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XAT 2019 Exam Pattern, Important Dates, Admit Card & Eligibility

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XAT 2019 Important Information

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is the entrance exam organized by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur on the behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). XAT 2019 will be conducted in January 2019. The exam duration is 3½ hours from 10 AM to 1:35 PM. The Mode for XAT Exam is Online.

The exam is accepted by XLRI and many other top tier management institutes in India. The XAT score is being used by more than 150 institutes for the admission. XLRI has been conducting XAT for last 60 years. It is one of the oldest competitive examination in India to select most appropriate students for the management education. Till 2017 XAT was conducted as paper based test, onwoards has announced to be an online computer based test.

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XLRI application has been embedded with XAT application. Candidates applying to XLRI do not have to fill up two separate forms. XAT is the second largest MBA entrance exam for MBA/PGDM after CAT. It is considered to be one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India that calls for complete dedication and awareness.

Important Dates

Exam Date January 2019
Exam Timings 10:00 AM to 01:35 PM
Result Date January 2019
Date of Commencement of Application August 2018
Last Date for Applying (Without Late Fee) November 2018
Last Date for Applying (With Late Fee) December 2018
Admit Card Download Date December 2018
Mode of Examination Online
XAT 2018 Cities Cities within India : 47
  Cities outside India : 2

XAT 2019 Eligibility

  • Candidates must have a recognized Bachelor's Degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Students completing their final examination by June 10, 2019 are also eligible to apply.
  • All Indian candidates must appear for XAT 2019. However NRI and foreign candidates may apply through GMAT score (except Dubai and Kathmandu wherein candidates have an option of appearing for XAT 2019)

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XAT 2019 Application Form

The notification for the XAT 2019 exam is expected to be released by August 2018. Those interested can apply/register for the exam between Aug’18 and Nov’18. The XAT application form will be available online on the official website After entering basic details, candidates will receive login credentials, post which they can enter personal, contact, academic and XLRI courses details (INR 300 each) and pay the registration fee. The exam fee is INR 1650 can only paid online (via Credit/Debit Card, Demand Draft, Net Banking or IDBI Challan,) until registration window closes. A late fee of INR 2000 can be paid by Dec’18.

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XAT Selection Procedure

The XAT 2019 score is accepted by 11 XAMI member colleges and around 150 non XAMI member colleges for various MBA and PGDM courses. After clearing the XAT 2019 cutoff the candidates can apply for colleges individually. Please note that XAT selection process is different for XLRI and other colleges and XLRI has no authority over what other institutes choose to do as part of their selection process. Candidates are shortlisted for GD and PI rounds and Indian and foreign national candidates can also apply using the GMAT score. The individual component weightage for XLRI selection process is as follows:

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XAT 2019 Exam Pattern and Analysis

XAT exam Pattern

The XAT exam pattern for 2019 is divided into 2 parts:

  • Part 1 – Verbal Ability, Decision Making and Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • Part 2 – GK and Essay

Based on previous years exam patterns. Accordingly, all questions will carry equal marks. Candidate has to choose the right option. Otherwise, one fourth mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt. Each question in XAT 2019 test paper will have 5 answer options. Apart from overall cut-off percentile, the XAT 2019 exam will also have sectional cut-offs. There will be no negative marking for writing section.

What makes XAT different from CAT is the Essay Writing Section besides Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). Students are evaluated on their writing skills as well.

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XAT Exam Registration and Fees

XAT Registration

XAT 2019 will be conducted in January 2019 and the registration for the same are open. Register at Detailed bulletin is available on

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Modes of Payment – Online, Offline via Cash or Demand Draft Candidates only interested in XAT but not in XLRI need to pay a fee of Rs. 1650/-Candidates interested in XLRI programme(s) needs to pay an additional fee of Rs.300/- each.

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XAT Syllabus

XAT Exam is one of the most challenging MBA entrance exams with an undefined XAT exam syllabus. The exam syllabus of XAT is based on the questions and topics asked in the previous years with no repetitions.

We have put a list of topics based on the areas that have been asked in the previous years

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XAT Participating Institutes 2019

The XAT 2019 exam is conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). There are 11 colleges affiliated to XAMI which will accept the XAT 2019 score. Apart from that there are 150 non-XAMI members that accept the XAT score. Candidates need to fill individual application forms for each of the colleges they are interested in and make the required payment. The selection process and final merit list for each college is different and independent of each other. Also XLRI has nothing to do with the remaining participating colleges apart from setting and conducting the exam.

