Exam Registration: 15 July to 30 Novemeber 2023

Admit Card: 20th December 2023

Exam date: January 7th 2024


What is the XAT exam, and who conducts it?

XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is an entrance exam conducted by XLRI in the month of January every year, for entrance into XAMI (Xavier Association of Management) Institutes. XAT Scores can be used to gain admission to XLRI Jamshedpur, XIMB, TAPMI and many other colleges. It is the second most prestigious management entrance exam in India after CAT.

Till 2017, XAT was a pen-and-paper exam. However, in 2018, it became an online computer-based test.

It is the second most popular MBA entrance exam after CAT as XLRI is among the top 5 business schools in the country. XLRI was established in 1949 as the first business school in the country and both the Business Management and Human Resource Management Programs are extremely prestigious.

List of colleges accepting XAT score

A few top b-schools that accept XAT scores are:

  1. Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur
  2. Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar
  3. T.A.P.M.I Management Institute
  4. Goa Institute of Management (GIM)
  5. Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad / Nagpur / Hyderabad
  6. K.J.Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research
  7. Welingkar Institute of Management and Research
  8. FORE New Delhi
  9. Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  10. Indian Institute of Forest Management

XAT Overview:


What is the XAT Exam Eligiblity?

The candidates appearing for XAT 2023 must know the detailed eligibility so that they can prepare accordingly. The XAT eligibility criteria define the age limit, educational qualification and other aspects required to appear for the exam. The XAT Exam 2023 will be held on Sunday, 8th January 2023. Candidates should get this done before beginning the application process.

  • The XAT 2023 has a three-level selection process – an online examination followed by a GD and PI round.
  • During the examination, candidates will have to answer a total of 100 questions. There also is a negative marking of 0.25 for every correct answer so candidates must be careful which questions they attempt.
  • Candidates need to get marks that cross the Cut-Off marks in the online exam to progress to the next tier.
  • The exam is usually scheduled to take place at the first weekend of the month of January.

Candidates must learn about all the important details and guidelines given by the recruitment board (XLRI), including important information about the XAT Eligibility Criteria before starting their application process. Here is an overview of the XAT eligibility criteria:


XAT Paper-I exam pattern:

  • The XAT paper-I will have negative marking of ¼ marks.
  • For up to 8 un-attempted questions no negative marks, after more than 8 un-attempted questions, each unanswered question will have a penalty of 0.10 marks.

XAT Paper-II Exam Pattern

The exam duration of this Part will be 30 minutes

No negative marking in this part


What is the XAT syllabus?

XAT exam consists of the following sections


1) Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning

2) Decision Making

3) Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

PART 2 (not included in final XAT percentile):

1) General Knowledge 

2) Essay Writing


Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning

The first section consists of the following topics:

1) Reading Comprehension

2) Para Jumbles

3) Para Completion

4) Vocabulary, Idioms and Phrases

5) Grammar and Sentence Correction

6) Sentence Completion

7) Critical Reasoning

8) Analogies

9) Clocks and Calendars

10) Facts, Inference and Judgements

11) Seating Arrangement

12) Blood Relations

13) Statements, Assumptions and Inferences


Decision Making

The second section consists of the following topics:

1) Caselets

2)  Decision Making in a given situation

3) Selection and Grouping according to conditions

4) Complex Arrangement


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The third section consists of the following topics:

1) Geometry

2) Number Systems

3) Linear and Quadratic Equations

4) Profit and Loss

5) Time, Speed, Distance and Work

6) Permutations, Combinations and Probability

7) Progressions and Series

8) Logarithms and Surds

9) Inequalities

10) Venn Diagrams

11) Functions and Graphs

12) Ratio and Proportion

13) Trigonometry

14) Data Interpretation – Line Charts, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Caselets


General Knowledge 

1) Current Affairs

2) Geography

3) History

4) Science and Technology

5) Economy and Business

6) Person and Awards

7) International Organizations

8) Currencies and capitals

9) Important days

And other important topics…


XAT 2023-2024 Important Dates


STEP 1: XAT Registration Process

  • Open XAT 2023 website in a new window or click here: https://xatonline.in/

  • Click on ‘Registration’
  • Enter details like name, phone number, email ID, password and captcha code

  • A unique XAT ID and registration link is shared on the verified email ID

  • Click on the link to verify registration

If you do not receive the registration confirmation mail, with your XAT ID & Password, within 24 hours of signing up, please check your spam/junk folder or you can write to admis@xlri.ac.in or call up on 1800-209-0835 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM (IST). The exam authorities will get back to you in 48 hours (excluding holidays).


STEP 2: Submit the XAT Application Form

After XAT 2023 registration verification, follow the steps given below to fill out the application form:

  • Go to XAT 2023 homepage

  • Click on ‘login’

  • Enter your email ID and password

  • The XAT 2023 application form will be displayed

  • Enter all the details asked in the form

  • Cross-check the information before saving

  • Pay the XAT exam fee through a credit/debit card, UPI, or net banking

STEP 3: Payment of XAT Exam Fees


XAT fees is INR 2,000 and INR 200 per XLRI course, to be paid online while submitting the XAT 2023 application form on the official website. There is no fee relaxation for reserved category candidates.


Ans. XAT 2023 date is 8th January 2023.

Ans. No, XAT does not have a sectional time limit and switching between sections is allowed

Ans. In general, XAT Verbal section is considered tougher than CAT verbal section. Also, Decision Making being a new section can prove to be a pain point for many. But with adequate practice, it all becomes easy.

Ans. No, the GK section is not considered for percentile calculation, it is considered for the final list shortlisting.