XAT and XAT Entrance Exam Eligibility, Syllabus and Counselling Procedure

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Important XAT Exam Related Details

What is Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)?

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national-level entrance exam which is conducted by Xavier School of Management (XLRI) in India. This test is held for admission in diverse PGDM programs like PGDM in Human Resource Management, PGDM in Business Management, and courses offered by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Besides, this test is applicable to various management programs offered by other 150+ B-schools across India. Here is the overview of XAT entrance exam 2019,

Full form of XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test

XAT Conducted by

Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur

Years of existence

60 years

Mode of the exam since 2018


XAT is for

Admissions to various PGDM programs in XLRI and 150+ B-schools across India

Exam Type

National Level Post-Graduate exam

Duration of Exam

3 hours

Programmes offered by XLRI

Business Management (BM), Global Business Management (GBM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and General Management Programme (GMP)

What are the Important Dates of XAT 2019?

XLRI conducts XAT every year on the 1st Sunday of January. The entrance exam has been conducting by XAT for more than 60 years and since the year 2018, XAT has been shifted from pen-paper mode to online mode. Hence, XAT 2019 will be a computer-based test conducted online. Here are the important dates of XAT entrance exam 2019,

Application Starts on

August 20, 2018

Application Ends on

November 30, 2018

Admit Card Release Date

December 20, 2018

Exam Date

January 6, 2019 (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

Result Date

Last week of January 2019

Who are all eligible to Apply for XAT 2019?

Candidates who would like to apply for XAT 2019 should meet the eligibility details prescribed by the XLRI Jamshedpur. Management aspirants who do not possess the mentioned eligibility criteria will not be eligible to apply for XAT. Hence, candidates are asked to check the XAT eligibility criteria twice before applying for XAT. The following are the eligibility conditions of XAT,

Eligibility for Aspirants in India:

  • Candidates should have completed a Bachelor's degree (3-years programme) from a recognized University/Institute.
  • Final year students can also apply. Though, the students should complete their Undergraduate course within the stipulated schedule (most likely by June 2019).

Eligibility for NRI/Foreign Aspirants:

  • NRI or candidates from other countries except Dubai and Nepal should apply through GMAT scores. XAT will be conducted in these 2 international cities such as Dubai and Nepal.

Age limit for XAT:

  • There is no age limit to apply for XAT entrance exam 2019.

How to Apply for XAT?

XAT is conducted by XLRI on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT is conducted to select the eligible students for management education. Management aspirants who are willing to attend XAT should complete the registration process of XAT before the last date. The following are the steps to apply for XAT 2019, 

  • Visit the official website of XAT (xatonline.in)
  • Click on the "Register for XAT 2019" on the home page of XAT website
  • It will take you to the page where you have to register to get your XAT ID and Password
  • After that, enter your name as same it appears in your 10th Standard or its equivalent certificate
  • Enter your date of Birth, email address, confirm email address, country, Mobile number, and confirm the mobile number. 
  • Enter the Captcha given over there and press "I Agree" 
  • Lastly, press the "submit" button to complete registration of XAT to get XAT ID and Password.
  • An aspirant can log in with the XAT ID and Password to complete the XAT application 2019.
  • Aspirants must provide correct name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number and Email Address as these details cannot be changed once the registration is complete.
  • Finally, pay the mentioned application fee through any mode of payment available. The following are the application fee details,
  • General, OBC-NCL, PwD, SC, ST - Rs. 1,700/-
  • Other - Rs. 2000/-
  • Candidates who would like to apply for XLRI programmes should pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/-. 
    • Late application for XAT is Rs. 2000/-
    • Late fee for XLRI Programme is Rs. 500/-
  • Mode of Payment - Aspirants need to pay the application fee online through Debit Cards (RuPay / Visa / Master Card / Maestro), Credit Cards, and Internet Banking.

What are the various XAT exam centres?

XAT is conducted in various cities across India and in two other international cities such as Dubai and Kathmandu. Last year, XAT exam was conducted in 46 cities. It is expected that the exam centres will be likely to be more or less the same. Here is a list of XAT exam centres,

Exam Centres - India

















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Exam Centres - International



XAT Counselling Details

Aspirants who would like to get admissions to PGDM programs offered by XLRI and other B-schools should clear the XAT entrance exam. Aspirants will be shortlisted by the participating institutes based on their performance in XAT. Each participating institute conducts a selection process such as Group Discussion/Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview. The final selection takes place based on the candidate’s performance in XAT, GD/WAT and PI rounds and aspirant’s profile.

Prepare well to crack XAT in a single attempt. Get admissions in your desired B-schools which accepts XAT scores across India.

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