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XAT Exam Centres

The XAT 2019 exam is expected to be conducted in 47 cities across 23 states and UTs in India. Apart from that XAT exam is also conducted in 2 international centres i.e. Kathmandu and Dubai. Candidates can choose up to 3 XAT test cities at the time of registration. Changes can only be made if there is a genuine or an unavoidable reason, though the final call is of the XLRI authorities. To accommodate the increasing number of test takers every year, the number of test cities is increased accordingly. For any queries regarding the XAT exam centres, candidates can email at

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XAT 2019 Admit Card, Instructions for Exam

Admit Card

  • MBA Aspirants can download their admit card from XAT Official website www.xatonline. in from December 20, 2017 onwards.
  • XAT office will not be sending admit cards to the candidates.
  • Students must download their admit cards and represent it at the time of exam at the examination centre.

Instructions for XAT 2019

Applicants should note that registration for XAT 2019 and appearing for XAT 2019 is the preliminary step towards applying to XLRI and XAT Associate Institutes. Applicants to different institutes, besides XLRI have to apply separately to Institutes of their choice. Applicants for XAT 2018 can choose to pay online using credit card/ debit card/ online banking.

Candidates can also make payment through a demand draft made from any bank (in favour of XLRI Jamshedpur). 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 2019.

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XAT 2019 Online Mode

This year, for the first time Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) was conducted in Online Mode in 314 centres across 49 cities including Dubai and Kathmandu in January, 2019.

However, at 2 centres due to server related technical issues, the exam couldn’t be conducted. Re-examination will be conducted at these centres for the affected students. The new date will be will be announced very soon and communicated to the affected students.

Stated by Official Spokesperson, XLRI – Xavier School of Management.

XAT Result

XAT Result 2019: XLRI Jamshedpur will report the XAT 2019 outcome in January. The aftereffect of XAT 2019 will be accessible online as it was previously. Applicants can check the XAT 2019 result by entering their login credentials - XAT ID and Date of Birth. The XAT result 2019 will declare the section wise, general scores and percentiles. XAT 2019 outcome will be ascertained by the official answer key. Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 is scheduled in January.

XAT 2019 score card will be accessible for download between February 2019. XLRI likewise sends the printed copy of XAT score card to test takers at their enlisted address by post. XLRI and other Institutes including SPJIMR, GIM, TAPMI, IRMA, IMT, XIMB will acknowledge XAT 2019 scores and will report the waitlist for next rounds after the statement of XAT result 2019. The selection procedure of XAT incorporates Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Essay Writing or Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds.

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XAT Cutoff 2019

After the XAT 2019 exam, the XAT cutoff 2019 will be released by XLR, institute wise. The candidates who clear the respective institute’s cutoff are shortlisted for further rounds such as group discussion and personal interview. The XAT cutoff for 2019 is expected to release by the 4th Week of Jan’19 and is based on multiple factors such as difficulty level of the exam, total number of candidates appearing, average marks and normalized XAT score. The cutoff can be checked online on A raw score of 26-28 overall can fetch you are good percentile of 85 to 90+.

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Preparation Strategy to Crack XAT 2019

  • Know your Exam – Although there is no any written syllabus for competitive exams like XAT or CAT, but still, by observing the past trends, you can get a lot of idea of what sort of question is expected to appear in the question paper. The sections are usually announced in advance like verbal ability, quantitative aptitude, decision making, essay writing, general awareness, etc. So, what you really need to work upon is the basics of these subject areas, like Maths formulas for QA, English grammar for VA & essay writing and regular current news updates for general awareness. Thus, if you are aware of the essentials of the paper, you will come out with flying colours.
  • Know the Difference - XAT is pretty different from all the other MBA entrance exams that you plan to appear for. That doesn’t mean it is the toughest but undoubtedly the one that checks your academic skills as well as IQ and expression power. It does not require you to be the master of any one field while ignoring others; rather it looks out for a jack of all trade who could be transformed into the master of business administration/management in near future.
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Question (1) What should I do if there is lot of delay in accessing the page ?

Speed for Registration of On-Line Application on Internet, is based on various factors like Internet Speed, large number of applicants trying to register the application at the same time etc. Therefore, if you are not able to get the pages for registration immediately, please retry after a gap of 15 minutes or during off-peak hours during the night.

Question (2) How do I know that my application is registered ?

Successful Registration is indicated by the Page displayed after clicking the Submit Button indicating the generated "XAT ID". Please note down the same carefully and preserve it. If you do not preserve it, you will not be able to Re-Print the Application and download the Admit Card.

Question (3) What details should I retain while replying to auto-response emails ?

While writing back by replying the confirmation emails for genuine problem, please retain the text containing "XAT ID" and "PASSWORD" details on the email.

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