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Xavier Admission Test (XAT)

Xavier Admission Test (XAT)

Xavier Admission Test (XAT) 2017 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria & Syllabus

Xavier Admission Test (XAT) is a national level entrance exam, for admission into the postgraduate management programmes at Xavier Institutes, conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. XLRI conducts the test on behalf of the XAMI. XAT is one of the oldest competitive examinations in India. XAT’s testing framework is designed to meaningfully check the aptitude of candidates for the future success of business. The test scores obtained from the XAT Exam is being used by more than 100 institutes for the admission. Besides XLRI and other Xavier Institutes, hosts of other reputed Top B-Schools in India also accept XAT scores including Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai and Goa Institutes of Management, Indian Institute of Finance, New Delhi and S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.

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Important Dates

Application form availability

August 10, 2016

Last date for submission of Application form

Second week of December, 2016

Last date for making change in the Exam City

Second week of December, 2016

Admit card available from

Third week of December, 2016 onwards

Examination date

January 8, 2017

XAT 2017 Official Answer Key

Second week of January, 2017

Result Declaration

Last week of January, 2017

Beginning of Counseling Procedure

To be Updated soon

Eligibility Criteria

The XAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students who have completed three years of Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline, recognised by a University or Deemed University.
  • Those completing their final examination by June 2017 may also apply.
  • NRI and Foreign candidates can also apply for XAT exam through valid GMAT score card (excluding Kathmandu and Dubai students).

How to apply for XAT 2017

Students have to register for XAT and XLRI 2017 at You may also apply for institutions using XAT 2016 score for admission to their programmes. Applicants for XAT 2016 can choose to pay online using credit card/ debit card/ online banking. Applicants can also make payment through a demand draft made from any bank (in favour of XLRI Jamshedpur A/C XAT). Third alternative for making payment can be “cash”. This can be done from any of the IDBI Bank branches located in India to make payment for XAT 2017.
Candidates only interested in XAT but not in XLRI need to pay a fee of Rs. 1500/-. Candidates interested in XLRI programme(s) needs to pay an additional fee of Rs.250/- each.

XAT 2017 Paper Pattern

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Part A

170 minutes

Verbal and Logical Ability

Decision Making

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

Part B

35 minutes

Essay Writing

General Awareness

  • The XAT Exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • There will be two papers involved in the exam i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Paper 1 will contain 78 questions from Verbal and Logical Ability (23 questions), Decision Making (26 questions) and Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (29 questions).
  • Paper 2 will contain 25 questions from General Awareness and there will be one topic from essay writing.
  • Candidates will be given 170 minutes for paper 1 exam whereas 35 minutes for paper 2.
  • Candidates can leave only 13 questions unattempted and once the limit is over, 0.05 marks will be deducted for every unattempted questions.


Verbal and Logical Ability

Questions are asked on the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para Jumble
  • Vocabulary
  • Logical Completion of Idea
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Arguments

Decision Making

The topics to be prepared in this section are as follows:

  • Mathematics
  • Venn Diagram
  • Decision Making
  • Semi Quantitative topics

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

The Common topics which a student should prepare in this section are:

  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Functions
  • Graphs
  • Mensuration – 2D and 3D
  • Probability
  • Algebra
  • Heights & Distance
  • Direction Sense & Time
  • Speed & Distance
  • Statistics
  • Table
  • Data Interpretation – Web Diagram

General Awareness

Question in this section are from day to day current affairs.

The following topics are covered:

  • Politics
  • Business
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Nation and States

XAT Result 2017

The result of XAT 2017 is expected to be declared in the last week of January, 2017. The exam is likely to be conducted in the first Sunday of January, 2017.

XAT 2017 Result can be checked by the following process:

  • Students have to log into the website:
  • Enter XAT Registration Number and Password
  • Enter Security Text
  • Click Login
  • Check the Sectional and Overall Scores

The hard copy of the XAT Score Card is also sent to the candidate by post. The XAT 2017 participating institutes will announce the list of candidates shortlisted on the basis of their XAT 2017 cutoffs.

