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What is XAT Exam? Fee,Syllabus,Course



XAT - The Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level aptitude test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. The scores of the XAT will be used for admissions by XLRI Jamshedpur and other Xavier Associate Management Institutes and over 160 B-schools across the country. XAT 2022 exam is conducted on 2nd January 2022. The XAT is a national level test conducted by the XLRI to select the most appropriate candidates for management education from all over the country. The institute has expertise in setting up the exam and then selecting the best candidates for management studies. There are several other institutes which consider XAT scores for their selection procedure. There are 150+ management institutes which use XAT scores for their admission process. The XAT is a three-hour long exam and it is the preliminary step towards applying to XLRI and XAT Associate Institutes. Applicants applying to XAT Associate Institutes, besides XLRI have to apply separately according to their choice. It is a computer-based test and the questions are based on Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), and General Knowledge (GK). The biggest change for this year is there will be no Essay Writing section for XAT 2022.

                   What is XAT eligibility?

Before filling out the application form of the Xavier Aptitude Test, candidates are advised to go through the XAT 2023 eligibility criteria. Details pertaining to the educational qualification required marks, age limit, and related are mentioned under the XAT eligibility criteria 2023. XLRI Jamshedpur predefined the eligibility criteria of XAT which are given below.

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university.

Students in their final year of their Bachelor's degree or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply.

There is no specific CGPA or percentage mentioned that has to be obtained in the graduation. No age limit has been specified to appear for XAT 2023.

One of the key points prescribed by XLRI  in XAT eligibility criteria is that the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Note- It must be noted that mere fulfillment of minimum XAT eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by XLRI, SPJIMR, XIMB, IMT, TAPMI or other B-schools in which the applicant applies for admission.


                     XAT  Highlights

Full Exam Name

Xavier Aptitude Test

Short Exam Name


Conducting Body

XLRI Jamshedpur

Frequency of Conduct

Once a year

Exam Level

National Level Exam



Mode of Application


Application Fee (General)

1800 Rs [Online]

Mode of Exam


Mode of Counselling


Participating Colleges


Exam Duration

3 Hours

              XAT 2023 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

The XAT 2023 registration will commence from the first week of August 2022 in online mode. XAT registration last date will be in the last week of November 2022. Candidates applying for XAT 2023 will have to pay XAT registration fee of Rs 1800 which is the XAT exam fees for all categories (General, SC, ST, PWD, OBC, etc.). Those interested in XLRI programmes have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each.

Steps for XAT Registration 2023

Candidates can check the XAT 2023 registration process in the steps given below:

Step-1: Register on the official XAT website, xatonline.in to get XAT 2023 ID and password

Step-2: Fill in Complete Personal Details in XAT 2023 Registration and Application Form.


        Who Conducts XAT Exam? Check Below
XLRI conducts XAT exam on behalf of XAMI. For more than 70 years XLRI is conducting this exam at all India level to select the most appropriate students for management education. XAT entrance exam notification was released on August 9, 2021 with key exam dates and complete schedule.  Last year also, despite Covid pandemic, XLRI conducted XAT exam as a centre based test in 72 cities in India. 


In this article, you will read all key points to plan your exam journey, including important dates to apply for the exam, syllabus & pattern, how to prepare, past toppers’ interviews and much more. You will also find important links to Free Mock Tests and genuine Past Test Papers for the exam, released by XLRI. So, read through the article till the end.


Xavier Aptitude Test 2022: Key Features.
Following are the salient features with details on the exam date, notification, eligibility criteria among other key points

Test Conducting Body

Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur

Number of MBA colleges accepting exam score


Mode of Exam

Computer Based Online Exam

Application Process

Online; Simultaneously apply for entrance exam and for XLRI PGDM Programs

Application Fee


XAT exam Full Form

Xavier Aptitude Test

Cut offs for XLRI

96 to 97 percentile

Total Questions in the Exam


Sectional Division of Test

5 Sections with different number of Questions in Each Section.

Section which is not counted to prepare merit for shortlisting

GK & Essay

Exam Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult


XLRI & Other Top MBA Colleges Cut offs, Fee, Intake
Check the fee, number of seats and programmes offered by XLRI and other MBA colleges accepting score of Xavier Aptitude Test in the table given below:

Institute Name

Fee (Rs.in Lakhs)*


Flagship PGDM Programme

XLRI Jamshedpur




XIM Bhubaneswar




IMT Ghaziabad




IRMA Anand (Gujarat)




MICA Ahmedabad




TAPMI Manipal




K J Somaiya Mumbai




*May increase for 2022-24 batch


     How many attempts for the XAT Exam?

The candidates may know that XAT Exam is conducted only once every year. So, you will get only the opportunity to appear for this exam in a particular academic year. Additionally, the candidates can attempt XAT Exam any number of times as there are no restrictions on the number of attempts to appear for the XAT Exam.What type of What Questions are asked in XAT?

As per the previous year's exam analysis, there will be a total of 101 questions including both MCQs, and 1 essay question will be asked in XAT 2023. Note the below points to know the number of questions for each section:

  • Decision Making: 21 Questions (MCQ Type)
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation: 28 Questions (MCQ Type)
  • Verbal and Logical Ability: 26 Questions (MCQ Type)
  • GK: 25 Questions (MCQ Type)
  • Essay: 1 Question (250 Words)