomes the natural enemy. So, the next 20 odd days will decide who all get left out and who all emerge victorious.


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