The final selection procedure includes Group Discussion or Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The XLRI or Xavier Associate Management Institutes conducts separate selection procedure and no common admission process is conducted for these institutes through XAT scores.

XAT Exam Structure

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language & Logical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • GK and Essay

XAT is 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.

XAT is also be conducted across the following two international cities: Dubai, Kathmandu.

Accepting College

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Admit Card

Candidates may download the admit card in December 2016 from

Contact Details

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)
Circuit House Area (East)
Jamshedpur - 831001
Jharkhand, India

Phone: +91 657 665 3203/3204/3205
Fax: +91-657-2227814
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Web site:

List of suggested books for XAT exam preparations.

  • XAT Xavier Aptitude Test Solved Papers (2008 - 2012) PB (English) by Gautam Puri
  • Data Interpretation: MBA Entrance Preparation Program (English) 1st Edition by GKP
  • Jabbing The XAT With Solved Papers (2012 - 2006) (English) 1st Edition by Rk Jha
  • Basic Managment(Know About) PB (English) 3rd  Edition by G K P
  • XAT, IIFT, SNAP, MAT, NMAT, IRMA, CMAT Solved Papers (English) by Gautam Puri
  • MBA Entrance Examination by J K Chopra
  • XAT XLRI-MBA Enterance Exam A/4 by Chandresh Agrawal
  • SNAP / IIFT / XAT / TISS / CMAT / NMAT / IRMA / MAT Management Entrance Tests: MBA Solved Papers (English) 6th  Edition by Gautam Puri
  • 40 Plus MBA Entrances Examination Solved Papers {PB} (English) by Singh A
  • XAT 2015 General Awareness Question Bank (5 Mock + 10 Past Papers) / 50 Cool Stories 300 Hot Issues (Set of 2 Books) (English) 6th  Edition by Disha Experts
  • XAT 2015 General Awareness Question Bank (5 Mock + 10 Past Papers) / 50 Cool Stories 300 Hot Issues (Set of 2 Books) (English) 6th  Edition by Disha Experts
  • A Complete Manual for Management Aptitude Test (English) by J K Chopra
  • Target XAT 2015 General Awareness Question Bank : 5 Mock + 10 Past Papers (English) 6th  Edition by Disha Experts
  • Target XAT 2014 Past Papers (2005 - 2013) / 50 Cool Stories, 3000 Hot Words (English) 2nd Edition by Disha Experts
  • Jabbing the XAT Xavier Aptitude Test : An Accumulation of 8 Solved Paper (2013 - 2006) and 5 Mock Papers PB : An Accumulation of 8 Solved Paper (2013 - 2006) and 5 Mock Papers (English) by Jha R K
  • Target - 2014 XAT Past Papers General Awareness Question Bank (English) by Disha Experts
  • XAT Xavier Aptitude Test: Solved Papers (2008 - 2013) (English) 6th  Edition by Gautam Puri
  • MBA Solved Papers (XAT,IIFT,SNAP,MAT,NMAT,IRMA,CMAT) Includes Online Mock Test PB (English) 7th  Edition by Puri G
  • Crack - GD / PI / WAT for MBA Admissions : CAT / XAT / IIFT / FMS / SNAP / NITIE Aspirants (English) 1st Edition by Varun Saxena, Vilsha Bhatia
  • Koncepts of Numbers for CAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT and Other Quantitative Aptitude Exams. (English) by Gajendra Kumar
  • 2 Edge Resource - Jabbing the XAT Xavier Aptitude Test : 5 Mock Tests & Solved Papers (2014 - 2006) (English) 5th Edition by R K Jha
  • The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning: A Must have Resource for Aspirants of CAT MAT XAT IIFT CMAT CSAT Bank PO Bank Clerk SSC etc by BS Sijwalii-English-Arihant by
  • Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency PB (English) by Ashisha A


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